Rob Tovar - Drum Lessons

I am a working drummer and drum lessons instructor in Plano, TX. This page is used to stay in touch with my current, past drum students, & drummer friends.

Operating as usual


Update 1/15/2024 #2: In true Texas fashion, the sun came out minutes after sending the email, and seems to have melted most of the snow and ice. Stay safe, and see you soon.

Update 1/15/2024: We got a bit of precipitation last night. I'm monitoring road conditions to see if it's wise to open today. I typically rely on PISD closures, but the district is closed today for the holiday. I'll be sending an email update later today to affected students.

1/14/2024: Please keep an eye on the weather. Only venture out to your lesson if you feel safe doing so. Remember, we can switch to a Zoom lesson if you're set up for it. Stay safe and warm!

Buying Guide: Your first drum set. 11/26/2023

I wrote this blog originally in 2016, and never published it. As a teacher, I'm asked often about buying a first drum set. Since there isn't really a short answer, I wrote what I hope will provide enough details for a student or parent to make an informed purchase.

Buying Guide: Your first drum set. I’ll start with one of the most common questions I receive as a drum lesson teacher around the holidays: “Can you help me select my first drum set?” or “Which drum set is best for a beginner?” Many acoustic drum sets will look the same or similar to the untrained eye. With drums, like many...


A quick reminder that the studio will be closed 11/18-11/24 for Thanksgiving Break. I hope you enjoy your family time!

Huge thanks to my students, friends, family and colleagues who continue to inspire me to be the best percussionist and teacher I can be.


The drummers at my studio are great timekeepers, just remember today is the end of "Daylight Savings". We've set the clock back, so don't get confused...

Photos from Rob Tovar - Drum Lessons's post 09/22/2023

Come check out PdlC tomorrow!

Very cool to be a sponsor of this event! I was a student at the first one.

Photos from Rob Tovar - Drum Lessons's post 09/06/2023

Howdy Friends, I'm about to have some more hats made for the studio. Anyone interested in having one? They'll be about $25 unless there's a huge order.

I'll be doing t-shirts soon too.

Let me know if you're interested.


Reminder: The studio will be closed July 1-7 for the week of July 4th.

I hope you all enjoy your holiday and get in some good practice!

Pic for attention. Please ignore their drumming technique. Drummers used a pinky fulcrum technique back then. :) I do wonder about that side-eye though...

Timeline photos 06/27/2023

I was having a discussion recently about students who quit music to "focus on academics". Beside the joy, and relaxation playing an instrument can bring, this study found...

Both adult and children musicians exhibited higher cognitive flexibility than non-musicians.

The adult musicians showed a more proficient working memory, and the child musicians exhibited faster processing speed, than their non-musician peers.

Most significant, the researchers found differences in brain activation between child musicians and non-musicians. “We had more activation in areas of the brain I often call the ‘CEO regions’” — the frontal regions associated with executive function — “in the children who had musical training compared to others,” says Gaab.

People who play an instrument regularly have higher executive function skills than non-musicians. Read for more on the case for musical training in schools:

John Coltrane McCoy Tyner Jimmy Garrison Elvin Jones 06/21/2023

Texas All Star Jazz Camp at Collin College kicks off next week, so there's been lots of discussion on one of my favorite jazz drummers Elvin Jones.

You've gotta hear his work with The John Coltrane Quartet, and if you have already, hear it again. If it's not your thing, try some Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Hendrix, or The Doors because his influence is all over classic rock, and therefore modern rock.

John Coltrane McCoy Tyner Jimmy Garrison Elvin Jones AfroBlue Alabama Impression


We had a chance to check out Dallas Percussion Grand Opening this morning! Congratulations y'all, it's a great shop!!


I have a beginner drum set to gift to a drummer in need. Email me [email protected] If you or someone you know would benefit from having some drums to practice on.

I'll update this post when they're gone.


I am excited to share DFW is getting a new Drum and Percussion shop. Congrats to my friends! I'm looking forward to their grand opening event this weekend!

We are SO excited to announce our Grand Opening will be Saturday, June 10th! Stop by the newest and ONLY drum shop in the D/FW area! We'll have a food truck and epic door prizes. All ages are welcome, so please RSVP today!


Pearl Drums | Drum Workshop Inc. (DW Drums) | Mapex Drums | Pork Pie Percussion | | SONOR DRUMS | Yamaha Drums | Ludwig Drums | Gretsch Drums | Gibraltar Hardware | Zildjian Company | | Innovative Percussion, Inc. | Meinl Cymbals | | Evans Drumheads | | Black Swamp Percussion | Marimba One | Vic Firth | Grover Pro Percussion | Latin Percussion "Lp" | Pearl/Adams Concert Percussion | Majestic Percussion | Meinl Percussion | Dixon Drums |

Hi Neighbors, 05/15/2023 is gaining some popularity, so I thought I would go ahead and set up my business profile on their website.

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Hi Neighbors, My family and I have called Plano home for over 30 years. Both of my children attended Saigling Elementary, Haggard MS, Vines HS and my o...

Photos from Rob Tovar - Drum Lessons's post 04/23/2023

Today's matinee show ends the weeklong run of Curtains with TCA.

Photos from Rob Tovar - Drum Lessons's post 03/18/2023

Bad photographer, but really good times catching a hang with Brandon and watching Erin play with Plunk Murray on St. Patrick's Day!


The studio will be closed 3/4-3/10 for Spring Break. I hope everyone has a great week, and I look forward to seeing you upon our return.


Wow! I just had a reminder that I moved into my new studio space nine years ago. I taught in my old studio for almost fifteen years before that. I don't really count the time before that, but I did instruct a couple HS drumlines in the mid 90s. I'm just gonna call it...

Next year is my 25th teaching anniversary!

Ya'll, we need to celebrate!! I'm going to start planning something.


UPDATE #4 2/2: The studio closure is extended one more day. Looks like it will be in the 60s this weekend! I hope you're all getting some extra practice this week. :)

UPDATE #3 2/1: The studio will be closed today due to the inclement weather.

UPDATE #2 1/31: The studio will remain closed today due to icy weather. The roads look treacherous out there. Stay safe and warm!

UPDATE 1:49pm: It has begun sleeting at the studio. The roads will be a mess in no time. The studio will be closed for in-person lessons this afternoon.

Plano Schools have cancelled after school activities for today, 1/30. Typically this will trigger a studio closing. Since our area has receive very little precipitation, I will be keeping the studio open for students who wish to attend in person, and feel safe to do so. Lessons may also be switched to Zoom. Please let me know in advance if you would prefer a Zoom lesson.

INCLEMENT WEATHER: Your safety is our primary concern. A weather closing is defined as a day the Plano ISD closes schools, or cancels after school events due to weather, or National Weather Services issues a “Watch” or Warning”. Tornado, Flash Flood, Severe Weather, Winter Storm are all possible weather closings. Weather closings will be announced on my page and an email will be sent. Please call, or text if you are unsure. These lessons may be moved to a remote Zoom lesson if teacher and student can both safely do so. I’m sorry, it will not be possible to reschedule these lessons missed due to acts of nature.

Timeline photos 01/03/2023

Happy New Year! 2023 marks my 24th year teaching drums and percussion in Plano, Texas. I've always aligned myself with companies and organizations who share my passion for music education. Zildjian is one such company.

The story of Zildjian has fascinated me since I first started drumming 40 years ago. Congratulations on 400 years!

400 years ago, in 1623, Avedis Zildjian received the Sultan’s blessing to leave his court to start his own cymbal foundry in the suburbs of Constantinople. We've got a lot to celebrate in 2023, and can't wait for you to see what we have in store.


The studio will be closed for Fall Break 11/21 through 11/27 with lessons resuming on 11/28.

Happy Thanksgiving friends! I am thankful for each and every one of you!


Today's Google Doodle featuring Tito Puente is pretty great!

When I was selected for drums in middle school band, my dad took me to buy tapes of the two drummers he knew; Tito Puente, and Buddy Rich.


Students and families,

As previously scheduled and announced the studio will be closed for Flex Weeks 8/28-9/7 for Rob's students. Nader and Chloe's students will enjoy lessons as regularly scheduled, unless other arrangements are made. Their Flex Weeks will be scheduled separately.


PCA Drumline sectionals. Making the most of the cool(ish) weather and shaded courtyard at last week's 3-day Camp.


Reminder: the studio is closed 4/17-4/20 for Spring Flex Week. I hope you have a great week!


Edit 2: A Tornado Watch has just been issued for Plano and some surrounding areas until 11:00pm tonight.

Edit: I am unsure why they have chosen to cancel activities. I do not see severe weather warnings or advisories for our area...

Due to pending inclement weather, PISD has cancelled after school activities. With student safety in mind, students may choose a Zoom lesson if they do not feel safe attending in person.

Students wishing to attend in person may do so.

Stay safe drumming family!

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Elizabeth was putting in some solo marimba work over the weekend.
Due to pending inclement weather, and with student safety in mind, Thursday through Saturday lessons will be offered via...
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2804 Jeremes Lndg
Plano, TX

Opening Hours

Monday 2pm - 8pm
Tuesday 2pm - 8pm
Wednesday 2pm - 8pm
Thursday 2pm - 8pm
Sunday 12:30pm - 7pm
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