Private Percussion Lessons

Baltimore | Catonsville | Howard County and surrounding areas.

Orlando offers Marimba, Classical Percussion, and Latin Percussion lessons to children and adults at his home studio. The minimum age for children is 6 years old.

Lesson Fees

The fee for a one-hour private lesson is $85.00 and $45.00 for a half hour. Discounted rate for lessons over an hour are available. Join with a friend to make learning more fun and economical.

2 Lesson Pack for one hour each or 4 Lesson Pack for 30 minutes each, $140

3 Lesson Pack for one hour each or 6 Lessons Pack for 30 minutes each, $210

4 Lesson Pack for one hour each or 8 Lesson Pack for 30 minutes each, $260


Private Percussion Lesson With Orlando Cotto Sykesville, MD Home Studio
Cell: 240-483-9710

Welcome to the Orlando’s Percussion Studio! Lesson Objectives, fee and policy

Course Description:

This class involves simple rhythms using sticks on the snare drum. After basic rhythms and coordination is achieved then students will start simple drum set patterns. The purpose of the class is to develop foundational rhythm, expand the utility of the rudiments to the whole drum set within the context of rock; swing, funk, and Latin groove, and improve sticks technique.

Class Objectives:

  1. Basic music theory
  2. Read simple and intermediate patterns, hold simple 4/4 rhythms in time, perform most of the standard rudiments
  3. Hold rhythms in multiple time signatures
  4. Execute multiple genres, navigate simple song structures
  5. Proficient in multiple genres in a performance setting, and an advanced fill technique.

Required books and Materials:

  1. A pair of drum sticks ProMark -2BW Wood Tip or any other brand
  2. A practice Pad & Hand Outs
  3. Alfred’s Kid’s Drumset Course (Beginning) by Dave Black & Steve Houghton CD version. Do not buy the DVD version.
  4. A Fresh Approach to the Snare Drum by Mark Wessels
  5. A Fresh Approach to Mallet Percussion by Mark Wessels

Hints about practice:

Daily practice of lesson materials is essential for your child’s musical growth. Each day’s practice should be at least one session lasting 20 to 30 minutes to provide a sense of variation, schedule sessions at different times of the day (early morning, afternoon, or evenings) throughout the week. Review lesson materials at each practice session.  


Fees and Payment: Lesson rates are based on $45.00 per half hour $85.00 for one hour. This rate will be locked in for current school year. Fees are due at the first lesson of each month. Students will be notified in advance of the upcoming month’s payment. Please, make check payable to Orlando Cotto.

Cancellation Policy: 24 hours advance notice is required for all cancellations. If proper notice cannot be given you will be charged for that lesson. Every effort will be made to make up missed lessons. If a make-up is not possible, payment will still be expected. Exceptions may be made for emergency circumstances.

Preparation for Lessons: All students are expected to prepare for weekly lessons. At the conclusion of each lesson, students will be provided with a clear assignment to be accomplished for the following week. If the student is chronically unprepared for his/her lesson, the instructor will notify to the parents.

Elementary School: 30 Minutes total   Snare drum: 15 minutes and Mallets: 15 minutes

Middle School: 1 hour total Snare drum 20 minutes, Mallets: 25 minutes and Drum set: 15 minutes

High School: 1 a half + Snare drum 20 minutes, Mallets: 30 minutes, Timpani: 15 minutes and Drum set: 20 minutes

Performances: the following performance will be required for each student. These are great opportunities for students to grow, develop musicianship and performers skills!

  • Solos and Ensemble repertoire
  • Spring/Fall recital will take place at Orlando’s Studio
  • IMEA auditions- for middle and high school students (if recommended by instructor)

Termination of lessons: 15 days’ notice is required should you decide to terminate lessons for your student.

Please copy and paste below this line and e-mail to the instructor at

Student Name: ________________________ I, ______________________________, agree to the above terms and agree to pay to Mr. Orlando Cotto for all services.

Chose one of the below sing up options:

2 lessons plan $85 _____.

4 lessons plan $140.00 ____.

6 lessons plan $210.00_____.

8 lessons plan $260.00_____.

Parent signature: _______________________________.


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