Andrew Rooney | Pro Drummer | Drum Tutor | BMus Jazz Performance
“My number 1 aim for you is to have fun and fall in love with the drums.”

Professional drum lessons in Auckland.

Hi there! I’m Andrew Rooney, a drummer and drum tutor based in Auckland, NZ. Since graduating from the Auckland University Jazz Programme in 2009, I have taught private students full time and gigged consistently in every possible situation. From full orchestras to cafe jazz gigs, corporate covers gigs, theatre productions at the Civic Theatre and Showband cruise ship gigs in the Caribbean.  I achieved all the drumming goals I had set for my own playing, but soon realised my real skill was learning, and my passion was passing that knowledge on through teaching. 

I teach all levels.

Whether you’re an absolute beginner, an occasional drummer with a few tricks, or a seasoned pro, I can help you achieve your drumming goals.


If you have little or no drum experience, our beginner drum lessons teach you the basics of drumming and music theory, fast.

Perhaps you’ve been playing for several years, but your drumming has plateaued? I can help to get you to the next level.

In music, like sport, even the best players still benefit from coaching. If you’re ready to push yourself to be your best, I can help. 

I am a contributing writer/reviewer at Modern Drummer Magazine

Modern Drummer is a monthly publication targeting the interests of drummers and percussionists. The magazine features interviews, equipment reviews, and columns offering advice on all aspects of drumming. Modern Drummer is also available online.
First published in 1977, today the print version of Modern Drummer is available in 67 countries.

Styles of drumming you can learn.

All drumming starts with similar principles, but I am happy to focus on any style of drumming you wish to master.


Learn the strong rhythmic grooves that define Rock drumming.

RnB | Soul

Learn the authentic beats. time feels and intricacies of this wide ranging genre.


Learn how to master ghost notes and syncopated patterns associated with FUNK!

Here’s my free recording setup for students to use.

What my students say.

”My son Dylan thinks Andrew is an awesome teacher who makes learning to drum a lot of fun. Andrew encourages and motivates Dylan to practice and have fun along the way. We look forward to attending lessons every week.” 

Tracy Alloway

I highly recommend Andrew as a drum teacher to people of all ages. I was an adult student of his and enjoyed his approach to the drums and knowledge he has behind him. If you are looking for a guy who has been there and done that in the drumming world then Andrew is your guy.”

Hamish Mio

“I have been a student of Andrew’s for three years. Throughout that time, he has always been a teacher who continually encourages me and presents me with new challenges and techniques to ensure I keep striving and, just as importantly, enjoying my drumming.”

Andrew P

Andrew’s NZ Drummer Podcast.

Listen to my in depth conversations with some of the world’s leading drummers.

Andrew talks to Mike Johnston
Andrew talks to Jared Falk
Andrew talks to Ash Soan
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