About John Odom
John started playing the drums at the age of ten and has been playing the drums and percussion for thirty-five years. He played snare drum and bass drum in the symphonic band in junior high and high school. He also played in the Drum and Bugle Corps in the Air Force where they marched in parades and won many awards for excellence. He has played in three Christian bands and one rock band. Currently he plays the drums in a Christian rock band here in Orlando. He is also the worship drummer for his church. This long and ongoing experience of playing with live musicians has prepared John to skillfully teach others how to become the drummers and musicians they aspire to be.
John believes that the best teachers are also good students of their craft. He often reminds his students that even though he is a teacher he is also a lifelong student of the drum set. John emphasizes the importance on continuing to learn and grow as a teacher and player to give his students the best lessons possible. He started teaching in September of 2009 and he has learned and grown so much both as a Drum Teacher and also as a person. Forming relationships with parents and students are very important to him. John believes that he is very blessed and humbled to share his love of drumming and musicianship with others. Along with teaching drum lessons John is also teaching the youth group band at his church to play live music at their weekly meetings.
John's education includes completing the Drum Set Fundamentals course with Berklee College of Music in 2012 taught by Professor Yoron Israel. He completed the Introduction to Music Theory course at Valencia Community College in 2014. He has attended several drum clinics by many top drummers and teachers including Steve Gadd, Tommy Igoe, Pat Petrillo, Chris Coleman, and others. He has learned much about how to improve and be creative as a drummer from these clinics.
John is affiliated with several teaching organizations. He is a member of the Professional Drum Teachers Guild, the Sabian Education Network, and the D'Addario Education Collective. He is also a Drumeo and Drumsense certified instructor.
John believes that great teachers put their whole heart and soul into their craft. Teaching the drums gives him the privilege and opportunity to invest in the lives of people. Learning to be a musician is a fun and exciting journey and John does everything he can to help his students enjoy this journey.