I am offering online lessons via Skype and you can pay online via any of the apps listed below in the Method of Payment section.

Private lessons can provide you the personal attention that can benefit your musical growth whether you are a complete beginner, an experienced musician looking to take your playing to another level, interested in learning a new instrument, would like to learn to read music, interested in learning music notation, or  would like to improve upon your rhythmic skills on any instrument.


~Drum Set 
~Orchestral Percussion
~Rudimental Snare Drum
~Beginning Mallets
~Lessons available on other percussion instruments upon inquiry.
~Rhythmic understanding, Note Reading, and/or Music Notation (Appropriate for any instrument).

~Each lesson is customized to the needs of the individual.
~Students are taught to read and write standard musical notation.
~Books along with written handouts and worksheets are used.
~Playing along with provided songs and songs of the students' choice.
~For students that are involved in a school musical ensemble, lessons will include the study of techniques applicable to those percussion instruments as well as the standard curriculum.
~Regardless of instrument and course of study the student will gain a full understanding of reading music, music notation, transcription, application, different genres of music, different time signatures, and the confidence in understanding music as well as performance. ​

Length of Lesson:
30 minute, 45 minute, and 60 minute lessons are available.

Method of Payment:
cash, check, Chase Quickpay/ Zelle, Venmo, Google Wallet, Square Cash, PayPal

*Group lessons are available upon request.

Meg also runs The Chicago Women's Drumming Group.  It meets weekly on Saturdays from 1-2pm.  No experience is necessary.  Perfect for the beginner and intermediate levels but all levels are welcome.  Meet people, be creative, learn an instrument, and have fun in a laid back, comfortable environment.  Contact Meg for additional information and to enroll.  

Contact me at for additional information and to schedule your time.

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Past Panels and Workshops
Drum and Percussion Teachers are invited to this panel discussion I will be speaking at along with Billy Cobham, Joe Bergamini, Victor Salazar, and Rich Stitzel.
​"I'm 43 years old and have been taking lessons (remotely, via Skype) from Meg for a few months now. I cannot emphasize enough what a fantastic teacher she is! Meg is a true professional and knows her stuff-- not only when it comes to drumming, but also when it comes to teaching. Her multifaceted approach includes attention to the rudiments, but also gets you playing actual songs in almost no time, which makes for such a rewarding experience-- which is especially welcome for me, since I'm an absolute beginner when it comes to the drums. The fact that she can do all this remotely via virtual meeting is all the more remarkable!" - Sarah M.

"When I was looking for a drum teacher for my 11 year old daughter, I was looking for someone who would be a great role model of a professional working musician and an inspiration. I found that in Meg Thomas, and she was perfect. She is patient and works well with kids. She has been teaching my daughter for years now. Meg provided the motivation to keep my daughter practicing every day. She has conveyed the skills to make her successful in her high school band. I would recommend her to light the fire of music in anyone!" - Paul J.

". . . you are more than a drum teacher. You have been that special person ... who has brought support and normalcy when there were teenage down times, especially in the last 2 years, just by being here and being a positive influence, in addition to putting his attention on music. You helped rebalance him by changing the focus when he didn't make soph soccer last year and he felt that he lost it all. And there were other teenage angst times which you didn't know about where he would just come upstairs happy again and his usual self after a lesson because you broke the angsty spell. (Of course he would kill me for saying any of this!)" - Mother of a Student
Gift Certificates are available for purchase!
"Drums Around The World"
Grab your passport and take a tour to see “Drums Around The World!”

You will experience about 30 different Percussion instruments from around 20 different countries! 

This show is a fun way to see lots of different types of percussion instruments, where they come from, and some interesting tidbits about them. Educational, Interactive, and Fun! This program is perfect for schools, libraries, and senior communities.