Rahul Ranganathan - Teacher #2780

- Djembe
- Drumset
- Marimba
- Percussions
- Vibraphone
- Xylophone

- Counterpoint
- Dictation
- Ear Training
- Harmony
- Music History
- Music Theory (Advanced)
- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)
- Solfege

- English

Teaching Philosophy

As someone who touched a drum for the first time at the age of two, and has been performing on percussion for over twelve years, I'm firmly of the view that music is both crucial and highly beneficial to one's development - regardless of whether you're interested in pursuing music full-time or simply want a new hobby. In addition to being a great stress reliever, learning music is a great way to strengthen a whole host of skills that are useful in other aspects of life, such as memory, focus, concentration, and even physical fitness!

One of my firm beliefs is that it's never too late to start learning a new skill, and I think this is even more true in this case - the healing power of music is always just a few notes away, ready to emerge as soon as you pick up your instrument. So if you're on the fence about starting lessons, whether you're a child or an adult looking to learn an instrument for the first time or even get back into playing after a while, I'm happy to help guide you on your musical journey greatness.

Musical Education

I have a Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance from the Schulich School of Music of McGill University.
I began studying drum set at the age of five, and mallet percussion at the age of eight. I completed Grade 8 of the ABRSM Percussion Program in 2016 with a Distinction, and in 2019, graduated from KM Music Conservatory with a Performance Diploma and Outstanding Achievement and multiple Best Performer awards during all three of my years there.
In 2022, I graduated from McGill University, with an Outstanding Achievement in Percussion and on the Dean's Honour List.
My principal teachers included Anantha R Krishnan, one of India's most renowned percussionists, and Fabrice Marandola, Percussion Department Head at McGill and director of CIRMMT, the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology.

Awards and Distinctions

- Schulich School of Music of McGill University: Dean's Honour List and Outstanding Achievement in Percussion (2022)
- Schulich School of Music of McGill University: Bourse d'étude commémorative Pierre Béluse (2020)
- KM Music Conservatory (KMMC) in Chennai, India: Best Performer, Western Music (2017, 2018, 2019)
- KMMC: Overall Achievement Award (2017, 2019)
- KMMC: Best Performer, Hindustani Music (2017)
- ABRSM Percussion Grade 8: Distinction (2016)

Special Skills and Training

- Percussive Arts Society Days of Percussion Festival (2020, 2022) - McGill University: Study of Percussion Pedagogy (2021) - McGill University: Advanced Music Theory Tutor, (2021) - Fête de la Musique, Chennai (2019) - KM Music Conservatory (KMMC) in Chennai, India: Summer Percussion Instructor (2019) - Madras Jazz Festival, Chennai (2018) - South Asian Music Residency in Chennai, India (2017) - ABRSM Percussion Grade 8 Completed (2016) - KMMC: Certificate in Electronic Music Production (2016) - Chennai Music Festival (2014)


30 Minutes: $39.00
45 Minutes: $49.00
60 Minutes: $59.00

There is a one-time registration fee of 25 $ charged with the first lessons. All Taxes are included in prices, if applicable

NOTE: Your Credit card will be charged ONLY when the first lesson is set up and confirmed with the teacher


1. Cancellation Policy

Lessons not cancelled or rescheduled with at least 24 hours notice are billable to the client and payable to the teacher. This does not of course apply to travel fees unless the notice is effectively given at the door and the teacher has travelled to the location.

2. Cessation (quitting) Policy

A client must provide a 2 lesson notice period to stop lessons. So a weekly student needs to give 2 weeks of notice, a biweekly student works out to 3 weeks notice and a twice weekly student works out to a week of notice.

3. Illness Policy

Lessons cancelled due to illness or extraordinary circumstances with less than 24 hours notice remain billable to the client and payable to the teacher.

BAH teachers are encouraged to offer a make-up lesson at a future date in the interest of client relations and general goodwill. This only makes sense as teaching a student with the flu for example, will ruin the rest of your week's employment.

No more than 2 lessons may be made up due to illness within a 60 day period.

4. Rescheduling Policy

Any lesson can be cancelled or rescheduled with at least 24 hours notice.

Summer Vacation and Extended Absence Policy

Clients may schedule longer absences for trips etc. 24 hours notice is required.

It is normal and typical for students and about 20% of our teachers to schedule a break in the summer. We do not enforce a notice period (see cessation of lessons) at the end of a long summer break.

5. Evaluation Period

There are no free trial lessons with Beethoven at Home but we do offer a 2 lesson evaluation period where it is easy to try out a teacher. There are no free lessons during the evaluation period and clients may choose to discontinue the lessons at any time by providing the required 24 hours notice. After the student's 3rd lesson the required 2 lesson notice period will apply (see cessation of lessons above).