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About Glenn Thilman

Glenn Thilman
Glenn Thilman
Music Teacher, Master
Location: Issaquah, WA
Speaks: English
Instructs: Drums, Music Theory
Education: LOS ANGELES VALLEY COLLEGE (1974-1977): Performance - Jazz Ensemble; Orchestra; Wind & Percussion Ensemble. Music Theory and Commercial Music Program. THE DICK GROVE SCHOOL OF MUSIC (1973-1977): Jazz Theory and Jazz Improvisation with Master Instructor Dick Grove. Jazz Ensemble - Master Instructors, Alf Clausen and Dick Grove. Percussion Ensemble - Master Instructors Emil Richards and Larry Bunker. PRIVATE DRUMS STUDY - Master Instructors, Freddie Gruber; Hack O'Brien
Performance Experience: My Long and varied background in music performance includes: Live performance and recording experience with professional and community music groups, bands. This has included the following music organizations: Rock; Pop; Blues; Soul and Funk; Jazz Fusion; Jazz; Big Band jazz; Latin Jazz; Contemporary Christian worship; World Music; Symphony and Wind Ensemble; and Musical Theater pit drumming and percussion. I have remained active in music performance throughout my career.
Teaching Experience: I have taught drums and percussion through Music & Arts since 2014. Prior to Music & Arts, I taught through Mills Music stores from 2000, up to joining Music & Arts in August 2014. I have had a successful private music instruction practice for over 30 years. This has included time as a private music instructor for the Issaquah School District and Drum class teacher for the H.O.M.E Program through the Renton School District as well.
Teaching Philosophy: Thank you for your interest in Lessons at Music & Arts. It is my mission and passion to provide a quality Lesson program experience to every student at Music & Arts. They receive the foundation, and skills to reach their musical goals. I instruct and guide my students into a well rounded, comprehensive Lesson program experience. My hope is that they will develop an ongoing enjoyment for drumming and music as I have. I provide instruction in Drum set, Concert Percussion and Hand Drums.

Get to know Glenn Thilman

Hello, I'm Glenn Thilman. Your Drums and Percussion Teacher here at Music & Arts, Issaquah, WA.

My passion for drumming and teaching draws from 50 years of playing, performing and teaching experience. I am a second generation Musician, and Drummer. My father, Robert "Buddy" Thilman was a working professional musician and drummer for all his life. You might say, Music and Drumming are in my DNA.

My interest and study of Drums began at age 12. My dear mother, Lorraine worked at Walt Disney Studios in CA. Through her associates at Disney, she obtained a referral to my first Drum Teacher, Hack O'Brien. Hack was the father of 1950's Disney Mouseketeer, Cubby O'Brien. He put me on the path of drumming and music I'm on today.


I have had a very successful teaching career of over 30 years teaching students of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. I have a proven ability to build good rapport and skills, while always being inclusive to all students. I have had a consistent ability to connect with and inspire hundreds of students. 


My daily focus and goal passes on my knowledge and experience to all my students.

I look forward to speaking with you about your interest in Drum or Percussion Lessons here at Music & Arts.

Glenn Thilman teaches at:
6130 E Lake Sammamash Pkwy SE Suite E
Issaquah, WA 98029
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