Christian Johnson

Certified Private Instructor

Christian Johnson is a professional drummer and drum educator in the greater San Bernardino area. As the touring drummer for the 80’s band Bow Wow Wow, Johnson brings his classically-trained music understanding to the band’s Burundi Beat-inspired rock, punk and pop; on full display in their 1982 hit, “I Want Candy.”
Christian taught private drum lessons for about 5 years in the area surrounding his hometown of Clifton, NJ and was the Drumline Instructor with the Mahwah High School Marching band for two seasons. After earning his Bachelor’s of Music degree at William Paterson University, Christian worked in the record industry for 12 years, most recently as an A&R producer for Universal Music Group. Here he oversaw the planning and release of hundreds of albums on the Capitol Records and Universal labels, including The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Pink Floyd, Justin Bieber, and Megadeth. He also headed a 120-album reissue for Blue Note Records, with whom he produced Jazz Drumming Legends, a collaboration with Modern Drummer Magazine. During his time there, Christian volunteered to speak about jobs in the music industry with middle-school aged children in the LA Unified School District.
Christian has played drums for Melody Thornton of The Pussycat Dolls, provided “military sounding drums” for a Katy Perry music video, played and recorded with Venice Beach-based Little Galaxies, and continues to play and write music with Los Angeles-based rock band Glowbird.
Christian provides free lessons on his website and online via YouTube. He is also the author of Paradiddlemania!, a drum method book soon to be published on Wizdom Media/ Hudson Music.


I believe in fostering a student's love of music. My progressive teaching program not only focuses on developing a strong foundation of fundamentals, it thoughtfully demonstrates how they apply to a student's passions, so that they can go forward and be creative for themselves. I teach how to learn and appreciate music - a skill that can be applied to all areas of education and life. I'm known for being able to quickly design new approaches to lesson material, often creating exercises on the fly to help a student gain a better understanding for themselves. I also encourage students to bring topics that interest them to the lessons. If a student wants to learn something that I don't know, then we can learn it together. If a student has other musical interests, like beat-making or playing other percussion instruments, I seek to incorporate those interests into the lessons.

Professional Affiliations


D'Addario Education Collective