Ryan Elwood

Certified Private Instructor

Ryan Elwood is a drummer and drum instructor based out of Denver, Colorado. Throughout his career, he has performed at venues such as Red Rocks Amphitheatre and the Pepsi Center as well as at festivals including the Underground Music Showcase (UMS) and Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest. Ryan has also recorded at several studios, including The Keep in Denver, Swingfingers Recording Studio in Fort Collins, and United Interests Sound Studios in Boulder.
Ryan has been a working musician since age fifteen, playing styles as varied as pop, rock, country, folk, R&B, blues, and jazz. Over the past two decades, he has become an in-demand sideman, performing and recording with several artists in the Rocky Mountain region.
In addition to his work on stage and in the studio, Ryan is an educator who has been teaching since 2002.


One-on-one instruction is a great way to get the perspective you need to grow as a drummer. For nearly two decades, I have been providing drummers with the tools to make noticeable improvements in their playing and helping musicians get to the next level.
In addition to working on drum set styles and grooves, hand and foot technique, reading, coordination, and music theory, you’ll discover new ways to listen (in a musical sense), practice (in an effective manner), and gain confidence in your ability to play with other musicians.