Oral History Information
Mat Donaldson set out to create an encouraging and exciting lesson program when he opened his own shop, Drum World, in 1990. He opened the store, located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with the idea that selling drums would be a small part of what he offered his customers. With that, he recalled taking music lessons as a kid and how those classes were structured. Instead of going over rudiments and theory for weeks on a practice pad, Mat designed his lessons so each student could play an acoustic kit from day one and learn songs of interest to them. That teaching method and his clinics, special events, and product lines have made Drum World one of the top shops in the country.