We will teach you to play!
Juha, Axel and Arttu will make it happen!


Juha Räsänen
Hi! I’m Juha Räsänen, one of the teachers at Up & Down Beats! I graduated as a music pedagogue in 2011 from the Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences. I have taught for the past 10-years in various schools e.g. Pop/Jazz Conservatory and Rytmimusiikkiopisto Tauko. In addition to teaching I’m a drummer in several bands, such as Saara Aalto, Niila and the Helsinki Cotonou Ensemble. I’m also the drummer of the house band in the TV program Putous!


Axel Tuliara
Hey! I graduated in 2015 as a musician from The Academy of Contemporary Music, after which I have been working as a freelance musician, as well as a drum teacher in Helsinki. At the moment I’m also doing post-graduate studies at the Metropolia University of Applied Sciences. Years of experience in different types of bands has given me a versatile toolbox that I strive to best share in my classroom. I enjoy seeing the development of my students, and I like to use creativity in teaching.


Arttu Kemppainen
Hey! I’m Arttu Kemppainen and I am a professional musician and drum teacher. I have played many concerts and gigs as a freelancer e.g. pop, rock, jazz and big band music. I have studied to become a musician at the Oulu Conservatory, my teachers were Tauno Räsänen and Olli Estola. Currently I’m studying under Tomi Salesvuo and Tommi Rautiainen at the Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences to become a music pedagogue. My drumming idols are for example Fred White, James Gadson, Elvin Jones, Billy Higgins, and Brian Blade. When I’m teaching, I focus on ergonomic hand and foot techniques, good swing and sound. However, the most important thing is that the lessons are fun!

Teaching techniques

Our modern approach to teaching has its own curriculum, spanning three levels: beginner, intermediate and advanced.

Beginners work on basic rhythms, hand and foot techniques, play alongs, note reading, rudiments, styles, dynamics, how to get a good drum sound and the overall groove. Intermediate and advanced students will focus on song interpretation, groove(s) and different musical genres.

Playing drums is fun! Learning an instrument will naturally develop your self-confidence, intelligence, concentration abilities and team spirit. Playing an instrument and being part of a band is the best thing in the world so start your journey today!

Teaching times

Monday – Thursday 13.00-22.00
With pre-booked appointment


Starting from 119,00€/month, with a 6 month contract
Occasional lesson sold as “4packs” starting from 133,60€
Vouchers available, please contact us!


Christian Schäfer
+358 50 438 6778

Post address

Up & Down Beats
c/o Christian Schäfer
Mäkelänkatu 54A
00510 Helsinki
Business ID: 2267989-4

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