Ryan Van Fleet has been playing drums his whole life, but he received his first drum-set when he was 11. While in middle school and high school, Ryan took part in band and Jazz Ensemble. He modeled himself after legendary rock drummers of the 60s and 70s, but as he got older he developed a strong interest in jazz and world music. As a result, he is extremely versatiile in his playing and his taste in music is eclectic to say the least. Ryan can play guitar, bass, ukulele, piano, and a few other string instruments, but his main focus is the drums. His teaching skills were developed by helping friends and fellow band mates starting around 2000; he began teaching professionally in 2009.