NO! in fact, I feel that reading music only makes our ears weaker because we end up relying on our eyes even more. Just think about anybody you know that has taken lessons on an instrument. If they have only learned by reading music they can only play if sheet music is available. Now think about your heroes, are any of them reading music at concerts or when they record? If the answer is no, I would suspect that reading music for you would be a complete departure from your original intentions on being a drummer. There are exceptions of course. For example, drummers that are interested in pursuing a music degree, playing in musicals or cruise ships. For those drummers reading is crucial and I can certainly help in that department. Bottom line, the most difficult aspect of music for most people is developing their ears. My teaching style and philosophy is heavily centered around ear training.