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Popular Percussion Teachers Near Allston

Brandon M.

Somerville, MA
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Evan C.

Somerville, MA
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Laura B.

Medway, MA
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Brandon M. Somerville, MA

Subjects Taught

Broadway Singing, Drum, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Percussion, Piano, Singing

About Me

Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Brandons first musical experiences were on a child size drum set given to him on his 6th Christmas.Then i started learning some of the basic fundamentals of drumming from playing in church.Like funk, and reggae an blues. Brandon finally took music seriously in MiddleSchool and began taking lessons from Dustin Haner, a member of the very first graduating class of the USC Thornton Music and Peter Eriskin now a teacher at the Thornton School. After studying under these talented individuals, Brandon went on to pursue his education in music where he graduated from Cal State Fullerton University in 2008 with a degree in Music. After college, Brandon began work as a freelance musician and percussion teacher, teaching hundreds of students in the Long Beach and La, CA area. In July 2008 he relocated to Boston, MA, where he attend school, teaches, freelances, and plays drums and percussion in local/national funk/jazz/rock/reggae groups.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a very easy going, friendly individual who believes that learning music is built upon a strong relationship between teacher and student. And most importantly the desire to LEARN and have FUN. I approach teaching music by knowing and understanding the student's musical goals, and teaching fundamentals, theory, and technique through the style(s) of music that the student wants to learn. For beginners, I tend to teach subjectively to find out what really makes them tick...

*** Studio Equipment ***
second room w/ drum set turned into a studio couch for seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide the book material and songs an song lists. I expect the student to have there own instrument.

Evan C. Somerville, MA

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Bass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Composition, Country Guitar, Drum, Ear Training, Fitness, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano, Songwriting, Strength and Conditioning, Stretching, Ukulele, Upright Bass

About Me

Born and raised in New Jersey, Evan Michael C. was surrounded by music from a young age. His father, Salvatore C., a talented guitarist dreamed that each of his children would learn a different instrument. After Evan’s eldest brother claimed the guitar, Evan reluctantly picked up the bass at the age of 13. At first, Evan was not happy: It was heavy, and it hurt his fingers. But Evan quickly learned to love the power the bass had over the bandstand and after a few lessons, it was clear that the instrument fit him like a glove.

He soon began to perform with high school rock bands, sneaking into local bars and clubs for weekend gigs. A new-found appreciation for upright bass led Evan to start his own trio, sparking a love of R&B and Jazz music that thrives in him to this day. Late in his high school career, he began to set his eye on top music schools, hoping to pursue his craft professionally. He wanted to play with the best, learn from the best and become the best.

In 2007 he was invited to attend Berklee College of Music, an opportunity he would not take for granted. Boston was a whole new world for Evan and he quickly began joining up-and-coming artists for live and studio sessions. His initial efforts paid off in 2009 as he was selected to perform in the American Songbook Concert featuring Burt Bacharach and Grammy award-winning singer Paula Cole.

Evan graduated from Berklee in 2011 and has split the last several years between studio gigs and touring with renown international acts. Currently, Evan works as the live and studio bassist for Jazz/Pop vocalist Nikki Yanofsky, the touring bassist for Country singer Nicole Frechette, and as the bassist for Boston-based R&B group Biscuits & Gravy.

In the last year alone, Evan has worked with executive producers Quincy Jones and Rod Temperton and recorded a live session documentary at Capitol Records featuring Herbie Hancock. Evan will spend the Summer of 2013 on an international tour with Nikki Yanofsky before returning to Boston, Massachusetts where he currently resides.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Drum Set
Studio Gear

*** Travel Equipment ***
Whatever I need to bring I will

*** Specialties ***
Funk, Jazz, Rock, R&B, Pop, ect

Laura B. Medway, MA

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Audition Prep, Bass Guitar, Clarinet, Classical Piano, Composition, Conga Drums, Djembe, Drum, Ear Training, Fiddle, Flute, Guitar, Hand Drums, Music Performance, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano, Synthesizer, Tabla, Trumpet, Violin, Xylophone

About Me

I am an all around musician who loves to share my knowledge and passion for music with others. I find it just as important to know how to teach someone as it is to know about the instrument you are teaching.

As far as my performance experience, I have a Masters in World Music Performance from California Institute of the Arts and a Bachelors in Percussion Performance and Music Education from Ithaca College (Ithaca, NY). I has also studied traditional Irish music at the University of Limerick (Ireland). I have been a guest drum set soloist with the San Diego State Javanese Gamelan and a guest musician with the Yelle-Belle Dance Ensemble in New York City. I have collaborated with such artists as Barry Goldberg (Bob Dylan), Bonnie Pointer (The Pointer Sisters/Solo Artist), James Galway (flute soloist), and Alex Del Zoppo (Sweetwater). I hav enjoyed performing with ensembles in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and REDCAT. My teachers include Gordon Stout, Alan Abel, Tim Genis, Tom Gauger, John Bergamo, John Joe Kelly, and Randy Gloss. I was the Principal Timpanist for the West Covina Symphony from 2008-2010. Currently I am the Studio Drummer at Melrose Music Studios in Hollywood and the drummer for Los Angeles based bands Lizzy Williams and The Learning System. I am also is a section percussionist for The Orchestra Unleashed, an orchestra specializing in Contemporary Classical music. I can be heard on Bonnie Pointer's new release "Like A Picasso" (Universal Music Group)

I am the band director/music teacher at Holliston High School and have been teaching privately since 1999.

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I enjoy working with students ages 5-adult. I use a mix of method books, video, and audio examples in my teaching. I have a curriculum that I stick to, but I like to see what the student is interested in learning about as well and working that into our lessons. For drum students, I start every student on a practice pad first before moving on to drum set and each student must learn orchestral and rudimentary snare drum techniques even if they are just interested in drum set. Learning to read music and music theory are also covered during lessons and are required learning.

A first lesson for a beginning drummer will cover how to hold the sticks properly and an introduction to reading music. We will also watch video clips of famous drummers and we will discuss who your favorite musicians/bands are so that we can cover those interests during future lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Separate room: semi-soundproofed, drum kit, lots of percussion, computer, Violin, Flute. Audio recording capable.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Computer, Practice Pad/Sticks, Violin, Flute

*** Specialties ***
Classical Percussion, jazz/rock drum set, world percussion.

Violin, Flute


Alexander G.

Boston, MA
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Danilo H.

Roxbury, MA
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Kyle H.

Brighton, MA
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Alexander G. Boston, MA

Subjects Taught

Ear Training, Guitar, Hand Drums, Mandolin, Music Theory, Percussion, Songwriting, Ukulele

About Me

As a mandolinist and arranger, Alex has worked with accomplished musicians from all over the world. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Performance from Berklee College of Music in 2012 with a minor in Latin American Music and Cultural Studies. During his studies at Berklee, Alex was featured in Latin Grammy Award winner Alejandro Sanz’s music video for “La Musica No Se Toca.” Alex travels annually to Italy and Brazil to study and perform.

Alex’s focus as a music teacher is supporting each student’s individual interests. He encourages his students to be innovative with their ideas while integrating his research and curriculum of world folk, jazz, and classical music into their education. Alex’s skill and expertise position him as one of the top up-and-coming mandolinists and composers. This is complemented by his eager attitude and desire to share his wealth of knowledge. Students enjoy his fresh approach, easy going personality, and diverse ability to span several different styles of music fluently.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the living room, amps, music stands, chairs

*** Travel Equipment ***
Sheet Music, extra strings, picks, tuners, books, supplementary materials, extra instruments: whatever is needed.

Danilo H. Roxbury, MA

Subjects Taught

Drum, French Horn, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano, Songwriting, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba

About Me

Danilo is a multi-instrumentalist originally from Long Island, New York and currently based out of Boston. He has been involved in many successful projects along the east coast. Danilo is a current member of Full Tang and Debo Band. He has also been a member of internationally acclaimed Afrobeat group The Superpowers and had toured extensively playing percussion with indie-rock band Rubblebucket.

Danilo has studied classical trumpet performance at the New England Conservatory of Music with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra as well as percussion and drums with other esteemed faculty members (Rakalam Bob Moses, Jamey Haddad). In addition to his conservatory training, Danilo has studied traditional West African drumming at the Dagbe Cultural Center in Kopeyia, Ghana.

Danilo's performance opportunities have taken him from Boston's Jordan Hall to numerous locations in New York (Alice Tully Hall, Cornelia St. Cafe FONT music series), and more extensive tours to Toronto and back. His repertoire includes orchestral, church service, dance music, completely improvised music and original compositions.

Education has long been a passion for Danilo and he has been teaching private music lessons as well as instruction in the Boston public schools for years. In addition to his studio, which is comprised of primarily brass and percussion instrumentalists, he teaches general musicianship in areas such as improvisation, body awareness, composition, music theory, solfege, and music history. Danilo teaches all levels and ages 5 - 100+. His students value his patience and ability to find an inspiring path to discovery for each individual. Danilo has also shown himself to be very effective in the classroom setting, having given clinics to groups of students aged first grade to high school.

Danilo considers his success as a performer to be in a direct relationship with the success of his teaching and he aims to spread to the joy of music making and appreciation as wide as possible.

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My teaching style is relaxed and supportive while always aiming to increase the knowledge of the student. My strong technical background combined with a deep sense for wide-ranging musical styles allows me to find what inspires a student initially and use their interests and strengths to lead them to new discovery and technical efficiency.

While I hope to facilitate a passion for making music in my students in any way possible, I continue to relate their training to body awareness and building good playing habits. This area of study, often loathed by students, will benefit them greatly and I believe it is a matter of presenting the material as a part of the same emotionally satisfying process that will allow them to take joy in practice.

While each individual learns at a different pace, I strive to point out the progress my students have made because I find this recognition of achievement, no matter how small, is essential in a student's continued love of studying music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
lessons in dedicated music room with all instruments and equipment; upright piano, drum set and percussion gear

*** Specialties ***
Improvisation, Traditional West African drumming as well as popular music from different regions in Africa, Classical solo trumpet and orchestral performance, Latin percussion.

Kyle H. Brighton, MA

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Performance, Percussion

About Me

With 16 years of drumming experience, I've had extensive training from some of the top percussive instructors. From an early age I pursued drum set education studying Jazz and rock primarily. For college I attended the Pennsylvania State University where I was a member and 2 year captain of the Marching Blue Band. During my last two years as captain I managed and taught all 32 members of the drumline. I also have marched two years of WGI with the Penn State Indoor line and one year of DCI in the Jersey Surf quad line.

Currently I live and teach in Boston to a variety of students of all skill and age ranges. If you want to drum and love to learn you will have a blast with me. My goal is to share my passion with whoever is looking to be inspired and help promote the Mind of a Drummer education concept I talk about in the majority of my instruction. See my drum services tab for a full description!


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