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Popular Percussion Teachers Near Atlanta

Gabriel F.

Marietta, GA
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Daniel F.

Lithonia, GA
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Curtis W.

Lilburn, GA
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Gabriel F. Marietta, GA

Subjects Taught

Drum, Percussion

About Me

Gabe has been playing the drums for twenty years and has been teaching students for about twelve years. In that time he has played with numerous live acts as well as studio work. His experience mostly lies in jazz, funk, blues, latin, and rock. As much as he loves playing these styles he loves to teach them. Gabe's music education began in grammar school and continued through high school. In college he earned a non-music bachelor's degree but never stopped studying the drums. With the help of his own private instructors and continued playing experience, he now considers himself a self-taught musician and uses this experience to show his students how to do the same. His students can expect a challenging curriculum that will make them better players no matter what style of music they play.

Gabe has played with or shared a stage with countless musicians including Average White Band, The Waz, Moe., Moxy Fruvous, Schleiho, Entropy, and Ike Stubblefield. He now plays out regularly and teaches in the Atlanta area where he lives with his wife and two-year-old son.

*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching philosophy centers around the idea that if the student is willing to put in hard work and dedication he or she can accomplish their goals. I try to put an emphasis on hard work and strong practice habits and the benefits that come as a result. That being said, in my lessons I try to keep a fun and laid back atmosphere where the student is not afraid to make mistakes. I expect students to make mistakes so that we can learn from these mistakes. I find that many times new and creative ideas are born from mistakes.

Because every musician is unique, each student is evaluated on an individual basis and a personal curriculum is created that fits the student's needs and goals. Once these goals are charted out a solid foundation of rudiments, technique, and posture is created (or maintained in many cases) for the student to build upon.

The student's goals remain the main focus of the lesson plan. I do not teach in order to create or mold musicians. This is up to the student. I want the student's individualism and creativity to shine through. Students are encouraged to interpret what is taught not to mimic. Soon we will form a relationship in which I start to learn things from the student as well.

I teach out of various books depending on which styles the student wants to learn and accompany them with music to listen to and play along with. I also ask the student to bring some examples of his or her favorite music and drummers so we can dissect what these musicians are doing to better learn from them. Within time the student will be transcribing the music of other drummers as well as writing their own grooves and exercises. With some individual hard work and dedication the student will become a better drummer and over all better student of music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
2 drum sets (acoustic and padded); congas, timbales, bongos, djembe, percussion equipment

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring my own sticks, books, a pad and a drum with stand. I expect the student to have at least their own pad and sticks.

*** Specialties ***
Drumset, hand drums and percussion.

The music I personally like to play and listen to is funk, jazz, blues and latin. I love to teach these styles and to challenge my students to learn these styles. I make sure students have a strong foundation of rudiments. I then show them how to use them creatively and to apply them to the drum set musically. I also put a strong emphasis on groove, keeping time and learning how to play as a member of a group, not just a drummer but a musician.

Daniel F. Lithonia, GA

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Bassoon, Clarinet, Classical Guitar, Flute, French Horn, Guitar, Music Recording, Music Theory, Oboe, Percussion, Piano, Saxophone, Songwriting, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba

About Me

Graduated from Georgia Southern in 2001, with a bachelor degree in music education.

Have worked for Atlanta public schools as a band director since Fall 2002.

Private lessons are taught on piano, guitar, and all the band instruments.

I also have a deep passion for Disc jockeying with a bias towards reggae and dance music.

*** Lesson Details ***
Students can except a stress free learning process. After learning the basic symbols of music notation, breathing, and simple rhthyms the students will continue learning the techniques and fingerings on their chosen intsrument. After mastering these basic concepts in music the children will then be given a chance to perform their songs to an instrumental accompaniment. This is good for the student who does not play in an ensemble to have the opportunity to play and listen to other moving parts.

*** Specialties ***
music, bass guitar, bassoon, childrens music, guitar, classical guitar, electric guitar, home recording, African drum, music theory, acoustic guitar, flute, oboe, trumpet, saxophone, tuba, songwriting, french horn, trombone, clarinet, recording school, piano
My method utilizes maracas and rhythm guitar, played Simultaneously to produce a full ensemble effect.

Curtis W. Lilburn, GA

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Performance, Percussion

About Me

Georgia State University - Percussion Performance study for four years with Jack Bell, Bill Wilder, Paul and Mark Yanchich, Atlanta Symphony members, and Robbie Coleman professional drummer. Completed BBA in management, 1993.

I have played in various club bands, orchestra, concert/honor band, drum and bugle corp, percussion ensembles, and original rock and roll bands.

I have played since elementary school so by this point, I have many experiences and examples to teach from as I think real life stories can teach a great deal.

For the last twelve years, I've played at Grace Fellowship Church in Snellville on the Worship Team.

*** Lesson Details ***
I want students to enjoy learning and playing. I am easy to get along with and enjoy the teacher - student relationship.

The focus of the lesson plan includes reading, rudiments, coordination, technique, and timing with a balance between each of these areas. It is also important to include specific goals of the student with regard to the style of music and areas of interest.

Concert Snare, Full set, and a variety of percussion instruments can all be incorporated into the whole learning experience, dependent upon the direction the student wishes to pursue.

The lessons will be informative and also fun.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons will occur in the lower portion of the house (basement). He has an acoustic kit. Street or driveway parking

*** Specialties ***
The focus of the lesson plan includes reading, rudiments, coordination, technique, and timing with a balance between each of these areas. It is also important to include specific goals of the student with regard to the style of music and areas of interest. Concert Snare, Full set, and a variety of percussion instruments can all be incorporated into the whole learning experience, dependent upon the direction the student wishes to pursue. The lessons will be informative and also fun.

Stephen D.

Stone Mountain, GA
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Don M.

Ellenwood, GA
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James (Butch) B.

Dawsonville, GA
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Stephen D. Stone Mountain, GA

Subjects Taught

Drum, Percussion, Piano

About Me

I have over 30 years of combined education and experience performing and teaching percussion and piano. I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Alabama,with Piano as my secondary instrument. I hold a Master's Degree in Percussion Performance from Indiana University, with a Cognate in Jazz Studies. I have taught private percussion, drum set, and piano lessons for over 30 years. I performed for 10 years as a contract percussionist with the Savannah Symphony Orchestra, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the Macon Symphony Orchestra, and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. I have performed in orchestras with accomplished musicians including The Moody Blues (Chastain Park), Judy Collins, and Henry Mancini.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like my students to have some fun while they learn. I ask that you practice 30 minutes a day, so that you can spend your lesson time learning and moving forward. For piano, I use the Alfred series, as well as the Real Book (jazz standards), and of course sheet music for classical pieces and popular tunes. After three months, you will have learned how to play the basic scales and chords, as well as some introductory classical and popular material. On drums after six months, you will know the first thirteen rudiments and some of the basic rock beats, and you will be playing with some rock ballads. After six months on piano, you will be playing all of the major scales and chords and the basic minor chords. You will be playing some Bach and Mozart, and you will start on some basic jazz standards. On drums, you will have learned most of the 26 basic rudiments, and you will be playing along with some medium tempo rock songs. You will have learned some coordinated independence to start playing jazz and swing styles (which by the way are the building blocks for playing R&B and hip-hop). And you'll enjoy the journey! I enjoy seeing my students grow as they learn. I have had students of mine go on to play in the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps, get advanced music degrees, and become recording artists. The current Percussion Instructor at the University of Alabama was my percussion student. While I know that not everyone seeks to play professionally, you will learn the tools to play well. I look forward to teaching you!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Front and side entrance upright piano in living room plus drum set, electronic keyboard, seating for parents.

*** Specialties ***
Drums --- Rock, Jazz
Percussion --- Rudimental, Symphonic
Piano --- Jazz, Jazz Theory, Popular

Don M. Ellenwood, GA

Subjects Taught

Arrangement and Composition, Bongo, Clarinet, Conga Drums, Drum, Flute, Hand Drums, Marimba, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano, Saxophone, Songwriting, Trombone, Trumpet, Xylophone

About Me

*** Studio Equipment ***
functional room...two keyboards and a computer set-up...misc. percussion

*** Travel Equipment ***
Electric keyboard (if necessary) Some percussion. Students expected to provide
own horns if that's instrument of choice.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, R&B, Jazz improv techniques, mallet percussion (vibraphone, marimba)
Digital music production

James (Butch) B. Dawsonville, GA

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Songwriting

About Me

1. Years of touring/studio/stage experience
2. Played on several movie soundtracks
3 .Performed with over 15 off Broadway Musicals
4 .Atlanta Institute of music instructor/graduate
5. Instructed/Performed at several drum clinics
6. Endorsed by Silverfox drumsticks and Grover Pro Percussion.

*** Lesson Details ***
I enjoy teaching and seeing how far I can take a student. My students have gone from never having played a note, to opening for one of my bands. Other students that have been playing for years come to me to help put them on the track to touring; and some have ended up playing the Virgin Islands! I love being hands-on with not only the education, but the possible future of being a drummer! Longevity! This is all I do - I wrap my life in drums and music and I wold love for you to be an outlet to pour that into, and watch you become your own entity as a drummer. Lets talk about how we can make you what you want to be as a musician, as everyone learns differently - so lets figure it out! The world needs quality musicians! The world needs you!

*** Studio Equipment ***
2 Full kits! Full PA system! Everything we need!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide anything that's needed to accomplish the lesson.

*** Specialties ***
All styles of drums and percussion. Reading and Theory

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