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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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Rick A.

Norcross, 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.

Rick A. Norcross, GA

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Drum, Guitar, Percussion

About Me

I'm a freelance drummer and teacher working in the Gwinnett County area. I have been playing in and around Atlanta since 1979 and moved here in 1981. I have been teaching for the Gwinnett School Of Music since 1997 and currently have 25 full-time students. I continue to perform on a regular basis with several local acts and work a few months a year with a local middle school percussion section. I received an early education in marching and symphonic music under band director John V. Mazza and had the privilege of marching with the 1st place trophy winning Prince George High School Band of Petersburg, Virginia in the 1969 Tournament of Roses parade in Pasadena, California. During the 70s I toured throughout the southeast and midwest with a variety of bands based out of Panama City, and Miami, Florida.

*** Lesson Details ***
I try to tailor the lessons to the desire and goals of the student but I encourage all to learn to read, develop good practice skills and most of all...have fun. It's supposed to be fun, that's why it's called playing. I generally start a beginning student with the Alfred snare drum method for learning to read and develop hand coordination then get them into playing a full drum set as soon as possible. I am willing to work from any book the student has or prefers and I also draw from many publications I have in my arsenal. My studio is equipped with 2 full drum sets and a PA system for playing to recordings or to jam with me playing guitar or bass to develop live performance skills. After 3 months students should have a basic knowledge of reading and enough coordination to play basic beats on the drum set. By six months the student should be able to play along to recorded music and other musicians. I try to keep lessons fun and laid back with a strong focus on the task at hand.

It is not necessary for a student to own drums to begin lessons but I recommend getting them as soon as possible to help maintain interest and practice at home.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in home studio, 2 drum kits, full PA system, guitar, bass and amps.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide a variety of teaching materials and always have extra sticks.

The student is to provide sticks, an Alfred Snare Drum Method Book 1 and a staff paper notebook. Books are optional depending on the goals of the student but are encouraged.

*** Specialties ***
I use the Alfred snare drum method to teach reading for symphonic and marching snare drum (school band). I specialize on full drum set in Rock, Blues, Pop, Country, Alternative, Punk and Metal (double bass) . I also teach basic Jazz, Hip-Hop, Latin and Afro-Cuban styles.

Linda L.

Tucker, GA
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Stephen D.

Stone Mountain, GA
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John S.

Peachtree City, GA
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Linda L. Tucker, GA

Subjects Taught

Arithmetic, Banjo, Basic Math, Bass Guitar, Elementary Math, English, Geometry, Guitar, Mandolin, Music Theory, Percussion, Phonics, Piano, Pre Algebra, Reading, Singing, Songwriting

About Me

*** Travel Equipment ***
I do not typically provide any equipment - but I am willing to select and purchase books for the students to learn from (cost of books to be reimbursed by the student/parent) when requested to do so.

I am also willing to provide stick-on note-names for the keyboard, for young children.

The students must have their own instruments, music stand, paper and pencil, and provide a folder for sheet music and notes/instructions.

*** Specialties ***
On guitar, I specialize in the following styles: jazz, rock, blues, folk, bluegrass, and children's songs.
Piano: I prefer electronic keyboard to acoustic piano, but am happy to teach beginning students on a regular piano as well. I teach note-reading, playing by ear, and theory. When using an electronic keyboard, I include more rhythm development, arranging, chord theory, and use of the many features of an electronic keyboard, in the lessons.
English: I am qualified, by years of tutoring, to tutor/teach English (spoken, written, and reading comprehension) to both native English speakers and to those learning it as a second language.
*** I am particularly good at working with children who have a.d.h.d. and other learning disabilities!

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

John S. Peachtree City, GA

Subjects Taught

Accompaniment, Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Audio Engineering, Audition Prep, Baroque Flute, Bass Clarinet, Bass Guitar, Bassoon, Bass Trombone, Cello, Celtic Flute, Clarinet, Classical Guitar, Classical Piano, Classical Voice, Composition, Drum, Ear Training, Flugelhorn, Flute, French Horn, Guitar, Hand Drums, Jazz Voice, Marimba, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Oboe, Percussion, Piano, Piccolo, Saxophone, Singing, Songwriting, Synthesizer, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Upright Bass, Viola, Violin, Xylophone

About Me

I teach all of the band instruments, orchestral strings, piano/keyboard, guitar, voice and drum set. I specialize in teaching performing skills in jazz and contemporary music which allows many of my students to eventually perform professionally.

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