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Popular Drum Teachers Near Boston

Bulent G.

Somerville, MA
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Evan C.

Allston, MA
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Shawn M.

Newtonville, MA
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Bulent G. Somerville, MA

I played in different groups including The Istanbul State Theater Orchestra under the direction of conductor Onder Bali, also collaborated with jazz and rock artists in Istanbul and Boston. I am the drummer of the band, The Cross Roads. I taught drums at The Quincy Point Music Academy and A Street Music in Quincy, Massachusetts. My drum studio is open to adults and children of all ages, backgrounds and levels from beginner to professional. I maintain a private studio in Somerville.

About Bulent

Described by The Times Herald-Record, New York, as a "firm bass- baritone", and by The Boston Musical Intelligencer as "outstanding dramatically and musically", I am a classical singer with international credits, at home in diverse genres from opera to art song, Broadway to The American Songbook, spirituals to jazz and pop. I am also a professional drummer, pianist and instructor. I enjoy teaching, and view it as making music together in a class setting. Lessons are both disciplined and fun.

Recent highlights include the roles of The Master and Yefim in the U.S.-premiere of the opera "Desire to Sleep" by Moshe Shulman; the narrator in the world-premiere of "Experience" in English by Phivos-Angelos Kollias; world-premieres of "Missa Patri ...

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Alexander C. November 18, 2014
Singing · In studio
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“I studied with Bulent for 3 months this past summer. Bulent is a fantastic teacher and every single lesson I noticed a prominent increase in my vocal talents, including my range and my breathing. He helped me do exactly what I wanted with my voice and was able to emphasize how I should be practicing to work on certain parts of my voice. He was always very effective and excited about teaching and I had a lot of fun learning from him. I was really grateful to have Bulent as a teacher and if I had the chance I would learn from him again!”
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Marie P. October 14, 2014
Piano · In studio
"For the past three years my high school aged son has taken piano lessons from Bulent. In all that time he has been consistently patient, kind, enthusiastic and inspiring. Bulent used every minute to provide the best instruction, correction and encouragement. His love of music is evident as he often shared suggestions and links for video and live performances. I recommend him unreservedly! I have read some of the other positive reviews of Bulent and I can attest to the truthfulness of all of them - there is no exaggeration. Bulent is a remarkable human being and a wonderful teacher."
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Jessica P. September 18, 2014
Drum · In studio
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Bulent a very knowledgeable and talented instructor.
Evan C. Allston, MA

About Evan

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. ...

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Sharon R. February 3, 2014
Guitar
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Great Teacher!!!

My sons are learning so much in a short amount of time! Evan makes learning music so much fun. They say he's the best teacher they've had so far! I have to agree. He's an all around nice guy who is down to earth and amazingly talented.
Shawn M. Newtonville, MA

About Shawn

Hello! I am a professional working drummer with over 20 years of performing and teaching experience. My current band, Eight To The Bar, has been the winner of Best Band Connecticut for the past 5 years straight. We perform internationally in many venues, including festivals, casinos, and concert halls. The repertoire is diverse and challenging, drawing on the traditions of R&B, Swing and Motown.

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Lessons with me will be fun and constructive. I gear my lesson plan to your individual needs with a strong focus on fundamental technique, proper grip and stroke as well as helping you find your balance and relaxation behind the kit through posture and ergonomic set- up.

We will be able to explore the techniques of your favorite drummers. Through my wide range ...

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Lea F. December 26, 2012
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Shawn teaches according to the learners needs .

Shawn reamined patient and thoughful during the instruction process.
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TinaB2 November 26, 2011
Shawn is great with my son who is 4.5 y/o..patience is everything when it comes to kids and he has tons of it!! My goal is for my son to be introduced to an instrument and have fun with it at this stage!!!

Jeff B.

Jamaica Plain, MA
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Kyle H.

Allston, MA
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John E.

Boston, MA
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Jeff B. Jamaica Plain, MA

All levels taught.

Beginners: Learn basic rudiments, reading music, technique behind the kit, different genres and grooves.

Intermediate and Advanced: Techniques for improvising in jazz, rock, free improvisation, and other areas. Focus on listening and improvisation techniques. Learn to develop facility for getting around the instrument, basic polyrhythmic concepts, and techniques focused on extracting a variety of timbres from the instrument. Lessons are focused on student-directed interests for more advanced students (what are you into, what do you hope to learn?)

About Jeff

Primarily a drummer/percussionist, Jeff B. has been studying, performing, and teaching music for 15 years. Working mostly as a free improviser, rock, and jazz musician, Jeff has been performing in and around Boston and the Northeast for the past two years in a variety of bands. He has been actively involved in the Boston underground rock and experimental music scene, playing in and around the city in venues and house shows playing drums, percussion, keyboards, and electronics. He has toured regionally and nationally.

Teaching Philosophy: Learning to listen, open ears, and creative musicality are the end goals for all students. Learning technique is simply a stepping stone toward those goals. Students will discuss the music that moves them and will explore how to make it. Lessons will ...

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Jill A. January 31, 2014
Drum
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Professional Drum Instruction

Jeff is very professional, reliable, patient & knowledgable. I am very pleased with his teaching style and would recommend him to friends and family.
Kyle H. Allston, MA

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About Kyle

I am a drummer, percussionist and educator in the Boston area. I currently play in a highly recognized rock/pop group and tour nationally. I also play in a cover band at local bars and clubs around Boston and Massachusetts and do studio work for nationally recognized artists. I hold a degree from Penn State University and also have extensive experience playing and teaching drumline's ranging from collegiate to professional DCI and WGI lines outside of my traditional drumset study.

I have established a solid client base in my studio located in Allston, MA, on the outskirts of Boston. I work with drummers, hand percussionists, marching percussionists and lovers of the arts of all ages and skill levels looking to expand their knowledge in a large range of styles and techniques ...

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Jesse H. July 20, 2014
Music Performance · In studio
Two things are required for a world-class musician: foremost, a unbridled passion for your art or craft; and secondly, a willingness to grow continuously. Without a doubt, Kyle has both and will share them with you.

Over the last decade, Kyle has proven himself by pouring thousands of hours into his craft and growing himself in just about every style of drumming you can name - from jazz, to rock, and playing in groups as varied as nightlife cover bands to some of the best drumlines in the world, to name a few. Let him share what he’s learned with you, with the same passion and commitment to growth.

Working with Kyle may be for you if:

- You are excited about the possibility of playing drums like a rockstar, but don’t know where to start
- You have taken music lessons in the past, but didn't feel like you were progressing quickly enough
- You are looking to get fired up about playing what is truly the best instrument out there - the DRUMS

Kyle will take the musician and drummer you are now and turn you into a rock-solid player, with the confidence and ability to adapt to any musical context, and have fun while you’re doing it. For these reasons, I highly recommend Kyle!
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Nathan B. July 11, 2014
Marching Percussion · In studio
I've had the pleasure of learning from Kyle as the Drum Captain of the Penn State University Marching Band. As well as leading the entire drum line he also directly instructed the tenor section. Kyle consistently pushed the team to excel during every practice and taught us to strive for excellence. Kyle was able to specifically help each of the members of the team when there was a problem with the show to ensure that we were performing to our highest potential. Aside from having a fantastic experience throughout my college experience I learned a lot about musicality and performance integrity through Kyle's instruction.
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Jordan B. July 9, 2014
Music Performance · In studio
I highly recommend Kyle as a percussion instructor. He is not only equipped with a vast set of skills from marching percussion, hand drumming, to drum set, he has an unmatched passion for music in general which shows in his teaching. I was taught by him in college and really learned a lot from him. He showed a strong commitment to developing my skills and has a really laid back and friendly teaching style. His percussion resume is impressive having been involved in a variety of percussion ensembles. Whether you are just picking up sticks for the first time, or looking to learn a particular skill set, Kyle would definitely be able to lead the way. Also recommend trying to see him perform with one of his bands!!
John E. Boston, MA

I consider myself to be a rhythmic scientist. Although i do not have much experience playing on a "drum set", I possess an extensive catalogue of rhythms/techniques that are likely to induce growth in the most experienced of drummers. Frequent topics include rudiments, time, clave, "swing", "chops", style, polyrhythms, odd time signatures, dynamics and improvisation.

First I will ask you some basic questions. Then I will immediately begin sharing information / training you. The fastest road to your success is my goal.

About John

Meet John E., a world class music educator with extensive training from Los Angeles County High School for The Arts, Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, Berklee College of Music and Onyx Productions. John is an expert on several topics, extremely well networked and generous with his knowledge.

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Ryan G. November 24, 2014
Trombone · In studio
John is one of the most gifted musicians I know. His ability to see music as an extension of his soul sets him apart from the herd. John helped with my breathing so I can last longer. I would recommend anyone to meet with john and take a lesson on anything musical. Love this guy!!!
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Madeline L. November 18, 2014
Bass Guitar · In studio
John is extremely versatile and talented, and his love for music is so obvious and inspiring. I went to him with what I thought was a solid foundation of knowledge but he brought so many new ideas to the table that I started thinking of music in a whole new-and positive- way. He is very personable and easy to work with, and he treats you with respect and focused attention to detail. Definitely try working with him, you won't regret it!
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John E. November 18, 2014
Life Coaching · In studio
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The Best Venues for Drummers in Boston

By Chris H. - Boston Drums Teacher

My name is Chris and I’m a freelance drummer and private teacher of drum lessons in Boston. I have been involved in the Boston music scene for about five years and I’m happy to say that live music in this city continues to get better every year! One of my favorite places to see groups is at the Middle East in Cambridge. This is a unique venue because there are three different rooms to see bands perform. All three rooms have live acts seven days a week, so you can attend any night and expect to be amazed by at least one of the groups!

Another venue I really enjoy is Wallys’s Café in Boston, which offers varying types of music every night of the week. This is a very small and intimate club that I guarantee will get you dancing as soon as ...

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