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Popular Drum Teachers Near Boston

Laura B.

Medway, MA
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Danilo H.

Roxbury, MA
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Jeff B.

Jamaica Plain, MA
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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.

*** Lesson Details ***
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

Improvisation

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 maintained an active and successful performing career as a member of the groups Debo Band, The Superpowers, Rubblebucket, Full Tang and Watchout Kompa.

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 has performed at many of the premier venues and festivals throughout North America including: Bonnaroo, New Orleans Jazz Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Bumbershoot, Montreal Jazz Festival, Montana Folk Festival, Globalfest, SXSW and Luminato.

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. Danilo teaches all levels and ages. 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. He has been a general music teacher in the BPS as well as teaching master classes and clinics at music schools and universities around the country.

In January 2014, Danilo was invited as a guest artist and educator at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul where he taught and performed for young afghan music students.

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.

*** Lesson Details ***
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.

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.

Jeff B. Jamaica Plain, MA

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Drum, Music Performance, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano, Songwriting

About Me

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 guide students with fundamentals and larger concepts to help move toward a broad, exciting musical life.

Jeff graduated from New England Conservatory in 2013 with a Master's in Contemporary Improvisation. He studied with Joe Morris, Anthony Coleman, Fred Buda, and others. He completed his undergraduate studies in Studio Music & Jazz at the University of Miami Frost School of Music in 2010.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are determined on a student-by-student basis, but will include:

Technique exercises
Listening and/or transcription exercises (depending on the level of the student)
Improvisation and/or written pieces (solo or duo)
Other topics covered as needed for the individual

Seeking serious students. Students at a beginner's level are expected to work a minimum of 10-15 minutes a day between lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Fully equipped, professional gear - drums, cymbals, home recording equipment, etc.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Have my own car.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, free jazz, rock, pop, improvisation, free improvisation

Kyle H.

Allston, MA
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Ethan P.

Boston, MA
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Steve N.

Bellingham, MA
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Kyle H. Allston, MA

Subjects Taught

Audition Prep, Drum, Ear Training, Hand Drums, Music Performance, Music Therapy, Percussion

About Me

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 including: rock, pop, jazz, latin, funk, R&B, gospel, metal, fusion, punk, blues.

I'm also highly experienced as an online instructor and work with students on Google+ & Skype to establish their rudimental proficiency. Online lessons are taught on drum pads (with sticks) or hand drums.

*Lesson Details*
My students gain expertise in the following areas and more:

Drumset
-Technique and approach: controlling the sticks to fluidly move around the kit. Applying rudiments and rhythms in the most efficient ways possible
-Step by step approach to playing beats & styles/genres, improvising and creative expression on the kit
-Gridding bass and hand partials for complete rhythmic and accent comprehension in a drumset environment
-Complete understanding of independence of the limbs matched with interdependence within the part or groove
-Flawless transitions between rhythmic patterns while moving around the drums
-Cymbal technique and expression
-Composition of beats and grooves. Students learn what sounds cool and how to sound years beyond their experience
-Techniques include: t-grip, molar stroke, 3-point bass drum technique, posture

Hand Percussion
-Rudimental control and syncopation on cahon, bongos or congas. cahon is preferred.
-Comprehension of the drums timbres and techniques used to create different and unique sounds, each with a different expression
-The history of hand drumming and it's ancestral, linguistic roots
-Slapping, popping

Drumset Recording
-Basics for recording drums
-Use Logic Express and a simple 6 mic drum recording setup to practice different techniques for the best sound quality
-Understanding drum tuning and sound styles
-Basic drum editing and mastering

All students learn:

Rhythmic and Rudimental Proficiency
-Basic rudiments including: quarter notes, eighth notes, sixteenth notes (rest notation too), triplets, paradiddle combinations, flam combinations, roll patterns - all are scalable
-Sticking patterns: RLRL, LRLR, RRLL, LLRR, RRRL, LLLR, RLLL, LRRR, etc.

Ear training:
-Analysis of personal playing for self awareness and smarter practice -Musical and drum listening study to critique and learn from top players
-Understanding tone, sound quality, sound differences caused by sticking, and musical application and beat choices in songs

*Studio Equipment*
-Pacific Birch 5 Piece (14" snare, 10" & 12" toms, 16" floor tom, 22" bass drum), Zildjian Cymbals: 20" K Ride, 18" K Custom Crash, 15" Mastersound bottom and K Custom Dry top hats, 8" A Custom Splash, DW 9000 pedal
-D'Amico Birch 5 Piece (14" Snare, 8" & 12" toms, 16" floor tom, 22" bass drum), mixed cymbals
-Vision PA system for music playback and metronome application during lessons
-Tascam 2000 Audio Interface, Shure SM57s, Shure Beta 52, MXL overhead condensors, Logic Express editing software
-Camera equipment for lesson capture

*Travel Equipment*
-Sticks, drum pad, single snare drum. If student would like to have full drumset lesson in home, they must provide the drumset, otherwise lessons will need to be held in my studio

Ethan P. Boston, MA

Subjects Taught

Composition, Drum, Ear Training, Film Scoring, Music Performance, Music Theory, Percussion, Songwriting

About Me

Hello!
I am a composer, drummer, organizer, and recent BM graduate of the Boston Conservatory, having studied contemporary composition under Andy Vores, Jan Swafford, and Curtis Hughes. I was trained mostly as a jazz and rock drummer before attending the Conservatory, where I focused on composing all different sorts of instrumental and vocal music for small and large ensembles, including orchestral music, piano ragtime, and electronic works.

I have also remained active around Boston as a drummer, and multi-instrumentalist improviser, playing in such wide-ranging situations as Italian pop orchestra Tredici Bacci, noise rock bands, quiet chamber free improvisation, and as a guitarist and singer in folk music groups.

I have experience teaching jazz drumming, improvisational drumming, and rock drumming from recordings, books, and more intuitive approaches as well. I love finding out as a team what a student wants to learn the most and shifting the focus accordingly, while maintaining a healthy degree of focus on fundamentals and technique.

I have a sustained interest in many other styles of music and making them, including contemporary classical music, free improvised music, jazz, folk music, and pop music of various forms. I love talking and working on the craft of specifically stylized forms of music, so as to uncover what is special about them, what can be emulated, and what can be built upon. My time at the conservatory has only helped to open my taste and broaden my horizons to treat all styles and genres of music as equally serious and important to investigate.

Steve N. Bellingham, MA

Subjects Taught

Drum

About Me

Steve has played with Buddy Greco, The Late Frankie Fontaine, Del Shannon, The Drifters.... Has performed alongside Sha Na Na, The Buddy Rich Big Band, Iron Butterfly, Commodores...

He Has taught for more than 30 years.

Steve began the drums at 11 years old. Soon to be inspired by the Beatles...classic rock, Buddy Rich..big band, Brubeck, Miles, Billy Cobham, Pert, Paice... and the list goes on.

He began his teaching career at The Natick Music Studio and The Eli Rabkin Drum Studio at the age of 16. He has spent a considerable amount of time touring and traveling.

He was taught by West/East Coast studio & band drummer Eli Rabkin of Framingham.

Steve currently performs locally, records & teaches

Steve is a private teacher and travels to his students. He accepts students as young as 7 years old. Student enrollment limited.

Only serious students. Beginners welcome. Practice essential, (see 'Genius Time' tab at top of page). Technique, Rudiments, Set Play, Reading

Lessons time varies. Approximate lesson is 30-60 minutes in length straight study and will require a modicum of privacy in your home or elsewhere.

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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