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Popular Drum Teachers Near Decatur

Gabriel F.

Marietta, GA
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Rick A.

Norcross, GA
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Stephen D.

Stone Mountain, 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.

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.

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

Paul S.

Decatur, GA
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Rich G.

Woodstock, GA
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Kyle B.

Bethlehem, GA
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Paul S. Decatur, GA

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Performance, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano

About Me

Hello students and parents!

I am a native of Atlanta, Georgia who has been studying music for 17 years. My first instrument was the piano at age 6, and I began playing percussion in my middle school band when I was 11. My deep love of music drove me to pursue a Bachelor of Music Performance degree, which I earned Magna Cum Laude from the University of Georgia in 2012. In college, I studied percussion with Tim Adams, retired principal timpanist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Music (and especially percussion) is an exciting and enormous world that I am eager to share with you, either at your home or in my studio. I am a patient, funny, and outgoing teacher who caters to your specific needs as a student. While I have studied classical music for many years, I also offer lessons in popular music styles, including rock, jazz, funk, and hip-hop.

I frequently perform as a freelance musician and recording artist, playing anything from drum set in my rock band Young Mahler to solo musical saw. I have performed nationally and internationally with ROC, the Albany Symphony Orchestra, Arts!Oglethorpe, Athena Opera, Chamber Cartel, Classic City Jazz, Oconee Youth Playhouse, and numerous groups around the southeast.

I believe that with positive dedication and a great attitude, any musical goal you have in mind can be achieved. Let me be the person to help you with your goal! Thanks for stopping by my page, and I hope to teach you soon!

-Paul S.

*** Lesson Details ***
I strongly believe in the idea of constant positive re-enforcement when it comes to teaching music. Negativity leads to tension, and tension is NOT conducive to learning. I am an enthusiastic and gentle educator, but I will firmly drive you or your child to achieve musical goals in a fun and exciting atmosphere. Motivation is essential to practice, and the importance of practice could never be overstated. This is why I stress positivity! I ask only that you come to your lesson prepared and unafraid of making mistakes.

As a beginning musical student, you can expect to have the fundamentals of reading and comprehending written music within 3 to 6 months. On the day of your first lesson, we'll discuss your goals and interests, and I will recommend books and materials to aid you on your journey. I will systematically teach you the basic rudiments and techniques that are essential to proper hand and finger movement; I'll also teach you mental techniques to ensure great practice. As an intermediate or advanced student, we'll discuss your previous education and musical interests, and I'll direct you towards the styles you want to pursue. We'll also work on concepts of music theory and performance.

Since performance is an important part of music, I will coordinate an optional recital in the spring for students to showcase their hard work and talent. This low-stress concert will be held at a local school or community center and will surely be a great experience for all those involved.

I offer lessons from my home studio, but I am more than willing to travel to you, depending on your location.

Let's make beautiful music together!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Many drums (including a drum set) and percussion instruments, electric piano, guitar.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have drums and percussion instruments, including a snare drum and a glockenspiel to teach beginning percussion students, and many accessory instruments. I would expect a drum set student to have a drum set, but as far as beginning percussion students go, I wouldn't expect more than a practice pad, a pair of sticks, and a music stand.

*** Specialties ***
I was trained classically, so I am happy to pass on a love of classical music through lessons. However, I have been playing jazz and popular music since high school and am also knowledgeable in these genres. Percussion is a gigantic range of instruments, so I study as much as I can about all styles.

Rich G. Woodstock, GA

Subjects Taught

Accompaniment, Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Audio Engineering, Audition Prep, Bass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Celtic Flute, Christian Gospel, Classical Piano, Composition, Country Guitar, Drum, Ear Training, Flute, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Pro Tools Software, Saxophone, Songwriting

About Me

I am a public school music teacher by day (11 years experience), a private music teacher by afternoon (16 yrs), and a gigging musician and DJ by night (16 yrs). I manage a highly successful cover band called The Retreat that performs all over the southeast. I have lead and arranged the worship music at a local church on Sundays and also have numerous original songs that have been recorded and published.

With all of this experience teaching, I am GREAT with kids and always PROFESSIONAL in my conduct.

I have 3 degrees in Music Education:
- Bachelors, Indiana University of PA
- Masters, Auburn University
- Educational Specialist, Auburn University

I teach lessons on:
- Guitar
- Piano
- Saxophone
- Bass Guitar
- Drums
- Flute
- Recording and Music Production
- Songwriting

*** Lesson Details ***
The goal of music lessons is not to just learn the notes and mechanics of an instrument, but to become a well-rounded MUSICIAN. With my lessons, we don't just go through a book page-by-page, rather, lessons are shaped around the musical tastes and interests of the student. Musical theory concepts are applied in actual songwriting and current popular songs. I accompany the students on various instruments, imitating a real performance situation. I teach all ages; beginners to advanced musicians.

Unlike a crowded music store with a cramped little room for lessons, my lessons are taught in a large, open, and well-lit home studio. There is an open waiting area where parents can listen as well. Parking is convenient on a cul-de-sac with a clear view into the teaching studio.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Nord Stage 2 88 piano,
Yamaha Custom saxophone with Meyer and Selmer mouthpieces,
Dr. Z RxJr amplifier with 2x12 cabinet,
Don Grosh Custom electric guitar,
Lowden O25 acoustic guitar,
Ibanez bass guitar,
Hartke bass amp,
Roland keyboard amp,
Sonor 3001 drumset,
Sabian cymbals,
DW hardware,
Pork Pie snare drum,
Avid Protocols Mbox,
Rode vocal mic and overhead mics,
Yamaha metronome,
Apple Macbook Pro computer,

*** Specialties ***
Recording and production - Protools, Garageband

Kyle B. Bethlehem, GA

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Performance, Percussion

About Me

I seek to teach younger (elementary to high school) students eager to learn drum set, snare drum, technique, reading or just want to get a step up in music! I have a heart for music and a passion to share what I know! I have been practicing and studying music for several years now and have played many different styles in many different settings from Symphonic, Marching Battery and Big band/Jazz Rock ensembles to heavy Rock n Roll and Progressive rock as well as various praise bands. Kyle is currently attending classes at Atlanta Institute of Music for drum set performance where He studies all aspects of the art of drumming on the kit and its performance.

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