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Popular Drum Teachers Near Denver

Daniel H.

Denver, CO
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Lane P.

Wheat Ridge, CO
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Paul F.

Denver, CO
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Daniel H. Denver, CO

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Theory, Piano

About Me

I started playing drums in church at an early age. I started studying drums and piano at age 14. My fist teacher was a great musician named chad Johnson. After that I studied with current Berkley College of Music faculty member Henrique Alemeida and with him i learned technique and tools to play all genres. I also studied with Phd. Jonathan Latta at Fort Lewis college and through him i learned classical percussion and some drum set repertoire. For music theory I studied with Phd. Hoyt Andreas of Metro State University. I currently study with Jazz Greats Ron Miles, Paul Romain and R&B/Gospel extraordinaire Cory Baker. I also study with Kendrick Scott through Skype. I currently play Gigs, Teach Lessons, and study full time. I currently have students in all areas in age groups from 5-25. I have played with many great artists including Trent Austin, and Ron Miles.

*** Lesson Details ***
In my lessons I teach not only technique on your instrument but also an understanding of how your instrument fits in the big Picture of music. I teach all genres including Jazz, Gospel, Brazilian Samba, Classical, Afro Cuban, Break Beats, HipHop, and rock. When It comes to my teaching style I am laid back but am a little strict when making sure the student accomplishes what I assign them that week. I also understand that life happens and I wont assign the student anything that they don't think they can accomplish in a week. In my lessons I like to make sure the student understands the history of the music they are wanting to play and the history of their instrument. this is important when gaining a good understanding of music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
This space is at my current home and is equipped with a full drum set and Korg triton piano studio keyboard. Very organized and clean.

For lessons at the college: There are several private studio rooms with 2 pianos in each room. I have access to all of the piano rooms and the drum-set room which also has a piano.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring my own drums but prefer that the student has there own, students provide piano or key board unless they are at my place which they would not have to provide a piano.

*** Specialties ***
Drum- Jazz, hip hop, funk, Afro Cuban, new Orleans second line, 126 rudiments, moeller technique , moeller matrix ( m2, mp2, m3, mp3, m4, mp4), push pull
Piano- beginner piano, key signatures, major, minor, diminished, half diminished, 7th chords,
Music theory- relation to piano, ear training, sight singing, counter point, Rhythm

Lane P. Wheat Ridge, CO

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Theory, Percussion

About Me

Let's get straight to it, I truly love teaching. Helping others attain the pure satisfaction that comes from musical accomplishment is one of my greatest joys. I strive to create an atmosphere that makes students feel comfortable so they are able to learn in a healthy way. Music should be fun and not something one feels forced to do, right? My goal is to stimulate creativity and inspire a drive in students to be the best musician they can be.

I have taught a wide variety of students in terms of age and musical direction, and love working with you to find what you want to play. With my experience in areas such as, orchestral percussion to rock drumming, as well as winning scholarships and attending college, I am confident I can help you do whatever you want in music.

Want to know a little more about my musical history? Here's a bio of my education and accomplishments:

I am a drummer and percussionist currently residing in Denver, Colorado. I began studying piano at age 5 with Barbara Rubenstein from DePaul University as well as congas with esteemed world percussionist Doug Brush.

During my high school years, I began studying four mallet marimba, drum set, and hand drumming with Sherri Dees (former associate professor, Arkansas State University). During this time I was chosen for the IMEA Honor Band and Orchestra twice, the McHenry County Honor Band, played drum set for five musicals, was the youngest player ever, at age 12, to be chosen for McHenry County Youth Orchestra where I played percussion for three seasons, was the drum captain of the CLC drum line for 2 years, was chosen by Mayor Aaron Shepley of Crystal Lake to perform originally composed drum set and marimba solos in the inaugural “Strikers Benefit Concert”, and was awarded the Outstanding Musician Award for sophomore, junior and senior years, the June Naponelli Memorial Fines Art Scholarship, and the national “John Philip Sousa Award” for excellence in music.

I then went to study percussion at Northern Illinois University under professors Greg Beyer and Robert Chappell. During my time at NIU I won the orchestral mock auditions for snare drum and two mallets, was chosen to be the featured xylophone soloist for the NIU percussion ensemble and steel band, was the principle percussion in the NIU Philharmonic, and gave a solo percussion recital that was highly attended and received rave reviews.

I have also been drumming with bands across the US. I have played all over the Chicago-land area, as well as throughout Wisconsin, Colorado and Arizona. I am currently set to record on the up coming album with 'The Silent Still' as well as record and release a solo percussion EP during 2013.

*** Lesson Details ***
As mentioned in my bio I am focused on making students feel comfortable in lessons. I believe this makes students perform at a higher level during lessons, as well as learn and retain information more efficiently. To do this I make lessons light but focused. When presenting material I explain in a streamlined fashion, with alternative methods whenever they are struggling. I try to make students smile and know that I'm learning right there with them. As cliche as it sounds I don't just teach, but learn the student. I can't help but innately find what methods of learning, problem solving and musical preferences each student has!

Want to know what other students and teachers of mine think about me? Here are some testimonials to give you and idea:

"Lane is a great teacher because of the way he blends music, technique, and improvising together. Lessons have never been boring, he even makes rudiments fun! If something is difficult, he'll always try a different approach to it, and in a matter of a few minutes, I'm playing it smooth as ever."
- Daniel S.

"Lane possesses an innate musicality, an extremely disciplined work ethic, and he is capable of centering himself under pressure. This rare combination of traits is a recipe for success in music and in life. You will be hard pressed to find a better mentor than Lane for your musical studies."
- Dr.Gregory Beyer
Associate Professor and Director of Percussion Studies
Northern Illinois University
President, Illinois Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society

"To me, Lane was an extravagant instructor. He had shared his expertise by helping me develop strategies to work forward and learn rudiments in my music."
- Peter C.

"Lane is one of the most gifted drummers we have ever employed in the Northern Illinois University School of Theatre and Dance. Lane was accompanist for our modern dance classes and I can honestly say he was as much of a "teacher" in the class as I was. The students absolutely loved having him around, and so did I. I would recommend Lane as an accomplished dance accompanist and musician, and commend him also as a decent, friendly, outgoing person who uses his accessible personality to bring his art to life in others."
- Professor Paula Frasz
School of Theater and Dance
Northern Illinois University

Here are some of the areas you can expect to learn on drum set, and percussion.

These areas include, but are not limited to:

Drum set:
- Hand and foot technique (beginning to highly advanced)
- Limb independence and coordination
- Playing your favorite songs
- How to sight read a rhythm chart
- Rudiments (fundamentals of snare drumming)
- Playing fills
- Developing a unique and sophisticated musical vocabulary (making ''your" playing style)
- How to play in a band
- How to play a variety of styles
- How to tune your drums quickly
- How to set up your drums so they work with your body to be easier to play
- How to listen critically and analytically

Percussion:
- Hand technique for snare drum and 2 mallet marimba/vibraphone/xylophone
- Hand technique for 4 mallet marimba/vibraphone
- How to sight read rhythm and melodic material
- Play famous orchestral excerpts
- How to play accessories such as concert tambourine
- How to be a section leader or principal player

*** Studio Equipment ***
I own multiple full drum sets with space. Seating available. 2 dogs kept separate during lessons. Parking on the street or driveway.

*** Specialties ***
I plan lessons based on the students goals and interests. I work with the student to find these goals and areas of interest so they are learning what they want to learn, thus more attentive in lessons, motivated to practice, and overall having fun with music. I strive to always deliver instruction in a clear and streamlined fashion. When a student does not understand a concept I am presenting, I can nearly always find a different way way of explanation, through demonstration, notation, visualizations, ect... that is effective.

Having heavily studied congas, djembe, marimba, orchestral percussion and drum set, I feel comfortable teaching a wide variety of students. I have also performed professionally and been paid in all the areas above. I am comfortable and have taught students in areas from concert snare drum to 4 mallet marimba to rock and jazz drumming.

Paul F. Denver, CO

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Performance, Percussion

About Me

Hello drummers!

I have been playing music since I was 5 years old, and the drums have been my passion for over 20 years. I was self-taught for the first 10 years, just playing along to the rock and roll I grew up on, and I bring some of this DIY sensibility to my teaching as well. Since then, I have studied many musical genres and have played in bands ranging from jazz to Latin to rock, and have performed on three different continents!

As a teacher, I am focused on love of the instrument and student-centered goals. I teach multiple subjects at the same time to provide an exciting and varied practice regimen. I can teach many styles of music, from pop to rock to hip-hop to metal, as well as jazz, latin, reggae, marching beats, you name it! Lessons will focus on the music you want to learn, as well as basic techniques to get you there. Improvisation and creativity will help you create exciting solos when you want to jam out! So if you're somebody who loves to drum away on the nearest table or chair, and wants to take it to the next level, then let's do it!

*** Lesson Details ***
• Warm-up
• Stretching
• Playing beats in various styles
• Transitions (drum fills)
• Technique
• Coordination
• Ear training
• Playing along to your favorite songs

*** Studio Equipment ***
First floor room set up with two full drum sets. Stereo, headphones and assorted educational materials (books, videos, laptop). Other instruments such as various percussion, piano and guitars. Seating for parents and parking available on the street in front of the house.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Drums for the student to use would be ideal, but I can teach with a drum pad if that is all that is available. A metronome and notebook are extremely useful also, but I can bring a metronome to the first few lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Rock, jazz, latin, funk, almost any musical style
Ear training, sight reading, improvisation

Joey I.

Aurora, CO
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Alan M.

Denver, CO
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Nathan B.

Aurora, CO
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Joey I. Aurora, CO

Subjects Taught

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

About Me

My name is Joey and I have been teaching guitar and drums for 4 years. I am 22 years old and have been playing music for 10 years. I have a strong passion for music and teaching, which is why it's my only job. If I am not teaching, I am playing or recording music. Music saved my life. I am completely dedicated to it. I strive to learn every second of my waking existence. And it rewards me. More than any other reward I have ever received, minus love itself. I love inspiring people in anyway I can. I have learned a lot of life's lessons through music, and I am here to share them with you. Here is a quick listen of what I can do for you and what I require of you before lessons begin: Guitar Genres I can teach-Classical, pop, singer/songwriter, reggae, hard rock, metal, blues, country and jazz. Techniques I can teach:
-alternate picking, sweep picking, down picking for metal, finger picking, strumming, and many more!
-Chords/ melody/scales/modes/intervals/left hand exercises
-Rhythm-I'm a drum teacher, so this is self explanatory.
-If you pick a song you want to learn, I can give you the music for it, and teach it to you.
-Creativity, songwriting, music theory, recording, and sound itself.

Guitar Requirements: Students must have the following before we begin:
1.A good attitude. 2.USB flash drive (this saves paper, which saves trees and also saves money, which saves more trees and paper) If you don't have a computer, then do step 3 instead.
3.A binder to organize papers I will give you.
4.Acoustic or electric guitar.
5.Tuner and metronome. Drums: Genres I can teach-Rock, Pop, Country, Blues, Shuffle,Hip Hop, Rap, Metal, Jazz, and Electronic.

Techniques I can teach:
-Counting
- Basic and advanced stick control (rebound stroke, bounce stroke, finger technique)
-Independence
-Feel
-Linear drumming
-Drum grooves of all sorts
-Rudiments (40 basic and also hybrid rudiments)
-Timing, time signatures, and tempo.
-Foot technique (double bass, hi hattechnique)
-Creativity, songwriting, music theory, recording, and sound itself.

Drum Requirements: Students must have the following before we begin:
1.A good attitude. :)
2.USB flash drive (this saves paper, which saves trees and also saves money, which saves more trees and paper) If you don't have a computer, then do step 3 instead.
3.A binder to organize papers I will give you.
4.Practice pad and drum sticks
5.Metronome
6.I do not require students to have a drum set to learn drums.

*** Lesson Details ***
I promise all of my students the best atmosphere when I'm teaching you. Music is 90% mental, and the best way to be able to control your mentality is to be in a relaxed and comfortable environment. I will provide that no matter what. I'm a funny guy and I tend to crack jokes a lot so be prepared to laugh! I'm here to help you and make you reach your highest potential. I'm a laid back teacher but I always do expect that my students take what I have given them and practice, practice, practice! Everything you want lies in choice, so it should be your choice on how well you want to be able to play music. I will be your tour guide through the vast and infinite pool of musical experience! So what are you waiting for?

*** Studio Equipment ***
Roland TD 9 electronic drumset, PRS SE custom, Yamaha acoustic guitar, Macbook pro with Logic, Ableton, Guitar rig 4, and Superior Drummer 2.0. Akai mpk49 midi keyboard, 40 inch Sceptre LCD display, and a Rodes NT2A condenser microphone.

*** Specialties ***
Guitar-Classical, Hard rock, Reggae, Jazz, Metal.
Drums-Rock, Drum corps, Electronica, Blues, Metal

Alan M. Denver, CO

Subjects Taught

Clarinet, Drum, Flute, Percussion, Piano, Trombone, Trumpet

About Me

My name is Alan M. I have been the Denver music area for over 30 years. I have been playing professionally for all of that time playing Drumset to Timpani in many professional orchestras, Dance Bands and small Jazz and Rock Combos.

I have also had the pleasure to perform some great Musicals and Operas over the years. My students have been selected for some very prestigious scholarships.

I have also had my fair share of students win positions to the Denver School of the Arts.

*** Lesson Details ***
Private lessons are usually an half hour. During this time we will be working on fundamentals. Which is how to read and understand the music that is front of you. One of the most important goals that I impress on the student is learning how to be their own teacher for lifelong learning. Performance skills will also be covered.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Basement/Music studio w/ piano, 2 drum sets, trumpet, flute, clarinet, and seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
Drums, Flute, Clarinet, Trombone, Trumpet

*** Specialties ***
I can help you start on a new journey of lifelong learning, learning how to play an instrument.

I can tell you that it will be one of the most beautiful things that you can do for yourself.

It has been proven that learning to play music benefits the brain in many, many ways.

Playing music has allowed me to travel over 75% of the world entertaining others.

What a great satisfaction.

I would like you to have that same feeling by learning to play an instrument be it a woodwind, brass, strings, piano, or my favorite percussion instrument.

All most any age can learn and benefit from the expansion of your person horizon.

Nathan B. Aurora, CO

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Beatbox, Djembe, Drum, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Trumpet

About Me

My name is Nathan I am a 28 year old husband and father of 2 boys. My wife and I have been teaching music since 2007.

I am an experienced teacher of guitar, drums, and trumpet. My students range from age 6-60.

All lessons will be held at our home studio in Aurora, CO. Our home was built as a recording studio and it's perfect for lessons. Our dedicated, sound-proofed, teaching room includes a large viewing window so the student can be seen by parents while they wait without causing unnecessary distractions for the student. No drop-offs, please.

My teaching methods are based 100% on the student's abilities.
Here is a brief look at what lessons with Nathan B. will look like.

*** Lesson Details ***
Guitar:

Beginning players- I prefer to teach from the Hal Leonard book series. This is a great start for most students. I teach the string-by-string approach using simple songs to start. Your first lesson will be a combination of reading notes on a page and reading chords on a chord chart. You will come out of the lesson learning at least 3 notes and one chord. Weekly goals are set and a practice routine is discussed.

Intermediate players- After a quick assessment of your abilities we will discuss your future goals as a player. We could pursue classical guitar with additional lessons in note reading and fingering methods, or we could focus more on chords and strum patterns if you prefer to sing and play your favorite artists.

Advanced players- this is where it gets fun. We go where you want to go. I will provide guidance based on your strengths and weaknesses. We will choose music that can display your strengths, and challenge your weaknesses. Remember, there's always someone better than you!

Drum:

Beginning players- All of my lessons follow my own, proven teaching method. All lessons take place with the student at the drum kit playing 90% of the time. I approach all drum lessons beat-by-beat always with a metronome. My goal for the first lesson is to teach at least one basic pattern. We progress through a series of hundreds of different drum patterns that become increasingly more difficult. Every week is a new opportunity to practice clean technique and improve internal timing.

Intermediate players- After a brief assessment of your abilities we will begin discussing concepts of pattern construction. You will start coming up with of your own patterns and ideas. I will provide guidance for more complex fills and I will give tips to help you figure out the right groove for the right song. Every week is a new opportunity to add another tool to your kit.

Advanced players- come and teach ME something! I'm still working on super triplets and sextuplets in 5/4 time :-)

I also teach trumpet at beginner and intermediate levels. I have prepared many students for tryout pieces (solo, regionals, chair placement, etc). I also am experienced in tone improvement, endurance studies, range extension, and accuracy improvement. I use many different method books, but I prefer Arbans and Clarks.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Drums
5 piece Pearl kit- full cymbals. Beginner half sized kit upon request.
Guitar- bring your own acoustic.
Trumpet- bring your own.
Chairs, stands, and some music provided.
Hal Leonard method book required for beginning guitar students.

*** Specialties ***
Acoustic guitar- Christian Praise&Worship, classical picking and positions, strum patterns.
Drums- 4/4, 3/4, 6/8, quarters, eights, sixteenths. Rock, funk, ballad, pop.
Trumpet- range, endurance, flexibility.

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