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Popular Drum Teachers Near El Cerrito

John D.

Berkeley, CA
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Claudio R.

San Francisco, CA
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Vir M.

Berkeley, CA
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John D. Berkeley, CA

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano, Songwriting

About Me

*** Lesson Details ***
My students will develop a passion for music and a desire to play!

I like to get right to the experience of actually playing music. I start with learning songs, drum beats, and chord progressions and get to technique and music reading AFTER we have had some fun.

My key to successful teaching is to create a custom curriculum for each student. Some students are interested in the details of how to do it "right", and others just want to rock. I try to adapt to different learning styles and musical goals to give each student an ideal experience.

I want students to learn how to play, not just how to read or do drills. We will listen to music together, and talk about the function of each instrument. For drummers, I play bass lines on the piano and we lock into a groove. For piano students, I play along with drums or percussion. It's important for students to learn how to play with others, and to listen and get inspired by what's around them.

Students will have the option to perform in a student recital where you are backed by a band of professional musicians!

***John D.'s Biography***

I was born in Amsterdam, Holland, where my father worked as an opera singer. While listening to vocal warm-up arpeggios, my mother bounced me on her knee and taught me rhythms and rhymes.

In my family we beatbox, play piano, and sing together. The family moved to the States in 1995 where my parents worked as music teachers. My Dad is a voice professor at the University of Wisconsin, and my Mom runs an amazing music program at Country View Elementary School in Verona, WI.

I played in the band program throughout high-school and had an amazing and demanding music teacher and highly talented friends. The drumset became my passion and I played, blissfully and recklessly, as often possible. Our teacher took the high school band on a concert tour of Europe in 2002 in Austria, the Czech Republic, and Italy.

The band program led me to classical and contemporary music at the University of Wisconsin, where I honed my craft and discovered the profound breadth of music around the world. I paid my way through college as a member of the WI Army National Guard Band, a great wind ensemble with jazz and rock band components, and slowly built a career as a musician. I took every gig that came my way and created my own if nobody was calling. Pretty soon I became "œthe guy in, like, 8 different bands", including Funk, Rock, Jazz, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and West African bands. I've been working as a musician ever since, performing several nights per week, and teaching during the day.

I began teaching drum lessons to my friends when I was about 18 and realized I was really good at it. I began taking on private students and teaching group lessons and classes. Students of mine have achieved the highest ranks at the State Solo and Ensemble Festival in Wisconsin, and auditioned into the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra. I am on the annual faculty Wildcat Percussion Camp, was adjunct faculty at New York University, and directed the world percussion ensemble at the University of Wisconsin. I've worked as a teacher with the Madison Area School District, Wisconsin Youth Company, YMCA, Global Arts to Go, University Settlement, and in many different public schools in the New York metro area. I taught a high school class called "The Spirit of Jazz", and

I've learned how to be a real teacher, to put myself in your shoes to help you achieve your potential as a drummer, and as a musician. My teaching style is to de-mystify the art of percussion: getting great sounds out of the drums, being prepared for any style, practicing productively, and focusing your mind.

I have a Bachelor's degree in classical percussion from the University of Wisconsin, a Masters degree in Jazz Performance from NYU, and have traveled to Africa, Europe, and Latin America to perform, record, and study. I have performed with Badal Roy (Miles Davis), Chris Potter, Kenny Werner, Brad Shepik, Lenny Pickett, Chuchito Valdez, and many other great musicians. I was Adjunct Faculty at NYU'™s jazz program, and at the University of Wisconsin dance program. I've given masterclasses at Juilliard, University of Michigan, Lawrence Conservatory, and many other colleges. I played for 5 months in the Off-Broadway show "Fun Home", and toured and gigged with a wide variety of bands.

I've recorded on nearly 20 albums and have been involved in many other projects. Ask me anything you want in our music lessons!

Claudio R. San Francisco, CA

Subjects Taught

Arithmetic, Basic Math, Drum, English, French, Percussion, Violin

About Me

Claudio R. is a recent transplant to SF from NYC/Seattle. He was born in Massachusetts and studied classical violin from the age of 6. He attended Vassar College where he earned a degree in violin performance. During college he started playing the drumset because of his infatuation with Jazz. Claudio attended The New School for Jazz and contemporary music on drumset and studied with Chico Hamilton, Joe Chambers, Ari Hoenig and Peter Retzlaff.

During his fifteen years in NYC Claudio performed and toured in a variety of musical situations. He has performed/recorded with hip hop legend Slick Rick, Lauren Hill, Praswell (Fugees), hip hop pioneer Doug-e-fresh, Adam Duritz (counting Crowes), Jason Mraz, and Jazz greats John Hicks, and Gary Bartz. He toured with afro-pop band Chris Berry and Pangea, tropical chart-toppers Xtreme, southern soulful singer/songwriter Lipbone Redding, and indie rock band Jonny Lives. For ten years he was the house drummer for Freestyle Mondays, NYC’s longest running hip hop open mic. In Seattle Claudio performed with pop band Richie Aldente, fusion group Gravity, electronica duo Fruit and Vegetable, and ran his own weekly jazz gig at Ballard’s 418 Public House. He was also the house drummer at Robert Lang’s recording studios.

Claudio taught basic musicianship and drumline in NYC public schools for six years. His teaching goals for drumset include establishing reliable technique that is useful in all styles, understanding differences and similarities between music styles, developing strong time and rhythm (through transcription and metronome games). Claudio is also adept at incorporating electronic elements in acoustic playing and can coach students on how to use programs such as Ableton Live in their setup for performances and as a practice tool.

*** Lesson Details ***

I’m looking forward to helping you learn drumset. I’m an engaged, patient, and enthusiastic teacher. I teach all styles of music and, together, we will get great results.

At the first lesson I ask new students about their goals. It’s important to me to discover why you are interested in lessons, and what type of music you wish to explore. I will ask you for a playlist of songs you’d like to learn and, from that, I’ll create a lesson plan that will teach you fundamental technique and the particular skills you need to play the songs you love.

Later, I’ll introduce new musical styles and you’ll learn fascinating facts about the role of drumset in music. I think it is important to understand music (and related drumset styles) in context, so I’ll frequently play examples of classic recordings and we’ll have conversations about the history of the instrument and the great drummers who changed the music through the drums.

Beginning students:

Nurturing your passion for drums and music is my number one goal for beginning students. I like to do this by finding a simple song for the student to play along with and give the student their first “grooving experience” by having both of us play along to the same song at the same time. Also covered: beginning technique, music theory, basic beat playing. I also encourage free improvisation on the drumset and teach the student how to create his/her own musical piece.

Intermediate students:

Intermediate students will: develop more flexibility in their time keeping by working on independence exercises, solidify reading basics, learn new styles (good for cross training), and examine stick mechanics more closely. Students will update their repertoire playlists to more challenging material as they gain new skill. We’ll set goals together based on the songs they want to learn how to play.

Advanced students:

Advanced students will learn advanced stick technique including the moeller stroke, advanced finger technique, and the Jojo Mayer valving system. We discuss how to improve time and feel by playing a with a displaced metronome as well as how to use the metronome in other non-traditional ways. Also covered: over-the-barline phrasing, odd groupings in even meters, even groupings in odd meters, latin drum styles, metric modulation, triplet based styles such as jazz and afro-cuban 6/8, and studio recording. Advanced students will also examine some of the modern modern drumset vocabulary (drum and bass, dubstep etc, blast beats etc.) and the drummers responsible for those styles.

I love music and I love sharing my passion for music with students, young and not-so-young. It is thrilling to see students progress in their abilities. In order to make progress, you must practice regularly. Please note that practicing everyday for 20 minutes is much more effective than practicing 3 hours the day before the lesson.

Note: due to the specifics in the lease, I can only offer lesson to adults in my private studio.

*** Studio Equipment ***
2 drums sets, congas, shakers, bongos

*** Travel Equipment ***
practice pads, basic drum set if necessary.

*** Specialties ***
When I teach drums I focus on mechanics, time, sound, feel, and coordination. I specialize in jazz, hip hop, funk, pop, electronic and rock music. I try to show my students the similarities between music styles and how mechanics, time, sound, feel, and coordination apply to those styles.

For violin I use the Suzuki repertoire and incorporate music literacy at the same time.

Vir M. Berkeley, CA

Subjects Taught

Acting, Anatomy, Bass Guitar, Biology, Drum, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Singing, Songwriting

About Me

I am a graduate of U.C. Berkeley.;I have been teaching and performing music for over 15 years. I have toured the United States and other countries playing many types of music. I play Guitar and Bass and Sing I teach in a fun style that emphasizes the students creativity. Styles range from Rock, Folk, Electronic, Jazz, African, World, Hip Hop to Country. I can give you the skills to go to the next level. From 5-99 years old!

*** Lesson Details ***
A typical lesson would look like this: Depending on your level we would first work on some new chords and/or a new scale and how to play them. We "jam" a little to get the feel. I have a really great way of teaching theory that will get you playing what you want. The second half we usually focus on learning a song of your choice or working on an original of yours. I am very personable and easygoing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Have guitars and amps, basses and amps, drum set, microphones and recording equipment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Have equipment

*** Specialties ***
Rock, World, Hip Hop, Folk, Electronica, Classical, Jazz

Ben L.

Novato, CA
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Bruce J.

Pleasant Hill, CA
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Avetis C.

San Francisco, CA
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Ben L. Novato, CA

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Performance, Percussion

About Me

Originally from West Virginia, Ben is quickly making a name for himself within the drumming community since moving to San Francisco in 2009. Having performed in a wide array of musical situations early in his career Ben draws on those initial performances to shape his current music experience.

While earning his degree in philosophy and music from West Virginia University, he had the opportunity to travel to China in the summer of 2008 to perform with the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra. During his time at WVU Ben performed with the €œLittle Big Band€, WVU'€™s premiere jazz ensemble, along with other Jazz and world music ensembles.

A teacher himself, Ben has had many influential teachers including: Tommy Igoe, George Willis, Tim Adams, Mike Dawson, Al Wrublesky, Scott Amendola, and Chuck Brown.

In addition to his freelance playing and teaching schedule Ben is a founding member of the band Abatis and a high school music teacher at Marin Catholic High School.

*** Studio Equipment ***
In my studio I have a Roland electronic drum set, practice pads, audio and video recording equipment, and access to my full library of method books and percussion publications.

*** Travel Equipment ***
When traveling for lessons I bring various method books, as well as a practice pad to our lessons. I expect students to have a drum journal to record our lesson notes, sticks, a practice pad, and a drum set if we are focusing on drum set instruction.

*** Specialties ***
I Specialize in many areas of percussion including; Concert percussion repertoire, drum set - jazz, pop, rock, funk, R&B, world - marching percussion, and contemporary marimba.

Bruce J. Pleasant Hill, CA

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About Me

Bachelors Degree in Music CSUH. Studied with renowned teachers Chuck Brown who also taught David Garibaldi and Terry Bozzio. Have been teaching for more than twenty years.

*** Lesson Details ***
Learn How to hold Drum Sticks the correct way . also learn Rhythm, Rudiments, Syncopation and how to apply them to the Drum Set. Whether you want to play Rock , Jazz, Metal or Pop I teach all these styles and more.

Avetis C. San Francisco, CA

Subjects Taught

Conga Drums, Drum, Percussion, Piano

About Me

I began to lead small percussion ensembles at youth programs during my last year of completing my B.A. in Music. When I landed a job with the YMCA in San Francisco, I began teaching Brazilian Samba as an enrichment using all percussion instruments. I decided to go further into education, so I received my Credentials to teach music in public school, with my experiences in the middle school concert band setting. I taught group piano in elementary schools during my credential education. I currently teach piano and percussion privately.

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