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Popular Drum Teachers Near Forest Park

Derrick M.

Naperville, IL
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Jake F.

Mundelein, IL
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David B.

Chicago, IL
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Derrick M. Naperville, IL

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Ukulele

About Me

Derrick began playing the drums at the age of 8 in the elementary school concert band. He started out on just a snare drum but when he was 12, he got his first real drum set, and started a life of music.

Fast forward a few years and Derrick had experience playing in jazz bands, marching bands, concert bands, steel pan calypso band, along with his local garage band. After high school, Derrick moved to California to attend the Musicians Institutes in Hollywood California. There he studied under some of the greatest professionals in the business, and was exposed to a wide variety of music styles ranging from, Latin, R&B, Jazz, Funk, Rock, etc.

After graduating from school, Derrick moved back to chicago where he has been playing weekly gigs, and touring around the country with his bands. Derrick is a young, energetic, but most importantly, patient drummer, who loves to share his craft with the world.

*** Lesson Details ***
Derrick is laid back in his teaching style, but expects all of his students to practice and make weekly progression. He uses time tested and proven books and methods to teach his students the mechanics, theories, and techniques it takes to be a world class drummer. Reading and snare exercises are an important part of the curriculum, but not the main focus. He likes his students to enjoy what they are doing, so he brings other things to the lessons such as fun endurance and rhythm games. A brand new student that is dedicated to practicing could expect to be learning their favorite songs in 3 months time, and be playing in bands shortly afterward.

*** Studio Equipment ***
All pro gear! Ludwig, Dw, Pearl, Mapex, Zildjian, Sabian and more. Multiple drum kits set up in the studio, along with sound system, and mac book pro.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will bring lesson material (books, sheet music, etc.) and ipod with apps such as metronome and the ability to listen to music. Isolation headphones to listen to songs while playing along. Stick, brushes. Anything else I might need.

Students are expected to have drum sticks a music stand and at very minimum a practice pad, all though a drum set is preferable.

*** Specialties ***
Drum set is my specialty. I have experience with all major styles of music, and can teach any style. Other emphasis on playing in a band and percussion.

Jake F. Mundelein, IL

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Performance, Music Theory, Percussion

About Me

I am a classically trained drummer with nearly 20 years of experience. I started playing drums in 1996 and it has been my passion ever since. I love to perform, practice, and teach. I started teaching in 2007 as a counselor at Day Jams Music Camp. It was then I discovered my love for teaching and seeing the next generation of musicians take shape.

My specialties include the following:
Classical and concert band and marching band as well as the following for the drum kit: Rock, Metal, Punk, Blues, and Pop. I also specialize in music theory and performance.

Student expectations:
I expect my students to be prepared for each meeting.
I expect my students to practice the material we cover.
I expect my students to provide their own equipment (drums, drumsticks, etc).
I expect my students to have fun!

Now, let's make some music!

David B. Chicago, IL

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Clarinet, Drum, Flute, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano, Songwriting

About Me

Originally from Indiana, David has been teaching music in both the private and public school sectors for 12 years. Getting his start as a drumline instructor with only 4 students, David soon expanded his teaching to include both guitar and piano, which he studied under Frank Puzzulo (of Miles Davis' group) at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

Upon graduating Ball State, David moved to Colorado to study jazz and classical music with Dr. Douglas Walter, an accomplished percussionist who is known for his versatility and multiple percussion talents. He also studied piano and guitar in his off time, jamming with several rock and jazz groups both in and out of school.

In 2006, David left the college scene with a Masters in Music and moved to Florida where he began his teaching career. In Florida, David taught roughly 70 students, ages 5 to 18, at Wewahitchka High School and Middle School. He was beloved by the town, helping out in the community as a local organist for the Presbyterian Church and as a frequent contributor to Wednesday night worship.

As wonderful as this time was, David gave up the gators and swamps to move back home to Indiana in 2007. Here, he took a job at Kokomo High School and Maple Crest Middle school where he resumed teaching students from 5th graders to seniors in all areas of music, including wind, strings/guitar and percussion. David established the first ever "rock and roll" class at the high school in 2008, a program that started with only 5 students and has ballooned to 38 in this current year! The class consisted of guitars, keyboards, bass and drums, all of which David can teach at a professional level.

Most recently, David graduated with his second Masters in Jazz Performance from DePaul University. He studied primarily with professor Ron Perillo, unquestionably the most innovative piano player in Chicago and with Bob Palmieri, a gifted guitarist. Having now graduated, David is devoting himself full time to teaching private students and looks very much forward to working with you!

*** Lesson Details ***
Although David has a laid back personality and approach to life, he takes his job very seriously. He prides himself in not being the kind of teacher who is there simply to entertain and hope the student learns something in the process. Though you will most certainly have a good time, you should only take from him if you really want to become a great musician/player. Having been a highly qualified public school teacher for 5 years, David has more experience than most private teachers you can find. He knows what it takes to achieve greatness and he knows that most students, in the end, respect that more than a half hour "jam session."

David will tailor his curriculum to each student. Every student is expected to have a notebook with staff paper and a pencil at their lesson. Students will also be assigned a book to purchase (in some cases more than one) and he/she will progress through it at a pace appropriate to his or her level.

More than anything, what you will see in David's lessons is his love for music and teaching music. It is truly a special thing to be gifted in this art, and he believes that anyone who is willing to put in the time, the effort and the dedication needed will be rewarded and enriched in the end.

David is also available for online lessons via Skype! He loves taking advantage of this modern technology in his lessons and is happy to take on new students in this format.

*** Studio Equipment ***
He has a fully weighted digital piano, electronic keyboard, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, clarinet, flute and various percussion equipment in a room completely devoted to music. Can accommodate seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring my own guitar/bass, but any drum lessons or piano lessons would require the student to have the necessary instrument at home.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in non-wind instruments, especially drums, percussion, bass guitar, piano and rock guitar. I consider myself extremely versatile with various styles and genres. Piano lessons are taught on a wonderful, fully weighted 88 key keyboard. I apply several teaching methods to reach as many kids as possible, with a focus on hands-on learning.

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Zachary H.

Chicago, IL
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Voytek F.

Rolling Meadows, IL
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Collin O.

Chicago, IL
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Zachary H. Chicago, IL

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Performance, Percussion

About Me

Based in Chicago, Illinois, Zachary is a world-percussionist with specialization in Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and Caribbean styles. Zachary has performed with numerous artists including Andy Narell, Lenny Castro, Etienne Charles, The Cool Kids, Daru Jones, Mark Walker, Dave Garfield, Dread Scott, Pat Cronnely, Victor Garcia, Geoff Bradfield, and Daphne Willis at events throughout the country including The Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Lollapalooza, the Detroit Jazz Festival, the Hyde Park Jazz Festival Benefit Concert, Windsor Jazz Festival, and the Syracuse Jazz Festival.

Studying extensively under the direction of Ruben Alvarez, Skip "Brinquito" Burney, Tom Hipskind, Jarett Hicks, James Coviak, and Al DiBlassio, Zachary received his Bachelor of Arts in Instrumental Performance from Columbia College Chicago. He has taught clinics and master classes in percussion at the Jim Lee Fine Arts Camp, Columbia College Chicago, Mott Middle College, and Holly Middle School.

Currently, Zachary owns and operates ZJH Percussion, a company providing instructional programs, presentations, and private tutoring in world percussion throughout Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Parks District. Collaborating with Columbia College Chicago’s Community Arts Partnership and the Music Institute of Chicago, Zachary brings culture and music to under-privileged young learners. In addition, Zachary maintains a busy performance schedule collaborating with groups throughout the Midwest and leading his band Conjunto Candela.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are developed individually for each students and are set up to cater to each students needs. Lessons can be taught on Drum-Set, Congas, Bongos, Cajon, General Percussion, and Drumline. Skills developed through these lessons range from learning how to groove, playing through your favorite songs, and learning to read music.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the students to have drums for themselves if the lesson is in the students home. I will provide drums for myself if needed, and any books or instructional materials needed for the lesson. If a student does not have their own drums lessons basic drumming and percussion lessons can be taught on practice pads and buckets.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and Afro-Caribbean percussion. I teach proper techniques and traditional rhythms for hand drums, and percussion instruments from Cuba, Brazil, and the Caribbean. I also teach Drumset. I teach students proper technique for using drumsticks, how to play various styles and also how to read notated rhythms.

Voytek F. Rolling Meadows, IL

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Singing, Songwriting, Trumpet

About Me

Hi, my name is Voytek and I love music! I currently do over 200 shows a year and in addition to performing as a soloist, I play in 2 gigging ensembles. Thanks to music, I've been able to meet many incredible people and travel all over the world to Germany, New York, Switzerland, Washington DC and the Dominican Republic. My goal is to inspire my students and share with them my passion for music so they can also experience how wonderful and rewarding it really is. Let's rock some jams!

*** Lesson Details ***
While teaching lessons, I like to keep the atmosphere relaxed but productive. I utilize many proven traditional teaching techniques (for example: scales, theory, exercises, drills and prepared pieces) however, I also try to keep things fresh with fun backing tracks and music theory games to keep students engaged. I am also very flexible and open to suggestions, so I encourage students to ask questions and let me know if they want to learn a specific song or musical concept.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The studio is equipped with a 76-key keyboard, drum set, music stands, recording equipment and a PA system. Plenty of parking available, either in the driveway or on the street.

*** Travel Equipment ***
In order to teach at a student's home I will need a quiet room/area where we can concentrate on our studies. If the student is taking drum or piano lessons, they will need a drum kit or piano/keyboard. Also, a boombox/CD player may be necessary if we need to play with some backing tracks.

*** Specialties ***
Trumpet - Jazz & Classical

Drums - Everything from Jazz to Rock, Waltz, Cha-Cha, Metal etc.

Singing - All Pop music, old (Frank Sinatra era) and new (The Temptations) and newest (artists of today).

Audio Recording & Production - All styles, such as Rock, Pop,
Cinematic, Hip-Hop, Country etc.

Piano - Beginning piano, building a solid foundation.

Music Theory - I can answer questions and teach the concepts.

Having trouble with your band/choir part? Preparing for an audition and want to get first chair? I can help!

Collin O. Chicago, IL

Subjects Taught

Drum, Percussion

About Me

13+ years of experience in studio and playing live in many genres (Pop, Rock, Jazz, Metal, Fusion, Folk/Bluegrass). Member of nationally touring acts and established freelance artist.

Lessons involve training in fundamental rudiments, technique, improvising, and soloing. Providing written and recorded examples of lessons, developing a listening ear, and helping students reach their goals!

Learn to be a good drummer, a better musician, and be the one to get "the call" for gigs!

*** Lesson Details ***
Get the fundamentals down solid! Warm up with rudiment exercises and get comfortable playing with a metronome. Spend time learning and studying different styles of rhythm in music (and learning your favorite songs!) Developing ear through improvising, soloing, listening, and playing with other people. All while having fun and going at your own pace!

I want you to be a PRO and:
-Develop a strong sense of time and pulse
-Read
-Have fresh groove and fill ideas
-Drum in various musical styles (Jazz, Rock, Hip-Hop, Latin, R&B, Metal)
-Improvise
-Find your own voice

*** Studio Equipment ***
Full Kit, Cymbals, PA, Internet, Sticks

*** Travel Equipment ***
Drum Pads, Music Stand, Snare Stand, Kick Pedal and Pad. (Will bring small kit if requested)

*** Specialties ***
Improvising, developing musical ear, playing well with others, transcribing.

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