I have played drums for 20+ years, and have played professionally for all genres; from rock to country, from jazz to hip/hop and even Broadway musicals. I have been teaching lessons privately for the last five years and I am really enjoying it. I went to Trevecca Nazarene University, in Nashville, TN with a music scholarship, and graduated with a degree in Music Business, with an focus on percussion performance. I have spent time on tour buses and in studios, but now that my family is growing I want to spend more time at home. Teaching lessons has allowed me to do that, and I have found a new level of personal fulfillment by sharing my love of drumming with my students. I am very excited about joining the TakeLessons team and would love to help you meet you (or your child's) drumming goals.
Drum, Music Performance, Music Theory, Percussion
Born in Dallas, Texas, I began playing the drums at age 16. A big part of my influence came from my father; who’s drumming skills inspired me to pick up the drums myself. Throughout high school, I performed in the marching band and wind ensemble where I studied along side John Brennan (The Cavaliers). During my high school and college years, I performed with many bands and individual musicians, gaining popularity in the Dallas area. Soon after, I made plans to attend Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, CA.
In 2010, I began my intensive studies at Musicians Institute, studying with Rob Carson, Ed Roscetti, Gary Hess, and private instruction by Gary Garbitini and Tim McIntyre. I quickly learned the styles of funk, latin, jazz, and the many other genres of music. After a year of schooling, I then auditioned and was accepted into Musicians Institute’s prestigious Bachelor of Arts program.
Throughout my time at school, I have performed with many bands such as: Being Devious, Adult Film, Diamond Carter and Tic Tic Boom!. Tic Tic Boom! has performed at festivals such as South By South West in Austin, TX and Coachella in Indio, CA. The song “American Lie” from Being Devious has been offered a spot on a new Indie film entitled “Futbol”.
I have also played live doing guest performances with Side Show Annie from Blue Mountains, Australia and Modular People artist Grace Woodroofe from Perth, Australia at L.A.’s Bloomfest.
In 2011, only one year after beginning school at Musicians Institute, I was asked to perform on local Los Angeles artist, Paul Haasch’s new album “Worthy”. Because of my work ethic, I held strong value at Los Angeles studios such as Band House Studios and Speakeasy Sound in Burbank, CA. I have performed on many T.V. and commercial jingles while also achieving my first film credit.
Currently settled in East Nashville, I am excited to share my passion for the drums and instill the same inspiration in others as what my father instilled in me.
Thank you for taking the time to check out my profile. I hope to teach with you soon!!
My name is Alan and I am a drummer living in the Nashville area with a drum performance degree from Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA. I've been playing drums for over 19 years and started out playing in my church worship band. Over the years I've been blessed to play in dozens of churches, work with countless artists/bands, tour and study with some amazing drummers. Some highlights so far include opening for Grammy nominated rock band “red,” and Dove Award Nominated Christian rock band, “Disciple,” and performing multiple times on the FOX affiliate, FOX 8 morning show in Cleveland, OH. I believe that we are all students of our craft no matter what level and that we can always learn something new. I'm constantly listening to new music, practicing drums as often as possible, and overall just trying to grow and better myself as a musician.
Along with learning from a lot of great teachers on the faculty at Musicians Institute, I have also had the privilege of studying privately with the following drummers: Bob Mckee (Gene Krupa, Dizzy Gillespie, Tony Bennett), Jonah David (Matisyahu, Jesca Hoop), Kevin Stevens (Bobby McFerrin, Jimmy Kimmel Band, Natasha Bedingfield), and Andy Megna (Dakota Moon)
I have been fortunate to work with the following artists/bands: Bryan Karas, Ward 9, Thru Unseen Eyes, Joseph Barkley, Ben Park, The Western States Motel, Zoe Palladino, Folk Riot, Last American Buffalo, Red Abbey, Eric Schackne, Mark Shaker, and currently playing with Christian artist Karyn Williams (Inpop Records).
Drum, Music Performance, Music Theory, Percussion
Music, and drumming in particular, continues to be an exciting lifetime journey for me and I find the greatest rewards in teaching students how to achieve their own musical and lifetime goals. Currently, I'm available to travel to your location to teach you on the comfort of your own drum kit, snare drum, or percussion gear. Or, I can bring the essential gear required to help you have fun learning all about music and drumming, such as playing in certain styles or training your coordinated independence between hands, feet, and voice. As a teacher, I work with all ages of beginner to advanced students, specializing in middle school and high school percussion studies in addition to music therapy for special needs children.
I have over 25 years experience in all areas of drum set and percussion education, recording, and performance. I was principal percussionist and drumline captain throughout my high school career participating in the concert, symphonic, jazz, and marching bands. I was selected for All-State Jazz Band during my senior year and went on to study music education at the University of Georgia while being selected for a slot in the Redcoat Marching Band and the University Steel Drum Band during my freshman year. I completed my music business degree from Georgia State University, while studying under world class teachers like Jack Bell, principal percussionist for Atlanta Symphony for over 30 years.
Throughout my career, I continue to be influenced, inspired, and taught through private lessons, master classes, videos, books, and recordings from David Garibaldi, Simon Phillips, Rod Morgenstein, Neil Peart, Gregg Bissonette, Jerry Fields, Jim White, John Lawless, Billy Degnats, Eric Darken, Gary Chaffee, Kim Plainfield, Chuck Silverman, Steve Houghton, Jeff Hamilton, Jeff Porcaro, Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, Tito Puente, Steve Gadd, Dave Weckl, Steve Smith, Vinx, and Zorro.
As your drum teacher, I can help students excel in school music programs to pursue scholarships, transform the garage band into a gig-ready act, bring laughter and joy for special needs, encourage senior citizens trying something new with music in their golden years - all of these scenarios and more with the ultimate goal to coach you to becoming the creative musician you dream of becoming based on the musical artists that inspire you. Let's get started today!
Bass Guitar, Drum, Guitar, Piano, Acting, Classical Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Speaking Voice
My name is Jared.
I teach music lessons in Nashville, I teach students from ages 6 to 65.
I can teach drums, piano, guitar, bass and other instruments, for just about any style including pop, rock and classical.
I have Bachelor of Arts in Music from Arizona State University, where I specialized in Guitar performance. I'm a firm believer that playing music and learning an instrument should be fun, and I try to emphasize that in every lesson I teach. The curriculum that I use is entirely tailored to the student, based off of their needs and skill level, as well as the style of music they listen to. I have a simple approach to learning a new instrument, you get what you put into it.
If you take lessons with me, I will make it my goal to see you get excited about learning an instrument and utilizing your own creativity!
I started playing drums when I was just four years old. In 3rd grade I attended the schools "band night" to learn about joining band once I reached the 4th grade. That night would change my life. With no previous lessons and only my Mom's pots and pans to thank, I played a real snare drum for the first time with much success. The band director was so impressed I was asked to start band early!
By the time I was in the sixth grade I was the top drummer in the 8th grade jazz and a member of the high school marching band. The start of 8th grade found me marching center snare for the high school marching band in addition to performing with the rest of the high schools music ensembles. I was also asked to play drum set that same year for the high school musical.
Always wanting to be more involved than just a player, I started arranging and composing a good bit of my own material. This would lead to me writing the battery percussion arrangements for the high school marching band both my junior and senior years.
Yet again I found myself wanting more and started to offer drum lessons to students of the middle school band program and other kids in the area.
My passion for teaching would not go unnoticed and I was asked to speak to potential beginning band members at "band night" my senior year in high school. Having a special place in my heart for band night I jumped at the opportunity. This too would be another band night I would never forget.
The day after I spoke and performed for band night my high school band director called me into his office. He sat me down and said "Matt, you did great last night... but the music department won’t be able to allow you to speak at the event ever again."
What!? I was shocked. The night had gone perfect, or so I had thought. I would only become more shocked as to the reason why. Once all the instruments had been presented and performed the students were allowed to sign up for what they most would be interested in. Over 100 kids signed up to play the drums! More than all the other instruments combined.
To date I have extended my passion to include writing and designing visual programs for indoor drumlines along with writing my very first instructional book for drum set (release date TBD).
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