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Popular Drum Teachers Near Kansas City

Michael R.

Kansas City, KS
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Brad A.

Peculiar, MO
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Tony L.

Olathe, KS
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Michael R. Kansas City, KS

Subjects Taught

Drum, Guitar, Music Theory, Percussion

About Me

My name is Michael. I have been playing drums/percussion for almost 11 years and the guitar for about 6. Along with my skills as a drummer and guitarist, I am also very knowledgeable about music theory and music in general.

As a drummer/percussionist, I can play a variety of instruments including, but not limited to; drum set, snare drum, bass drum, timpani, vibraphone, congas, bongos, etc. I am also very skilled in many different drum set styles such as rock, blues, country, jazz/swing, latin, reggae, and many others. If I had to label what kind of drummer I am, I would have to say that I'm a rock/blues type. I highly enjoy jamming along to bands like The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, Rush, Neil Young, and all sorts of old school tunes!

Though my guitar playing is not as good as my drumming, I am a very skilled rhythm guitar player. What I mean by that is that I can do all sorts of chords and know a variety of different strumming/picking patterns. I like to apply my knowledge of music theory to my guitar playing to come up with different chord progressions and little solos based upon which scale to use for what chord.

All in all, I'm just a simple guy that enjoys playing and listening to music. Nothing brings me more joy than to help those who want to learn how to play along with their favorite songs. I believe that out of everything you can learn from in this world full of knowledge, music is the only one with a lot to learn, but is still fun to be involved in. After nearly 11 years of being a musician, I still have a lot to learn and am constantly improving every day!

*** Lesson Details ***
I am not a strict teacher at all. I feel that learning music should be a fun and exciting! That being said, students can expect a more relaxed, patient, and stress free learning experience. Though I am laid back and patient, I am very thorough and feel that the fundamentals should not be skipped or over looked. I will teach everything that there is to know when becoming a drummer. That includes rudiments, tempo, technique, various genres and styles, etc.

My main goal is to help my students become musicians, not just a drummer or a percussionist. Of course, we will be learning drums/percussion the majority of the time, but I also want my students to understand music. Even though drummers don't particularly use key signatures, chord progressions, and scales (unless you're a xylophone or such player), I still find them all to be very important no matter what instrument you play. Not only will my students learn how to play the drums, they will also learn how to read music, learn key and time signatures, chord progressions, and all of the 'must knows' of music theory.

I find that listening to music is also a very efficient way to practice. I would like to start and finish most of my lessons with a song. I might also come up with a list of songs for my student to learn. Being musicians, it just makes sense to spend a lot of time listening to music and learning how other musicians play.

For my guitar students, I like to take the same sort of approach. I want them to understand the music, not just the shapes of the chords and the patterns to the scales. To understand what notes that chord consists of and how the scale is written out. I feel that learning the chords to songs is the most important step to mastering those songs. I can also help the student to not only read sheet music, but guitar tab as well.

The most important thing to remember is that learning an instrument should be a fun experience, and I intend to keep it that way!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I will admit that my home studio does need some work. I do have an electric drum kit and an acoustic guitar, along with a bunch of books and random bits of sheet music from my learning days as a musician.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Pretty much the same as my studio equipment. The electric drum kit and acoustic guitar is very easy to take along with me wherever I go.

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Blues, Funk, and RnB drumming styles as well as folk, country, and rock n' roll rhythm guitar styles.

Brad A. Peculiar, MO

Subjects Taught

Drum, Guitar, Percussion

About Me

Professional musician with 20 years of performing experience, including 7 years in the U.S. Army Band. Have performed with many different types of bands, including jazz, rock, blues, alternative, country, and steel drum. Recorded 5 CD's.Achieved 1st. chair percussionist for 2 state honor bands, winning the position over 70 other students who auditioned. Helped several students to achieve 1st chair in their state honor bands as well. Have several former students who are now playing professionally. Helped several adult students, who had never played an instrument before, learn to play well enough to play in local bands, achieving their lifelong dreams. Over 10 years of experience teaching guitar and drums to students ranging from small children to adults. Hobbies and interests include songwriting, singing, home recording, bicycling, running, weight lifting, history, traveling, movies and web design. Fun teacher who loves to help others learn to play an instrument.  

*** Lesson Details ***
Instructor teaches both drums and guitar, depending on the student. This is unique because if you're studying drums, the teacher plays along on guitar. If you're studying guitar,the teacher can play along on the drums. In this way you learn to play in a band rather than just learning to play an instrument. Most importantly, it's fun!The focus for new students is to quickly teach them to perform in a band. For beginning guitarists, this means learning power chords, simple songs, and 2 scales, eventually progressing to more advanced songs and techniques. Most beginning drum students start by learning basic rock beats, and songs, eventually progressing to advanced fills, techniques and styles. Lessons are geared to the individual student's interests and abilities as well. For instance, percussion students sometimes focus on marching percussion techniques, jazz band skills, etc.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Ludwig s/l series drums, and Zildjian cymbals. Fender stratocaster electric guitar, Carvin all tube amp and Peavy trans-tube amp. Seagull acoustic guitar, handmade in Canada.  

*** Travel Equipment ***
Instructor provides drum-sticks, mallets, a practice pad, and/or guitar and amp if applicable. If student is taking drum/percussion lessons, they need to have their own snare drum and /or drum-set and sticks. For guitar lessons, they need to have their own guitar and picks.

*** Specialties ***
Many years of experience in jazz and rock drumming. Many years of experience in marching percussion. Additional skills in country, blues and Latin drumming.

I also play and teach rock and folk guitar.

Tony L. Olathe, KS

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Drum, Guitar, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano, Singing, Songwriting

About Me

Owner of Rock School KC in Olathe Ks at The Great Mall - Director of Olathe Kansas Parks and Recs Music Lessons and new Olathe South Rock School - check with your school to get one started there. - also a gigging, touring, recording and performing musician with 25 years experience.

Learn a song your first lesson with - playing any instrument is that simple from Bruno and Katy to Metallica and The Beatles - Miranda Lambert to One Direction, The Lumineers to One Republic - guitar bass drums piano mandolin ukulele and voice lessons.

*** Lesson Details ***
Private Lessons - Students learn a song their very first lesson - no sheet music required- start playing the songs you want today.

Performance Group by audition only - students take it to concert stages and recording studio.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Live and Multi Track Demo Recording Equipment

*** Travel Equipment ***
Multi track and live recording
PA - Stages - Light Rigs
Full Show Instrument Equipment

*** Specialties ***
Private Lessons - getting students playing songs their 1st lesson

Group Performance - getting the students to play, perform and record

Schools and Large Groups

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