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Popular Drum Teachers Near Los Angeles

Jonathan S.

Los Angeles, CA
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Joseph T.

Hawthorne, CA
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Nathan Y.

Downey, CA
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Jonathan S. Los Angeles, CA

About Jonathan

I am a graduate of the Wheaton Conservatory of Music with a B.Mus.degree in Piano and Composition, and have taught private piano and drum lessons for over 10 years. I have experience with children and adults of all ages. I've performed with many bands over the years (US and Europe) including Mavis Staples, Andrew Bird, Tim Booth, Mucca Pazza, Bobby Conn, The Detholz, and Paris Delane. My approach to teaching is fun and varied according to students needs and personalities. I teach reading, ear training, theory, technique, composition, song writing, performance, etc...and want to work with students on music that THEY want to learn. *** Studio Equipment *** Roland HP 1700 L full sized digital piano Micro Korg Nord Electro 2 Yamaha Manu Katche drumset Zilgian and Bospherus cymbals

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Suzanne E. January 21, 2014
Piano
A talented musician and teacher, who is genuinely responsive to his students' needs.

My son took piano lessons from Jon at a time when he wanted to experiment with different types of musical expression. Jon was extremely responsive to his needs, and worked with him on everything from improvisation, to jazz licks to a Brahms ballade. Jon understands that teaching music is not a "one-size-fits-all" endeavor, and draws on his wide range of musical experience to tailor a program that's right for your child. He is an extremely talented musician and a dedicated, caring teacher.
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Laura G. January 14, 2014
Drum
Jon is superb

My stepson took drum lessons with Jon for at least three years. I was impressed with my kid's progress on his drum set. Jon is so passionate about music, and I could see my son really connect to Jon easily. Jon was very available to discuss schedule changes and is a very nice down to earth guy. I highly recommend him.
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David Z. January 10, 2014
Piano
Amazing teacher and all around phenomenal artist!

I took lessons from Jon for over 8 years, twice a week, including Jazz/Blues piano, voice, theory, and even drums. Let me first say that Jon is an all-around amazing artist that can master many instrument or genre of music. Taking lessons with him was something I looked forward to every week. He was an expert in all things jazz and blues, and really explained the theory and techniques well. I learned so much from him over those years that I can never repay. Unfortunately, he moved away to Cali, and I have not yet found a replacement that even comes close. I highly recommend Jon for music lessons in any instrument.
Joseph T. Hawthorne, CA

Specializing in drumset and marching band technique/skills. I will work with students on all aspects of drumming to ensure a well rounded education while adapting the lesson to each individual. Great match for most levels of skill and experience! Drumset available for use during lesson.

About Joseph

I have been playing music for over 20 years. I have been a successful part of Rock Bands, Jazz Bands, Blues Bands, Marching Bands, etc. So, whatever style of music you are interested in or wanting to learn, I can help! I am also a Certified Personal Trainer with a Fitness Nutrition Specialist Certification. I have been Personal Training for over 2 years. I personally have struggled with weight for most of my life. Through that struggle I have developed a true passion for nutrition, fitness, health, and weight loss. I am eager to spread my knowledge and experience to others and help you reach any goals you may have! On top of that, I have spent the past 6+ years honing my skills for Training, Coaching, and Developing. So, I can promise two things. You will get results and ...

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David C. September 24, 2014
Drum · In studio
I have been extremely fortunate to work with Joe over the past few years. On top of being one of the best people I have ever met in my life, he is also one of the best musicians I have ever met. Although his musical forte is drums, his knowledge of other instruments contributes to provide an extremely well-rounded instructional approach.

Patient, versatile, and encouraging!

Go with Joe!!!
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Seth B. September 22, 2014
Drum · In studio
Joe is awesome - I brought in some songs I wanted to learn and he made me sound like a rockstar! He really makes learning fun. ...and all this coming from a guy with no rhythm - seriously, he's a miracle-worker.

The studio is clean... he's always there on time...very professional... no complaints.

My new musical motto: IN JOE I TRUST!!!
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Andrew H. September 21, 2014
Conga Drums · In studio
Joe is a delight. I've always been interested in Conga Drums.
But with zero experience I didn't really know how to get started lol...

Joe was patient, kind, and constructive. AND WHAT A CONGA PLAYER!
I look forward to future lessons and continuing to improve.

Thanks, Joe!
Nathan Y. Downey, CA

About Nathan

I have been involved with music since I was a child and it has been a blessing to be a part of such an awesome art form since day 1. I can get you started on reaching the next level immediately if you take courses with me. Being through many great teachers and programs myself i can assure you I know how to inspire talent within eager students in any age group. *** Lesson Details *** I plan to mold my teaching curriculum around you! Every student/musician is different and with patient, yet productive and precise determination. I will get you where you need to be (possibly faster than you thought possible,) Within a few months you will be fluent in reading and the ins and outs of all the notes of the instrument as well as reading and music in general. *** Studio Equipment *** ...

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Jewell May 14, 2014
I've been a music teacher for twelve years, and make a living as a professional Bass player- even took piano classes when I got my music degree. Nathan in Downey CA was completely awesome during our piano lessons. I had this ridiculous assumption that I had to always start chromatic and major diatonic scales on piano always on my first finger of either hand- which is apparently not at all actually necessary. Crazy, because that was the biggest blockade to me playing piano for the last 8 years and Nathan blew that ridiculous concept out of my mind. The smallest things that I get in the habit of and somehow that one thing got stuck in my head as the only way to do things. I feel bad for not signing up for lessons, like... 10 years ago. I practiced my scales for about two hours, and they're possibly the most boring thing to play- even for a musician. I feel like they've got some new life breathed into them.
Definitely get a lesson or two with Nathan on that expensive piano you've got sitting around. it's good to note that he explained everything really clearly and the web connection and clarity was great. I could see him being awesome for a young bass guitar student too, as he mentioned he also plays bass.
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Hosea March 6, 2014
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Nathan had a very helpful suggestion for switching from chord G to chord C which I was having trouble with. He is an excellent teacher and I highly recommend him.
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Shakira March 6, 2014
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I just had an extremely useful piano lesson with Nathan.

Thank you, Nathan!

Jan P.

Los Angeles, CA
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Brian R.

Los Angeles, CA
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Los Angeles, CA
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Jan P. Los Angeles, CA

Jan has been teaching drums for over 6 years to students ranging from 4 years old to adults in their forties.

He teaches exercises and techniques that allow students to break down the movements of their hands and feet on the drum kit into specific strokes that can then methodically be practiced to attain proficiency, control and speed on the instrument.

To keep things fun and interesting we learn covers in a variety of styles and difficulty levels, and develop our reading skills to further our understanding and technique.

Jan will also allow his students to write their own parts as they progress on the kit by picking up either the guitar or bass and giving them the chance to jam with another instrument, which most students love to do and have a lot of fun with.

Lessons are held with two drum kits so students can easily copy their teachers movements.

About Jan

Learning an instrument in a music recording studio environment has many advantages and is a lot more fun, creative and rewarding. From your teacher jumping on different instruments for you to develop your independence and timing as a player and recording prepared projects you've been working on, to playing at a higher volume to get to know your gear's real sound, the rocking' memories you'll walk away with will fuel your inspiration to practice and improve fast. My focus is to help you achieve your goals on your instrument. With each individual student, I offer exercises, songs and techniques to practice that will help you to immediately begin seeing positive results. I believe that anyone can play an instrument and take their next step in music. It makes a big difference if you

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HeatherD September 30, 2011
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I am currently a drum student of Jan's and I couldn't be happier. He is a really great teacher. He obviously cares a lot about what he does and he is very good at understanding what each student needs individually to keep moving forward at a pace that is right for the student. He strikes an excellent balance between keeping the fun part of music alive (playing music!) and making sure that you receive solid technique instruction as well. He is super excellent at helping you understand how the things you are learning will build together over time (this helps a lot when some things are frustrating to make your body and mind do at first). You do have to do some exercises, but his focus is all related to working towards having fun and playing music. If you're a drum student, even as you're getting your first beats down he plays guitar with you right away (the first lesson in my case). It's really terrific to get a feeling for what it's like to play with other people from the very beginning. I can be self conscious about doing things around other people before I feel like I know what I'm doing. Playing with him right from the beginning helped me toss that aside without it taking hold of me this time, because, well, it's pretty darn fun to be completely honest.If you take lessons from Jan I am pretty sure you will feel very fortunate, as I do, to have found such talented and supportive instructor.
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SusannaC July 18, 2011
fantastic!

my six year old grandson started his music lessons with Jan two month ago.Jan is an amazing teacher and extremely patient with kids- more of a friend/ teacher to my grandson who enjoys his lessons while learning fast and without pressure.I highly recommend Jan to anybody, young, medium, "old"...Jan enriches the takelessons community
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HalbertR February 7, 2011
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Speaking for Malcolm: Malcolm is enjoying the lesson sessions with Jan. Speaking for myself: I appreciate him always being timely and teaching my son by using the type of music that he is interested in. This helps him to stay interested and motivates him to practice.
Brian R. Los Angeles, CA

Ready to start playing the drums? I teach drum lessons to beginners, intermediate and advanced players.

About Brian

I have been playing drums for 14 years and have taught professionally for a respected music studio in Connecticut. I have played in numerous bands and toured the United States, Europe and Central America. The styles I teach are Rock, Jazz, Latin, R&B/Hip-Hop, Funk/Soul, Reggae, Folk/Indie, Metal/Hardcore and World Rhythms. I teach drum-set and various types of hand percussion such as bongos, djembe, darbuka/doumbek and congas. *** Lesson Details *** I've always thought that learning should be fun. I consistently try to bring a creative and laid-back approach to teaching drums. After the first or second lesson, most students realize that I don't take myself too seriously. Sometimes certain techniques or exercises can be tiresome or even boring. When this occurs, I switch gears and ...

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Tim G. January 17, 2015
Drum · In home
Truly the most talented drummer I've ever had the pleasure to witness and work with. Brian continues to astonish me with his ability to take the complicated and make it practical and simple. Words cannot possibly describe the gift the gods have blessed this man with...not only have my drumming skills increased but my inner knowledge of life has been blessed. I would pay for your first lesson because I know you will not be let down, Brian is an ironclad guarantee!!
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Kevin S. October 21, 2014
Drum · In home
Brian's experience and passion for drumming become apparent during the first lesson. He is a talented musician and a wonderful teacher, adjusting the pace of each lesson to match your needs and your level of skill. His ability to play numerous styles makes him an ideal teacher for those up and coming drummers who don't want to get locked into playing one particular type of music. I've been playing drums for as long as Brian has, but even with all of my experience he has still helped me branch out and incorporate new techniques into my repertoire. Whether you are a beginner, looking to learn the basics, or an experienced drummer, looking to hone your skills in a particular area, Brian is a great teacher to turn to!
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Josh S. September 11, 2014
Hand Drums · In home
Great teacher. It's not about rushing you through the lesson, its about making sure you're learning WHAT it is you're supposed to. If you are looking for someone with patience, knowledge, that can teach well, and play even better, quit lookin'.
Jon B. Los Angeles, CA

I have polished my ability to teach the drum set through using method books, technology, and my own work sheets. Most importantly, I make it FUN!

About Jon

Jon B., a native of Cape Elizabeth, ME, started playing the drums at the young age of three. His musical taste was heavily influenced by listening to Tower of Power, Huey Lewis, Chicago, and other bands from that genre. By age six, he was taking drum lessons and playing in a band with his brothers. He then went off to study at Boston University, where he earned a degree in music education. Jon then decided to continue his education at the Berklee college of music. As a drummer, Jon is versatile and can play Funk, Rock, Jazz, Latin, Country, and practically any genre in between. Jon’s teaching goals include building a whole musician, not just a drummer. His students learn to read music and think melodically, not just rhythmically. His students are also taught to be very versatile musicians

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Karen C. November 12, 2014
In home
My son began taking piano lessons just before age 8. For two years we struggled through those lessons. My son would retreat under the piano or give up and in general was not making much progress. He wasn't enjoying learning music and the two teachers that he had did not know how to engage my son (who has Asperger's) in a way that was meaningful or effective. I was ready to give up on music lessons for my son when we met Jon. Jon brought his energy and enthusiasm for music and life into our home each week and my son caught on. My son started to WANT to practice and took on learning new and much more complicated songs. Jon's teaching style is very flexible, so when my son was into playing on the piano, that is what they would do, if he needed a break they would do some music theory work on the iPad, in between playing music, they would talk baseball. Jon connected with my son and was therefore a highly effective teacher for him. For the first time, my son wanted to perform in the Jam Session (recital) to show off what he had learned and he played an amazing rendition of Sweet Caroline with style and accuracy. After the Jam session, my son asked if he could continue taking lessons over the summer and could Jon start teaching him trumpet, in addition to piano. Jon encouraged him to try new things and got him excited about music. We were very sad to hear that Jon was moving away. We wish him all the best in his new endeavor.
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Heather P. October 29, 2014
In home
Jon taught both my daughters, ages 9 and 11, piano for the past two years. His love for music is apparent and his enthusiasm infectious. My girls loved their weekly lessons and progressed steadily from total beginners to where they were comfortable enough to perform short solos at their end of the year performances. His lessons were always fun and engaging. We highly recommend Jon and wish him all the best in CA!
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Hewitt H. October 28, 2014
Drum · In home
Jon was Ben's drum instructor for about two years. With Jon's help and encouragement, Ben got so good that we now enjoy hearing our 15-year-old son play the drums in our house as loud as possible. We like and trust Jon, and consider him a family friend. We were sorry when Jon told us he was moving to California, but excited for his new opportunity. Jon is one of the most sincere and enthusiastic people we know, and he makes learning music fun, Ben says. Jon gets our highest rating!

Drum Lessons in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is the place for fantastic rock bands: The Beach Boys, The Doors, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Van Halen, Metallica, No Doubt, Weezer and many more hail from sunny L.A. With this fertile ground for music legends, it is more important than ever that you pursue Los Angeles drum lessons.

Syncopation, back beats, funky time signatures, montuno or bossa grooves: all of these fantastic ways to keep the rhythm of your band on the drums need to be learned from a master. There is no better way to get a clear mastery of drums than to seek out a master and learn from them. But how do you find the perfect teacher?

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