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Popular Drum Teachers Near Los Angeles

Jan P.

Los Angeles, CA
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Joan Q.

Santa Monica, CA
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Emerson W.

Woodland Hills, CA
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Jan P. Los Angeles, CA

About Me

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 the guitar.

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 sing and take their next step in music. It makes a big difference if you have the right teacher to help you learn the music you love. Most people that have attained musical proficiency had someone that took the time to guide them along their way. Much of what is thought of as difficult to play or understand in music is only mysterious until it is explained and practiced.

Jan has been teaching professionally since 2001. He graduated with honors from Musicians Institute in Hollywood after earning a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering and IT in Germany. He has been playing music for over 23 years, in bands ever since age 16 as a lead guitarist, keyboard player, bass player and singer. In his newest band he is on drums and vocals. He built a music recording studio in the city in 2004 at which he teaches and has engineered and mixed many bands since. He currently also teaches guitar at Brightstar Middle School Charter Academy in Los Angeles, fronts the band Audiocination, plays lead guitar in Clark 8 and drums with OG Booker T.

*** Lesson Details ***
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 sing and take their next step in music. It makes a big
difference if you have the right teacher to help you learn the music
you love. Most people that have attained musical proficiency had
someone that took the time to guide them along their way. Much of what
is thought of as difficult to play or understand in music is only
mysterious until it is explained and practiced.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Drum kits, amplifiers, lots of electric and acoustic guitars, bass guitars, synthesizer, an old piano, a fully equipped professional music studio.

*** Specialties ***
I am mainly a funky rock and blues guitar player, and have been in bands on bass, drums and with my own project, Audiocination, on guitar and Vox. There are so many different styles that get mixed into rock that I find it important to introduce my students to a lot of different styles, so they can find the one that suits them best.

Joan Q. Santa Monica, CA

About Me

Joan is a passionate drummer, percussionist, and teacher. She plays any genre and performs regularly all over Southern California. She also performed with Gwen Stefani on television shows including Saturday Night Live, Good Morning America, David Letterman, MTV TRL, and the Ellen Show.

Joan earned her Bachelors of Music in Percussion Performance from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSU Long Beach. Some of the teachers she studied with are Lynn Vartan, Michael Packer, Brad Dutz, Ricky Lawson, and Mike Shapiro.

Studio Equipment:
Drumset, congas, bongos, cajon, auxiliary percussion.

All styles of drumset, hand percussion.

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Emerson W. Woodland Hills, CA

About Me

Ever since I received my first drum set from my family at age 8 I've been studying and playing percussion and drums. Immediately it became one of my passions in life.
In elementary school I expanded my musical circle and met friends who I still play music with today. I played drums for bands in elementary school, middle school and high school, including the school jazz ensembles and marching band. In my senior year of high school I joined Camerata (advanced boys & girls choir) as a tenor. I have also been part of various orchestras, concert bands, alternative, rock, jazz, and even metal ensembles with original music. Some of the notable bands I've performed with and/or still perform with are: Jr. Philharmonic Orchestra of California, San Fernando Valley Symphony, Los Angeles Pierce Symphonic Winds, CSUN Symphony Orchestra, and Westlake Village Symphony.
In 2011 I received my Associate of Arts degree in Drum Set Performance from the Musician's Institute in Hollywood, CA where I studied drum set with Chuck Silverman, Rob Carson, Bernard Galane, Tim McIntyre, and Keita Akutsu. I have also studied drum set for a significant amount of time with Bruce Becker, and Kevin Crabb. When I was attending MI I wanted to do more than just drum set so I concurrently studied orchestral percussion with Raynor Carroll (principal percussion with the Los Angeles Philharmonic).
In 2013 I received the Danielle Salyer Memorial Scholarship for musical and academic excellence, awarded to me by Wayne "Skip" Perkins of Pierce College. Currently I'm a percussionist with with the Los Angeles Pierce Symphonic Winds band and the CSUN Symphony Orchestra. Not only do I have a passion for playing music, but I'm passionate about teaching music as well!

*** Lesson Details ***
My main goal as a teacher is to help my students reach their goal(s). If my student wants to learn how to play rock, hip-hop, and jazz drums I believe that it's my job to teach them how to play those styles! If my student wants to get accepted into a music school I will make sure that they are prepared for an audition whether it is for orchestral percussion or contemporary/jazz drums. If an audition calls for reading, I will make sure that we study music reading during our lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Drum set, marimba, timpani, concert snare drum, electric and acoustic guitars, guitar amplifier, 88-key keyboard, maracas, shakers, tambourine, triangles, glockenspiel, and cajon.

Extra seating for parents is available.

*** Travel Equipment ***
All students should consider having a 3-ring binder to organize handouts in... this is not something you HAVE to do, but it might help!

Things that drum students should have: A drum set, drum sticks, a drum pad, and a music stand.

Things that guitar students should have: A guitar, a guitar tuner, and a music stand.

Things that harmony students should have: A mechanical pencil (0.7 lead), a good eraser, and manuscript paper.

Things that a music history student should have: A notepad and pencil for taking notes, Norton Recorded Anthology Of Western Music: Volumes 1 and 2, and the 8th edition of "A History of Western Music" by Burkholder, Grout, and Palisca.

*** Specialties ***
Drum specialties: Jazz, Latin (Brazilian, Cuban, African), Rock, Funk, Metal, Pop, Hip-hop, R&B, Blues, Country, Reggae, and Marching. I am proficient in drum reading, drum transcription, practice techniques, and drum rudiments.
Orchestral percussion specialties: keyboard percussion (marimba, xylophone, glockenspiel, vibraphone, chimes), snare drum, timpani, bass drum, cymbals, tambourine, triangle, orchestral excerpts, etudes, technique, important literature, and practice techniques.

Guitar specialties: reading music, tablature, chords, scales, improvisation, and technique.

Music theory/songwriting specialties: Understanding and analyzing the music of outstanding composers from the past and the present and applying creative concepts to produce original music.

Music history specialties: Knowledge of outstanding composers, music, and musical events dating from the Stone Age all the way to present times.

Lucas G.

Los Angeles, CA
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Pavel V.

Los Angeles, CA
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Max G.

Santa Ana, CA
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Lucas G. Los Angeles, CA

About Me

Hello! My name is Lucas and I am a very smart guy who is also nice. I have years of experience teaching and have an enthusiastic passion for it.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I would provide my own instruments, instrument stands, music stands, music paper and writing materials.

I would expect/prefer students to provide their own instruments and musical listening equipment (CD player, iPod, etc)

*** Specialties ***
I can teach a wide range of styles including but not limited to rock, jazz, blues, funk, classical, country, and different 'world' music styles. Some examples are Latin/salsa and African guitar and percussion. I also specialize in teaching musical improvisation, songwriting, composition, and production.

I use student-specific musical instruction texts and programs to cater to each individual students needs. I have experience teaching improvisation using creative methods that involve group participation and improvisation, both with voice and instruments.

Pavel V. Los Angeles, CA

About Me

I have over 15 years of drumming experience. I graduated from the Berklee College of Music where I studied drum set performance with Dave DiCenso and Mike Mangini.

As a performer, I have been on tours with more than 20 shows in a row before crowds of 10,000+ people, played in studio sessions as a Sony and Universal Music recording artist, and even opened for Dream Theater.

As an educator, I have taught more than 30 clinics under endorsement by Pearl, Paiste and Silverfox around Europe; run several independent drum camps (Pavel V. Drum Days); released a series of YouTube drum lessons (Pavel V. Office Hours); and worked with a wide variety of private students for the past eight years.

My primary style is rock, although I do enjoy playing and teaching Pop, R&B, Gospel, Progressive Metal, and Fusion. I'm looking forward to teaching you how to be a better drummer and musician.

Max G. Santa Ana, CA

About Me


Drums - Spanish - Swimming

I'm Max, a 27-year-old business professional with a love for learning and teaching. Right now I'm saving my way up to opening a music venue; this is my dream!

I'm from the Costa Mesa/Newport Beach area, and I have my own rehearsal studio in Santa Ana for music instruction.

For Spanish lessons, I'm happy to meet at local cafes, libraries or drive to the home. I have had extensive study in high school, college and in both Spain and Mexico, so I'm adequately prepared to tutor in this field.

Swimming lessons can only be accommodated at the pool of the client. I was a lifeguard for the City of Costa Mesa during college and played water polo for Newport Harbor High School.

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?

Luckily, if you’re searching for Los Angeles drum lessons, TakeLessons is here to help you connect with the best possible teacher for percussion and drums. All


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