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Popular Drum Teachers Near National City

Ian H.

San Diego, CA
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Charles W.

La Mesa, CA
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David W.

San Diego, CA
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Ian H. San Diego, CA

When you play a drum, you're making a statement: you're saying, "Here I am!" I remember in my formative years taking a drum lesson from Duncan Moore. He told me, "There's nothing shy about playing drums." Drums are the engine in music, they make things move forward. I'll teach you how to be that engine while still maintaining integrity as an artist behind the kit. We can learn anything from rock, pop, and reggae to jazz, Latin, and classical music - depending on your taste.

About Ian

Ian H. – Drumset/Percussion/Guitar/Bass/Vibraphone/ (Piano)

Educational Performance Experience

• Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Studies from SDSU.
• Percussionist in the SDSU Wind Ensemble.
• Drummer for the SDSU Jazz Combos 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.
• Studied at Berklee College of Music for their 5-week summer performance class, testing in to the top levels of theory, ear-training, ensembles, and master classes.
• Performer in the Gamelan at SDSU – played at the Eastern Asian Music Festival at Canyon Crest Academy, Spring 2011.
• Canyon Crest Academy Rock Band – 2005-6
• Canyon Crest Academy Symphonic Band (1st Chair) – superior ratings: El Camino High School, Point Loma Nazarene University & Heritage Festivals, ...

Charles W. La Mesa, CA

I have been teaching drumset to students of all ages and levels for over 5 years. My students are commonly surprised to see how quickly they progress - often within the first couple of lessons, we are playing along to their favorite songs! My approach is very straightforward, fun, and can be applied to whichever style(s) the student is interested in. Having studied with some of the top percussion educators from around the world at Berklee College of Music (including Grammy award winners Mark Walker and Terri Lyne Carrington), I use a culmination of methods along with my own personal experiences to help the student progress.

The drumset student can expect to learn very quickly about the following topics, which can be tailored to their particular needs/goals:

-Proper stick technique/control and posture
-Rudimental studies
-Drumset coordination and independence
-Development of speed and efficiency of motion
-Grooves and various styles of drumming
-Reading music
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About Charles

As far back as I can remember, music has been a central part of my life. I grew up in a musical family; my father a drummer and pianist, my mother a woodwinds player, and my brother a bassist, I have been surrounded by music as far back as I can recall.

Upon graduating from San Diego SCPA, I became interested in recording and audio engineering, eventually working as 2nd engineer at Signature Sound in Clairemont, and main engineer at Proxy Music in Oceanside. This afforded me invaluable experience working with some of San Diego's finest musicians and recording artists.

In 2008, I attended Berklee College of Music on scholarship - majoring in Professional Music with an emphasis on performance and composition. In 2011, I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor's degree ...

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Tyler L. November 14, 2014
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Great teacher, great personalities.
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Sean B. November 7, 2014
Drum · In studio
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Charles does a great job. Easy going and knows what he's doing. Glad to be learning with him.
Thanks,
Sean
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Cicely S. October 3, 2014
Drum · In studio
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I started taking lessons with Charles a few months ago and he is a great instructor! He is always accommodating and flexible with his time. He leads me through the exercises slowly and makes sure I get each part down correctly (even though I am not at all coordinated and completely stiff lol). It is kind of intimidating as I awkwardly try to copy his moves, but he always reassures me that I'm doing great. The music he picks for our lessons is perfect! It is quite an experience and I highly recommend him if you want to spice up your life with a new skill.
David W. San Diego, CA

About David

Not only do I love chess and running marathons, but I also have three degrees in drums and percussion (Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate). I have ten years experience as a performer (including playing drums on a Grammy nominated album) with orchestras, touring big bands (Jimmy Dorsey, Five-By-Design), professional productions (Carnival Cruise Lines, amusement parks), jazz artists, and rock bands. I have also toured solo as a classical marimbist. Although I have a strong foundation in rudimental and jazz drumming, I also have roots in West African drumming, Cuban and Brazilian styles, and polka.

I have taught percussion lessons, percussion classes for band directors, jazz ensembles, percussion ensembles, and drum lines at Kansas State University, The University of Southern ...

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Mert C. November 27, 2013
Percussion
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Great experience...

I really enjoyed taking lessons from David. Unfortunately I had to take short break as we are expecting a new baby, but I will go back to taking percussion lessons from him as soon as I get a chance...He is very professional, very patient, and truly invests in you. He also adjusts his teaching approach based on your learning style to make the lessons much more efficient. Thank you David...
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kevin W. July 24, 2013
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david whitman is an excellent teacher

I took lessons from David for several months. In a few words, David is legit. He knows what he is talking about. Note that the 5 star ratings across the board are not because of my laziness, but are an accurate representation. His knowledge about drumming and percussion in general, both in theory and practice, is so vast. He has a lot of academic and real-life experience. He teaches at SDSU, and I've seen one of his recitals there, which was pretty awesome.

I had wanted to learn the fundamentals of drumming, and how to practice. He fully appreciated this, and gave me good approaches for establishing a good foundation and developing good technique. He also stresses the importance of musicality and of feeling the music and letting that come out in your playing. He knows this, and he strikes a good balance between having fundamentals and having a good time.

One little cool thing is that he also encourages his students to record their lessons (e.g., on their cell phones) and review them. This has helped me a lot because I don't always remember things later. He sometimes also plays during the lesson, which helps to guide and inspire.

I have met at least 5 of his students, and they represent a range of ages and skills.

David is good-natured, friendly, and forthright. Last but not least, he's got dope beats on lock, if you're into that.

Do not hesitate to take lesssons from David.
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Josh F. October 29, 2012
Drum
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Highly Recommend

As a self taught drummer with no prior instruction, I came into my lessons wanting to learn the fundamentals; and David was perfect for what I wanted to accomplish! He understood where I was at in my skill level, understood how I wanted to improve and knew how to get me there. Trough his instruction, I was able to mend what I already knew with new (to me) concepts to give me a complete understanding of percussion and it's role in music.

I felt that his lessons were catered specifically for me, and every week I looked forward to my lessons with him because he's fun, passionate and very knowledgeable. I would highly, highly recommend David for any level of drum Instruction!

Trevor H.

El Cajon, CA
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Ryan W.

San Diego, CA
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Jony C.

El Cajon, CA
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Trevor H. El Cajon, CA

Learn how to play the drum set.

About Trevor

Every musician was first and foremost a fan of music. My love of
music began when my mother took me to a performance of Beethoven's
fifth symphony when, coincidentally, I was five. From that point, I
started fervently listening to my mother's records (those are the
huge, black monstrosities that people in the pre-historic used in
place of iPods), followed closely by my father's CD collection.
After a while, this ravenous desire of to know and feel music moved
me to play an instrument. After a couple of false starts with the
drums and violin, I found my true musical calling: the guitar.

On January 25th 1995, on a whim, I began playing the
guitar, and I have yet to put it down. Along the way I've picked up
a number of friends for my guitar, ...

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paul B. July 21, 2014
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Great teacher & guitar player. Probably the finest teacher the School of Rock & Electric Music Studios ever had. Very patient and knowledgeable about many different types of music. The kids here all LOVED Trevor!!! Highly recommended !!!!
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EdwardG May 19, 2012
\Trevor is a great teacher--and I hope to pick up the lessons later on after I get done with my doctors. When I started all I knew for sure was that the piano had white and black keys. It's always nice to learn something new. Thanks to Trevor. ED
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AmyV October 11, 2011
JT's guitar lessons with Trevor

He is an amazing teacher. Teaches theory with technique and in his first three lessons with Trevor, JT has learned an incredible amount. JT has been playing for almost 8 years and is more pleased with Trevor than any other teacher he has had. Thanks so much!
Ryan W. San Diego, CA

About Ryan

Ryan W. holds a BA in Music with an emphasis in Performance, Composition, and Recording Arts. Raised in San Diego, California, Ryan'€™s musical career began by playing tenor saxophone under the direction of Steve Steinberg and playing guitar in various rock and roll groups. Ryan began his formal percussion training at Cal Poly under Dr. John Astaire and during this time showed an interest in music composition. He then became a composition student under Dr. Meredeth Brammeier and Dr. Craig Russell. Ryan has composed music for Cal Poly including the Mustang Athletics Football Kickoff music, as well as various Cal Poly videos including the Mustang Mascot Teaser, and the Cal Poly Proud Ad campaign. He also scored the groundbreaking film "A Life Facing Bars, A Gang Prevention ...

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Wister G. October 31, 2014
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I bring my 4 years old son to Ryan for drum lesson. I am totally satisfied with the service and his patients to teach. I absolutely recommend anyone with desire for music to go with him.
Jony C. El Cajon, CA

Beginner: You will learn the basic beats behind a lot of main stream music. We'll start of with coordination and tips and tricks to get your mind working with your arms and legs. You will master these beats and soon be playing with music backing tracks.

Intermediate: You will learn different time signatures and the rhythmic notation behind drumming. You will learn what subdivisions mean and how they can help you play in common time and odd time.

I'm here to cheer you and support you on your journey to your musical talent and creation. I know that with my style of teaching you'll learn a lot in a fast pace to get you on your way to completing some of your musical goals.

About Jony

“Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed heart opens.”
― Maria von Trapp

Hi, there!

My Name is Jony C. I'm excited about meeting you and being apart of your musical journey and growth

I've been teaching since 2010 and have loved helping my students in composing their own music, understand college theory and performing.

I've been playing music since the age of 14, in bands within churches. Currently I still get hired by churches to be the music director for their Sunday services. Also on the weekend to a classes on guitar to students ranging the ages of 7 to 50.

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I'm a graduate of the well known music school located in Hollywood called Musicians Institute.

I received a degree from Guitar Institute of ...

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