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Popular Drum Teachers Near Old Hickory

Tom D.

Nashville, TN
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Russ S.

Nashville, TN
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Rafe H.

Murfreesboro, TN
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Tom D. Nashville, TN

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About Me

Thanks for reading my profile. I'm a working musician and teacher in Nashville, TN. I've been teaching since 2007 and have worked with all ages and skill set. I really enjoy teaching younger students sharing the joy of music. I live in the east Nashville neighborhood of Inglewood with my wife Melissa and our 10 year old Zoe.

Russ S. Nashville, TN

Subjects Taught

Drum, English, Music Performance, Music Recording, Percussion, Reading

About Me

I am a Recent graduate of Berklee College of music in Boston with 10 years of teaching experience, and 17 years playing experience. I have won multiple drum competitions and have experience performing in all styles from jazz (Phil Woods) to folk (Jay Ungar and Molly Mason).

I first got excited about the drums from watching local bands play in my hometown of Ithaca, NY. From there I began to play in the jazz band at a community music school, and soon after that began playing in elementary school concert and jazz band. Soon after, I started playing in cover bands and expanding my repertoire. In high school I won two downbeat awards for best pop/rock drummer (2004) and outstanding performance for jazz drumming (2005). In high school I played in various touring groups, and started Berklee in 2009.

Since Berklee, I have worked on Celebrity Cruise lines as a drummer for jazz and rock bands, as well as playing for the theatrical performances and musical reviews. I am happy to have my teaching studio up and running in Nashville!

My influences are many, but if I were to break them into categories:
Rock: John Bonham, Abe Cunningham, Abe Laboriel Jr
Funk: Chris Dave, Ziggy Modeliste, Pete Mclain
Jazz: Tony Williams, Max Roach, Art Blakey

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“Russ is one of the absolute best students I have ever had in my long teaching career at Berklee College of Music. Russ is very talented, smart, highly disciplined and open minded as a musician. Having Russ as a teacher will be an experience where the student will receive an effective, focused, and open minded approach to the students individual musical needs and interests.”

-Dave Weigert, Drum Instructor, Berklee College of Music.  I've been teaching privately for 10 years, and in that time have found that the best way to maximize each students success is to focus on the material that is most interesting to them.

Beginning students can learn their favorite songs, while getting a basic foundation in rudiments and syncopation, while advanced students can structure the lesson in a way they would find the most beneficial to their playing style and interests.

I am happy to recommend books, music and DVDs relevant to your interests! I have a huge collection of drum books, DVDs and music that I am happy to share!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Drum set, PA, amps, guitars, computer, microphones. Chairs are also provided if a parent would like to watch a lesson. Full recording and video capabilities.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I would like students to have a drum set, sticks, manuscript book and assignment book for each lesson. I can provide anything else for the lesson such as recordings or sheet music.

*** Specialties ***
I have experience playing and teaching rock, jazz, Latin, concert snare drum and marching percussion.

I am familiar with the Allen Dawson, Ted Reed, and John Riley methods for jazz drumming.

Rafe H. Murfreesboro, TN

Subjects Taught

Drum, Percussion

About Me

Hello! My name is Rafe (rhymes with safe) and I'm a drummer and drum teacher in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

My wife, two teenagers and two dogs and I have lived in Murfreesboro since 2006. Prior to that I lived in Nashville after moving here from Atlanta in 2001.

I come from a long line of singer/songwriters and working musicians. I've been playing drums and percussion since elementary school. My first real drum hero was Peter Criss of KISS!

During and after high school I developed the reading and coordination skills to move from marching and orchestral percussion into drum set playing. Along the way I've had the good fortune of knowing and being mentored by some very worthy and accomplished teachers, most notably Jack Dukes of Atlanta, GA who was an early graduate of Musician's Institute and himself a protege of the great Joe Porcaro.

I've performed live and recorded in several mainstream genres including Southern gospel, rock, pop and folk, mainly on the regional level with artists like Mark Blackburn, Neal Cooper, and Frank French. For most of the 1990s in Atlanta I belonged to at least two bands and had different setups and approaches for each. My bands and artists played local gigs from coffeehouses and clubs to showcases and festivals My favorite way to sum up my performing career is "I haven't played with anyone famous, but I've played with people who have played with someone famous!"

Through my involvement with various churches and youth ministries I was given the opportunity to teach private drum set lessons and was surprised to find that I actually enjoyed it! Parents of middle- and high-school aged students would approach me and ask for lessons and in most cases guidance on what equipment to purchase. I worked in drum retail for quite some time in Atlanta and was able to help several students with selecting and purchasing their first drum equipment.

When I teach a private student, especially a beginner, I talk with the student and the parents alike to determine the student's interests and motivation for playing the drums. I have a very student-centered approach and focus on the fundamentals of drum set playing that are applicable in all musical situations --- grip, posture, timekeeping, dynamics, the components of the drum set, and the importance establishing relationships and reputations with other musicians in the student's area.

For an intermediate student the approach must adjust to the student's existing skill level and determine where the student wants to go stylistically and what s/he wants to get out of lessons.

At all times, a fun and relaxed approach is what my teachers passed on to me and is my preferred way of guiding a student. Music is life and drumming is art but ultimately......it has to be fun and entertaining for the student to want to continue with it.

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I teach in my own home studio in the Blackman area of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. I have a large room with two drum sets and an iMac home studio setup.

For beginning students I will generally write lesson material myself as opposed to selecting a book or method, at least to begin with. We'll start with grip, posture, the component parts of the drum set itself, basic coordination and 1/4 note grooves.

For students who are already playing, we'll start with their present level of skill and dexterity and determine his/her musical goals. I believe it's important for students to listen to and learn musical languages *outside* of their favorite listening preferences to open their ears to the wider musical universe and hopefully create more opportunities for them in the future.

My favorite books and methods are Gary Chaffee's 'Patterns' series, Gary Chester's 'The New Breed'. I am also exploring a newly printed curriculum focused on the Nashville Number System.

I will record audio of the student's lesson and provide an Mp3 file so that he/she can listen to it as they practice and maintain focus.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Recording and practice room, 3 acoustic drums sets, 1 electronic drum sets, pc with recording tools, cymbals. Long driveway or street parking. Parents of young children are asked to stay in seating area in full view of the teaching studio during lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Gary Chaffee Patterns series; beginner to intermediate level drum set instruction; rock/pop/country; ambidexterity; drumset dynamics; independence.

Chris L.

Nashville, TN
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Liz F.

Nashville, TN
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Stephen G.

Nashville, TN
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Chris L. Nashville, TN

Subjects Taught

Arrangement and Composition, Classical Piano, Composition, Drum, Ear Training, Marimba, Music Performance, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano, Xylophone

About Me

Chris L. began learning drums in elementary school in Williamsport, PA from his father, Bob L. He continued playing both drums and piano in his hometown until leaving to earn his B.S. in Music Education at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Since then, he has played for bands, singer-songwriters, jazz combos, big-bands, churches, concert bands, orchestras, and musical theaters in various places around the U.S., including a year spent playing with some of the SF Bay Area's best jazz musicians. As a composer and arranger, Chris has primarily written for marching bands and has had multiple percussion ensemble arrangements published with drop6 Media, Inc. Chris comes from a family of music educators and has a passion for exciting and dynamic music education.

Liz F. Nashville, TN

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion

About Me

Liz is an experienced teacher, clinician, author with Alfred Publishing, producer and engineer and has taught master classes based upon her book for drummers called “How to Write a Fast and Easy Drum Chart, teaching drummers how to write drum music. She has taught clinics at Guitar Center, MTSU, The Percussion and Arts Society International Convention, The SAE Institute, The Musicians Union and TSU. She is a member of ASCAP as a Publisher and Writer, 257 Musicians Union, PAS, Club Cubase and is currently performing with Robert Rivers and Floodwater, The Jill Sissel Band, The Unity Music Ensemble.
Liz is endorsed by REMO, Vic Firth Education Program, Louie Bellson, Gary Chaffee, Rich Redmond, Jeff Salem and Lalo Davila.
She has been featured in Tom Tom Magazine, DRUM! Magazine February 2014 Issue and Berklee Today Spring 2014 Issue.
She has been extensively trained in developing music programs for drums and piano students to guide them to becoming successful musicians and accomplishing their musical goals. Her teaching method includes progressive technique study, theory, notation and music reading skills. She teaches beginner to advanced levels in both drums and piano.
Liz has a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Boston’s Berklee College of Music. Under the tutelage of Berklee’s finest teachers such as Gary Chaffee, Fusion and Jazz artist, Keith Copeland; Jazz artist, and Fred Budda from the Boston Pops, Liz has grown into a hard working professional musician touring at age 16 and recording her first album at age 19 with the Calliopes Children Steel Band. She is an Award Winning Jingle Writer and a certified K-12 instrumental and vocal instructor.
She is an accomplished and experienced musician who has toured with Stella Parton and performed with Charlie Louvin, Walter Egan, The Carnival Cruise Lines and produced The Paint Sisters with John Carter Cash.
Today she is still performing and touring with Nashville artists, teaching private lessons and master classes and producing and engineering sessions in Tennessee. Liz has lived here in Nashville for 20 years.

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Expect to have a great experience from your first lesson to your last lesson. I live music every day and like to expose all my students to new and innovative songs and styles that are used in today’s music.
I design a practice work flow so my students know how to set up their practice space and the best way to practice what I have shown them. You will see a gradual progression that I create for students to advance their drumming techniques enabling them to play the songs they have always wanted to play.
I teach a step by step method to playing the drums and each lesson includes technique skills, reading music skills and learning drum patterns to playing songs.
Students will be able to play a simple drum pattern in their first lesson with a song. In 3 months you will see music reading skills greatly improve and a good start on coordination technique skills. In six months the student will be able to read music well and play basic patterns for songs. Coordination and technique skills will have greatly improved.
I like to have a music concert for my students once a year at the end of April or the beginning of May in a safe and quite venue which lasts only about an hour. This gives students a performance goal and it’s so much fun.

*** Studio Equipment ***
All drum equipment, CD player, headphones, practice pad, music stands.
Total recording capabilities to record your lesson or your drumming to a music track.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Books, headphones, ipod with students songs, sticks

*** Specialties ***
Beginner and advanced Alfred Publishing Drum Books. I use Gary Chaffee methods for teaching beginner to advanced techniques for drumming. Styles Rock, Pop, Country, Jazz, Swing.
My specialty is teaching my students to chart out a song. It is a proven way for students to play a song with confidence. My students are very successful using this method. I teach this method using my book "How to Write a Fast and Easy Drum Chart" Alfred Publishing to all levels.
I teach reading music notation and how to read all drum music and charts when in a professional session.

Stephen G. Nashville, TN

Subjects Taught

Drum, Percussion

About Me

I have played with orchestras and in many bands in Nashville and Memphis. My teaching career started in summer of 2011 and have had a consistent and consistently happy clientele, I will be teaching various styles so that my students can go into any situation and know exactly what to play. I also have a huge appreciation for improvisational drumming and will teach the skills to be able to do so.

*** Lesson Details ***
I will be teaching out of a book and will start off the students where they need to be. I will be talking about sticking technique, notes, different styles of music and their origins, and whatever else you are curious about. Its a very open environment and you will not be disappointed with your results.

*** Studio Equipment ***
5 piece Pearl vision Birch drum kit, Zildjian cymbals, drum pad, various auxiliary percussion.

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Blues, Funk, Orchestral percussion

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