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Popular Percussion Teachers Near Pasadena

Alfredo S.

Temple City, CA
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Michael L.

Los Angeles, CA
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Joan Q.

Santa Monica, CA
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Alfredo S. Temple City, CA

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Performance, Percussion

About Me

Hi! My name is Al! I've been playing drums for about 11 years now, I started playing at the age of 12 when my parents bought me my first drum set. Since then drumming has been my life, everything from playing in numerous bands, drum competitions, private teaching, and National US Tours. Leaving my home town of Brownsville, TX behind, I moved out to L.A Summer of 2008 to attend the Los Angeles Music Academy, where I received my Associates Degree in Music Performance. I currently teach private lessons and I gig around town with various artists. I have lots of musical knowledge that Iv'e obtained by studying with LA's Top Drummers. I'd love to pass down my knowledge only to benefit you in your drum learning experience. If you're just a beginner, only want to take lessons for fun, or more advanced. My lessons will help you get where you need to be. I look forward in meeting all of you. All the best.

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm more of a laid back kind of teacher, However I am strict when it comes to how much a student is practicing. I like to teach out of the curriculum I received while studying at the LA Music Academy such as, Rock drumming and Playing Techniques, which includes everything from hand technique, bass drum technique, how to hold the sticks, drum set reading, and snare drum solos. After 3-6 months of my lessons, you will notice a major improvement not only in your playing, but also your sound. Even your friends and family will notice how much you've improved. You will be able to jump up on stage and Rock like there is no tomorrow.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Seating for parents, one drum kit, studio/room area

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide drum sticks and a practice pad. The student must have a drum kit, or at least a snare drum.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Rock drumming, but I teach all styles such as, Jazz, Funk, Afro-Cuban, etc. I base my lessons around the students favorite bands or songs. For example if he/she likes AC/DC. I'll be teaching all of their favorite AC/DC songs. I find that this keeps the student excited and motivated to learn more on drums. I also teach proper playing technique and drum set positioning.

Michael L. Los Angeles, CA

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Performance, Percussion, Songwriting

About Me

I was inspired by drums at a very young age. My intro was playing along to the stereo hitting the floor with a unmatched pair of sticks. At age 12 I received a drumset and was able emulate some rock drumming style pretty fast. My learning hit a plateau soon after tho. My discipline for drum books and practice was very poor in the beginning.
Attending Musicians Institute in 1987 was the starting point of my commitment to myself to improve and be the best player i can be. I Graduated from MI with Honors and started playing with bands and continued to practice many hours a day. By 1994 I was teaching 30 -60 students a week. I have maintained that schedule for 15 years.
By 1997 I was playing live 2- 4 night a week every week for many years. I have played Thousands of shows in my career. Playing live is one of the best teachers. I help students who want to play on stage, in front of a audience prepare for it.
Another significant part of my education was studying the physiology of playing drums (or any musical instrument.) This had a major positive effect on my practice habits and i bring this info to my students in a "short and sweet" manner of explanation. I will give you the facts of improving on a musical instrument.

I also love the art of songwriting and been fortunate to win several songwriting awards with my band Cohesive in 2008, 2009 and 2010

*** Lesson Details ***
One of my lessons styles is designed to get you playing from your imagination. Improvisation inspired by the sounds you are creating. In that process I will give you important information about how you earned the sound, so you can always be inspired to create. This can be a fun method for many people. Others students favor playing 2 drumsets at the class and like to rely on the visual aspects of learning.

I have studied the physiology of playing a musical instrument in detail. I like to sprinkle in the facts while we are learning a pattern or piece of music. This knowledge can greatly enhance your practice results.
Students are Always welcome to share more specific things they are interested in working on. I enjoy teaching all drumset concepts including Linear style, Ghost Notes,
compound stickings, double bass style, rudiments, rudiment applications, soloing, ostinatos. I have a few highly recommended method books that work very well. I also really like when students bring in a song they like. My teaching style is a laid back style but i do love to discuss and exercise strong discipline to students who are open to it. 3 months into lessons you can expect to be playing a number of different beats and song(s). I am very good at recognizing the way you are most comfortable learning.
I also play piano and guitar and have access to both instruments at your lesson so we can jam when you want.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio rooms: several drum kits, computer, recording gear, PA sound system
Piano and Guitars. video taping lessons available

*** Travel Equipment ***
Drum Pad, Snare, Sticks
It would be good if student had a drum set at home but not completely necessary in the beginning.

*** Specialties ***
I am very accomplished on Drumset. I play and study all styles
Jazz, Latin, Rock, Funk, Fusion, Big Band, World and all drumset concepts Linear, Compound stickings, Ghost Notes, Rudiments and rudimental application. Rhythm/Timing, Physiology Soloing, Ostinatos, Odd Meters, Odd Note Groupings, 4 way co-ordination,

Joan Q. Santa Monica, CA

Subjects Taught

Drum, Percussion

About Me

Joan is a passionate drummer, percussionist, and teacher. She plays any genre and performs regularly with singer/songwriter Matthew Jude, reggae bands SolRising and Bodhi Rock, and funk with Tang Gang. 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. She studied with Lynn Vartan, Michael Packer, Randy Drake, Michael Carney, Dave Gerhart, Brad Dutz, Ricky Lawson, and Mike Shapiro.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons focus on technique, reading, and application. I will provide the student with reading/technique exercises to practice between lessons. My teaching will adjust according to the student's level, pace, and goals. As the student progresses, we will work on transcribing songs and learning advanced styles.

My goal for my students is to have an understanding on how to use their instrument, develop versatility, discover who they are as a musician, and have fun along the way!

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

*** Specialties ***
All styles of drumset, hand percussion.

*Teachers marked as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.

Ryan K.

Woodland Hills, CA
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Brian R.

Los Angeles, CA
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Mary D.

San Pedro, CA
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Ryan K. Woodland Hills, CA

Subjects Taught

Drum, Percussion, Piano

About Me

Ryan started his music with piano lessons at age four while lending his vocal talents in the recording booth for his musician/writer/ arranger father, Rick. Ryan was playing in piano recitals by age six, segued from keyboards to drums at age 14, and was subsequently accepted into the University of California, Santa Barbara percussion program after high school.

While an undergraduate at UCSB, Ryan spent three years as the principal timpanist for the UCSB Symphony and five years as timpanist with the UCSB Wind Ensemble. Concurrently over the same five year period, he performed with a diversity of UCSB ensembles, Orchestra and Jazz combos, work with the College of Creative Studies department (CCS), and a variety of recording and recital work in and outside the university. Chiefly among these was the UCSB Percussion Ensemble, where Ryan performed on a variety of percussive instruments, in solo or featured pieces. He worked over two years as a percussionist with the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony, with a focus on timpani. Ryan also focused on the Indian Tabla drums, a discipline he also taught through the Ethnomusicology department at the University after his graduation.

Ryan has studied with percussionist Mike Faux, and Greg Goodall, Hollywood Bowl Principal Timpanist, as well as world-class percussionist and composer William Kraft. For three years, Ryan studied under John Magnussen, currently teaching percussion at CSUN, and Jon Nathan, director of Ethnomusicology Jazz UCSB, and Principal Timpanist for the Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera.

Ryan was hired (by Patrick Lindley, Principal Musician, UCSB Dance) for over a year to ultimately perform full time as one of only two music accompanists for the UCSB Dance dept. modern dance classes. As accompanist, he worked with modern studio and master classes for visiting dance companies and artists performing in-concert at UCSB including Paul Taylor, Larry Keigwin, Santa Barbara Summer Dance, White Oak and Pilobilus. In addition to his role as music accompanist, Ryan guest-lectured rhythm and percussion classes for the dance department on a number of occasions. After moving to San Francisco in the fall of 2002, Ryan expanded his involvement in the role of accompanist to include ODC, SFDC, Joe Goode, Stanford dance and Laney college in Oakland.

Other professional and teaching experience includes work with LA movie and mainstream film music composer Aaron Martin, Ride Productions, and Hands On. In the instructional realm, Ryan has worked with all ages and abilities, ranging from children aged four to adults at the college level and beyond, in both individualized and classroom or group environments. Additionally, Ryan has taught drumkit to a number of local students in the Santa Barbara as well as Los Angeles and San Francisco areas.

In the progressive Santa Barbara, LA and San Francisco scenes, Ryan has played percussion for bands that recorded a full-length and demo-length albums respectively, performing throughout the state of California with his band, The Prototype. His current band project, Excessive Acts, performs regularly in the Los Angeles area. They are currently in the post-production phase of their first EP-length album.

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Hello and welcome! The following paragraphs will provide you with an ample amount of information on my background, experience, and ability. I do, however, consider all of this information to be supplemental; the most important thing about any teacher of music is the ability to relate warmly with a student, to create an open and nurturing atmosphere in which the student is never made to feel uncomfortable or wrong. Everything is a process, and while there are always guidelines to be followed, music is ever in motion. Music is not absolute and rigid, but has a give and take. I always try to appeal to that same sense of flow in my own music exploration, as well as in my teachings to others.

Attributes and Services

Ryan is a professional drummer/percussionist with over 15 years experience performing and teaching to students of all ages in a wide variety of
styles ranging from orchestral and chamber percussion to jazz, funk,
rock, metal, as well as many ethnic musics such as those fund in Africa
and South America, the middle east and India.

Instrumental techniques offered include drumset as well as hand percussion including conga, bongo, darbukka, tabla, and assorted percussion--double pedal or brush technique also offered. Odd meters are something of a specialty for those interested. In addition to technique, Ryan also incorporates the
essential music theory, sight reading, ear training, associated with
the professional musician. As Ryan has perfect pitch, he is especially
suited to the latter, as well as specific tuning techniques for all
tunable percussion--particularly of use in timpani performance, as well
as drumming and singing instruction.

Ryan also provides mallet/keyboard instruction on a midi malletkat
which is quite portable and can operate between two studios, both located within a short distance of each other.

*** Specialties ***
music, drums, percussion
tabla, doumbek, latin percussion, djembe, etc., mallet/keyboard percussion (i.e. marimba, vibes),
piano

rock, pop, jazz, classical, funk, fusion, ethnic music (India and Middle East),

Brian R. Los Angeles, CA

Subjects Taught

Drum, Percussion

About Me

Hi, I'm Brian!

I have been playing the drums for 13 years and have taught professionally for a respected music studio in Connecticut. For the past 12 years 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, 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 move on to something else. In my opinion, if a student is getting very frustrated it is generally best to relax and try a different exercise or beat. If we can't enjoy ourselves then what is the point?!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I usually bring a stand, pad, pair of sticks and metronome for a drum-set lesson. I expect a student to have at least a pair of sticks and a pad. Eventually they will need a metronome for practicing and if they are serious a drum-set at some point. If you'd like to learn hand percussion I recommend having a hand drum of some kind.

*** Specialties ***
The styles I teach are Rock, Jazz, Latin, R&B/Hip-Hop, Funk/Soul, and World Rhythms. I teach from the heart and develop a natural feel for my students. I also use multiple books mixed into my teaching.

Mary D. San Pedro, CA

Subjects Taught

Accompaniment, Acoustic Guitar, ACT English, Acting, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Algebra, Algebra 1, Alternative Medicine, American Government, American History, American Literature, Anatomy, Anthropology, AP Biology, AP English, AP English Literature, AP European History, AP Exam Prep, AP Government and Politics, AP U.S. History, AP World History, Arithmetic, Arrangement and Composition, Art History, Art Theory, Audio Engineering, AutoCAD, Ballet, Ballroom Dance, Baseball, Basic Math, Basketball, Bible Studies, Biology, Blues Guitar, Bongo, Brazilian Samba, Broadway Singing, Calculus, Cheerleading, Child Acting, Choir, Choreography, Christian Gospel, Classical Guitar, Classical Piano, Classical Voice, College Admissions, Composition, Contemporary Dance, Country Guitar, Country Singing, Creative Writing, Crocheting, Dance, Dance Choreography, Dance Fitness, Dialect Coaching, Didgeridoo, Diving, Drivers Education, Drum, Earth Science, Ear Training, Ecology, Econometrics, Elementary Math, Energy and Earth Sciences, English, English Literature, ESL, Essay Writing, European History, Figure Skating, Film Acting, Film and TV Acting, Filmmaking, Film Scoring, Film Studies, Finance, Fitness, Flexibility Training, French, French Horn, Gardening, GED Test Prep, Geography, Geometry, German, GMAT, Golf, Gospel Singing, Grammar, GRE, Guitar, Hand Drums, History, HTML, Humanities, Improv Acting, Italian, Japanese, Java, JavaScript, Jazz Dancing, Jazz Voice, Knitting, Language, Life Coaching, Life Science, Linear Algebra, Literature, Logic Pro Software, LSAT, Math, Meditation, Method Acting, Microbiology, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Project, Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, Modeling, Modern Dance, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Nursing, Nutrition, Opera Voice, Organ, Pageantry, Percussion, Philosophy, Phonics, Physical and Earth Sciences, Physical Science, Physics, Piano, Pilates, Podcasting, Poetry, Polish, Pre Algebra, Pro Tools Software, Psychology, Public Speaking, Reading, Religious Studies, Science, Screenwriting, Scuba Diving, Sewing, Shakespearean Acting, Sign Language, Singing, Social Sciences, Social Studies, Sociology, Softball, Songwriting, Spanish, Speaking Voice, Speech, Spelling, Spoken Word, SQL, Stage Performance, Stand Up Comedy, Stretching, Study Skills, Swimming, Swing Dance, Synthesizer, Test Prep, Theater Acting, Theatrical Dance, Video Production, Vocabulary, Vocal Training, Voice Acting, Web Design, World History, Writing, Yoga, Zoology

About Me

I have been teaching since I was 15 years old! Started with peer to peer tutoring to summer lifeguard and swim lessons for all ages in pool and the ocean! Today, after years of singing back up and performing as a keyboardist or drummer for STOMP, Celtic Celebration, Olivia Newton John, Lou Reed, Rod Stewart and musical theater tour productions of GREASE, No No Nannette, XANADU; I continue teaching to keep me sharing my joy of music and learning!

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