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Popular Percussion Teachers Near Petaluma

John D.

Berkeley, CA
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Rob F.

San Anselmo, CA
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Anna C.

Emeryville, CA
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John D. Berkeley, CA

Percussion fits well into any style of music and is a great way to have fun with other musicians. I teach cajon, congas, djembe, bongo, timbales, frame drum, and much more to students of all experience levels. I have traveled extensively to learn percussion in Africa and Latin America, and was able to perform and record with my teachers there. I can teach you how to get great sounds out of almost any object - that's what a percussionist does! In addition to world percussion, I have lots of experience in classical percussion for orchestra and band, and in mallet percussion. I performed orchestral and contemporary classical music on marimba, xylophone, vibraphone, and glockenspiel during my undergraduate degree, and studied Jazz vibraphone with Stefon Harris during my Masters degree. I would love to share any of this information with you, and we will play percussion together in the lessons. We can record loops and get creative to make sure we are always making real music. Ask me ...

About John

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My students will develop a passion for music and a desire to play!

I like to get right to the experience of actually playing music. I start with learning songs, drum beats, and chord progressions and get to technique and music reading AFTER we have had some fun.

My key to successful teaching is to create a custom curriculum for each student. Some students are interested in the details of how to do it "right", and others just want to rock. I try to adapt to different learning styles and musical goals to give each student an ideal experience.

I want students to learn how to play, not just how to read or do drills. We will listen to music together, and talk about the function of each instrument. For drummers, I play bass lines on the piano ...

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Mike T. September 22, 2014
Percussion · In studio
I have been a colleague of John's for 16 years and he has always impressed me with his constant dedication to the craft of music. Though he is incredibly talented, he has always been one that works hard and asks questions without fear. In my experience, this is the kind of person that makes the best teachers. He has always loved music, drums, all percussion and more recently has been learning so much about music technology and how to express yourself with any media available. It would be a shame to pass up an opportunity to study with him!
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Daniel P. August 24, 2014
Drum · In studio
I was pretty new to drumming when I first started taking lessons from John, and I could barely play a simple back beat. Long story short - within 6 months I was playing my first show!

I was looking for a teacher with both rock/jazz and classical background, so John fit the bill perfectly. He also knows a lot about Latin American percussion and other styles from around the world, and has a great understanding of how these different styles relate to each other and the various techniques which can be applied.

During the first few lessons, we discussed my background and aims, and came up with a solid plan for how I should proceed. John's broad experience was really helpful for this process. I had been playing guitar and piano for many years before I started on drums, so I already had a decent grounding in musicality and theory. We therefore focused mainly on technique during lessons. John has a real gift for explaining things in an easily understandable way, as well as going into detail when required. Whenever I had trouble with a particular technique, John's advice would help me overcome it. He is also very helpful in suggesting suitable exercises and repertoire. John also provides a private blog containing lesson notes and useful links, and he was also happy for me to record lessons, which I found very useful. With John's help, I was able to progress pretty quickly, and after 6 months I started playing in a band with some friends, which has been awesome fun.

John is super friendly and engaging, and this makes lessons with him great fun. As well as being a fantastic drummer, it is clear that he really cares about the quality of his lessons, and about his students. I'm sure he would make a great teacher for students of all ability/background. John, you rock! Thanks!
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Annie H. October 13, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
Great Musician & Great Teacher

My son started taking lessons with John when he was 7. During the past few months my son has become more aware of the music around him. He looks forward to drums every week. John has great patients and is amazing at connected with children. He is able to keep my son focused, which can be a hard task of itself. He offers instruction while still valuing the individual's personality and taste. John not only shares his knowledge and personal experiences, but his passion.

I would recommend John to anyone in a heartbeat.
Rob F. San Anselmo, CA

About Rob

Rob (aka R.J.): Born in Detroit, Michigan, RJ studied r&b and jazz from Motown drummers and Funk Brothers Benny Benjamin and Uriel Jones. From the age of fifteen he played in rhythm & blues and jazz combos around Detroit. He then studied privately with Berklee School of Music drum maestro, Gene Stuart, mallet studies with Mark Johnson at Michigan State University and earned a Bachelors Degree from Michigan State. He moved to San Francisco where he studied North Indian percussion and tabla with Zakir Hussain, trap set with jazz recording artist George Marsh. He is a consummate producer, performer, recording artist and teacher. He plays and teaches all styles of rhythm including jazz, funk, blues, rock, latin, and world fusion. He teaches drumset, congas, djembe, tabla, cajon ...

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Barbara S. October 29, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
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A year and a half ago I decided to try to learn how to play an instrument, and chose drums. Learning how to also read and write music for drumming was high on my list. I also needed this to be a fun adventure with no real public performance goals for the first couple of years. It needed to be a stress reducer from the demands of the day job. Finding and working with RJ has been a total kick in the pants. I couldn't ask for a better coach. He hasn't let me get stuck in any one form, I'm learning all of them. It's hard! But I couldn't imagine not drumming now. It's very exciting, and I look forward to learning more over the coming years.
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KatyV January 11, 2012
Rob Franco

You won't find a better teacher than Rob. He obviously knows music, both theory and application. He is concerned about proper technique, but also enjoyment and variety, which means that you get it all. I'm learning tons more than I thought I would.
Anna C. Emeryville, CA

Anna specializes in marching percussion and a variety of Latin Percussion instruments and hand drums.

About Anna

Anna is a San Francisco Bay Area native. A professional drummer for over ten years, Anna has performed, recorded and toured with countless groups of various music styles. Her education includes a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley (where she was a member of the Cal Band for four years), and Certificates in Commercial Music and Recording Arts from Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, CA.

Anna is not only known throughout the United States as a drummer, but also as a concert producer, live sound engineer, record producer, booking agent, tour manager, web designer, graphic designer and instructor. Her teaching experience ranges from preschool education to private instruction to high school drum line. Anna is the director of Music Time Academy, a music lessons/recording ...

Ben L.

San Rafael, CA
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Christopher D.

Santa Rosa, CA
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Brianna P.

Healdsburg, CA
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Ben L. San Rafael, CA

Snare Drum Beginner:
Care and tuning of the instruments
Proper grips
Double strokes and the development of the open stroke rolls
Basic rudiments with proper stick positions; single, double, triple paradiddles, flams, flam taps
Reading basic rhythms on the snare drum, quarters, 8ths, 16ths, and 8ths note triplets
Develop time keeping skills by working with a metronome or click track

Intermediate:
Intermediate snare drum book which includes reading various time signatures, and implementing flams, ruffs, and open and closed rolls as well as dynamics within the text
Continue to develop time-keeping skills while working with metronomes and click tracks
Study of hand positions for the remaining 40 PAS drum rudiments
Hand control exercises – stick control and Masters studies

Advanced:
Advanced reading – including various time signatures, interpretation and rhythmic modulation
Advanced hand control studies
Continued development of time keeping skills while ...

About Ben

Originally from West Virginia, Ben is quickly making a name for himself within the drumming community since moving to San Francisco in 2009. Having performed in a wide array of musical situations early in his career Ben draws on those initial performances to shape his current music experience.

While earning his degree in philosophy and music from West Virginia University, he had the opportunity to travel to China in the summer of 2008 to perform with the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra. During his time at WVU Ben performed with the €œLittle Big Band€, WVU'€™s premiere jazz ensemble, along with other Jazz and world music ensembles.

A teacher himself, Ben has had many influential teachers including: Tommy Igoe, George Willis, Tim Adams, Mike Dawson, Al Wrublesky, ...

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Nathan B. June 3, 2014
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Ben is fabulous. My son is 5, nearly 6, and Ben he loves his drum lessons with Ben. Without much prompting from mom and dad, our boy has decided that he loves rock n' roll and Ben has really channeled that enthusiasm. He's learning notations, theory, and rhythm. And having a great time doing it. Thank you Ben!
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Maggie H. December 2, 2013
Drum
Great teacher in a great environment!

Ben has been teaching my son Jack for the last seven months. Jack leaves each lesson with more excitement for the drums than the previous week. Ben's enthusiasm for music is infectious! Jack has improved tremendously since initially starting lessons with Ben. Each lesson is structured very methodically and he gives a very well rounded approach, covering rudiments, music theory, and drumset studies.
I would recommend Ben for anyone interested in taking drum lessons.
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Birgitte A. November 26, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
Great with children

My son (7) very much enjoys going to Ben's place for his drumming lessons because Ben makes the lesson enjoyable. Ben is serious and dedicated and the progression in the lessons has been just right. There's a lot of repetition in the beginning, but Ben still manages to keep my son interested and attentive. I can highly recommend him.
Christopher D. Santa Rosa, CA

I have been playing (mostly jazz) music on the drum set for more than 30 years. I have lots of experience as a percussionist in bands and orchestras. I have played in small bands in San Francisco and Santa Rosa. I have also have played the drum set for the Santa Rosa Junior College orchestra. I also lead a monthly community drumming circle, called Santa Rosa Drumming Circle.

My approach to teaching the drum set is catered to each individual. I begin by listening to the student and finding out what they want to learn and how they best learn. I ground students in the fundamentals: stick control, foot control, posture and relaxation, improvisation, soloing, comping, laying down a beat, reading charts. Music lessons should be fun. I create practice sessions for you that are engaging, fun, and creative.

About Christopher

I offer private lessons on the drum set.

I have been playing (mostly jazz) music on the drum set for more than 30 years. I have lots of experience as a percussionist in bands and orchestras. I have played in small bands in San Francisco and Santa Rosa, and have played the drum set for the Santa Rosa Junior College orchestra. I currently lead a monthly community drumming circle, called Santa Rosa Drumming Circle.

I am also a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in Santa Rosa.

Brianna P. Healdsburg, CA

An all around orchestral percussion experience. Proper technique on timpani, snare, bass, xylophone, marimba, mallet percussion, and aux percussion.

About Brianna

Brianna began playing piano at the age of seven and continued at Florida State University where she was enrolled in the Music Therapy program and trained in classical piano under the pedagogy of Carolyn Bridger. Brianna also studied percussion and performed in marching bands, orchestras, jazz ensembles and made appearances at Disney World and Epcot. After moving to Healdsburg five years ago, Brianna opened a piano studio where she taught students ages 5 years and older. Brianna teaches and performs all over the San Francisco Bay area for local weddings and private events.

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