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Popular Percussion Teachers Near Petaluma

John S.

Sebastopol, CA
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Erik W.

Santa Rosa, CA
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Michael C.

Sonoma, CA
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John S. Sebastopol, CA

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Performance, Music Theory, Percussion

About Me

I have been in many performing groups, from rock to metal to folk to jazz. I have background in original composition; I sing backup vocals and have experience with production. I have recorded with a number of groups in different genres. I am currently recording an album with Radio Mystery (indie/rock); I also perform with a European Cafe band, Due Zighi Baci, and with a folk trio, the Kyle Martin Band.

My background: I began studying orchestral percussion at age 7 and received my first drum set at age 8. I then studied drums with Mike Brennan, learning the fundamentals of reading, coordination and independence, rhythmic ear training, etc, and continued to work with him until age 16, when he told me it was time to take the next step as he had taught me everything he knew. I went on to study with Tom Hayashi, focusing on funk and jazz. In 2004, I was accepted to the University of California at Santa Cruz and began taking private lessons with George Marsh (who played with John Abercrombie and David Grisman). I declared a major in music, learned theory, and performed with with fantastic musicians such as Stan Poplin, Ray Brown (trumpet), and Rob Klevan. In 2008, I was accepted to the California Institute of the Arts to pursue a Master’s Degree (MFA) in Jazz Studies; it was here that I developed a high level of musical prowess and creativity, studying with many of the top players and educators in the LA area: Joe LaBarbera, Aaron Serfaty, Randy Gloss, Larry Koonse, Darek “Oles” Oleszkiewicz, Alphonso Johnson, Charlie Haden, Vinny Golia, Howie Shear, Alfred Ladzekpo, and Andrew Grueschow.

Although my formal studies have focused on music theory and jazz, I have performed in a variety of genres. I have taught music for 12 years, and I look forward to supporting your individual interests and growth.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are based around the goals, desires, and background of the student. I have always had a passion for music, and it is this passion for learning, teaching, and discovery that can make the learning experience fun and unique. My approach to teaching is laid back, yet focused; I allow the student to guide the lesson while providing tools and insight from my own musical and performing experiences.

For example: with a drum set student, core areas of study include technique, coordination, interpretation, and performance. Depending on the student's proficiency, I will assign practice exercises, listening activities, and self-assessment of progress. I use a combination of reading materials, various forms of media, and technical applications. After three to six months, the student will have advanced in their technical proficiency, will have found comfort with their instrument, and will have made steps toward accomplishing their goals.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio in home w/ 2 drum sets, keyboard, and seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students need their own drum set, percussion instruments, books, and other materials.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz (ensemble and big band), rock, funk, world (African, Latin, Gamelan), classical, hip-hop.
I have studied the Molar Method for technique, and Inner Drumming (George Marsh).

Erik W. Santa Rosa, CA

Subjects Taught

Ableton, American Literature, AP English, AP English Literature, Audio Engineering, Chess, Creative Writing, DJing, English, English Literature, Essay Writing, Film Scoring, Literature, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Philosophy, Piano, Poetry, Reading, Songwriting, Spoken Word, Synthesizer, Vocabulary, Writing

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*** Travel Equipment ***
I don't provide any equipment, the student must provide their own instruments.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in electronic music, hip-hop, and rock.

Michael C. Sonoma, CA

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Drum, Guitar, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano, Singing, Songwriting

About Me

My first musical memories are jamming with his father Robert (who plays guitar) in a make-shift garage music room in his hometown of San Diego. I soon discovered a love of and fascination with drumming that led me to pursue music as a lifelong passion.

In 2001 I received a B.A. in music from San Diego State University, where I studied classical theory, sang in choirs, took every jazz course available, and played in West African/South Indian drumming ensembles.

*** Lesson Details ***
I've decided to settle down and have made Sonoma my home. I feels blessed to be teaching and learning from students. I strive to share my knowledge and experience in a positive, exciting way, inspiring creativity, individuality and self-discipline.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The home studio is a room separate from rest of house, drum set, electronic drum set, electrical guitar, digital piano, and seating for parents. Parking is available in a dirt driveway.

*** Travel Equipment ***
They should have their own instrument, I will sometimes bring a guitar to drum lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Soul, Rock, Pop, Blues, Latin, Funk and 80's.

Cameron M.

Santa Rosa, CA
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Tobias R.

Sebastopol, CA
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Dale Louise E.

Sebastopol, CA
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Cameron M. Santa Rosa, CA

Subjects Taught

Drum, Percussion

About Me

Cameron is a drum instructor currently located in the bay area. He is a professional touring and recording drummer who has traveled nationwide and internationally playing sold out venues all over the UK, Europe, and Australia and has played music festivals with big names like Aerosmith. Cameron has also worked in Los Angeles with A-list producers famous for producing artists like: Katy Perry, 30h3, Selena Gomez, Kelly Clarkson, Boys Like Girls, Panic At The Disco, Alanis Morrissette, Queens of the stone age, Tool... and many more.... Cameron has albums available for purchase in stores nationwide and all over the world through WEA distribution on Roadrunner/Atlantic Records.Before his career in music began, he attended Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California, where he studied with some of the best teachers in the drumming community. It was during this time at MI that he learned all styles of drumming and how to utilize the proper hand/foot technique to play the drums. Here are some of Cameron's previous teachers and mentors:Rob Carson- 5 time world champion rudimental drummer and world class instructor on techniqueAndy Megna- student of legendary drummer Dave WecklGlen Sobel- drummer in Alice CooperRay Luzier- drummer in KornAnd many other great teachers too :) Cameron is also endorsed by Gretsch Drums, Paiste Cymbals, Gibraltar Hardware, and Evans Heads So what does all of this mean for you? Well, it means that you have the opportunity to study with someone who is very serious about the art of drumming, who takes pride in teaching, and who is going to be dedicated to helping you become a better drummer. All levels are welcome :) 

*** Lesson Details ***
Students can expect to learn proper hand/foot technique and all of the skills necessary to facilitate independence on the drum-set. Students will be given the tools to expand their vocabulary on the drum-set so that they can begin their own improvisation exercises, which will eventually lead to developing their own unique musical style. Most of the time, the first part of a lesson is spent working on hand technique on a practice pad before moving to the drum-set. From there, students will learn grooves, fills, drum solos, and various exercises to help them become better. Students are also welcome to ask about drum parts to their favorite songs if they want to learn them. The lesson is really tailored to each individual student! Learning how to count is an essential part of learning to play the drums and after a short time students will be able to count as they play and understand what notes they are playing in any given subdivision. Most of all, the lessons are always fun. Learning music should be a joyful and exciting time and something to look forward to every time!

*** Studio Equipment ***
2 full drum-sets, practice pad set-up, recording equipment, electronic drum- set

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to have a practice pad, drum sticks, and a drum set.

*** Specialties ***
I teach proper technique and am able to teach all styles and genres.

I specialize in Rock Drumming.

Tobias R. Sebastopol, CA

Subjects Taught

Drum, Percussion

About Me

I love music and teaching. I emphasize well rounded musicianship and developing the skills to play whatever style of music you like, training both percussionists and melody players.

A little about me:

I've performed and taught workshops on 5 continents, lived in India for 5 years studying music as well as research trips to Egypt (twice) Turkey and Greece and have release an instructional DVD.  I appreciated dedicated students who practice.

Dale Louise E. Sebastopol, CA

Subjects Taught

Abstract Painting, Accent Reduction, Ballroom Dance, Bongo, Chachacha, Choir, Choreography, Conga Drums, Contemporary Dance, Dance, Dance Choreography, Drawing, English, ESL, Flamenco, Folkloric Dancing, French, Gospel Singing, Hand Drums, Jazz Dancing, Jazz Voice, Latin Ballroom Dance, Modern Dance, Oil Painting, painting, Percussion, Piano, Polish, Singing, Spanish, Watercolor Painting

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