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Popular Drum Teachers Near Phoenix

Lou S.

Surprise, AZ
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Al P.

Glendale, AZ
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Aaron B.

Mesa, AZ
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Lou S. Surprise, AZ

Subjects Taught

Drum, Percussion

About Me

My name is Lou S., and I come from a family of Drummers. My Father was a Master Drum Instructor and taught my Uncle, Brother, me and over 2800 other students in a teaching career that spanned more than 40 years.
As the youngest in the family I had the opportunity to learn from my Dad as well as my other family members. My structured lessons started at the age of 5 and by the time I reached high school I was booking my own band and performing weekly at local clubs and events.
There was a certain amount of pressure growing up in this environment. After all, if you’re the teacher’s kid, you’re expected to be good, right? This is true, but the way my Father taught and how he inspired me was to be sure I had my own identity. He was not making clones, he was teaching the ART of drumming, and like any artist all of his students were encouraged to be themselves. This is a lesson that continues to mold my teaching style today.
My hard work paid off, and soon his students wanted to learn from me as well. Without even knowing it I was not only taught how to play, but given the gift of being able to teach!
Over the years I've played in many different musical situations from bands specializing in Classic Rock, Blues, Latin Rock, Jazz, and all the varied rhythms needed to play in everything from shows to weddings. With a solid foundation and the freedom to create my own style I have achieved many years of success and fulfillment as a drummer.
In 2007, I moved to Arizona from the East Coast and built my first studio. Since then I've taught countless students of all ages and levels. I teach in a curriculum based program unlike any other that I've seen in books, or DVD’s combining technique, music theory, groove essentials, fill study, and unique exercises, games, and patterns. All combining to create fundamentally sound musical drummers who can play any genre of music with chops!
I've played and been around drumming my entire life. I learned how to play and teach from one of the best. It is a gift that I am very passionate about and I never take lightly.
From being on stage with Buddy Rich when I was five years old, playing and booking my own band at the age of 13, performing with the great Louie Bellson, and teaching others what I have learned through a lifetime of study. Drums have been my passion and inspiration and I look forward to each lesson when I have the privilege of passing that knowledge and inspiration to my students!

*** Lesson Details ***
My pledge to students is to listen. I listen to what their goals are and do my best to insure they achieve them. I expect they work hard to achieve those goals and I match that effort with lesson plans incorporating unique and personalized exercises and demonstrations.
I offer encouragement as we progress from the beginning fundamentals through intermediate and advanced study of the ART of drumming.
Each student will go at a different pace, so my students can expect that I will patiently guide them as they advance.
My curriculum will teach them how to hold the sticks and move the fingers, wrists, and arms so they are fundamentally sound. We’ll learn stick control techniques that will allow them to play dynamically.
Drums are a physical instrument and must be played with proper technique to allow each of us to reach our maximum potential, but proper technique also insures that we are playing the instrument safely. Contrary to what some believe, drums are not just something you beat on! It is an instrument of varied pitch and dynamics and from the very start my students learn the techniques needed to play safe, play dynamically, and most of all… play musically!
I also incorporate play-along games for kids that are not only fun but teach the fundamentals of timing and groove. We use a multi-set configuration so they get to see how I approach a groove, fill, or song. My State-Of-The-Art studio allows for musical and video study, instant record/playback learning and a balanced blend of book study with musical demonstrations and exercises in all genres.
Intermediate and advanced students are evaluated and interviewed where together we identify goals and chart a course of study that will allow them to become the drummer they want to be.
Beginning students will find that my clear and concise instruction of the fundamentals of stick control and hand/foot independence can be sufficiently learned in the first handful of lessons and then we will begin our study of Classic Rock grooves.
From there more advanced grooves and “add-on” techniques are feathered in with additional music theory developing a well-rounded musician.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Private home studio with adjacent waiting area, semi sound proof, multiple drum kits, and seating for parents - SOUNDS GREAT, Video & Audio equipment to record and view lessons and show alternate angles students use to review technique.

*** Specialties ***
The method I teach is a curriculum that starts with the very foundation of drumming. How to hold the sticks, hand technique, reading. Students then progress to moving these techniques from the practice pad to the drum set with a series of books developed to progress through Rock, Jazz, and Latin styles.
I couple book exercises with personal lesson plans depending on the students interests. Demonstrations, Interactive games for the kids, and real world exercises are introduced along with multi-media recording of the student for playback study.

Al P. Glendale, AZ

Subjects Taught

Drum, Guitar, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Songwriting

About Me

Al P. (Powerman 5000-Martin Sexton-Cypress Hill-Everlast-Lance Lopez-DYS) is a multi instrumentalist, educator, composer, producer, drummer-music director. Widely known as co founder-drummer for DreamWorks recording artist and multi platinum selling rock group Powerman 5000 (1990-02). His rock solid beats are deeply rooted in the long history of the art of drumming.

Bio:
Hailing from Pittsburgh, Pa. and educated by the prestigious Trinity College of Music, London Program (Pgh. center), Al served as external examiner teaching music theory and drums in private and ensemble settings at the U.S. center in Pittsburgh, Pa. from 1984-86 and further studies at Boston's Berklee College of Music, receiving a BM in Percussion Performance in 1992. Al is also a graduate of The Recording Workshop, Chillicothe, Ohio (music production & engineering program) Protools, Cubase, Reason, analog/digital recording techniques, editing, mixing, programming and sound design.

Al has performed or recorded with John Zorn, Cypress Hill, Soul Assassins, Martin Sexton, Zora Young, Everlast, MC RAI, Screaming Headless Torsos, the Warm Gunns, Zayra Alvarez (Rockstar: Supernova), Avenged Sevenfold, Lance Lopez, Cycle of pain...

As a performer/ writer/ actor, Al has appeared in numerous films, soundtracks and TV shows (B.H. 90210, Zoolander, Girl, Titan A.E., Bride of Chucky, Excess Baggage, Squeeze, Sex and the City, VIP, Daria, Late Nite w/ Conan O'Brien, Pepsi Musica, MTV's 120 minutes (co host), MuchMusic Live, Little Nicky, LATV Live, Loveline (co host).

As a touring musician, Al has shared the stage with Kiss, Ozzy Osbourne/ Black Sabbath, Anthrax, Metallica, Pantera, Cypress Hill, Kid Rock, Pharcyde, Korn, G Love/ Special Sauce, Marilyn Manson, Method Man, Slipknot, Henry Rollins, Snoop Dogg, N.W.A., Limp Bizkit, Primus, Everclear, Slayer, Filter, Static-X, Ozomatli, Juanes, Julieta Venegas, Charo, Los Lonely Boys, Rob Zombie, Incubus, Stone Temple Pilots and tours of North America, Canada, Europe and Japan with Powerman 5000.

I have just completed five years at the School of Rock in North Hollywood, teaching drums and musical direction for show ensembles. Prior to SOR I was Dean of Curriculum and drum teacher for the percussion department at The M. Gray Music Academy, a state of the art facility founded by Grammy Award winning artist Macy Gray located in North Hollywood Ca.

August 2011:
I have relocated to Phoenix, Arizona, where I have my own studio for lessons and recording.

On the tour front you will find me performing live with Boston hardcore legends DYS.

"The primary goal is to educate students in the art of music, have a general understanding and be able to create your own grooves, songs and develop your musical voice"

Product Endorsements:
TAMA drums/hardware, Zildjian cymbals,Vater Percussion(sticks/tape), Remo drum heads, E-Pad practice pads /accessories and Rhythmtec percussion.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Vintage Ludwig club date series kit with double pedal, Tama Starclassic maple kit, Brady, Ludwig, Slingerland and Tama snares, additional practice pads, various zildjian cymbals, metronomes, music and video examples. Protools recording capable.
Various electric and acoustic guitars and basses available as well.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Me: music materials, practice pad, sticks. metronome
Drum students: sticks, pad, 3 ring binder for notes, headphones and or drum set and the will to learn something new, fun and exciting!
Guitar students: guitar, picks, cable (for electric) 3 ring binder and you will eventually need a tuner.

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

Aaron B. Mesa, AZ

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano

About Me

Teaching drums professionally since 1998, Aaron has influenced hundreds of budding musicians to get the most from their instrument. He has studied privately with Rob Laytham (Modern Drummer columnist), Joe Leroux (marching band guru), Gary Chaffe (legendary drummer) and many others throughout the years. He has taken the best techniques and teaching styles from his influences and molded them together to form what he considers to be the most effective and inspiring method available.

I teach drum set in nearly every style and hybrid imaginable, as well as percussion and drum circle facilitation.

Accomplishments include recording 7 albums with various groups, touring with national acts across the west coast, drumming for the Warner Brothers Television house band, and still actively playing live shows and recording.

*** Lesson Details ***
I put my focus on inspiring students to explore their own creativity with the tools and techniques that I give to them and nurture. I think it is very important to cover the basic skills that the school districts expect from their music students (sight reading, proper technique, note recognition, rudiments, timing, feel, etc.). I also feel it is important for a student to find his or her style and an ability to use the fundamentals to create music that they enjoy. He has written a method book based on the fundamentals of playing a rhythmic instrument with an emphasis on allowing the student to find their niche and lead a group through a piece of music or tastefully support it.

My studios are fully equipped with sound systems, the latest recording gear, acoustic and electric sets, hand drums and dozens of other percussion instruments. I believe that the more resources a person can draw from, be it intellectual or physical, the more fulfilling the learning experience will be.

Each lesson, my students will take at least a page of music that represents the concept that they are focusing on, and a goal set to accomplish by the end of the week so that they can build upon what they already know in an effort to put the big picture together. Ultimately the student will learn when and how to utilize the concepts that they are practicing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
A Yamaha electronic drum set in my Mesa Studio allows me to control volume and dial up any sound imaginable. I have full acoustic drum sets in other studios that I use for recording and private lessons. Often I will integrate guitar, keyboard, or other instruments in to the lessons if needed.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Sticks, Practice Pad, tuning kit, binder and books with teaching supplements.

*** Specialties ***
Music, Drums, Percussion, Theory, Composition, Piano and Guitar.
Drummers should be well versed in all genres of music. Rock, Jazz, Latin, Swing, etc.
Most of my students begin with concert and marching styles on a practice pad, then advance to the drum set.
I teach note recognition and placement, rudiments, linear playing, moeller method, rhythm theory, sub-division of notes and time, and the sight-reading to support these techniques.

Ken E.

Phoenix, AZ
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Keith H.

Peoria, AZ
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Karl K.

Queen Creek, AZ
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Ken E. Phoenix, AZ

Subjects Taught

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

About Me

I grew up in Los Angeles studying with that town’s finest instructors. My first teacher Kay Carlson taught me how to play a variety of styles through being able to read various types of written drum music. As I was growing up my sister learned guitar, and became fairly good. She soon had a boyfriend on bass, & I was in the band!! We played all the “big Hair band” hits of the eighties, every David Bowie, Rolling Stones, & Cat Stevens song ever written. I needed this repertoire off the top of my head!
When I got to college, I was able to put my years of studying jazz to use. Those years of reading big band charts gave me valuable insights into how to capture the instinct needed to perform on drums.
I then studied with Buddy Rich’s good friend Richard Wilson. Known internationally as the Moeller Technique guru, I was able to study under him for a number of years. His instruction gave me the knowledge to increase my speed and power. This combined with the styles learned from Kay allows me to instruct from the full range of instructional techniques.
Over the years I've performed with a number of rock & roll, original, jazz, top forty, orchestras, & even a country western band! One original rock band was the top drawing band at most of the venues we performed throughout L.A. We recorded an EP & were ready to promote it when a tiff between the singer & sax player broke up the band.
I've since been teaching & performing. Composing curriculum to instruct students in a number of styles, requires knowledge of; books available for that style, common performances of said style, and how & where the “feel” comes from.
Having also worked and studied child development, enables me to accurately pinpoint a student’s development; musically.

*** Lesson Details **
Lessons are formatted as a model of "correct" practice sessions: Warm ups are how lessons are always began. We then trade weeks between snare days & drum set days. On snare days, we'll cover rudiments, technical snare readings (marching!?!). Moeller technique of holding the sticks is taught for speed, control, & power. Exercises will be assigned to boost the students skills & confidence. Rudimental instructions will be taught through individual technicalities of each rudiment. Applying students to appropriate rudimental compositions that will challenge their abilities will be assigned. Instruction on the drum set will range from studying various styles of music, independence between limbs, different fills & set-up for punches, as well as rudimental exercises for the set.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Office/Music Room: drum set, desk, couch, parents can sit in on lesson. Recording of students performing with pre-programmed music available.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Expect student to have, at least a practice pad, a metronome, & sticks. If I travel, I can have metronome sticks pad, paper, pens, necessary books, & a band in a box.

*** Specialties ***
Moeller drumming technique. Performance experience for students through performing with my band in box!

Keith H. Peoria, AZ

Subjects Taught

Drum

About Me

I have over 30 years of playing and 10 years of teaching experience. I teach all levels of drummers; beginner to advanced. I have taught privately, as well as through at Amy K's Music School in Phoenix.

I believe in building a solid foundation by teaching fundamentals and warm up techniques. Beginning lessons are planned with a focus on rudiments, their application, their relationship to hand and foot technique, and how to apply those patterns to the drum set. Music theory and sight reading are also taught. Beyond learning the basics, students are encouraged to have fun.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Gretsch Catalina Birch 7-piece kit with 6", 8", 10", 12", and 14" toms, 12" snare, and 22" base drum with a Tama Speed Cobra double pedal. Paiste 14" Signature Hi-hat, 16" and 18" Paiste Crash cymbals, and a 20" ride.

Ludwig 5 piece mini-kit (for kids up to age 8)

When students reach mutually determined milestones in their learning, they will have the opportunity to play, learn, and be recorded on "The Mother Ship," my extra large drum kit that is set up in studio at 35th & Thunderbird.

Tama Grandstar II (The Mother ship)
13" DDrum Dominion, 14" Pork Pie " Big Black", and 12" Tama Metalworks Snares. 6" and 8" Tama Mini Timbales. 10", 12", 13", 16", and 18" toms. 22" Bass drum with Tama Iron Cobra double pedal. 20" Paiste Alpha flat ride, 10" Meinl filter china, 13" Signature Hi-hat, 8" Sabian Mike Portnoy Max Stax, 6" Paiste Signture Splash, 18" Paiste Dark Energy Crash, 8" Paiste Alpha thin splash, 10" Paiste Alpha thin splash, 18" Paiste Innovations heavy crash, 6" Paiste bell chime, 20" Paiste Dark Energy ride, 18" Paiste Twenty Series china, 14" Wuhan china, 16" Paiste Dark Energy crash, 10" Paiste Alpha Mini X Hats, and 14" Paiste Signature Fast Crash. All on a Pearl Icon Rack.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will always bring sticks, a practice pad, and lesson materials.

Other supplies I bring with me depends on what the student has at their home, and what the student is working on. I recommend a small kit, single drum, or practice pad and sticks.

Karl K. Queen Creek, AZ

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Performance, Music Theory, Percussion

About Me

Karl K. has been playing drums for nearly 30 yrs and has been teaching private drum lessons for nearly 15 yrs. Karl earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Religious Studies from Arizona State University and has also completed an advanced leadership program at ASU in Non-profit Leadership and is currently in a citizen leadership program with the Town of Queen Creek. Karl maintains an Arizona Department of Public Safety Fingerprint Clearance Card and works as an Associate Director for a major child welfare organization. Karl's musical background is extensive. Karl took private lessons for drums and percussion in Michigan and Arizona for 14 yrs with 4 instructors. Karl also took a few years of private instruction in guitar and piano. Karl received the John Phillip Sousa award in high school and went on to play in Mesa Community College and Arizona State University bands. Karl's professional experience includes performing in various styles and venues. Karl teaches rock, jazz, funk, Latin, marching and orchestral percussion and drums. Karl has an extensive advanced knowledge of child and adult learning methods and utilizes them in his instruction. Karl prides himself in being a well rounded drummer, musician, and a teacher who focuses on helping students become the drummer they want to be.

Karl is a Girl Scout Troop co-leader and also enjoys traveling extensively, visiting museums, plays, concerts, national parks and amusement parks with his wife and 3 children.

Karl cites Buddy Rich as his biggest influence. Other major influences include: Steve Gadd, Elvin Jones, Ron Bushy, Mike Mangini, Weckl, Peart, Bonham, Starr, Escovedo and on and on and on! Ask him to name a few, and he will try to name them all if you have a few hours!

*** Lesson Details ***
I help you to become the drummer you want to be. We spend about 10-15 minutes on the snare or practice pad learning the chops you need to be successful, and then we spend the rest of the time on the full drum set where I show you exactly how those chops/rudiments transfer to a drum set. I have dozens of drum books and thousands of drum exercises/handouts to use.
Most students want to rock, so I focus on rocking out, but I also have the students dabble in jazz and Latin so they can get some exposure and learn how these styles of playing will enhance their rock drumming. If a student chooses, we can spend a lot more time on Jazz and Latin, and even explore hand drums. I think they are all important. If a student wants to learn marching snare then I pull out the marching snare and we work on that, if a student wants to learn bells/xylophone, then I pull out the bells and we work on that. If a student wants to learn congas, bongos, timbales, etc., then we pull those out and work on those. I have it all in my studio ready to use.
I have experience teaching both right and left handed drummers. Left handed drummers have some advantages and we can talk about the different options left handed drummers have and find the approach that is best for you.

*** Studio Equipment ***
No Mutes or Muffles here! Play on professional equipment.
Several drum sets, snares, marching snare, Timbales, Congas, Bongos, lots of other percussion instruments, guitars, organ, keyboard, a piano etc.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Sticks, brushes, mallets, a practice pad and some books/handouts. Come to me with the same (don't bring your practice pad).

*** Specialties ***
Karl teaches rock, jazz, funk, Latin, marching and orchestral percussion and drums.

Drum Lessons in Phoenix, AZ

For music lovers in and around Phoenix, drum lessons are a great option for getting started learning an instrument! By learning drumming techniques from various styles such as jazz and rock, you can understand what you are playing and improve your particular technique in the style you wish to play.

Of course, the best way to really improve is to take private drum lessons with a qualified teacher - and that’s where TakeLessons can help! Our instructors teach in studio locations throughout the city, and several teachers are available to come to your home for lessons. We pre-screen and certify each teacher, to ensure your safety and the quality of your lessons. Moreover, your lesson plan will be customized to your individual goals, needs and experience level.

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