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Henri B.

Phoenix, AZ
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Al P.

Glendale, AZ
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Travis B.

Mesa, AZ
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Henri B. Phoenix, AZ

Subjects Taught

Drum, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Percussion, Songwriting

About Me

Aside from being mostly self-taught and playing drums since he could hold the pots and pans, Henri is an experienced, focused teacher and musician who really enjoys seeing students achieve their goals and desires musically. He has also studied privately with former Berklee Graduate Al Pahanish Jr (Powerman 5000), and former Capitol Records recording artist Morrison Moon. He is a goal-oriented individual with a versatile background and a relaxed, "let's have fun while we learn" attitude. Henri believes music should always be fun and inspiring for everyone, no matter what skill level. FUN is always the focus, because if you are not having fun, why are you doing it?

Henri also has years of experience touring both nationally and internationally with several award-winning Arizona-based performing groups (Dry River Yacht Club, decker., and The SunPunchers are the current projects), performing shows in 39 of the US States, as well as festival performances in 2012 in Canada (NXNE w/Flaming Lips, Raekwon, Of Montreal, Bad Religion) and Norway (Slottsfjell Music Festival w/New Order, Janalle Monae, Wolfmother, A-Trak, etc.) His past teaching and performing experiences have really helped shaped the musician he is today.

Aside from working as private lessons/class instructor and performer, Henri can also be seen teaching for Mesa Community College as an Adjunct Faculty in the Music and Business program, where he currently teaches MUC109 - Merchandising and the Law, and MUC210 - Concert and Touring Promotions. A life-long learner, Henri is always finding new experiences and new ways to connect with his students, as learning comes just as much from the student as it does the teacher. You can always find him around "the music."

*** Lesson Details ***
Students who study with me can expect for their guitar, drum kit, or percussion lessons to be top-quality, personalized, and above all, extremely fun sessions that will cater to the students musical backgrounds, interests, and needs. I create extremely organized and specifically focused lessons so that students feel comfortable, not pressured, while learning their craft. The lessons I teach are a combination of developmental sight reading music book work, learning student chosen songs (depending on ability), inspiring and encouraging creative abilities, warm-up and strengthening exercises, proper techniques, listening for internal hearing, composition dynamics, chords and finger-picking (guitar only) and rudiments (drum kit only).

After 3 months of lessons together, students will have started learning several key elements to becoming an outstanding guitarist/drummer/percussionist. They will have learned proper form and technique, warm-up/skill-building exercises, to read basic notation, basic rhythms/rudiments. Guitar students will be able to play at least one song utilizing both finger picking and chords. For drum kit/percussion, students should have no problem reading basic drum beats and being able to play through a simple song. With proper, steady practice, most students will achieve much more. I also focus on creative thinking, professionalism, and instrument tuning. Finally, the students will have started to develop a solid level of discipline that is required of any aspiring musician! Remember, "practice doesn't make perfect, practice makes permanent."

*** Studio Equipment ***
Ludwig Accent Drum Kit, Pearl Rhythm Traveller Kit, LP Assorted Percussions, Protools LE, Logic Pro, Korg Electribe, Reason 3.0, Harmony Guitar, Ion Electronic Drum Set, Chord Charts, Acoustic and Electric Guitars.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide drum sticks, guitar, all developmental material for students to retain and practice with, and a Pearl Traveler's Drum Kit if necessary. I can also provide percussion instruments.

I expect my students to be providing the necessary musical equipment as well (guitars, drum kits, percussion instruments) for their private lessons. If they do not have these in the home to practice with, the lessons are much less effective for your student.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in the following styles of playing:

Rock, Hip - Hop, All Latin, Jazz, Funk, Blues, R and B, Gospel, and Dance. I also have a very good feel for World Music as well. I have a very free-spirit for playing, so I often mesh the above stated styles into a more progressive style of playing. I believe that you must be feeling what you are playing.

For drum students, along with learning drum beats, students will also engage in drum tuning, reading drum notation, drum tab, warm-up/skill-building exercises, and internal hearing.

For guitar students, we will engage in guitar tuning, warm-up/skill building exercises, reading sheet music, reading TAB, notes on the guitar, chords, and student chosen songs, among other activities.

Aside from drums/percussion and guitar, I also specialize in beat programming/sequencing, recording, organizing song-writing/song-structure, musical score, live performance, and professional music marketing. I am able to show you how to use programs such as Reason, Logic Pro, Protools LE, and Adobe programs to take your creative abilities to the next level.

I believe that these days, it is imperative for musicians to have four major components in their professional arsenal: 1) Discipline and chops on your instruments; 2) Know how to successfully market yourself and your music; 3) Know how to properly develop a learning ear to record/produce your songs/tracks; and 4) Understand and effectively utilize music production programs.

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 at the prestigious Trinity College of Music, London (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 and am currently available for lessons.
On the recording and show front you will find me on the new "Snakefarm" release and doing live shows with Boston hardcore legends DYS.

*** Lesson Details ***
WELCOME TO YOUR LESSON...

Through my work with the M Gray Music Academy (Macy Gray) and my tenure at the Hollywood School of Rock as teacher and musical director, I have developed successful programs for students ranging in age from 5 years old and beyond. I have mentored numerous young musical groups in beneficial rehearsal techniques, live performance and basically all the things you need to know about being in a band that wants to be great!

As we explore the exciting world of music, guitars, drums and percussion, we will cover all aspects of music theory, music history and ear training through video, audio and text examples.

Students will be provided with all the necessary tools to fully understand musical concepts and have the ability to play for recreation or at a professional level.

You won't need any books to start but i do suggest a small 3 ring binder for notes, literature, weekly hand outs and homework .

For drum students: we will start by evaluating your current level of ability and then create a practice plan that works best for you. Basic hand and foot techniques and I will also incorporate grooves and beats from your favorite songs.

Future texts may include: Syncopation, Stick Control, Drum Wisdom, Patterns, Even and the odds and various snare drum sight reading examples. I will also make available notes and exercises from my exclusive personal archives (not available in any book).

Course topics for drums include:
rhythm and meter, rudiments, reading and writing music notation, stick control, single and double foot technique, four way coordination, soloing concepts, improvisation, stylistic playing, brush and mallet technique, working with metronomes, playing with electronic loops, beneficial practice methods, tuning and drum maintenance..."I can help prepare you for further education for music schools and auditions such as (Berklee College of Music, N.E. Conservatory, Musician's Institute/ PIT)

For beginner guitar 101 students, we will start with basic chord shapes, scales and common rock and blues forms. I also like to incorporate songs that students want to learn so it's not just a bunch of boring exercises.

Course topics for guitar 101 (beginner to intermediate) include:
Scales, modes, chord shapes and positions, rock and blues forms, arpeggios and learning you favorite songs!

"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

Travis B. Mesa, AZ

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano

About Me

Travis is a music educator that enjoys teaching and performing. He has a lot of patience and feels proud that all of his students can say they have excelled at their instrument throughout the duration of his instruction. With much experience teaching students of all ages,needs and skill levels he focuses specifically on the most important skills and concepts a student needs to be able to play proficiently and musically. This is accomplished through the use of proper technique and providing clear information of the fundamentals.

Travis has been involved in numerous playing situations throughout his schooled training. Studying under great industry professionals has helped him to be well versed in all styles of music and make him a well rounded player and an exceptional teacher. He has performed in a number of different groups that include many diverse styles of music and has performed, toured and recorded with various artist in the mid-west and on the west coast. Now, settled in Arizona, he enjoys teaching at Blackbird Music and Art Center where he gives private lessons Monday through Saturday. He has dedicated his time to teaching piano and drum lessons, along with any other percussion instrument. In his teachings he improves the students technique and creativity while introducing many important concepts that have influenced modern music as we know it. He continues playing with various artist and is involved in many community events.

"I love to meet the needs of my student to enhance their growth through music." -Travis

*** Lesson Details ***
Piano students will focus specifically on the most important skills and concepts they need to be able to play proficiently and musically. This will be through the use of proper technique and providing clear explanation of music theory. Scales, progression, harmonizing, improvising and sight reading will all be demonstrated and explained thoroughly. Also creative exercises to help the students build chops and play parts that they can call their own will be encouraged.

Drum lessons will improve the students technique and creativity while introducing many diverse styles. I will introduce (or reinforce) the rudiments and how they might be applied to any beats or fills. Linear patterns and four way coordination patterns will be applied for developing good coordination skills and ambidextrous discipline. Styles will be covered to grasp a feel of straight 8th and 16th note patterns. Blues shuffle and swing rhythms will be covered so that the student can get a feel of grooves that are based on triplets. Students can also learn about music and rhythms from all over the world. (Latin, Jamaican, Afro Cuban etc...) After the basis of various rhythmic concepts are applied then we can reach into the field of playing over the bar line, playing in odd meters, and soloing.

Lessons with me will focus on the following:
 Students of all ages and skill levels
 Improve your technique and creativity
 Play in any style of music you are interested
 Drum set and hand percussion
 Learn through fun exercises

• Understanding rhythm
• Rudiments
• Sight reading
• Stick control
• Accent and rebounds
• Double bass
• Soloing
• Studio drumming

*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio Upright Piano, Hammer weighted Digital Piano, Drum practice pads, Drum kits, Congs, Other percussioninstruments.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Practice pads.
A full library of exercises and instructional materials. Books, videos, laptop...

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers marked as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.Drums, Percussion, Piano, Music Theory, Voice and Ear training
Drum set, Snare Drum, Concert Snare, Hand Drums.

I try to meet the needs of my student in the styles they are interested in. I will use the proper teaching methods to help them to become efficient in styling of there choice.

Aaron B.

Mesa, AZ
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Ken E.

Phoenix, AZ
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Stevie H.

Scottsdale, AZ
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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

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!

Stevie H. Scottsdale, AZ

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Audio Engineering, Bass Guitar, Bongo, Conga Drums, Drum, Guitar, Hand Drums, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano, Pro Tools Software, Songwriting

About Me

I began as a musician in my high school drum line, where I discovered my true passion for percussion and music performance. Since graduating, I have toured the country with drum and bugle corps, performed Japanese taiko drums with Alice Cooper, traveled to South Korea to perform in a drum festival, and played countless gigs all over Arizona!

In addition to keeping a busy performance schedule, I love to teach out of my home studio in Scottsdale. I have a fully equipped teaching studio with 2 drum sets, plenty of practice pads, as well as guitars, electric pianos, and a white board for music theory and visual aid.

I strive to keep a laid back atmosphere while teaching, so that students are comfortable and encouraged to express themselves through music. I am able to tailor my style to meet a variety of student needs. Whether you are a fresh starter just looking to bang on some drums and learn to write songs with a guitar, or a more advanced player who wants to develop their sight-reading chops; I look forward to working with you and helping you to forward your musical endeavors!

Cheers!

*** Lesson Details ***
My goal is to keep a laid back and positive atmosphere so that you feel comfortable and are able to learn in your own way. Having worked with a variety of learners, and studied with a lot of great teachers myself, I have developed many strategies to help students grasp the material and understand it in their own unique way.

There is plenty of parking space at my home studio in the driveway or on the street, and it is safe day or night. Parents are welcome to wait in my comfy living room, go shopping at the grocery store just down the street, or grab a latte at my favorite local coffee shop.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Pearl Session Custom 5-piece drum kit,
Roland Electronic drum kit,
Bass guitar and amp,
Electric guitar and amp,
Acoustic guitar,
PA system,
Mac Pro with Protools HD and plug ins,
Electric Pianos,
Music Stands,
Large white board and visual aids,
Library of method books, exercises and other resources!

*** Travel Equipment ***
Drums:

I can provide sticks, mallets, practice pads, sheet music and a metronome.

I expect the student to invest in their own sticks, practice pad, metronome, drum set (if needed), and 1 or 2 method books for at home practice.

Guitar/Bass:

I can bring acoustic or electric guitar, small practice amp, tuner and guitar picks.

It obviously works best if the student has their own guitar to practice on, guitar picks, tuner, and method book.

*** Specialties ***
Being a percussion student and performer of over 10 years, I specialize in all styles of drum set as well as marching percussion. I also have students in beginner guitar as well as bass guitar!

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