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Drum, Music Performance, Percussion
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.
Drum, Music Performance, Music Theory, Percussion
Hi, I'm Mike. I've been playing drums for over 15 years. I got hooked on the drums just before high school and have been playing ever since. I've been teaching all ages for over 10 years now and strive to make sure that my students are able to reach their goals. I have my Bachelors of Music Degree from Musician's Institute, which trained me not only how to be a better performer but how to pass on my love and knowledge of music to others.
I believe that performance is an integral part of education and I have been performing with bands 3 months into learning to play the drums. While performing I started taking lessons to better my skills because lessons are essential to growth in music. Lessons make playing more fun because your given goals and direction and obstacles to overcome. Lessons help you learn so much quicker than learning on your own and lessons help you discover in weeks what would take you years doing it on your own. You'll need that head start because with music, the learning never stops, so let's get to it!
Drum, Music Performance, Percussion, Songwriting
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
Joan is a passionate drummer, percussionist, and teacher. She plays any genre and performs regularly with singer/songwriter Matthew Jude, reggae bands Sol Rising 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.
I fell in love with the drums when I was 2 years old but I had to wait until I turned 7 to get my first drum set. And ever since then I have never put my sticks down. I love playing the drums and I love music! I've been in Orchestras and Symphonies. I've been in Rock bands, Jazz bands and Marching bands. I've played in groups as small as 2 and as large as 200! Music has allowed me to travel to lots of places and to meet lots of people. I even got to write music for films and cartoons & record with other great musicians! Music has been an amazing gift to me...
And now I want to share that gift with as many new people as I possibly can. I love teaching just as much as I love playing. I still get to travel and I always get to meet new and interesting people. But the best part is that I get to share music with anyone who wants to learn it & we get to play and listen to great music every day.
I hope I always get to be a musician and I hope I always get to have a great job like teaching. :)
I really look forward to meeting you and working together.
Drum, Piano, Percussion
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.
"Steven is very professional and extremely helpful. He always has a smile on and is serious about helping you phrase the music. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
"It's been really exciting so far! Jordan has been so helpful, so knowledgeable. I could not have found a better instructor and I'm getting better and better every day."
"My daughter's wedding was weeks away and I had never been able to dance a step. With Jenny's help, I came further than ever before in such short time in any subject."