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Popular Drum Teachers Near Poway

David B.

Santee, CA
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Matthew G.

Carlsbad, CA
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Charles W.

La Mesa, CA
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David B. Santee, CA

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Drum, Guitar, Music Theory

About Me

After graduating from Salford University, England with a Bachelors degree (Honors) in Music and Composing I worked for a short time as a commercial "jingle" writer, before moving to San Diego, marrying my dream girl, and opening my own music recording, teaching and production studio. From there I have been teaching lessons, recording bands and writing music for independent film ad video games for the last 6 years. Throughout this time I've been continually performing live in venues all over California.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach both from a privately rented studio in Santee and from my home studio in La Mesa. Both are fully equipped for guitar, bass and drum lessons and even have recording facilities! In my lesson plans I try to combine theory and technique with practical application (that is, playing music and rocking out!).

A typical lesson begins with a warm up and review of last weeks' lesson, and then moves to a new concept or technique. Once this new idea is understood, we give it a practical application by using it a song the student is familiar with. We finish up by setting some homework and answering any questions the student my have.

My lessons are structured and goal orientated (I want my students playing songs they love as soon as possible to keep the inspiration and excitement going!) but I adapt each lesson plan to suit the student, accommodating different musical tastes and learning styles. Most important I keep the lessons fun and engaging - it's the best way to learn!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Fulling equipped, professional teaching studio.
Guitars, drums, amps, PAs, Pianos, Mandolins and much more!

*** Specialties ***
Very versatile both in preferred styles and my ability to adapt to students requests. Can cover anything from jazz to metal, or pop to blues, on guitar, bass or drums.

Matthew G. Carlsbad, CA

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Performance, Percussion

About Me

A drum instructor since 1988, I'm a graduate of Musicians Institutes Percussion Institute of Technology (P.I.T.) and hold a Bachelor of Arts from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo.

I teach beginning to advanced drums to students of all ages. Before relocating in San Diego, I was a full-time instructor for The Drum Circuit Drum School in San Luis Obispo where I was teaching 200 lessons a month. Originally, I'm a native of the Los Angeles area where I taught for the Van Nuys and Alamany High School music programs.

I've been lucky enough to study with some of the music industry's very best educators including: Steve Houghton, Jeff Porcaro (Toto), Joe Porcaro, Casey Schurell (Frank Zappa) Efrin Torres (Latin and World), Chuck Flores (Jazz Legend), and Ralph Humphrey. These professionals provided me with the foundation for a teaching career that is now into its 25th year.

Outside the practice rooms, I'm an on-call, independent performer / contractor and clinician. Some of my credits include performances/recordings with Jon Anderson of Yes, Award winning songwriter Maia Sharp, (Bonnie Raitt, The Dixie Chicks), nationally recognized blues band Pryor Baird and the Deacons, and many other noteworthy talents. I've also performed for various stage productions in the Los Angeles area, such as Little Shop of Horrors, How to Succeed in Business, and Once Upon A Mattress.

I work hard to implement teaching techniques that encompass all styles of drumming and performance. Sight reading, rudiments, chart interpretation, soloing, hand/foot control, independence, and working in a band are just a few areas of focus. It may sound like it's difficult - but you can do it all and I'll prove it to you. 25 years of teaching experience has not only taught me patience but has given me the tools to encourage, develop and refine the abilities of any student. (And that means you :)

I am proud to endorse Sabian Cymbals and Vater Percussion.

*** Lesson Details ***
Don't worry. First things first, you're going to make mistakes so don't be afraid to. If you don't make any mistakes during a lesson, you can go ahead and teach me. I'm really laid back with my approach to lessons: we'll talk, we'll play, I'll explain a few things and boom - you're playing' drums better than ever.
If experience has taught me anything, it's that a student can not be forced to practice. However, even the younger students understand the idea of "you get out of it, what you put into it". I pride myself in being able to make lessons enjoyable and thereby the student is going to want to learn more and in turn, practice more. I will give you all you can handle - when you're ready.
Playing to music is essential - it's what we're going to strive to do right? Students should try to have an MP3 player of some sort: Ipod, ipad, smart phone etc.. I'll bring one just in case so we can plug in, listen to your jams and play.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students should have their own drums. Minimum of a practice pad and Drum Sticks. (Available if needed). Music paper and a folder or binder.

*** Specialties ***
Drummers need to be versatile and more often than not, versatility is limited by two factors: physical independence and music interpretation. Out of the gate, I focus on these two hugely important aspects of modern drumming so that the student may better pursue their desired style with as much freedom and knowledge as possible.

Charles W. La Mesa, CA

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano, Trumpet

About Me

As far back as I can remember, music has been a central part of my life. I grew up in a musical family; my father a drummer and pianist, my mother a woodwinds player, and my brother a bassist, I have been surrounded by music as far back as I can recall.

Upon graduating from San Diego SCPA, I became interested in recording and audio engineering, eventually working as 2nd engineer at Signature Sound in Clairemont, and main engineer at Proxy Music in Oceanside. This afforded me invaluable experience working with some of San Diego's finest musicians and recording artists.

In 2008, I attended Berklee College of Music on scholarship - majoring in Professional Music with an emphasis on performance and composition. In 2011, I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor's degree in Music.

Currently, I am an active music performer and teacher in the San Diego area. I often encourage my students to come out and see my concerts, or any other concerts of interest. I believe live music is the best source of musical inspiration!

*** Lesson Details ***
Students studying with me can expect to learn a lot about music in a relatively short time, and have a lot of fun doing it. My initial aim with any student is to find out what their goals are (i.e. favorite type of music, inspiration for playing etc..). It is important to me we are working on what YOU want to learn!

Below are some of the topics I cover in lessons, and what I consider to be some of my strong teaching points:

Drums/Percussion: Rudimental Studies, Jazz, Rock, Pop, Classical, Latin, Musical Theater, Improvisation, Sight Reading, Study of Great Drummers. I use a combination of books, charts, active listening and journal notes in lessons.

Trumpet: Technical Studies (Range, Dexterity), Sight Reading, Solo Repertoire, Classical, Jazz. Students can expect to study from a range of material, including Clarkes Technical Studies, Arban's, and Jamey Aebersold Books.

Piano: Jazz, Pop, Some Classical, Music Theory, Scales, Chords, Reading Melody, Chord "Changes," and Accompaniment. I use a lot of different material depending on the student's level and goals, including the Bastien series and the Berklee keyboard curriculum.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The home studio lessons take place in a music room in the home. The room includes a drum set, keyboard, amps, guitars, bass guitars and seating is available. Parking is on the street and driveway.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to provide their instrument and all necessary equipment, along with their music and a quiet space for the lesson. If it is a private lesson on drums or piano at my house, I can provide the instruments.

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers marked as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.I have been in a number of professional playing positions, and am comfortable teaching styles such as Jazz, Rock, Latin, Classical, Show Music and more.

David W.

San Diego, CA
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Dennis B.

Chula Vista, CA
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Christina S.

El Cajon, CA
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David W. San Diego, CA

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Performance, Music Theory, Percussion

About Me

Not only do I love chess and running marathons, but I also have three degrees in drums and percussion (Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate). I have ten years experience as a performer (including playing drums on a Grammy nominated album) with orchestras, touring big bands (Jimmy Dorsey, Five-By-Design), professional productions (Carnival Cruise Lines, amusement parks), jazz artists, and rock bands. I have also toured solo as a classical marimbist. Although I have a strong foundation in rudimental and jazz drumming, I also have roots in West African drumming, Cuban and Brazilian styles, and polka.

I have taught percussion lessons, percussion classes for band directors, jazz ensembles, percussion ensembles, and drum lines at Kansas State University, The University of Southern Mississippi, The University of Wisconsin Stout, San Diego State University, San Diego Christian College, and the University of California at San Diego, as well as dozens of high schools. I love all things percussion related, including the history of the instruments and their performance techniques.

Although I was raised in Wisconsin, I relocated to my city of birth (San Diego) in September of 2010.

*** Lesson Details ***
As a teacher, my goal is to provide a positive hands-on experience. Each lesson experience is tailored to the unique goals of the student. I strive to create an environment where percussion is enjoyed and explored, teaching in an exciting, fun, and passionate mode. I am not strict, and have a strong sense of humor - although I do expect the students to practice. I have an extremely optimistic and energetic disposition! This has always served me very well in working with beginners, and my expertise can turn an advanced and experienced drummer into a true artist.

Required books and materials will vary based on the students goals and area of study. A beginner might be expected to purchase Alfred's Beginner Drum Method, a practice pad, and a pair of sticks. Depending on the student there may be no books at all!

While a high school drummer looking to advance in drum line or make drum corps tryouts might be working on more advanced stick control, rudimental combination, or solo literature, a beginning drum student will start with the fundamentals of stroke, rhythm, and rudiments. If the student is part of a school music program, or is beginning on mallet percussion, they will develop a strong foundation of scales, key signatures, and reading ability. After 6 months they will, among other things, be able to sight read beginner music, properly execute at least a handful of drum rudiments, properly execute a roll, and understand a little about the history of their instrument.

A student interested in jazz drum set might develop a highly advanced level of coordination, advanced concepts of soloing and timekeeping, or their understanding of the fundamentals of jazz music (or all of the above!). Often this occurs through guided transcription and listening.

Students looking to prepare for a potential college audition, or who are looking to become better well-rounded percussionists will be offered guidance on vibraphone, marimba, orchestral excerpts, solo literature, drum set, marching percussion, and hand percussion. These students are very welcome in my studio, and will find studying with me to be challenging, rewarding, and fun. Having auditioned students into college percussion studios and assisted in recommending scholarships, I know just what the folks on the other side of the table will want.

I consider it my responsibility to help encourage, motivate, and inspire as well!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Equipment at my studio includes marimba, xylophone, two drum sets, small percussion instruments, timbales, tambourine (orchestral), triangles, drum pads, snare drum, shakers, tabla, vibraslaps, cowbells, jam-blocks, bongos, cajon, and more!

*** Travel Equipment ***
If I travel to the home of a student, I expect them to have all necessary equipment (i.e. drum set, snare drum, drum pad, vibraphone, marimba. . . whatever the lesson calls for based on their goals and interests).

*** Specialties ***
Excellent drum set instruction, excellent marching percussion/drum line instruction, all classical percussion (including solo marimba, solo vibraphone, orchestral percussion), jazz drum set, jazz vibes, and solo multiple percussion. I have a fun and practical approach for young students, and I emphasize strong foundations in rudiments, stick and mallet technique, and music reading - although I adapt to suit the needs of every individual student. Advanced drummers will also find studying with me to be challenging and rewarding.

Dennis B. Chula Vista, CA

Subjects Taught


About Me

I have been playing drums professionally for over 15 years. My styles range from traditional jazz, to jazz/fusion, Latin, Brazilian, rock and funk. I have studied music at Diablo Valley College, Southwestern College, and UCSD. I am a founding member of the critically acclaimed James Abbuhl band where I drummed and co-produced the CD "Voyages and Homecomings". My focus will be to get you to play musically. The drums should fit the music, meaning that as a drummer, one should play what makes sense for the music.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lesson plans for the beginner will start with the basics: stick technique, rudiments of drumming, reading drum notation. For the intermediate to advanced we'll focus on what you want to learn while filling in the blanks with all styles of modern drumming. I am a very patient instructor that will make sure that you are comfortable and excited about drumming. My goal is to make you a solid musician that has strong timing, groove, and phrasing. Ultimately, you should sound like a drummer that you'd hear on a professional recording. Your progress will depend on your drive and dedication to your instrument. Let's make it happen today!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room...open space...for several people...drum kit... metronome

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide a basic drum kit if needed. Students should have sticks,practice pad, snare drum, and the desire to get a full drum set if they don't have one already.

*** Specialties ***
I teach jazz: traditional, be-bop, Brazilian, Latin, and fusion. I also teach rock, funk, and metal. I teach primarily match grip, but can instruct on traditional grip if necessary. My specialty would be jazz/fusion and rock/fusion as these styles allow for the most creativity and freedom.

Christina S. El Cajon, CA

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Performance, Music Theory, Percussion

About Me

I genuinely enjoy working with students of all ages and skill levels! Teaching is my passion and my profession. I am endorsed by Soultone Cymbals as well as TNR Products. I was also recently invited to judge the 2013 Guitar Center Drum Off in San Diego. I have 7 years' experience as a drum instructor as well as 15+ years experienced playing and performing in bands. My YouTube covers have received 30,000+ plays. In addition to this I instruct a Teen Music Program as well as two Elementary Level classes for young musicians in underprivileged areas of San Diego. Each year my private students hold a recital with a band of professional musicians to share their talents with friends and family in a fun, low-key environment.

Studies show that participation in the fine arts helps children become more confident, better able to work in groups and finish projects, and that children are more likely to go onto college and select careers that will provide them the most opportunity for financial success. With the arts so overwhelmingly missing and underfunded in our public education system, private music instruction is one of the most easy accessible options for exposing your child to the arts.

Even adults benefit from the stress release, mental focus, and achievement-orientation of music lessons. Music education is a life-long beneficial pursuit-- I have it to thank for much of my own personal confidence and success!

My teaching style is based around the nurturing of one's own voice, style, and personal development. Also, I love to rock out!!! My students are encouraged to develop a full-bodied, groove-based ROCKIN sound on the drums. You will be playing songs from bands like Weezer, AC/DC, Green Day, White Stripes or other popular tunes you like in a matter of months. For the experienced player, my curriculum can take you as high as taking apart Neal Peart's solo in Tom Saywer, to brutal progressive and double bass metal, or copping moves from the greats such Steve Gadd, JoJo Mayer, and Dennis Chambers. Whether you're interested in playing casually, or seriously pursuing a music career, I am here to support and offer advice while pushing you to your personal best! Call today!

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are structured around RESULTS. This means that after each and every lesson, you should be one step closer to your musical goals. For this reason, I build my lessons from both technical and applied aspects€”sure, you can play a particular exercise in practice, but can you apply the technique to a song or a groove? I never lose sight of the desired end result€”to perform well and communicate with others.

The expectations of the modern drummer are higher than ever before. I strongly emphasize things such as 4-way coordination, efficiency of motion, and fundamental rudimentary & technical knowledge. As drummers we are expected to be able to carry different patterns and even different dynamics (volume) across multiple limbs at the same time. I have developed many of my own unique tricks and techniques for overcoming these €œtongue twisters€ that the body uses to resist this. Also, conservation of energy and efficiency of motion are key€”they allow us to execute complex musical passages while using the least amount of energy. This way you don€™t €œgas out€ halfway through your set, and you also relieve potential strain on key muscle groups and tendons. Form and breathing are critical, and these are areas that are all given due attention in my curriculum.

Another often-overlooked area in lessons is, surprisingly, maintenance! Being a drummer is kind of like being a mechanic some days. We have a lot of tiny moving pieces and parts of our instrument that can be overwhelming to figure out at first. I am always sure to cover the correct ways for setting up, tuning, cleaning, and maintaining your kit, and I include helpful hints for not letting your drums become a big jumbled mess while loading out to shows or practices!

Throughout the course of our lessons you can expect to take a journey into the styles and techniques that mean most to you, as we will explore the ideas that are most interesting and appeal most to you. I teach from my experience, but I€™m here to help you create yours. We can work on songs from your favorite artists, rudiments and rolls, creating fills and beats, and even help you to join or form a band of your own.

I strive to provide a musical foundation that will far outlast our time together, so that you end up with a fundamental understanding that will help you to blaze your own trail in music, just like I have. This is truly the mark of a job well done on my part!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Private Studio - (2) Drumsets, Metronome, Practice Pad, Double Bass Drum Monitor, Stereo Isolation Headphones

ARTS Studio - (2) Drumsets, Metronome, Practice Pad, PA, Stereo Isolation Headphones

*** Specialties ***
Metal - American Heavy, Djent, Hardcore, Metalcore, Screamo, Deathcore, Black, Post, Progressive
Funk - Fusion, Latin, Jazz
Rock - Alt, Pop, Prog, Classic, Punk, Post, Indie

Beginner Rudimentary / Symphonic Percussion (for band students)

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