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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 ...
I have been teaching drumset to students of all ages and levels for over 5 years. My students are commonly surprised to see how quickly they progress - often within the first couple of lessons, we are playing along to their favorite songs! My approach is very straightforward, fun, and can be applied to whichever style(s) the student is interested in. Having studied with some of the top percussion educators from around the world at Berklee College of Music (including Grammy award winners Mark Walker and Terri Lyne Carrington), I use a culmination of methods along with my own personal experiences to help the student progress.
The drumset student can expect to learn very quickly about the following topics, which can be tailored to their particular needs/goals:
-Proper stick technique/control and posture
-Drumset coordination and independence
-Development of speed and efficiency of motion
-Grooves and various styles of drumming
-Study of ...
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.
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Every musician was first and foremost a fan of music. My love of music began when my mother took me to a performance of Beethoven's fifth symphony when, coincidentally, I was five. From that point, I started fervently listening to my mother's records (those are the huge, black monstrosities that people in the pre-historic used in place of iPods), followed closely by my father's CD collection. After a while, this ravenous desire of to know and feel music moved me to play an instrument. After a couple of false starts with the drums and violin, I found my true musical calling: the guitar. On January 25th 1995, on a whim, I began playing the guitar, and I have yet to put it down. Along the way I've picked up a number of friends for my guitar, including the bass, the ...
I have been teaching from from beginner's to the college level and older adults for 30 + years.
I focus on fundamentals like rudiments and technique, snare and drumset reading and all styles of drumset playing including grooves, fills and more!
Since graduating from San Diego State University in 1986 (where I received my Bachelors degree in music and was the recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Award in music for that year), I have been able to be involved in so many areas of drumming, percussion(including mallet instruments like vibes and xylophone) and teaching. This includes being an adjunct professor in the music dept. at SDSU (1994-1998) and currently at Grossmont College. From performing with international jazz giants like Art Farmer and Hank Jones, and local legends Hollis Gentry and L.A. guitarist Ron Eschete- to performing in pop settings with my own top 40/classic rock band and backing bands like the Drifters or pop singer Peter Cetera, my experience is broad. I've played in successful pop groups. ...
Beginner: You will learn the basic beats behind a lot of main stream music. We'll start of with coordination and tips and tricks to get your mind working with your arms and legs. You will master these beats and soon be playing with music backing tracks.
Intermediate: You will learn different time signatures and the rhythmic notation behind drumming. You will learn what subdivisions mean and how they can help you play in common time and odd time.
I'm here to cheer you and support you on your journey to your musical talent and creation. I know that with my style of teaching you'll learn a lot in a fast pace to get you on your way to completing some of your musical goals.
“Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed heart opens.” ― Maria von Trapp Hi, there! My Name is Jony C. I'm excited about meeting you and being apart of your musical journey and growth I've been teaching since 2010 and have loved helping my students in composing their own music, understand college theory and performing. I've been playing music since the age of 14, in bands within churches. Currently I still get hired by churches to be the music director for their Sunday services. Also on the weekend to a classes on guitar to students ranging the ages of 7 to 50. ***EDUCATION I'm a graduate of the well known music school located in Hollywood called Musicians Institute. I received a degree from Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT) Music business ...
I have been playing drums professionally for over 8 years. I have played some of the most famous venues in Los Angeles, and throughout southern California. My specialty is that I am actually a rockstar. I have a talent for teaching, especially children and young adults, and I have not only a degree from Musician's Institute (a World famous music school), but I also have real life experience putting those skills to use in real life situations.
Hi, there! My name is Maegan, and I'm excited to be a part of the Take Lessons team, and help you on your musical journey! I've been teaching private lessons since 2004 and have loved helping my students gain a deeper understanding of music as a whole, master their skills on the drums, and putting the fun in learning to play an instrument. I went to Musician's Institute and earned a degree in Percussion in 2007. I'm an experienced and drive person and my teaching style is adaptable and effective. My students get huge take always from every lesson, and I really figure out what will help you progress the fastest in the direction you want to go musically. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
"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."