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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), ...
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 ...
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 ...
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
I've played in successful pop groups. ...
Ryan W. holds a BA in Music with an emphasis in Performance, Composition, and Recording Arts. Raised in San Diego, California, Ryan's musical career began by playing tenor saxophone under the direction of Steve Steinberg and playing guitar in various rock and roll groups. Ryan began his formal percussion training at Cal Poly under Dr. John Astaire and during this time showed an interest in music composition. He then became a composition student under Dr. Meredeth Brammeier and Dr. Craig Russell. Ryan has composed music for Cal Poly including the Mustang Athletics Football Kickoff music, as well as various Cal Poly videos including the Mustang Mascot Teaser, and the Cal Poly Proud Ad campaign. He also scored the groundbreaking film "A Life Facing Bars, A Gang Prevention ...
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 aways 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."