Joan Q.

Joan Q.

8 Reviews
Santa Monica, CA


Levels Taught: Beginner

About Joan Q.

Background Check: Last verified 09/20/2013
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Male Ages Taught: 5 to 25
Female Ages Taught: 5 to 60


Joan is a passionate drummer, percussionist, and teacher. She plays any genre and performs regularly with singer/songwriter Matthew Jude, reggae bands SolRising 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.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons focus on technique, reading, and application. I will provide the student with reading/technique exercises to practice between lessons. My teaching will adjust according to the student's level, pace, and goals. As the student progresses, we will work on transcribing songs and learning advanced styles.

My goal for my students is to have an understanding on how to use their instrument, develop versatility, discover who they are as a musician, and have fun along the way!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Drumset, congas, bongos, cajon, auxiliary percussion.

*** Specialties ***
All styles of drumset, hand percussion.

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Student Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by 8 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Joan is GREAT! Joan has been a fantastic teacher to our 5 year old son. She is very patient and takes the time to ensure that he is following directions and understanding drumming concepts. She also is flexible with scheduling and kept in constant touch with us if any changes were made to the scheduled practice lessons. We highly recommend Joan to anyone who is looking to take drum lessons from TakeLessons. Thanks Joan!!! September 24, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Drum Lessons My sons experience with Joan as his drum teacher has been great! She is very knowledgeable in both her musicl skills and working well with young people. She took time to observe my son to fine which way he learns best. He is now getting the most out of each lesson. Most importantly he is happy with his progress and looks foward to his lesson each week. June 16, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by awsome teacher miss joan is an awsome teacher and knows what shes talking about... she doesnt leave behind and make sure you know the lesson before she goes on October 24, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Joan Q. It is such a pleasure to have Joan. My daughter had no formal music training and Joan's patience made it so much easier for her. She's extreemly knowledgable & very patient.....and very flexible with time changes etc. June 7, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Joan is a very knowledgeable, patient, & pleasant instructor. I've learned a lot over the past couple months. And every time I struggle with something new, she has a different technique or trick up her sleeve to help me overcome my difficulties. I've even recommended her to a couple friends, but they have yet to discover Joan's impressive talents. December 3, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by I never thought I could do it Joan is always smiling.She has great patience.She is a good teacher. October 12, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by My daughter just finished her third lesson with Joan, and I am amazed with what my child can do. Joan is doing a spectacular job with my daughter. Ever since Joan has come around my daughter is on the drums about 2 hrs a day and she sounds really great. I am happy and most of all my child is happy!!!!!!!!!!. I'll be keeping Joan around for a while. February 21, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by Wonderful Instructor My son has completed his third drum lesson and has already learn to read music besides other fundamentals.He had no formal training,only played music by ear. I LIKE before his first class begun,Joan told him to bring a notebook ,because he would have homework and different exercises to practice. I see growth already! June 22, 2008