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checks; and annual criminal background checks.
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Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Ages: 5 & up
In-Home Lessons: Yes
In-Studio Lessons: Yes
Online Lessons: No
Subjects Taught In Person
Grossmont/Cuyumaca - Gen Ed/Music - 95-98 SD Christian College - Human Development - 2003-2006
Basic to Advanced Drumming.
Proper grip and posture, to stick control and learning songs. Trap set, hand drum and percussion. Metronome/ear training Basic theory and notation Defining Melody, Harmony and Rhythm and bringing them together as one. Strumming, finger exercise and songs.
Students will learn timing, rhythm and listening skills, music theory and song form, basic drum, guitar, voice, and/or piano exercises and stretching and breathing. All of these lead to learning and performing songs, (in under 2 months, if the student makes progressive effort). I am laid back, but to the point and honest. (50% + 50% = 100%) Student and teacher progression = Combined efforts ;) Regardless of how serious the student is, I work at each student's individual
pace, so he or she will have a great time learning how to create music.
EXPERIENCE: With 30 years of performing and 15 years of teaching experience, (teaching beginning to advanced drumming, and beginning guitar, piano and voice) there is much to give back to inspiring music students. Rick has performed and recorded with a variety of musical groups, and is currently working on a new CD with guitarist-songwriter Dave Wagner. Rick continues to perform with many local San Diego rock, funk, soul, pop, blues and Christian praise bands (including an Elvis Presley
Tribute Band and a Jimi Hendrix Tribute Band).
EDUCATION: Rick has studied with many professional music Instructors/Musicians: Troy Luccketta (Tesla), Gene Hoglan (Testament), Greg Gerson (Gloria Estefan, Billy Idol, Roger Daltrey), Dave Wagner (Doctor X, Bleedstreet). Rick continues to study with local San Diego, world class Musician/Educator, James Morton. Rick has also studied music with James Morton, among other professors, at San Diego Grossmont/Cuyamaca College. Rick is a full time Musician, Music Coach and a lifetime student and has earned his BA in Human Development (2007) at San Diego Christian College. Combining this knowledge with his musical education, Rick has developed an effective teaching method which allows him to connect and adapt with students of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.
In-Studio: Instructor Studio:
* 5 piece drum and 3 piece drum set,
* Acoustic and Electric Guitar and Bass,
* Piano and microphones, and Boss Dr 90 metronome,
* Roland - PA
* Pencil ;)
* Room for parents to sit in, inside or outside of lesson room.
In-Home: Student home practice:
* Student must have Musical instrument of his/her choice, in order to practice lesson material at home.
* A metronome or internet service is
another important tool for all musicians and Music students. * A 3-ring binder w page protectors to keep track of lesson plans and exercise sheets. (Student must bring, Instrument and Binder to each lesson (Drums are provided at studio lessons).
* Loaner instruments are available on a first come- first serve basis.
Excited about jumping into music lessons? Before you can get to the
guitar tabs, violin concertos, and vocal riffs, take a moment to think
about the logistics of your lessons.
There are a few things to consider when choosing between 30-, 45- or
60-minute lessons. First and foremost, take your age and experience
level into account. You'll also want to think about your long- and
short-term goals, and the time you'll need to reach them. Most
importantly, consider how long you or your child is able to stay
Teachers have the option to display availability for in-home,
in-studio, and online music lessons. In-home lessons take place at
your house, in-studio lessons are conducted at the teacher's home or
professional studio, and online lessons are taught over the internet
via live video chat.
Book Your Lessons Online
Scheduling your lessons is simple and quick! The prompts will guide you
through each step, from securing your lesson time to selecting the
payment plan that works best for you.
After you've selected your teacher, click on the Availability tab to
see which time slots and days are open.
Click the "Book Online" button to get started. Enter in your contact
information, and the prompts will guide you through payments, program
options, and confirming your schedule. Learn more about our booking policies.
Payment and Billing
We make paying for your lessons convenient and hassle-free! Prices
vary based on several factors, including the city you live in, the
length of your lessons, and whether you're taking them at home, in
your teacher's studio, or online. Lessons are paid for in advance,
which locks in your time slot.
Signing Your Customer Agreement
Signing your Customer Agreement and completing your Student
Questionnaire is the last step! The questionnaire will give your
instructor valuable information about your goals and experience level,
and give him or her time to create a customized lesson plan right
from the start.
Start Your Lessons
Now the excitement can really begin! Consider the following to ensure an
exceptional first lesson...
Prepare for Your First Lesson
Once you've completed the last step, your teacher will call you within
the next couple of days to confirm your first lesson time and provide
you with directions to their studio, if needed. We also encourage you
to discuss your goals and any other questions you may have.
What To Expect
Every teacher is different, but most first lessons begin with an
assessment of where you are in your studies. At a beginner level, you
might review the basics of your instrument, such as the different
parts, how to hold it correctly, and proper care and maintenance. For
voice, this may be the time you learn about breathing and posture.
Reach the Goals You Set
Every TakeLessons student is unique, and so is your lesson plan!
You'll work with your instructor to develop a plan suited to meet your
specific goals. Most TakeLessons instructors will also keep track of
your progress with a lesson journal.
Programs & Pricing
The billing management tools in your online account help you keep track
of your upcoming payments. And with several lesson programs available,
you can select the one that fits your individual needs.
100% Money Back Guarantee
If you're not completely satisfied with your first lesson, we'll
gladly find you another instructor or refund your entire lesson
Can I pay when I get to the lesson?
In order to reserve your time slot, we require payment at the time of
booking, which must be at least seven days before your first lesson
How does billing work?
Lessons are paid for in advance, which reserves your time slot and the
teacher that you want. Your specific billing date will depend on the
lesson program you select.
What forms of payment do you accept?
At this time, we accept payments via Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and
American Express. You also have the option to pay with a debit card.
We do not accept payment via cash, check, or money order.
Do you offer a free trial lesson?
We don't offer a free trial lesson; however, we're so confident that
you'll love your lessons that we offer new customers a 100% Money Back
Guarantee. If you take your first lesson and decide that you don't
want to continue, we'll refund the amount you paid INCLUDING the
lesson you've already taken. To request the Money Back Guarantee,
simply notify us within 72 hours of your first lesson.
Do you offer any discounts?
At this time, we don't offer any discounts. However, if you are
booking two students for consecutive in-home lessons, you'll only be
charged one travel fee, instead of one fee per lesson.