Sheri L.

Sheri L.

9 Reviews
Palo Alto, CA


Levels Taught: Intermediate

Over 15 years of Music teaching experience!
Drums, percussion, keyboards, woodwinds, singing, songwriting, music theory.

About Sheri L.

Background Check: Last verified 09/20/2013
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Male Ages Taught: 5 to 99
Female Ages Taught: 5 to 99


Playing music is so much fun! I have enjoyed music my whole life and being able teach music makes me very happy. Here is what one parent says about my teaching style... "Sheri, Is a lot of fun to work with. Her positive attitude on life flows from her which then helps others to have the same feelings. She is very encouraging and thoughtful of others needs. Her talents in music are unmeasurable." May 31, 2011

Currently I am working on my Master's Degree in Music Education and I love to teach drums!

Come and learn to play drums with me! I will have you playing and performing in very little time. I have many years of experience teaching music and I am extremely patient with those who may need a little extra encouragement or need a creative approach to learning.

If you have a talent show, performance, contest, or just want to have fun playing the drums, come and learn with me.

I'™m looking forward to working with you soon!

*** Lesson Details ***
With extensive experience in classical and contemporary (pop, rock, funk, R&B) music, I put equal focus on technique and fostering a musician'™s personal style and passion for music. I understand that every student learns in a way that is unique to them, and I will do my best to discover each student's learning style. I like to combine technical work with fun time playing duets together, improvising, and exploring a wide variety of styles and genres of music. I will train you for recitals, competitions, a music career, or just for fun!

For beginners, within 3-6 months, we'll begin discovering how to read notes and rhythms and understand the language of music. We'll learn how to play some of your favorite songs and learn some that you might not know. We'll discover what you really want to learn and achieve while taking lessons, and we'll work toward those goals!

For the intermediate student, we will begin to discover how to get you more comfortable on your instrument, building a great foundation and understanding of music reading and basic music theory. We'll also learn performance techniques and how to have a great stage presence in front of a live audience! For all my students, it's a journey that is exciting, unique to each individual.

My studio is in a safe, family-friendly, smoke-free environment. We have no pets and are careful about allergies. Parents are always welcome, and encouraged to attend lessons, or just sit and relax in the waiting area.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My music studio has two drum kits, PA system, recording equipment, microphones, keyboards, and lots of other fun instruments!

A comfortable waiting area is also provided.

*** Specialties ***
I play drums in a band. I specialize in rock, R&B, funk and taught drum line at a local high school. I also play flute, Irish whistle, recorder and can teach music theory up through the college level. I have lots of experience with performance.

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Owner/drum instructor Jan 1997 - Present
Rocknroll school

17 years music teaching experience.


Master's Degree in Music Education (expected fall 2014) Aug 2012 - Present
San Jose State University

Languages Spoken

English Fluent / Native Proficiency


Certified Music Teacher Apr 2011
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1st Place Advanced Division Mar 2010
NCBA (Northern California Band Association)


National Association for Music Education Jan 2012

Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.

Student Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by 9 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sheri is an awesome teacher! Sheri is a natural and amazing teacher. She is so positive and encouraging and I always look forward to her lessons. It is evident that she gets a lot of joy out of teaching music and working with students and that enthusiasm transfer to you and makes you enjoy the lessons and motivates you to learn. She is patient and she understand your strengths and weaknesses and breaks down complex pieces such that you can pick it up easily. I was probably her last student for the day and yet she has always been bubbling with energy and enthusiasm every single time I walk in for my lessons. September 27, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Best Drums Teacher Sheri is the best teacher I have ever had. She makes everything easy to learn. I have been taking drums lesson with Sheri for more than one year and I have never been disappointed of any of her lessons. Thank you Sheri ! May 25, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sheri is amazing I am so pleased with Sheri's teaching and approach. From lesson one, our daughter was able to play something on the drums and enjoyed herself very much. Sheri is fun and patient, she listens and gives advice. Our daughter learns so much in every weekly session and looks forward to the next one. Sheri is the right kind of music teacher: she is inspiring and great with kids! She encourages and praises every time our daughter and also helps her improve. So happy we found her! October 1, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sheri is great! February 17, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by We Love Sheri!!!! Sheri is so terrific! She has so much energy and enthusiasm, and makes every lesson both fun and instructive. My daughter looks forward to every lesson--no small feat for a 16 year old! January 22, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Flute Lesson Experience by Maelynn's Mom Maelynn has become more and more confident after each lesson. She is very motivated by the stickers and the jewels. You are able to break down skills for her to work on and practice and yet you also allow her the fun of experimentation! Thanks! December 29, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Top Notch Sheri is the highest caliber teacher that I have found. She is teaching my daughter drums and basically plays everything else. She is upbeat and positive, non threatening, hard working and motivating. She was a high school/middle band teacher so knows how to augment my child's band practices..We love Sheri and are so fortunate to have found her! August 10, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mom of beginner flute student Sheri is very nice and very patient with my beginner daughter. She makes our lesson experience a pleasure. July 28, 2011