Drum, Music Theory, Percussion
Hello, my name is Joe and I am a professional drum set and percussion teacher. I received an Associate degree in science in 2005 before attending Virginia Commonwealth University for Jazz Performance. Since graduating in 2012, I joined the J3 Project, acquired a weekly gig, teach a percussion class at the Charterhouse school, and have around 20 private students. Playing and teaching is the joy of my life and I am honored that I get to do it for a living.
I have an extremely diverse musical education. For the first 8 yearsof my playing, I mainly focused on rock, metal and funk. I then delved heavily into jazz, Afro-cuban, West African, and Brazilian music while attending VCU and recently have been working on Hip-Hop, Gospel, and Country. My main goal is to be able to teach and play every style of music that the drum set is involved in.
Drum, Music Performance, Music Recording, Percussion, Songwriting, Speaking Voice
Geoff is an drummer, teacher, music producer, and recording engineer at RVA Drums. He specializes in drum set and percussion performance and instruction. He also provides music recording services for musicians and bands as well as modern music production tutoring for Ableton Live.
A graduate of University of Richmond, Geoff is a practicing musician of over 20 years, and now plays professionally up and down the east coast in several bands. He has studied rhythm and drumming from some of the who's who of drum instructors including, Billy Martin (Medeski, Martin and Wood), Rich Thompson (Eastman School of Music), Tobias Ralph (NYC Drummers Collective), Howard Curtis (University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria), and Tony Martucci (Virginia Commonwealth) among others.
Geoff uses a tailored approach in a modern creative manner that allows each unique client to create their own path and begin achieving their music goals in a simple, fun and strategic way.
Geoff has shared the stage with a multitude of inspiring musicians and bands including drummers Johnny Rabb (Biodisel), Allen Aucion (Disco Biscuits), Joe Travers (Zappa Plays Zappa), Mike Greenfield (Lotus), Darren Shearer (The New Deal), KJ Sawka (Conspirator), and Billy Martin (Medeski, Martin and Wood) among many others.
Drum, Music Performance, Percussion
Hi, my name is Willis and I’m a new drum instructor at TakeLessons. I began studying drum set at age 14 and took private lessons for 4 years before attending The College of William & Mary, where I studied percussion with two amazing jazz drummers Howard Curtis and Tony Martucci. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in both Music and Environmental Policy (2005), and a Master of Education for Higher Education Administration (2007) from William & Mary, I began playing music professionally.
I’ve traveled all over the world with my main band, Thao with the Get Down Stay Down. In that band, I toured the United States and Canada extensively, and had three tours of Europe as well as a trip to Tokyo to promote the Japanese release of their record. Their music has been on TV shows, commercials for Ford and Clorox, and received international radio airplay. I played major festivals including Sasquatch, Bumbershoot, Coachella, and the Radio4 festival in Vienna. My other recording projects include Positive No, My Old Ways, The Light Footwork, Portland Cello Project, Ophelia, and Jonathan Vassar & the Speckled Bird. After traveling all over, I’m so glad to be in Richmond permanently, a city I truly love.
My teaching is focused on technique, groove, and incorporating percussion into drum set playing. In my 7 years of teaching, I place a strong emphasis on developing a unique curriculum for each student based on their learning style and demonstrating drum set technique through modern, musical applications. I love all music genres but focus my playing on rock, basic jazz, indie, hip-hop, ska/reggae, and country styles. I welcomes all levels of students, so let’s make some music.
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