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Popular Percussion Teachers Near San Diego

Ian H.

San Diego, CA
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Matthew G.

Carlsbad, CA
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Steve A.

San Diego, CA
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Ian H. San Diego, CA

About Me

Ian H. – Drumset/Percussion/Guitar/Bass/Vibraphone/ (Piano)

Educational Performance Experience

• Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Studies from SDSU.
• Percussionist in the SDSU Wind Ensemble.
• Drummer for the SDSU Jazz Combos 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.
• Studied at Berklee College of Music for their 5-week summer performance class, testing in to the top levels of theory, ear-training, ensembles, and master classes.
• Performer in the Gamelan at SDSU – played at the Eastern Asian Music Festival at Canyon Crest Academy, Spring 2011.
• Canyon Crest Academy Rock Band – 2005-6
• Canyon Crest Academy Symphonic Band (1st Chair) – superior ratings: El Camino High School, Point Loma Nazarene University & Heritage Festivals, Chicago Music Competition, 2006-2008
• Canyon Crest Academy Jazz Band 2007-8
• Encinitas School of Music – Sit-in drummer for performances 2006-7

Professional Performance Experience

......Performances with Addicted to the Vibe (2013-14)
• Orchestra pit for Assassins (2013).
• Orchestra pit for Godspell(2012).
• Orchestra pit for Into the Woods(2011).
• Band member of Jeremiah and the Bullfrogs, Lindy Crandall, Riggs Associated, and The Chris Mitchell Jazz Experience, performing at various venues including Anthology, The Turquois, 7 grand, and the La Costa Resort on various instruments.
• MIDI Certified (2006)
• Recorded on EP’s for both Lindy Crandall and Riggs Associated, (2011)
• Performances with Torpedo Betty, local funk band.
• Supporter of the non-profit organization “The Jazz Connection”
• Ho-Asogli, African Drumming Group, directed by John Flood, SDSU, show experience, playing at venues including The Neurosciences Institute and Balboa Park’s World Beat Center, 2006-2009

Teaching Experience

-Recreational Music Center Instructor for Drums/Bass/Guitar (2013-14)
• Rock Band Instructor/Coordinator for children (2011-13)
• Private Guitar/Bass teacher (2010-2012)
• Private Drum-set/Bass teacher (2009)

Community Service

• Temple Solel – Played bass for the band Kavannah, performing funk/soul versions of prayers for monthly services (2005-9).

*** Lesson Details ***
I am laid back personality-wise and easy to get along with. I do expect a lot from my students and hope that my love for music will inspire my students to become passionate about music, too. I like to cater my curriculum to the student's specific goals, but still feel that everyone (including me!) needs to work on certain core curricula: 1. Technique building - this is important because good technique is the foundation of effortless mastery of one's instrument; 2. Repertoire - this is crucial in order to both keep a musician's interest vibrant, as well as to grow musically; 3. Sight-Reading - although some great musicians couldn't read music, being able to read music opens up endless possibilities and opportunities to grow. Imagine what it would be like if you couldn't read English!; and 4. Ear-Training - this is often overlooked by teachers but I find to be incredibly crucial. If you never develop your ear as a musician, you can only learn what people teach you and your growth will be stunted. However, if you develop your ear, you can learn about music wherever you go and whenever you please. I recall a time I once heard a door squeaking, and I thought "that sounds interesting," so I transcribed the sound and put it into one of my songs! I could never have done that if I hadn't worked on my ear.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will have my instrument (except for drums - I will only bring sticks).
They need their own instrument. They should also have their own books, but I have books and can photocopy pages if necessary.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, blues, rock, latin jazz, reggae

Matthew G. Carlsbad, CA

About Me

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), Chuck Flores (Jazz Legend), and Ralph Humphrey. These professionals provided me with the foundation for a teaching career that is now into its 25th year.

Outside the practice rooms, I'm an on-call, independent performer / contractor and clinician. Some of my credits include performances/recordings with Jon Anderson of Yes, Award winning songwriter Maia Sharp, (Bonnie Raitt, The Dixie Chicks), nationally recognized blues band Pryor Baird and the Deacons, and many other noteworthy talents. I've also performed for various stage productions in the Los Angeles area, such as Little Shop of Horrors, How to Succeed in Business, and Once Upon A Mattress.

I work hard to implement teaching techniques that encompass all styles of drumming and performance. Sight reading, rudiments, chart interpretation, soloing, hand/foot control, independence, and working in a band are just a few areas of focus. It may sound like it's difficult - but you can do it all and I'll prove it to you. 25 years of teaching experience has not only taught me patience but has given me the tools to encourage, develop and refine the abilities of any student. (And that means you :)

I am proud to endorse Sabian Cymbals and Vater Percussion.

*** Lesson Details ***
Don't worry. First things first, you're going to make mistakes so don't be afraid to. If you don't make any mistakes during a lesson, you can go ahead and teach me. I'm really laid back with my approach to lessons: we'll talk, we'll play, I'll explain a few things and boom - you're playing' drums better than ever.
If experience has taught me anything, it's that a student can not be forced to practice. However, even the younger students understand the idea of "you get out of it, what you put into it". I pride myself in being able to make lessons enjoyable and thereby the student is going to want to learn more and in turn, practice more. I will give you all you can handle - when you're ready.
Playing to music is essential - it's what we're going to strive to do right? Students should try to have an MP3 player of some sort: Ipod, ipad, smart phone etc.. I'll bring one just in case so we can plug in, listen to your jams and play.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students should have their own drums. Minimum of a practice pad and Drum Sticks. (Available if needed). Music paper and a folder or binder.

*** Specialties ***
Drummers need to be versatile and more often than not, versatility is limited by two factors: physical independence and music interpretation. Out of the gate, I focus on these two hugely important aspects of modern drumming so that the student may better pursue their desired style with as much freedom and knowledge as possible.

Steve A. San Diego, CA

About Me

I was introduced to the arts at a very early age. My mother gave me my father's harmonica around the age of four-years old. At that same age, I began drawing pictures by crayon, and then switched to ink pen. Drawing was my art until by the age of twelve I became interested in percussion from watching classmates practice their sticking technique on the cafeteria tables during their lunch period. The next year I enrolled into beginning band and quickly increased my talents to catch-up with my classmates by the next year.

I furthered my studies in music at Emporia State University in Emporia, KS. I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1998, and a Master of Music degree in 2001. While in college, I performed with the Kansas Intercollegiate Jazz Ensemble and a Latin-rock band that toured throughout the eastern and southern area of Kansas and northern area of Oklahoma.

In 2002, I moved to San Diego, California to experience more worldly styles of music. I began teaching in numerous studios, community centers, and playing in various bands. Today, I am playing as a session musician in Brazilian and Trinidadian ensembles.

*** Lesson Details ***
When taking a lesson from me, you can expect a teacher who has a flexible style of instruction. I don't have a one-way teaching approach. I've learned that everyone has their own way of learning. I adapt to my student's learning abilities.

I normally start a student with the proper technique for playing an instrument, and then show them other approaches for various styles of music. I can teach the basics of playing, but I enjoy challenging my students to enhance their skills. I use fun as equilibrium to balance my classes. Too much of anything can become boring or excessive.

After 3 or 6 months, you can expect to have learned enough music to play in front of your friends or family. Depending on your taste and goals, you may be able to read music or you may be able to play it by ear. I normally teach ear-training as a part of my lessons. I look forward to helping you reach your goal.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students should have their own instruments and equipment. I only bring the necessities for me to play musical examples, which are my instruments, amplifier or iPod/laptop.

*** Specialties ***
The styles that I specialize in are rock, R&B, blues, funk, jazz and Afro-Latin rhythms. I have a strong background in World Music, i.e. ethnic scales (gypsy, African, Indian) and rhythms (specifically Brazilian and Afro-Caribbean). I use the Classical style as a way of learning proper technique and basic music fundamentals.

Tim M.

Poway, CA
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Claudia L.

San Diego, CA
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Maegan W.

San Diego, CA
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Tim M. Poway, CA

About Me

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. including my own band,SONIC PERSUASION and am the regular percussionist for
The Old Globe Theatre and La Jolla Playhouse as well as working in the SD
Symphony and Pops I've been fortunate to have published musical works and have recorded a number of CD's. I've studied with the great drummer from Tower of Power David Garibaldi.

Your playing will improve greatly when taking lessons with me as my goal is to help you realize your drumming/percussion dreams by teaching solid basics which include rudiments,reading and keeping current with the latest drumset techniques and grooves...All styles: rock styles, jazz, fusion, Latin, Brazilian, and much more!

Remember, my aim is to cultivate your creativity through education, dedication and inspiration.

*** Lesson Details ***
Your lesson will be tailored to your needs-whether school/college or
working band.... My aim is to educate and keep the learning process going and still helping you reach further in your musical aspirations.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Drumset,vibes, congas, miscellaneous percussion

*** Travel Equipment ***
My travel location is Ozzie's Music Store:
12222 Poway road

I have drumset and sound system and mallet instrument available there in my studio.

*** Specialties ***
Drumset styles: rock, jazz,fusion,pop,afro-cuban,brazilian, and more.

Reading, rudiments, mallet instrument training

Vibes-improvisation, reading, music theory

Claudia L. San Diego, CA

About Me

Claudia L. transformed a Language Center in a Cultural Center.
Her background in Psychology/Social work (BA degree in Brazil), Language Teaching Training and Brazilian Performing Arts such as Capoeira, percussion and dances, guided her to become an Entrepreneur in pursuance of multicultural awareness and community engagement. Running Brazil Cultural Center (a San Diegan small business), she finds Brazilian rhythms and Portuguese language teachings a great tool to reach students's engagement and efficient learning about Brazilian Culture. San Diego community has shown great interest and supported that vision, joining Brazil Cultural Center programs or Claudia L.'s tutoring for a better understanding of and experiencing the culture.

Maegan W. San Diego, CA

About Me

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!

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