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Popular Percussion Teachers Near San Diego

Ian H.

San Diego, CA
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David W.

San Diego, CA
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Tim M.

Poway, CA
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Ian H. San Diego, CA

Though I can play all mallet instruments, my specialty lies in Jazz vibraphone. I have one at my home studio so I can show you the ins-and-outs of the vibraphone - how the motor works, how to read, how to make a good sound out of the instrument etc...
Our lessons will start with some basic repertoire and scale construction. These things are necessary in order to gain facility on the instrument. Then we'll learn arpeggios and from there we can start delving into playing chords (4-mallet technique). Most importantly, I'll teach you how to teach yourself songs/music. It's great to learn what I know and like, but it's a lot more important to learn how to learn so you can teach yourself the things you like!

About Ian

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 ...

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Jarel P. January 27, 2015
Ian is an awesome teacher! He is so understanding and sensitive to what you need as a student, aiming to meet you where you're at. Also, his knowledge of theory is exceptional, particularly in the area of jazz. I've found him to be well-grounded in his musicianship and feel confident in seeking him for instruction and guidance.
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Christopher B. January 25, 2015
Drum · In studio
Ian was my combo instructor for 3 semesters at SDSU. If there is one thing I can say about him is that he knows his stuff. I was blown away by the experience and knowledge that he possesses, especially given his age. He knows more about music and how to teach than most instructors I've had. I would recommend him as a teacher in any musical circumstance.
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Aasim S. January 17, 2015
Music Theory · In home
Ian is a very solid teacher. He's very well rounded and can teach virtually any instrument. As a jazz guitarist, I found his insight very helpful with developing my musical vocabulary. He's very well studied with his masters degree, and very good with explaining concepts!
David W. San Diego, CA

About David

Not only do I love chess and running marathons, but I also have three degrees in drums and percussion (Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate). I have ten years experience as a performer (including playing drums on a Grammy nominated album) with orchestras, touring big bands (Jimmy Dorsey, Five-By-Design), professional productions (Carnival Cruise Lines, amusement parks), jazz artists, and rock bands. I have also toured solo as a classical marimbist. Although I have a strong foundation in rudimental and jazz drumming, I also have roots in West African drumming, Cuban and Brazilian styles, and polka. I have taught percussion lessons, percussion classes for band directors, jazz ensembles, percussion ensembles, and drum lines at Kansas State University, The University of Southern ...

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Kathy S. December 28, 2014
Drum · In studio
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Happy New Year, Dave! In June 2015 it will be 4 years that I have had a weekly drum lesson with David W. I will have been playing for 5 years altogether. I could take lessons from him for the next 20 years and never learn all that he knows about percussion and drumming. If you or your child are planning to learn to play drums, look no further. Dave is the best there is. He will teach you what you need and what is appropriate for your level. For example, I have now reached the point where I am playing in a rock band. Great, but my transitions are not smooth, my strokes are not always rebounding like they should etc. So Dave gives me assignments and works together with me to do coordination drills and fundamental practices that will make the quality of my drumming better. He then pushes me to challenge areas where I have become too comfortable. All of this while learning so much and having a lot of fun. So even if you, too, have been playing drums for years you could greatly benefit from and improve with his instruction. He is very versatile, and is not limited to one type of percussion. He can do marching band, orchestral/concert, jazz, rock band style, Latin, ...you name it. And he doesn't overlook precision. If I try to slink by with playing something half way, he will make me do it over until it is right. David W. gets 10 stars in my book!
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Mert C. November 27, 2013
Percussion
Verified Student
Great experience...

I really enjoyed taking lessons from David. Unfortunately I had to take short break as we are expecting a new baby, but I will go back to taking percussion lessons from him as soon as I get a chance...He is very professional, very patient, and truly invests in you. He also adjusts his teaching approach based on your learning style to make the lessons much more efficient. Thank you David...
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kevin W. July 24, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
david whitman is an excellent teacher

I took lessons from David for several months. In a few words, David is legit. He knows what he is talking about. Note that the 5 star ratings across the board are not because of my laziness, but are an accurate representation. His knowledge about drumming and percussion in general, both in theory and practice, is so vast. He has a lot of academic and real-life experience. He teaches at SDSU, and I've seen one of his recitals there, which was pretty awesome.

I had wanted to learn the fundamentals of drumming, and how to practice. He fully appreciated this, and gave me good approaches for establishing a good foundation and developing good technique. He also stresses the importance of musicality and of feeling the music and letting that come out in your playing. He knows this, and he strikes a good balance between having fundamentals and having a good time.

One little cool thing is that he also encourages his students to record their lessons (e.g., on their cell phones) and review them. This has helped me a lot because I don't always remember things later. He sometimes also plays during the lesson, which helps to guide and inspire.

I have met at least 5 of his students, and they represent a range of ages and skills.

David is good-natured, friendly, and forthright. Last but not least, he's got dope beats on lock, if you're into that.

Do not hesitate to take lesssons from David.
Tim M. Poway, CA

I teach mallets(xylophone and vibraphone, marimba) and hand percussion like congas and small accessory instruments.
I also have written a book published by Hal Leonard music("Jazz Standards for Vibraphone") which is currently available for online order and in music stores worldwide.

About Tim

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 broad. I've played in successful pop groups. ...

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robin E. November 10, 2014
Drum · In studio
My son Brian started taking lessons with Tim about 5 months ago. He can never wait for lesson day! I also never have to remind him to practice :-) He plays several other instruments and Tim has been able to advise him in some way on all of them, though Brian says the drums are his favorite. Brian feels very comfortable with him and says he is very supportive. He even helped me find Brian a new drum set! My son has nothing but good things to say about him, as do I :-)
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priscilla L. November 9, 2014
Drum · In studio
My name is Chazdan Lane. I started taking lessons from Tim while I was in middle school and I am still taking lessons while in high school. The lessons have been great. I have improved my playing a lot and I have learned things I would have never though I would have learned. The lessons are fun and they help me improve a lot.
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Amy S. November 8, 2014
Drum · In studio
I have been taking lessons from Tim for about two years, and have enjoyed every minute of them. Tim's approach to teaching is effective, yet easy-going and engaging. I look forward to every lesson each week.

Matthew S.

La Mesa, CA
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Maegan W.

Poway, CA
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San Diego, CA
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Matthew S. La Mesa, CA

I have played the drums for over 15 years. I understand rhythm very intimately and can teach almost anyone, no matter what their level of understanding, how to internalize rhythm and enjoy making music on the drums. I have extensive experience playing and teaching drumset and snare drum, as well as hand drums and other percussion instruments.

About Matthew

Hey, I'm Matthew! I'm happy to have the opportunity to work with you toward your goal of choice. I list a number of areas that I can help you with because there are a lot of things I've worked with in my life! MUSIC: I've been playing the drums and piano for over 15 years. I played for years as a drummer in concert bands, jazz bands, small ensembles, rock bands, and church praise bands, and have taught it for 8 years. I've played piano in a lot of settings, too, and have a great fluency with different styles and the ability to both read music and play classically as well as improvise and have fun with pop music. I'm also a singer and a guitar player. Needless to say, I bring a lot of passion, love, and dedication to teaching music because it is one of the things I love most ...

Maegan W. Poway, CA

Learn how to read, feel, and translate rhythms in all forms including hand percussion, drum set, and even be able to translate them to any other instrument. Learn how to count music properly, and read drum and percussive notation. You will also learn how to transcribe your favorite songs just from listening to them so you can easily learn to play them.

About Maegan

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 always 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!

Steven B. San Diego, CA

My approach to drumming is about using proper technique, being musical, interacting with musicians in a live band setting, and most importantly having fun and enjoying the art of music. I want you to be able to come to me with any questions or comments you may have about music and drumming. I want to teach you what YOU want to learn while providing you with the necessary tools to further your musicality.

I love teaching and I love music. I want to work with you to create an enjoyable experience for us both!

About Steven

I have been playing the drumset and percussion for 11 years in both educational and personal ensembles. I have experience in classical, marching/rudimental, jazz, rock, reggae, latin, funk, pop, and many other genres of drumming. I have taught at multiple local middle schools and high schools as a percussion and drumline coach covering all types of instruments. I work in many personal projects and play for SeaWorld as a drummer for one of their shows.

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