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Drum, Music Performance, Percussion
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, clinician and studio player. 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.
Drum, Music Performance, Music Theory, Percussion
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 Mississippi, The University of Wisconsin Stout, San Diego State University, San Diego Christian College, and the University of California at San Diego, as well as dozens of high schools. I love all things percussion related, including the history of the instruments and their performance techniques.
Although I was raised in Wisconsin, I relocated to my city of birth (San Diego) in September of 2010.
Piano, Singing, Broadway Singing, English, Music Performance, Music Recording, Percussion, Reading
I came out of the womb singing and have been singing ever since. Played with Orchestra's and Agencies in the Major New York and Tri-State area for 17 years with major NY musicians and learned from the best. Gus Colletti Orchestra's to Hank Lank in NY to Joel Nelson in the San Francisco Bay Area. I can help you take what you hear, relax, breath and learn how to bring it out of you in a way you never thought possible. Just bring your dreams, love of music and your attitude. We can do the rest.
Drum, Music Performance, Music Theory, Percussion
Please note: At this time my schedule is "all full," meaning I am not currently accepting new students! If you are interested in lessons please contact me and I can follow up with you when a slot opens up! ;)
I genuinely enjoy working with students of all ages and skill levels! Teaching is my passion and my profession. I am endorsed by Soultone Cymbals as well as TNR Products. I was also recently invited to judge the 2013 Guitar Center Drum Off in San Diego. I have 7 years' experience as a drum instructor as well as 15+ years experienced playing and performing in bands. My YouTube covers have received 30,000+ plays. In addition to this I instruct a Teen Music Program as well as two Elementary Level classes for young musicians in underprivileged areas of San Diego. Each year my private students hold a recital with a band of professional musicians to share their talents with friends and family in a fun, low-key environment.
Studies show that participation in the fine arts helps children become more confident, better able to work in groups and finish projects, and that children are more likely to go onto college and select careers that will provide them the most opportunity for financial success. With the arts so overwhelmingly missing and underfunded in our public education system, private music instruction is one of the most easy accessible options for exposing your child to the arts.
Even adults benefit from the stress release, mental focus, and achievement-orientation of music lessons. Music education is a life-long beneficial pursuit-- I have it to thank for much of my own personal confidence and success!
My teaching style is based around the nurturing of one's own voice, style, and personal development. Also, I love to rock out!!! My students are encouraged to develop a full-bodied, groove-based ROCKIN sound on the drums. You will be playing songs from bands like Weezer, AC/DC, Green Day, White Stripes or other popular tunes you like in a matter of months. For the experienced player, my curriculum can take you as high as taking apart Neal Peart's solo in Tom Saywer, to brutal progressive and double bass metal, or copping moves from the greats such Steve Gadd, JoJo Mayer, and Dennis Chambers. Whether you're interested in playing casually, or seriously pursuing a music career, I am here to support and offer advice while pushing you to your personal best! Call today!
Bass Guitar, Drum, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Percussion
I have a A.S. in Commercial Music degree. Teaching, playing and touring for over 20 years. I received the IAJE award for Jazz drummer. I was a former house drummer on Carnival Cruise lines. I have been a pit musician for over a dozen musicals and shows, several Chamber singers and Choirs. Have been a church staff drummer and bass player for 15 years and taught and conducted youth band. I have extensive club and venue experience including Coors amphitheater, House of Blues in San Diego and the famous Fillmore in San Francisco. I work well with metronomes and sequences I was a former drummer for the world famous band LIQUID BLUE. I have many sessions I have recorded and many albums. I can also arrange and write music. I sing lead and harmony. I work well with other musicians, take orders well and a very good ear for musical intuition. Currently a music teacher at Encinitas Country Day School.
All before celebrating his 21st birthday, Spencer had toured internationally and played on multiple albums that were circling the country. But that was just the beginning.
Spencer realized his passion for drumming at the age of 15, and quickly became intent on becoming a professional drummer. His dreams took flight just four years later, fresh out of Musicians Institute in L.A. upon his entry into the the San Diego rock band, Future of Forestry. After four years of touring and recording with the group, Spencer decided to part ways and work as a freelance musician. It was then that he had the privilege of playing and touring with other recording artists such as Leeland, Bethany Dillon, Brenton Brown, Evan Wickham, and many more.
The requests to teach drum lessons started in 2005 after performances around Southern California. He quickly realized not only an ability to teach, but also a passion for it. Seeing students achieve their goals brought him a unique sense of satisfaction that he hadn't known from performance. In the years to come, doors continued opening for Spencer to teach-- in lesson studios, camps, and music conferences around California.
It has been nine years now that Spencer has been living his dream of professional drumming, and he is just as passionate as day one.
"Steven is very professional and extremely helpful. He always has a smile on and is serious about helping you phrase the music. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
"It's been really exciting so far! Jordan has been so helpful, so knowledgeable. I could not have found a better instructor and I'm getting better and better every day."
"My daughter's wedding was weeks away and I had never been able to dance a step. With Jenny's help, I came further than ever before in such short time in any subject."