San Diego Percussion Lessons

Looking for private in-home or in-studio Percussion lessons? Our San Diego teachers are ready to get you started. Find your teacher today!

Popular Music Lessons
in San Diego, CA

Why TakeLessons?

Lessons taught: 8 0 5 , 9 7 5 and counting...

Connect Locally or Online

Local

Local Lessons

No matter where you live, chances are we can introduce you to an amazing teacher in your neighborhood. You can take lessons in the privacy of your own home or at your teacher's location. Start by searching in your ZIP code to find teachers near you.
Learn More

Online

Live, Online Lessons

What if the teacher who best fits your needs is on the other side of the country? No problem. Our online lesson platform connects you with any teacher, anywhere. All you need is a reliable Internet connection, a webcam, and a microphone.
Learn More

How it Works

From finding the perfect teacher to managing payments, scheduling and tracking your progress,
we take care of all the details, so you can focus on learning. Learn More

Perform Search

Your search for the perfect teacher starts with the subject you'd like to learn and your ZIP code. From the list of recommended teachers, compare detailed information about each option before you make your teacher selection.

BrowseListings

Browse Profiles

Take some time to review the teachers in our network. All of our teachers provide detailed profiles, including information about their background, specialties, and teaching style. You can also read reviews from past and current students.

Book Online

Select your teacher and book online. After you book, your teacher will contact you directly to talk about your first lesson and you'll be able to manage your entire schedule through our free online account.

GetStarted

Get Started With Free Resources

Popular Percussion Teachers Near San Diego

Matthew G.

Carlsbad, CA
265388_mg4t6h3mvmxqt5ry4zt3
Learn More

Steve A.

San Diego, CA
235560_h68n6b4s5td7kf72j2vl
Learn More

David W.

San Diego, CA
209694_243199_1285909484
Learn More
Matthew G. Carlsbad, CA

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Performance, Percussion

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, I know 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 so much fun that you're going to want to learn more and in turn, you'll 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

Subjects Taught

Basketball, Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Guitar, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word, Music Performance, Music Theory, Percussion, Poetry, Songwriting

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.

David W. San Diego, CA

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Performance, Music Theory, Percussion

About Me

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.

*** Lesson Details ***
As a teacher, my goal is to provide a positive hands-on experience. Each lesson experience is tailored to the unique goals of the student. I strive to create an environment where percussion is enjoyed and explored, teaching in an exciting, fun, and passionate mode. I am not strict, and have a strong sense of humor - although I do expect the students to practice. I have an extremely optimistic and energetic disposition! This has always served me very well in working with beginners, and my expertise can turn an advanced and experienced drummer into a true artist.

Required books and materials will vary based on the students goals and area of study. A beginner might be expected to purchase Alfred's Beginner Drum Method, a practice pad, and a pair of sticks. Depending on the student there may be no books at all!

While a high school drummer looking to advance in drum line or make drum corps tryouts might be working on more advanced stick control, rudimental combination, or solo literature, a beginning drum student will start with the fundamentals of stroke, rhythm, and rudiments. If the student is part of a school music program, or is beginning on mallet percussion, they will develop a strong foundation of scales, key signatures, and reading ability. After 6 months they will, among other things, be able to sight read beginner music, properly execute at least a handful of drum rudiments, properly execute a roll, and understand a little about the history of their instrument.

A student interested in jazz drum set might develop a highly advanced level of coordination, advanced concepts of soloing and timekeeping, or their understanding of the fundamentals of jazz music (or all of the above!). Often this occurs through guided transcription and listening.

Students looking to prepare for a potential college audition, or who are looking to become better well-rounded percussionists will be offered guidance on vibraphone, marimba, orchestral excerpts, solo literature, drum set, marching percussion, and hand percussion. These students are very welcome in my studio, and will find studying with me to be challenging, rewarding, and fun. Having auditioned students into college percussion studios and assisted in recommending scholarships, I know just what the folks on the other side of the table will want.

I consider it my responsibility to help encourage, motivate, and inspire as well!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Equipment at my studio includes marimba, xylophone, two drum sets, small percussion instruments, timbales, tambourine (orchestral), triangles, drum pads, snare drum, shakers, tabla, vibraslaps, cowbells, jam-blocks, bongos, cajon, and more!

*** Travel Equipment ***
If I travel to the home of a student, I expect them to have all necessary equipment (i.e. drum set, snare drum, drum pad, vibraphone, marimba. . . whatever the lesson calls for based on their goals and interests).

*** Specialties ***
Excellent drum set instruction, excellent marching percussion/drum line instruction, all classical percussion (including solo marimba, solo vibraphone, orchestral percussion), jazz drum set, jazz vibes, and solo multiple percussion. I have a fun and practical approach for young students, and I emphasize strong foundations in rudiments, stick and mallet technique, and music reading - although I adapt to suit the needs of every individual student. Advanced drummers will also find studying with me to be challenging and rewarding.

Nancy F.

Ramona, CA
332418_f5bjd3qxggsn9jg5vm5k
Learn More

Michael H.

San Marcos, CA
396617_r83h5gfr9g7r6wjc5w58
Learn More

Walid A.

Oceanside, CA
426866_dv55npxc3xn2f9dcb3jx
Learn More
Nancy F. Ramona, CA

Subjects Taught

Broadway Singing, English, Music Performance, Music Recording, Percussion, Piano, Reading, Singing

About Me

I have loved music and appreciated the instrument of voice since a very young age. I was singing professionally by the age of 19 in New York and worked my way up the circuit to work in Orchestra's and Agencies throughout New York and Long Island. On the side and off months I played side piano/ main vocals with bands in clubs and restaurants working and booking all over Tri-State Area.
In 1994 I moved to San Francisco where I worked with Joel Nelson Productions via Hank Lane Agency, LI, NY. and retired in 1999 to have a family. I am now teaching a technique that is easier to learn and fun and I bring it along with some music theory mixed with a little piano 101. When they leave me to move on they will have a basic understanding of the piano which is the basis of all instruments, music theory 101 which aids in voice and instruments, and vocal technique and confidence. I cant wait to meet your child and get them off to a great start in music. This class will give them a good grasp of what there strengths are and where they might want to take there talents.

Michael H. San Marcos, CA

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Drum, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Percussion

About Me

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.

*** Lesson Details ***
Learn fundamentals and basic to advanced studies, learn how to play in a band, read and write music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Yamaha Recording Series Drumset, Drum Kat midi percussion controller, Pro Tools

*** Travel Equipment ***
Yamaha Recording Series Drumset, Drum Kat midi percussion controller, Pro Tools, Portable PA

*** Specialties ***
School of Rock, Learn how to play in a band..!!!

Walid A. Oceanside, CA

Subjects Taught

Dance, Language, Percussion

About Me

With running a studio of dance and rhythm for over 16 years here in San Diego and also performing with the finest artists from here to Lebanon, I can share my expertise with you. I speak fluent English and Arabic fro any translations you might need.I was born and trained in Lebanon and them migrated to the Boston area where I continued my love of Debke dance and playing drums. I then in turned came to southern CA to continue my career.

Lessons in Percussion include warm-ups and exercises to strengthen your hands. Basic technique to play the drum so your sound is crisp and clear. Remember this is a hand drum. You will also learn the rhythms that are used for belly dancers if you should be accompanying them. You can also learn other more formal rhythms and how to play with CDs and also with other band members.

Lessons in Debke (National Dance of Lebanon is a very rigorous and energetic dance form. Class starts with a warm up to get those legs really strong. Then there are steps that need to be polished. And finally you put those steps into a choreography. There are several styles of Debke depending on whether you are doing a Beirut style, a mountain style or a Baalbek style. All are slightly different in approach. We will cover all in time. Folklore dances of any nationality are fun and stimulating. Join for the community feeling and the fun. Plus you will learn so much about another culture.

Learning Lebanese Arabic is a challenge to say the least. We start with the sounds of the letters and then the pronouncing of the sounds that make up the Arabic language. We start with familiar words that are of interest to you. Gradually adding small sentences. We try to find words or expressions in English for you to hook onto for familiarity.So if the Arabic language is what you have on your to do list. Here I am.

Percussion With TakeLessons

TakeLessons offers private in-studio and in-home Percussion in San Diego and nearby areas. Learn how to play percussion by working with a qualified TakeLessons instructor. Review San Diego Percussion teacher profiles and contact a friendly TakeLessons student counselor by phone or email for assistance with scheduling your Percussion lessons.

Whether you are a beginner Percussion student, intermediate Percussion student, or advanced Percussion student, a TakeLessons Instructor can help you learn or enhance your Percussion skills. Your choices for a San Diego Percussion instructor come from a variety of backgrounds, making it easy to find one that matches your interests and skill level. Each Percussion instructor's specialties are listed on their profile, along with helpful details like ...

What Our Students Think

Are You a Teacher?

Find out how TakeLessons can help you grow and manage your business

Learn More