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Popular Percussion Teachers Near San Diego

David A.

Bonita, CA
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Matthew G.

Carlsbad, CA
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Steve A.

San Diego, CA
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David A. Bonita, CA

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Drum, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano, Songwriting

About Me

About me: I studied music at UCSC and have been teaching music for 3 years. I play in several bands, done a little bit of recording and I just like to have fun and let the jams flow.

About the Lessons: Lessons are a good time. I teach good music and we jam out and have fun.

-David

*** Travel Equipment ***
Electric guitar, acoustic guitar, electric bass, keyboard

*** Specialties ***
Piano, Drums, Electric/Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Songwriting, Electronic Music, Music Theory

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, 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

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
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Christina S.

El Cajon, CA
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Matthew S.

El Cajon, CA
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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.

Christina S. El Cajon, CA

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Performance, Music Theory, Percussion

About Me

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!

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are structured around RESULTS. This means that after each and every lesson, you should be one step closer to your musical goals. For this reason, I build my lessons from both technical and applied aspects€”sure, you can play a particular exercise in practice, but can you apply the technique to a song or a groove? I never lose sight of the desired end result€”to perform well and communicate with others.

The expectations of the modern drummer are higher than ever before. I strongly emphasize things such as 4-way coordination, efficiency of motion, and fundamental rudimentary & technical knowledge. As drummers we are expected to be able to carry different patterns and even different dynamics (volume) across multiple limbs at the same time. I have developed many of my own unique tricks and techniques for overcoming these €œtongue twisters€ that the body uses to resist this. Also, conservation of energy and efficiency of motion are key€”they allow us to execute complex musical passages while using the least amount of energy. This way you don€™t €œgas out€ halfway through your set, and you also relieve potential strain on key muscle groups and tendons. Form and breathing are critical, and these are areas that are all given due attention in my curriculum.

Another often-overlooked area in lessons is, surprisingly, maintenance! Being a drummer is kind of like being a mechanic some days. We have a lot of tiny moving pieces and parts of our instrument that can be overwhelming to figure out at first. I am always sure to cover the correct ways for setting up, tuning, cleaning, and maintaining your kit, and I include helpful hints for not letting your drums become a big jumbled mess while loading out to shows or practices!

Throughout the course of our lessons you can expect to take a journey into the styles and techniques that mean most to you, as we will explore the ideas that are most interesting and appeal most to you. I teach from my experience, but I€™m here to help you create yours. We can work on songs from your favorite artists, rudiments and rolls, creating fills and beats, and even help you to join or form a band of your own.

I strive to provide a musical foundation that will far outlast our time together, so that you end up with a fundamental understanding that will help you to blaze your own trail in music, just like I have. This is truly the mark of a job well done on my part!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Private Studio - (2) Drumsets, Metronome, Practice Pad, Double Bass Drum Monitor, Stereo Isolation Headphones

ARTS Studio - (2) Drumsets, Metronome, Practice Pad, PA, Stereo Isolation Headphones

*** Specialties ***
Metal - American Heavy, Djent, Hardcore, Metalcore, Screamo, Deathcore, Black, Post, Progressive
Funk - Fusion, Latin, Jazz
Rock - Alt, Pop, Prog, Classic, Punk, Post, Indie

Beginner Rudimentary / Symphonic Percussion (for band students)

Matthew S. El Cajon, CA

Subjects Taught

Alternative Medicine, Chess, Drum, English, ESL, Essay Writing, Grammar, Language, Life Coaching, Meditation, Nutrition, Percussion, Piano, Poetry, Speech, Spelling, Vocabulary, Writing

About Me

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 in life.

WELLNESS/NUTRITION/LIFE COACHING/ENERGY WORK: I have had an incredible amount of experience with alternative medicine (and Western medicine as well) from a very personal perspective. I suffered from chronic illness for years and had to figure out how to heal myself. I gained experiences with almost every healing modality you can imagine, and so I feel confident in saying that I can offer insight and help you with whatever problems you're dealing with physically, emotionally, or spiritually. I have received training in Reiki, Matrix Energetics, and EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), among others. (I am also a psychology student and a deep thinker, so I'm not scared of emotional or spiritual issues, either!)

CHESS: I've been playing chess for over 15 years. For a number of years, I also played in tournaments and achieved a moderate level of success locally. I have taught classes in chess in the past and have a great knowledge of all aspects of the game. I would to engage you with this exciting mind game!

ACADEMICS: My strongest suits in academics are in language and civics. I have worked as a part-time proofreader and editor for several years now, and have always gotten 1st Percentile (best of the best) marks on all tests relating to English. I write a lot, and have experience with essays, research papers, fiction, and more. I am a published poet. I also have a great knowledge of the American government system -- if you name a state, I can name one or both of its U.S. Senators. History is another area I do very well in. So if you have any need for tutoring in these areas, I would be happy to help! I also participated in competitive speech in high school, so I can be very helpful when it comes to writing and giving speeches with confidence.

OTHER STUFF: I have a certification as an TEOFL instructor (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). I lived in Chile for a summer, so I speak passable Spanish, too. I love language and am very good with all aspects of it.

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