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Popular Percussion Teachers Near San Diego

David A.

Bonita, CA
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Ian H.

San Diego, CA
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Matthew G.

Carlsbad, CA
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David A. Bonita, CA

About David

Hello,
I'm David and I teach music lessons. I teach guitar, bass, piano and drums, songwriting and recording! I have been teaching now for 3 and a half years. I studied music at UC Santa Cruz and I have played in many bands going back to middle school. I have also worked in the studio, and performed live in and around California. I am self-taught and because of that, I have a unique sense of musical style and wherewithal that I would love to share with fellow music lovers out there.

I teach classical, contemporary, rock,pop, jazz, world, etc. Lessons are structured to be fun and engaging. I outline practice materials and exercises to get you familiar with your instrument. Apart from the regular practices in technique and sight reading, I also teach to performance and band ...

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Abby R. November 20, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
David is very flexible with scheduling and is always punctual. My son, who is 13 yrs. old, quickly connected with David on the first day of piano lesson. I highly recommend David. My son enjoys learning from him and has developed a love in playing piano.
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Catherine G. December 20, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Nalani's Piano Teacher

Hi I'm Nalani. I appreciate David teaching me basic piano theory and technique. I am learning fast under his guidance and look forward to developing my piano skills with him.
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Catherine G. December 20, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Great Teacher

As a beginner, I am grateful for a teacher that is patient with me and knowledgable in guitar. I look forward to developing my skills in guitar under his guidance.
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, ...

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Alicia C. December 1, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Ian was great! I learned so much and had a fun experience being introduced to playing the drums. He has a vast knowledge of music and it is very apparent that he loves music. Ian was also very flexible about my scheduling needs.
Matthew G. Carlsbad, CA

I can offer introductory lessons to the basics of hand percussion: Congas, Cajon, Djembe.

About Matthew

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), ...

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Erik H. September 30, 2014
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Matthew has been great with our son! A perfect balance between keeping our 6-year old interested but also teaching the essentials. Other teachers just didn't "get it" when teaching a young, active boy. We are very pleased with Matt's approach, and after only 3 lessons and some practice, I am already able to jam with my son on some simple rock n roll tunes.
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Bharathy T. July 19, 2014
Drum · In home
Verified Student
My son had just 3 Drum lessons with Matt and he was very encouraging while teaching him the Drum rudiments. Vikram made progress in leaps and bounds considering it was such a short time and we thank Matt for his easy going approach. He was always on time and great with communicating ahead of time if there were any changes. I wish him the very best.
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Greg C. June 11, 2014
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Matt is a true professional!

Matt teaches my 10 year old on drums and has done an amazing job. He has instilled the basics and foundation of drumming while still holding the interest of my son. At the same time he is developing his ear and teaching him how to play and adapt to different styles of music.

I highly recommend Matt for all ages of drumming kids and adults alike.

Charles W.

La Mesa, CA
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David W.

San Diego, CA
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Tim M.

Poway, CA
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Charles W. La Mesa, CA

I have been teaching drumset/percussion to students of all ages and levels for over 5 years. My students are commonly surprised to see how quickly they progress - often within the first couple of lessons, we are playing along to their favorite songs! My approach is very straightforward, fun, and can be applied to whichever style(s) the student is interested in. Having studied with some of the top percussion educators from around the world at Berklee College of Music (including Grammy award winners Mark Walker and Terri Lyne Carrington), I use a culmination of methods along with my own personal experiences to help the student progress.

The drumset student can expect to learn very quickly about the following topics, which can be tailored to their particular needs/goals:

-Proper stick technique/control and posture
-Rudimental studies
-Drumset coordination and independence
-Development of speed and efficiency of motion
-Grooves and various styles of drumming
-Reading ...

About Charles

As far back as I can remember, music has been a central part of my life. I grew up in a musical family; my father a drummer and pianist, my mother a woodwinds player, and my brother a bassist, I have been surrounded by music as far back as I can recall.

Upon graduating from San Diego SCPA, I became interested in recording and audio engineering, eventually working as 2nd engineer at Signature Sound in Clairemont, and main engineer at Proxy Music in Oceanside. This afforded me invaluable experience working with some of San Diego's finest musicians and recording artists.

In 2008, I attended Berklee College of Music on scholarship - majoring in Professional Music with an emphasis on performance and composition. In 2011, I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor's degree ...

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Tyler L. November 14, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Great teacher, great personalities.
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Sean B. November 7, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Charles does a great job. Easy going and knows what he's doing. Glad to be learning with him.
Thanks,
Sean
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Cicely S. October 3, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
I started taking lessons with Charles a few months ago and he is a great instructor! He is always accommodating and flexible with his time. He leads me through the exercises slowly and makes sure I get each part down correctly (even though I am not at all coordinated and completely stiff lol). It is kind of intimidating as I awkwardly try to copy his moves, but he always reassures me that I'm doing great. The music he picks for our lessons is perfect! It is quite an experience and I highly recommend him if you want to spice up your life with a new skill.
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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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.
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Josh F. October 29, 2012
Drum
Verified Student
Highly Recommend

As a self taught drummer with no prior instruction, I came into my lessons wanting to learn the fundamentals; and David was perfect for what I wanted to accomplish! He understood where I was at in my skill level, understood how I wanted to improve and knew how to get me there. Trough his instruction, I was able to mend what I already knew with new (to me) concepts to give me a complete understanding of percussion and it's role in music.

I felt that his lessons were catered specifically for me, and every week I looked forward to my lessons with him because he's fun, passionate and very knowledgeable. I would highly, highly recommend David for any level of drum Instruction!
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.

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