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Popular Drum Teachers Near San Francisco

Claudio R.

San Francisco, CA
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Jeff W.

San Mateo, CA
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Christian C.

Brentwood, CA
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Claudio R. San Francisco, CA

Subjects Taught

Arithmetic, Basic Math, Drum, English, French, Percussion, Violin

About Me

Claudio R. is a recent transplant to SF from NYC/Seattle. He was born in Massachusetts and studied classical violin from the age of 6. He attended Vassar College where he earned a degree in violin performance. During college he started playing the drumset because of his infatuation with Jazz. Claudio attended The New School for Jazz and contemporary music on drumset and studied with Chico Hamilton, Joe Chambers, Ari Hoenig and Peter Retzlaff.

During his fifteen years in NYC Claudio performed and toured in a variety of musical situations. He has performed/recorded with hip hop legend Slick Rick, Lauren Hill, Praswell (Fugees), hip hop pioneer Doug-e-fresh, Adam Duritz (counting Crowes), Jason Mraz, and Jazz greats John Hicks, and Gary Bartz. He toured with afro-pop band Chris Berry and Pangea, tropical chart-toppers Xtreme, southern soulful singer/songwriter Lipbone Redding, and indie rock band Jonny Lives. For ten years he was the house drummer for Freestyle Mondays, NYC’s longest running hip hop open mic. In Seattle Claudio performed with pop band Richie Aldente, fusion group Gravity, electronica duo Fruit and Vegetable, and ran his own weekly jazz gig at Ballard’s 418 Public House. He was also the house drummer at Robert Lang’s recording studios.

Claudio taught basic musicianship and drumline in NYC public schools for six years. His teaching goals for drumset include establishing reliable technique that is useful in all styles, understanding differences and similarities between music styles, developing strong time and rhythm (through transcription and metronome games). Claudio is also adept at incorporating electronic elements in acoustic playing and can coach students on how to use programs such as Ableton Live in their setup for performances and as a practice tool.

*** Lesson Details ***

I’m looking forward to helping you learn drumset. I’m an engaged, patient, and enthusiastic teacher. I teach all styles of music and, together, we will get great results.

At the first lesson I ask new students about their goals. It’s important to me to discover why you are interested in lessons, and what type of music you wish to explore. I will ask you for a playlist of songs you’d like to learn and, from that, I’ll create a lesson plan that will teach you fundamental technique and the particular skills you need to play the songs you love.

Later, I’ll introduce new musical styles and you’ll learn fascinating facts about the role of drumset in music. I think it is important to understand music (and related drumset styles) in context, so I’ll frequently play examples of classic recordings and we’ll have conversations about the history of the instrument and the great drummers who changed the music through the drums.

Beginning students:

Nurturing your passion for drums and music is my number one goal for beginning students. I like to do this by finding a simple song for the student to play along with and give the student their first “grooving experience” by having both of us play along to the same song at the same time. Also covered: beginning technique, music theory, basic beat playing. I also encourage free improvisation on the drumset and teach the student how to create his/her own musical piece.

Intermediate students:

Intermediate students will: develop more flexibility in their time keeping by working on independence exercises, solidify reading basics, learn new styles (good for cross training), and examine stick mechanics more closely. Students will update their repertoire playlists to more challenging material as they gain new skill. We’ll set goals together based on the songs they want to learn how to play.

Advanced students:

Advanced students will learn advanced stick technique including the moeller stroke, advanced finger technique, and the Jojo Mayer valving system. We discuss how to improve time and feel by playing a with a displaced metronome as well as how to use the metronome in other non-traditional ways. Also covered: over-the-barline phrasing, odd groupings in even meters, even groupings in odd meters, latin drum styles, metric modulation, triplet based styles such as jazz and afro-cuban 6/8, and studio recording. Advanced students will also examine some of the modern modern drumset vocabulary (drum and bass, dubstep etc, blast beats etc.) and the drummers responsible for those styles.

I love music and I love sharing my passion for music with students, young and not-so-young. It is thrilling to see students progress in their abilities. In order to make progress, you must practice regularly. Please note that practicing everyday for 20 minutes is much more effective than practicing 3 hours the day before the lesson.

Note: due to the specifics in the lease, I can only offer lesson to adults in my private studio.

*** Studio Equipment ***
2 drums sets, congas, shakers, bongos

*** Travel Equipment ***
practice pads, basic drum set if necessary.

*** Specialties ***
When I teach drums I focus on mechanics, time, sound, feel, and coordination. I specialize in jazz, hip hop, funk, pop, electronic and rock music. I try to show my students the similarities between music styles and how mechanics, time, sound, feel, and coordination apply to those styles.

For violin I use the Suzuki repertoire and incorporate music literacy at the same time.

Jeff W. San Mateo, CA

Subjects Taught

Drum, English, Language, Music Performance, Reading

About Me

Hello Students/Parents:

I have been drumming for 19 years and currently I am playing professionally in the Bay Area. I studied Music Performance at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA and at California State University, East Bay.
I am funny, friendly, outgoing, great with kids, , and have been teaching music for 4 years and counting.
I tend to work mainly as a "For hire" drummer on multiple acts. Styles include: Pop/Rock/Funk/Reggae and Hip-hop.
I currently play with Street Drum Corps ("Percussion ensemble of the Year" from Drum Magazine! -2012)

*** Lesson Details ***
During our first lesson we will discuss plans that cater to your needs, and customize them.
I want to help you reach your goals and make you happy as a drummer, so I am open to teach you anything no matter where your strength or weaknesses may fall.
Next, we will pick a fun area to work on, and a challenging area to conquer. For example: we will work on a fun song/groove-- then we will work on reading and/or rudiments.
I am also very patient and Flexible to those students whom have special needs, or want to go slower.

I teach using a combination of modern, traditional and personal books noted below:
A Fresh approach to the drum set, By Mark Wessels
Block Rockinƒ¢‚€‚™ Beats By: Dawn Richardson
Kids Rock Drumming! by: Dawn Richardson
Syncopation by: Ted Reed
Stick Control By: George Lawrence Stone
Popular music charts and lead sheets for drums are written by myself, for the student.

ƒ¢‚€‚œWhen the student combines his/her playing with a strong practice, playing, and performance regimen, they are bound to get better and improve to continue making music a concrete hobby in their life.ƒ¢‚€‚

*** Specialties ***
Pop, Funk, Hip-hop, Reggae, Rock, and Latin.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio#1: Private Studio- Right in the heart of downtown San Mateo is this awesome place. One drum set (see picture), we will have a good time here.

Studio #2: This cozy studio is located right in the neighborhood of Campbell, CA. It is in conjunction with a residence. It has lots of cool art work, Two drum kits, and practice pads. This studio is fun, and friendly.

Studio#3:Private Residence: I would be more than happy to come to your home.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will bring the following: my laptop for music purposes and songs, and my curriculum.
I expect my student to have the following: A pair of sticks, a practice pad/or small sized drum kit, headphones of any kind, and a music stand. I will plan to use one drum set switching off.


Christian C. Brentwood, CA

Subjects Taught

Audition Prep, Drum, Music Performance

About Me

Christian has 20 years of teaching experience and 25 years of performance experience in a myriad of styles. He is currently enrolled at the Berklee School of Music (Boston, MA) through their online Music Production Degree Program.

Christian is also a member in the following organizations:

Vic Firth Education Team

Hudson Music Teacher Integration Program

Professional Drum Teachers Guild. He has studied privately with John Xepoleas, Steve Bowman (Counting Crows), Rob Hart, Alan Hall and currently with Mike Johnston.

Christian is also accepting a limited amount of students from the age of 10 to adult, beginner to advance. He currently has openings at his Brentwood home studio on Tuesdays and Fridays.

The air-conditioned studio is equipped with 2 drum sets and professional digital recording equipment to capture each lesson. The latest educational DVD's and play-along/minus-drums CD's are also incorporated in the lessons.

Parents are encouraged to sit in on the lessons or they can relax or do some work in the internet ready waiting room. An annual recital is conducted for family and friends.

Prepare for school auditions, refine hand and foot technique, learn double bass grooves and fills improve reading and transcribing , sharpen your timing, incorporate linear playing, apply rudiments to the drum set.

Styles: Rock / Funk / Country / Blues / Jazz / Latin

*** Lesson Details ***
Sometimes the availability calendar is not updated in a timely manner.

Every student is different. Depending on their age and/or goals, this is the typical curriculum for a beginning (no experience) student.

Beginners (build the foundation)
- Hands: how to hold the sticks correctly
- Feet: heel up or heel down technique

- Explain note values
- Explain drum set notation

Coordination and Timing
- Learn basic beats to play music
- Understand how to practice with a metronome
- How to play along to music

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home room converted with sound absorbing materials with 2 drum sets, acoustic and electronic. Air conditioned living room seating for parents. Audio recordings are provided for every lesson and portions of each lesson are also video recorded. I have a very friendly Golden Retriever.

Vir M.

Berkeley, CA
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Ben L.

Novato, CA
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Bruce J.

Pleasant Hill, CA
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Vir M. Berkeley, CA

Subjects Taught

Acting, Anatomy, Bass Guitar, Biology, Drum, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Singing, Songwriting

About Me

I am a graduate of U.C. Berkeley.;I have been teaching and performing music for over 15 years. I have toured the United States and other countries playing many types of music. I play Guitar and Bass and Sing I teach in a fun style that emphasizes the students creativity. Styles range from Rock, Folk, Electronic, Jazz, African, World, Hip Hop to Country. I can give you the skills to go to the next level. From 5-99 years old!

*** Lesson Details ***
A typical lesson would look like this: Depending on your level we would first work on some new chords and/or a new scale and how to play them. We "jam" a little to get the feel. I have a really great way of teaching theory that will get you playing what you want. The second half we usually focus on learning a song of your choice or working on an original of yours. I am very personable and easygoing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Have guitars and amps, basses and amps, drum set, microphones and recording equipment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Have equipment

*** Specialties ***
Rock, World, Hip Hop, Folk, Electronica, Classical, Jazz

Ben L. Novato, CA

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Performance, Percussion

About Me

Originally from West Virginia, Ben is quickly making a name for himself within the drumming community since moving to San Francisco in 2009. Having performed in a wide array of musical situations early in his career Ben draws on those initial performances to shape his current music experience.

While earning his degree in philosophy and music from West Virginia University, he had the opportunity to travel to China in the summer of 2008 to perform with the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra. During his time at WVU Ben performed with the €œLittle Big Band€, WVU'€™s premiere jazz ensemble, along with other Jazz and world music ensembles.

A teacher himself, Ben has had many influential teachers including: Tommy Igoe, George Willis, Tim Adams, Mike Dawson, Al Wrublesky, Scott Amendola, and Chuck Brown.

In addition to his freelance playing and teaching schedule Ben is a founding member of the band Abatis and a high school music teacher at Marin Catholic High School.

*** Studio Equipment ***
In my studio I have a Roland electronic drum set, practice pads, audio and video recording equipment, and access to my full library of method books and percussion publications.

*** Travel Equipment ***
When traveling for lessons I bring various method books, as well as a practice pad to our lessons. I expect students to have a drum journal to record our lesson notes, sticks, a practice pad, and a drum set if we are focusing on drum set instruction.

*** Specialties ***
I Specialize in many areas of percussion including; Concert percussion repertoire, drum set - jazz, pop, rock, funk, R&B, world - marching percussion, and contemporary marimba.

Bruce J. Pleasant Hill, CA

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About Me

Bachelors Degree in Music CSUH. Studied with renowned teachers Chuck Brown who also taught David Garibaldi and Terry Bozzio. Have been teaching for more than twenty years.

*** Lesson Details ***
Learn How to hold Drum Sticks the correct way . also learn Rhythm, Rudiments, Syncopation and how to apply them to the Drum Set. Whether you want to play Rock , Jazz, Metal or Pop I teach all these styles and more.

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