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Popular Drum Teachers Near San Jose

Linda C.

Campbell, CA
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Jeff W.

San Mateo, CA
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Jesse M.

Palo Alto, CA
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Linda C. Campbell, CA

Subjects Taught

Cello, Clarinet, Drum, Flute, French Horn, Music Theory, Oboe, Percussion, Piano, Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Upright Bass, Viola, Violin

About Me

I have been a public school music teacher for 30+ years. I am an optimistic, enthusiastic person, who will help you learn music reading in addition to music playing. I started on piano as a young child, and studied clarinet from elementary school through college, where I focused on french horn. I have a BA in Music Education from Humboldt State University, where I also earned my teaching credential. I have taught beginning, intermediate and advanced band and orchestra, in addition to choir and jazz band. I have been music director for over 10 middle school musicals. In my spare time I enjoy my two dogs, going horseback riding, and reading.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am very friendly, and encouraging to new students. I have a lot of patience for those who are new to the study of music. I can also be more demanding to those who have learned the basics and want to improve their playing. I am a proponent of teaching the basics of music reading and common musical terms. I can teach music through a variety of curricula, and will work with my students to choose a method that best suits their goals. I have large music studio in my home that has a separate entrance,which is conducive to music making (with it's own bathroom). I accept students 8 years of age and older.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Has a keyboard, but no drum set

*** Travel Equipment ***
I prefer to teach in my home studio.

*** Specialties ***
I have been teaching band, orchestra & choir in public schools for 30+ years.

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.

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)
I have been fortunate to have toured with great acts such as; The Vans Warped Tour, Rise of the Revolution, Collie Buddz, Blood and Water, The Phenomenauts, The Groovie Ghoulies, and many others. Also have shared the stage with: Neon Trees, Linkin Park, Bad Religion, The Limousines, Foster the people, Filter, Snoop Dogg, Sunspot Jonz, The Grouch, Murs, Living Legends, Tech-9, Andre Nickatina, and The Hieroglyphics€™ Crew.

I have had the pleasure to study with such greats as; Mylious Johnson (Pink, Nsync) Berklee College of Music Percussion Staff, Rick Algeria (Bo Diddly, Paul Williams), Dawn Richardson (4 Non-Blondes, Tracy Chapman) and Mike Vanderhule (YNT).

I like all kinds of music from Classical to Punk rock, and everything in between. Some drummers who really inspire me are from some of my favorite bands/artists such as: No doubt, The Police, Isreal and New Breed, P!nk, Mental 99, Cream, Michael Jackson, Aretha franklin, and the Red hot chili Peppers.
Sharing my craft to make others happy is what makes me happy, and drum lessons should be fun, yet challenging.

Thanks for reading!
-Jeff W.

*** 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 Rockin€™ 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.

€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.€

*** 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.

Thanks.

*** Specialties ***
STYLES:
Pop, Funk, Hip-hop, Reggae, Rock, Introduction to Jazz, and Latin.
FEEL, GROOVE, AND PERFORMANCE. (please see full details in "lesson details")

Jesse M. Palo Alto, CA

Subjects Taught

Arrangement and Composition, Banjo, Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Composition, Djembe, Drum, Ear Training, ESL, Guitar, Hand Drums, Japanese, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Singing, Songwriting, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Ukulele, Upright Bass

About Me

My Background

I've been playing with classical ensembles and rock bands since 2001. Even though I started on classical trombone and rock guitar, I have come to expand my repertoire to a variety of instruments and genres. During my time in college I performed with the University choir, orchestra, and band. I also have organized, wrote/arranged for, and performed with a variety of bands in my home state of New Mexico, as well as Japan, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Since 2006 I have been an active teacher. This profession has taken me everywhere from working with classical guitar classes in New Mexico high schools to Elementary students in Japan to a variety of private students of various musical instruments and genres everywhere I've been. Since relocating to the Bay Area in 2010, I've had the pleasure of working with lots of great students from kids to adults with a wide range of ambitions. More recently I've also started teaching online lessons via Skype and Google Helpouts with Take Lessons as well.

Philosophy of Learning

Lessons are generally in a relaxed setting and designed to work towards accomplishing student determined goals. While all students will study similar fundamentals regarding technique, theory, and performance, every lesson is as different as every person. What kind of music do you want to make? I'll tell you what you need to do to get there, and help you take the steps to achieve your aspirations.

I also love to help students put together a song, record, and produce it for them so that they can have a recording to share with their friends and family. (You can hear some of the recordings I've made with my students in my "Pics & Media" tab.)

Lessons with small children are more focused on just having fun while developing a good musical foundation, but I prefer for them to have as much personal ownership of their lesson as possible like my older students as well.

I also hold events for all my students. (Check out our pictures and videos below!)
Younger students have the "Young Musicians Recital" every few months.
Adult students have a weekly "Jam Session Night" that they're welcome to come to whenever they'd like.

Aside from in-studio lessons, students also have the option to sign up for online lessons via Skype as well as do a drop-in lesson through Google Helpouts.
(*Online lessons offered during different times than in-studio lessons.)

*Unfortunately due to scheduling issues, I'm not currently accepting students for bi-weekly lessons. I can do regular weekly lessons, or occasional drop-in lessons, but bi-weekly appointments make it really hard for me to give the best scheduled times to my existing weekly students. I'm sorry for the inconvenience.

My studio is equipped with:

*Multiple Music Stands

*P.A. System

*Vocal and instrument microphones

*Guitars, Basses, and a Banjo

*Two guitar amps (1 tube, 1 solid state) and a bass amp

*Various percussion including both a full acoustic and full electric drum sets

*An 88 Key Keyboard (with extensive sound library and synth programming options)

*A Trombone, Cornet, and Flute

*An extensive physical and virtual music library

*A recording system that students are not only welcome to use but encouraged to

*HD Webcam and condenser microphone for high fidelity online lessons via Skype

Willie G.

San Jose, CA
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Sheri L.

Palo Alto, CA
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Craig M.

San Martin, CA
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Willie G. San Jose, CA

Subjects Taught

Clarinet, Drum, Music Performance, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano, Saxophone, Songwriting, Trumpet

About Me

I've been a professional musician/educator for over 15 + years. I am an multi- instrumentalist which is a great benefit when studying with me. I bring to the table a broad world view and different perspectives of music pedagogy that I have been fortunate to attain throughout my music career and education. There is more than one way to attain a musical goal and I always work on giving different ways to attain such goals until one connects with student. I am a "real world" application type of teacher. I will not stray to musical processes that tend to hold people back from making music.

Bio:
Willie is a multi-instrumentalist, educator and clinician home based in San Jose Bay Area. He specializes in Afro-Latin percussion while exploring other sounds of Arabic, Flamenco, Brazilian and Vocal- Percussion. Willie has a unique and creative approach, inter- locking world music concepts with styles of contemporary music that include Rock, R&B, Hip- Hop, Funk and Jazz. Willie’s appreciation for cultures and music throughout the world influence and compel a creativity that makes Willie part of a new breed of percussionists in the music scene today.
Willie has performed and recorded with international artists and several local artists and groups in California bay area such as, favored nations recording artist James Robinson, Charangon Nueve, The Saul Kaye Band, Kaweh, Latin Lingo, Marc Russo and the Classy Cats, Full Spectrum, Mambo Tropical, Caixa, Silicon Vibe, Fito Reinoso, Piano y Son, San Jose State Latin Jazz Ensemble, KIDGUCH, BukleBros, Audio Dub, Latin Funk Express, White Roses, JT Horns.
Throughout his career he has had the opportunity to work with and perform with artists and groups such as; Trombonist, Conrad Herwig, Hal Galper Quintet, Vibraphonist and Marimba Master, Dave Samuels, Composer/Pianist, Eugenio Toussaint, Trombonist/Composer, Rob McConnel, Saxophonist, Richie Cole, Latin-percussionist/Composer, Pete Escovedo, Gabriel Espinosa y su grupo Ashanti, Jazz y Salsa Alto Maiz, Saxophonist/Composer, Benny Golsen. Maja with musicians, Mylious Johnson, on Drums, Alex Alessandroni and Jason Chapman on Keyboards, Asa ‘ACE’ Livingston on Bass.

Willie was born and raised in San Jose, California. In the younger years of his life, music was always around him in some sort of way. At the age of ten, Willie was introduced to the trumpet. When learning music through playing trumpet, he felt something deep inside and knew it was his destiny to play music for the rest of his life.
In high school, music was his main focus. During this time of his life, he was forming his music foundation. Focusing on trumpet primarily, until one day his band director said something that changed his path in music. He said, “The more music you get yourself involved in, the better musician you’ll become.” After that, Willie started to sing in concert choir. Eventually, he was able to get into the Mt. Pleasant Studio Jazz Singers, a group that had a national reputation winning approximately thirteen National Down Beat music awards at that time. The group was under the direction of Jan DeShera. Being fortunate to be part of winning two National Down Beat Awards for Vocal Jazz Performance. The group performed at the 1st Annual Monterey Jazz Festival at Sea Cruise, Ensanada, Mexico. In addition, performed on the main stage at Monterey Jazz Festival. Other performances included; Pacific Basin Music Festival, Honolulu, Hawaii, International Association of Jazz Educators (I.A.J.E.) convention, Anaheim, California, and San Jose Jazz Festival. During this time, Willie was also performing on trumpet and Latin- percussion with Portuguese group, Alcides y Legacy. At his last year of high school, he received the, James J. Guido Salute to Youth Award given by the Board of Supervisors of Santa Clara County, State of California.
The next journey in his life began at the Phil Mattson’s School for Music Vocations. Here he developed a stronger foundation studying classical and jazz piano, trumpet, voice, instrumental and vocal arranging, among other subjects. Having great opportunities studying with many great teachers, performing in all genres of music, there was something said that gave him inspiration. “If you’re not practicing as much as you should, it doesn't mean you’re a bad person. It just means that you’re cheating yourself and ultimately you’ll have to cheat someone else.”
After graduating from School for Music Vocations, Willie attended the University of Northern Iowa (U.N.I.) majoring in trumpet performance and jazz studies. In his first year attending, he played trumpet and Latin-percussion in U.N.I. Jazz Band 1, which was one of the premier collegian jazz bands in the country. The band was under the direction of Pianist/Composer/Arranger, Bob Washut. Willie was fortunate to be part of winning another National Down Beat Award for Big Band Performance. The group performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands, Lostrott 106 in Belgium, Tallcorn Jazz Festival, and the Kansas City Jazz Festival.

*** Lesson Details ***
The first several months of music instruction, the student will acquire a solid foundation in general music ranging from basic music theory, concept of rhythm etc. I am all about making the connection with music so you can keep it in your life forever for your enjoyment. All of my students who take music lessons from me all have their own method customize to what they want music to be in their lives. Within the first month of taking music lessons you will be making and creating music which will bring so much happiness with in yourself.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in a music studio, several music stands, piano, keyboards, drum set, bongos, African drums, timbali

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect my students to have the instrument that they want to study at their homes if I am going to their location.

*** Specialties ***
Areas of specialization is Afro-Cuban Percussion and music. I have taught bass players, pianist and percussionists the concepts of Afro-Latin music. I also teach percussion concepts from Peru, Spain, Africa.

Sheri L. Palo Alto, CA

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Performance, Music Theory, Percussion

About Me

Playing music is so much fun! I have enjoyed music my whole life and being able teach music makes me very happy. Here is what one parent says about my teaching style... "Sheri, Is a lot of fun to work with. Her positive attitude on life flows from her which then helps others to have the same feelings. She is very encouraging and thoughtful of others needs. Her talents in music are unmeasurable." May 31, 2011

Currently I am working on my Master's Degree in Music Education and I love to teach drums!

Come and learn to play drums with me! I will have you playing and performing in very little time. I have many years of experience teaching music and I am extremely patient with those who may need a little extra encouragement or need a creative approach to learning.

If you have a talent show, performance, contest, or just want to have fun playing the drums, come and learn with me.

I'™m looking forward to working with you soon!
-Sheri

*** Lesson Details ***
With extensive experience in classical and contemporary (pop, rock, funk, R&B) music, I put equal focus on technique and fostering a musician'™s personal style and passion for music. I understand that every student learns in a way that is unique to them, and I will do my best to discover each student's learning style. I like to combine technical work with fun time playing duets together, improvising, and exploring a wide variety of styles and genres of music. I will train you for recitals, competitions, a music career, or just for fun!

For beginners, within 3-6 months, we'll begin discovering how to read notes and rhythms and understand the language of music. We'll learn how to play some of your favorite songs and learn some that you might not know. We'll discover what you really want to learn and achieve while taking lessons, and we'll work toward those goals!

For the intermediate student, we will begin to discover how to get you more comfortable on your instrument, building a great foundation and understanding of music reading and basic music theory. We'll also learn performance techniques and how to have a great stage presence in front of a live audience! For all my students, it's a journey that is exciting, unique to each individual.

My studio is in a safe, family-friendly, smoke-free environment. We have no pets and are careful about allergies. Parents are always welcome, and encouraged to attend lessons, or just sit and relax in the waiting area.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My music studio has two drum kits, PA system, recording equipment, microphones, keyboards, and lots of other fun instruments!

A comfortable waiting area is also provided.

*** Specialties ***
I play drums in a band. I specialize in rock, R&B, funk and taught drum line at a local high school. I also play flute, Irish whistle, recorder and can teach music theory up through the college level. I have lots of experience with performance.

Craig M. San Martin, CA

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Performance, Music Recording, Percussion

About Me

I love to play drums, I love to teach drums, I love to talk about drums and drumming.
I have been a student and a teacher of drumming for over 35 years now, and i learn something new every day.
I have played in many bands, and play in many bands now mostly ranging in styles from Hard rock to Gospel and everything in between. I am the on staff drummer for Evergreen Valley Church, Church On The Hill and St Catherines Church. I also sub for Holy Spirit, Central Church, and a number of others.
Currently play drums for OTR (KFOX 2009 Last band Standing Winner and 2010 runner up),
Gundacker Project (original music) and Sugar Jane (Amercana, hiphop. folksy)
Worked with Ronnie Montrose 2010-2011
Played for Israel Houghton at EVC 2012
I have 3 albums to my credit as well
My teachers..Steve Mitchell, Bob Cooper, Prairie Prince, Richard Peterson (Tympani) as well as all the clinics I attended with Billy Cobham, Narada Michael Walden, Jeff Porcaro, Tommy Aldridge, Steve Smith and hundreds of others.

*** Lesson Details ***
I cater your lessons to what you want to accomplish. If it's being a better reader we do that...if it's working grooves, we do that,...if its technique, we do that. Everyone has a unique set of goals and I aim to assist you in accomplishing those goals
If you are just starting out, we will cover all the fundamentals to get you started on the right path.
After you get the fundamentals working, then we can explore your interests!!!
Books I currently use
Syncopation
Stick Control
Funky Primer
Bass Drum Control

*** Studio Equipment ***
6 pc Sonor Rosewood Teardrop set
5 pc Pearl Export student set
8 pc Sonorlite set
4 pc Viper set
8 snare drums, cymbals, music stands

*** Travel Equipment ***
For travel i can supply my own drums/sticks but i would expect them to have their own equipment if I am going to their home

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Gospel, funk, Worship, Ballad, Classical

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