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Popular Drum Teachers Near Seattle

Phil B.

Kent, WA
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Jack L.

Seattle, WA
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Jesse W.

Bellevue, WA
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Phil B. Kent, WA

Subjects Taught

Drum

About Me

Phil B. has Bachelor's Degree in Percussion Performance that he earned at Central Washington University in 1991. Soon after graduating from CWU Phil relocated to the Seattle area and has been teaching and performing professionally in this area ever since. As a performer Phil has worked with many different artists known both internationally and locally in a very wide range of styles, such as Stephen Pearcy (voice of the 80's Metal Band Ratt), top local big band The Jazz Police, Popular Las Vegas Entertainer "Zowie Bowie, and the late great blue legend Isaac Scott (voted into the Washington Blue Society Hall of Fame 1991). Recently Phil has been working with some of the most popular dance/show bands in the Northwest, including The Goods, That 80's Show, Galaxy 54, Vanity, and Gold Digger.
As an instructor Phil worked as a clinician and private instructor with Music Works Northwest and the Seattle Drum School. Currently Phil teaches privately in several different studios in the Seattle Puget Sound area.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Complete 5-piece Drum Set

*** Specialties ***
I teach the Moeller Method. This is a system of technique which involves three basic wrist motions. The basics can be taught in one lesson, but the application takes a lifetime. I also teach all popular styles of contempory drum set, such as rock, jazz, funk, r&b, and many different latin styles. I work with students on reading both on snare drum and drum set and also get them playing along and transcribing with recordings of whatever style of music is of interest to them.

Jack L. Seattle, WA

Subjects Taught

Drum, Hand Drums, Percussion

About Me

I began studying music when I was 10, first in my elementary school and throughout high school and college. I have had amazing opportunities to perform with various musical groups across the country, most notably with the 204th Army Band.

I also try to play out locally as much as I can. The two groups that I currently play for are the punk band "Omega Moo", and the indie rock band "The Requisite". In addition to these two groups, I also continue to play for the 204th Army Band, which allows me to tour a different part of the world each year.

Other than performing, I am also dedicated to sharing and teaching other drummers to reach their musical goals. I teach privately out of my studio, located in North Seattle.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to keep an open dialogue with my students to make sure they are having fun and learning what they want. With that in mind, it is also important to keep a balance of what the student will also need to progress. This can include working on technique, or basic rudiments.

Here are a few topics that we will cover in our lessons:

-How to groove with music and other musicians
-Learn proper wrist and finger techniques
-Play with power and speed while remaining relaxed
-Learn drum beats and fills for your favorite styles and bands
-Learn how to play rudiments
-Learn how to read music

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have two professional drum sets for use during lessons: A vintage Gretsch kit, and a custom Shine kit.

*** Specialties ***
I am proficient in and teach the following: Rock, Funk, Pop, R&B, Hip hop, Hand Technique, Marching, Auxiliary Percussion, as well as basic Jazz and Latin.

Jesse W. Bellevue, WA

Subjects Taught

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

About Me

I believe learning music should be fun, otherwise you wouldn't want to do it!
I tailor each student's lesson plan to their personal musical goals. You decide what we work on and when!

*** About Me ***

I am a professional musician in the greater Seattle area. I graduated from Western Washington University in 2009 with a bachelors degree in music performance. I have been an instructor at the Vashon Drum Camp for 6 years and have taught at a local high school for the last 3 years.

Since 2010 I have been a lead member of Sound Wave - the official band of the Seattle Sounders FC; and is also a member of Blue Thunder, the Seahawks drum line.

Having played professionally for a wide variety of groups/projects I bring a well rounded, versatile approach to teaching. Unlike some other instructors I am a gigging musician and know what it takes to perform at the highest levels, from classical to post-rock, and can teach you to have this same all-encompassing approach that will leave you feeling comfortable behind any instrument in any musical situation.

In addition, I have experience teaching autistic students and students with learning disabilities such as dyslexia. I have seen amazing results in the past and feel comfortable sharing the gift of music with anyone, learning disabled or not.

*** Studio Equipment ***
5-piece 90's Pearl Export Drum Set (20", 16", 14", 12", 10")
Custom Hand-Made Jazz Kit (6", !3", !2")
Pearl Maple Piccolo Snare Drum
Slingerland-style Steel Snare Drum

Glockenspiel
Various Small Percussion Instruments
Various Hand Drums (Djembes, Bongos, Etc.)

Yamaha 88-Key Weighted Keyboard

Fender Deluxe P-Bass
70's Fender Squire J-Bass

Yamaha Steel String Acoustic Guitar
70's Yamaha Nylon String Classical Guitar
2 Ukuleles
Fender Mandolin

Kustom 100W PA with 2 microphones

*** Travel Equipment ***
I encourage every student to have their own instrument at home to practice on, however, arrangements can be made for me to bring instruments if the students does not have one by the time of the first lesson.

For guitar, bass, and ukulele I will always bring my own instrument to demonstrate on.

For piano students I prefer if they have an upright or baby grand piano at home but portable keyboards and synthesizers are fine. It all depends on the type of music you want to play!

*** Specialties ***
All styles of drum set playing: jazz, blues, funk, rock, pop, Latin, country, hip-hop, etc...

All classical/band percussion: timpani, 2 & 4-mallet keyboards, concert bass drum, snare drum, triangle, tambourine, cymbals, concert toms, etc...

All marching percussion: snare, tenors, bass & cymbals.

Brett R.

Seattle, WA
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Nicholas M.

Seattle, WA
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Evan W.

Seattle, WA
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Brett R. Seattle, WA

Subjects Taught

Algebra, Arithmetic, Basic Math, Calculus, Drum, Elementary Math, Geometry, Guitar, History, Math, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano, Pre Algebra, Pre Calculus, Ukulele

About Me

MUSIC INSTRUCTION AND
ENJOYMENT OFFERED. Very enthusiastic and
experienced musician available for instruction offering the following:

# In-depth written music theory coupled with an equivalent of ear training and tone
recognition

# Introduction to performance skills with instruments that include:

Guitar - electric & acoustic
Drum Kit and percussion rhythms
Piano/Keyboard

# Group lessons or private instruction, depending on personal preferences and age
groups

Personal
experience includes:

1) 15 years of GUITAR: professional performance
and composition. Styles include rock, folk, blues, chord
progressions, and alternate tuning.

2) 15 years of DRUMS and PERCUSSION: Latin, swing, blues, as well as rock, funk, punk, and reduced top forty beats.

3) 15 years of PIANO: which utilize
several years of personal instruction in classical, popular, and some ragtime,
in addition to an intimate knowledge of Piano Proficiency (scales & modes,
chord structures & inversions, common chord progressions, intervals, circle
of 5th, and finger exercises)

4) 2 years of MUSIC THEORY and COMPOSITION at college level.

Lessons will include additional materials to the primary instrument such as sheet music for
sight reading, rhythm patterns, tabletures, and chord charts.

***Above all, I encourage students to select those pieces, tunes, or songs that have appealed to them the most; perhaps even inspiring them to learn a musical instrument in the first place. Adaptations are a common and enjoyable part of the teaching process.

*** Lesson Details ***
Expect efforts, on my part, to steer learning into areas of the students particular interest as well as conventional genres such as classical, popular, folk, blues, etc...

Moreover, I rely on ear training as a strong complement to written music theory and sight-reading; often using recorded music samples or simple patterns on a piano.

I try to balance method-type published lesson books with beginner, intermediate, or original composition sheet music to specifically selected pieces.

Ideally, with a reasonable practice schedule each week, full comprehension of the written music grand staff and an ear to catch a false note will become second nature. By then, more opportunities to learn actual pieces and styles become greater, having got the initial learning curve under the students belt.

*** Studio Equipment ***
*snare drum
*electronic keyboard/piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
lesson material/music media samples can be provided for copy
student would have own instrument

*** Specialties ***
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Drums, Percussion, Music Theory
finger picking styles and chord progressions - guitar
lead and rhythm patterns - electric guitar
latin, blues, rock, jazz styles - drum kit & percussion
classical & popular tunes - piano/keyboard

Nicholas M. Seattle, WA

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Recording, Percussion

About Me

I am a musician, educator, and arranger from Seattle Washington.

I received my education from the University of Washington with a BA/BM in Music Performance (Jazz Studies – Drumset). While at UW, I studied with John Bishop, Garey Williams, Tom Collier, Steve Korn, Mark Ivester, Josh Woodman, Jeff Wade, and was a member of the UW Drumline under David Reeves.

My studies with Reeves opened me to the world of drum corps in 2005 where I went on to tour with world class DCI corps The Cascades during the 2005 and 2006 seasons.

I have also been able to perform with and learn from such artists as Sharief Hobley, Billy Cobham, Marcus Miller, Stanley Clarke, Joe Santiago, Mike Stern, Kenny Garrett, Randy Brecker, John Scofield, The Bad Plus, Dave Weckl, Gregg Bissonette, Terry Bozzio, Chad Wackerman, Will Kennedy, Kenny Aronoff, and Marco Minnemann.

Currently I can be seen performing with HARPS and Discs of Fury. My performing career has taken me across the US and abroad on several occasions.

I am also the head drumline instructor/arranger for the University of Washington Husky Marching Band. I have arranged for and worked with several groups over the past several years, including a few overseas. Currently I am also the Percussion Coordinator for the Washington All-State Marching Band. In addition, I regularly consult with various high school groups all around the northwest.

I endorse Pearl Drums, Remo Drumheads, Adams Percussion, and Vic Firth Drumsticks and Mallets.

In the past, I've been involved with Allen Stone, Andrew Vait, Brett Hite, Vintage Pink, Eric Tollefson, Carson Henley, Tess Henley, Jesus Christ Superstar (directed by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award Winning Director, Brian Yorkey), Percussion Caption Head for the Cascades Drum & Bugle Corps, Open Class DCI Corps Spokane Thunder, the Seattle Seahawks Blue Thunder, Seattle Sounders FC Soundwave, to name a few.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that good teaching revolves around finding the right balance of three things: what the student wants, what the student needs, and what the student can handle.

As your teacher, I will do my very best in making you a more complete and well-rounded musician while helping guide you toward your goals. Whether you're just starting out, or an experienced pro wanting to brush up on a few new skills, I can help you. Over the past decade, I have successfully instructed folks from every age range and skill level. I'd love to have the opportunity to help you, too!

One thing I pride myself on is the ability to go at the students pace. I will teach in whatever way gets you the best results. In my experience, some people respond well to strict, regimented curriculum while others prefer a more laid back approach. I let everyone of my students know up front the amount of work it's going to take before X, Y and Z are going to happen.

I use books, recordings, videos, demonstrations, transcriptions, play along, etc during my lessons. I focus a great deal on maintaining great posture with relaxed playing technique, as well as reading and ear training. As a big influence of mine, Dave Weckl, once said: "Technique is a means to an end, and hopefully that end is good feeling and sounding music."

One thing I love about drums is that no matter how good you get, there's always a laundry list of things that you could still improve upon!

How do you eat an elephant?

Easy, one bite at a time.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home Location- Sound panels, two drum kits, sound equipment, practice pad station (w/mirror setup).
UW Location: two drum kits, sound equipment, full access to UW marching battery and cymbal equipment (Snare, Tenor, Bass, Cymbals). UW is the preferred choice for advanced rudimental students. Most other students would likely prefer my home studio.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Rudimental, Drum Corps, R&B, Rock, Funk, Pop

Evan W. Seattle, WA

Subjects Taught

Drum

About Me

I love playing drums, and I love teaching others how to play drums. As a recent graduate from the University of Washington's acclaimed jazz program as well as an alumnus of the prestigious Roosevelt High School Jazz Band, I am a professional drummer and teacher with an extensive and unique set of experiences. Since middle school, I have been lucky enough to perform and tour all over the US and Europe, playing everything from house shows to esteemed competitions and festivals. In addition to being a member of several active local projects, I have performed with the Seattle Symphony; UW faculty members Bill Frisell, Cuong Vu, Luke Bergman, Ted Poor, and Marc Seales; several Cornish faculty members including Jim Knapp, Jovino Santos Neto, and Wayne Horvitz; and celebrated NYC-based players Wynton Marsalis, Tim Berne, Ralph Alessi, and Andrew D'Angelo. Aside from that, I am a co-founder of Table & Chairs, a new Seattle-based record label, as well as a co-founder of the Racer Sessions, a weekly forum and performance outlet for new and improvised music.

I began teaching in 2008, shortly after beginning my studies at the University of Washington. My private students have ranged from total beginners to advanced, each one presenting a unique set of interests and abilities to work with. In addition to teaching my own students, I have much experience as a substitute percussion teacher at Northshore Junior High School (Kingsgate, WA) and Spotlight Studios (Woodinville, WA). I have also presented many clinics and workshops at local schools including Garfield High School, Edmonds-Woodway High School, Ballard High School, Eckstein Middle School, and Holy Names Academy, as well as for Seattle JazzED. For these, the topics covered have ranged from free improvisation to straight-ahead and big band jazz.

*** Lesson Details ***
For beginning players, I like to start with the books "A Fresh Approach to the Snare Drum" and "A Fresh Approach to the Drum Set," both by Mark Wessels. These books do a great job of laying down the fundamentals that all drummers should learn at the outset of their education. Beyond that, what I teach depends largely on any specific path(s) the student may wish to pursue, though of course it is totally fine if the student doesn't immediately know what they would like to study beyond the basics. In that case, I would do my best to construct a rough curriculum that I think would work well for the student. The following books are all ones I have worked with and have found to be excellent at improving unique things: "Syncopation" (Ted Reed), "Stick Control" (G.L. Stone), "The Drummer's Complete Vocabulary As Taught By Alan Dawson" (John Ramsay), "Patterns" (Gary Chaffee), and "Portraits in Rhythm" (Anthony Cirone).

I prefer lessons to be focused on a curriculum, however customized it may be, as I have found that approach to be the most efficient, especially with younger players. While I believe that it is very important to learn the fundamentals of drumming, I also believe that some of the most rewarding experiences a student can have may be achieved through realizing their own unique creative potential. Thus, I find it great to set the curriculum aside for part of the lesson, either to allow the student some time to show me what else they've been working on, listening to, watching, thinking about, or perhaps to just jam and have fun. I also expect students to make progress on their own between lessons, though I understand fully from my teaching experience that the amount of progress I can expect is different for each student.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Two full drum kits

*** Travel Equipment ***
Sticks, practice pad, books

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, rock, pop, many Latin and African styles, free improvisation

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