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Popular Drum Teachers Near Tampa

Rufus S.

Brandon, FL
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Matthew K.

Clearwater, FL
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Joshua L.

Saint Petersburg, FL
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Rufus S. Brandon, FL

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Performance, Music Recording, Percussion, Songwriting

About Me

My name is Rufus and I am eager to share my 43 + years of drum experience to help you play like a pro! In a very short amount of time, you will learn the basics and begin to find your own rhythm as a drummer...let me show you how you can be the best drummer possible!

Performing Experience:
* Play with Local Group - Tropical Heat
* Recently played with National Recording Artist Michael Anthony at Cork and Olive in Brandon
• Musician in Mystic Sheiks of Morocco, Rock a Doo Whop, Christmas Show at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
• Tutored in South America, Europe and Canada over 20 yrs.
• Drummer for New Salem M.B Church for last 20 yrs.
• 4 yrs marching in the Florida A&M University Marching Band & Percussion Ensemble
• 43 + yrs of rudimentary drumming

Audio: Specialize in digital audio work station software – Cubase 7 – Wavelab 8 and Waves plug-ins.

Recording Background:
Owner of a home based recording studio. Titles:

The Bottom Line featuring the vocals of Ms. Amella "D"(2013)

True Love- collection of pop music (2012)

Lift Off - A high energy dance song.(2012)

The Spencer Project - a Gospel collaboration with various artists.(2010)

Master Works - variety of different styles of music.(2009)

Lift Off- a high energy dance song (2010)

Iron-man Marathon Music - (1983)

*** Lesson Details ***
We will cover from the basics to the flashiness in drum playing and cover techniques in studio drumming.

If you are looking to venture into song writing and studio recording gear and software I have a studio complete with all the tools you will need to help carry you to the next level.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Drum room with seating for parents. 5 piece Yamaha drum set, hi- hat cymbal, ride cymbal, music stand.

Recording studio:

Digital audio work station software:
Cubase 7.5 – Wavelab 8 and Waves plug-ins

Soft synths:
Omnishere,Trilian,Native Instruments,korg legacy collection, Steinberg, Sample tank
host of loops

Controllers:

Axiom 25, Ensonq EPS

Outboard gear:
Yamaha mixing board, Rodes NT-2a mic, Symetrix 525 compressor, Samson headphone box, delta 66 audio interface

Speakers:

Samson Resolv 65a and sub

Computer:

Pudget system custom built computer (PC)

*** Travel Equipment ***
Lap top with earphones so student can experience playing along
with music.

*** Specialties ***
R&b, Gospel, Hip Hop, Jazz

Matthew K. Clearwater, FL

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Drum, English, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Percussion, Singing, Songwriting, Spanish

About Me

Cheers. My name is Matthew. It's a pleasure to meet you. I play guitar, bass, drums and percussion all on a professional, weekly-gigging level. I would describe my style as motivating, tactful, patient, and both traditional and up-to-date / modern. I teach all styles, but I most enjoy transitioning North American rock musicians into the world of jazz, and especially SALSA / Latin, believe it or not! I have a Bachelors in Psychology (University of Central Florida), have toured Japan with my band, and I also release solo music. I have recorded in famous Tokyo studios and actually ended up living in the Land of the Rising Sun for 4 years! I am Spanish, Japanese, and Portuguese speaking as well (English as my native language), having visited Colombia, Bali (Indonesia), Hong Kong, Japan, and more. I would love to teach you!

1. My location or yours
2. Have studied under MI (Music Institute) Hollywood Graduates
3. 10 years experience teaching music to all ages (Orlando to Tampa to TOKYO!)
4. Learn rock, jazz, blues, funk and other chords, the right way
5. finger-style to metal speed; various methods
6. Jazz tones, improvisation, voice leading, comping ...
7. Learn as a hobby, or choose to develop systematic practice regimens
8. Beginner to advanced
9. Profound understanding of how music works, as I play guitar, drums, bass AND percussion

*** Lesson Details ***
I am laid back, yet I make sure to motivate my students. I can tell if they are excited about returning home to practice, and I use this motivation as my center. I enjoy using music books part of the time, as well as metronomes. My style is well rounded, and I prefer to teach multiple genres because each new genre improves all other genres. But for instance, if you're ONLY into punk rock, we can buckle down and concentrate on just that. I am very democratic in my teaching style; YOU'RE the student, and I adhere to your goals while showing you what other music has to offer as well! Bring in your favorite CDs/mp3s; I can learn songs on the spot within minutes.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Marshall JCM Cab with Half Stack; PRS Torrero Guitar; Ludwig Drums; Fender Bass

*** Travel Equipment ***
Marshall JCM Cab with Half Stack; PRS Torrero Guitar; Ludwig Drums; Fender Bass

*** Specialties ***
Metal, punk rock, Afro-Cuban, jazz, rock;

Joshua L. Saint Petersburg, FL

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano

About Me

I have been playing music since I was 9 years old. I studied piano with Robin Kaplan, Mark Evans, Lee Shaw, and Dr. Gary Bush. In 2004 I completed a Bachelors of Arts degree in Music Composition and Production from the Purchase Conservatory at Purchase College in West Chester, NY. Recently I completed a very successful tour as pianist for the United States Marine Corps Band, based in Cherry Point, NC. My performance experience includes jazz, R&B, reggae, classical, rock, funk, country, and DCI style marching band. I am very inspired by the vast world of music and I encourage my students to explore many genres of music in their studies.

*** Lesson Details ***
I approach music instruction with a very open mind. I am a pretty laid back teacher, despite my Marine Corps training. I find that students who enjoy what they are learning are much more likely to practice and succeed. From the first lesson I reinforce strong technique, practice habits and ear training within the context of students' interests. I also work to expand students' musical world with many take home listenings. In the first 3-6 months students can expect to learn to read and write basic notes and rhythms, the origins of the instrument and the music written for it, and most importantly, students will learn to play some songs and build their repertoir. That, of course, is just the beginning of what is, hopefully, a life long fascination with music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
In my studio I have comfortable seating for parents, and upright piano, drumset, electric drumset, digital pianos, and computer with recording and playback capabilities.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide portable keyboards, laptop computer, and recording equipment. I expect piano students to have their own piano or keyboard and my drum students to have, at least a snare drum and/or practice pad.

Phil H.

Brandon, FL
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Nicole C.

Clearwater, FL
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Glenn M.

Palm Harbor, FL
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Phil H. Brandon, FL

Subjects Taught

Banjo, Cello, Clarinet, Classical Guitar, Drum, Flute, Guitar, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Theory, Oboe, Opera Voice, Percussion, Piano, Saxophone, Songwriting, Trombone

About Me

I have my degree from The Eastman School of Music and have played rock and roll for decades. My joy is bringing people to music and music playing. As Music is an infinite language it has always been an eternal joy to teach and relate to my beloved students what music can say to them and what they can convey to others.

*** Lesson Details ***
"If music is not fun it is useless" I urge my students to play their instruments not practice! I will teach music theory as I teach you any style or all styles. Patience is the key and I am constantly filled with it. You will progress as you learn the ins and outs of your instrument and music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Room setup for lessons, with small keyboard and instruments. Ample parking available, parents can sit in on lessons and waiting area available.

*** Travel Equipment ***
The student is expected to provide the instrument including full keyboard or piano.

*** Specialties ***
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Nicole C. Clearwater, FL

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Drum, Guitar, Music Performance, Percussion, Piano, Singing, Songwriting

About Me

Nicole began her musical journey in Long Island, New York when she began piano lessons at age five. While receiving training on piano, she joined her elementary school orchestra in the 3rd grade and quickly soared with violin. During this period, Nicole began learning music theory and the art of reading music. As a fourth grader, Nicole would go on to conduct and tune every instrument in her orchestra during rehearsal. She always competed and won many NYSMA competitions for violin while attending music seminars and workshops. It was then that her teacher realized she had a gift. Nicole continued with piano lessons and began teaching herself guitar. Later, after college, she bought herself a drum set and began to teach herself drums.
As an adult, Nicole studied to become an elementary teacher and worked in the New York State School Districts for over five years. Shortly after receiving her master€™s degree for Literacy Education, Nicole decided to attempt to share her passion for music. In 2007, Nicole opened a music studio in Holbrook, New York. Here, she refined her music teaching skills while establishing Nicolex Inc. Music Island as a leading source of quality music education. Her summer traveling music program allowed her students to experience live performances as well as create music groups with peers with the same passion for music.
Nicole now resides in Clearwater, Florida with hopes to spread her business as well as the joy of music to children and adults. She currently is the drummer for a local original rock band. In this band, Nicole writes songs, sings, plays piano, and drums (not all at the same time). Needless to say, she understands the importance that music has had in her life and wishes to ignite that passion in other music lovers.

*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching style is best labeled as kind but firm. I take my job very seriously and want wholeheartedly for my students to have music as a part of their life, not just a part of their day. I love to laugh and have fun but I will definitely expect my students to practice and complete any homework I assign and be prepared for the following lesson. Simply stated, music is fun and the love of my life, but if I still practice, you will as well. Otherwise, I always believe in teaching songs my students are interested in and will expand their musical skills. My experience as a public school teacher had enhanced my sense of finding individual needs of every student. Therefore, I always differentiate lessons to suit my students interest while teaching them the foundations every musician needs in order to be successful. My specialty is teaching a variety of instruments. I play drums, guitar, bass, piano, and sing as well. So, if one instrument is not for you, I can teach you something different without a problem. Long story short, friends, you are in good hands.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Full Service music room: Keyboard, drum kit, Acoustic/Electric Guitar, Electric Guitar with 30 watts Amp and Microphone/ vocal monitor.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring a 61 key Casio Keyboard for household to use for lessons for a small monthly rental fee. I have an acoustic/electric Spectrum Guitar with 30w amplifier. Can also bring microphone and monitor for vocal lessons.

*** Specialties ***
I have taught mostly Rock, Blues, and Classical genres for Piano, Guitar, Drums. Vocally, I specialize in R&B, Broadway, Pop, Top 100 and alternative/Hard Rock. I will adapt to your needs.

Glenn M. Palm Harbor, FL

Subjects Taught

Drum, Percussion

About Me

B.M. degree in Percussion from Juilliard School of Music.
Studied at The Drummers Collective in N.Y.C.
Performed with The Caracas Philharmonic Orchestra and Vermont Symphony.
Authored seven Mel Bay drum method books.
Teaching drums,djembe and classical percussion for over 24 years.
Lessons individually tailored to meet students musical goals.
Study with the most highly regarded drum/percussion teacher in the Clearwater, East Lake, Dunedin, Tarpon, Seminole and Palm Harbor areas.

*** Lesson Details ***
Study Rock,Blues, Latin, Funk,Jazz, Fusion and African drum styles. Each lesson is individually tailored to meet the musical goals of the student.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Drum Set.
Djembe.
Xylophone
Timpani
Sound System

*** Specialties ***
Teach drum students to read music.
Teach students to play "by ear".
Also teach the African Djembe instrument.
Play to and create drum/bass/percussion loops.

Drumming and Drum Lessons in Tampa

By Nicole C. - Tampa Drum Teacher

Greetings from Tampa! As a teacher of drum lessons in Tampa, I have been fortunate to find others who share my passion all over the state of Florida. In the Tampa Bay Area, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, and other parts of Florida, there are many drum circles, live performances, and even classes that use drumming as a therapeutic technique! This area is absolutely fertile with talented musicians from all walks of life. Dunedin Brewery is one of Tampa's most engaging music venues that has drum circles every Tuesday night as well as open mic nights every Wednesday, which are welcoming to all new original artists and always entertaining. If you happen to be in Tampa, go check it out!

As both a teacher and a female drummer, I think it is vital to connect ...

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