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Popular Percussion Teachers Near Van Nuys

Mike S.

Sherman Oaks, CA
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Emerson W.

Woodland Hills, CA
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Ryan K.

Woodland Hills, CA
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Mike S. Sherman Oaks, CA

I teach how to read rhythms and how to groove!

About Mike

I have taught private guitar, piano, bass and drum lessons since the late 70s in Salt Lake City, where I majored in jazz guitar performance, and since 1980 in Los Angeles. I make the lessons fun. Some of my students have received college scholarships and won cash prizes for music contests. All of them had fun while learning and improving on their instruments. *** Lesson Details *** I am very enthusiastic and can teach students how to read. If they do not want to read music, they can learn to play by ear. I can also show them where to put their fingers. During piano lessons, I often accompany students on guitar and suggest a scale for improvisation, so they can play the blues. During drum lessons, I often play bass so they can learn to groove. *** Travel Equipment *** They should have

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Craig H. December 10, 2014
I've been taking lessons from Mike for about 6 months now and his enthusiasm and supportive approach are invaluable. This is my 3rd time trying lessons and the first time I've continued past the first couple sessions. And the reason is Mike. He's extremely talented, but more importantly, he's a phenomenal teacher. He explains things simply, concisely, and effectively. I leave every lesson enthused and excited to go home and practice. I can't recommend him highly enough. Mike's the man!
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Aaron G. April 12, 2013
Guitar
Mike S will teach you how to allow yourself to learn a new instrument!

Mike really is incredible. The guitar looked so complicated and confusing before I met Mike. He really teaches you how to allow yourself to learn a new instrument. Within a month I was improvising over simple changes with my own ideas! And within 2 or 3 months, the amount of chord structures I had at my disposal was mind blowing. The speed at which I became comfortable with the instrument was amazing. I really believe that Mike's simple teaching style really was a key part in my ability to play and grow on a new instrument. Other than that, he is one of the greatest people I have ever had the pleasure to meet and play with. He gives so much of his time to his community by teaching anyone from child to infinity and even bringing them together to create bands to showcase every persons different talents. He is a beautiful human being and I do actively suggest him to anyone that tells me they want to learn either piano, guitar, or bass.
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Alyssa S. April 12, 2013
Piano
AMAZING music teacher!

I have been taking lessons with Mike since I was age 5, and am now age 25. Mike was the first person to make me feel passion and love for music. He helped me discover my talent by allowing and encouraging me to play by ear and was always incredibly supportive, patient, and kind. Lessons with Mike make me eager to practice the piano daily and I have ALWAYS looked forward to our next lesson together because of the fun and easy-going environment he creates. If it weren't for Mike, I would not continue to play the piano as often as I do as an adult. He goes above and beyond for his students and I would HIGHLY recommend him as a teacher. I know I will take lessons from him for as long as he's still teaching!
Emerson W. Woodland Hills, CA

I want to make sure my students have a good time learning percussion but I also want to make sure they learn a lot..! I always make sure to ask my students what they want to learn and what their favorite music is... after that, I figure out what type of lessons to plan out.

About Emerson

Thanks so much for your interest in starting music lessons with me. I’m so excited to share my passion for music with you! As Lao Tzu said: “Music in the soul can be heard by the universe." Lesson details: My main goal as a teacher is to help my students reach their goals. If my student wants to learn how to play rock, hip-hop, and jazz drums I believe that it's my job to teach them how to play those styles..! If my student wants to get accepted into a music school I will make sure that they are prepared for an audition whether it be for orchestral percussion, jazz drums, rock drums, etc. The equipment I have in my studio: Drum set, marimba, timpani, concert snare drum, electric and acoustic guitars, guitar amplifier, 88-key keyboard, maracas, shakers, tambourine, triangles, ...

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Carol R. January 5, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Emerson is an amazing instructor. Besides being a very knowledgeable and gifted musician, he’s patient, kind, and makes learning the drums fun. What I appreciate most about Emerson is that he’s interested in helping me reach my goals. I happen to be interested in learning Latin style drums and lucky for me, Latin is one (of many) of Emerson’s specialties. So many people have told me that Latin is hard to learn, but in four short lessons, I already know how to play a basic Bossa Nova beat. Emerson is a very organized and efficient instructor. We work with handouts, video (I record him as he instructs) and reading exercises from a book. A highlight for me in our sessions is when Emerson accompanies my drum playing with another instrument, the piano for example. I really get the feeling like we’re having a little jam session and it's fun because I can hear that I'm making music and that's an awesome feeling.

Choose Emerson as your music instructor and you will not be disappointed.
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Shane S. December 21, 2014
Drum · In home
Emerson is a great instructor who has been helping me prepare for an upcoming performance (for my bar-mitzvah (like in front of 100 of my closest peers (so like yeah that's a lot of stress))). He is a great instructor and I look forward to continue studying with him.
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Angela B. December 19, 2014
Drum · In home
Emerson is an EXCELLENT teacher! He is patient and kind. He is super organized and efficient. He's able to give wonderful easy to follow instructions. I hope he is my son's music instructor for YEARS to come!
Ryan K. Woodland Hills, CA

Ryan is knowledgable along a wide spectrum of hand percussion, including more traditional forces, such as Latin percussion technique (conga/bongos/shakers/accessory percussion), as well as the middle eastern tabla (doumbek/derbekke), indian tabla, and mallet percussion, such as timpani instruction. Ryan teaches on a MalletKat which can be used for all keyboard percussion needs including marimba, xylo, and vibes. Ryan also has experience adapting all of these to the drum set or in being played in conjunction with a kit set up.

About Ryan

Ryan started his music with piano lessons at age four while lending his vocal talents in the recording booth for his musician/writer/ arranger father, Rick. Ryan was playing in piano recitals by age six, segued from keyboards to drums at age 14, and was subsequently accepted into the University of California, Santa Barbara percussion program after high school. While an undergraduate at UCSB, Ryan spent three years as the principal timpanist for the UCSB Symphony and five years as timpanist with the UCSB Wind Ensemble. Concurrently over the same five year period, he performed with a diversity of UCSB ensembles, Orchestra and Jazz combos, work with the College of Creative Studies department (CCS), and a variety of recording and recital work in and outside the university. Chiefly ...

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Raz B. May 3, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
Great Teacher

Ryan has been teaching Drum lesson to my 8 years old son for last 3 months. My son is a very challenging student and has problem focusing and paying attention. I am really amazed that he actually learnt and playing music.
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Sharon B. April 6, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
excellent instructor for drums and piano!

Ryan is an exceptional music instructor. He has been giving guidance to my 13 year old son on drums and piano for 3-4 months and my son's abilities have dramatically soared. Ryan is equally talented on both instruments and offers top notch dual instruction. Ryan is a true musician and knows how to communicate the language of music on various levels to my son. He observes and instructs accordingly.
My son is so excited after each lesson that he comes home and practices both instruments on his own, without having to be prompted. My son plays both instruments now with so much more style and exuberance. Ryan is extremely professional, soft spoken and gifted on his own. I would highly recommend Ryan as a music instructor for kids and adults.
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GozdeF December 23, 2011
Alex's mom

Ryan is an excellent teacher. Thanks to his amazing knowledge of the subject matter, impressive creativity, support and patience, my son always looks forward to Ryan's lessons. Ryan always supports my son's passion to learn to play the piano and drums, and he successfully manages to direct my son's energy into something productive, which motivates my son to learn even more. So, thank you, Ryan, for everything!

Brian R.

Los Angeles, CA
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Los Angeles, CA
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North Hollywood, CA
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Brian R. Los Angeles, CA

I teach Hand Percussion Lessons, Bongo Lessons, Djembe Lessons, Conga Lessons, Darbuka/Doumbek Lessons.

About Brian

I have been playing drums for 14 years and have taught professionally for a respected music studio in Connecticut. I have played in numerous bands and toured the United States, Europe and Central America. The styles I teach are Rock, Jazz, Latin, R&B/Hip-Hop, Funk/Soul, Reggae, Folk/Indie, Metal/Hardcore and World Rhythms. I teach drum-set and various types of hand percussion such as bongos, djembe, darbuka/doumbek and congas. *** Lesson Details *** I've always thought that learning should be fun. I consistently try to bring a creative and laid-back approach to teaching drums. After the first or second lesson, most students realize that I don't take myself too seriously. Sometimes certain techniques or exercises can be tiresome or even boring. When this occurs, I switch gears and ...

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Tim G. January 17, 2015
Drum · In home
Truly the most talented drummer I've ever had the pleasure to witness and work with. Brian continues to astonish me with his ability to take the complicated and make it practical and simple. Words cannot possibly describe the gift the gods have blessed this man with...not only have my drumming skills increased but my inner knowledge of life has been blessed. I would pay for your first lesson because I know you will not be let down, Brian is an ironclad guarantee!!
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Kevin S. October 21, 2014
Drum · In home
Brian's experience and passion for drumming become apparent during the first lesson. He is a talented musician and a wonderful teacher, adjusting the pace of each lesson to match your needs and your level of skill. His ability to play numerous styles makes him an ideal teacher for those up and coming drummers who don't want to get locked into playing one particular type of music. I've been playing drums for as long as Brian has, but even with all of my experience he has still helped me branch out and incorporate new techniques into my repertoire. Whether you are a beginner, looking to learn the basics, or an experienced drummer, looking to hone your skills in a particular area, Brian is a great teacher to turn to!
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Josh S. September 11, 2014
Hand Drums · In home
Great teacher. It's not about rushing you through the lesson, its about making sure you're learning WHAT it is you're supposed to. If you are looking for someone with patience, knowledge, that can teach well, and play even better, quit lookin'.
Brianna S. Los Angeles, CA

Focus on rudiments, technique on various percussion instrument: snare, bass, keyboards, timpani, etc. Ear training for tuning on timpani.

If you need services for any other instruments, please make sure you have access to them. These lessons are only offered in the student's home

About Brianna

Hi, I'm Bri! I'm a graduate of North Central College with a BA in Music (Emphasis in Composition and Percussion) and a minor in History. I absolutely love music, every single aspect of it. I want and love to make music a part of everybody's lives who want and need it. I want to help you with your musical needs. I have been playing percussion for 15 years, singing for 20, and playing piano for 17 years. I am currently in a recording and performing band, Oblio and Arrow, and am also working on orchestrating a musical with a company. History has always fascinated me. They way our world has developed and changed, and continues to evolve is amazing. Everything can be tied back to the past, and I feel it's important to take a look back, put yourself in that time, and really study how things

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Elizabeth M. May 13, 2014
Classical Piano
Verified Student
Learning more and more each time.

Great teacher with young kids. Very patient with beginners.
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Brianna S. May 12, 2014
World History
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I felt I had a good grasp on Modern history until my eyes were opened to facts that I did not know existed. Wonderful illustrations, and organization and research. Wonderful lesson. Can't wait for next session!
Matthew C. North Hollywood, CA

Matt offers private lessons in orchestral percussion, various world percussion, marimba/vibraphone, and drum set in various styles.

For each student, Matt constructs a personalized syllabus/curriculum to address their individual goals. Each student comes from a different musical, academic, and cultural background; he is sensitive to their individuality as musicians and attempts to keep them accountable for long term growth. Each week he emails notes from students' lessons along with a digital copy of hand outs or music that he assigns them to study.

About Matthew

Matt C is a GRAMMY nominated percussionist based in Los Angeles, CA. He is involved in projects ranging from experimental art or popular folk music to jazz and international ensembles. Matt can be heard around the country performing with intimate chamber ensembles, symphony orchestras, and popular music artists. As an educator, Matt has been a featured clinician and performer at several universities including The San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the University of Southern California as well as at events like the Percussive Arts Society's Days of Percussion and the American Composers Jazz Institute. He has experience consulting and designing curriculum for university students and k-12 programs with success securing them scholarships to major conservatories and Honor bands across ...

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