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Popular Drum Teachers Near Washington

Keith J.

Falls Church, VA
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Raycurt J.

Washington, DC
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Stephen R.

Hyattsville, MD
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Keith J. Falls Church, VA

45 years in the Music Business Students learn -
Drum Set/Snare Drum Technique and Music Performance,
Music Recording Techniques,
The Music Business - The Music AND the Business of Music
Endorsed by Hal Blaine - The most recorded Musician in HISTORY
Endorsed by Alex Van Halen and many others

About Keith

Keith is a seasoned world class drummer, a 3 Time Grammy Award winner as well as an Emmy award winning media producer; with a high degree of artistic and technical experience. He has over forty four years on-stage experience performing, developing and managing international artists. He has performed on stage and worked with world famous groups such as Starland Vocal Band, Billy Idol, Bob Seger, John Mayall, The Ventures, Buffalo Springfield Revisited (including Steve Stills and Neil Young), and many more!! Go to Keith's picture area to see pics of Keith with famous friends such as Van Halen!!

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You will learn to read drum music and/or write and play drum parts. You will learn snare drum technique and drum set skills. I have experience in the MUSIC BUSINESS, ...

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David C. November 29, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
I'm an older student with no ambitions of making drums a career at this stage in my life. I just wanted to learn what I had been putting of for decades and become a respectable amateur. Keith starts with the fundamentals and mixes in a bit of "fun' now and again to keep things interesting. His experience is evident and he tailors the lessons to the student's skill level and goals which is important since no two students are alike. While not directly relevant to me, his industry experience and the stories he shares are fascinating and keeps the lessons interesting. There is more to music then just notes on a page. I highly recommend Keith to anyone who want to learn this wonderfully frustrating instrument.
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Amelia H. November 20, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Keith is not only incredibly knowledgeable about drumming and music in general, but he is also fun. He has a great sense of humor, so if you're a beginner like I am, you will immediately feel at ease the second you walk in the door of his studio. He also has some really good stories from the days he spent on the road as a successful professional drummer. I highly recommend him to anyone--beginners, experts, and everyone in between.
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Kelly H. August 30, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Keith is the best! I came in as a beginner and Keith makes everything really easy to follow and understand. With over 40 years of experience, it's clear that Keith really knows what he's talking about. Even as a Grammy-winner, with experience with people like Bob Seger and friends like Eddie and Alex Van Halen, he's still such a down-to-earth guy. I look forward to every one of our lessons! Not only am I learning the dynamics of drumming and starting with techniques that I'll be able to build on forever, but I also learn about the music industry every lesson. His lessons go well beyond just drumming and you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone else in the area who has his kind of experience and skills. Keith goes above and beyond, as an instructor. His love of drumming is infectious and I can't even believe I was able to get lessons with someone of his caliber. Musicians like Keith are usually in LA and NY, we are SO lucky to have him here. Look no further, Keith is your guy. If he has any availability! ;)
Raycurt J. Washington, DC

Rhythm and the beat of life. To achieve the motion necessary in the music.

About Raycurt

Raycurt J. aka "Fiddla", Violin-Viola-Voice-Piano-Rhythm-Dance and Event Productions.

Music is the universal communicator, educator, healer, and conflict mediator.
We naturally expose our children to music and ignite their awareness to stimulate learning practices within. As a hobby or passion we discover the connections to all the similar disciplines, such as, science and mathematics.

How to keep time, the ruler of motion in music.
Learn the basics of the music language and idioms of Jazz.
How to create melody, the syntax of song.
inspiration of effective practice.
Basics of Improvisation or Composition.
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Native of Washington, D.C. began at the age of seven on the piano. Singing in family church ...

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Jesse C. November 23, 2014
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Raycurt has developed and implemented a constructive way for beginners to understand the violin, comprehend music theory, and figure out how to make this instrument sound good!

(It's not easy to do...)
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Mackenzie M. July 1, 2014
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Raycurt was extremely patient and a very skilled teacher. Would definitely recommend!!
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Evva A. February 20, 2014
Violin
Verified Student
Excellent

I am an adult learner new to music lessons, and so was very anxious during my first violin session with Raycurt. I can't say enough about his professionalism and easy teaching style. We spoke prior to the meeting, and he told me what I needed to get started. More impressive, he showed up during a snowstorm! I highly recommend him.
Stephen R. Hyattsville, MD

About Stephen

Steve is originally from the Binghamton, NY area and began studying drums at the age of 12 with local jazz musician Tony Monforte. He participated in the All State Orchestra and was placed on the Pro-Mark Honor Roll for young, up-and-coming drummers. Steve received a Bachelors of Music in Jazz Studies from Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY where he studied with Gordon Stout, Steve Brown, and Robert Bridge. He was selected to participate in the Henry Mancini Institute where he worked with some of the leading jazz, film, and classical musicians and composers from around the world including Terence Blanchard, Bud Shank, Christian McBride, and Jerry Goldsmith. He has also studied with Steve Houghton, Greg Fields, John Vidacovich, and Harold Jones.
Steve has spent much of his professional career ...

Brian R.

Bethesda, MD
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Dwight H.

Fort Washington, MD
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Jeff N.

Silver Spring, MD
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Brian R. Bethesda, MD

I tailor my lessons based on two factors:

1. The skill level of the student.

2. The main goal the student aims to achieve.

Each student is unique and deserves a lesson that both accommodates and challenges their skill-set. Let's start talking today and see what kind of lesson works for you!

About Brian

I picked up my first pair of drumsticks when I was 10 years old. After a little bit of practice and hard work I've gone on to teach kids and adults the best instrument in the world! Some of my heroes include Steve Gadd, Carter Beauford, Buddy Rich, Gregg Bissonette, Dennis Chambers, and any drummer who can play left-handed. I have been in bands ranging in styles from rock to funk and currently enjoy playing in instrumental funk and pop-rock bands based here in DC. Whether it's an intimate club like IOTA in Arlington or a large venue like The Fillmore in Silver Spring, I love putting on a good show. While studying Audio/Radio at Emerson College in Boston, I played drums with funk-groove band SYM while honing my skills in audio engineering. It was in the studio, I fell in love ...

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Andrew H. December 8, 2013
Drum
Professional Drum Teacher/Collaborator

I'm not a student, however I did play in a band in Boston with Brian for over 2 years. He was professional drummer and had a great attitude towards collaboration.

We recorded one EP at Emerson College, where Brian had an integral part in the mixing, production and of course recording.

I would recommend working with Brian!
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David H. December 5, 2013
Drum
B-rock

Brian and I shared the drum section together for several years in a local Northeast touring band. His technique and pursuit of the perfect beat were second to none. He's got a keen ear to tempo and brings unique flavors or different genres of music to the table which helped push the band in new directions.

I'd recommend Brian as a teacher based on his love and dedication to music coming from his college major to his hobbies, music and playing drums are a large part of B-rocks life.

Rock on brah.
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Joseph V. December 4, 2013
Drum
Excellent Drummer

I have had the unique opportunity of playing in band with Brian for two years. Not only is he an incredibly technical drummer, he genuinely understands creativity and collaboration. He was also at forefront of recording one of our EP's back in '08, and it came out great! He made us sound much more professional than we were at the time. I haven't had him as a teacher, but would highly recommend him for anyone looking to learn both skill and creativity.
Dwight H. Fort Washington, MD

Ever thought of getting the basics of playing cool drum beats down? Look no further, I can help you out!

About Dwight

SUMMARY:
Formally trained musician and DC area native. Skilled and experienced as a pianist, bassist, guitarist, and drummer. I aspire to generate meaningful contributions as both a performer and an instructor.

CORE SKILLS:
- Music Theory
- Playing Technique
- Improvisation
- Solo/Ensemble Play
- Performance Technique

MUSIC EXPERIENCE:
- Bassist, Throwdown Syndicate, 2013-Present
- Bassist, Above The Silence, 2013-2014
- Church Organist, Various Churches, 2009-2011
- Pianist, Musically Inclined, 2008-2009
- Guitarist, Highly Integrated Jazz Unit, 2004-2008
- Pianist, The President's Own, 2004-2008

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Jane R. October 31, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Dwight is a fantastic and professional music teacher! I have recently started playing piano again after a 10 year hiatus. Dwight listens carefully to my goals and is always prepared to challenge me with new material. He also is flexible with my schedule and responds to emails promptly. I highly recommend him to any previous player who wants to get back into playing!
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Candas M. October 28, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Dwight is a great teacher! He is very professional and patient with my son.
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Brittany F. October 14, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Dwight is an excellent instructor. He teaches me the guitar once a week and I have seen a significant improvement in how I am able to play. Prior to beginning lessons, I was unable to read music or even tune my guitar. With Dwight's help I am now able to read music and play simple songs that I was unable to before. His teaching methods help me to improve and expand on my knowledge of playing and his patience and teaching skills allow me the confidence to play and grow as a guitar player. I would highly recommend him to anyone who is interested in taking guitar lessons regardless of their knowledge of music or skill level in playing the guitar.
Jeff N. Silver Spring, MD

I've been teaching drums for the past 10 years, nine of those as the Director Of Drum Set Studies at Dale Music, Co. I will teach you how to read musical notation and I specialize in how to play using proper technique with solid timing. Two of the many areas that we'll cover are, The Rudiments as well as a variety of musical styles. A few of the instructional materials that we will work from are: "Elementary Drum Method" and "Realistic Rock" for the beginning student, "Stick Control" and "Syncopation" for the intermediate on into, "New Breed" and Alan Dawson's "...Complete Vocabulary" for the advanced student.

While my teaching style is relaxed, you will have to put in the work to achieve a level of proficiency. Keep in mind, "you can't get a full result with half an effort" and "the best shortcut is hard work." So, let's get to work!

About Jeff

Hi, I’m Jeff and I have been playing the drums for over 40 years and an instructor for the past 10 years. I began my teaching career at The School of Rock where I spent one (1) year helping the drum students learn to play along to songs from various rock groups such as The Rolling Stones, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Rush, Kiss and Led Zeppelin. We also covered funk artist Sly & The Family Stone, Stevie Wonder, Parliament Funkadelic and James Brown, to name a few. From there, I started teaching at Dale Music, Co., where I served as the Director of Drum Set Studies for the past nine (9) years with a concentration on performing jazz. My personal drumming style has been influenced by Steve Gadd, William Kennedy, Jimmy Cobb, Art Blakey, Steve Smith and Ndugu Chancler to name a few. ...

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Damian H. October 17, 2014
Drum Set · In studio
My son has been Jeff's student for almost 2 years. We are very grateful for the knowledge and skills that Jeff has. He has taught my son how to play the drums the correct way, and it shows! Jeff is easy to work with, and always willing to help whenever and however he can.
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Jeff N. October 12, 2014
Drum Set · In studio
My son (13) is a current beginner student of Jeff's. Jeff has been a great instructor - patient, thorough and always positive. Jeff is encouraging and supportive - my son enjoys his lessons with him. I would highly recommend Jeff to anyone looking for an outstanding drum instructor.
Arminda P.
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Jeff N. October 8, 2014
Drum Set · In studio
Jeff taught me for 7 years. Over that time he became more than just a drum teacher, he became a friend and mentor to me. I was always excited to go to his lessons because I would improve every day with him. Every lesson I would learn something new. Jeff is a great teacher and wonderful company, I'd recommend him to anyone. Perfect practice makes perfect and there are no short cuts.
-Carter Howard

Percussion and Drum Lessons in Washington, DC

By Dan T. - DC Drums Teacher

Percussion has always fascinated me. During snack time as a child, I would trade rhythms with friends on table benches. When running laps for soccer practice, I would churn my body’s energy to the texture of wind through the trees; rhythms defined by awareness of immediate surroundings. This isn’t a specialized skill. As individuals, each person has a unique understanding of the world, and therefore, everyone has a personal background that can be brought to a collective foreground. That foreground is rhythm. The expression of that rhythm is percussion.

There isn’t a right or wrong way to express one’s rhythms; there is only expression. As a percussion instructor teaching drum lessons in Washington, DC, I find common ground on which I can ...

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