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Popular Drum Teachers Near Washington

Keith J.

Falls Church, VA
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Agustin F.

Vienna, VA
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Fabio T.

Springfield, VA
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Keith J. Falls Church, VA

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About Me

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!!

*** Lesson Details ***
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, so students will learn not only about the MUSIC, but also about the BUSINESS should they have professional career related questions.

I have been around the world working with MAJOR famous recording artists touring out of Washington, DC and Los Angeles.

I teach 1/2 hour lessons and/or 1 hour lessons.

During each lesson, I give you plenty of material to practice over a week€™s time. WE WILL HAVE FUN.

Not many teachers in this area have my experience nor credentials. I love the drums more than anything and my enthusiasm should be evident during our lessons. Several of my students have gone on to major music colleges such as Berklee. One of my students is currently touring and working with Linkin Park.

When you take lessons from me, you will develop the skills to play in your school band with confidence, start your own band, or play at an advanced professional level.

I am great with young children as well as students of all ages. Additionally, I have experience with students requiring special needs.

I have all the patience in the world, remember, I was in your shoes years ago when I had a dream of learning how to play the drums !!!!


*** Studio Equipment ***
Large, private studio with all the equipment you will need to absorb the "pearls of wisdom" I will give you during your private one-on-one private lesson. Comfortable waiting room outside studio.

*** Specialties ***
Drum set technique, snare drum technique, reading studies. Rock, Country, Jazz, symphonic, marching band etc.

I teach both the MUSIC and the BUSINESS, for the aspiring or current professional.

Agustin F. Vienna, VA

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Performance, Music Theory, Percussion

About Me

Agustin Faundez R. is currently a successful freelance percussionist, teacher, and drum line instructor in the Northern Virginia and DC area. He has recently finished his term as a percussion section member with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra 2012 season. Additionally he is part of the Percussion staff at South Lakes High School and Reston Music music shop. Agustin is a rudimental and Brazilian Batucada drumming aficionado.

Agustin earned his B.S. in dual majors of Music Performance and Music Therapy from the State University of New York at Fredonia. While enrolled in SUNY Fredonia Agustin studied under the direction of Dr. Kay Stonefelt, Dr. John Bacon Jr, and Ms. Tiffany Nicely, all distinguished percussionists in the Western New York area. During his undergraduate years at SUNY Fredonia, Agustin performed in the College Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra, and was also a member of the SUNY Fredonia Percussion Ensemble, World Mallet Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, African Drumming Ensemble, and University Chorus.

Throughout his career, Agustin has performed with distinguished musicians such as Laura Koepke(bassoon), Dr. David Rudge(violin), Bernard Woma(Master Gyil player), Dr. Kay Stonefelt(percussion), Tiffany Nicely(percussion), Jeremy Ragsdale(piano, vocals), Rita Giglioti(vocals), Charlie Himel(bass), Aubrey V. Adams(percussion), Andrew Hitz(tuba), Roger Whitworth(French Horn), Joanna Dabrowska(percussion), and Paul Durning(percussion), Glenn Sewell(Percussion), and many more.

Though Agustin spends most of his time either in teaching studios and performance halls, he is no stranger to recording studios. During his college years he was a member of Buffalo area knowned band, Look The Horizon, whom which he recorded with several times, and had the chance to perform along the side of famous ska band, Big D and the kids table. In the spring of 2012 Agustin was offered to record the original compositions The Curse The Cross and the Lion by composer Nathan Felix, as the main percussionist during the process. He can also be found in a few recordings of the American Wind Symphony Orchestra 2012 tour, and most recently in the James Bond themed pep band music by Alfred's Music Publishing company, recorded under the Warner Brothers record label.

Agustin has also performed with distinguished ensembles such as the Reston Chamber Orchestra, the McLean Symphony, the Fairfax Symphony, the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic, Beethoven's Found Orchestra, the Whitworth Brass Quintet, and most recently the Brass of the Potomac brass band, whom he joined for their world championships competition in Cincinnati, OH.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a young teacher with innovative and modern approaches for teaching percussion and drum set. I am very laid back, but also expect my students to put in the work and dedication to the lesson.

Ultimately I believe that every student has the chance to become great, and that each student gets out of a lesson whatever they put in.

As part of my percussion and drum set curriculum I not only teach the fundamentals, approaches, and general art of percussion and drum set, but also like to involve the student in listening, aural theory, written theory, and eurythmics.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Private Percussion studio including multiple drum sets, Marimbas, glockenspiels, Vibraphones, Xylophones, auxiliary percussion, Latin percussion, orchestral percussion, and African percussion instruments. The studio is equipped with everything one could possibly need to be come a well-rounded percussionist or drum set player. The studio is spacious and there is sitting provided if parents of students prefer staying throughout lessons. Street parking provided for parents/students.

*** Specialties ***
Percussion : I teach all percussion instruments including keyboard percussion mallet instruments, snare drum, timpani and auxiliary percussion instruments. I have classical,world percussion, and rudimental/DCI knowledge of all these instruments.

I can teach Latin percussion instruments such as congas, bongos, cajon, Brazilian percussion, pandero, etc, according to the context of the music as well as the different techniques utilized for each instrument.

Drum set: I am fully capable of teaching basic to advanced drum set techniques, exercises, 4 limb independence, different styles of music such as Latin, Brazilian, Afro-cu ban, rock, jazz, funk, hip-hop, etc. According to student's abilities I also teach fills, improvisation, sound quality technique, click track play along.

With all the percussion instruments and styles listed above I also teach musicality and musicianship in all aspects of music. I believe in teaching a full understanding of the music and not just the instrument. Within the context of the instrument or technique being studied I teach music theoretical understanding as well as music history .

Fabio T. Springfield, VA

Subjects Taught

Drum, Guitar

About Me

Fabio is an accomplished and experienced musician. Beginning with percussion at the age of 9, he has over 15 years rocking out behind the kit. He has played in many local bands and as well as some internationally. He is sought after for his wide variety of styles: Classic rock, Modern Rock, Alternative, Punk, Metal, Blues, Funk, and Latin. He is currently working on a Hard Rock project whom are finishing up some demos before they start gigging around the area.
Aside from drumming, Fabio has also been trained in classical and electric guitar, as well as Music theory, which he acquired while obtaining a BS Mechanical Eng/ and Acoustics.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe it is important for a student to feel he/she is in a comfortable environment, which is why I tailor each lesson based on the student. I take into account not only natural talent and level of experience, but also progression and devotion. Whether the student is an adult looking to start a new and fun hobby, or a child with major aspirations to be come one of the greats, I can make sure either one gets the necessary instruction at a comfortable pace. Se Habla Espaol!

For beginning drummers, I like to start with fundamentals and light theory, and certain physical exercises (which help make the limbs independent of each other). I also like to get the student to familiarize themselves with the instrument. I start of with easy rhythms on a drum pad (usually from a beginners percussion book), and slowly work up to working with a high-hat, snare, bass drum configuration. Once you're ready for the fun stuff, we can start incorporating easy songs you've always wanted to play, and then start moving the difficulty level up and up. All in all I try to combine the fun that comes with playing along to the songs you love, with a strong foundation of fundamentals and theory which will help you progress faster but with ease. For students that have already had some experience either percussive or behind the kit, we can assess your level of experience and move from there.

For beginning guitarist, I begin by familiarizing the student with the instrument, and some very basic theory and tuning. We then move on to simple patterns to get those calluses on those finger tips. Then we start with chord charts and strumming rhythms. Followed by the fun stuff, which is actually playing a song. I am very open to my student's tastes and encourage them to bring in songs they would like to learn, because I when someone is familiar with a particular song, it can be almost as if your fingers naturally know what to do. I can teach both electric, classical acoustic, and steel acoustic guitars. For students who are further along, I like to assess their particular level first, and go on from there.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Drums: I provide a full kit, with necessary extras to for accompaniment. A stereo for playback, some recording equipment if needed. Books and necessary copies, although I encourage students to purchase their own instruction books. practice pad and extra sticks, music stand
Guitar: Amps, pics, stereo for playback, recording equipment, mics for non electric/acoustics, music stand.

*** Specialties ***
modern rock, classic rock, blues, metal, punk, alternative

Lou N.

Burtonsville, MD
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Charles S.

Waldorf, MD
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Alan S.

Manassas, VA
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Lou N. Burtonsville, MD

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Singing, Songwriting

About Me

I was performing at the age of 15 earning $300 a week in 1965, without any formal training. I grew up in a very musical home - my father was a part time musician and my mother had a beautiful voice. I attended college from 1976 to 1980. I played in 3 Jazz Bands, sang in the Chorus, played in the Orchestra , studied piano, voice and drums. Worked with William Boone the pianist for Lester Young, also worked with Pete Minger, Count Basie's Trumpeter, and shared the stage with greats like Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillesppi, Freddy Cole and many others. When you take lessons with me you will accomplish all your goals while learning a deep appreciation of music. Let your dreams begin by calling now!

*** Lesson Details ***
Three-fold method of Technique, Theory and Sight Reading taught. Each drum and voice student will be accompanied by the pianist, and the piano student will be accompanied by the drummer while applying the three-fold method in a real musical situation. Music written assignments are part of the lesson.

*** Studio Equipment ***
separate music room with piano, amps, drums, upright piano and a Sound System.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Drum Students must have a practice pad, & drumsticks. Piano students must have a keyboard or piano & voice students must have a CD player. I will provide the music books.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Gospel & Contemporary. Drums/Henry Addler Method to develop technique, Gary Chester for developing independence, David Girabaldi for Funk, and all the world rhythms. Voice/scat singing. Improvisation, composition and arranging.

Charles S. Waldorf, MD

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Theory, Percussion

About Me

Outside of teaching percussion and musical performances I have worked in special education for over 15 years.

My life of music started knee high at the age of 4 playing drums and piano. At the age of 15 I gave my first musical performance, from that stage on I knew my talent had found a home.

In the 11th grade I toured with a local funk group in Washington DC through 26 cities learning music and the life of travel at an early age. During my last high school and college years I performed extensively playing classical, jazz, rock, funk, go-go, gospel, marching band, R&B, and with local rap artist.

Recording credits and highlights include work with Def Jam artist Steady Eddy, recording go-go Mario with Double Agent Rock, and recordings with Little Benny and the Masters.

My other musical passion is teaching. Throughout my college years and beyond I served as a percussion instructor and assistant band director at Morgan State University. As part of the Morgan State University Magnificent Marching Machine I served as a instructional leader in music and performance mentor for the team. I taught part time as a percussion instructor at Milford Mill High School giving individual lessons for over 10 years.

Musical inspiration is an important element to the refinement of my craft. A few personal musical influences are Buddy Rich, Max Roach, Neil Peart (Rush), Dennis Chambers, (Santana), George Gray (Roberta Flack), Ricky Wellman (Miles Davis), Quinton Mack-Davis (Rare Essence) and Michael Bland (Prince).

*** Lesson Details ***
Within the first three months of lessons student will gain a strong foundation of sight reading and basic drum techniques in both rudiment studies and playing the drum set. My style of teaching music consist of breaking each skill down into chunks and allowing students to learn using their individual learning styles. I utilize rewards for perfect practice and each lesson contains a safe, fun learning atmosphere with students exhibiting in their best behavior.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in store front studio, drum kit provided

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will bring a practice pad. Students should have a drum set.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Funk, pop, and classical.

Alan S. Manassas, VA

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Performance, Percussion

About Me


Formal Study:
Associate in Arts Degree from Suffolk County Community College Long Island, New York and United States Air Force Band Careerfield at Scott AFB, Illinois and March AFB, California

Private Study:
Pete Heywood (Fifth Avenue Band- Reprise Records), Al Miller ( Cab Calloway), John Kasica (St. Louis Symphony), Bob Luther (Fairchild) and Bobby Dominguez (Russell Ferante of The Yellow Jackets).

Donati Orchestra, Jazz Street Station/5th Ave Band, Glasshouse (on the Spirit of Washington), Our Pleasure Top 40, NightShift, 3RDegree and presently now with Syncopated Nation.

NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS: *Appeared on "Merv Griffin Television", "Bob Hope Celebrity Dinner Show", "Caesar's Palace Las Vegas" and "Playboy Jazz Festival Los Angeles".
Performed under the baton of Henry Mancini ( TV & Movie Composer/Arranger: Peter Gunn, Pink Panther), Peter Matz (CBS Records Barbara Streisand/Chicago) and Mort Lindsey (Merv Griffin Show)

About In Home Drum Instruction:
We provide drum lessons in the convenience of clients™ homes with a registered business license since 1994. Top references given for quality instruction. We guarantee that the rate will never increase, ever!

Knowledge that the student is able to approach any style of music with confidence and take this with them into any area of study and performance.Taught students from elementary - high school for at least 6 years who were 1st or 2nd chair in their respective band programs and continue in music as a major or at least minor throughout college.

There is an art to drumming. It is an instrument heard in many styles of music. Students grades excel when studying any given instrument from the discipline of daily practice.

Satisfied a need for people whose family schedules were too complicated to have lessons outside their own home since 1994.

We offer beginner to advanced lessons. The styles we cover include:
Fusion, etc.

Lessons are built to be fun! Call or e-mail to find out more information.

Alan S. of
In Home Drum Instruction

Brands I professionally utilize:

Vic Firth Drumsticks, Remo Drumheads, Gretsch / Pearl Drumsets, Zildjian / Sabian Cymbals, Lp Jamblock, etc.

*** Lesson Details ***
My interest as instructor is to always give the best lessons possible. In order to achieve this, "attendance" is a very important part of attaining this goal.

Lessons will "not" be pro-rated in cost due to students' absence for any reason (except family emergency). If instructor is unable to arrive for lesson, then adjustments will be applied.

"No long term contract" ...however, a "2 week notice" is required prior to "final lesson" when stopping lessons without additional charge.

If local roads are impassable due to severe weather conditions, lessons will be conducted over Phone or Skype during same scheduled lesson time on day in question.

Alan S.
In Home Drum Instruction - "Have Drum Will Travel" :)

*** Studio Equipment ***
5-piece Gretsch Drumset: Pearl free floating piccolo snare drum, power 10" & 12" mounted toms, 14" power floor tom, and 20" power bass drum. Mixture of Avedis Zildjian 20" medium ride cymbal, Avedis Zildjian 16" medium/thin crash cymbal, 14" Scimitar high hat cymbals, 12" Sabian Pro 8 cymbal, 12'" Wuhan china cymbal and LP stealth jam block.

*** Travel Equipment ***
5-piece Pearl Drumset: 6 & 1/2" metal snare drum, 12" & 13" mounted power toms, 16" power floor tom and 22" power bass drum. Mixture of 22" Avedis Zildjian medium ride cymbal, 16" Avedis Zildjian medium thin crash cymbal, 14" Avedis Zildjian high hat cymbals, and 21" Italian (dark) sizzle cymbal.

*** Specialties ***
Cover many styles including: Concert Percussion, Jazz Independence, Chart Interpretation for Big Band, Rock, Latin, Funk, Fusion as applied to drumset. Studies also available on Polyrythms and odd meter.

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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