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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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Sean D.

Hyattsville, MD
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Keith J. Falls Church, VA

Subjects Taught

Drum

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 !!!!

HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON !!!

*** 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.

Raycurt J. Washington, DC

Subjects Taught

Broadway Singing, Dance, Drum, Fiddle, Jazz Dancing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing, Speaking Voice, Viola, Violin

About Me

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 toi stimulate learning practices within. As a hobby or passion we discover the connecctions to all the simiular 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 church choirs and the D.C. Youth Chorale.
Began instruction on the Viola in the D.C. Youth Orchestra program.
Attended the Duke Ellington Performing Arts High School in it's inaugural year.

"Live", performance and producer of classical music concerts , recitals and celebratory events.

Recordings with artists throughout the U.S. and Europe. Presentations of jazz and classical ensembles with rotating artists for hire. With a variety of genres of music a formidable Violinist and Singer/Entertainer.

He has performed with notables such as Stevie Wonder,
Natalie Cole, Bette Midler, and Carmen Mac Cray.
Akademisches Festival Orchestra, Leipzig, Kammerorchester de St. Laurentius, in Dessau, Germany.
National Gallery of Art Orchestra, and the
American University Symphony.
Howard University Community Orchestra
La Fete Musique.
MTA-Music Under New York

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*** Specialties ***
Ear training a must! Natural call and response rhythm and melody. Movement through music and the physique.

Sean D. Hyattsville, MD

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Performance, Music Recording, Percussion

About Me

I love jamming, teaching, instructing, practicing, learning new songs, and I am always up for a challenge!

So about me,
I grew up in the suburbs of Cincinnati, OH. My Father started playing the drums at an early age and started teaching me when I was about 12 years old. I've had over a dozen private instructors and grew up playing drums starting in Middle-school, through High-school as a "Band GEEK". In 7th grade I started playing with the school jazz band and readily learned "proper technique". In 8th Grade I was a "Ninja", or a "helper" for the High-school Marching Band. My freshman year I finally was apart of the drumline. Starting off as a Bass Drummer I made my way to the Snare line by my Junior year. In the High-school district (Mason, OH) we traveled around the country winning awards for the Winter Percussion Ensemble, and also played for MEPA, winning 7th In the World as a the (7th) best Drumline Ensemble out of thousands.

Also during High-school and after graduating I played with 3 different local bands (as a drumset player) covering metal, jazz, fusion, rock, progressive rock, christian rock, samba, funk, and various independent artists; and learning to mimic their playing styles; Terry Bozzio, Akira Jimbo, Marco Minnemann, Mike Portnoy, Vinnie Paul, Dave Lombardo, Dave Weckl, to name a few...

After Graduating High-school in 2002, I started to study Music Education in Three different colleges. Moving to Portland, OR I started off by studying "General Music" at Portland Community College Cascade, then transferred to Portland State University majoring in Percussion. After a full 2 years of both colleges I transferred to California State University Northridge to continue my studies in Percussion. While studying in school I was taught in Voice, Ear training, Sight reading, Harmony, Music Theory, Piano, and all Percussion instruments.

While living in California I played with a couple different local bands practicing, recording and also performed at the "Viper Room" in downtown Hollywood (owned by Johnny Depp). I also played as a back up drummer for a local Open-Mic night club in downtown Hollywood from 2007 through 2008.

In 2009, I moved back here to Portland, OR to reconnect with local Percussionists and to expand my interests as a drummer. I currently have a studio practicing and recording area in my apartment which allows me to post videos online and teach at my own leisure. Check me out! Thanks for your time!

*** Lesson Details ***
I currently am giving drumset lessons; where there is a bit variety of: ear training, rhythmic dictation, percussion, and metronomic time signatures while also learning how to read music!

Want to be able to learn how to back up an entire BAND? OR do you love to drive a BAND? OR do you just want to be amazing at drum solos? While also learning how to push yourself to the limit in all kinds of drumset styles? I am the one that CAN and WILL HELP!

Music is an expression, all it needs is someone to help them find it within themselves, and I am confident I can help you.

I provide step by step instruction and can teach you what you want to learn. I am patient and understanding. Music isn't about messing up and quitting, its about staying consistent and pushing yourself through boundaries and limits you never knew you had in you.

Some people say you have to have talent, but the reality is anyone can be taught its all about the right instructor.

Drum lessons:
I teach from Beginners to Advanced.
Learn to play with music, learn to read music, or just learn to hear it and play it!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Alesis DM10 Studio Kit

*** Travel Equipment ***
Percussion Mallets. Metronome.

*** Specialties ***
Drums and Percussion: Beginner. to Advanced

Reading Music. Time Signatures. Listening, and Playing by Ear. Technical Musicianship. Teaching from a few main books. (Ultimate Play-Along by Carmine Appice) (Garwood Whaley: Fundamental Studies For Mallets) (Bart Quartier: IMAGE)... just to name a few books.

Stephen R.

Hyattsville, MD
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Chuck M.

Woodbridge, VA
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Alan S.

Manassas, VA
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Stephen R. Hyattsville, MD

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion

About Me

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 as a freelance musician in New Orleans, LA, Ithaca, NY, and Washington, DC. During this time Steve worked with many of the great local jazz and R&B masters including George Porter, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Mem Shannon, Anders Osborne, Ryan Burage, and The Louisiana Philharmonic. He has written and arranged for several of his own groups as well including: Otra, El Rumbon, The Mutron Warriors, Reichlen-Battles-Dobry, and Solstice.
Steve has been teaching drum set and percussion for over 15 years and has built a teaching philosophy based on developing different styles, good reading skills, creative expression, and good fundamental technique.

*** Lesson Details ***
I enjoy creating a lesson curriculum that is truly unique to the needs of each student. New students can expect an environment that moves to the pace that they can handle. Whether you are just starting out and want to keep drum lessons as a casual hobby or you are a professional player who wants to take your playing to the next level, I am ready to help along on your journey of discovery! I like to teach all styles of music from classical and jazz to heavy metal! You can study drum set, percussion, or a mix of everything. I encourage all of my students to learn to read music as well as to develop improvisational techniques and playing by ear. Let me introduce you to the exciting world of drums and percussion!

*** Studio Equipment ***
basement dedicated to music studio w/ electronic and acoustic drum set, hand drums, congas, bongos, keyboards, recording equipment seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide the following: practice pad, metronome, Play along material, hand drums and small percussion, and teaching resources.
The student must provide:
drum set, keyboard instruments, sticks and mallets, books that are assigned, folder for hand outs.

*** Specialties ***
I use several effective methods for percussion and general teaching including:
Gordon Method
Orff Method
Free-hand technique
Syncopation method
Moehler technique

I believe that drum set students should have a well balanced of understanding of many styles of music. I teach all of these styles:
Jazz, Rock, R&B, Blues, Afro-Caribbean, Orchestral, and Rudimental.
I use several books to aid in my teaching as well as my own exercises. Here is a link to my personal exercises, which is always available to my students:
http://drumlooplab.com/Drum%20Lessons.htm
Here are some of the books that I use:
Syncopation, Stick Control, Realistic Rock, The Art of Bop Drumming, Studio and Big Band Drumming, Portraits in Rhythm, The New Breed, Future Sounds, Modern School for Snare Drum, Modern School for Xylophone, Marimba, and Vibraphone, The Patterns series by Gary Chaffee, plus several others.....

Chuck M. Woodbridge, VA

Subjects Taught

Drum

About Me

Influences: Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, John Bonham, Ginger Baker, Ian Paice, Don Brewer.

(Juilliard Member since 2005)

Alan S. Manassas, VA

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Performance, Percussion

About Me

Education:

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).

Experience:
Performing
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:
Concert
Jazz
Rock
Latin
Funk
Fusion, etc.

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

Sincerely,
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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