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Shawn M.

West Roxbury, MA

About Shawn

Hello! I am a professional working drummer with over 20 years of performing and teaching experience. My current band, Eight To The Bar, has been the winner of Best Band Connecticut for the past 5 years straight. We perform internationally in many venues, including festivals, casinos, and concert halls. The repertoire is diverse and challenging, drawing on the traditions of R&B, Swing and Motown.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons with me will be fun and constructive. I gear my lesson plan to your individual needs with a strong focus on fundamental technique, proper grip and stroke as well as
helping you find your balance and relaxation behind the kit through posture and ergonomic set- up.

We will be able to explore the techniques of your favorite drummers. Through my wide range of experience I will be able to give you the skills necessary to function within your favorite genre of music. At the same time, I may introduce you to some forms of music less familiar to you. You can then use that experience to bring a fresh approach to your chosen style.

The name of the game is time-keeping and time feel. You will be expected to practice with a metronome, but also with recorded tracks. We will record your playing and listen back. This is one of the best ways to improve your playing.

Double bass and/or double pedal also taught as well as left foot clave, Latin percussion, piano, and music theory.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Two drum sets, full PA, fender rhodes piano, congas, timbales and hand percussion, frame drums, bongos, DVD player, audio recording capabilities. Parents can sit in on lesson.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring a practice pad set to the student's home. Metronome, ipod, some lesson handouts, and occasionally DVD's will also be brought.

*** Specialties ***
All styles and levels: rock, jazz, Latin, percussion as applied to drumset. Reading, time feel, counting and singing
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Christopher B. October 28, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Excellent. Needs some coaching on keeping a 4 year old focused/ task oriented. Maybe lesson for Christopher needs to be longer. And lessons need to be weekly.
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Lea F. December 26, 2012
Verified Student
Shawn teaches according to the learners needs .

Shawn reamined patient and thoughful during the instruction process.
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TinaB2 November 26, 2011
Shawn is great with my son who is 4.5 y/o..patience is everything when it comes to kids and he has tons of it!! My goal is for my son to be introduced to an instrument and have fun with it at this stage!!!
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Shawn M.

Shawn M.

Norwood, MA 02062
(3)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Gavin W.

Somerville, MA

About Gavin

Hello!
My name is Gavin Wallace-Ailsworth, I'm a Berklee College of Music alumni who teaches guitar, bass, and drums.
I've been a professional musician since the age of 15, and am in Boston based international touring rock group Bent Knee.

I like to cater my lessons to each student individually. Some teachers have a standard syllabus that they force all their students through, in my experience that isn't how students learn as well as they can. I pride myself on lessons that are as fun as they are educational. Learning an instrument is something that one has to enjoy to want to do. I also
make myself available to answer questions via text or phone call should you have any trouble with the material you're learning.

*** Lesson Details ***
For Drums: I teach beginning to advanced players. We can work on stick control, rudiments, various styles and grooves, songs you would like to learn, reading music, and just about anything on the kit.

For Bass: I teach beginning to intermediate players, we can work on music fundamentals such as scales and modes, finger style slap bass, funk and rock grooves, and reading music. I also idolize Les Claypool and Flea, so if you would like to learn about their playing, I would love to teach it!

For Guitar: I specialize in teaching beginners. We can work on the basics of the instrument, the scales and modes, all the chords, and songs that you like!

*** Specialties ***
On drums, I specialize in progressive rock, funk, the drum styles of Neil Peart, and can help prepare for auditions for music schools like Berklee.

On bass, I specialize in slap bass, rock music, Les Claypool's music, and groove.

On guitar, I specialize in the basics, getting good timing on the instrument, and groove.
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Tom G. September 24, 2014
Drum · In studio
Gavin was a highly insightful teacher, he took me from never having held a pair of sticks to being able to play "Basket Case" by Green Day (It's my favorite song).
Super nice and fun to learn from.
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Gavin W.

Gavin W.

Somerville, MA 02145
(1)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Peter M.

Medford, MA

Find the voice of any drum or percussion instrument and make it sing. Students of every level benefit from rhythmic breath and speaking the words of the rhythms. Beginners will find the sounds of the drum, learn the language used to explain patterns, and quickly memorize rhythms by name. Everybody learns differently, we will write, speak, feel, or clown around until you fully grasp the rhythm. Intermediate and advanced students will benefit from a variety of techniques from around the world to employ to make even familiar patterns sound fresh. Special attention is given to the trance rhythms of the world, from the Sahara and the rest of Africa, north across the sea, west across the ocean, and from the east.

About Peter

I am a student of various great drum teachers from many backgrounds. Experienced players enjoy jamming with me, but I have been told that I am especially gifted at helping beginners feel comfortable finding rhythms and sounds out of any instrument, including the human body. Rhythmic breathing is made simple and encouraged from the start. Tones and drum patterns can be explained verbally or written mathematically. Students remember the patterns forever, as well as gaining comfort in playing with other drummers or instruments. Odd time signatures or complicated songs can be tackled and easily le
arned. Use any drum or percussion instrument you have! Recordings are encouraged if you like!

Peter grew up in Chicago, raised to love soulful music. A graduate of Northwestern University's Performance Studies program with a focus on Theatre and Media Arts, Public Speaking, and Ethnology. Designing percussion for stage and dance lead to studies and teaching of North and West African, Middle Eastern drum, Caribbean/South American and Asian drum and percussion rhythms. First hand experience has been gained by living in Morocco and South Korea for nearly a year each, studying and documenting folk music.
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Wael April 20, 2016
Hand Drums · Online
Verified Student
Great teacher, great class
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Eli I. September 14, 2015
Hand Drums · In home
Verified Student
Great lesson!
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Peter M.

Peter M.

Medford, MA 02155
(2)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Josh W.

Brighton, MA

I have formal training on congas (studied w/ Eguie Castrillo - Tito Puente's disciple, has performed with Jenifer Lopez, Paquito D'Rivera, Arturo Sandoval Band, & many others)

Also extensively studied at Berklee as well as spent a month in Ghana, regarding traditional West African percussion, especially that of the Ewe people. But also Ga tradition - specifically, the kpanlogo drum.

Also extensively studied Brazilian percussion, was just down in Brazil a month ago.

I have experience also teaching bongos (used especially in bachata) and also djembe technique.

I can teach you a universe of rhythmic knowledge to create a deep architecture for you to excel in any percussion/rhythmic context.

About Josh

Hi, my name is Josh Weinberg. I have over 10 years experience teaching drums (to all different ages) & got an award from Berklee College of Music's Community Affairs Dept. for my teaching work in the Boston area. I graduated Berklee cum laude honors and w/ 2 degrees, drum performance & electronic production/design. I teach a wide variety of techniques & cater each lesson plan to you, the student, to maximize our time together & help make you the best musician you can be! I can travel to you for in-home lessons or you can come to my studio in Brighton, which is a nice, isolated space where you
won't be distracted by other lessons happening in the adjacent room like in some other studios/schools. In addition to teaching, I frequently performs with bands around the northeast U.S., & have performed with internationally acclaimed artists such as Nona Hendryx, Simon Shaheen, & Richard Devine. Between 2012-2016, I've performed in 5 countries - USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, & Turkey.
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Romina May 12, 2016
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Josh is a great teacher! This is my very first approach to learning how to play an instrument and he goes over every concept very clearly and patiently. He also explains the technical background behind every concept and includes formal assignments for me to practice from one lesson to the other, which really helps optimize the time spent in the studio as well as speed up the learning curve. I would strongly recommend him to other students!
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Sean April 27, 2016
Ableton · In home
Josh helped me mix and master my first track and showed me step by step how to do so. He also showed me many different techniques in ableton to make my tracks unique.
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Sean April 27, 2016
Ableton · In home
Josh helped me mix and master my first track and showed me step by step how to do so. He also showed me many different techniques in ableton to make my tracks unique.
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Josh W.

Josh W.

Brighton, MA 02135
(4)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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John F.

Winthrop, MA

I've performed as a percussionist in many ensembles, including MIT's Gamelan Galak Tika and Harvard's Gamelan Si Betty. Performances at Lincoln Center, Harvard University, Boston University, and others.

About John

Currently a PhD in music at Boston University, I am a graduate of the Berklee College of Music, and also hold a master's in music from Boston University. I've taught lessons in private and group methods for many years, and several of my students have been accepted to top music programs across the country. I pride myself in my ability to teach a variety of styles and methods, from pop and tablature to jazz and sheet music. I have worked with all ages and and all skill levels, and believe that teaching "with", rather than teaching "at" the student is crucial in finding the student's musical voic
e! In regards to my personal training and teaching muay Thai or Thai boxing, I am currently the 2015 middleweight WKA (world kickboxing association) world champion. I've trained in muay Thai for many years, and have fought competitively at the local, regional, national, and international level. I also teach self-defense. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
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John F.

Winthrop, MA 02152
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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