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Rufus S.

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I have taught students from beginner to intermediate with progress in 3 months when practicing & following instructions.

About Rufus

My name is Rufus and I am eager to share my 50 + years of drum experience to help you reach your desired playing goals, you will learn the basics and begin to find your own rhythm as a drummer...let me show you how you can be the best drummer possible!

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September 10, 2019
Josiah P.
Rufus is a dedicated drum instructor who is keenly interested in seeing his students improve. We have seen our son rapidly progress with the drums over a short period of time and look forward to seeing Rufus develop his skills further.
August 12, 2018
Cindy
Rufus is an amazing instructor! He connects and encourages, with high expectations and great results. Our daughter has shown significant progress and now has the confidence to join her high school band.
July 14, 2018
Frankie
Enjoyed my first lesson with Rufus. Very easy going and down to earth guy. He is very knowledgeable and a great player as well. Thank you for everything

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Rufus S.

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(16)
Private Drum Teacher

I have been teaching drums since 2003, and I start my students using The Drumset Musician, by Rick Mattingly and Rod Morgenstein. I also choose materials, from my extensive library, to address the needs of each individual. I am familiar with rock, country, blues, jazz, and world grooves, as well as marching band and orchestra. I teach the components of and purposes of voices within the set, proper grip, reading music, coordination, and feel. I also teach students how to analyze and map songs, so they can excel in a band setting. If a student is wanting to be in marching and symphonic bands, I can prepare them for those pursuits, as well. I have two sets in my studio, as well as abundant hand and auxiliary percussion instruments.

About Tracy

I have been playing the drum set in various bands since 2001. I have also been playing with the OKC Community Orchestra since 2009. I have played in symphonic and jazz bands and a percussion ensemble. I have taught a percussion class, private lessons, and I have been a full time music teacher in the OKC district. I have recorded in the studio also, and I enjoy doing a bit of my own production. Rocking on stage is my favorite activity! I can teach you how to be an integral part of a band and play along to your favorites. I enjoy bringing out the best in a student and teaching to his/her strengths. Let's run!

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a very easygoing and patient teacher. I fully understand that the drum set requires a high level of coordination, and I am mindful of this while working with students. I will begin with proper gr

ip and stroke technique as well as the use of a metronome. I will teach the student to read rhythms and drum set notation. I know how to isolate difficult patterns, break them down into understandable parts, and reintegrate them into a piece. I like to use the music that a student enjoys to relate to the written music. I have found YouTube to be an indispensable tool for this, and my students have responded very well. I will work on snare drum technique as well, because it is the primary voice on the set, and the touch and nuance required to play it well relate to the set as well. I will tailor my instruction to suit the student's learning style and preferences. I want to make the learning fun, so I will help the student quickly gain the basic skills to play along with their favorite bands. This promotes musicality as well as solid time. It will also aid in transcription, which will come with development and is a valuable tool. I will use this in tandem with technique-building exercises to form a well rounded musician. I believe that a student should have a familiarity with his/her instrument, so we will also go over the anatomy and tuning of the set. Above all, music should be fun!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room w/ drum set, hand drums, and seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have a practice pad, snare drum, and sticks. If a student wishes to have drum set lessons in his/her home, that instrument should be there.
**Please note** I do have a drum set in my home.

*** Specialties ***
For the drum set, I am the most experienced in rock, country, and bluegrass styles. I am comfortable with both Stevens and Burton grips for mallet instruments.

1. *** See my article on drum set tips! ***
http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-read-drum-sheet-music
2. ***See my article about the benefits of learning drums as an adult.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/learning-to-drum-as-an-adult
3. *** See my article on Efficient Practice Methods. ***
http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-practice-drums-z07
4. *** See my article on Coordination Exercises. ***
http://takelessons.com/blog/hand-eye-coordination-exercises-for-drummers-z07
5. *** See my article on Snare Drum Basics. ***
http://takelessons.com/blog/5-exercises-to-master-snare-drum-basics-z07
6. *** See my Gear Guide article on drum sticks. ***
http://takelessons.com/blog/which-drum-sticks-are-the-best-z07
7. *** See my Gear Guide article on Drum Sets. ***
http://takelessons.com/blog/best-drum-set-brands-z07
8. *** See my Gear Guide article on cymbals. ***
http://takelessons.com/blog/drum-cymbals-z07
9. ***See my article about different grips.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-hold-drum-sticks-z07
10. **See my article about drum apps. ***
http://takelessons.com/blog/apps-for-drummers-z07
11. **See my article about drum thrones. ***
http://takelessons.com/blog/drum-thrones-gear-for-drummers-z07
12. **See my article about nailing performances.**
http://takelessons.com/blog/drum-performance-tips-z07
13. ***See my article about rudiments.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/7-essential-drum-rudiments-z07
14. ***See my article about tuning your drums.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/drum-tuning-z07
15. ***See my article about reading drum charts/tabs.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/drum-charts-for-beginners-z07
16. ***See my article about different types of sticks/effects.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/types-of-drum-sticks-z07#comment-910418
17. ***See my article about Bass Drum Technique.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/bass-drum-technique-z07
18. ***See my article on Snare Drum Technique.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-play-snare-drum-z07
19. ***See my article on Fills.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/drum-fills-z07
20.*** See my article on Different Drum Types.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/guide_to_different_types_of_drums_z07

Recording Credits: "The Mary Rose" and "Normandie" from the album, Demos and Premiers, by Callen Clarke and Kyle Dillingham
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March 1, 2019
Logan
Looking forward to learning more with Tracy!
September 2, 2018
Leah
My daughter has really been enjoying her lessons with Tracy! Many thanks!
June 24, 2018
Journey L.
Grand daughter was very impressed with Tracy; said she was very nice and is very excited to continue lessons with her.

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Tracy D.

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(22)
Private Drum Teacher

Experienced Music teacher of 8 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of their instrument and theory skills. I specialize in all styles. Typically, I use a variety of method books to pick from to meet the needs of the students. I also have many tools available to use during lessons.
My students have gone on to NYSSMA and on to college auditions successfully!

About Amber

I have been teaching private lessons since 2008, but have been studying music since I was only 4 with non stop private and in school lessons. I now have my Bachelor's degree in Music education and am working toward my Masters in Music performance and Instruction.

I love working with my students. Watching them succeed at what they do is what makes my day great. I always love to have a fun atmosphere around me and enjoy every minute it. Music is great for self expression a great Escape or an easy pass-time. It's nothing that should be stressful, but the opposite and that is what my lessons aim to do. Provide an educational, but fun and expressive learning experience to carry with you or your child throughout your lives.

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September 12, 2019
Adrita M.
Amber was very nice.. she knew how to jump in right where my daughter had left her last teacher and became a favorite on the first day. :)
August 21, 2019
Donna
Amber makes lessons challenging and fun. She's got a great teaching style, develops student's confidence, and knows what a student needs to work on to become their best.
June 20, 2019
Alec
She’s wonderful & patient. My son, Alec, is enjoying his lessons.
She also gives good advice on practicing and taking care of the sax.

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Amber W.

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(19)
Private Drum Teacher

The things students would expect from me in a lesson would be the concept of keeping time with a metronome. Playing grooves that the student enjoys to hear. Using rudiments which would build creativity in the students playing. Exercises that building the strength of the student's wrist . The basic concepts of reading sheet music . And mainly to have fun playing over songs the student loves listening to.

-Using Rudiments

About Jerome

Jerome Martin has been playing drums since the age of 8 . Jerome grew up playing drums at his church . He would travel locally playing at different churches as he attended Dillard High School . Jerome purchased his first drum set at the age of 18 . After graduating high school , Jerome decided to travel to Orlando to expand musically. Jerome enjoys playing Reggae , R&B , Jazz , and Gospel. Jerome is currently playing for a few amount of bands in Orlando as he continues his career path towards College studying Music Performance. At the age of 21 Jerome starts to finally see that pursuing music full time is what he wants to do. Jerome was granted the opportunity to be a finalist in the Florida Musical Festival Drum Off competition. Jerome has been in numerous amount of studio sessions and looking forward to see plenty more. Jerome has been

teaching music for a while and has an insight of what it means to share a gift to a student.
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October 9, 2016
Shay
He is very talented and a great teacher. He takes his time to make sure you are understanding. I would recommend him to anyone!!
October 9, 2016
Shay
He is very talented and a great teacher. He takes his time to make sure you are understanding. I would recommend him to anyone!!

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Jerome M.

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Private Drum Teacher

Playing drums has always been close to my heart. I want to help you find your voice behind the kit, and to share this special craft with you. From beginning drummers to advanced level players, I will help you learn to express yourself on this miraculous instrument. We will have a LOT of fun doing it.

About Blaire

My name is Blaire and I’ve been drumming for 20 years. I was trained in a traditional fashion in Kansas where I grew up, and decided I wanted to teach this passion to others. I can teach you to read music and equally to let loose and fly around the drums with ease. My strengths are rock drumming, jazz, marching snare, and countless smaller percussive voices. My experiences in performing and teaching have taken me all over this country in the form of touring with different bands. Let me teach you to find your voice on this amazing instrument.

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Blaire G.

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Experienced teacher of ten years. I specialize in beginner and intermediate piano, guitar and drum students. All ages welcome. Lessons will focus on building a solid foundation of note reading and technical skill while also being customized to your interests and goals. Let's get started!

About Marisa

I am a music teacher who graduated from Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa. My main instrument is percussion and I also teach guitar and piano lessons. I have been teaching for ten years. Along with teaching I have played in numerous Pit Bands and have been a Praise Band Drummer for five years.

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Students will be challenged inside and outside of lessons. Feel free to ask any questions along the way and make sure to have a binder for all of the exercises I will send you! I am looking forward to making music together.

About Sarek

Hello, I am a professional musician that performs, composes, teaches, and produces music. I live and work in San Antonio, TX which is where some of the best tacos on Earth are made.

I have a B.M. in Music Education from UTSA and a M.M. in Percussion Performance from Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. My main instrument is percussion and I specialize in orchestral, jazz, and drum set performance. I have a passion for piano, guitar, bass, and music theory which I also teach.

Students can expect to have more freedom with the path of our curriculum since each student brings different needs to their lessons. I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better musician!

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Sarek G.

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A quick introduction to learning to play the drums/ drum kit. Whether you are new to music or switching from another instrument, the drum kit is an easy instrument to get going on!

About Jean Pierre

Hello! I am a 25-Year-old percussionist. I am currently working with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra in Europe.

I have been casually teaching private lessons on the side since 2016 and I am currently available to teach lessons at online. I have helped my students with learning to read music, developing a good technical basis for future development, audition preparation and performance tips.

Jean Pierre V received his training at the University of Malta in 2016 where he received a degree in Music Performance. As an expert in his field, Jean Pierre looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Jean's teaching style is engaging and progress-oriented, yet still ensuring good technical basis.

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September 27, 2019
Thomas
Jean Pierre helped my daughter fulfill her dream of playing the drums. His lessons are fun and my daughter is always enthusiastically practicing for her next lesson.
Highly recommended.
September 25, 2019
Gabriel
Drumming lessons with Jean Pierre are very good. He is a patient, and well mannered teacher and is very knowledgeable both academically and practically in music especially on the drums. I would definiatly recommend him if you wish to start drumming like Neil Peart.
August 1, 2019
Chris
An outstanding teacher with hands-on experience in what it means to be working in the music industry. Jean Pierre has delightedly helped me read some very hard music in a past concert we had together and also prepped me up for an audition with a foreign orchestra. Highly suggest!!!

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Rich
"Mike was very patient with me, as I am not very coordinated, which helps I'm learning when playing the drums. He not only was able to demonstrate what he
wanted me to do, he could explain, even to a novice like myself, WHY I needed to do things a certain way. Great experience and I'm learning a lot!"
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Scott
"Very enthusiastic, teaches in an easy manner that makes it simple to build off of earlier concepts...great with young kids as my son started with him at a
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Kyler R. Kaufman
"Ray R. is what I would call a "Performance Teacher" to me. I am a guitarist and play with him to improve everything from rhythm to live performance skills
. Not only is Ray an absolute beast of a musician, he is a wonderful teacher. As many people may know, just because one is a good musician it doesn't necessarily mean you also know how to be an effective teacher. Ray is the best of both worlds! I have improved leagues since I started playing with him some months ago. I COULD NOT recommend his as a teacher enough."
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Kevin
"Kevin is a great teacher. Looking forward to the future !"
Brendan
"Mike's an awesome drum teacher. Every lesson is fun and well thought out. I've also thought that the pacing and structure is perfect. He takes you beyond
learning HOW to play and teaches you WHEN and WHY to play the beats you're learning. Mike's a great drummer and a really fun guy to spend time with, I recommend his lessons!!"
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Marcelo a.k.a Matx The Drummer
"I took lessons from Ray for about 4 months because I wanted to take my drumming skills to the next level. Ray's teaching method is unique and effective. I
t's simple as that!. After 2 lessons my band mates started noticing better chops, more control on the drum set (as far as dynamics) and tasteful fills. My hand/foot coordination has improved radically thanks to those exercises customized and developed by Ray that target the weak areas. At my first lesson, Ray and I discussed my short but demanding list of concepts that I wanted to work. He was able to understand all my concerns in a heartbeat and put together a teaching plan that covered more than what I was expecting. Needless to say that Ray is a humble person and a great drummer ( I stole a of of licks from him!). The studio is very neat and organized. It has technology and equipment that as a student you can use for free. Another advantage is that Ray's studio has two drum sets so the theory and the actual practice happen in real time. Also, the studio location is very convenience. If you are a drummer looking for effective drum lessons, any style, any level don't hesitate to contact Ray. You won't regret it!. He is an A+ drum instructor."
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David
"I have been extremely fortunate to work with Joe over the past few years. On top of being one of the best people I have ever met in my life, he is also o
ne of the best musicians I have ever met. Although his musical forte is drums, his knowledge of other instruments contributes to provide an extremely well-rounded instructional approach.

Patient, versatile, and encouraging!

Go with Joe!!!"
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Kelsey
"My daughter loves her drum lessons and is progressing very well. We are very satisfied with Murray and with TakeLessons.com."
Josh
"Dan is such a great guy and he has helped me transform my horrible banging into respectable drumming. He's funny and a patient teacher - highly recommend
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