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Rufus S.

Brandon, FL

About Rufus

My name is Rufus and I am eager to share my 43 + 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!

Performing Experience:
* Play with Local Group - Tropical Heat
* Recently played with National Recording Artist Michael Anthony at Cork and Olive in Brandon
• Musician in Mystic Sheiks of Morocco, Rock a Doo Whop, Christmas Show at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
• Tutored in South America, Europe and Canada over 20 yrs.
• Drummer for New Salem
M.B Church for last 20 yrs.
• 4 yrs marching in the Florida A&M University Marching Band & Percussion Ensemble
• 43 + yrs of rudimentary drumming

Audio: Specialize in digital audio work station software – Cubase 7 – Wavelab 8 and Waves plug-ins.

Recording Background:
Owner of a home based recording studio.

Titles released:

Seasoned with Latin(2014)

The Bottom Line featuring the vocals of Ms. Amella "D"(2013)

True Love- collection of pop music (2012)

Lift Off - A high energy dance song.(2012)

The Spencer Project - a Gospel collaboration with various artists.(2010)

Master Works - variety of different styles of music.(2009)

Lift Off- a high energy dance song (2010)

Iron-man Marathon Music - (1983)

*** Lesson Details ***
We will cover from the basics to the flashiness in drum playing and cover techniques in studio drumming.

If you are looking to venture into song writing,studio recording ,gear and software I have a studio complete with all the tools you will need to help carry you to the next level.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Drum room with seating for parents. 5 piece Yamaha drum set, hi- hat cymbal, ride cymbal, music stand.

Recording studio:

Digital audio work station software:
Cubase 7.5 – Wavelab 8 and Waves plug-ins

Soft synths:
Omnishere,Trilian,Native Instruments,korg legacy collection, Steinberg, Sample tank
host of loops


Axiom 25, Alesis Q61

Outboard gear:
Steinberg MR28M D-Pre mic preamp, Rodes NT-2a mic, Symetrix 525

Samson headphone box


Samson Resolv 65a and sub, Equator D5 speakers


Pudget system custom built computer (PC)

*** Travel Equipment ***
Lap top with earphones so student can experience playing along
with music.

*** Specialties ***
R&b, Gospel, Hip Hop, Jazz


Timothy A. April 4, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Great teacher. Teaching in steps and then adding more to it and repeating is the best way to go and Rufus is doing just that with me. All ready in 3rd lesson as a beginner and im getting the hand of it pretty quick. I will learn this song in no time and perhaps a few more just for the fun of it.
Tracy T. October 7, 2013
Verified Student
Terrific teacher and studio.

Rufus is an outstanding teacher. He is passionate about music and enthusiastic during lessons. He caters to a variety of learning styles, offering studio work and music tracks as well as traditional beats. Rufus has been a working musician for many, many years and provides real world experience and insight into the music industry. My son and I highly recommend him.
ChristinaS1 March 16, 2012
Awesome teacher!

My son loves to write lyrics and beats and Rufus is teaching him how to record his music digitally. Enthusiatic, high energy, patient, encouraging, knowledgeable, and an accomplished musician. My son is fully engaged in learning with this teacher.
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Rufus S.

Rufus S.

Brandon, FL 33511
starting at
$25 / 30-min

Fernando Barros

Windermere, FL

About Fernando

I have been studying Film and Photography for the past 10years, and I have been a musician since 7years old,now I'm finally able to teach my students the Arts I once also fell in love with.

I'm a pretty much a very mobile shooter, I can adapt to all scenarios and situations very quickly based on restrictions,locations,lighting.You will experience something very professional and academical and your Work / Art will turn into something spectacular for yourself and all those around you. I plan to follow your ideas and projects for shoots,being sharp and ready to teach when scheduled.My Photogr
aphy and Film shooting style are modern plus contemporary and uses at all times elements and composition rules.Being a Musician for so long helped me to become more sensitive with my other Arts.

I will focus my time towards the projects that you have,will provide exciting new ways to learn with a very active style, I'm sure I can help and be ready for your needs based on my Experiences and education.

As a very active Artist I always worked a lot in different positions inside the media Arts: Productions, Short Films, lessons, classes, workshops, web commercial, Tv Commercial, Youtube Vlogs, Bloggers, Corporation Seminars, Institutional videos and photoshoots, Interviews, Fashion, Wedding industry Film and Photo, Artistic Photography, fine Art, Theme photography, portraits, advanced editing, free lancer photographer for the city of Malden MA, Studio, Out doors, being them my own and contracted ones as well. My specialties, and diversities on this field are vast and my studies and equipments are sharp on, i like to say that I evolve with the market and industry always.

My vast experience on Film, Photography, Music and Directing, leaded me into important jobs along the industry.

My Digital portfolio can be seen at:
Web Commercial Video:

Photographer with a passion for the studies for the past 10 years and now I'm finally able to teach my students the Art once I also fell in love with.

ON DRUMS: Teaching the drums for over 15 years,

I'm a Professional Musician with over 20 years of experience. Can't wait to see you soon!

''All the subjects are based on Students' needs and Level of knowledge, these are just an order example of a lesson's plan. ''

I'm a Drum player and a teacher with many qualities. I have been playing Drums since 7 years old and teaching for over 15 years. You will learn from a experienced professional all there is to get you playing your favorite songs, applying cool technics, reading the music sheet, understand the styles, rhythms, different music volumes and approaches, play popular songs and as well as classic ones, use the youtube to help you and learn about great drummers, get your speed, your foot work, tuning the drums, recording with the drums, performing for your loved ones, playing with other musicians, rudiments, chops, gospel chops, Pop, rock, jazz, indie, Samba, Ballad, Electronic, progressive, fusion, afro, and so many others. Can't wait to get you started :)


xiuwei ji October 13, 2015
Drum · In studio
Great lesson, friendly instructor....My son learned a lot about in a very short space of time. Look forward to our next session
Cassandra taylor September 20, 2015
Piano · In home
Fernando is an innovative teacher! I find him fun, thoughtful and concerned with where one is with their feelings about music , ability to play, and what goals they have in mind. He allows the student to participate in their development but with a guiding hand. I recommend him to those that are ready to learn and listen from a new perspective .
Josh T. September 20, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Awesome teacher and very interesting classes! I'm currently learning the piano which has been a dream of mine and Fernando keeps each class interesting. Very knowladgeable of music and the instruments he teaches.
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Fernando Barros

Fernando Barros

Windermere, FL 34786
starting at
$35 / 30-min

Michael P.

Plant City, FL

About Michael

I am a Florida State University graduate who minored in music and was a member of the Big 8 drumline in the world renowned Marching Chiefs from 2000-2004. I've been teaching drums/percussion since freshman year in high school and I started playing drumset in fourth grade. I also was a member of the Imperial Symphony Orchestra from 1995-2000 which is based in Lakeland, FL. I've played and taught every genre of music from heavy metal to orchestral and I believe in being a musician first, and a drummer second. If you want to learn how to play drums/percussion from someone who has had a well round
ed career in music and can teach you anything you want to learn then I am the teacher you want. Happy Practicing!


Taffan J. August 17, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
I've learned about different notes on my first lesson and he even encouraged me when I messed up..I'm excited for my next lesson
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Michael P.

Michael P.

Plant City, FL 33563
starting at
$20 / 30-min

Kevin M.

Davenport, FL

About Kevin

Hello! My name is Kevin, and I am looking forward to teaching you everything I know about music! I've been singing at Walt Disney World for over 22 years (and I still am currently) with the Voices of Liberty, the Dapper Dans of Main Street, and Four For A Dollar. I have a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Penn State University. Even more than singing, playing the guitar, arranging for a cappella, and playing piano, I love to teach! Ever since I was a sophomore in high school, I've wanted to be a teacher of music in various capacities. My favorite aspect of teaching several private st
udents each week is that every individual student has a different story: What is it that you want to accomplish? Would you like to sing, play piano, or play guitar? Would you like training in music theory? Do you want to eventually have a career in music? Will this be a hobby for you? Whatever your goals are, I am excited to know your story.


Megumi November 25, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Thanks to his help, I enjoyed singing very much! He is very kind. I am not English speaker, so he tries to explain easier. I am looking forward to take next lesson!!
Andy M. October 2, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
He was very accommodating. Able to meet me at my home. Able to give me lessons from wherever I wanted to start. Overall, great experience. Looking forward to my next lesson with Kevin.
Cierra F. September 26, 2015
Music Theory · In home
Verified Student
Kevin is very good he explains what he wants from my granddaughter and she is very comfortable with him. He has patients with her and works very well
She is learning a lot and really enjoys and looks forward to her lessons.
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Kevin M.

Kevin M.

Davenport, FL 33896
starting at
$25 / 30-min

Christopher M.

Davenport, FL

About Christopher

In 2014, I graduated Ball State University with a bachelor's degree in music composition. While there I also focused on jazz studies, classical guitar and taught various styles of guitar lessons on the side. I recently moved to Florida and currently living in the Four Corners area.
When teaching I strive to give the student the most out of each lesson. When it comes to solving problems, I methodically break them down to effectively solve the source of the issue. I believe in honesty, reliability, keeping a level head and positive thought, keeping an open mind, and an open ear – you never k
now when you can learn something new.


Philipp November 7, 2015
Guitar · In studio
There are three music teachers whom I consider to be the best I've ever had, and Chris Mann is one of them. The other two were simultaneously university professors and principal players of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. The common thread between all three is open mindedness, which allows for unconditional compassion for students and excellent skill in playing and teaching various styles. Chris Mann always listened to my questions and concerns, and he never failed to resolve my issues, whatever they were (technical, theoretical, motivational, etc.). If he knew the way (90% of the time I studied with him), he would show me; if he wasn't immediately sure of the way, he would find it and show me. I didn't come across any obstacle that Chris couldn't help me through. I believe that if you learn from Chris, there will be no limits, and you'll have a great time while you're at it.
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Christopher M.

Christopher M.

Davenport, FL 33897
starting at
$20 / 60-min

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