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About Erasmo R.

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Murrieta, CA
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Students can expect a relaxed atmosphere, but also making sure that there is a high level of professionalism and expectation of attentiveness from the student.

Of course, I also understand that this all depends on the age of the student, and as we meet and get to see what it is that you want to focus on and I will make sure to concentrate on that and help you reach your goals!

About Erasmo
Hello Parents and Students,

I have been teaching and writing music professionally for ten years. My first introduction to music was just like some of you, starting in high school where I had a great teacher that encouraged me to play. This helped me so much, and I wouldn't be where I am at if it weren't for his help and positive encouragement. Now I try to encourage all of my students the same way.

After high school I went on and played percussion with various Orchestras such as the "œInland Valley Symphony Orchestra" and "Mt. San Jacinto Symphony Orchestra."

I have also been involved in the DCI (Drum Corps International) and Drumline community. I toured for four years and experienced performing with groups such as Yamato Drum and Bugle Corps 2002-2005, Black Knights 2006, and RCC marching and winter percussion under the direct
ion of Scott Johnson & Jeff Lee in 2002, and Sean Vega & Jim Wunderlich in 2003.

During my college years I started playing Jazz Vibraphone in my school'™s top big-band. This allowed me the opportunity to play Jazz Piano which I have performed and still study until this day. As a result, Jazz has now become one of my biggest passions.

As a Professional International Composer, I have had the privilege of writing and arranging for many marching bands, wind ensembles, and indoor percussion ensembles, including orchestrations, recordings and sequencing projects for media, and musical theatre in the United States and Japan.

I am also currently an adjudicator for the Southern California Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA) and a member of the Vic-Firth Education Team.

I hope that this gives you a close and personal Idea of where I come from and hope that I can help you get the most out of your experience with music.

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I believe that in order for you to get the most out of our lessons it takes both, the Teacher'™s and Student'™s understanding and attention from both ends. sometimes giving all of the information in the world won't help if one there is no engagement and two if me as a teacher don't make sure that you understand. So I like to make sure to explain things in more than one way to make sure the student understands the concepts and what to practice.

I like to keep a relaxed atmosphere, but also making sure that there is a high level of professionalism and expectation of attentiveness from the student.

Of course, I also understand that this all depends on the age of the student, and as we meet and get to see what it is that you want to focus on and I will make sure to concentrate on that and help you reach your goals!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Mallets, Concert and Marching Sticks, Metronome, Practice pad, and Literature.
(Acoustic and Electric Piano are available depending on the time we arrange our lessons at the studio)
(Electric Drumset Available soon)

*** Travel Equipment ***
Mallets, Concert and Marching Sticks, Metronome, Practice pad, and Literature.
(I sometimes bring additional implements, such as hand drums, like a djembe and other accessories, depending on the focus of our lessons.)
I may be able to bring a Keyboard upon request

*** Specialties ***
I have been performing with Drum and bugle corps since 2002, (DCI)

Marching Rudimental, and Concert Percussion styles. All Percussion.
Orchestral, Marimba, Vibraphone, and Marching Percussion.

I specialize in the Jazz genre, and have performed Jazz piano.. which includes sight-reading and chord recognition in the Jazz idiom.
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Ashton G. June 21, 2018
· Percussion · In studio
My son Enjoyed very much
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Mari Larios September 9, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Hes such a great tracher. Julia is five years old and enjoyed learning with him. Hes flexible and patient. Thank u Erasmo.
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Nancy B. January 29, 2017
· Piano · In home
Erasmo is amazing!!! He is so good with my Mom and so passionate about her leaning. He's wonderful!
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Erasmo R.

Fullerton, CA 92831
(10)
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About Dennis L.

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Santa Clarita, CA
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Want to be able to play your favorite cover songs with your friends? Or become the next drumming sensation? Let's make it happen! I have 17 years of experience teaching students of all ages, levels, ambitions and genres.

About Dennis
Dennis Leeflang (most known as the drummer for former Guns N' Roses lead guitarist RON "BUMBLEFOOT" THAL) has recorded and toured with many great artists all over the globe, including 80's hard rock queen LITA FORD, DILANA (Rockstar Supernova), DANGER DANGER vocalist TED POLEY, WITHIN TEMPTATION, EPICA, SUN CAGED, TIFFANY GIARDINA (Disney), SHANE GIBSON (KORN) and many more.

Dennis offers nearly 20 years of teaching experience, working with students of all ages and playing levels and is featured on Dom Famularo's MODERN DRUMMER list of recommended international drum educators, as well as an official member of the D'Addario Education Collective.

Subjects include:
- hand technique
- foot technique
- limb coordination
- limb independence
- practical sight reading
- drum tuning tricks to make you sound better than other drummers!

- playing with a band
- GROOVE! (how to get that infamous "pocket" everyone always talks about!)
- creating drum parts to music
- creative expression
- inspiration (applying inspiration you get from other musicians into your playing)
- FUN!

Extensive experience teaching students of ALL ages and levels!

The aim of the lessons is to prepare beginning drummers to function in a band setting, as a team player, and to develop comfortable technique and creativity in order to express him/herself as a drummer freely. No matter what your ambitions are! Just wanna be able to jam with friends? Or become the next drumming sensation? We'll do it!
For intermediate to advanced drummers, Dennis offers additional interesting exercises and and inspiring concepts. No matter what your playing level is, there is always something to learn!

BEST RATES IN THE AREA! Many references available upon request (current and former students)!
FREE pair of Promark sticks for every new student!
Several package deals and special pricing promos available.

Other student benefits include big discounts on drum gear, free drum gear and accessories and free concert/drum clinic tickets.

Lessons available in Santa Clarita and Reseda.

Dennis is an official endorser of PAISTE cymbals, Q DRUM CO. drums, PROMARK drum sticks, EVANS drumheads, DRUMTACS and AHEAD ARMOR CASES.
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Polina February 27, 2016
· Drum · In studio
I started taking drum lessons at age 22 so I felt too old to begin learning how to play a new instrument. I'm so glad that Dennis was my teacher. He gave me confidence and encouragement to become the great drum player I am today. His methods of teaching are well rounded, his lesson plans are efficient and since day one he guaranteed I would be ready to play songs with a band in only 6 months. Indeed I started playing with several bands after 6 months of having lessons with Dennis. I highly recommend him as a drum teacher and mentor!
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KV February 11, 2016
· Drum · In studio
V patient w/beginners and provided excellent tips and encouragement. Would recommend to anyone starting out on drums or adding another instrument to their repertoire. Provided great insight that also helped in cross-training, if already playing another instrument.
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Marshal February 9, 2016
· Drum · In home
I've studied with several teachers over the years, but Dennis was the best. I was a novice and Dennis took me to the next level. I'm forever grateful.
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Dennis L.

Santa Clarita, CA 91390
(5)
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$30 / 30-min

About Joan Q.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Whether you're just starting out, wanting to learn Led Zeppelin, Foo Fighters, or even Taylor Swift repertoire, maybe you're preparing for band or college auditions, or just simply looking to broaden your playing with different styles like jazz, latin, etc., I am here to guide you and help you develop the necessary skills!

I have been teaching drumset for over 15 years. My lessons focus on applying technique and reading, with snare reading exercises and learning popular songs. Lessons will adjust according to the student's level, pace, and goals.

My goal for my students is to have an understanding on how to use their instrument, develop versatility, discover who they are as a musician, become independent learners, while having fun along the way!

About Joan
Joan is a passionate drummer, percussionist, and teacher. She plays any genre and performs regularly all over Southern California. She has also performed on television shows including Saturday Night Live, Good Morning America, David Letterman, MTV TRL, and the Ellen Show.

Joan earned her Bachelors of Music in Percussion Performance from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSU Long Beach.

Studio Equipment:
Drumset, congas, bongos, cajon, vibraphone, auxiliary percussion.

Specialties:
All styles of drumset, hand percussion.
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Cora R. October 7, 2018
· Drum · In home
My son really enjoys his lessons and likes how Joan helps him focus on technique.
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John M. August 28, 2017
· Drum · In home
Joan taught my son from first time to an advanced beginner. She was very patient and extremely helpful. My son was fully engaged in his lessons and always enjoyed his time with Joan. Joan was very dependable, always on time for lessons and always flexible with her scheduling. She also assisted in purchasing a drumset for my son. I would recommend Joan to anyone looking to learn the drums.
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Hartley August 18, 2017
· Drum · In home
First lesson was great! We are looking forward to our future lessons with Joan.
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Joan Q.

Los Angeles, CA 90064
(15)
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$40 / 30-min

About Michael C.

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Huntington Beach, CA

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I've been teaching contemporary drum set in Orange County for over a decade, and many of my students have gone on to not only play and read notated drum set music with ease, but have continued their studies at arts high-schools and music colleges, with several of them continuing on to the professional world. I use an award winning curriculum used at many music academies and conservatories, and have received accolades for my ability to retain many students for many years. Within the first few lessons, a new student will be able to understand the basics of rhythm and snare drum notation, play a plethora of relatable and cool sounding grooves, and build a foundation that will serve the student for a life time.

About Michael
Hi! My name is Michael and I am excited at the prospect of teaching you or your child...

I absolutely love to teach, but not just because of my love for the drums or my life-long appreciation of music, but because of my enjoyment of people and the learning process itself. I feel that this is important to mention, because if I didn't enjoy what I did and take pride in working with people, then my teaching skills, curriculum, and experience would mean nothing. As anybody who has played a musical instrument can attest to, learning something new is difficult, and having a patient teacher who enjoys working with people is mandatory.

Throughout my life, I have had the opportunity to study with some amazing teachers, including Carmine Appice (author of “Realistic Rock” and drummer for Rod Stewart, Vanilla Fudge, Cactus and Jeff Beck), J
ason Lingle (Berklee School Of Music), Keith Harris (drummer for The Black Eyed Peas) and Lee Nichols, to name a few. My experiences with these teachers has led to a proficiency in rock, jazz and Latin, as well as the ability to convey these concepts in a manner that promotes patience, personal challenge, and constant progress.

Besides teaching private lessons at many local facilities, I have had the opportunity to teach group classes at dozens of elementary and middle schools, including schools in the Westminster, Ocean View and Huntington Beach school districts. I have also aided many students into attending the arts high-school/college of their choice by working with them to properly read and perform all audition material.

Whether you are a brand-new beginner or a seasoned student of the instrument, I am confident that I can take your playing to the next level. Oh yeah, we will also have a great time. Maybe you don’t know yet, but playing the drums is FUN. Give me a call and I will prove it to you.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach using the Freddie Gruber method, which promotes a natural grip of stick and the idea that we should allow the stick to “do what it wants to do” by using natural and fluid motions. This is an incredibly effective style of play and is used by drummers such as Neil Peart, Dave Weckl and Steve Smith.

I teach with an emphasis both on rudiments and hand technique, as well as drum-set exercises and genre study. I encourage practice to be done on a rubber practice pad
as well as on the drum-set, and for brand-new beginners, I often recommend that the practice pad be used exclusively for the first several weeks or months to allow for a great understanding of basic grips and hand techniques. This is especially true when the new beginner doesn't yet own a drum-set. I am often asked, “does my child need a drum-set to take lessons?” The answer is always a resounding “not at all!” A pair of sticks and a practice pad will do the trick, and will also allow you, as the parent, to see your child’s level of involvement.

Within the first 3 to 6 months of lessons, my students can expect to:

- Properly play and understand a handful of rudiments, including the single and double stroke rolls, the paradiddle family, as well as several flam and drag rudiments.
- Play and begin properly reading many different drum-beats and rhythms, and connect these beats using fills that are fun and sound cool.
- Begin learning songs of the their choice, from Metallica to Miles Davis.

I am also inspired by many different educational sources, including the textbooks:

- Stick Control by George Lawrence Stone
- Rockin’ Bass Drum by Charles Perry and John Lombardo
- Realistic Rock by Carmine Appice
- The Art Of Bop Drumming by John Riley
- The Drummer’s Bible by Mick Berry and Jason Gianni
- Haskell Harr’s Drum Method

…as well as many other awesome texts that provide both classic and contemporary concepts that are challenging, and most importantly, sound really cool.

I teach out of an awesome private studio that features 2 drum-sets (the student never needs to get off the drum-set), recording equipment (lessons are often recorded and cited later) and a great headphone sound system (for effectively learning and playing along with songs.) Simply put, I believe my studio is the most fun and efficient place to study the drums in Orange County.

Whether you are a drum-line student who needs help playing a piece, a rock drummer who wishes to learn the basics of jazz (or vice versa), or a brand-new beginner who wants to see what this whole drumming thing is all about (spoiler: it’s awesome), I have the patience, the passion and the skills to help you get the most out of this wonderful instrument. Let’s play the drums!

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I teach out of an awesome private studio that features 2 drum-sets (the student never needs to get off the drum-set), recording equipment (lessons are often recorded and cited later) and a great headphone sound system (for effectively learning and playing along with songs.) Simply put, I believe my studio is the most fun and efficient place to study the drums in Orange County.

Check out the photos in my profile for some pictures.

*** Specialties ***
Years of teaching group classes to elementary and middle school students has given me lots of experience with a multitude of learning styles. My specialty lies in not only conveying lessons and concepts in an easy to understand manner, but doing so in a fun way that encourages progress. Simply put, you will want to practice, simply to see exercises and grooves evolve.

While I am most proficient in rock music and have played in many rock bands, I am also very proficient in formal snare playing (marching/classical) as well as standards in jazz and Latin.
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Hazuki I. January 3, 2019
· Drum · In studio
Michael has been very patient and flexible with my inconsistent schedule as a working adult. He brings a positive energy with a lot of praise and positive reinforcement that makes me look forward to my weekly lesson. If learning how to play drums is on your new years resolution/bucket list, Michael makes that commitment a fun experience! I've tried a few drum teachers but I especially noticed a huge improvement in my drum skills since I started lessons with Michael. I've played songs that I wouldn't have imagined playing a year ago. He is of course very knowledgable with the drums, published his own drum lesson book, but he doesn't just go through rudiments or textbook material. He gives various resources that are useful in drumming and never makes the learning experience dull. Very professional and easy-to-approach guy, I would recommend him to anyone wanting to learn drums, especially if you're an adult wanting to try something new!
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Larson December 29, 2018
· Drum · In studio
After previously taking lessons from a different teacher who unfortunately moved away , I began taking lessons from Mike when I was about twelve years old. Mike is a very generous and caring teacher, and quickly saw that I had room for improvement. Within the first month, I learned more than I had ever before, from sight reading music, basic rudiments, timing skills, and how important drums really are as an instrument. His great teaching skills and support eventually led me to become accepted in The Academy of the Performing Arts at Huntington Beach High School. I learn something new from him each lesson and improve on numerous skills that interest me such as Latin, Jazz, Funk, and Pop music. From my first days taking lessons with him to now, I have grown tremendously as a musician. If anyone needs a skilled and trusted drum teacher, Mike is your best option. Over the past several years taking lessons with Mike, I now view him not only as a teacher and instructor, but as a friend too.
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Daniel Fisher July 7, 2018
· Drum · In studio
We have been with Mike for several years. He is one of the best teachers our daughter has ever had. He is so enthusiastic about teaching drums to others. He is patient and works with our daughter to learn new skills. Looking forward to many more years with him.
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Michael C.

Huntington Beach, CA 92647
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About Ken P.

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Anaheim, CA
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One of the most fundamental of all instruments. What you learn here can be transferred to many other instruments, including guitar and piano.

About Ken
I've been playing music my whole life, but it was as a high school student when I was asked to teach the school's guitar class that I became a teacher. Since that time I've gone on to earn several awards, played in many different types of projects, and earned a Master's degree. You might have heard my music before too if you've ever listened to a podcast, TV commercials, Indy films, or played any video games. My most successful student thus far however, would have to be Jacob Tilley from the rock band Young the Giant.

Not everybody wants to be a rock star though, and there are many aspects to the world of music. During the course of my musical adventure I've played with orchestras, been in rock, bluegrass, reggae, pop and blues bands, classical ensembles and more. I have also had the opportunity to play for celebrities and diploma
ts. Basically I've done a little of everything and I believe that it is this diversity of experiences that makes me a better teacher. Having worked in so many settings gives me a broad understanding that I use to help you reach whatever goals you might have.

I have also become adept at writing, recording and producing music, studying under Frank Wright of the legendary rock band Chicago. If you have an interest in creating and/or recording music I can definitely help you get there! Check out my chill/downtempo instrumental album 'Night Music'.

*** Lesson Details ***
I can teach you about playing several different instruments, how to write, how to record your own music, and how to get your music career off the ground! As a youth, I was largely self-taught so my inspiration was always to have fun. I never had to deal with the 'homework' style of practicing so I've naturally incorporated that approach to my lessons. My goal is to keep you (the student) inspired and having fun. When that happens you will become good at your instrument and feel as though you 'played' your way to success! As your teacher I will also provide almost all of the materials for free and show you great free apps to help you along with your learning and keep costs to a minimum! I know we will have fun together while you learn and I look forward to meeting you!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitars, piano/keyboard, drums, bass, banjo, mandolin, ukulele and a ProTools recording studio.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide the learning materials but I expect the student to have their own instrument, be that a guitar, drum set, etc.

*** Specialties ***
Commercial music is definitely my specialty, but I am also capable of doing various styles such as classical, bluegrass, traditional/folk. Just focus on what you want to learn and I can teach it to you.
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Cori December 31, 2017
· Banjo · In home
I have been taking banjo lessons from Ken for 5 months. As an adult learner, I was concerned about finding the right person to take lessons from, and Ken has been wonderful. He paces our lessons well so I don't feel too overwhelmed. He is proficient in the banjo and other instruments so I'm getting well-balanced instruction. He is also very flexible with my schedule and adapts our lessons based on my progress. Ken really does deserve all of these 5-star recommendations.
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Jeff March 5, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In home
Ken is a great instructor. Easy to talk to. Provides excellent instruction. Perfect for a beginner.
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Jim July 31, 2016
· Ukulele · In studio
Ken makes learning fun. He's very encouraging. I can't wait for my second lesson.
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Ken P.

Anaheim, CA 92808
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About Brian R.

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Ready to start playing the drums? I teach drum lessons to beginners, intermediate and advanced players.

About Brian
I'm a 31 year old professional musician who has been playing drums and percussion for the last 17 years. I've taught for a respected music studio in Connecticut and I continue to teach here in Los Angeles. I have played in numerous bands and toured the United States, Europe and Central America. The styles I teach are Rock, Jazz, Latin, R&B/Hip-Hop, Funk/Soul, Reggae, Folk/Indie, Metal/Hardcore and World Rhythms.

I teach drum-set and various types of hand percussion such as bongos, djembe, darbuka/doumbek and congas.

*** Lesson Details ***
I've always thought that learning should be fun. I consistently try to bring a creative and laid-back approach to teaching drums. After the first lesson most students realize that I don't take myself too seriously. Sometimes certain techniques or exercises can be tiresome or even boring. When this
occurs, I switch gears and move on to something else. In my opinion, if a student is getting very frustrated it is generally best to relax and try a different exercise or beat. If we can't enjoy ourselves then what is the point?!

*** Equipment ***
I expect a student to have at least a pair of sticks and a pad. Eventually they will need a metronome for practicing and if they are serious a drum-set at some point. If you'd like to learn hand percussion I recommend having a hand drum of some kind.

*** Specialties ***
The styles I teach are Rock, Jazz, Latin, R&B/Hip-Hop, Funk/Soul, Reggae, Folk/Indie, Metal/Hardcore and World Rhythms. I teach from the heart and develop a natural feel for my students. I also use multiple books mixed into my teaching.
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Sam February 25, 2018
· Hand Drums · In studio
sooooooo much fun taking hand drum lessons from Brian! Ultra beginner student is me (shhh I'm getting better!). I decided to learn bongos plus the djembe ( I don't own either drum BUT he has them at his studio so it was cool )......He is very supportive when I try the exercises he shows me and no pressure to be a pro right away lol. I will keep coming to learn more and more I like the salsa stuff he showed me at lessons.......and don't worry Brian I am about to buy a set of bongos to practice at home! Cool guy - recommended!!!
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Luther October 24, 2017
· Percussion · In studio
This dude can play! Brian is a great teacher.. we did some hand drums and drum set for the few lessons we had together. I was new to learning music and glad I came across Brian because he is a chill guy with positive light. I felt as if I could take drums as far as I wanted with Brian as my teacher. I will be back for some more lessons when my wife lets me lol.
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Jessie July 19, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Quality drum teacher. I took lessons with Brian for about a year and his teaching style is relaxed compared to other drummers I studied with. I never felt rushed with the exercises, we always went at my pace. I recommend this teacher.
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Brian R.

Los Angeles, CA 90023
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$70 / 60-min

About Mariano L.

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Los Alamitos, CA

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My experience spans over 25 years of performing and teaching every drumming style. Each lesson will include period of rudimental work, rhythm reading, and playing different styles behind the drum set. I believe in creating an environment that is focused on playing music well and where the student can have fun while gaining confidence. It is important to develop drummers into functional musicians with good technique, reading skills, and time. We will cover all styles of drumming from jazz to rock/pop, including funk, progressive, all of the Latin styles, even hybrid drumming and other percussion as desired.

About Mariano
My experience as a performer and teacher ranges from early music to today's rock and pop, including various percussion instruments from around the world. When studying for my bachelors and masters degrees in music, I did course work in music recording, jazz studies, and music history. In addition, I incorporate my knowledge of development, physics, and other sciences into my instruction. I can discuss playing music with beginners to professionals as we pursue opportunities in the music industry and education to develop functional musicians with creative outlets as students are able to explore any area or level of music. Some of my students have gone onto college music programs and high school programs such as OCHSA while others are enjoying playing music with friends. The goal is to take a student's excitement for music and percussion in
a direction that will feedback into more learning and a drive to explore more styles of music.
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Evan February 24, 2017
· Drum · In home
Mariano is excellent! He is firm yet patient and professional, and gets along really well with my son.
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Emma August 17, 2015
· Percussion · In home
Mariano was an amazing percussion and drum set teacher. His lessons were engaging and productive, and he was always able to communicate an idea or musical concept in a way that I was able to understand and connect with. After about 2 years of lessons I was accepted into the Orange County School of the Arts for percussion and I owe my success to the lessons I took with Mariano. I continued lessening throughout high school and my skill level contined to grow. What I loved about Mariano's teaching was his unique ability to take very simple exercises and make them more difficult and therefore much more beneficial. Along with stressing the importance of basic technique, he would constantly inteoduce me to new things - Afro beats, traditional grip, Latin beats, new ways to sight read, and 4 mallet marimba technique. I would highly suggest taking lessons with Mariano if you are looking for a fun, encouraging teacher who has lots of experience with a variety of percussion performance!
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Javen August 17, 2015
· Drum · In home
Very very understanding and had a great way of teaching each lesson. Also, friendly and very supportive!
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Mariano L.

Los Alamitos, CA 90720
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$40 / 30-min

About Carter C.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Hello friends! I'm a senior at the USC Thornton School of Music. My focus is drumset performance, but I also teach beginner piano and guitar. I have been drumming for 17 years and am currently gigging frequently with pop and rock acts. I also will occasionally be touring this year, so online lessons are preferred so that we can continue your instruction while I'm on the road! Please feel free to hit me with any questions before we start lessons!

About Carter
Hello! I have a Bachelors of Music at the USC Thronton School of Music, and I've been drumming for 18 years. At USC I've had the incredible opportunity to study with musical greats such as Ndugu Chancler and Patrice Rushen. They have passed down much of their wisdom, and I'm excited to share with you the knowledge I've acquired from them and my schooling at USC. I gig consistently around the Los Angeles area with artists such as BAUM, and I'm busy finishing my bands first full-length record! Just got back from an east coast tour with pop artist, Shane. My schedule will fluctuate with touring, but would love to make something work! Please feel free send me any questions regarding the lessons. I look forward to hearing from you!
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Carter C.

Los Angeles, CA 90007
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$50 / 30-min

About Marty S.

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Corona, CA
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I've performed with multiple bands of many genres and I play multiple instruments. I teach drums from the perspective of other roles in a band.
I have a background in music theory, concert performance, audio engineering, live audio, as well as studio drumming. I play woodwinds, brass, guitar/bass, and percussion, but my main focus is drum set.

About Marty
I listen to all types of music: rock, jazz, disco, rap, metal, classical, country, etc.
I teach my students the music that they want/need to learn. If you're in band at school but you mostly listen to hip-hop, then I will most-likely cover what you need for school as well as some hip-hop. I take concepts from multiple genres to create well-rounded and versatile drummers.
Learning music should be fun and not a chore.
I'm mostly a metal-head but I play all genres and I'm currently in an alternative rock band, and a punk band.
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Marty S.

Corona, CA 92881
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$25 / 30-min

About Christian J.

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North Hollywood, CA

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I'm an easy-going and passionate drum and percussion educator who truly enjoys working with students, not only to achieve their short term goals, but to share a life-long love of music and a desire to continue learning. I believe in fostering a student’s love of music. While I wholeheartedly devote lessons to developing a strong foundation of fundamentals, I also try demonstrate how they apply to a student’s passion. Simply, I like to teach how to learn and appreciate music - a skill that can be applied to all areas of education and life. If you want to learn something that I don't know, then we can learn it together. If you have other musical interests, like beat-making on your smartphone or playing other percussion instruments, we can incorporate those interests into the lessons. I believe that we can be complete musicians, not JUST drummers, so I like to involve music making into all we do in our time together.

About Christian
Hello prospective student! I am a drummer, percussionist and producer with nearly 25 years of playing and teaching experience in the New York and Los Angeles areas. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Music Management from William Paterson University in NJ with a playing concentration in classical and orchestral percussion, although ROCKING OUT on the drum set is my real love.

I studied drum set with Tommy Igoe, bandleader and best-selling author of Groove Essentials and Great Hands For a Lifetime. I currently play in local L.A. bands Little Galaxies and Glowbird, as well as around town wherever I am hired. I have performed live with well-known pop stars as well as provided incidental music for music videos.

In addition to that, I am an avid songwriter and producer and I really look forward to incorporating electronic music into our lesso
ns together.

In my lessons, I will start with a few custom lesson plans to gauge your skill level before moving on to method books. For beginning students, I like to focus on what makes music universally fun. We work on listening to music, feeling the pulse, and recognizing the rhythm. From there, I will introduce you to music notation and what it means when translated to sound. I also try to plant the seed of good technique by focusing on posture and stick handling.

As you become more advanced, I like to focus heavily on reading and developing playing techniques. At this point, I introduce a few method books for content to practice. We'll get started with Stick Control by George L. Stone to develop a foundation in dexterity. From there, we will use Tommy Igoe's Great Hands For A Lifetime to further develop healthy playing technique in a system based on rudimental drumming. Having been a student of Tommy's, I am uniquely capable of teaching this method to you.

On drum set, I typically start with Joel Rothman's Basic Rock Beats before moving on to John Lombardo's Rockin' Bass Drum. These two books cover many variations on the rock beat that are suitable for almost any playing style or occasion. As you develop into a proficient intermediate drummer, we will start to work through Tommy Igoe's Groove Essentials books for learning different genres and styles, with the focus being on groove, sound and musicality. I love getting to this stage in our face-to-face lessons because I can record you playing along to the songs in my studio.

At this point, you'll be able to handle mostly any reading and playing situation, so we may move on to more advanced studies like independence, polyrhythmic beats, odd time signatures, and linear time playing. From there, you're only limited by your imagination and desire to keep going!

I look forward to starting this journey with you!
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Reagan March 14, 2019
· Drum · In home
I started a bit behind the other kids in elementary school band. Chris was the drum instructor for the high school marching band at the time and my band teacher highly recommended him for private lessons.

Chris was able to get me caught up to the other drummers within a couple months. I was finally able to read sheet music fluently and began to be assigned more advanced parts to play in the school band. Each week Chris gave me homework assignments such as working on different rudiments or reading and playing different types of percussion sheet music (bells, xylophone, etc). My lessons with a Chris paid off over the years, as I was able to join the high school marching band as a middle schooler and went on to win accolades for my drumming in the school plays. Everything I learned and accomplished most definitely stemmed from my lessons with Chris!
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David D. March 7, 2019
· Drum · In studio
Christian is a very knowledgeable and patient drum instructor. As a music teacher and producer myself, I like to have a good understanding of instruments I don't play such as drums, and Christian has helped me have a much deeper understanding of drumming techniques, concepts, exercises, and styles. He is quite versatile, has a great understanding of music, and is a very effective communicator. I highly recommend!
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North Hollywood, CA 91605
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