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Montara, CA

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Primary focus: rudiments and chart reading, and hand development. Drum kit: Hip-hop grooves, Pop grooves, Funk grooves, Reggae, Rock, Dance, and country shuffles. Please let me know if you have any questions.

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About Jeff
Hello, My name is Jeff Wheeler.

I have been playing drum set for 18 years, and teaching drum lessons privately for 5 years. I studied Music Performance at Berklee College of Music as well as Cal State, East Bay. I currently play and perform professionally throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. I work with multiple local acts in the genres of: pop, rock, funk, reggae, and hip-hop. I also perform in the high energy, award winning percussion ensemble known as Street Drum Corps.

My inspiration comes from all styles of music, people, performances, and the grooves of the Motown Record catalog. I am an extremely hard working, self motivated artist who is passionate about my craft. I am funny, friendly, outgoing and passionate about performing/touring and teaching drum set.

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-your choice of a fun so
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- reading and rudiments
-other requests or areas you need help in
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David January 24, 2018
· Drum · Online
Jeff totally knows how to let me go off in my own learning direction while keeping me grounded in the fundamentals. He's an excellent teacher.
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David January 20, 2018
· Drum · Online
First lesson was great! Will continue learning from Jeff.
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Julia March 28, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Jeff has been great! I'm an adult student, returning to drumming after at least 15 years. My lessons have been fun, and the instructions have been excellent.
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Jeff W.

Jeff W.

Montara, CA 94037
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About Christian C.

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Brentwood, CA
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Ages 10 to adult, beginners (no experience) to advanced

(Exceptions can be made for younger students but they have to be able to reach the pedals on a full size drum set.)

About Christian
Christian has 20 years of teaching experience and 25 years of performance experience in a myriad of styles. He is currently enrolled at the Berklee School of Music (Boston, MA) through their online Music Production Degree Program.

Christian is also a member in the following organizations:

Vic Firth Education Team

Hudson Music Teacher Integration Program

Professional Drum Teachers Guild. He has studied privately with John Xepoleas, Steve Bowman (Counting Crows), Rob Hart, Alan Hall and currently with Mike Johnston.

Christian is also accepting a limited amount of students from the age of 10 to adult, beginner to advance. He currently has openings at his Brentwood home studio on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.

The air-conditioned studio is equipped with 2 drum sets and professional digital recording equipment to capture ea
ch lesson. The latest educational DVD's and play-along/minus-drums CD's are also incorporated in the lessons.

Parents are encouraged to sit in on the lessons or they can relax or do some work in the internet ready waiting room. An annual recital is conducted for family and friends.

Prepare for school auditions, refine hand and foot technique, learn double bass grooves and fills improve reading and transcribing , sharpen your timing, incorporate linear playing, apply rudiments to the drum set.

Styles: Rock / Funk / Country / Blues / Jazz / Latin

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Sometimes the availability calendar is not updated in a timely manner.

Every student is different. Depending on their age and/or goals, this is the typical curriculum for a beginning (no experience) student.

Beginners (build the foundation)
Technique
- Hands: how to hold the sticks correctly
- Feet: heel up or heel down technique

Reading
- Explain note values
- Explain drum set notation

Coordination and Timing
- Learn basic beats to play music
- Understand how to practice with a metronome
- How to play along to music

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Home room converted with sound absorbing materials with 2 drum sets, acoustic and electronic. Air conditioned living room seating for parents. Audio recordings are provided for every lesson and portions of each lesson are also video recorded.
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Dillon S. January 5, 2016
· Drum · In studio
My son really enjoyed his first lesson. He was excited to start practicing his "assignment" the moment we arrived home.
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Noah M. October 5, 2015
· Drum · In studio
My son is a perfectionist and sanatoria a little...christian is great!
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rita W. January 30, 2014
· Drum ·
Easy to sign up and Great customer service

My 12 yr old decided he wanted drums for Christmas and we knew that would include getting him lessons. Finding Christian through Take lessons was indeed lucky for my son. If you are looking for a teacher who is calm, level headed, knowledgeable and very easy to contact at anytime then Christian is who you are looking for. He has several students and they all come out happy and feeling good about their lessons. My son, even when not feeling great insist that he attend his drum lessons. compliments to the instructor.
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Christian C.

Brentwood, CA 94513
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About John F.

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San Francisco, CA
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Whether you are a complete beginner or getting more advanced and need some keys to reach the next level, I'm your man! I started playing drumset (and snare drum) when I was 12yrs old (I'm quite a bit older now so I've been doing it for a while! :) and I LOVE teaching drums.
I wanna teach you to read and write drum music, play strong beats and fills, develop natural technique, relaxation and independence. Eventually you will learn to use stylish transitions, interpret song structure, and achieve proficiency in a variety of styles. And most importantly, know how to play it musically.

About John
I play a wide variety of musical styles on drums and percussion and have a long history of performance art in live bands, theater and orchestra. I teach drum set, symphonic and marching percussion, electronics in drumming (sampling, loops, midi etc), and general rhythm lessons for beginners. I also enjoy helping students prepare for auditions, studio recording sessions, and live performance opportunities. There's alot to know about what to do and what not to do in these situations, especially if you want to look like a pro and have a positive experience.

I studied percussion performance at Washington State University while developing my set playing and enjoying my employment with the Washington Idaho Symphony as a classical percussionist. I play in rock, funk, pop, metal, EDM, hip-hop, industrial, honky-tonk, and jazz outfits with mult
iple appearances at SXSW, Sundance Film Festival, TieCon, and various festivals throughout the US.
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Max G. December 4, 2017
· Drum · In home
Lucky to have him teaching my 9 year old.
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Anna November 16, 2016
· Drum · In studio
John is a fantastic teacher! I started with no experience at all and now after my fourth lesson I already feel comfortable with my grip, a metronome, sheet music, single stroke rolls, double stroke rolls, and several rock beats. Currently, I’m learning sixteenth note drum fills. He is patient, enthusiastic, fun, and extremely talented. I highly recommend him as a drum teacher (beginner or experienced). You will not regret it!
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John F.

John F.

San Francisco, CA 94102
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About Christopher B.

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Bellingham, MA

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Come prepared to learn, work hard, and have fun! I've been teaching private students in the local area for several years. Together we'll work on improving your basic and advanced technique to make playing more natural and comfortable. We'll also work on songs of all genres and of your choice to expand your playing abilities. Whether you're looking to continue professionally or just play along with your favorite tunes, we'll work together to get you where you want to be

About Christopher
Hello! My name is Chris B. and I'm excited for the opportunity to work with you! I have extensive teaching and performance experience throughout New England, and I'm excited to use my skills and experience to help you learn and achieve.

I've recently graduated with my Bachelor of Arts in Music from Rhode Island College, and am continuing pursuit of a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. I've studied Classical Percussion with Michael DeQuattro at Rhode Island College, as well as drum set with Michael Odabashian, drummer for Zander Bleck and Kicking Harold. I've performed solo and with many groups in New England and abroad, including, but not limited to: the New England Intercollegiate Band, the Rhode Island College Symphony Orchestra, the Rhode Island Wind Ensemble, and American Music Abroad's 2013 Liberty Tour of Europe.
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Christopher B.

Christopher B.

Online
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$30 / 30-min

About Eyal S.

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Oakland, CA
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A private drum teacher for over 10 years, based in Oakland, CA, I am a lover of music and I share that passion with my students of all ages, from beginner to advanced levels. My lessons are fun and motivational, encouraging students to perform the best they can while enjoying the learning process. I am patient, and I am a big believer in improvisation to improve creativity and confidence. I expect students to practice the techniques they learn and come prepared for each lesson.

About Eyal
A private drum teacher for over 10 years, based in Oakland, CA, I am a lover of music and I share that passion with my students of all ages, from beginner to advanced levels. My lessons are fun and motivational, encouraging students to perform the best they can while enjoying the learning process. I am patient, and I am a big believer in improvisation to improve creativity and confidence. I expect students to practice the techniques they learn and come prepared for each lesson.
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Eyal S.

Eyal S.

Oakland, CA 94621
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About Dennis W.

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Palo Alto, CA
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Music is a subject that anyone can relate to. Playing and performing music is a dream that many aspire. I have watched my students grow from complete beginners to taking stages in front of a large audience.

I am always thorough about teaching my students the basics: understanding proper technique, dynamics, and timing. I teach my students to play to a metronome, read music and rhythms, play songs, and play along with other live musicians. I specialize in many various genres of music including funk, rock, pop, hip-hop, prog, and metal. Over time, you will learn to play like the professionals that inspire you.

About Dennis
Hello, my name is Dennis Willoner.

Music and art have always been a huge part of my life. I have been playing drums for 15 years and have been teaching for 7. I grew up learning to play drums from a private instructor, and have been studying on my own ever since. I have played in many bands in my music career and have also tracked drums in studios for local artists. Today, I currently work at School of Rock in Palo Alto as a private and group instructor, and play in a professional band called Constructs.

I have been drawing ever since I can remember. I mostly draw realistically, but also like to get on the creative side. I enjoy drawing faces and people the most out of any subject. After learning so much about art, the world can be viewed in a complete other perspective.
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Manoj N. May 12, 2018
· Drawing · In home
I have been wanting to learn drawing since I was a kid. Had a few years of drawing when I was a kid and then haven't touched in a long time. When I rekindled my interest to learn, I came across Dennis.
Honestly, the reason why I chose Dennis was because he provided at-home classes and that would avoid the hassle of me having to travel. The first few classes were more of me and him warming up to each other, as I am sure he also found me different.
He comes with all the necessary equipment and spends a few minutes giving you some basics of the stuff we are going to do that day. Then he leaves you to draw while he also draws the same. He glances once in a while at your sheet and gives you very subtle feedback. If you have missed something, he will just try to nudge you in the right direction with minor comments like "Don't you think, these are of the same darkness?, There may be more highlights in this area or the mid tones here and here are of the same darkness. etc.". He never touches your paper, but only guides you.
Sometimes when some focus is needed (for example on the eyes), he will tell you the technique involved in depth and we did one full class just doing eyes, one full class on hair.
It was a little frustrating initially for me as I was not used to the teaching technique, and now I see the point. The first drawing itself turned out be much much better than I had anticipated it to be and he hasn't touched my paper till now - so this drawing is fully mine.
You can also continue drawing and send work via text message to him. You almos t always get detailed instant feedback. The only thing is, I haven't been very diligent in doing drawings due to lack of free time. So once a week for an hour is what I do.
He also spends extra time sometimes so that he can take the drawing to a logical point, sometimes even beyond 1.5 hrs though my session is for an hour each. That shows the commitment he has to his students.
I believe my work will improve as this course continues. We have had about 6 classes and I am already seeing the difference. A long way to go, but the first steps have been right - most of it due to Dennis and his method of teaching. I would say more than teaching, it is a method of mentoring where the hand holding is done in a unique way.
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Erin May 3, 2018
· Drawing · In studio
Dennis is a congenial, knowledgeable, and engaging instructor. It's been a rewarding learning experience.
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Pavel November 27, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Great instructor: friendly and patient, clear guidance and fun process
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Dennis W.

Dennis W.

Palo Alto, CA 94301
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About Andy L.

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My name is Andy Lewis I have played drums 30 plus years. Besides first and most importantly we're going to have fun. Second we will learn the basics of reading essential groups that are essential in music. The most important thing I teach is to think outside the box to stay focus in music during the ups and downs with a positive attitude and the skills to enable you to work through each and every situation that comes before.

About Andy
Hi my name is Andy Lewis I've played for over 35+. Years. To be honest it's been so long I've lost track. In that time I've won Awards and been respected by many. Yes drum lessons from me will learn basics like rudiments, rhythms that are used in a number styles of songs out there, and much more.
Most importantly how to feel the music, have fun playing during the ups and downs of a musician career. Will learn from some of the best and there techniques but more importantly help you become the drummer that makes you stands from the rest. The style that they hear you they will say that's (put your name here.) And finally play by thinking outside of the box not just stay inside of the lines.
Most importantly have fun will have fun playing together.
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Andy L.

Novato, CA 94947
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$42 / 30-min

About David L.

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LESSON DETAILS

• Drums Course open to Children and Adults. Preparatory approach for different formative experiences
• Arguments : A Journey through Music from Classical to Rock, through Jazz Idiom and Funk Music.
• Improvisation Research Program including studies on the role of Drums comping in Modern Music.
• My work envolves elements for Music Therapy and Music Education for Kids.
• The drums and hand-percussion classes are a fun and practical way to learn the insight essence of Music: Rhythm.


TEACHING PHILOSOPHY & PROGRAM :

• Musicianship and Music Appreciation
• Drums Workout - History (Rudiments) , Physical alignment and Breathing Technique.
• Music History and Composers From Western Classical World to Rock and Pop Music
• Preparing repertoire: choosing different styles, composers, levels.
• Playing along Music Repertoire : orchestras, bands.
• Interpretation and body movements
• Sight- reading development
• Rhythm practice
• Working on develop the ...

About David
LESSON DETAILS

• Drums Course open to Children and Adults. Preparatory approach for different formative experiences
• Arguments : A Journey through Music from Classical to Rock, through Jazz Idiom and Funk Music.
• Improvisation Research Program including studies on the role of Drums comping in Modern Music.
• My work envolves elements for Music Therapy and Music Education for Kids.
• The drums and hand-percussion classes are a fun and practical way to learn the insight essence of Music: Rhythm.


TEACHING PHILOSOPHY & PROGRAM :

• Musicianship and Music Appreciation
• Drums Workout - History (Rudiments) , Physical alignment and Breathing Technique.
• Music History and Composers From Western Classical World to Rock and Pop Music
• Preparing repertoire: choosing different styles, composers, levels.
• Playing along Music R
epertoire : orchestras, bands.
• Interpretation and body movements
• Sight- reading development
• Rhythm practice
• Working on develop the muscle memory of Music and its technique
• Practicing rhythms, melodies, Harmonies.
• Transcribing your favorite songs and Drum Fills
• Audition Techniques
• Social and Emotional Development
• Learning Motivation
• Physical and Motor Development
• Career Guidance

David has taught beginners to advanced students of all ages in every Percussion style of Music.

Has received his Bachelor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music - Boston with Specific Concentrations in Music Ed, Performance, Music Production & Engineering.
He has further honored his skills with a Master Degree in Performance and Production Concentration at Berklee University Valencia - Spain.
In his native country Italy he has further completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies at The Conservatory of Music - Ferrara and as an Italian and English Teacher in Literatures and Languages at University of Rome La Sapienza.
He has achieved a 13 years experience background as a Berklee College of Music co-teacher at Umbria Jazz clinics working for Drums and Ensembles department alongside Chair Emeritus of Performance Division Ron Savage and Vice-Chair of Percussion Department Yoron Israel.

Finally I will tailor the lessons to your personal taste and willing to achieve
while giving you all the tools you need to progress and enjoy Music through the instrument you love the most.
Whether you are a beginner or advanced musician aiming at learning,
I will help you achieve your dreams.

- Music is a dream which has the power of becoming true for each one of us.

- Music is the only universal language that hold together Human Kind.
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Michelle April 26, 2018
· Drum · In home
I wanted to learn to play drums as I've always dreamt of being able to play so I started taking lesson with David. He is very patient and has been able to discover a "sense of rythm" I didn't even know I had inside of me. His approach to teach me was very powerful and he transformed me from total dummy to a good drummer in a very short time. I will never stop to thank him for his professionalism and his patience. I highly recommend David to everyone who wants to learn how to play Drums or becoming a pro.
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Luke April 25, 2018
· Drum · In home
I really enjoy taking lessons with him! His a good teacher and I like the way he explain the music theory. He loves a lot of music genre from classic to jazz and rock. Lessons are very cool and funny!!! try!
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Chris April 24, 2018
· Drum · Online
I think drums lessons are not the easiest thing to do online. David was incredibly prepared for that and had all the necessary tools to have a good sound from skype so that i could hear everything, and specially all the necessary instruments prepared so that i could fully take advantage of the hour lesson.Also his Online lessons are pretty fun, sometimes he would make a little funny statement just to break the little ice that online communication can create through a screen, which I found out is pretty important.
Finally, when it's online the lesson is also focused towards music knowledge and suggestions about music history that we all should be aware of.
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About Brian A.

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There are certain basic skills that all drummers must possess regardless of what style of music they play. The mastery of those rudimentary skills is the foundation of my teaching practice, while keeping in mind each students individual needs and goals. I am currently teaching drumset, snare drum, timbales, bongo and beginner conga.
Experience the joy, passion, and expression of drumming and learn to play your favorite music on drum set. Learn rhythms & proper technique; how to play musically and improvise; how to “feel,” count, and notate music; and play along with almost any musical style! Drumming is also a great way for dancers to gain a deeper understanding of the rhythms that accompany their dancing.
I am a patient and attentive teacher who will create a course to suit your needs.

About Brian
I've been performing and teaching professionally since 1990. I teach private lessons, after-school programs, clinics and lectures. I am a contributing writer to DRUM! Magazine with my Afro-Caribbean Practice Pad articles and create corresponding videos for their on-line presence. I have also contributed a Master Class article for Downbeat Magazine. I'm currently an endorser for the Bosphorus Cymbal Company and a Regional Artist Endorser for the Sakae Drum Company.
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Brian A.

San Mateo, CA 94402
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$59 / 30-min

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