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Rob (aka R.J.): Born in Detroit, Michigan, RJ studied r&b and jazz from Motown drummers and Funk Brothers Benny Benjamin and Uriel Jones. From the age of fifteen he played in rhythm & blues and jazz combos around Detroit. He then studied privately with Berklee School of Music drum maestro, Gene Stuart, mallet studies with Mark Johnson at Michigan State University and earned a Bachelors Degree from Michigan State. He moved to San Francisco where he studied North Indian percussion and tabla with Zakir Hussain, trap set with jazz recording artist George Marsh. He is a consummate producer, performer, recording artist and teacher. He plays and teaches all styles of rhythm including jazz, funk, blues, rock, latin, and world fusion. He teaches drumset, congas, djembe, tabla, cajon and hand percussion. In addition to teaching privately, RJ h
as directed special week-long drum and percussion focused ensemble productions at Drake High School and Marin Academy and was Music Director at Cascade Canyon (K-8) School for two years where he directed variety shows and produced scores for the drama department. In his teaching practice all ages are welcome and all levels including: beginners, intermediate students, advanced players, and professionals.

*** Lesson Details ***
My approach to drum lessons is simple. I want my students to be excited about every stage of the process. I want to be as productive as possible with each student and want the lessons to be fun and focused.
I want beginning students to learn the essentials of good posture, correct hand positions or grips (how to hold the sticks in matched and military grip), how to best use their hands and feet to get around the drumset and to then develop a solid foundation of applicable rudiments, rhythms and patterns. In fact,
I have master drumset rudiments that help facilitate fluid movement around the drums in all directions. My studio is equipped with a top level TAMA drumset with Zildjian cymbals, congas, timbales, hand percussion, piano, vibes, excellent recording and listening equipment and speakers.
I provide the necessary foundations of rudiments, rhythms, patterns and grooves. Then I show how to combine these essentials to the drumset. I combine these developments with essential reading studies so the student learns to read drum music and charts from the very beginning.
I find out what kind of music the student listens to and likes and then I will use some of the more familiar tracks by those artists to help the student apply each pattern stylistically into actual arrangements…like a guitar teacher would teach some scales and chords, then apply them to actual songs. That way the student will remember the different patterns and remained engaged in the process. It’s a “see, say and do” approach.
I have a saying that I use: “FREEDOM follows FUNCTION and function follows FORM.” First you learn the forms (rudiments, rhythms and patterns). Then, with practice, you become functional with the forms, rhythm patterns and combinations. Then you are free to use everything you learn as it relates to the music. Your are “free” to create and improvise both alone and with others.

Within six month my students will have a firm grasp of essential rudiments, rhythms, patterns, sticking, single and double bass drumset techniques and be reading charts for the drumset.
Later on, as part of the student’s development, I will introduce them to different styles of music including jazz, African, Afro-Cuban, Latin and Brazilian rhythms and patterns so that the student becomes a well-rounded player.

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My Private Studio is on the first floor of my house: there is a six-piece professional series TAMA drumset and an assortment of K. and A. Zildjian cymbals, a piano, set of vibes, timbales, congas, bongos, djembe and a variety of hand percussion. There are additional chairs to sit on, Parents are welcome to sit in on lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Five and six piece drum sets, hard cases, three congas with cases, bongos in a hard case, timbales in a hard case, trap case for stands, cymbal case and stick bag.

*** Specialties ***
Trapset all styles, African djembe and shekere, Latin congas and timbales, Indian tablas.
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Barbara S. October 29, 2013
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A year and a half ago I decided to try to learn how to play an instrument, and chose drums. Learning how to also read and write music for drumming was high on my list. I also needed this to be a fun adventure with no real public performance goals for the first couple of years. It needed to be a stress reducer from the demands of the day job. Finding and working with RJ has been a total kick in the pants. I couldn't ask for a better coach. He hasn't let me get stuck in any one form, I'm learning all of them. It's hard! But I couldn't imagine not drumming now. It's very exciting, and I look forward to learning more over the coming years.
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KatyV January 11, 2012
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You won't find a better teacher than Rob. He obviously knows music, both theory and application. He is concerned about proper technique, but also enjoyment and variety, which means that you get it all. I'm learning tons more than I thought I would.
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San Anselmo, CA 94960
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About Dave R.

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San Marcos, CA
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Let's make lessons fun~!

All ages - in your home. All proficiency levels!

All you need is a chair and some drum sticks and we can start today!

I teach drummers how to drum, learn tunes, have fun and play with other musicians!

Everyone can learn more about coordination and groove ability and playing for the tune.

Children benefit exponentially when learning to drum. It helps all areas of their lives!

About Dave
Hello! My name is Dave..Let me help spark your curiosity, your creativity and your inspiration with drumming!

All you'll need to start is a pair of sticks!

Maybe you'd like to get help learning a song, Maybe you'd like someone to work with you through a particular drum book, or maybe you're looking for a complete course in drumming, to help you achieve your drumming goals. Allow me to help!

You'll learn to play drum grooves and rudiments.
You'll learn to read drum music and learn some music theory.
I'll show you how to figure out and play along with your favorite songs too!

I'll even help you find a band if you want to!

I've been teaching for years and years, and in San Diego since 2006. I teach ALL levels of musicianship from beginner to working drummers.

I've taught at School of Rock, Hope Elementary school, Califo
rnia Music Studios, TakeLessons and privately since 2006 in San Diego and decades of teaching in New York City, Virginia, New Mexico, and Los Angeles.

My current band I play with is Mr. Growly. Google us!

When not drumming with bands, I attend open mic's regularly and sit-in with as many great musicians as I can...I love drumming!
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Jared May 19, 2017
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Dave is the perfect match for my son. He is so encouraging and upbeat. This past week my son was discouraged about drumming and Dave went above and beyond to encourage him by sending him a motivational video. This meant a lot to my son and helped to challenge his mindset. We are so happy to have found Dave on Take Lessons!
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Mark B. April 11, 2017
· Drum · Online
It was actually really good I learned a lot from Dave
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About Tracy D.

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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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Beau K. October 9, 2017
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Ava September 24, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
Tracy did a wonderful job with my 12 year old today. I highly recommend her.
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Ayla S. June 11, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Tracy was good at engaging my 5 year old. She is very excited to learn more!
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About Daniel P.

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Mr. Pate currently offers private lessons in Stony Brook, New York. All levels are currently being accepted.Mr. Pate offers preparation study for the NYSSMA All-State audition in Drum Set, Marimba, Timpani, Percussion, as well as Piano and Composition.

Individual curriculum is determined by an evaluation of the student's experience, ability and goals. Students are encouraged to discover their potential through consistent training, listening to concerts & recordings

About Daniel
Percussionist Daniel is a bustling performer who's work can be seen frequently in New York City and the surrounding areas. He has presented performances at the 48th International Summer Course at Darmstadt, Germany, the Green Umbrella Concert Series held at Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles.

Daniel is pursuing a Doctorate in Contemporary Music Performance at Stony Brook University, under the tutelage of Eduardo Leandro and is a member of the Contemporary Chamber Players.

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Malletech 5.0 Octave Marimba, Yamaha Vibraphone, Pearl Philharmonic concert Snare Drum, Gretch Catalina Drumset, Steinway Grand Piano. Drum, Djembe. Macbook Pro with Logic pro 10 recording software in order to record lessons.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in concert percussion performance, but I also frequently perform a wide variet
y of drum set styles.
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PaulaL February 3, 2011
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Seth is really enjoying his lessons. You're a great instructor. Sorry we missed last Friday's lesson.
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About Amanda W.

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Rudiments. Notation. Expression.

Beginner to Advanced Snare
Beginner to Intermediate Drum Set
Beginner to Intermediate Hand Drums/Percussion
Beginner to Intermediate Mallet Percussion

About Amanda
https://www.somdmusiclessons.com

Learn how to enjoy and take charge of the learning process! Read or play by ear and develop your ability to create meaningful music. Crochet Art Classes are also available.

*** Lesson Details ***
Please be aware that I am willing to travel a little farther than the 10 mile radius.

I have plenty of music, instruments and ideas to start you off with or to continue your musical education. I also offer an introductory demo lesson in case you would like to experiment with different instruments in order to decide which one you like best.
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*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a great library of music to choose from. I also own nearly every instrument that I teach so that I may demonstrate and play along.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide some music, a few incentives and supplies, as well
as simple repairs and maintenance for your instrument. I will also bring my own instruments for demonstration. The student will be required to secure their own instrument, music stand, book, reeds, valve oil, and the like.
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Kyle October 29, 2016
· Cello · In studio
Amanda has been wonderful with my son. She is able to talk to him in a way that keeps him interested and engaged. His playing has improved dramatically. Thank you!
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Abby T. February 20, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Amanda is a great instructor for my daughter.
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David R. December 18, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Amanda makes learning how to play the guitar a lot of .
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About Carl G.

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Drum and Drum set Lessons, Beginning, Intermediate or Advanced students by Professional Teacher and performer. 38 years of Teaching privately and performance. Lessons will focus on rudiments, technique, basics, rhythm patterns, beats, Songs and performance. Lessons can be once a week, once every 2 weeks or once a month. Schedule of lessons are flexible to meet the needs of the student. Rates and location of lessons will be discussed and confirmed by e-mail contact.

About Carl
Private Music Instrument Lessons by Professional Player. Lessons for Beginning, Intermediate or Advanced students. Focus will be reading, Basics, Sound production and performing. 30 minute, 45 minute and 60 minute sessions. Lessons can be once a week, one every 2 weeks or once a month. 38 years experience teaching private.
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Karen B. May 1, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Carl has been an excellent guitar teacher for my 15 year old son Robert. We highly recommend him!
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Scott February 15, 2016
· Trumpet · In studio
Carl is a good teacher. Very patient and easy to understand. I look forward to future lessons with him.
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Alan October 13, 2015
· 5 String Banjo · In studio
Friendly, knowledgeable and patient. Everything you could ask of a music teacher.
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Santa Rosa, CA 95409
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About Erik H.

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Time to achieve your true potential and goals behind the drum set! I am a professional drummer from the Bay Area with a Bachelors degree in performance from the Berklee College of Music and I have spent the last 10 years sharing my art and knowledge with students of all ages and skill levels.

When you sign up for your first lesson with me, my goal is to construct a plan that caters to your specific drumming interests. I highly encourage versatility and creativity in my students, and we will explore a wide range of subjects in the contemporary drumming world including hand and feet technique, groove and fill construction, different world styles, playing and recording along to music, and so much more!

I very much look forward to meeting you and starting our drumming journey together!

About Erik
I am a professional touring and recording drummer currently playing with the rock band Eyes On The Shore and several other projects and groups. I graduated from the Berklee College of Music in 2016 with a Bachelors degree in drum set performance.

I started my musical journey on the piano at 5 and picked up my first pair of drumsticks when I was 11. I quickly fell in love with the drums as an instrument and dedicated my life to mastering my craft behind the kit ever since. Notable past performances in my drumming journey have included two concerts at Carnegie Hall, the Walt Disney Concert Hall as the lead timpanist, the 2014 Progressive Nation At Sea festival hosted by Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater, the 2014 All Stars Tour, a special performance at the 2016 NAMM show, and SXSW 2016 with my band Eyes On The Shore.

My students tend to be w
ide-ranging in terms of both ages and skill levels. Beginning drummers can expect to develop a solid foundation on rock beats and fills while playing along to some of their favorite bands/artists and having fun doing it! We will also make sure you are playing with proper technique and staying fluid and relaxed as you get used to the motions required between your limbs.

Intermediate and advanced students will dive into the deep end as we explore a wide range of topics including linear drumming, jazz swing and improvisation, funk and latin grooves, drum soloing, double bass drumming, rudiments and snare drum solos, recording drums, and much more!

The most important aspects of teaching for me are to keep our lessons fun, exciting, and to never lose track of why we picked up this instrument in the first place. I am here to help you achieve your greatest drumming goals and look forward to working towards them together!
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Erik H.

Novato, CA 94947
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About Adam C.

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I graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor's in Jazz Studies, and have been teaching private drum lessons for over a decade. My lessons are tailored to achieve YOUR goals, and I design a unique lesson plan to fit your learning style. I have experience working with every age group, and have even coached school ensembles, and given clinics about a variety of music topics.

MY TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

I strongly believe that playing music should be nothing but pure joy. Learning to play the drums is simply the process of training your body and mind to better express yourself using rhythm and timbre. This process can vary greatly from person to person, and the end result is different for everyone. Although the process of learning anything can feel like a chore at times, I believe every moment of study should be designed to achieve your personal goals. The learning process should be fun, and easy to navigate. Playing music becomes more fun the better you get, and the path to

About Adam
Hey drummers! I love music, and the only thing I love better is sharing the art of making music with you! I feel that drums are the backbone of music and that rhythm is essential to synchronizing all the emotions we express through music. Let's embark on a journey together to explore how playing music becomes exponentially more fun the better you get!
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Alex D. August 26, 2017
· Drum · In home
I hadn't had a music lesson in about 35 years, so I wasn't sure what I was getting into. I had bought a drum set for kicks and was screwing around a bit but hadn't really focused on much of anything and was pretty much treading water. Incremental improvement but nothing to write home about.

I've found that Adam is ready to meet you at your level and he has got me working on some basics (a reminder of just how sloppy my playing was/is) and I (think) I'm improving pretty rapidly and am starting to recognize things I hadn't noticed before. If there's an issue, it has been my erratic practice schedule. He has also been really flexible with respect to schedule, lesson length etc. - important for someone like myself who is works and has kids with their own busy schedules.
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Alex August 9, 2017
· Drum · In studio
I'm completely new to the drums and decided to do a trial lesson with Adam several months ago. The lessons are fun and informative, and I have improved so much since I started lessons with Adam. He does a great job of starting good drumming habits, and building off of basics so that you can be a well-rounded drummer. He is a great teacher, combining his expertise with what you as a student want to learn so that it's fun and interesting. Highly recommended for both beginners and drummers with experience looking to improve!
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Suzie August 9, 2017
· Drum · In studio
I'm completely new to the drums and decided to do a trial lesson with Adam several months ago. The lessons are fun and informative, and I have improved so much since I started lessons with Adam. He does a great job of starting good drumming habits, and building off of basics so that you can be a well-rounded drummer. He is a great teacher, combining his expertise with what you as a student want to learn so that it's fun and interesting. Highly recommended for both beginners and drummers with experience looking to improve!
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Hi! My name is Sanjay, and I've been playing drums for over 16 years now. I will teach drummers of most levels, from those who are complete beginners to those who have been playing for some years but are looking for the push to really take their drumming to the next level. We will tailor your lessons to your specific goals so that you progress exactly how you want to, and so that none of your time is wasted on learning things that you won't actually use. Whether you'd like to learn songs by your favorite bands, develop better technique, explore new genres, work on your speed, dynamics, and independence, or work on your ability to be creative and write your own music, I can help you identify what it is you need to work on to become the drummer you'd like to be, and the most effective way to achieve that goal. Shoot me a message and we can discuss what it is you'd like to achieve, and we'll see if we're a good fit!

About Sanjay
Music is my passion, and I've been playing drums for about 16 years and guitar for about 9, and have a deep interest for music of all genres, especially rock, jazz, hip-hop, r&b, and alternative. In high school, I played on my school's drumline, and learned immeasurable lessons about technique, and about how to practice in the most effective and efficient ways possible, to meet the strict demands of the marching style of drumming, eventually becoming the captain of my drumline. At the same time, I began playing in bands with my friends, learning how to channel creativity through the instrument while writing songs, and simultaneously learning many of the skills (such as recording, mixing, engineering, playing live) that nicely balanced the theoretical and technical things I learned on the drumline. I attended UCLA, receiving a B.S. in Neur
oscience in 2017, and during my time there, I was able to take a plethora of classes on music theory, music history, music production, and had the opportunity to learn from some of the most well-renowned and well-employed studio musicians in the Los Angeles area. While I have the theoretical and technical background to ensure that you're learning things in a structured, thoughtful, and efficient manner, I won't bog you down with the intellectual side of music if that isn't what you want. Instead, I want to focus on helping you create art, and improving your abilities to the point that they won't hinder your ability to express yourself through music.
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Looking forward to sharing my passion and enthusiasm for playing and creating music and to guide you and help achieve whatever your goals in music may be.

About David
I am a working drummer/percussionist/multi instrumentalist based in Las Vegas. I regularly perform in major productions here such as Rock of Ages and Million Dollar Quartet. I was a performance and music education double major in music school and I have been teaching private and group lessons off and on for about twenty years. I am well versed in many instruments and styles of music and always incorporate an overall understanding and development of many aspects of music such as reading, theory, composition, audio and recording, instrument maintenence and repair as well as many different styles and techniques.
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