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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.

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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.

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*** 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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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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Cj S. July 2, 2018
· Drum · In studio
It’s been a joy working with Mike the last few years. Our son is progressing wonderfully and is excited about playing drums. He’s only nine years old and has learned so much from Michael. We would recommend him highly.
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Eddie R. July 19, 2017
· Drum · In home
I can't recommend Mike enough! I always wanted to learn drums but it felt daunting and somewhat inaccessible to me. From my first lesson with Mike, that changed completely. I left his studio feeling like I could absolutely learn to play. In just one lesson I learned a lot about proper technique, reading music, etc. without feeling overwhelmed or bored. Mike explains everything clearly while also making it fun to learn. And, most importantly, he has a clear (and proven) structure to his lesson plans. Concepts are taught in a cumulative manner so that each lesson you make progress towards a clearly defined goal - a goal that you get to help define, be it a specific song you want to learn or a certain skill/level to attain. Mike is knowledgeable about the subject matter and provides insightful tips and homework to make sure you're learning the right skills in a fun and challenging manner. If you want to learn drums, Mike is your guy.
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Huntington Beach, CA 92647
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About Nate H.

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Burbank, CA

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I've been teaching drums/percussion for over 15 years! My curriculum comes directly from my extensive knowledge from attending Percussion Institute of Technology in Los Angeles, CA and my hands on experience touring nationally and internationally with bands since the age of 16! We will start with proper technique, posture and rudiments and graduate to proper coordination, tempos and various styles and patterns. My teaching philosophy is simple, "You get what you give".

About Nate
Greetings to my future music students,

My name is Nate! I'm a professional world touring and recording percussionist/drummer/musician. I started drumming at the age of 10 after seeing Animal from The Muppets battle Buddy Rich. I would practice everyday after school and was asked to join high school marching and Jazz band while still in middle school. By the age of 16 I was drumming with local Jazz and Rock bands at clubs and festivals. I also toured nationally with Drum and Bugle Corps Spirit of Atlanta while I was still in high school. After graduating high school, I started teaching while attending Saint Petersburg College for Music Performance. I have had the pleasure to have performed, toured internationally and recorded with many diverse bands from the year 2000 to 2016 (see Experience) In 2008-09, I performed with Austral
ia's renowned dance company Burn The Floor at Bush Gardens Tampa. I moved to LA in 2010 to further my skills at Musician's Institute PIT. I toured with LA based bands The Red Elvises and Street Drum Corps in 2011. That same year, I received a call from Revolutionary Rock Band Outernational to tour Nationally and Internationally headlining and supporting bands such as The Wailers, Flogging Molly, Las Manos de Filippi and Manu Chao. In 2012, I settled in NY to establish myself and my musical roots in between time touring and also taught at School Of Rock Manhattan as a sub. Over the years, I've helped many students learn how to read music, establish proper technique, coordination and time skills, and how to play some of their favorite songs from some of their favorite bands! I'm excited to help you meet your musical goals and help mold you into a well rounded musician and percussionist! My teaching style can be best described as focused, energetic and fun!
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Francelia F. July 3, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Nate is very enthusiastic and provided very helpful instructions. He found songs for me to practice to which makes learning more exciting. Looking forward to taking more classes!
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Marty C. June 12, 2017
· Drum · In home
Nate's a great teacher!
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Nate H.

Nate H.

North Hollywood, CA 91605
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About Benk Joseph W.

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a new method for learning drum and able to play with song.

About Benk Joseph
My teaching experience dates back to my college days, as I began teaching private lessons part time 15 years ago, and have been consistently teaching private include in Yamaha Music School. Encouraging regular practice on a consistent schedule is one of the key points I like to emphasize for younger students, as it tends to help the student progress and gain a passion for the instrument. Nothing is more rewarding than seeing one of my students develop a passion for music!

I'm a passionate and motivated instructor who loves working with students and sharing my love of music. Graduated from Musician Institute, Hollywood,CA. Performing all over the world, such as Canada, Japan, Shanghai, Macau, etc. Performing has been one of the greater experiences of my life as a musician, and I've had the opportunity to play with Big Band, Cruise line
band and local band in Los Angeles.

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For beginning students who are children, I typically start with really really simply technique to understand, easy to understand. Once the student has progressed to have a grasp of the fundamentals, I will begin to introduce "Rudiments" and sight reading. For adults, I try to find out what the student is interested in, and guide my instruction accordingly to keep the lessons engaging and fun, no matter their ability level.

Therefore, it's important that each student progresses at his or her own pace. I encourage this by setting realistic goals for my students at each lesson. Acknowledging accomplishments helps fuel a students desire to progress, and makes students eager to learn more. By trying to find out what inspires the student, I can successfully tailor my instruction to their wants and needs. 

The price is for Palmdale area. if you around San Gabriel Valley, we can discuss more.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Full Pro gear Yamaha Drum set with the sound system, double pedal, left foot clave, pro cymbal.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Sound system play along with the song, teaching equipment.

*** Specialties ***
For beginning students who are children, I typically start with really really simply technique to understand, easy to understand. Once the student has progressed to have a grasp of the fundamentals, I will begin to introduce "Rudiments" and sight reading. For adults, I try to find out what the student is interested in, and guide my instruction accordingly to keep the lessons engaging and fun, no matter their ability level.
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Norm December 14, 2016
· Drum · In home
Easy to get along with. He started the lesson as soon as he walked in the door, very detailed oriented teacher. His style of teaching is very easy to understand especially in my case with no drum lesson experience.
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Cristina M. October 13, 2015
· Drum · In home
I'm so glad to find Joseph as my daughter drum teacher.He's an excellent and professional teacher.He makes it so entertaining whenever he teach.He's a great teacher.Home tutoring make it easy to schedule a lesson .
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Krystal B. January 30, 2014
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Our son loves his Drum lessons.

Benk is very flexible, affordable and our son took to him very well. He even records what he has learned each week so we both can keep track of his progress. He is much more affordable then other drum teachers or studio's in the area, and even will come to your home.
If you are looking for a GREAT Teacher you should take some time to talk to Benk.
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Benk Joseph W.

Benk Joseph W.

Arcadia, CA 91006
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About Mike B.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Any genre, any song. Teaching for 20 years. I tailor each lesson to the needs/goals of every student.

For beginners, I can write easy versions of your favorite songs for you, while giving you a well balanced music education.

For more advanced players, I can show you how to play almost any drum part, and show you tips on how to figure out drum parts by ear and make your own.

Since I play other instruments, I can show you how to jam to anything and sound good while having a blast!

For children, I make lessons fun and varied with learning and musical games to keep them excited and engaged.

For everyone, I can teach you the most efficient ways to learn any musical skill based on experience and leading scientific books on learning, while keeping lessons fun!

About Mike
I've studied piano and other instruments for 30 years, have been teaching music for 20, and have been a full time professional musician and music teacher for 11 years.

As a musician who was raised on classical piano but has also spent his life playing in bands, jamming, and composing in several genres, I believe that a well-rounded musical education is not only practical, but that it brings out the most enjoyment in music.

I also believe in teaching students whatever they love whether it's classical, rock, pop, jazz, world music, or a mix of everything! The more they love it, the more they will practice, and in turn the more they will love how they have improved - a circle of awesomeness!

As a professional musician, I play over 130 shows a year throughout North America as lead singer-guitarist for Celtic Rock group The Whiskeydicks, a
s the touring pianist for classical crossover group Vivace, as a solo singer-guitarist-pianist, and as the lead singer-guitarist-pianist-composer for my own symphonic-rock-fusion group, The Living. I've also toured extensively in Europe as keyboardist and backing vocalist for singer-songwriter Melanie Dekker.

My compositions have been performed by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, The Plastic Acid Orchestra, Turning Point Ensemble, Ad Mare Wind Quintet, Vivace, The Living, The Whiskeydicks and cellist-singer-songwriter Cris Derksen.

I have a B.Mus in Piano and Music Composition from The University of British Columbia. I'm an IVA Certified Level I Voice Instructor and have studied Vocals with John Henny, Jeffrey Skouson, Guy Babusek, and Spencer Welch; piano with Terence Dawson, David Vandereyk, and Ross Taggart; composition with Dorothy Chang, Keith Hamel, and Armanini; drums with Jay Deachman and Morgan Childs; bass with David Spidel; and accordion with Jelena Milojevic.

I've just moved to LA from Vancouver where I had about 40 students, so this is the time to sign up as I have room for new students for the first time in years!
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Sarah P. May 11, 2018
· Accordion · Online
Mike is really fun!
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Joan C. March 8, 2018
· Ukulele · Online
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Luke February 23, 2018
· Accordion · Online
Very patient with our first time in online lessons and first real go at the accordion. Looking forward to more lessons!
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Mike B.

Los Angeles, CA 90016
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About Kevin F.

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I have 17 years of experience playing and studying drums, and I look forward to sharing that with you! I'm a flexible & fun teacher who likes to see my students succeed.

I like to tailor lessons to whatever your goals are. We can learn one of your favorite songs, I can teach you drum-set exercises to improve your coordination, or we can practice rudiments to ensure you've got a great drumming foundation.

Please feel free to message me a question!

About Kevin
I'm a full-time musician, recording artist, and studio drummer who has been studying and playing for over 17 years.

I played in the UCLA jazz and latin jazz programs, as well as in the UCLA marching band. Since then I've been a part of a group called Sure Sure. I write, record, and perform live all of our drum and percussion parts; we're currently on a national tour and have over 300,000 monthly listeners on Spotify.

I like to tailor your lesson to whatever your goals are. I can teach you rudiments, we can learn one of your favorite songs, or I can show you exercises to improve your skill. I'm happy to talk about your drumming goals and then create a lesson plan to help you get there.

I look forward to hearing from you!
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Venkata D. May 19, 2018
· Drum · In home
Nice One to start with, cooperative and cool enough to explain the things
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Phil March 3, 2017
· Drum · In home
Kevin has been teaching my daughter Ellie for 9 months now. I found him through an old UCLA friend who's also part of the music scene here in LA. Ellie started as a percussionist in her middle school concert band and used to bang around on the set after rehearsals, but now that she's in 7th grade she decided to join the jazz ensemble. So we wanted to get her proper training on the drum kit. She always looks forward to her sessions with Kevin (we try to fit in a weekly session around club soccer and chess - yes, I'm breeding a Renaissance Woman), and she has seen astronomical growth in her abilities since she started with him last summer. As a musician myself, I can tell you that Kevin is a consummate drummer (check out his band Sure Sure!!) and teacher, not to mention a responsible (and hilarious) young man. He really emphasizes control and syncopation with Ellie, and her band teacher has been super impressed with her growing talents. Rumor has it she's even getting a drum solo at the spring concert...
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David February 27, 2017
· Drum · In home
I always wanted to learn drums but never knew where to begin. 5 minutes into my first lesson I knew I found the right teacher. Every lesson I've had with Kevin has been fun and engaging. I look forward to each session and the progress speaks for itself. My wife actually enjoys listening to me play now!!
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Kevin F.

Kevin F.

Los Angeles, CA 90039
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About Max W.

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I have been playing drums since I was 10 years old (12 years) and have played in both my high school jazz band and college jazz band. While jazz drums is my specialty, I feel extremely comfortable teaching all styles of drum, from rock to Latin. I have experience teaching students ranging from complete beginners to as much as 6 years of drumming experience.

About Max
I have been playing drums since I was 10 years old (12 years) and have played in both my high school jazz band and college jazz band. While jazz drums is my specialty, I feel extremely comfortable teaching all styles of drum, from rock to Latin. I have experience teaching students ranging from complete beginners to as much as 6 years of drumming experience.

I have been playing piano for almost 7 years now, and have been teaching for almost 3 years. I have a deep understanding of music theory from my time studying it extensively in both high school in AP Music Theory and in college as part of my music minor. I feel comfortable teaching students ranging from complete beginners to up to 3 years of experience.

Music is my passion and my greatest joy comes from being able to share my passion with others through teaching.
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Aaron February 10, 2018
· Piano · In studio
When I started taking lessons with Max, I had no prior experience, and he's been very patient and helpful with answering all my questions and helping me improve! He's also been very flexible with my crazy schedule. If you're looking to beef up your piano skills, this is the guy to go with!
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Rick H. March 11, 2017
· Piano · In home
Hire this pro if you are interested in learning piano. He offers a personalized piano course where individuals can learn their notes in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. Thanks for your help!
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Eric G. March 11, 2017
· Piano · In home
Really knows his stuff and has helped me take my beginner piano skills to the next level! Max knows anything from jazz, pop, blues, classical, and Latin! He is an expert in his field and its truly been great having him as a teacher.
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Max W.

Beverly Hills, CA 90210
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About Nathan L.

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Beginner, advanced or anywhere in between, I will create a lesson based on your musical interests and goals.
I have 30 years drumming experience and most recently co-starred in the Oscar nominated film WHIPLASH. I served as the drum instructor for all actors on that film.
I love playing the drums and I love teaching others what I've picked up over the years. The most important thing is having fun, building confidence and achieving your goals! Thanks for the interest!

About Nathan
My name is Nate. I've been playing the drums for thirty years. I'm trained in marching band, rudiments and classic drum set. I have a BA from Fordham University in NYC.
I work as an actor and a drummer in both LA and NYC.
Most recently, I co-started in the Oscar nominated film Whiplash and was also the drum instructor for the actors on that film.

I'm confident I can create a fun and effective lesson plan for adults and children of all abilities. If you're new to the drums I'll create a curriculum that fits you and your interests while providing you with a solid foundation to build on.
If you're a drumming veteran looking for a tune up, some coaching or just hearing another player's approach , I'll form a lesson just for you.
Thanks for your time!
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Nathan L.

Nathan L.

Studio City, CA 91604
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using my experience in 15 years on drums, including lessons and recording sessions for the improvement of the student, all levels and ages.

About Bruno
I have 15 years of experience in playing music, and have participated in numerous tours, concerts, and recording sessions. In addition, I have extensive experience teaching music and academic tutoring. I teach guitar and drums, and tutor in all core academic subjects, including language arts, math, science, and social studies for students elementary school to high school.
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Lilia B. August 14, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Bruno is such a great teacher! I have learned so much in a short period of time, and thanks to him, I can now play my favorite songs on drums! I'll definitely be studying with Bruno for a very long time!
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Bruno P.

Newhall, CA 91321
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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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Hersh October 28, 2017
· Drum · Online
Sanjay taught me skype drum lessons over the past summer, and while not through TakeLessons, his teaching helped open doors in my drumming that I didn't know existed! I hope to take more lessons with him once I've put in enough practice and mastered the things he showed me
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Sanjay P.

Los Angeles, CA 90024
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I have had the privilege to study and pursue a career in music and I want to give back and share my knowledge with the younger generations. I believe everyone deserves the opportunity to follow their passions, express their creativity and free their voice through music. My main focus when teaching is creating a fun, safe, and healthy learning environment. I like to push my students out of their comfort zones and help them develop confidence in their instrument.

About Noel
I am a professional touring and drumming instructor from Los Angeles California. My drums can be heard on over two hundred recordings, I have toured extensively domestically, internationally, and I have performed at major festivals and award shows.

Recently I was contracted to play with a Las Vegas show known as Recycled Percussion. They have held a residency at The Tropicana, MGM, The Quad and Planet Hollywood over the last ten years. I performed with them in Vegas, toured internationally and performed a two-month residency in Alaska.

I have been fortunate enough to have my music licensed in both television and film and I continue to write with several artists and producers throughout Los Angeles. As an instructor, I have taught drums and percussion in Los Angeles and Texas for private schools, high school drum lines, as well as
drum clinics throughout the U.S. I can teach all levels, ages, and styles. I look forward to meeting each and every one of you!!
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Noel J.

Los Angeles, CA 90042
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