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San Anselmo, CA
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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.

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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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Marcia December 11, 2017
· Drum · In home
I never expected to find a teacher as stellar as Rob Franco. It's one thing to be an accomplished drummer, but quite another to have the capacity to teach what you know. Rob's got both! He ably teaches theory, technique, and application. He has a wonderful warm personality that feeds a student's confidence without insincerity. It's obvious that Rob has been successfully teaching students how to drum for a good long time because he does it with such ease and good humor. Wanna learn how to drum? Read drum music? Understand how it all works? And have a really relaxed and fun time while you're learning? Rob Franco is your man.
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Barbara S. October 29, 2013
· Drum ·
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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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Rob Franco

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 Jeff W.

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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.

Thanks!

About Jeff
Hello Students/Parents:

I have been drumming for 20 years. I tend to work mainly as a freelance drummer on multiple acts in the San Francisco Bay Area.
My main Styles tend to include; Pop,Rock,Funk,Reggae and Hip-hop. I am funny, friendly, outgoing, great with kids, and have been teaching music for 5 years and counting.

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we will work on a fun song/groove-- then we will work on reading and/or rudiments. I am also very patient and Flexible to those students whom have special needs, or want to go slower.
I teach using a combination of modern, traditional and personal books, and Popular music charts.

"œWhen the student combines his/her playing with a strong practice, playing, and performance regimen, they are bound to get better and improve to continue making music a concrete hobby in their life."

-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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Matthew B. October 19, 2015
· Drum · In home
Jeff is awesome! He's super kind and patient, as well as talented at the drums. He's definitely invested in his students' success too.
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Adrien P. February 8, 2014
· Drum ·
Great lessons, great teacher

It's only been 4 lessons but I really appreciate how the lessons are going. Jeff gives good explanations on how to read music and how to execute on the drums.Good pieces of advice too when some parts are hard to play !
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Montara, CA 94037
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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.

San Francisco, CA 94115
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About Ryan K.

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La Mesa, CA

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Drums was my first instrument and is still a big part of my life. I can teach beginning drums to anyone who is looking to learn.

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I have been playing music since a young age and at this point music is an everyday part of my life. Whether I am teaching, performing, rehearsing, or practicing, I am always working with some kind of music. I have taught at the School of Rock in Oceanside as an Instructor teaching, bass, beginning guitar, piano and drums. I have ran summer camps and taught music performance with beginners to intermediate musicians. Along with performing weekly with my cover band of 6+ years I have performed in musical orchestra pits, and I am currently a performer at SeaWorld San Diego Ca. I am looking to pass my knowledge of music and performance on to those who would like to broaden their musical skills.
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Mia L. June 14, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Very good teacher
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Becca January 13, 2016
· Drum · In home
Ryan really clicked with my 11 year old son. Although the first lesson consisted of tuning the drums and some small rhythms for him to practice, my son was really excited and is looking forward to his next lesson.
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Casey B. November 9, 2015
· Piano · In home
He is so nice, and chill. Ryan is great with explaining theory, and helping me understand the fundamental basics. I'm so thankful I found him! I have been able to exceed my own expectations on my learning.
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About Matt S.

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Oceanside, CA
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Learn everything you'll need to know about drum set technique, keeping solid tempos, and professional grooves that will set you apart from your peers and the competition.

About Matt
With most of my music students, we focus on several key areas to ensure success of overall technique and knowledge: WARM-UPs, SCALES, MUSIC THEORY, SIGHT-READING, and PREPARED SONGS. I tailor my approach and style to each student. Although I'm very detail-oriented with lessons and followup, I'm constantly in search of finding FUN ways to make sure the student is enjoying the journey. I also prefer to work on a song that the STUDENT wants to learn. It's music, and it should be fun!

Please review the rest of my profile and send me any questions or concerns you may have. If I don't think I can be the best teacher for you, I will gladly refer you to someone else on Takelessons or elsewhere.

I've been a lifelong musician, and love finding unique and fun ways to motivate my students. I've worked with most styles of music before,
and arranged music for many as well, so I'm very comfortable helping students with a variety of disciplines and interests. My professional experience in both the civilian and military music communities has given me an open-minded yet direct approach to WHAT you should learn, and HOW to develop each student's individual skills. I'm able to teach most students to an advanced level.
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Alyssa B. November 24, 2017
· Music Recording · In home
Matt is so great! He is super patient and very good with my daughter.
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Megan K. September 21, 2017
· Piano · In studio
He is very talented person. He has alot of patience and makes the lesson enjoyable.
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Ira L. February 18, 2017
· Drum · In home
Matt is a wonderful instructor! My son loves him & has improved so much In just 3 lessons! I highly recommend him!
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About Yulia B.

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I am a professional percussionist. I have been teaching private lessons since 2010 and is currently available to teach lessons at your home or in my home studio, and online.I have helped my students to learn how to read music, obtain good hand posture, develop their technique and musicality.
I received Bachelors of Music in Percussion performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University in 2015. Currently, I'm pursuing Masters Degree in Percussion Performance at the DePaul School of Music. I look forward to helping my new students achieve their goals.
Beginner students will learn how to read music, how to properly hold drum sticks, learn basic strokes, drumming techniques, beginning rudiments.
Intermediate and advanced students will learn how to improve their playing technique and virtuosity. They will also learn how to approach a specific piece of music; how to become expressive and creative with their skills.

About Yulia
I am a professional percussionist. I have been teaching private lessons since 2010 and is currently available to teach lessons at your home or in my home studio, and online.I have helped my students to learn how to read music, obtain good hand posture, develop their technique and musicality.
I received Bachelors of Music in Percussion performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University in 2015. Currently, I'm pursuing Masters Degree in Percussion Performance at the DePaul School of Music. I look forward to helping my new students achieve their goals.
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Amelia A. October 10, 2017
· Drum · Online
Great experience - my daughter really liked her first lesson, and came away enthusiastic. You can’t ask for much better.
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Masha October 2, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Yulia is clear, patient and so understanding of the learning process. I am looking forward to working with her!
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Kate September 17, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Yulia is a great teacher. She is very patient and can explain the same technique in many different ways until I can understand it and perform it myself. Muscle memory is something you have to practice and she has taught me several methods to help me improve my muscle memory skills.
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Yulia B.

Yulia B.

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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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Denver, CO

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Tommy got his start playing drums when he was 7 years old, when he climbed into the kitchen cabinets and started banging on pots and pans. This humble beginning led to his parents to buying him a drum set, then to Tommy joining the drum team in middle school. In high school he became a part of the drumline in the marching band, in addition to participating in the Jazz Band, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, and Winter Percussion Ensembles. During this time he developed his skills in playing marching snare drum, drumset, marimba, and concert percussion instruments.

After graduating from Rangeview High School, Tommy volunteered for a year as the drumline teacher. The following year, he became a paid percussion instructor, leading the group to win several competitions. During this time, Tommy also attended the Community College of Aurora, studying studied Music, Business, and Film. His studies led him to attend the Recording Workshop - School of Audio and Music Production in Ohio, where ...

About Tommy
Tommy got his start playing drums when he was 7 years old, when he climbed into the kitchen cabinets and started banging on pots and pans. This humble beginning led to his parents to buying him a drum set, then to Tommy joining the drum team in middle school. In high school he became a part of the drumline in the marching band, in addition to participating in the Jazz Band, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, and Winter Percussion Ensembles. During this time he developed his skills in playing marching snare drum, drumset, marimba, and concert percussion instruments.

After graduating from Rangeview High School, Tommy volunteered for a year as the drumline teacher. The following year, he became a paid percussion instructor, leading the group to win several competitions. During this time, Tommy also attended the Community College of Aurora, stu
dying studied Music, Business, and Film. His studies led him to attend the Recording Workshop - School of Audio and Music Production in Ohio, where he earned his certification in Music Production and Audio Engineering.

All of these experiences inspired Tommy to start his own record label and publishing company, Vibrato Music Group Inc., giving him the freedom to be a session drummer, songwriter, and record producer. Working with talented musicians every day has been the highlight of his career.

Tommy's goal as a teacher is to help students go from beginners to professionals, helping them to reach their fullest potential - not just in drumming but in life. The skills he teaches his students are tools that they can apply to anything they choose to do in life, and he shows them that through hard work and dedication to their craft, they can achieve anything. Tommy helps his students learn is by providing visual and audio examples, then demonstrating the real-world application of those examples. His students learn in a variety of ways, including muscle memory exercises, practicing playing at different tempos, and playing along with examples.
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Tommy M.

Tommy M.

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About Rafael M.

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In our lessons we will learn the fundamentals in a fun way, while learning the songs that inspired us to learn the instrument in the first place. Emphasis will be given on feel, time and song structure.

About Rafael
Enthusiastic and patient teacher. I strive to get the best out of the student while having fun learning music. We will define in the first lesson what level you are, and based on your personal music taste and ambitions, we will devise an exclusive lesson plan to help you grow as a musician in the best way!
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Rafael M.

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