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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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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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Rob F.

Rob F.

San Anselmo, CA 94960
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About Xavier V.

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I can teach you the basics of congas, bongoes and timbales. How to play with the Clave and how to incorporate the tambourine, shakers and other fun instruments.

About Xavier
Hi there! My name is Edgar V., I'm from Bogota, Colombia but I now reside in Miami, FL. I have an Associates Degree in Music Business, Creative Performance from Miami Dade College. I'm focused, patient, enthusiastic and very active! "Schedule a lesson with me now and start either speaking in Spanish or playing drums from day 1!."

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My passion is playing drums and percussion. I've been playing drums for 14 years now. First I studied drums in Colombia with Shakira's former drummer Italo Lamboglia for 4 years and then when I moved here in US, I've kept refining my craft taking drum lessons at Miami Dade College, learning new techniques and so on.

I'm currently an independent drummer. I play with many artists and bands as a freelancer, So I get to perform very often live in different venues all over South Flori
da. I also freelance at different T.V. Networks as a background drummer and percussionist for artists promoting their songs on TV shows. I have won drum contests and competitions on stores and online as well. I have recorded various records and singles with major producers and performed in different countries as a hired drummer.

I've been sharing my knowledge in drums with others since I first started playing drums! I’m a believer that the more you share, the more you learn, and overtime I've realized that the process never stops. At first I was a drum instructor at a local church in Colombia. I had 10 – 20 students in a single classroom -- It was a great experience! Then when I came to the U.S. I've been mainly instructing privately, so I have plenty of experience.

Schedule a lesson with me now and start learning the art of playing drums. I am looking forward to meeting new and eager students who really want to bring their inner music out to share with the rest of us and develop their skills to the peak of their abilities. After all, you might be the next music prodigy, but perhaps you don’t know it yet! See you soon!

Edgar V.

*** Studio Equipment ***
living room: electric drum set, additional seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Electric drum set or acoustic drums set.

*** Specialties ***
If you take lessons with me, you can expect to learn everything you need to know to be a great drummer. I focus on 5 core skills to be a great drummer: Coordination, Rhythms, Music Theory, Sight Reading and Styles/ Interpretation.

I also use different methods and books like the Joe Porcaro's Drum Method, Syncopation, Stick Control, Even in the odds, among different methods depending on the style you want to focus on like Rock, Pop, Jazz, Latin, Fusion or even Metal.
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Daniel March 1, 2017
· Drum · In home
I would highly recommend Edgar to anyone looking for drum lessons. He is very personable and knowledgeable. His lessons are challenging yet doable. He has great patience and makes you want to learn more. Great Teacher!
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Benito D. October 6, 2015
· Drum · In home
I liked him very much and my son really enjoyed his class!
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Jennifer F. August 3, 2015
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Edgar really helped me keep up my Spanish conversational skills. He was always on time and polite, helpful and knowledgable.
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About John F.

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San Francisco, CA
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Are you in school band in the percussion section? If you'd like to get up to speed on those instruments or if you are gearing up and wish to study to become a member of an orchestra, I can help you understand the process to reach a high degree of technical proficiency. I am well versed in including timpani, mallets, snare drum, cymbals and all instruments in the array of orchestral percussion.

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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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 94115
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About Rebecca K.

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Vallejo, CA
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Want to get started on percussion? I can help!

About Rebecca
Hello! I am a classically trained vocalist and percussionist, with a BA in Music, specializing in Education and Theory. I have taught band, choir, orchestra and piano in high school and middle school. I have also done Music Directing with kids aged 7-14 for various musicals and have taught elementary students aged 4-9, so I am ready for whatever you've got! I have also appeared on stage in various settings including opera, musical theater, solo work and even the occasional karaoke night. I am willing to work with your schedule and offer scholarships to those who are willing to earn them!
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wayne July 3, 2017
· Violin · In studio
very encouraging and knowledgeable teacher!
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Kim Ho May 31, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Always AWESOME!
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Kim Ho May 24, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Always amazing!
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Rebecca K.

Vallejo, CA 94590
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About Taylor G.

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Richmond, CA

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I can teach introductory courses for the curious drummer. We will start with a practice book and pad- and build dexterity between body, mind, and beat.

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Taylor G. has been teaching lessons since 2014 and is currently available to teach lessons at your home or at her studio. Taylor has helped students woodwork, paint/draw, build with clay, sing, and explore.

Taylor G. received her training at California College of the Arts in 2015 where she received a degree in Sculpture, Sound, and Community Art. As an expert in her field, Taylor looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Taylor's teaching style is casual, relaxed, and encouraging.
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Ariana H. June 1, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Taylor is great with my 13 year old daughter. She is knowledgable, patient and nice.
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Brian March 4, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Taylor, has been a very patient and perceptive teacher, helping me past the obstacles in my playing. She came up with exercises snd songs appropriate for the challenges i faced. I would strongly recommend her for a late beginner like myself.
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Lily February 10, 2016
· Ukulele · In home
great. my daughter had a first lesson with Taylor. she enjoyed it.
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Taylor G.

Richmond, CA 94804
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About Justin M.

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Mars Hill, NC
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I currently offer percussion lessons to students at all levels. Students are able to study any percussion instrument that they have an interest in. These are some the types of instruments, skill sets, and styles available for study: Concert Percussion (Snare, Keyboard, Timpani, Auxiliary Percussion), Marching Percussion (Battery and Front ensemble), Drum Set (Jazz, Rock, Latin, World, Fusion, Soloing), and Hand Percussion (Djembe, Congas, Doumbek, Frame Drum, Riq, Panderio)

About Justin
Hello, I'm currently an Adjunct Professor of Percussion at Mars Hill University. I received my Masters of Music Degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and my Bachelor of Music Degree from Mars Hill University. I stay active as a freelance percussionist and have been a featured clinician at numerous college and high school workshops.

As a performer, I perform regularly with my percussion trio 10-Can Percussion as well as several orchestras, theaters, and as a solo artist. Having a love for the marching arts, I have participated in Drum Corps International as a member of the Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps (2004) and Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps in (2005/2006) and in Winter Guard International as a member of Odyssey Percussion Theater (2008).

Most recently, I was the percussion caption head for Carolina Gol
d Drum & Bugle Corps (2009-2013) and ensemble director for Wake Forest Independent indoor percussion ensemble (2011-2014).
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Elli September 29, 2016
· Drum · Online
It was just the first lesson, but my daughter really enjoyed it and is looking forward to her next lesson.
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Austin February 1, 2016
· Music Performance · In studio
During our lessons, Mr. Mabry always provided clear and concise feedback. No matter what my level of preparation was, I could count on unique and insightful comments. Mr. Mabry consistently shed light on aspects of my performance that I had never thought of.
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Anthony January 31, 2016
· Music Performance · In studio
Mr. Mabry is a fantastic instructor! He is incredibly well rounded and knowledgable in every major aspect of percussion. Mr. Mabry is patient and never fails to give the best feedback and instruction to help you progress as a musician.
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About Christopher B.

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Bellingham, MA

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Hello! I've been teaching percussion to all willing to learn for several years. With experience ranging from classical orchestral performance to marching band to rock and roll, together we can work to teach you whatever you're willing to learn!

Within the first few lessons, you can expect your technique to become more solid and your everyday playing to become easier. We'll delve into more advanced repertoire as your skill increases, and help you reach new heights with your skills!

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'm currently a student at Rhode Island College pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Music, with graduation planned this May. 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.

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About Cameron M.

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Walnut Creek, CA

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I have been a percussionist since I was thirteen years old, and my passion for playing has never faltered.

In our first lesson together we will assess your knowledge and aptitude of technique and rhythm.

Then, we will identify your goals and specific needs. From there, we will chart a course and create a customized plan to help you succeed!

About Cameron
I have much to learn, but even more to teach.

I have an extensive background in music theory, technique, performance, rhythm, and especially musical composition.

While classically trained in percussion, with a range from battery instruments to melodic instruments; I have also been in several choirs throughout my education. All this combines to be able to hear chord progressions well and hear where a song should lead.

Regardless of if you are wanting to increase your technical skills on a Snare Drum, keyboard, bongo or Marimba; or develop your compositional prowess on a digital audio workshop, I am confident that my lessons will help.

Interested in lessons? Send me a message! I would love the opportunity to discuss your specific needs and goals further.
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Gabriel June 21, 2017
· Songwriting · In studio
Cameron is a stand up gent, extremely talented musician, and overall great instructor. The methods he was able to help me impliment in my music are top notch and I've felt a stronger connection to my craft since we started. He's very professional and very kind I highly recommend.
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Cameron M.

Cameron M.

Walnut Creek, CA 94598
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About Jamie S.

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Chicago, IL

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Students will learn basics and reading notation. We will work with multiple styles and genres. We can also work on original composing. We can focus on one percussion instrument (Drum set, snare drum, keyboard percussion, etc.) or multiple percussion instruments.

About Jamie
I teach and perform on multiple instruments and as many different styles as possible. I have taught many different age groups and levels for 5 years. I believe music should be fun above all else.
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Jamie S.

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About Reinaldo A.

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Let's practice percussion by applying patterns to any time of music. Learning by playing along with songs rather than repetitive drills. We can do those practice drills on our own time. More interesting and challenging concepts like clave, rhythms, and improvisation are better items to spend time on! If you like congas, bongos, timbales and drums, let's jam together...

About Reinaldo
Reinaldo Araujo is a Venezuelan native percussionist residing in Houston, TX since 1998. He began playing percussion at the age of 8 and at age 15, began his professional career performing with various jazz and salsa artists throughout the Houston area. While in college, he continued his music studies by taking courses to compliment his natural talents. He participated in college jazz ensembles playing drums and percussion. Reinaldo has worked together with musicians all around the state of Texas recording and performing at live shows, concerts, and festivals throughout the country. Along with local bands, he has performed on-stage with some of the greatest artists from all over Latin America. Salsa artists like Andy Montañez, Tony Vega, Tito Rojas, Jose Alberto “El Canario,” Jerry Rivera, and Tito Nieves to name a few. Others include the
late Tito Gomez, Issac Delgado, NG2, Roberto Roena and more. As part of tours, he has performed overseas in countries like Japan, South Korea, and Iraq entertaining the U.S. troops stationed in numerous bases. Other U.S.-based tours include the Latin Grammy Award-winning Puerto Rican artist Elvis Crespo and “El Caballero de la Salsa” Gilberto Santa Rosa. Reinaldo has been part of salsa singer Edgar Daniel’s 2010 production “A Lo Picasso” in which he recorded all percussion for 3 tracks. Recently he has released his first album as musical director and producer of his salsa project called “Bamuaya.” The production released in April of 2016 and features him on percussion and vocals.
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Reinaldo A.

Reinaldo A.

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