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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
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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 Ben P.

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Austin, TX

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I teach beginner to advanced drum set students. I teach all styles of music.

About Ben
Hi! My name is Ben and I am a professional drummer living in Austin, TX. I have been teaching and performing drums for 10 years. I am well versed in many styles of music and can teach you jazz, blues, rock, pop, funk, electronic, latin, world, sightreading and more.

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I like to keep the atmosphere laid back but at the same time work hard to get good at the drums! We'll go over fundamentals and technique and how to apply those to the drum set in songs and solos.

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Instruments provided

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide my own sticks. Students should have sticks and instruments or pads.

*** Specialties ***
I play and teach all styles of music
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Christina March 2, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Ben is very talented and professional. He has helped me stay focused on areas needing improvement, while also hilighting my skills. I highly recommend him; he is an excillent teacher.
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Devon C. January 11, 2016
· Drum · In studio
It was great!
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Jordan B. January 9, 2016
· Drum · In studio
My sons first lesson was great. He liked Bens style and was given great instruction and things to work on. My son is thinking about taking 2 classes a week instead of just one. I would recommend Ben for anyone!
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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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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.

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San Francisco, CA 94102
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About Paul V.

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Lake Arrowhead, CA
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Timpani
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Classical Percussion
Basic Conga Techniques
Cajon

About Paul
First off, my hope for you is that for whatever reason you're on this site looking for a drum teacher is something I can help you fulfill, whether you would like to play in a band, learn better technique to help you play what you want to (but maybe aren't able to yet), record your drums, create beats, learn to read music, or understand and play different styles of music.

With over 20 years of teaching experience, I will help you reach your musical goals, now matter how big or small. We'll work together on uncovering your talents and use them to your advantage while improving on areas that might be holding you back - all while having fun, because let's face it, playing music, and especially the drums, is fun!

About Paul:

Paul V., originally from St. Louis , Missouri, studied drums for several years before becoming interested in cl
assical percussion and piano in college, eventually becoming Principal Timpanist for the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra and also Guest Artist with the nationally acclaimed St. Louis Brass Band. Since moving to Los Angeles in 2002, Paul has played/recorded with WAL (formerly the Jacob and Matthew Band), Jane Lui, Danielle Rose, Warren Charles, Scott Detweiler, Hunter Parrish (from Showtime'€™s Weeds and Godspell on Broadway), Brendan James, Billy Mitchell, Bill Purdy, Don Kirkpatrick (Rod Stewart, Joe Cocker), Jeff Littleton (Herbie Hancock, Stanley Turrentine), John Thomas (Bruce Hornsby), Pete Anderson (Roy Orbison, Dwight Yoakam), and has opened for acts including The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Wailing Souls, Clint Black, Junior Brown, Rodney Crowell, and has also played for members of the Library of Congress. He has performed at numerous venues ranging from Lucas Oil Stadium, the Verizon Center (Washington, DC), and Cowboy Stadium to the Cerritos Performing Arts Center, Hotel Café, the Roxy, and many others. Paul is an active educator and has taught at the Los Angeles College of Music and Music Performance Academy and has also studied with Steve Ferrone, Peter Erskine, Joe Porcaro, and Ralph Humphrey.

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Yamaha DTX electronic drums in personal home studio and Pro Tools for recording lesson progress.
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Ara D. May 10, 2015
· Drum · In studio
Paul does a great job of balancing the theoretical and applied. He focuses on developing strong fundamentals and good habits but also delves into songs that apply new skills learned along the way at the appropriate pace. As a beginner, Paul has helped me get off to a good start where I'm learning a lot but also having a lot of fun.

A big plus is that he's got a real down-to-earth personality that makes the lessons even more enjoyable and really interesting to talk to about all things drums and otherwise.
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cindi G. November 9, 2014
· Drum · In home
My son has taken lessons with Paul for over 5 years. Not only is Paul an accomplished musician, he's a great teacher. His teaching style is positive and supportive. He has modified my son's lessons through the years, as his goals and needs have changed. Paul has always been professional, reliable and enthusiastic. He genuinely seems to enjoy what he does, and as a bonus, Paul is also a really nice guy, who has had a positive influence on my teenage son's life.
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Alex D. September 18, 2014
· Drum · In home
Paul is an awesome teacher! He is super positive, friendly, joyful, and professional. He was always on time and always adequately prepared for the lesson. He is not only a fantastic musician, but also very supportive in helping you accomplish whatever your goals are as he cares about you as a person. I highly recommend Paul!
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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!

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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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Maria February 7, 2018
· Bassoon · In home
Rebecca is an amazing person and one of the best teacher my son has ever had. She very knowledgeable about music. Rebecca tough him to play the bassoon, and my son has preformed in more than 4 concerts within 7 months period, Rebecca really made a difference in my child performance. She is reliable, very responsible, she always go the extra mile for her students. I highly recommend her as a music teacher.
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DeJaiyah December 18, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Very good with kids. Loved the whole experience
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Kim Ho December 13, 2017
· Singing · Online
Always Amazing!
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Rebecca K.

Vallejo, CA 94590
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About Daniel B.

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Ridgewood, NY

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I have 5+ years playing in many genres from singers-songwriter to various latin ensembles to eclectic rock bands on Cajon, Djembe, Conga, Bongo, and Frame Drum. Studied split-hand technique with world famous percussionist Jamey Haddad for 1 year on Frame Drum.

About Daniel
I'm a gigging musician and teacher who graduated from Oberlin College in May 2015 with a degree in Musical Studies and Physics. I was on the Division III tennis team there for two years as well. I pride myself on patience and empathy no matter what I teach, whether it feeling the pulse of a complicated drum groove or solving a challenging physics word problem. For music lessons, I strive to bring in a context of genre fluidity and history, so that a student knows where and what to explore on their own even when I am not in the room to show them. Overall, my teaching is all about inspiring students to do well and make their strengths work for them, rather than dryly coming up with the "right answer" or playing a tune the "right way" to get from point A to point B.
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Elizabeth May 31, 2016
· Piano · In home
Dan connected well with my daughter and now she can't wait for more lessons.
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Sarana J. March 21, 2016
· Piano · In home
Sarina had a great time learning piano with Daniel.
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Andrew J. March 21, 2016
· Drum · In home
Andrew got along well with Daniel. Andrew enjoyed his lesson.
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About Grady T.

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New York, NY

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In lessons we'll train technique and theory right alongside the ear with the objective of being able to play from your authentic self.
In addition I studied with the Jazz legend and esteemed educator Stefon Harris (currently leading the Manhatttan School of Music). We will use his innovative theory and ear training techniques to learn the most basic mechanics of music.

About Grady
My personal philosophy of music is to explore and learn as much from my students as I can teach them. For me teaching is like going on an adventure to find something together. I've been able to play all over the world and tour with many different musicians and the thing that made the core of every great performance was the human interaction and communication. For me music is about being more human. This is something I just as much try to impart and teach in my lessons as theory and technique. (On a side note I can travel farther than 13 miles as long as it's in the boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens or the Bronx).
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H January 24, 2018
· Piano · In home
Kids love him.. and he is amazing. Truly a pleasure.
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Seth January 8, 2018
· Piano · In home
Grady was great...very patient and thorough...look forward to working with him
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Jen F. December 14, 2017
· Piano · In home
Grady is awesome!
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About Daniel F.

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New York, NY

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I have 5 years of professional teaching experience, and have designed individual lesson plans for students of various ages and experience levels. I will help you build a solid foundation on the art of drumming as we navigate through technique, groove, creativity, and musicianship, all while catering to your own goals and tastes. Your enjoyment and improvement are central to my work! Let's get to it!

About Daniel
I am a drummer, composer and improviser from New York City. I graduated from Oberlin Conservatory with a Bachelors in Music, with a focus on jazz drumset, where I also studied various styles of world music and percussion.

I have been drumming for over 12 years, and understand the difficulties of figuring out where to start, what to practice, and how to improve. My versatility and formal training has helped me to provide students with a solid foundation on the technical aspects of drumming (reading music, hand technique, rudiments, coordination etc.) along with helping them find their own voice. You can expect me to design personalized lesson plans that are catered to your personality, taste and improvement.

To facilitate my students' learning, I provide various written materials, from method books to my own exercises. I typical
ly start lessons on a practice pad before moving to the drum kit. I also work closely with the student to develop concise and organized practice routines, so that they understand what to work on during their own time. In my experience, I have found that this foundation in routine and gradual improvement is central to great musicianship, and with time, will open up a world of possibilities for creativity and expression.

I am very familiar and comfortable working with beginners, but can teach students of all ages and experience levels. Whether you want your child to turn their banging into music, or are looking to take your chops to the next level, I'm your guy!
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Ozzy December 8, 2017
· Drum · In home
Dan is the man!
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Josh October 19, 2017
· Drum · In home
Awesome teacher! I started from nothing (a few months ago) and already feel like i have improved after a few lessons. Really nice guy too!
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Sam October 6, 2017
· Drum · In home
Daniel is the real deal. His passion for drumming and music is inspiring and really comes through in his teaching. Our lessons are always productive and he continuously pushes me to improve. I couldn't ask for more in a teacher!
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About William C.

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I am eager and ready to help you with any instrument in the percussion family. Drumset, marimba, glockenspiel, snare drum, tambourine, cymbals - I have it all!
You will be pushed to achieve your goals or we can simply focus having fun while learning all genres of music!

About William
I am a percussionist excited to help others grow and explore what speaks to them within the percussion idiom. I have done undergraduate and graduate study at some of the top conservatories in Chicago and NYC and want to give back to the next generation of musician! While classical percussion is my comfort zone, I have experience playing jazz, rock, and funk as well as traditional Brazilian percussion.
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William C.

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