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Learn drum technique for all styles. Rock beats and fills, Jazz drumming and more.

About Richard
I have studied, performed and taught music for over 30 years. Accordion was my first instrument at age 7 which was a great introduction to the keyboard, melody and harmony. That was followed by guitar and other stringed instruments (Banjo, Ukulele) as well as drums. I studied with great teachers in the past as well as at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. I have also performed at the Cape Cod Jazz Festival, The Bakersfield Jazz Festival and numerous club dates and private functions throughout New York, New England and California.

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Students will experience an "original" lesson based on how they learn. Some students benefit most from a visual standpoint reading music or tab while others learn best by an auditory or hearing approach. We will explore what works best for you. Whether its blues, rock jazz o
r other styles, we will find the best avenue to progress toward your goals. At the same time I believe it should always be a fun thing to do!

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Guitars - Drums - Amplifiers - Accordion - Ukes and other assorted instruments

*** Specialties ***
Depending on student interest, I teach numerous styles (Rock, Blues Jazz improvisation) by reading music or by ear. Some students are more visual while others are auditory learners. Whichever is best for the student.
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Sylvia November 9, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
Richard was terrific. Patient, knowledgeable and enthusiastic! I look forward to continuing to work with him!
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Linda November 6, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
This was the best music lesson I’ve had thanks to Richard. He made it fun and easy. I get nervous of being a slow learner but he wasn’t phased and made it fit my learning ability
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Jim L. July 22, 2017
· Banjo · In studio
Richard has the knowledge and communication skills needed to be a very good teacher, and he is.
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Richard C.

Irvine, CA 92612
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About Michael C.

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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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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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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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Ryan C. July 11, 2017
· Drum · In studio
My son started learning the drums at age 5. Not only is he able to keep a beat but he is learning to read music. He is also being taught proper drumming techniques and that there is more to it than just banging sticks. Within these past two years, Mike built his confidence and gave him enough skills to go perform at his school's talent show. Each lesson my son comes out smiling and has a sense of accomplishment. He says his lessons are fun and that Mike is a cool teacher. Mike shows that he loves to teach and I couldnt be more pleased!!!!
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Shane R. March 18, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Michael is extremely knowledgeable about drumming. He relates to a 13 yr old advanced drummer teaching and having fun at the same time. Excited to work w Michael again
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Michael C.

Huntington Beach, CA 92647
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About Brian R.

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Ready to start playing the drums? I teach drum lessons to beginners, intermediate and advanced players.

About Brian
I'm a 30 year old professional musician who has been playing drums and percussion for the last 16 years. I've taught for a respected music studio in Connecticut and I continue to teach here in Los Angeles. I have played in numerous bands and toured the United States, Europe and Central America. The styles I teach are Rock, Jazz, Latin, R&B/Hip-Hop, Funk/Soul, Reggae, Folk/Indie, Metal/Hardcore and World Rhythms.

I teach drum-set and various types of hand percussion such as bongos, djembe, darbuka/doumbek and congas.

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I've always thought that learning should be fun. I consistently try to bring a creative and laid-back approach to teaching drums. After the first lesson most students realize that I don't take myself too seriously. Sometimes certain techniques or exercises can be tiresome or even boring. When this
occurs, I switch gears and move on to something else. In my opinion, if a student is getting very frustrated it is generally best to relax and try a different exercise or beat. If we can't enjoy ourselves then what is the point?!

*** Equipment ***
I expect a student to have at least a pair of sticks and a pad. Eventually they will need a metronome for practicing and if they are serious a drum-set at some point. If you'd like to learn hand percussion I recommend having a hand drum of some kind.

*** Specialties ***
The styles I teach are Rock, Jazz, Latin, R&B/Hip-Hop, Funk/Soul, Reggae, Folk/Indie, Metal/Hardcore and World Rhythms. I teach from the heart and develop a natural feel for my students. I also use multiple books mixed into my teaching.
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Luther October 24, 2017
· Percussion · In studio
This dude can play! Brian is a great teacher.. we did some hand drums and drum set for the few lessons we had together. I was new to learning music and glad I came across Brian because he is a chill guy with positive light. I felt as if I could take drums as far as I wanted with Brian as my teacher. I will be back for some more lessons when my wife lets me lol.
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Jessie July 19, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Quality drum teacher. I took lessons with Brian for about a year and his teaching style is relaxed compared to other drummers I studied with. I never felt rushed with the exercises, we always went at my pace. I recommend this teacher.
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Hector June 22, 2017
· Bongo · In home
Cool down to earth teacher, amazing on drums / bongos. I'm a beginner and just bought some bongos so I wanted a few lessons to get myself started. Our first lesson was a blast and I'm gonna continue to take more lessons with Brian when I am able to.
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Brian R.

Los Angeles, CA 90023
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About Michelle V.

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I will develop and strengthen your rhythm and snare technique.

About Michelle
I am Certified Beginning Piano teacher as well as an intermediate level teacher. I studied piano at Cerritos College of Norwalk, CA with an emphasis in piano and completed my Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with a focus in percussion from CSU Long Beach. I currently teach private and classroom lessons for piano. I have consistently taught piano since 2002 to students ages 5 and above.

I have traveled the world to perform and teach music. I have been to Brazil to study samba and its many different styles through the World Percussion Program of CSU Long Beach in 2006 and 2007. In 2012, I traveled to Colombia and Venezuela to perform with the band of Terratour- a humanitarian group. My close friend and I performed his inspirational and encouraging music- he on guitar and lead vocals and I on piano. We collaborated with local musici
ans in local venues throughout both countries. I have always admired traveling and performing live, and Terratour was the best opportunity to do so.

From my profile pictures and videos, you may have notice I'm a Carpenters fan. Yes, I am! I sing, play piano and drums. The Carpenters are my musical inspirations and that's exactly how I perform- with passion and tender, love, and care. I was once the other musical half of a Carpenters tribute band, Close To You. My friend and I learned many of the Carpenters tunes and collaborated with vocals, piano, steel drums, drums and other percussion. We have disbanded, but even before forming the band, I was always singing and playing drums/piano simultaneously on my own and still continue to.

I am available for online, in-home, or in-studio lessons. If you want to develop your talent, I can do that with you. You have all the ability and power to learn and be great- I'm just going to guide you all the way to your goal.

Please notify me of the special need prior to booking lessons so I can accommodate.
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Dan October 18, 2017
· Piano · In studio
So far so good
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Izzy July 28, 2017
· Piano · In home
Michelle was great! On time, very patient and great at explaining information to my 6-year-old grandson!
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Lenore June 27, 2016
· Piano · In home
Michelle is a great piano teacher, she taught 3 of my kids. Michelle always took the time to make sure each lesson was fun and interesting.
I would highly recommend Michelle as your next music instructor.
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Michelle V.

Downey, CA 90241
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About MichEal R.

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My Promise and Purpose: To Educate and Encourage

MichEal will show you how small rhythms turn into results on a drum set and apply to the music you enjoy ... Get ready to play a drum groove during your first lesson. Lessons teach the essential skills and are customized to the unique goals of the student.

Now is the time to try something new, maybe something you've dreamed of doing for a long time, no matter your age or experience.
Expect to be challenged and have some fun!

About MichEal
Enhance Your Creativity and Confidence - Play Drums

Many people want to play drums but they don't know where to start or what to practice, so I provide weekly lessons with a practice plan so you get better at the drums.

MichEal has been playing drums since 1988 and been a drum educator since 2009, and has a practical and patient approach to teaching drumming to his students; he shows how important techniques and exercises apply to the music his students enjoy, so that there is practical application in the real world of drumming and music. He is organized and detailed, but believes in flexibility and making learning and playing fun and creative.
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MichEal R.

Anaheim, CA 92807
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I have been teaching drum set lessons for about 3 years. My students can expect to learn a variety of styles and genres on the drum set, everything from jazz, pop, rock, etc. My goal is to better my students in the areas that they are interested in and also introduce them to new styles and genres that they might enjoy. I generally teach from books with authors like Peter Erskine, John Riley, John Bailey, and many more! As a player, I specialize in jazz and pop, but am experienced in others too.

About Jonathan
Jonathan has been teaching private lessons since 2013 and is currently available to teach lessons at your home and at his home studio. Jonathan has taught students in the areas of drum set, as well as orchestral and commercial percussion. His main focus is better his students' understanding in the instrument, improve their skill level, and make music enjoyable for the student.

Jonathan is a recent graduate of Azusa Pacific University where he got his degree in Percussion Performance. Jonathan has had the opportunity to be involved in the Idyllwild Summer Arts program, Claremont’s Young Musicians Orchestra, All-Southern Jazz Ensembles and Orchestra, performing at such venues as The Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, The Hollywood Bowl, and The Motzartium in (Austria). Jonathan has also been involved with several symphony orchestr
as in the LA area. Working as a freelance musician in Los Angeles, Jonathan has experience with both classical music and commercial music, playing in orchestras, musical pits, jazz ensembles, and pop groups. As an expert in his field, Jonathan looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals in a friendly and helpful environment.

For more information about Jonathan, visit the website below!

https://jonathanschlitt.com/
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Dillen September 18, 2016
· Xylophone · In home
Jonathan is patient and very knowledgable.
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Jonathan S.

Claremont, CA 91711
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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 currently have 140,000 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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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.

Los Angeles, CA 90039
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Howdy, friends! I'm a professional drummer with over 20 years experience who is eager to share what she knows with other drummers. I specialize in a variety of styles, including rock, pop, funk and jazz.

I firmly believe in molding lesson plans to fit the student's goals/needs. We will work on your favorite songs, focusing on the proper technique to make you sound your best. You'll be grooving in no time! All ages and levels are welcome.

About Cindy
I am an active freelance drummer specializing in a wide range of styles. I can be heard playing in various groups at the Disneyland Resort including the Disneyland Band and Mickey's Soundsational Parade.

As a freelancer, I am a member of the Suffragettes, an all female pop rock cover band, and I also play regularly with the swing band The Lady Lucks as well as various groups throughout Los Angeles and Orange County.

I received my bachelor’s of music in drumset performance from the Berklee College of Music in Boston and have been teaching privately for the last 8 years.

My teaching philosophy is to concentrate on fundamentals, including feel, time, and groove - the most important qualities of a great drummer. We will focus on accomplishing your goals for any style and most of all have fun doing it!
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Cindy G.

Corona, CA 92880
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About Finn B.

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If you are looking for someone to teach you concert percussion or marching percussion skills, I am your guy. From snare drum to marimba to bongos, I cover all the bases (pun intended). I compete in Drum Corps International and Winter Guard International (Drums). I march bass drum with the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps and for Vessel Percussion, which are two highly recognized World Class groups. In terms of teaching, I taught a middle school drumline this past winter and led them to a 2nd place title in State Championships. I make sure to design my lesson plan around the student to best fit their learning needs. Teaching and percussion are two of major passions, so I promise that you will be in good hands with me as a teacher. I hope to hear from you soon!

About Finn
I started my percussion career in the 6th grade and have been playing for 8 years now. I pursued percussion (and music in general) all throughout high school. A big influence on my teaching styles and techniques came from my high school marching band. In my freshman year of high school, as a drumline we achieved 2nd in the state of Michigan overall (out of 44). The years following have been very similar in placement all the way through my Senior year of high school. I also played with an indoor drumline named Farmington United Percussion Ensemble. In State Championship competition, we have led the division in 1st place for the past 4 years (Michigan Color Guard Circuit). We have also made World Finals in Dayton, Ohio for the past 4 years, with a 2nd place medal this past year in Winter Guard International (Drums) Independent A Class..

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s of 2 months ago I moved to California to pursue higher level indoor drumlines. I'm currently a part of Vessel Percussion, a World Class percussion group based out of Ontario, California. This coming summer I will also be marching with the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, which is a World Class marching band that placed 4th in the world at the top level of competition in Drum Corps International. As a way to help raise funds to pay for these activities, I am hoping to be able to spread my knowledge and teachings on to others who wish to pursue percussion in some way, shape, or form.

Lessons will inlude: Concert Percussion (snare, bass, cymbals, toms, timpani, keyboards, auxiliary), Marching Percussion (marching snare, marching bass, marching tenors, marching cymbals), and light exploration of Visual Performance (marching, confidence, fluidity)

When I teach, I will be able to provide a Marimba, Mallets, a Marching Bass Drum, and Practice Pads for teaching. I will have spare sticks, but I do prefer if students bring their own sticks. A lesson with me isn't just about playing the instrument and learning a shallow lesson only about rhythms and hitting things with sticks. I heavily encourage and focus on teaching music theory, instrument history, different genres and styles of percussion and music in general, the different techniques and approaches, modern drumming vs. "old-school" drumming, and making sure the student gets a true understanding of what percussion really is.

In the words of my mentor, "A drummer knows how play drums. A percussionist knows how to master them."
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Finn B.

Riverside, CA 92507
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I focus on drum grooves such as Jazz, Funk, Hip-Hop, Latin, Swing, Rock, and RnB. I have experience from multiple drum teachers, and have attended Cuesta College (A.A. in Music Performance) and CSUSB (B.A. in Music). If you're a beginner or are looking to improve on some new ideas and techniques, I'd be glad to teach you.

Primary focus: Drums

About Zen
Hi! My name is Zen.

I have percussion/drum experience from Cuesta College (A.A. in Music Performance) and CSUSB (B.A. in Music). I have taken drum lessons with Mike Raynor, Darrel Voss, Todd Johnson, and Justin Scott. I am actively playing in a Jazz Combo, Orchestra, Symphonic Band, and Percussion Ensemble. I play many styles such as Jazz, RnB, Funk, Rock, Swing, Latin, and more. No matter what the style is, I can give you a strong feel for dynamics, technique, rhythmic division, reading, writing, and more.

If you're interested in learning about Ableton Live, I have been using the program for over 10 years for music production, live performance, recording, mixing, and mastering. I have a Minor in Music Technology from CSUSB. I have taken music tech lessons from Scott Vance (Music Technology Professor) for over a year. I can teach a
wide variety of skill with the software (DAW). I can also teach a selection of hardware to incorporate with Ableton Live. Hardware used: Push, Push II, Launchpad, Maschine, Akai drum pads, and more.

I am very excited to see what you want to learn. See you soon!
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Garry January 18, 2018
· Percussion · In studio
Zen is on my Tech staff at CSUSB. He is proficient in everything he does. He is prompt and follows through.
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Loren January 17, 2018
· Ableton · Online
When it comes to Ableton, Zen is incredibly knowledgable and has much to offer on the subject. Highly recommended!
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Jane December 12, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Excellent instructor for my child. Highly recommend.
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Zen R.

San Bernardino, CA 92407
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