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Carlsbad, CA
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I can offer introductory lessons to the basics of hand percussion: Congas, Cajon, Djembe.

About Matthew
A drum instructor since 1988, I'm a graduate of Musicians Institutes Percussion Institute of Technology (P.I.T.) and hold a Bachelor of Arts from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo.

I teach beginning to advanced drums to students of all ages. Before relocating in San Diego, I was a full-time instructor for The Drum Circuit Drum School in San Luis Obispo where I was teaching 200 lessons a month. Originally, I'm a native of the Los Angeles area where I taught for the Van Nuys and Alamany High School music programs.

I've been lucky enough to study with some of the music industry's very best educators including: Steve Houghton, Jeff Porcaro (Toto), Joe Porcaro, Casey Schurell (Frank Zappa) Efrin Torres (Latin and World), Chuck Flores (Jazz Legend), and Ralph Humphrey. These professionals pro
vided me with the foundation for a teaching career that is now into its 25th year.

Outside the practice rooms, I'm an on-call, independent performer / contractor and clinician. Some of my credits include performances/recordings with Jon Anderson of Yes, Award winning songwriter Maia Sharp, (Bonnie Raitt, The Dixie Chicks), nationally recognized blues band Pryor Baird and the Deacons, and many other noteworthy talents. I've also performed for various stage productions in the Los Angeles area, such as Little Shop of Horrors, How to Succeed in Business, and Once Upon A Mattress.

Currently, Matt can be found performing with what many call "the ultimate Santa cover band" Santana Ways as well as a number of other musical projects.

I work hard to implement teaching techniques that encompass all styles of drumming and performance. Sight reading, rudiments, chart interpretation, soloing, hand/foot control, independence, and working in a band are just a few areas of focus. It may sound like it's difficult - but you can do it all and I'll prove it to you. 25 years of teaching experience has not only taught me patience but has given me the tools to encourage, develop and refine the abilities of any student. (And that means you :)

*** Lesson Details ***
Don't worry. First things first, you're going to make mistakes so don't be afraid to. If you don't make any mistakes during a lesson, you can go ahead and teach me. I'm really laid back with my approach to lessons: we'll talk, we'll play, I'll explain a few things and boom - you're playing' drums better than ever.
If experience has taught me anything, it's that a student can not be forced to practice. However, even the younger students understand the idea of "you get out of it, what you put into it". I pride myself in being able to make lessons enjoyable and thereby the student is going to want to learn more and in turn, practice more. I will give you all you can handle - when you're ready.
Playing to music is essential - it's what we're going to strive to do right? Students should try to have an MP3 player of some sort: Ipod, ipad, smart phone etc.. I'll bring one just in case so we can plug in, listen to your jams and play.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students should have their own drums. Minimum of a practice pad and Drum Sticks. (Available if needed). Music paper and a folder or binder.

*** Specialties ***
Drummers need to be versatile and more often than not, versatility is limited by two factors: physical independence and music interpretation. Out of the gate, I focus on these two hugely important aspects of modern drumming so that the student may better pursue their desired style with as much freedom and knowledge as possible.
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Jessica September 26, 2017
· Drum · In home
We could not be happier with Matthew! He has the perfect deameanor and teaching technique for our 7 year old. Our son has learned an unbelievable amount in the last two months, but more importantly, he thinks playing is fun. We are so happy to have found Matthew!
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Michael August 17, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Matthew has been great for my son, Michael! He has learned a lot in a short period of time!
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Curtis W. September 17, 2015
· Drum · In home
Very knowledgeable and patient. My son has learned a lot in a short amount of time.
Highly recommend!
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Carlsbad, CA 92009
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About Nathan R.

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Hanover, MD
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I can teach set playing as well as concert percussion, including classical snare, marimba, vibraphone, etc.

About Nathan
I have been teaching private lessons for close to 10 years and have been an active performer for even longer, playing in all different types of groups, from rock bands and jazz groups to orchestras and brass bands. I studied music at Frostburg State University (Bachelors) and the Peabody Conservatory (Masters). I can teach just about any age and skill level and cover anything you are interested in learning; whether its a certain style, genre, technique or song.

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My lessons are laid back, with a focus on perfecting the basics. Most students work out of a method book appropriate to their skill level. Aside from that we'll also spend time learning songs and pieces of the students choice. With the right amount of effort, you'll know your way around your instrument in no time at all

*** Travel Equipment ***
Will provide sheet music and exercises. My students should have a working instrument as well as any method book or sheet music we are working on.

*** Specialties ***
I teach all styles and genres
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Leo February 6, 2018
· Drum · Online
Awesome teacher
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Matty February 4, 2018
· Piano · In home
My son has really been enjoying the lessons. Nathan is very patient and encouraging with my son.
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Madyson R. February 4, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Both of our teenage daughters are taking guitar/piano/electric guitar lessons with Nathan and love his teaching style!
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About Scott S.

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I have a 100% rate of getting my students into their school of choice as of yet. Although I don't guarantee it, I will work relentlessly to make sure you are well prepared though. I will also lend you PDFs of books to help you save a buck.

About Scott
*Brief Update: Both of my 8th grade students were accepted to LaGuardia High School and my 5th grade student was accepted into Mark Twain Middle School for the Gifted & Talented. He also passed his audition for Borough Wide Band. Next up is getting my Junior in high school into All State Orchestra!*

*Update again. My student made all state!

I have been playing drums and percussion since the ripe old age of 9, in 4th grade. Originally wanting to play the clarinet, my music teacher thought my sense of rhythm was too good to waste and placed me in the drum section. I was the only kid who didn't want to play drums. Twenty years later here I am, a professional freelancing percussionist and teacher. The journey to where I am was a long and winding one but I can't imagine it any other way. After learning basic drumming in elementary sch
ool, I continued through middle school. There I was placed on drum kit and thought I was the coolest. I didn't take it too seriously but serious enough to keep playing drum kit. When choosing high schools I wasn't interested in keeping with drums. I only took marching band because it meant no gym. After my first year I was placed in every band the next three years, having to learn timpani and marimba for concert band. I was also recommended to join a city wide concert band, InterSchool orchestras of New York, and haven't left since. I still coach the band and help tons of high school and middle school students hone their craft. Also that year, through ISO, I was given a chance to attend French woods performing arts camp on scholarship where I began my love of playing in musical pit orchestras. Through this time I studied with a couple of teachers and had plenty of coachings with professional percussionists. Upon graduating I have played well over 100 different musicals, played with over 25 different orchestras, and have taught over 100 students both privately and in coachings. I currently run a Drumline out of a private school, coach ISO band, freelance and have a studio of 8 students. That is a short sample of my journey and I hope it inspires you to study with me.

If you choose me as a teacher, I will shape you as an overall musician, not just a "Drummer". What this means is that you won't just learn beats from me, you will learn all the fundamentals of basic to intermediate music theory, from note reading and rhythm to chord changes and ..... You will start on a practice pad and quickly go to a drum kit. Lessons will be half and half, but more 75/25 drumkit, because everything you learn on a pad can translate to the kit! I would also teach you timpani and xylophone if you like so you can broaden your horizons and even get into the middle/high school or college you want. I have most of my books of pdf that I can give you to print or you can purchase your own copies. You would also need to purchase a practice pad and eventually a drum kit. If you don't want to purchase a drum kit then there is almost no reason to study it since you won't be able to practice between lessons. Practicing, let's talk about that. It is expected that you practice the material we learn in the lesson throughout the week. Now I know everyone is busy, but if you can put aside 25 minutes (a sitcom without commercials!!) a day then you will have a better understanding and better retention of the material. Doing this will let us just review the material a little bit and go on to learn new and exciting things.

The bottom line in choosing me? I am a professional musician in the trenches of the nyc music scene and know what it takes to make it.
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Anthony G. July 7, 2017
· Djembe · In home
Had my first lesson with Scott today. I was very happy with the way it went . I'm 50 years old with no experience at all - so I can honestly say the lesson was enjoyable without any pressure.
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Jack F. February 8, 2017
· Drum · In home
Scott is amazing with our 7 year son beginner. He has him so engaged and excited to learn & play. He's a one-of-a-kind teacher.
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Dakota January 6, 2017
· Drum · In home
Scott is inspiring, motivating, caring, attentive, personal and professional. In only a few weeks my daughter is developing a solid foundation in technique, rhythmic notation and musicianship. I would strongly reccommend him.
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About Peter M.

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Medford, MA
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Find the voice of any drum or percussion instrument and make it sing. Students of every level benefit from rhythmic breath and speaking the words of the rhythms. Beginners will find the sounds of the drum, learn the language used to explain patterns, and quickly memorize rhythms by name. Everybody learns differently, we will write, speak, feel, or clown around until you fully grasp the rhythm. Intermediate and advanced students will benefit from a variety of techniques from around the world to employ to make even familiar patterns sound fresh. Special attention is given to the trance rhythms of the world, from the Sahara and the rest of Africa, north across the sea, west across the ocean, and from the east.

About Peter
I am a student of various great drum teachers from many backgrounds. Experienced players enjoy jamming with me, but I have been told that I am especially gifted at helping beginners feel comfortable finding rhythms and sounds out of any instrument, including the human body. Rhythmic breathing is made simple and encouraged from the start. Tones and drum patterns can be explained verbally or written mathematically. Students remember the patterns forever, as well as gaining comfort in playing with other drummers or instruments. Odd time signatures or complicated songs can be tackled and easily learned. Use any drum or percussion instrument you have! Recordings are encouraged if you like!

Peter grew up in Chicago, raised to love soulful music. A graduate of Northwestern University's Performance Studies program with a focus on Theatre and
Media Arts, Public Speaking, and Ethnology. Designing percussion for stage and dance lead to studies and teaching of North and West African, Middle Eastern drum, Caribbean/South American and Asian drum and percussion rhythms. First hand experience has been gained by living in Morocco and South Korea for nearly a year each, studying and documenting folk music.
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Wael April 20, 2016
· Hand Drums · Online
Great teacher, great class
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Eli I. September 14, 2015
· Hand Drums · In home
Great lesson!
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About Samuel P.

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In percussion lessons my goal is to help the student become a well rounded percussionist and musician. I like to focus on technique, ear training, playing musically and how to properly practice with my students. We cover a variety of instruments including timpani, classical snare drum, tambourine, triangle, xylophone and a variety of other instruments. Drum set and Marimba are also important for Classical Percussionists, so those topics will also have the basics covered.

About Samuel
Hello potential students, my name is Sam! I would love to be your new music teacher. I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Percussion Performance from University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee in 2016. I am currently working towards a Masters Degree at San Diego State University where I serve as a Graduate Assistant. I conduct and artistically direct the SDSU Percussion Ensemble!

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Whether my students are young or old, taking lessons as a hobby or wish to pursue a career in music, I tailor my lessons to meet each individual student’s needs and expectations.
I have a lot of fun teaching and I want you or your child to have fun during our lessons.
I try to build on what the student already likes, listens to and has a passion for. I encourage students to bring their favorite songs and we usually end up working with thos
e. I also like using songs by classic artists like The Beatles as they can provide a perfect (fun and familiar) platform to learn many different aspects of drumming and musical performance.
In addition to being a drummer and percussionist, I have a strong background in music theory and I want to make sure my students not only know how to play their instrument, but also become familiar with reading and writing music.

After a few months taking lessons, you or your child can expect to have a better understanding of music and have acquired the basic tools and techniques which will allow you to play your favorite pieces of music.

*** Travel Equipment ***
For drum set lessons, I will provide my own acoustic drum set as needed. It is highly preferred that the student have a drum set at their location. The student should also supply a location in which to have a private lesson.

*** Specialties ***
All styles of drumming

*** Curriculum ***
My curriculum changes depending on the student's ability level, age, and instrument of choice. I typically use a method book for reinforcement of musical fundamentals, and a supplementary "project" piece of music that the student enjoys playing and learning. I do this so that my students can see direct connections between music fundamentals and playing music that they enjoy. My own personal knowledge and experience as a musician is always added to each lesson as well.
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Cynthia January 18, 2018
· Drum · In home
Sam is a great teacher. He offered a minimal fee for driving a long distance to my house in East County and always had great advice on drumming and music. He even taught me some music theory and helped me apply it to the kit.
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Darren S. September 14, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Sam was nice and effective at instructing.
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Josephine August 17, 2017
· Percussion · In studio
My daughter wanted to start learning marimba. Sam has given her a strong technical background and he taught her how to practice. I highly suggest Sam!
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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About Chloe W.

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Savannah, GA

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I have a degree in music education which has taught me about all woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. I can help you achieve all of your performance goals.

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I am a hardworking and passionate individual who loves music and loves teaching. I want to share my passion and interest for music with as many students as I can so that they can find new and different ways to express themselves. I love seeing students accomplish more than they thought they were capable of ever doing, and it is what keeps me passionate about teaching.
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Jennifer W. November 2, 2017
· Trombone · Online
My daughter just had her first lesson and it worked out great. She has improved a lot already. We are looking forward to more lessons!
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Leigh Ann October 19, 2017
· Saxophone · Online
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Olivia M. September 1, 2017
· Trumpet · Online
Chloe was very patient from the beginning with Olivia - Great 1st impression!
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About Matthew Y.

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. Rudimental studies

. Rock, pop, funk, blues, hip hop

. Pop and commercial curriculum

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Professional singer-songwriter who has studied music composition at southeastern Louisiana University

. Written songs for indie bands out of California, San Diego area

. Worked with local recording engineers and producers in pop and commercial music
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About Zen R.

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San Bernardino, CA

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Keyboard Instruments: Marimba, Vibes, Xylophone, etc.
Music fundamentals (scales, chords, arpeggios, reading, and writing).
Hand Drums: Conga, bongos, etc.
Concert Percussion: Snare, Bass Drum, Tamborine, triangle, etc.

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Trying to learn the drums? Want to know how to produce, mix, master, record, or perform with Ableton Live? Set up a lesson time to learn and collaborate right away!

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Starting with percussion and drum set in the styles of Classical and Jazz at Cuesta College for his A.A. in Music Performance. He then moved to the Inland Empire (Southern California), attending Cal State San Bernardino focusing on his B.A. in Music and Minor in Music Technology. Co-Founding his own Record Label called, MASS Productions, he now works with many artists for live performances, music production, recording, mixing, and mastering. Still actively playing in a Jazz Combo, Orchestra, Symphonic Band, and Percussion Ensemble. Drum lessons taken with Mike Raynor, Darrel Voss, Todd Johnson, Justin Scott, and Joel Taylor. Tech lessons taken with Sc
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Alex January 20, 2018
· Ableton · Online
Zen knows everything there is to know about Ableton Live production, and from what I can tell he is an excellent percussionist and songwriter as well. Our lessons are thorough and professional, and fun too. He is very passionate about music and art. Definitely recommend!
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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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About Tareq R.

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Music is a universal language through which we can connect across culture and experience, and every student comes with her or his own musical knowledge, interest and background. I love teaching students of all levels both in private and group lessons and enjoy the process of figuring out the right method and teaching technique for all my students. I've been teaching percussion for the last 15 years all over the world.

My classes will help your creativity, coordination, focus, self-confidence, emotional growth, discipline, relaxation and of course better drumming.

About Tareq
Born in Jerusalem, Tareq Rantisi began playing Middle Eastern percussion at age twelve. As a young self-taught musician, he shared the stage with some of the most distinguished musicians in the region, performing throughout Palestine and Western Europe with the Edward Said Conservatory,  Alkamandjati Association, Manfred Leuchter, Kudsi Erguner, among others. In 2008, he received the Al-Qattan Foundation Music Scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, receiving a degree in Percussion Performance with highest honors. Rantisi’s studies brought him into a deep dialogue with many styles of music including jazz, Afro-Cuban, Carnatic Indian, and Brazilian - traditions which he continues to build upon and incorporate into his performing and teaching.  Since Berklee, Rantisi has performed with some of the most innovative names in
modern music, including Jack deJohnette, Aaron Goldberg, Billy Drewes, Javier Limón, Pepe de Lucía, Daniel Schnyde, Simon Shaheen, Sonia Mbarek, and many other virtuous musicians, composers and ensembles.  A dedicated educator, he has developed a wide body of pedagogical work, offering master classes, workshops and private lessons throughout the world in collaboration with Simon Shaheen's Arabic Music Retreat, Boston College, Brandeis University, The Center for Arabic Culture, NAFDA, among others.  Rantisi Tareq lives in New York City and performs throughout the world.
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Jaison January 29, 2018
· Percussion · In home
Yoo this Dude is the real deal. I had a great experience studying with him, Tareq is an extremely talented musician and teacher. He helped me a lot with my Cajon playing. Seeing him perform will keep you motivated. He has some crazy hand and finger techniques from all that Arabic drumming.
Check him out. Highly recommended. Tareq is the man.
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Kay January 29, 2018
· Percussion · In home
Tareq is an excellent teacher. He uses various methods and techniques to teach.
Looking forward to my next lesson with him!!!
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Lisa January 29, 2018
· Percussion · In studio
Tareq is awesome!!! I studied with him for two years. He's a great musician and a great teacher. I loved taking private and group percussion classes with him.
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