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About Jonathan S.

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Los Angeles, CA

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I am a graduate of the Wheaton Conservatory of Music with a B.Mus.degree in Piano and Composition, and have taught private piano and drum lessons for over 15 years. I have experience with children and adults of all ages. I've performed with many bands over the years (US and Europe) including Mavis Staples, Andrew Bird, Tim Booth, Mucca Pazza, Bobby Conn, The Detholz, and Paris Delane.

My approach to teaching is fun and varied according to students needs and personalities. I teach reading, ear training, theory, technique, composition, song writing, performance, etc...and want to work with students on music that THEY want to learn.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Yamaha full sized digital piano
Fender Jazz Bass
Fender Stratocaster Guitar
Recording computer with Komplete 6, Ableton, etc.
Rode NT1 Condensor mic
Shure SM57's, Shure Bet
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Bell set
Melodica's

*** Travel Equipment ***
For in home lessons, it's important that students have the instrument(s) that we're working on; this could be a snare drum, an electric keyboard, piano, bass guitar and practice amp, etc.

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For young kids on piano, I've worked a lot with a couple of things, including James Bastien and Piano Adventures books, simple transcriptions of songs students know and want to play, simple ear training games, and things like 5 finger scales.

For older students, i get them into a more disciplined routine with exercises and theory, but also cater repertoire to their interests. My playing background is pretty broad, including classical (in the broad sense of the term) study and performance (recital and competition), and rock and roll, blues, jazz performance.

I get excited about teaching composition, songwriting, and any higher level theory.

Drummers get the rudiments, independence practice, style study, reading, transcription, etc. I do lots of hands only work, but incorporate full kit playing as early as possible knowing that for a kid (or adult for that matter), sitting behind a drumkit is a very exciting thing and you wanna play it all. As with piano, i do transcriptions of favorite songs/beats for students often. My background on drumset and percussion is broad as well, from orchestral to rock and metal to jazz and big band, etc.

in general, i like to know what music my students are into, and will try to include material in those realms in their studies.
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Suzanne E. January 21, 2014
· Piano ·
A talented musician and teacher, who is genuinely responsive to his students' needs.

My son took piano lessons from Jon at a time when he wanted to experiment with different types of musical expression. Jon was extremely responsive to his needs, and worked with him on everything from improvisation, to jazz licks to a Brahms ballade. Jon understands that teaching music is not a "one-size-fits-all" endeavor, and draws on his wide range of musical experience to tailor a program that's right for your child. He is an extremely talented musician and a dedicated, caring teacher.
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Laura G. January 14, 2014
· Drum ·
Jon is superb

My stepson took drum lessons with Jon for at least three years. I was impressed with my kid's progress on his drum set. Jon is so passionate about music, and I could see my son really connect to Jon easily. Jon was very available to discuss schedule changes and is a very nice down to earth guy. I highly recommend him.
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David Z. January 10, 2014
· Piano ·
Amazing teacher and all around phenomenal artist!

I took lessons from Jon for over 8 years, twice a week, including Jazz/Blues piano, voice, theory, and even drums. Let me first say that Jon is an all-around amazing artist that can master many instrument or genre of music. Taking lessons with him was something I looked forward to every week. He was an expert in all things jazz and blues, and really explained the theory and techniques well. I learned so much from him over those years that I can never repay. Unfortunately, he moved away to Cali, and I have not yet found a replacement that even comes close. I highly recommend Jon for music lessons in any instrument.
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Jonathan S.

Los Angeles, CA 90026
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$35 / 30-min

About Joan Q.

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Whether you're just starting out, wanting to learn Led Zeppelin, Foo Fighters, or even Taylor Swift repertoire, maybe you're preparing for band or college auditions, or just simply looking to broaden your playing with different styles like jazz, latin, etc., I am here to guide you and help you develop the necessary skills!

I have been teaching drumset for over 15 years. My lessons focus on applying technique and reading, with snare reading exercises and learning popular songs. Lessons will adjust according to the student's level, pace, and goals.

My goal for my students is to have an understanding on how to use their instrument, develop versatility, discover who they are as a musician, become independent learners, while having fun along the way!

About Joan
Joan is a passionate drummer, percussionist, and teacher. She plays any genre and performs regularly all over Southern California. She has also performed on television shows including Saturday Night Live, Good Morning America, David Letterman, MTV TRL, and the Ellen Show.

Joan earned her Bachelors of Music in Percussion Performance from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSU Long Beach.

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Drumset, congas, bongos, cajon, vibraphone, auxiliary percussion.

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All styles of drumset, hand percussion.
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Cora R. October 7, 2018
· Drum · In home
My son really enjoys his lessons and likes how Joan helps him focus on technique.
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John M. August 28, 2017
· Drum · In home
Joan taught my son from first time to an advanced beginner. She was very patient and extremely helpful. My son was fully engaged in his lessons and always enjoyed his time with Joan. Joan was very dependable, always on time for lessons and always flexible with her scheduling. She also assisted in purchasing a drumset for my son. I would recommend Joan to anyone looking to learn the drums.
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Hartley August 18, 2017
· Drum · In home
First lesson was great! We are looking forward to our future lessons with Joan.
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Joan Q.

Los Angeles, CA 90064
(15)
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$40 / 30-min

About Michael E.

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Hacienda Heights, CA
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Hello!music students. I am an experienced drum teacher with a B.A. from CSUN in Jazz Studies and Music Education. I specialize in teaching younger beginners ages 5-12 the basics of drumming in a way that helps your child locate and develop their innate musical senses and skills. I help kids learn how to "feel" music naturally and how to "speak" the musical language with ease. I focus my lessons on fun experiences that can't help but lead kids down a path of musical discovery and development.

About Michael
Hello! My name is Mike and I'd love to help you learn how to play the drums! I've been loving music forever and playing the drum set since age 12. I've always enjoyed seeing my students succeed in learning drum set beats, fills and their favorite songs by their favorite bands. I center my teaching around fostering a natural ease and love for playing the instrument, while building strong technique, notation reading skills, and musical knowledge. I have a relaxed personality, and I am quick to recognize your learning style. Whether you excel at learning by ear, or if you are a natural reader, I will help your strengths shine through while also taking the time to strengthen your weaknesses. Most of all, I love to groove, and would love to help you out!
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Michael E.

Hacienda Heights, CA 91745
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$35 / 45-min

About Ray R.

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Valley Village, CA
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I'm an experienced drum teacher and my main focus is to find out what your goals are and help you achieve them! Lesson with me are tailored to your specific needs in a fun and always musical way. You'll learn rudiments, technique, and reading while playing along to your favorite songs.

About Ray
Hello! My name is Ray R. and I'm a professional drummer and drum instructor. Please watch my "Ray Rojo - Teacher Introduction" video in the video section of my profile for a better introduction and pictures of my studio.

I have been teaching private lessons for over six years and I'm currently accepting new students at my home studio. My studio is fully sound-proofed and sound-treated to make lessons more enjoyable. I have two drum sets which allows me and my student to play together, making lessons more fun and efficient. I've taught students ranging from 3 years old to 70 years old.

I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Performance of Contemporary Music from Musicians Institute. At Musicians Institute I have also worked as a private tutor in subjects including technique, reading, and drum set playing. I also taught at Cornel School of
Contemporary Music teaching reading classes and contemporary styles. I'm currently teaching at Modern Music School in Pasadena, where most of my students are kids. I'm also a published author with six educational drum books available on Amazon. My curriculum is geared towards beginning drummer who are first learning how to play or for intermediate players who are looking to strengthen their foundation.

I'm very passionate about teaching and take the opportunity to help you improve at drumming very seriously. I look forward to helping you accomplish all of your drumming goals!
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Cintia A. November 26, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Ray is a wonderful drum teacher to my 13 year old son. He is not only, a passionate and talented musician, but also a great instructor, who is capable of conveying his knowledge into age appropriate lessons that are easy, relateball, fun, and customized to fit the individual skill level, interests and goals of each student.
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Joel S. March 14, 2017
· Drum · In home
Ray is great. Very knowledgeable and personable. He tuned into what I needed to know right away and had two beautiful drum kits set up and ready to play.
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Adler G. March 13, 2017
· Drum · In studio
First drum lesson was awesome with Ray!
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Ray R.

Valley Village, CA 91607
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$30 / 30-min

About Jonathan S.

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Claremont, CA

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I have been teaching drum set lessons for about 6 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.

Born and raised in Southern California in a family with an affinity for the arts, Jonathan grew to love music at a young age. He began to take piano lessons in his early elementary school years, learning the fundamentals of music while coupling his natural abilities with a discipline for the craft. While playing piano, Jonathan took interest in percussion and began to study with his father, a professional percussionist who is a seasoned musician as well as an ex
perienced private teacher and university professor on the subject. Jonathan excelled as his student and expanded his musical interests to include piano, percussion, and drum set.

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). As an aspiring professional musician, Jonathan chose to further his musical education at Azusa Pacific University's College of Music and the Arts as a Percussion Performance major, studying both classical and commercial percussion and drum set. Jonathan has performed in APU performance ensembles such as the Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combos, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, and University Choir and Orchestra. After getting his Bachelor of Music degree in Percussion Performance, Jonathan plans on furthering his education by attending graduate school at UCLA.

Since graduating from Azusa Pacific University, Jonathan has played with groups such as the Marina Del Ray Symphony, the Rio Hondo Symphony, worked with various commercial artists, and has worked as a sideline musician on the television show “Glee”. He has also had the opportunity to study with musical greats such as Raynor Carroll, Mark Converse, Donald Barrett, and John Magnussen. Jonathan now resides in West Los Angeles where he attends UCLA as a Masters student, studying under Theresa Dimond and Gregory Goodall. Once he is finished with his Masters Degree in Percussion Performance, Jonathan strives to become a freelance musician based in Los Angeles while also hoping to inspire and work with the next generation of aspiring percussionists and drummers as a teacher.

Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions about myself or what I teach! I am always looking to meet new people :)
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Dillen September 18, 2016
· Xylophone · In home
Jonathan is patient and very knowledgable.
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Jonathan S.

Santa Monica, CA 90404
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About Mark C.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Drums were my first real hobby, and a great confidence-builder when I was growing up. I've spent many hours playing drums, and it's become a very rewarding part of my life. I specialize in teaching the techniques of playing the drum set, and I'd love to show you how to do it. So, sign up! I promise it'll be fun. You won't regret it.

About Mark
Mark is an American composer, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and music producer.

"I started teaching private music lessons my senior year of high school, in 2006. Since then I've taught over 50 different students of all ages from 3 years old to 61 years old. While still living in Ohio, I was the one and only official guitar teacher for Guitar Center Youngstown through the duration of 2008-2009. In late 2009, after moving to Los Angeles, I continued to teach privately all around the city. I currently live in West Hollywood with my wife and dog. I plan to continue teaching private students for the rest of my life."
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Amy May 26, 2019
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Loly April 22, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Mark is a patient, friendly, experience and pleasant teacher. I enjoyed working with him very much. I learned a lot of new things during his classes. I need to practice all. I am very happy to recommend him to anyone else who is looking for a great teacher .
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Amy November 4, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
Mark is a great instructor! I highly recommend him to anyone who wants to play guitar.
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Mark C.

Los Angeles, CA 90028
(10)
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$42 / 30-min

About Ross H.

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North Hollywood, CA

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My teaching style is very flexible & hands on. My goal is to make beautiful music and I do this by taking technical exercises and giving them musical meaning. This means I focus on the ideas of time, vocabulary & dynamic playings, but within this still teaching essential technical exercises in order to create a well-rounded musician.

After each lesson I will email detailed notes, as well as any supplemental documents and/or music.

About Ross
A Berklee College of Music graduate, I am an internationally recognized drummer & capable of teaching a wide range of genres from jazz to pop. I’m a prominent teacher & performer in the Los Angeles area, working with artists such as Skylar Grey (Interscope Records), Katelyn Tarver (Universal Music), Ethan Bortnick (PBS) and many more local artists. As a teacher I have a lesson studio equipped for teaching both in-person and online private drum lessons.

Using my experience I am able to cater my lessons to students of all abilities, be it brand new or a seasoned player. I shape my curriculum to fit the needs of each and every student I meet & my end goal is always with the goal of maximizing their creativity potential to its fullest.
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Terra May 21, 2019
· Drum · Online
Ross is an awesome teacher. Patient, fun to interact with, knowledgeable. I had a great lesson and am looking forward to learning more from him! Definitely recommend!
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Ayanna February 19, 2019
· Drum · Online
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Brooke H. February 5, 2019
· Drum · Online
it was really fun and cool.
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Ross H.

North Hollywood, CA 91601
(15)
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$35 / 30-min

About Khalil H.

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Los Angeles, CA

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I am a professional drummer, music educator, producer & audio engineer. Who has been playing & teaching drums professionally for over 20 years, and currently offering lessons to beginning, intermediate & advanced students.

The beginner will learn to read drum modern notation / the four basic drum strokes (natural, down, tap & up) / proper sticking techniques for various applications / all standard rudiments, as recognized by the Percussive Society of America / playing to a click track / creative drum fills / odd meter patterns and many styles including; jazz, funk, fusion, blues, rock, R&B, hip hop, drum n bass, world music and orchestral.

The intermediate to advanced student will learn better control & execution of rudiments & grooves he or she may already be familiar with. Introduction to playing patterns in odd time signatures such as 5/4, 7/8 and 9/16. Visual concepts applied to various genres of music. To be used in an effort to capture a particular mood, as it relates ...

About Khalil
I am a professional drummer, music educator, producer & audio engineer. Who has been playing and teaching drum set professionally for over 20 years. I've studied privately under Joseph D. Mitchell (percussionist for the LA Phil Harmonic and professor at Los Angeles City College).

I also hold a Music Business degree, issued from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).

Curriculum: The beginning student will learn the four basic drum strokes (natural, down, tap & up) / to read modern drum notation / proper sticking techniques for various applications / all standard rudiments, as recognized by the Percussive Society of America / playing to a click track / creative drum fills / odd meter patterns, and many styles including; jazz, funk, fusion, blues, rock, R&B, hip hop, reggae, world music and orchestral.

The intermediate to
advanced student will learn better control & execution of rudiments & grooves he or she may already be familiar with. Introduction to playing patterns in odd time signatures such as 5/4, 7/8 and 9/16. Visual concepts applied to various genres of music. To be used in an effort to capture a particular mood, as it relates directly to the feeling of a song. Similar to the practice of method acting.

Lessons are held at my project recording studio near downtown Los Angeles. On two sets: An acoustic muffled practice kit, used during the Rudiment & Sight Reading portions of the lesson. As well as an 8 piece Roland Electronic virtual drum set, used during the Drum Set Application portion of the session. Which allows for real time play along with lesson material or any of your favorite songs.
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Mattie L. April 17, 2019
· Drum · In studio
Khalil is such a kind, patient, and positive instructor. Would highly suggest working with him at whatever level you are starting out at.
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Lionel January 31, 2019
· Drum · In studio
I am a singer/songwriter and I took drum lessons to help me with my songwriting and to lay down drum tracks while recording, and also work on my timing issues. The drum lessons were tailored to what I wanted and what I needed to learn. If you are a musician and don’t know how to play drums it essential
to know the different type styles and feels to create. In my opinion these lessons are priceless!
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Dane January 16, 2019
· Drum · In studio
Khalil is an incredible teacher. He’s always very accommodating to anything I ask of him, and he’s great at identifying points where I could improve and explaining them in a clear way. I would highly recommend him if you’re looking for a drum teacher in the LA area.
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Khalil H.

Los Angeles, CA 90006
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$25 / 30-min

About Troy P.

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Los Angeles, CA

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With all my lessons you should expect to learn a lot about yourself. I approach each student differently depending on your learning style. I hope to make learning fun but that doesn't mean I'm not going to challenge you every week to get better.

About Troy
I have always loved music from an early age. I began playing viola at five years old playing with the Washington DC Youth Orchestra. I continued his career being classically trained in not just viola, but piano as well. Along the way I picked up guitar, drums, and more! I then studied under violist Katherine Murdock at the University of Maryland. I've performed at the White House, the Kennedy Center, and the Spanish Embassy. I now live in Los Angeles recording and producing my own music as well as artists nationally and internationally. My favorite thing about music is the creation of new sounds from a blank slate. My favorite thing about teaching music is making music fun. When taking lessons with me you can expect to have fun but also deeply learn the craft while discovering your own passions along the way. I look forward to getting to
know you as a student and learning about your specific goals, interests, and learning style. Book a lesson now!
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Elsa October 7, 2018
· Viola · In home
Troy is great. He has been teaching our 6 year old daughter violin. (Not viola) as her first ever instrument. He is super patient, thoughtful, understanding and engaging. From moment we met him we knew he’d work for our daughter. He is multi talented playing many instruments so the background seems to really help him engage variety of levels. Excited to see this take shape. Def recommend Troy
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Tanya J. September 19, 2018
· Piano · In home
We are really excited to be working with Troy!
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Travis P. August 22, 2018
· Viola · In studio
Troy was a fabulous instructor for my 10 year old son while he was in DC. Troy made the lessons fun, and my son always looked forward to his weekly lesson. I noticed a dramatic improvement after the first few weeks. I would highly recommend him as an instructor.
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Troy P.

Los Angeles, CA 90026
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About Dennis S.

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North Hollywood, CA

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Dennis specializes in teaching beginners or people coming back to drumming after a hiatus. He focuses on basic music reading skills, rudiments (the drummers alphabet) and drumset coordination. Everything about Dennis's lessons is taught in a musical way and his goal is to have his students playing along with recordings or other musicians quickly. Dennis seeks to inspire his students and tailors each lesson to fit each student in the moment.

Dennis is articulate, patient, encouraging and positive. If you are a beginner interested in learning to play the drums, book your first lesson today. You will love it.

About Dennis
Dennis has been teaching private lessons since 2001 and is currently available to teach lessons at your home, in his studio, and online. Dennis has helped students develop coordination, learn to read music, increase hand speed/technique and experience the joys of making music.

Dennis received his training at the University of Pittsburgh in 2004 where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music. As an expert in his field, Dennis looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Dennis's teaching style is musical, upbeat, and positive.
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Barrett January 31, 2019
· Drum · In studio
Patient, smart, friendly. Dennis is great for drummers just starting or picking up when they left off! Great equipment to work with too! Highly recommend!
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Dennis S.

North Hollywood, CA 91605
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$37 / 30-min

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