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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 Jeff W.

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Montara, CA

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Primary focus: rudiments and chart reading, and hand development. Drum kit: Hip-hop grooves, Pop grooves, Funk grooves, Reggae, Rock, Dance, and country shuffles. Please let me know if you have any questions.

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About Jeff
Hello Students/Parents:

I have been drumming for 20 years. I tend to work mainly as a freelance drummer on multiple acts in the San Francisco Bay Area.
My main Styles tend to include; Pop,Rock,Funk,Reggae and Hip-hop. I am funny, friendly, outgoing, great with kids, and have been teaching music for 5 years and counting.

Example of our First Lesson:
we will work on a fun song/groove-- then we will work on reading and/or rudiments. I am also very patient and Flexible to those students whom have special needs, or want to go slower.
I teach using a combination of modern, traditional and personal books, and Popular music charts.

"œWhen the student combines his/her playing with a strong practice, playing, and performance regimen, they are bound to get better and improve to continue making music a concrete hobby in their life."

-Jeff
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Julia March 28, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Jeff has been great! I'm an adult student, returning to drumming after at least 15 years. My lessons have been fun, and the instructions have been excellent.
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Matthew B. October 19, 2015
· Drum · In home
Jeff is awesome! He's super kind and patient, as well as talented at the drums. He's definitely invested in his students' success too.
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Adrien P. February 8, 2014
· Drum ·
Great lessons, great teacher

It's only been 4 lessons but I really appreciate how the lessons are going. Jeff gives good explanations on how to read music and how to execute on the drums.Good pieces of advice too when some parts are hard to play !
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Jeff W.

Jeff W.

Montara, CA 94037
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About John F.

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San Francisco, CA
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Whether you are a complete beginner or getting more advanced and need some keys to reach the next level, I'm your man! I started playing drumset (and snare drum) when I was 12yrs old (I'm quite a bit older now so I've been doing it for a while! :) and I LOVE teaching drums.
I wanna teach you to read and write drum music, play strong beats and fills, develop natural technique, relaxation and independence. Eventually you will learn to use stylish transitions, interpret song structure, and achieve proficiency in a variety of styles. And most importantly, know how to play it musically.

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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San Francisco, CA 94115
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About Ryan S.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Experienced drum teacher of 7 years! My lesson plan is simple : 1. we warm up with basic beats + rudiments + paradiddles, 2. we focus on rhythm + proper technique, and 3. we play a song that incorporates the techniques we're working on.

The time devoted to each portion of the lesson is totally adjustable. You will learn what you want to learn at your own pace.

About Ryan
Experienced cello, drum, piano, and guitar player of 20 years. Has a MFA degree in music composition + a BFA in music performance. Recorded professionally for tv shows such as "Glee," "Entertainment Tonight," and "Extra." Also records for "Sonoton Recordings." Currently resides in Los Angeles, California. Teaches locally, in-studio, and online. Occasionally travels to Japan to perform + teach.
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Akemi June 2, 2017
· Drum · In studio
I could not ask for more in a teacher. Ryan is amazing in every way. He has been teaching my 4 year old son the drums for nearly a year. When my son started lessons, he was actually below the minimum age for students, but he shared a passion for music that Ryan was willing to cultivate and be patient with.

Ryan is versatile in his teaching methods, creative, open, patient. Teaching a young student, Ryan adjusted to teaching music reading fundamentals with colors and shapes. He also figured out ways to correct, critique and build all the while building a young child's confidence.

Ryan provides a written evaluation of our son annually and has him prepare for two public recitals a year. Ryan integrates modern technology into the lessons to quickly provide feedback and create customized beats and tempos to practice to.

Above all, Ryan smiles and laughs. He makes every lesson pleasant and we treasure him, truly.
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Matthew K. February 5, 2017
· Cello · In home
Awesome first lesson with Ryan, he teaches at whatever pace you learn best at.
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Dat T. August 27, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Ryan is very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. I had a great time learning guitar from him. Make sure you tell him what your goals are so he can help you achieve them.
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Ryan S.

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About Taylor C.

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Students will learn timing, rhythm, and rudiments. I will help students develop music reading skills as well as expand their listening abilities through exploration of various genres of music. I want my students to walk out of every lesson interested, and loving their instrument.

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I'm currently available for drum lessons in-home, at my studio, and online. I have been playing drums for almost 15 years.

I help students develop fundamental techniques and music literacy. Together we will build strong fundamental snare drum skills and learn how to apply those basic concepts onto the drum set. I will focus on developing each student's goals through personalized lessons.
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Mary February 7, 2017
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Taylor and I have been in a band together for a few months and it has been a pleasure working with her! She is an excellent drummer, easily finding her stride playing any kind of style. Not only can I depend on her for her drumming skills, but also for her communication skills and her eagerness to help out and take on new challenges. I look forward to continuing to work with Taylor, and highly recommend her to anyone looking for a drum teacher!
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Grace January 30, 2017
· Drum · In studio
I am in a band with Taylor and she has been a great addition! She is energetic, fun to work with and a great drummer. She has a breadth of knowledge about all different kinds of music. Taylor is very flexible and always eager to help out her fellow band mates!
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Mark January 28, 2017
· Drum · In studio
I am a professional engineer, producer, and musician in Philadelphia. Taylor Cullen is a thoughtful, creative, and precise drummer. Having played over a year of shows and recording gigs with her, I can also speak to her professionalism. Her drumming lifts songs and changes styles, and her ability to play colorfully and tastefully to metronome in studio is unmatched in my experience. Her knowledge of drums also makes her an exceptional drum tech for recording and a great teacher. She is punctual, kind, honest, and always my first call when I need professional drums or drum help of any kind.
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Taylor C.

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About Robby B.

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As a drummer/percussionist of 18 years, I have experience in styles including rock, pop, jazz, classical, and more. Together we will develop a solid sense of groove & rhythm by studying rudiments, improvisation, music theory, and more. We will also spend time working on music that you personally love! At my studio, I have a drum kit and vibraphone, among other instruments. Whether you are starting from the very beginning or have been playing for a while, I’d love to work with you!

About Robby
Hi! My name is Robby and I am a drummer/percussionist based in Brooklyn. I prioritize humor, empathy, and patients as crucial elements of music making. My musical experience includes rock, pop, hip-hop, classical, jazz, electronic, and almost any other genre. Recently, I earned a Masters Degree in Percussion Performance from the Mannes School of Music in 2016.

I can teach out of my studio in Downtown Brooklyn or I am happy to meet you for lessons elsewhere if you have your own location with the instruments we need. I can teach drumset, classical & orchestral percussion, keyboard mallet instruments, early piano, and techniques in Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Pro Tools, and Garageband music softwares.

Whether you have no musical experience or have been practicing for a while, I am happy to work with you and figure out how to best reach
your musical goals. I look forward to meeting you!

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Sticks & mallets
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Robby B.

Robby B.

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About Eyal S.

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A private drum teacher for over 10 years, based in Oakland, CA, I am a lover of music and I share that passion with my students of all ages, from beginner to advanced levels. My lessons are fun and motivational, encouraging students to perform the best they can while enjoying the learning process. I am patient, and I am a big believer in improvisation to improve creativity and confidence. I expect students to practice the techniques they learn and come prepared for each lesson.

About Eyal
A private drum teacher for over 10 years, based in Oakland, CA, I am a lover of music and I share that passion with my students of all ages, from beginner to advanced levels. My lessons are fun and motivational, encouraging students to perform the best they can while enjoying the learning process. I am patient, and I am a big believer in improvisation to improve creativity and confidence. I expect students to practice the techniques they learn and come prepared for each lesson.
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Eyal S.

Eyal S.

Oakland, CA 94621
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About Andy A.

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Los Angeles, CA

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I teach all levels and styles of drumset. I tend to focus on groove and playing for the music while also making sure the student has a firm grasp on fundamentals and technique.

About Andy
I started playing drums when I was 9 years old. My passion grew through high school and I decided to go to college for music. I attended the Jazz / commercial music program at Temple University, graduating with a bachelor of Music degree. During my university training I had the opportunity to play in all kinds of Jazz, Funk and Fusion and Rock bands. I also played snare drum with the Temple Diamond Marching Band for 2 seasons as well as playing a season with the classical percussion ensemble.

Upon graduation I became involved with many local Philadelphia rock bands and played shows all over the Delaware Valley. I began teaching drum lessons at area music stores as well as worked as a recording engineer at the production music company Musicrafters.

After college and always hungry to learn more about my instrument, I traveled to New Yor
k City to study at Drummers Collective with Sandy Gennaro (Joan Jett, Cyndi Lauper) and Pete Zeldman. During this time I played with two very successful Philly based rock bands, Tenth House and Iota and the Minor Details.

Prior to moving to Los Angeles I was based in Asheville North Carolina where I played with several area artists. In 2014-2015 I did a substantial amount of touring all over the East Coast and Midwest with an alternative folk indie band called Matt Townsend and the Wonder of the World.

Currently I am located in Los Angeles.

I look forward to being your drum teacher !
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Andy A.

Andy A.

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I have been around music my entire life starting as an infant through toddler traveling around the world with my father Steve Gadd while he was on tour. I started taking lesson privately at age 6 and never stopped until I graduated from the Los Angeles Music Academy in 2003. I have recorded with artists such as Paul Simon and Eddie Brickell. I have toured all over the world as a musician including Japan, Egypt and the US. I have recording studio as well as live performance experience and can help students become diverse and versatile musicians.

About Stephen
Drummer with world wide performing experience.
I have written songs and recorded with artists such as Paul Simon and Eddie Brickell. My goal is to help musicians become confident and versatile.
I have experience in jazz, funk, rock, r&b, fusion (odd time signatures), latin, brazillian and afro cuban and more. I have studied all styles of music and tailor make my curriculum based on the individual.
I am a supportive and patient teacher who has helped students go on to play at the college level.
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Stephen G.

Stephen G.

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About Ben E.

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My approach to teaching drums will have you playing within the first few weeks of lessons. I teach with the focus on getting students ready to play in any sort of ensemble. Jazz, rock, pop, funk and free styles will all be discussed.

About Ben
I am a professional drummer playing in the New York music scene. I play all different styles but I love to groove and can teach you how to find your own inner groove.

If you've been thinking about taking drum lessons now is the time to start. You are never too old or young to begin the process of finding your rhythmic voice.
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Ben E.

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