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About Jesse M.

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Sunnyvale, CA

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Beginner
I'm not currently taking beginner drum students. Please refer to my studio partner Melissa:
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Intermediate
Start to learn about polyrhythms as well as developing your ears and body to play songs more accurately. Start to spice up your playing with ways that are interesting, but not intrusive.

Advanced
Really push your polyrhythms and add asymmetrical meters to your repertoire to expand your grasp of complex rhythms. Also learn to use dynamics, cymbal work, and fills to effectively communicate and lead a band without words.

About Jesse
*Disclaimer*
I'm currently not taking beginner students on voice/singing, guitar, bass, drums, piano, and ukulele. I highly recommend my studio partners Melissa though. Please check out her profile:

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My Background

I've been playing with classical ensembles and rock bands since 2001. Even though I started on classical trombone and rock guitar, I have come to expand my repertoire to a variety of instruments and genres. During my time in college I performed with the University choir, orchestra, and band. I also have organized, wrote/arranged for, and performed with a variety of bands in my home state of New Mexico, as well as Japan, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Since 2006 I have been an active teacher. This profession has taken me everywhere from working with classical guitar cla
sses in New Mexico high schools to Elementary students in Japan to a variety of private students of various musical instruments and genres everywhere I've been. Since relocating to the Bay Area in 2010, I've had the pleasure of working with lots of great students from kids to adults with a wide range of ambitions. Since 2012 I've been running my own full time studio.

Philosophy of Learning

Lessons are generally designed to work towards giving students the tools to accomplish their goals and become increasingly independent over time. While all students will study similar fundamentals regarding technique, theory, and performance, every lesson is as different as every person. What kind of music do you want to make? I'll tell you what you need to do to get there, and help you take the steps to achieve your aspirations. It's really important to know though that everyone makes their own experience. The process of learning music involves you learning as much about your own mind and body as it does any external concepts, so please keep in mind only you can move yourself forward.

I also love to help students put together a song, record, and produce it for them so that they can have a recording to share with their friends and family.

I also hold events for my students. (Check out our pictures and videos below!)
Younger students have opportunities to perform for friends and family at my studio every few months. Adult students also occasionally have events where they get a chance to get together and play music as well.

Aside from in-studio lessons, students also have the option to sign up for online lessons via Skype.
(*Online lessons offered during different times than in-studio lessons.)

*Unfortunately due to scheduling issues, I'm not currently accepting students for bi-weekly lessons. I can do regular weekly lessons, or occasional drop-in lessons, but bi-weekly appointments make it really hard for me to give the best scheduled times to my existing weekly students. I'm sorry for the inconvenience.

My studio is equipped with:

*Music Stands

*A P.A. System

*Vocal and instrument microphones

*Guitars, Basses, Ukulele, Banjos, etc

*Two guitar amps and a bass amp

*Various percussion including a fully equipped acoustic drum set

*A Roland V-Drums electronic drum set

*An electric piano console and Yamaha organ

*A MicroKorg Synthesizer

*A Tuba, Trombone, Cornet, Saxophone, and Flute

*An extensive physical and virtual music library

*A recording system that students are not only welcome to use but encouraged to

*HD Webcam and condenser microphone for high fidelity online lessons via Skype
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Romy R. August 2, 2019
· Saxophone · In studio
Jesse has given directions on how to successfully become a better musician. His approach and explanation on musical theories was much more understandable than what I was previously reading. Overall, I found the lessons to be very usefull.
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Dulcenea June 28, 2019
· Violin · In studio
Super kind, patient and teaches a lot in each session!
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Alex March 25, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Jesse is very friendly and a fun teacher to be around.
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Jesse M.

Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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$70 / 30-min

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.

Thanks!

About Jeff
Hello, My name is Jeff.

I have been playing drum set for 19 years, and teaching drum lessons privately for 6 years. I studied Music Performance at Berklee College of Music as well as Cal State, East Bay. I currently play and perform professionally throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. I work with multiple local acts in the genres of: pop, rock, funk, reggae, and hip-hop. I also perform in the high energy, award winning percussion ensemble known as Street Drum Corps.

My inspiration comes from all styles of music, people, performances, and the grooves of the Motown Record catalog. I am an extremely hard working, self motivated artist who is passionate about my craft. I am funny, friendly, outgoing and passionate about performing/touring and teaching drum set.

Example of our First Lesson:
-your choice of a fun song/groove
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reading and rudiments
-other requests or areas you need help in
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Zeon L. October 25, 2018
· Drum · In home
Jeff is a very creative teacher. His play is wonderful. This motivate my son a lot from learning drum with him. My son has a great improve just a few lesson. We all like his hard work and patient be with kid. He is a gentle and polite drummer that impressing us his great play!
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David January 24, 2018
· Drum · Online
Jeff totally knows how to let me go off in my own learning direction while keeping me grounded in the fundamentals. He's an excellent teacher.
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David January 20, 2018
· Drum · Online
First lesson was great! Will continue learning from Jeff.
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Jeff W.

Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
(12)
starting at
$37 / 30-min

About Rob F.

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San Anselmo, CA
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About Rob
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.

*** Lesson Details ***
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.

*** Studio Equipment ***
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
· Drum ·
I Got Lucky

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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Rob F.

San Anselmo, CA 94960
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$60 / 30-min

About Vir M.

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Topanga, CA

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I have a Drumset at my studio and can get you started with the rudiments and basic drumming skills.

About Vir
I am a graduate of U.C. Berkeley.;I have been teaching and performing music for over 15 years. I have toured the United States and other countries playing many types of music. I play Guitar and Bass, Drums, Keys and Sing   I teach in a fun style that emphasizes the students creativity.  Styles range from Rock, Folk, Electronic, Jazz,  African, World, Hip Hop to Country. I also teach production recording, looping and beat making in Ableton Live and Protools. I can give you the skills to go to the next level.  From 5-99 years old!

*** Lesson Details ***
A typical lesson would look like this:  Depending on your level we would first work on some new chords and/or a new scale and how to play them.  We "jam" a little to get the feel.  I have a really great way of teaching theory that will get you playing what you want.  The second half we u
sually focus on learning a song of your choice or working on an original of yours. I am very personable and easygoing. Some students are more focused on electronic music, so we can work on that too!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Have guitars and amps, basses and amps, drum set, microphones and recording equipment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Have equipment

*** Specialties ***
Rock, World, Hip Hop, Folk, Electronica, Classical, Jazz
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Karen T. March 31, 2016
· Acting · In studio
Although I only had 1 lesson with him so far, I can say he's a very good teacher and I had fun.
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caroline S. April 23, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Vir is a gifted teacher. He has taught my son guitar for more than a year. He meets my son where ever he's at in his practice, attention and interests with calm, skilled focus and intention . Vir's background as performing musician infuses his teaching with an enthusiasm and creativity of practicing his teaching. We are truly grateful for Vir.
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Alexander S. March 6, 2014
· Singing ·
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Vir is beyond your typical vocal coach. He was a huge help on things like pitch accuracy and phrasing, but more than anything, his focus on getting me to tap into and harness my inner power has already paid huge dividends in my recordings and performances. Further, Vir is an amazing person to know and his home-studio in Berkeley is magnificent!
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Vir M.

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About Anthony G.

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Mill Valley, CA

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I started when I was 10. My first performance was on a single snare drum and a cymbal at the 5th grade talent show, we performed Get Back by The Beatles. From there I became influenced by other drummers and wanted to be the best that I can. I started teaching drum lessons quite a while ago (maybe 10 years?) and have loved it ever since.

About Anthony
I am a graduate of Humboldt State University. I majored in Percussion which is what I love to do. I excelled quickly and performed a senior recital earlier than most students. On it I performed various pieces for differing instruments. My favorite, and most interesting, was a Bach Fugue in G minor for Violin, but I adapted and played it for the Marimba. I also played pieces on Solo Snare Drum, a multiple percussive set up, Timpani, and Guitar. I enjoy teaching and would love to share the knowledge I have gained by my teacher. While up there I enjoyed other activities including West African Ensemble, Calypso Band, and the World Percussion Group, specifically enjoying the Brazillian Samba portion.
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Anthony G.

Mill Valley, CA 94941
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About Melissa M.

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Sunnyvale, CA

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Beginning drum students will be taught the basics in a fun but productive way. I will teach a strong foundation so a student can move forward with confidence. Lessons would be individualized to focus on areas that need the most guidance.

Students will learn to feel rhythms from whole notes up to sixteenth notes and become fluent in simple, compound, and swing rhythm families. You will gain the skills for simple time keeping as well as playing simple songs.

About Melissa
I have been teaching since 2006 on a variety of topics. I graduated with an BA from the University of Wisconsin. My degree is in History with and emphasis on East Asian history.

I've taught all age groups from age 2 up to retirees. My teaching experience includes one-on-one and group classes in a variety of settings. I've taught corporate classes, private lessons, small groups, and traditional classroom lessons.

We have a student-centric philosophy of learning. Lessons are generally relaxed and designed to work towards accomplishing student determined goals. While all students will study similar fundamentals regarding technique, theory, and performance, every lesson is as different as every person. Special focus on topics like music theory, self-accompaniment, composition, song writing, and home recording are available as well.


What are your personal goals? We'll tell you what you need to do to get there, and help you take the steps to achieve your aspirations.

Lessons with small children are more focused on just having fun while developing a good musical foundation, but we prefer for them to have as much personal ownership of their lesson as possible.
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Alexandra July 19, 2019
· Piano · In studio
Melissa is patient, explains the concepts very well, she is hands on and makes the lessons very entertaining and dynamic. The way she selects the material for her students she finds the right balance between effective learning, fun and interesting. We are very fortunate to have her as a piano teacher.
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Sevval N. April 14, 2019
· Piano · In studio
She was so kind and helpful toward my kids for the fist day.
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Youjia S. November 9, 2018
· Chess · Online
My daughter struggled to stay focused for the whole one hour. It would be better to have video conference option so she can see the teacher.
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Melissa M.

Sunnyvale, CA 94086
(30)
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$45 / 30-min

About Amber W.

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Sarasota, FL
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Experienced Music teacher of 8 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of their instrument and theory skills. I specialize in all styles. Typically, I use a variety of method books to pick from to meet the needs of the students. I also have many tools available to use during lessons.
My students have gone on to NYSSMA and on to college auditions successfully!

About Amber
I have been teaching private lessons since 2008, but have been studying music since I was only 4 with non stop private and in school lessons. I now have my Bachelor's degree in Music education and am working toward my Masters in Music performance and Instruction.

I love working with my students. Watching them succeed at what they do is what makes my day great. I always love to have a fun atmosphere around me and enjoy every minute it. Music is great for self expression a great Escape or an easy pass-time. It's nothing that should be stressful, but the opposite and that is what my lessons aim to do. Provide an educational, but fun and expressive learning experience to carry with you or your child throughout your lives.
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Adrita M. September 12, 2019
· Piano · In home
Amber was very nice.. she knew how to jump in right where my daughter had left her last teacher and became a favorite on the first day. :)
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Donna August 21, 2019
· Violin · In home
Amber makes lessons challenging and fun. She's got a great teaching style, develops student's confidence, and knows what a student needs to work on to become their best.
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Alec June 20, 2019
· Saxophone · In home
She’s wonderful & patient. My son, Alec, is enjoying his lessons.
She also gives good advice on practicing and taking care of the sax.
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Amber W.

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About Brent E.

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San Francisco, CA

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I cater my lessons to fit the students needs. Whether you’re a complete beginner or an advanced drummer looking to refine your skills, I can help you along your musical journey. I play several different styles of music, and love to teach new concepts to aspiring students.

About Brent
I'm a professional pianist and drummer based in the bay area. I have been teaching for over a decade, and find great joy in helping students progress and develop a love for music. As a performer, I am active in several bands and enjoy playing a variety of musical styles.

The lessons are personalized to suit your needs. Whether your a beginner or want to refine your skills, I will help you find an effective practice routine that maximizes progress.
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Anand September 30, 2019
· Drum · In studio
Brent has been a great and patient teacher for our son. Our son started learning drums with Brent when he was 5, and we have been working with Brent for a year. Today our son has started reading music and also can hold a pretty complex beat (for a 6 year old) for at least some time! Thanks Brent!
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Deepak August 2, 2019
· Piano · In studio
Both my kids (9 and 7) have been taking lessons with Brent for almost 2 years. I credit Brent with inculcating that love for music with my kids. Brent is patient and adjusts to skill level. I like that he gently pushes his students to practice during the week so that they can move ahead during lesson time. My son especially has taken off after he started his lessons, trying new things wrapping up homework ahead of schedule - which is great to see!
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Leora August 2, 2019
· Drum · In home
Brent has been providing in-home drum and piano lessons to my son, age 13, over the last year. He is a skilled and patient music instructor. My son has really improved under Brent's guidance, particularly with respect to technique and timing. I also really appreciate his flexibility with scheduling lessons.
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Brent E.

San Francisco, CA 94130
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$70 / 30-min

About Jeremy W.

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Berkeley, CA

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I love sharing my enthusiasm for music with my students! For the last ten years, I've guided hundreds of students to improve their drumming and percussion performance, their composing, and their musicality. As a drummer and a composer myself, I am able to combine concepts from both disciplines into my lessons, which are specially designed for every students' unique needs. It doesn't matter what your experience level is— beginner, intermediate, or advanced— I can help you improve your skills. All ages accepted. Let's get started!

About Jeremy
I'm a drummer, composer, and music theory instructor from Long Island, NY. I received my Bachelors and Masters degrees in music composition from SUNY Purchase College, and am currently working on my PhD in music composition at UC Berkeley.

As a drummer, I love playing and teaching all styles of music, with a particular affinity for rock, funk, jazz, alternative, electronic music, improvisation, and marching percussion. In 2013, I toured the country with NY-based folk band Elijah & the Moon, performing gigs in 10 US states including the Mountain Jam music festival. I always emphasize the importance of rudiments, fundamentals, and good technique in all my lessons— no doubt these are values instilled in me from my long background in marching and classical percussion studies. I've performed in jazz ensembles, rock bands, metal bands, cove
r bands, improvisation collectives, orchestras, and contemporary classical music ensembles.

As a composer, my pieces have so far been performed in New York, California, Tennessee, Virginia, Ukraine, Italy, and in 2019, Spain. I'm highly trained in orchestration, score and parts preparation, music theory, and solfege. Not only can I help students learn the drum parts to their favorite songs, but I can also help develop the skills needed to analyze the melodies, chord progressions, and structures. I'm currently teaching music theory for undergraduate students in the UC Berkeley Department of Music.

I use Sibelius notation software, Ableton, iZotope, Tama drums, Meinl cymbals, and Vic Firth sticks.
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Jeremy W.

Berkeley, CA 94705
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$75 / 60-min

About Evelie P.

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Along with hand drums such as doumbek, I can teach you to transfer rhythms & techniques to other percussion instruments. At first I thought I couldn't learn middle Eastern instruments or gongs, but discovered I could. Learn to hold a steady beat to support the music, or someone soloing and eventually learn to solo yourself. My lessons build on the lessons before to develop a wide vocabulary. We'll explore and play other percussion instruments, too, if desired. Drum and be merry, come one, come all!

About Evelie
I am a singer-songwriter, arranger, guitarist, band/chorus/ensemble director, music teacher and consultant with over 50 years experience in the music business. With my university chorus, I sang at the Kennedy Ctr Washington DC & the Lincoln Ctr, NY. I have 3 sold out albums and new material for a triple album that I'm currently in the process of producing. My ensembles play for conventions, conferences, fairs, festivals, school assemblies, and special events. I also bring my music to assisted living, elder & memory care facilities, nursing homes & rehab centers, even prisons.

My style of teaching is holistic, multi-disciplinary, patient, inclusive & fun. I teach singing, guitar, hand drums (and small percussion instruments), ukulele. The practicum comes with theory.

Singing in 34 languages covers a variety of genres. Name it, we'll exp
lore it.

All ages are welcome. Even old dogs can learn new tricks. :-) Shall we debunk this saying?

Looking forward to hearing from you. Let's dive in!
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Erica October 5, 2019
· Ukulele · In home
Engaging, friendly, knowledgeable. She gauges my daughter skill level well.
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Evelie P.

Berkeley, CA 94710
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