Learn drum technique for all styles. Rock beats and fills, Jazz drumming and more.
I am so glad you’re here!
The music lessons for young children are full of fun, interactive activities with iPads apps and traditional methods that not only help develop a strong musical foundation and build essential life skills, but offer a unique bonding experience for you and your child.
Discover for yourself why families love my innovative music lessons for kids.
YES! Music Matters!
The curriculum is built on research that proves MUSIC MATTERS. Music affects virtually every aspect of development and when young children are consistently engaged by music during the “musical window” they benefit at many levels.
What about private lessons?
Do I believe in private lessons? You bet! But I know from experience that private lessons are most valuable for older kids who have the ability to concentrate in a one-to-one setti
With this Private setting you will have a solid foundation in keyboard skills and music theory and typically excel quickly in their continued music education and when learning other instruments. The education and experiences a child has in my music program sets them up for success with private instruction.
Builds spatial-temporal reasoning skills critical for greater success in math and science studies.
Music students out-perform non-music students on achievement tests in reading and math.
Music students receive more academic honors and awards than non-music students.
Develops social and emotional skills including the ability to relate to others and better express ideas, and less likely to have behavior/discipline problems.
I offer up to 2 recitals a year so that you can perform everything you know.
Feel free to reach out and let's setup some lessons.
George, was very patient, kind, and seem very knowledgeable. He seems to understand the pedagogy of teaching to kids and realize they all learn differently. I personally think he went above and beyond for my Son first class and for our first introduction. He offered a more modern approach method of teaching music and Piano to my son who so far seem more receptive in learning and practicing. Will se where that take us but I am very please so far.
February 3, 2016
George is totally passionate about teaching. He encourages the kids to practice and do their best. He has great knowledge and understanding of music theory. He is pleasant, easy going and works really well with kids. Overall really good teacher. Recommend!
If it's difficult for you then it was probably difficult for me too. All levels are welcome; let's get you started, up to speed or over the hump. It's time to get to it!
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.
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!
August 17, 2016
Matthew has been great for my son, Michael! He has learned a lot in a short period of time!
September 17, 2015
Very knowledgeable and patient. My son has learned a lot in a short amount of time.
Enjoy teaching young first time students as well as more experienced players who make to step up their knowledge and skill level either Use of Bluetooth speaker to listen and play along with songs on pandora And YouTube.... for hobbyist or pro drummers. Many practical skills will be discussed and include playing in a Rhythm section for Blues, Country, Jazz, rock, music etc.. Drive to your home
Gary has been a professional drummer For over 40 years He has a wide range of drumming and percussion experience in Rock, Blues , Jazz, R&B, Soul, and World Music. He has been teaching for 15 years. Garys lessons are catered to be interactive Based on personal interaction with students. No cookie cutter lesson plan Gary makes thelessons fun With Reading, play alongside video clips, books, etc Begginers through advanced .
*** Travel Equipment *** Their own drumset, or they can just start with practice pad and sticks
*** Specialties *** World Music including Reggae, Caribbean,Africa, Americana Rock including blues, R&B,Soul, Funk Jazz, Country, Classic Rock
Gary is a brilliant drummer and a fantastic instructor, always patient and thoughtful. This is because he is just a genuinely gentle and thoughtful person. You won't be disappointed.
January 4, 2016
Gary Reed Johnson has been an accomplished professional drummer for over45 years. He is an expert not only on technique but also has a deep knowledge of many styles of beats, rhythms and musical genres. And, he's a really cool person. If you're a beginner or already playing Gary can help you get to the level to which you aspire.
January 2, 2016
I'm a singer that wanted some help with identifying different time feels and rhythms.
Gary was able to teach me with an easy to understand and down to earth approach.
He made it fun too.
He's got a lot of experience and still plays out on a regular basis.
I teach various styles of music including, jazz, fusion, funk, latin,and rock. I teach rudiments and classical drum technique utilizing various method books in order to facilitate proper technique, coordination,chart reading, and overall musicianship.
I teach children, adolescents , and adults. I have also worked with special needs populations for many years in a variety of settings. I am very patient adept and compassionate. I am also very skilled at my instrument as I studied music at the University Level. My goals are to combine my experience teaching special education with my experience studying and teaching music performance. I am very enthusiastic about teaching students at advanced levels as well. I teach piano and drumset. I teach various styles of music and hope to engender my students' love for music and the arts. I consider myself a mentor, a Music Therapist, and an educator.
David explains things in a manner that I could easily understand. He was calm, patient, and respectful of skill level.
June 16, 2015
Awesome teacher! Not just a great drummer, but patient and articulate. He was really able to help me understand and execute in ways I never could before. Seems like he would also be great with kids...super patient and encouraging!
April 1, 2015
David is a very skilled drummer and a very enthusiastic teacher. In lessons, he seems to like to split time between practicing rudiments and learning to play different rhythms on the set. He is also exceptionally patient and supportive with my 9-year-old, highly distractible daughter. David is very positive, pointing out things that are going well and interesting rhythms that they discover. I am really glad we found David--he is an excellent teacher and I love watching my daughter learn so much about music!
I've been playing and teaching drums for 10 years now. I will help students develop all the different techniques involved in becoming a proficient drummer. Increasing their coordination in understanding how to execute the basics of rhythmic dictation all the way to complicated syncopations. Drum lessons are not available In-Studio.
A fun, friendly, and professional Music Instructor at your service for Voice, Guitar, Piano, Bass, Drums, & Ukulele! I have a BA degree from Florida Atlantic University in Music Performance for Classical/Flamenco/Jazz/Blues guitar and I've also performed on the Piano/Keyboards for a couple different bands too. Love to play & teach pretty much all styles of music! It is always a pure joy & truly rewarding to see my music students grow and flourish in their musical abilities. I have been enjoying doing this now for 20+ years- all ages & levels. I am also in a multi-dimensional rock project and a recording artist with my band Vision.
I believe it's important to learn the rudiments of music to build a good foundation (scales, chord vocabulary, theory, song-composition, performing techniques), but I also base the lessons on whatever th
e interests and strengths are for the student. For example, if you enjoy jazz more than classical we'll focus more on what you are particularly passionate about. I have also been a part of School of Rock Programs in which we provided performances for the students a la Jack Black. Please contact Takelessons to let the musical journey begin...
Athan has taught drums for eight years, and strives to provide each student with exactly what they need to excel. He has extensive training, both from CSUN as a Jazz Performance major and performing around the world in various groups. From basic technique, to advanced technical and musical studies, his wealth of knowledge and experience will help you improve immensely. He teaches based on each individual student in order to provide you with the best and most fun learning experience.
Hello potential students, my name is Athan and I would love to be your new teacher! I have been teaching for over eight years, and love it as much as I love music itself. I have extensive experience in helping students reach their goals, becoming the best drummers and musicians that they can be. As a musician, I have been fortunate to study and play with some of L.A.'s top musicians, participating in the country's top student groups and receiving honors at many music festivals and competitions. The lessons I've learned from these great experiences I hope to pass on to you, the student, in order to help you get the most out of our lessons and to turn you into the best musician that you can be. Whether beginner or advanced, and any genre from jazz to rock to hip hop, I feel I have the knowledge to take your drumming and music-making to the
highest level (and of course, have a blast doing it!) I have a passion for teaching, and would love to have you as my student!
My goal is to inspire students to create and share music that reflects their unique interests and voice, while providing a strong foundation of the fundamentals of music. We will work on rhythm, technique, reading & listening skills, and whatever interests YOU to help you reach your goals.
Hi! My name is Rachael, and I've been teaching piano, drums, guitar, and ukulele throughout San Diego County since 2016. I earned my Bachelor's degree at Berklee College of Music in Boston where I was a piano major with a focus on contemporary writing and production. After graduating in 2012, my work with the Chicago Symphonietta led me to Chicago where I began writing music for short films and ad agencies. In 2016, the sunny weather drew me to San Diego where I began my vision for Foster Music - private music instruction that inspires students to create and share music that reflects their unique interests and voice, while providing a strong foundation of the fundamentals of music, in a fun and supportive environment.
Looking forward to meeting you & making some music!
Instruction also includes how to play correctly so as not to develop negative playing habits. In the case that you have developed negative playing habits, how to correct them.
Emphasis is also placed on proper warm up techniques, stretching exercises, holding the sticks correctly, posture, plus drum kit "throne" seat placement, and correct stance, if playing concert snare or percussion. Independence is also developed through simple easy to grasp exercises. In addition, drum exercises are individually tailored to the particular needs of each student.
Chuck has also developed a special ear training method utilizing CD and MP3 technology. This method reduces the amount of time it normally takes to develop good listening skills. These listening skills decrease the time that it takes to learn new songs, and learn how to interact with other musicians.
This is Chuck Reichel the drum instructor at Sound Picture Recording. I've been doing studio recording sessions and also playing live performances covering most styles of music for many years. I myself have studied drums in the past under several top notch drummers. I enjoy seeing my students excel and progress to achieve their drumming goals. You'll be rolling in no time with my custom Drum Exercises I've developed!
Chuck excellent teacher who motivate his students to strive and perfect their skill
April 17, 2019
Chuck is a very talented and experienced teacher, he makes the classes relax , entretained and fun. He is very insightful and detects my kid strength and weakness. I have seen my kid improving in his drum skill that eventually would take him to the next level.
March 17, 2019
Chuck is a fantastic teacher! He is really patient but also pushes me to go beyond what I think I can do. He is very systematic and fundamental, which has given me a great foundation in my rhythm skills.
"Andrew is an awesome drum teacher! I started studying with him in a group class setting, where he easily worked with students of all ages and levels of m
usical experience to teach the fundamentals of drumming. I moved into private lessons with him, which he always balanced nicely focusing on a variety of things: technique, exercises, reading, listening and songs. He is very skilled and knowledgeable, dependable and a wonderfully nice guy. I learned so much from him in the years that I studied with him and was sad to see him leave Los Angeles. I highly recommend him as a drum teacher for students of all ages!"
"Mike Marshall. Amazing drummer, wide range of style, overall great guy. He will sit down with you discuss your goals and be certain you're both a good fit
. He spent some time with my son and realized that he didn't really need lessons. He recommended more practice rather than soaking us for lessons. 10/10 highly recommend."
"I have been extremely fortunate to work with Joe over the past few years. On top of being one of the best people I have ever met in my life, he is also o
ne of the best musicians I have ever met. Although his musical forte is drums, his knowledge of other instruments contributes to provide an extremely well-rounded instructional approach.
Patient, versatile, and encouraging!
Go with Joe!!!"
"As an instructor, David exudes the perfect balance of amiability and intimidation. He will inspire you to work your absolute hardest without scaring you a
way. Personality-wise, he is that happy medium somewhere between Mr. Rogers and J.K. Simmons in Whiplash. I studied with David during my college years and 7+ years later I still utilize his concepts in everyday practice. There are many specific stories, ideas and exercises of his that have always stuck with me and come up quite often when I am working on something new or teaching a lesson or class of my own. Whether we were learning orchestral excerpts, 4-way independence, Bach fugues or just playing quarter notes with the metronome, I always left our lessons feeling highly motivated and anxious to practice. It's also great to have a teacher that can blow your mind with his own playing. It might be difficult for some teachers to get students into something like the tambourine or triangle but when he picked one up and casually played some insane rhythms and advanced techniques I was immediately inspired to learn to do the same. Not to mention his drum work on Matt Herskowitz's "Forget Me Not" - some of the things he does on that record still keep me up at night. I'm very grateful for my time as a student of David's and glad I can still learn from him as a friend and colleague!"
"Daniel is the man! I've always wanted to learn how to play the drums, and finally found the time in my life to pursue it. Daniel took the time to walk me
through the basics and made sure each step made sense to me. I never once felt judged or ashamed of my lack skill. You can see he thoroughly enjoys teaching his passion and makes each session fun. I'll be coming back twice a week from now on!"
"He's very good with the kids and is great at keeping them engaged. Listens to my comments and concerns and has been flexible in his lessons to keep the k
ids challenged without frustrating them. I have two boys working with him. They are both so excited to share with me what they've learned after each lesson. I've never seen them look so proud of themselves as they do after their weekly drum lessons!
Rates are very reasonable also."
"Mike is the best teacher!
My son has been taking drum lessons from Mike for about 6 years consistently. Mike is an amazing instructor and all around grea
t person. My son has learned so much from Mike, enjoys going to his lessons every week(the ONLY activity that he has done that there is NO complaining about going to lessons, only enthusiasm). He has grown leaps and bounds with his level of drumming, all due to Mike. Mike's studio is high tech, his teaching ability and knowledge of all kinds of genres of music and general positive encouragement and attitude make Mike the best drum instructor. He is a great role model for my son, as well. You can't go wrong with Mike!"
"David is a world-class musician with the rare ability to communicate the most complex musical ideas clearly and simply to students of all ages. Within the
first hour of the first lesson, David helped our son, then age 12, identify technical issues that were causing him problems and stripped away bad habits that were holding him back. With David's professional guidance in both drums and percussion, our son's progress has been remarkable. In our son's own words: “David is creative with a good sense of humor, which always makes lessons fun.” We cannot recommend him more highly."
"My son had his first drum lesson with Charles and he was very impressed. He thought Charles was very patient and did a great job of explaining everything.
He is very much looking forward to his next lesson. Would definitely recommend Charles to anyone."
As a rock drummer, you may feel like you’re always being called on to play the same beat. And let’s face it, playing the old bass-snare-bass-snare groove can get pretty boring. But don’t worry - here, drum instructor Michael P. has three drum beats you can use to give your songs some extra kick...
1. The Jungle Beat
In the Erlang Kovata song "Death of the Sun," I use this drum fill in the middle section for a groovy breakdown that contrasts nicely with the he …