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Sherman Oaks, CA
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I teach reading rhythms, playing with a bend and how to groove!

About Mike
I have taught private guitar, piano, bass and drum lessons since the late 70s in Salt Lake City, where I majored in jazz guitar performance, and since 1980 in Los Angeles. I make the lessons fun. Some of my students have received college scholarships and won cash prizes for music contests. All of them had fun while learning and improving on their instruments.

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I am very enthusiastic and can teach students how to read. If they do not want to read music, they can learn to play by ear. I can also show them where to put their fingers. During piano lessons, I often accompany students on guitar and suggest a scale for improvisation, so they can play the blues. During drum lessons, I often play bass so they can learn to groove.

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They should have their own instrument and a music stand.

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I specialize in jazz improvisation on piano and guitar.
I also teach recreational guitar and piano for adults, including classical and blues styles.
I coach bass players and drummers in playing stylistically correct grooves for jazz, rock and latin music.
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jerome G. September 18, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Mike has great enthusiasm and energy when it comes to imparting his knowledge to those of us less enlightened. Very easy demeanor too. Thanks Mike.
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Joanne August 27, 2018
· Organ · In home
Mike is extemely knowledgeable about chords and fingering, which is what I wanted.
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Mark H. August 2, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Awesome!
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Mike S.

Mike S.

Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
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About Dennis L.

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Santa Clarita, CA
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Want to be able to play your favorite cover songs with your friends? Or become the next drumming sensation? Let's make it happen! I have 17 years of experience teaching students of all ages, levels, ambitions and genres.

About Dennis
Dennis Leeflang (most known as the drummer for former Guns N' Roses lead guitarist RON "BUMBLEFOOT" THAL) has recorded and toured with many great artists all over the globe, including 80's hard rock queen LITA FORD, DILANA (Rockstar Supernova), DANGER DANGER vocalist TED POLEY, WITHIN TEMPTATION, EPICA, SUN CAGED, TIFFANY GIARDINA (Disney), SHANE GIBSON (KORN) and many more.

Dennis offers nearly 20 years of teaching experience, working with students of all ages and playing levels and is featured on Dom Famularo's MODERN DRUMMER list of recommended international drum educators, as well as an official member of the D'Addario Education Collective.

Subjects include:
- hand technique
- foot technique
- limb coordination
- limb independence
- practical sight reading
- drum tuning tricks to make you sound better than other drummers!

- playing with a band
- GROOVE! (how to get that infamous "pocket" everyone always talks about!)
- creating drum parts to music
- creative expression
- inspiration (applying inspiration you get from other musicians into your playing)
- FUN!

Extensive experience teaching students of ALL ages and levels!

The aim of the lessons is to prepare beginning drummers to function in a band setting, as a team player, and to develop comfortable technique and creativity in order to express him/herself as a drummer freely. No matter what your ambitions are! Just wanna be able to jam with friends? Or become the next drumming sensation? We'll do it!
For intermediate to advanced drummers, Dennis offers additional interesting exercises and and inspiring concepts. No matter what your playing level is, there is always something to learn!

BEST RATES IN THE AREA! Many references available upon request (current and former students)!
FREE pair of Promark sticks for every new student!
Several package deals and special pricing promos available.

Other student benefits include big discounts on drum gear, free drum gear and accessories and free concert/drum clinic tickets.

Lessons available in Santa Clarita and Reseda.

Dennis is an official endorser of PAISTE cymbals, Q DRUM CO. drums, PROMARK drum sticks, EVANS drumheads, DRUMTACS and AHEAD ARMOR CASES.
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Polina February 27, 2016
· Drum · In studio
I started taking drum lessons at age 22 so I felt too old to begin learning how to play a new instrument. I'm so glad that Dennis was my teacher. He gave me confidence and encouragement to become the great drum player I am today. His methods of teaching are well rounded, his lesson plans are efficient and since day one he guaranteed I would be ready to play songs with a band in only 6 months. Indeed I started playing with several bands after 6 months of having lessons with Dennis. I highly recommend him as a drum teacher and mentor!
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KV February 11, 2016
· Drum · In studio
V patient w/beginners and provided excellent tips and encouragement. Would recommend to anyone starting out on drums or adding another instrument to their repertoire. Provided great insight that also helped in cross-training, if already playing another instrument.
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Marshal February 9, 2016
· Drum · In home
I've studied with several teachers over the years, but Dennis was the best. I was a novice and Dennis took me to the next level. I'm forever grateful.
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Dennis L.

Reseda, CA 91335
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About Joan Q.

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Los Angeles, CA

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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.

Studio Equipment:
Drumset, congas, bongos, cajon, vibraphone, auxiliary percussion.

Specialties:
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
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Pico Rivera, CA

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I will teach you the basics from holding sticks correctly to reading music and playing a solid groove!

About Paul
I have over twenty years of performance experience as a drummer. I have an AA degree in Music from Pasadena City College. I have a BA in Music from California State University, Northridge. I have taught individual and group instruction, focusing on hand technique and sight-reading. I attended Grove School of Music in 1990, where I studied hand and sticking technique and Latin drum-set application. I have performed in a variety of musical situations from big band performances to musicals, jazz trios, rock shows, and an independent film score.

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My approach to teaching drum-set is simple. I focus on the student's needs. I like to give my students assignments that are tangible but that still present a challenge. I'm an easy going guy and I know that through patience and nurturing I can build the student's confid
ence and gain results. I assign weekly exercises and teach my students good technique.
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Geovanni M. December 24, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Paul kept it fun. Which is why we even want to learn something new in the first place. He didn’t go straight to the books at first. Very knowledgeable and patient. I’m grateful to have him.
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Sarah October 5, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Pablo was very professional. He is so knowledgeable about everything drums and was patient with me. I highly recommend taking lessons from him. Great teacher.
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Paul June 30, 2015
· Drum · In studio
I've been studying with Paul for a few years, and I would not be close to my current skill level without his instruction and guidance. Paul is a patient and brilliant observer and expert analyst in developing technique. Every time I think I've got it, he makes some acute observation that brings it to a deeper level of refinement and nuance. And I've learned from him how crucial this refinement is to sounding good in everything you play on the kit. Beyond building the foundation of technique, with Paul you will learn various grooves in different genres, reading notation and drum charts, soloing and comping, as well as prioritizing and organizing your approach and having the right attitude so people will want to play with you. Lessons are always fun and inspiring, and Paul is patient and sensitive to individual needs. He also brings to lessons his experience as a professional drummer. I've seen him perform professionally in various styles: small jazz ensemble, big band, latin, rock, funk etc. And he always sounds great: solid and musical with a great feel. His combination of skill, experience, knowledge, profound insight and sensitivity make him an invaluable teacher for those interested in developing as an artist.
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Pico Rivera, CA 90660
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About Ray R.

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Van Nuys, CA
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About Ray
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My name is Ray, I'm 30 years old, and was born in Queens, NY. I studied classical music for many years as a youngster at the Aaron Copeland School of Music college preparatory program. During this program I was introduced to Jazz, and around the same time began experimenting with synthesizers. I went on to study Electronic Production & Design at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and quickly became a very sought after studio musician and performer.

I've been successfully teaching many instruments and proficiency levels for 16+ years now, and can say with pride that teaching is my passion, and I anticipate it being a very important part of the rest of my life.

I enjoy reading nonfiction books on science, math, and philosophy, and am building a career as a pop music producer.

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are unique for three main reasons:

1. I have a very deep understanding of music, sound, and theory, and feel music to be one of my native languages.

2. I have devoted considerable amounts of time and energy studying neuroscience, which has greatly improved my understanding of the learning process.

3. I have been blessed with the tremendous amount of patience necessary to guide a student through the necessary steps it takes to learn at whatever pace is optimal, in order to maximize the efficiency of the learning process for each individual.

*** Equipment ***
Students must have their own instrument, and purchase their own materials (books, etc). From time to time I make my way to a local music shop, and am happy to purchase materials for reimbursement.

*** Specialties ***
Classical music is my background, and what I believe to be the most cognitively and emotionally fulfilling style of music to study and play. That said, I'm also a big fan of pop music (as well as other genres), and encourage students to enjoy learning their favorite songs from the radio.

My understanding of music theory is extremely thorough, and I'm happy to incorporate as much or as little of it as the student's interest dictates, nevertheless maintaining the minimal amount of theory necessary to get the most out of learning music and the instrument.

Thanks for checking out my profile! Please contact me with any additional questions you may have, as well as to inquire about day/time availability. I'll do my best to get back to you right away (usually within a few hours).
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Maximus May 31, 2016
· Violin · In home
Awesome!!!!!!!! So sweet! Cool hair : ))
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Eden H. December 21, 2015
· Piano · In home
My daughter is loving her cello lessons with Ray even more than she expected. She feels she is really improving.
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Kelly B. March 28, 2014
· Piano ·
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My son and daughter both take from Ray and they love him!!! My daughter started with him after she had had 2 other teachers and she improved immediately. She loves going to Ray because he teaches her to play the songs that she likes. Now she plays so many songs for memory!! My son loves going to piano and is always excited to see Ray.
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Ray R.

Van Nuys, CA 91401
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Los Angeles, CA

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Experienced teacher of 10+ years, all ages, skill levels, and styles welcome! Lessons customized for the needs/goals of the student. Have a favorite song you want to learn the beat to? My lesson plans often involve playing along with your favorite music. Also emphasizing technique, musical understanding and theory, rhythm and syncopation exercises. Shoot me a message to see if we're a good match!

About Theo
I'm a professional composer, pianist and drummer with a Bachelor of Music from William Paterson University. I've been teaching for 10+ years to a wide-ranging group of students.

My aims as a teacher are similar to my aims as a musician--to foster creativity, lay down a strong foundation, and build a framework for listening. That's accomplished in different ways for different instruments, but the fundamentals remain the same and are a major part of my, and any, teaching curriculum. Core subjects include technique, music theory, sight-reading, melody, harmony, rhythm, and syncopation. Lessons are catered to the student's needs/goals, beginner to advanced, all ages welcome!
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Chris January 10, 2019
· Piano · Online
Theo was a blast to learn from. The guy has amazing abilities and patience. His lessons were always fun and engaging and I never felt like he was going from a script. Everything was tailor made to my needs. Great teacher!
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Aj January 9, 2019
· Piano · In studio
Theo was great! He was very patient with me as I am a beginner and never made me feel inadequate. The tips he gave me were extremely valuable and he left me with tons of things to practice. My go-to teacher. 5 stars!
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Theo L.

Los Angeles, CA 90026
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About Eric P.

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The drums are the backbone of most music, so you have to be able to feel the groove and stay tight and on top of the beat. I encourage students to pick their favorite songs, and we drum to those while learning proper technique, rudiments, song form, fills, rhythm, different grooves / beats, and anything they want to know about the drums. I have been playing the drums for over sixteen years and have a Bachelor's Degree in Music from the Berklee College of Music. Drums is a beautiful art and form of expression and is just the tip of the iceberg we can tackle called Music.

About Eric
MUSIC!
I think music is the most beautiful thing in the world, so lets take time to learn and play music together.
I have been playing the drums for over sixteen years, and been in over fifteen bands in the course of that time. I have a degree in Music from the Berklee College of Music were I studied music theory and focused on Music Production and Engineering. I have been playing Piano, Bass, and Guitar for about ten years in addition to the drums, and have been recorded in sessions on each. I have a deep passion for synthesizers and electronic music, so lets make some bleeps and bloops together.

I am extremely kind, friendly, and funny so lessons with me are very relaxed and have an easy to learn environment. However I am very passionate about teaching to fit student needs; so if a student likes deadlines and homework, if that is w
hat will help them learn the best, then that is how I will teach.
Lets make some sweet music together!!
~Eric
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Dalton A. January 15, 2018
· Piano · In home
1st lesson went perfectly!
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Eric P.

Los Angeles, CA 90039
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$30 / 30-min

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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 has been drumming for over twenty years. He has earned an A.A.S. degree in Music Performance from McNally/Smith College of Music and B.A. degree in Music from the University of Pittsburgh. He has more than ten years of experience teaching in high schools, elementary schools, group classes and one on one.

Dennis seeks to inspire his students and tailors each lesson to fit each student in the moment.

His experience playing lots of styles with lots of bands in the studio, on stage and on tour make him versatile on the drumset.

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 Snyder is a professional drummer and percussionist from Pittsburgh, PA who currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. He writes and performs music from all styles. Dennis has written music for and performed with many different artists including The Deliverance Baptist Church Voices of Praise, Blak Rapp Madusa, Mega-Def, The Beats n' Verbz, MH the Verb, Higher Ground (A Red Hot Tribute), The Filthy Lowdown, Rhythmic Renaissance, Lushwell, and many others. He has released one full length album of original music which is entitled "Fantasy Boyfriend" and features a lot of other artists.

Dennis has been playing the drumset since the age of 16 and has studied with a number of great teachers including Marv Dahlgren, David Stanoch, Gordy Knudtson, Paul Steuber, and Greg Humphries. Dennis has earned an Associate of Applied Sciences Degree from
McNally/Smith College of Music and a Bachelor of the Arts Degree in Music from the University of Pittsburgh.

Dennis first became interested in Funk and HipHop in his early twenties when he started exploring the music of James Brown and Herbie Hancock. His current style incorporates a number of other influences including Babatunde Olatunji. Dennis is a former member of Pittsburgh's, East Liberty neighborhood night life scene that made its home at the Shadow Lounge. This is where he met tons of great people and was very fortunate to experience so much amazing creative energy.
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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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About Sheppard M.

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North Hollywood, CA

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Wanna have fun playing drums? Can’t figure out what that beat was from “in the air tonight?” I got you covered! I have a very keen ear for music and have 16 years or playing a wide variety of genres. I specialize in pop/rock drumming but take a lot of influence from jazz, hip hop, Latin, etc. I was in drum line throughout high school and will focus heavily on rudiments, reading, and clean playing as well (I promise you, rudiments are fun when you take the time to get good at them). I’ve also studied with a number of fantastic drummers over the years and have retained a great deal of knowledge not only for myself, but also to share with you :)

Send me a message and let’s schedule a lesson today! I look forward to hearing from you!

**Si no hablas ingles, habló un poquito español tambien**

About Sheppard
Hi there! My name is Sheppard (I go by Shep if as well) and I’m a 27 year old drummer originally from Atlanta, GA. When I was about 10 years old I developed an interest in music after years of trying sports and never really enjoying it. Once I started playing music was when I found my true passion.

Over the years I started playing in bands, church, marching band, high school jazz band, etc. I also studied with a few different teachers over the years that have all given me some very valuable lessons.

In the spring of 2016 I relocated to Los Angeles and it has been a crazy, yet rewarding journey. I’ve played with some 15+ artists/groups, just recently went on my first national tour, and have been actively practicing my craft in my spare time. My next step is to acquire students to share my knowledge and love for music with.
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North Hollywood, CA 91605
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