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My emphasis is in two area:
1. a strong technical base on the instrument
2. an understanding of music forms
the student is encouraged to follow whatever style fit them the most, in keeping with these fundamental principles

About Marc
Percussionist and composer Marc W. was born in Switzerland, where he studied classical percussion at the Geneva Conservatory. He has lived in the United States since the 1980's, where he studied composition and mallet technique on the vibraphone at the Berklee School in Boston, then moved to New York City to further his jazz performance and percussion skills. Since that time, Marc has toured the U.S., Europe, Japan and Brazil, and can be heard on over 20 recordings, including 4 solo albums.
Marc's interest in electronics led him to push the boundaries of live performance with the "electronic vibraphone", where he is recognized as a pioneer on this instrument.
Beside a performer and a composer, Marc teaches workshops here and in Europe, and is very involved in making computers accessible to visually impaired musicians.
Marc has just p
ublished an iBook, titled "Drum Talk - An Introduction to Percussion Ensemble", available now on iTunes. This book demonstrates the techniques he developed during his many years teaching ensembles of all ages at the Filomen M. D'Agostino Greenberg Music School, it features 56 video clips and over 80 musical examples.

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Every student needs a different approach depending on their temperament and goals. After assessing the student, I will tailor my teaching to achieve the most out of each lesson.
If a student is willing to commit to practicing outside of the lesson, after six months he or she will have the ability to play with others, and decide for him or herself if this is something he or she will pursue further.
The achievement level is in the hands of the student, depending on their level of commitment and abilities.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Gretch Drum set, Bergerault vibraphone, Deagan Marimba, Mac System with ProTools, DP and Logic Audio systems
LP congas and Bongos, various hand Percussion

*** Specialties ***
Jazz. rock, funk, latin drumming
also teach percussion class mixing african, latin and brazilian style
I am fully knowlegable of Performer, ProTools, Logic and Garageband on the Mac
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Amy S. December 17, 2014
· Drum · In studio
Provides a great ideas of practicing and lots of fun Music rhythms.
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Amy S. May 11, 2014
· Drum ·
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If you like to learn a music with soul, knowledge, and great technique, Marc is the perfect person. I've been playing piano more than 20 yrs and I play various instruments, Marc is a great person to talk about various instruments as well as brings you various good practice method to improve your technique.
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James Michael S. July 2, 2013
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Marc was a experienced percussionist , with knowledge of many different instruments and , styles. He had a definite lesson plan and was extremely patient and encouraging. My personal challenges with my work schedule hampered his ability to fully execute his agenda.Overall a skilled and dedicated teacher.
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About Kevin F.

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I am very comfortable with all major areas of Percussion: Drumset, Concert Percussion, Marching Percussion, Latin Percussion, Steel Pan, Percussion Ensemble. I work to find effective ways to have people discover their hidden talents and show them how to build skills to play at whatever level they want.

About Kevin
I have a Percussion Performance Degree from Arizona State University, have authored over 6 books on how to play better including: ART Approach to Keyboard Percussion Sightreading, ART Approach to Rhythm!, Turn It Up & Lay It Down, The Book (with Joe Bergamini and Spence Strand) I have over 26 years of teaching experience and constantly work to find better ways to show people how to be great. I am currently working on 4 new books in the Percussion area and about a dozen more for other instruments.I work with each student to find out what motivates them and how to set goals to reach whatever level they seek. I have worked with almost every age possible and find it exciting to see people find out how great they are. 

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Lessons with me will be positive and you will be pushed to be your best. I work with each student to f
ind out their goals and then show them the fastest and best way to reach those goals. As long as you follow instructions and practice, you can expect amazing results! Most of my students are in the top bands, make All-State auditioned groups, get highest ratings at Solo & Ensemble contests and know how to play!Even when time is a concern, I can still help you move forward. I always take where students are and show them how to get to the next step. I can move at any rate the student wants to move. I am committed to having them have fun and get better!

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2 Drumsets, Timpani, Vibraphone, Xylophone, Bells, Snare Drums, marching drum pads, Congas, Timbales, Bongos, Auxiliary Percussion (too many to list) and also TV/Audio equipment to help with playing with music while we do lessons!

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I have a series of Rhythm books that are used in multiple schools. I also am well-versed in Drumset, Concert Percussion, Marching Percussion, Steel Drums, and Mallet Percussion
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Tammy January 1, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Kevin does a great job teaching our young child. Very patient but challenging which keeps our child motivated to continue to learn.
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Benjamin January 1, 2018
· Drum · In studio
If you or someone is wanting to take lessons I highly recommend Kevin because I started knowing almost nothing about how to play on any type of instrument relating to percussion but Kevin has helped me understand how to count and look at the Music in a way that is understandable to play and read.
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Lindsey December 31, 2017
· Percussion · In studio
I have been taking music lessons of various types in and outside of school since elementary school and have never had a teacher who introduces concepts quite like Mr.Fuhrman. Things that I have struggled with ever since they were introduced; especially regarding rhythm/counting have become incredibly simple- as they should be! My progress regarding percussion (which I've been working with for over 4 years) has increased exponentially since working with him. Not only will he highly recommend essential practice, but he's willing to give you various strategies to manage time and to be able to fit the practice in. I've had music teachers (all of whom were very competent musicians) telling me to practice since the second grade, but no one's ever set aside some lesson time to discuss how to fit it in. I am a beginning music teacher myself and have already implemented some of the concepts he has taught with my own students. He's not only an incredibly skillful musician, but he is an amazing teacher as well. You won't regret doing lessons with him.
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About Rob F.

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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.

*** 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
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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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About John F.

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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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About Carl G.

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Drum and Drum set Lessons, Beginning, Intermediate or Advanced students by Professional Teacher and performer. 38 years of Teaching privately and performance. Lessons will focus on rudiments, technique, basics, rhythm patterns, beats, Songs and performance. Lessons can be once a week, once every 2 weeks or once a month. Schedule of lessons are flexible to meet the needs of the student. Rates and location of lessons will be discussed and confirmed by e-mail contact.

About Carl
Private Music Instrument Lessons by Professional Player. Lessons for Beginning, Intermediate or Advanced students. Focus will be reading, Basics, Sound production and performing. 30 minute, 45 minute and 60 minute sessions. Lessons can be once a week, one every 2 weeks or once a month. 38 years experience teaching private.
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Mark S. January 11, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Carl is a great guitar teacher; he is friendly and knowledgeable and customizes the lessons based on the students' level.
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Karen B. May 1, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Carl has been an excellent guitar teacher for my 15 year old son Robert. We highly recommend him!
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Scott February 15, 2016
· Trumpet · In studio
Carl is a good teacher. Very patient and easy to understand. I look forward to future lessons with him.
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About Athan G.

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Athan G 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.

About Athan
Hello potential students, my name is Athan G. 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 t
he 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!
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Sanjay T. February 15, 2018
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Christian February 2, 2018
· Drum · In home
I can’t say enough...Athan is so upbeat, personable and knowledgeable. 👍🏻
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Everett January 25, 2018
· Drum · Online
My son is loving his time with Athan. He feels encouraged and is having fun.
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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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Oakland, CA 94621
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About Adam C.

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I graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor's in Jazz Studies, and have been teaching private drum lessons for over a decade. My lessons are tailored to achieve YOUR goals, and I design a unique lesson plan to fit your learning style. I have experience working with every age group, and have even coached school ensembles, and given clinics about a variety of music topics.

MY TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

I strongly believe that playing music should be nothing but pure joy. Learning to play the drums is simply the process of training your body and mind to better express yourself using rhythm and timbre. This process can vary greatly from person to person, and the end result is different for everyone. Although the process of learning anything can feel like a chore at times, I believe every moment of study should be designed to achieve your personal goals. The learning process should be fun, and easy to navigate. Playing music becomes more fun the better you get, and the path to

About Adam
Hey drummers! I love music, and the only thing I love better is sharing the art of making music with you! I feel that drums are the backbone of music and that rhythm is essential to synchronizing all the emotions we express through music. Let's embark on a journey together to explore how playing music becomes exponentially more fun the better you get!
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Alex D. August 26, 2017
· Drum · In home
I hadn't had a music lesson in about 35 years, so I wasn't sure what I was getting into. I had bought a drum set for kicks and was screwing around a bit but hadn't really focused on much of anything and was pretty much treading water. Incremental improvement but nothing to write home about.

I've found that Adam is ready to meet you at your level and he has got me working on some basics (a reminder of just how sloppy my playing was/is) and I (think) I'm improving pretty rapidly and am starting to recognize things I hadn't noticed before. If there's an issue, it has been my erratic practice schedule. He has also been really flexible with respect to schedule, lesson length etc. - important for someone like myself who is works and has kids with their own busy schedules.
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Alex August 9, 2017
· Drum · In studio
I'm completely new to the drums and decided to do a trial lesson with Adam several months ago. The lessons are fun and informative, and I have improved so much since I started lessons with Adam. He does a great job of starting good drumming habits, and building off of basics so that you can be a well-rounded drummer. He is a great teacher, combining his expertise with what you as a student want to learn so that it's fun and interesting. Highly recommended for both beginners and drummers with experience looking to improve!
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Suzie August 9, 2017
· Drum · In studio
I'm completely new to the drums and decided to do a trial lesson with Adam several months ago. The lessons are fun and informative, and I have improved so much since I started lessons with Adam. He does a great job of starting good drumming habits, and building off of basics so that you can be a well-rounded drummer. He is a great teacher, combining his expertise with what you as a student want to learn so that it's fun and interesting. Highly recommended for both beginners and drummers with experience looking to improve!
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About Tree P.

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Drums might, in fact, be the most fun instrument. My beginning drum lessons are targeted toward having fun and playing music as soon as possible, while developing some valuable technical skills along the way.

About Tree
I'm a trumpeter, composer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist with experience in multiple genres and settings, and I hope to help brass players and musicians of all types achieve the artistic goals they're aiming for.

In 2011, I attended the Brubeck Institute Fellowship Program in Stockton, CA, where I recorded the album "Origins" with the Downbeat Award-winning Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet. I attended Harvard College and graduated cum laude with a degree in English, then completed a Master's degree in Jazz Studies at the New England Conservatory, where I studied with luminaries like Jason Moran and John McNeil. While at the conservatory, I also studied singing and songwriting with Dominique Eade and Hankus Netsky and was selected to perform at the 2017 Panama Jazz Festival.

My contemporary jazz quartet project Earprint recei
ved four stars in Downbeat and was named #1 debut album on the NPR Jazz Critic's Poll, and my latest project, an orchestral rock band called Beaverton, released its debut EP in October 2017. I have also recorded and performed with artists such as Esperanza Spalding, Ben Zaidi, and The World Is A Beautiful Place And I Am No Longer Afraid To Die.

I have extensive experience with classical brass pedagogy and several methods of playing, and I am happy to help students polish their technique and develop a huge, warm sound on the instrument. But I am also dedicated to helping musicians explore their creativity, and I have much to offer in the way of improvisation (jazz and not), composition, and songwriting. Just as I value the importance of developing technical skills, I am equally dedicated to helping budding musicians find their voice as artists.
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About Mathew K.

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Learn to play the drums Today with a skilled instructor!

* 30+ years playing
* 14+ years professional teaching experience
* Comprehensive approach including all rudiments, technique and sight reading & writing
* All styles covered
* Develop skills to fully continue your musical education without MY help!
* Ages 6 and up
* Several slots available
* Learn at Home!
* Become part of the New Breed of drummers!!

About Mathew
The true value with any learning is realizing that it is up to you. I'm only the guide and catalyst for your musical growth.

So, if you like humor, music, drums and experience - Let's make this happen!
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