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Specializing in drumset and marching band technique/skills. I will work with students on all aspects of drumming to ensure a well rounded education while adapting the lesson to each individual. Great match for most levels of skill and experience! Drumset available for use during lesson.

About Joseph
I have been playing music for over 25 years and teaching for nearly 20 years. I have been a successful part of Rock Bands, Jazz Bands, Blues Bands, Marching Bands, etc. So, whatever style of music you are interested in or wanting to learn, I can help!

I am currently a working musician with multiple groups in Southern California as well as a working Studio session musician. This helps bring a lot of up to date and "real life" knowledge and skills to every lesson.

On top of that, I have spent the past 10+ years honing my skills for Training, Coaching, and Developing. So, I can promise two things. You will get results and you will have FUN!

I will design your lessons around you and your goals......not mine!

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Ultimately, my goal is to make sure you enjoy yourself and want to keep coming back. In t
hat process I will make sure you get results.

I am laid back and very patient. Two qualities I feel are necessary to be successful in this field.

I design my curriculum for each individual. This is because everyone has their own goals, there own level of ability, and their own needs as far as how to get there.

Locations:
1) If you are located in Orange County, all lessons will be at my studio in Santa Ana.

2.) If you are located in the Southbay or West LA, I will come to your house for lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Drumsets, PA system. Amps, Guitars, and Keyboards.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have acoustic guitars, a practice pad, and a djembe. I expect my students to have their own drumsticks and, ideally, their own guitar and practice pad or drumset.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in rock/contemporary & marching band style percussion/drums. I also specialize in folk style guitar and bass.
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Jordan C. June 18, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Joseph is a really good drum teacher. He definitely loves what he does!
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Arianna J. May 21, 2016
· Drum · Online
Great instructor! Very knowledgeable about what he is teaching and relays information in a relaxed and positive environment.
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Mitchell January 25, 2016
· Drum · Online
My 8 year old has been playing a few years but our local instructor moved. He really enjoyed his first lesson with Joe!
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Joseph T.

Santa Ana, CA 92701
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About Michael C.

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I've been teaching contemporary drum set in Orange County for over a decade, and many of my students have gone on to not only play and read notated drum set music with ease, but have continued their studies at arts high-schools and music colleges, with several of them continuing on to the professional world. I use an award winning curriculum used at many music academies and conservatories, and have received accolades for my ability to retain many students for many years. Within the first few lessons, a new student will be able to understand the basics of rhythm and snare drum notation, play a plethora of relatable and cool sounding grooves, and build a foundation that will serve the student for a life time.

About Michael
Hi! My name is Michael and I am excited at the prospect of teaching you or your child...

I absolutely love to teach, but not just because of my love for the drums or my life-long appreciation of music, but because of my enjoyment of people and the learning process itself. I feel that this is important to mention, because if I didn't enjoy what I did and take pride in working with people, then my teaching skills, curriculum, and experience would mean nothing. As anybody who has played a musical instrument can attest to, learning something new is difficult, and having a patient teacher who enjoys working with people is mandatory.

Throughout my life, I have had the opportunity to study with some amazing teachers, including Carmine Appice (author of “Realistic Rock” and drummer for Rod Stewart, Vanilla Fudge, Cactus and Jeff Beck), J
ason Lingle (Berklee School Of Music), Keith Harris (drummer for The Black Eyed Peas) and Lee Nichols, to name a few. My experiences with these teachers has led to a proficiency in rock, jazz and Latin, as well as the ability to convey these concepts in a manner that promotes patience, personal challenge, and constant progress.

Besides teaching private lessons at many local facilities, I have had the opportunity to teach group classes at dozens of elementary and middle schools, including schools in the Westminster, Ocean View and Huntington Beach school districts. I have also aided many students into attending the arts high-school/college of their choice by working with them to properly read and perform all audition material.

Whether you are a brand-new beginner or a seasoned student of the instrument, I am confident that I can take your playing to the next level. Oh yeah, we will also have a great time. Maybe you don’t know yet, but playing the drums is FUN. Give me a call and I will prove it to you.

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I teach using the Freddie Gruber method, which promotes a natural grip of stick and the idea that we should allow the stick to “do what it wants to do” by using natural and fluid motions. This is an incredibly effective style of play and is used by drummers such as Neil Peart, Dave Weckl and Steve Smith.

I teach with an emphasis both on rudiments and hand technique, as well as drum-set exercises and genre study. I encourage practice to be done on a rubber practice pad
as well as on the drum-set, and for brand-new beginners, I often recommend that the practice pad be used exclusively for the first several weeks or months to allow for a great understanding of basic grips and hand techniques. This is especially true when the new beginner doesn't yet own a drum-set. I am often asked, “does my child need a drum-set to take lessons?” The answer is always a resounding “not at all!” A pair of sticks and a practice pad will do the trick, and will also allow you, as the parent, to see your child’s level of involvement.

Within the first 3 to 6 months of lessons, my students can expect to:

- Properly play and understand a handful of rudiments, including the single and double stroke rolls, the paradiddle family, as well as several flam and drag rudiments.
- Play and begin properly reading many different drum-beats and rhythms, and connect these beats using fills that are fun and sound cool.
- Begin learning songs of the their choice, from Metallica to Miles Davis.

I am also inspired by many different educational sources, including the textbooks:

- Stick Control by George Lawrence Stone
- Rockin’ Bass Drum by Charles Perry and John Lombardo
- Realistic Rock by Carmine Appice
- The Art Of Bop Drumming by John Riley
- The Drummer’s Bible by Mick Berry and Jason Gianni
- Haskell Harr’s Drum Method

…as well as many other awesome texts that provide both classic and contemporary concepts that are challenging, and most importantly, sound really cool.

I teach out of an awesome private studio that features 2 drum-sets (the student never needs to get off the drum-set), recording equipment (lessons are often recorded and cited later) and a great headphone sound system (for effectively learning and playing along with songs.) Simply put, I believe my studio is the most fun and efficient place to study the drums in Orange County.

Whether you are a drum-line student who needs help playing a piece, a rock drummer who wishes to learn the basics of jazz (or vice versa), or a brand-new beginner who wants to see what this whole drumming thing is all about (spoiler: it’s awesome), I have the patience, the passion and the skills to help you get the most out of this wonderful instrument. Let’s play the drums!

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I teach out of an awesome private studio that features 2 drum-sets (the student never needs to get off the drum-set), recording equipment (lessons are often recorded and cited later) and a great headphone sound system (for effectively learning and playing along with songs.) Simply put, I believe my studio is the most fun and efficient place to study the drums in Orange County.

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*** Specialties ***
Years of teaching group classes to elementary and middle school students has given me lots of experience with a multitude of learning styles. My specialty lies in not only conveying lessons and concepts in an easy to understand manner, but doing so in a fun way that encourages progress. Simply put, you will want to practice, simply to see exercises and grooves evolve.

While I am most proficient in rock music and have played in many rock bands, I am also very proficient in formal snare playing (marching/classical) as well as standards in jazz and Latin.
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Hazuki I. January 3, 2019
· Drum · In studio
Michael has been very patient and flexible with my inconsistent schedule as a working adult. He brings a positive energy with a lot of praise and positive reinforcement that makes me look forward to my weekly lesson. If learning how to play drums is on your new years resolution/bucket list, Michael makes that commitment a fun experience! I've tried a few drum teachers but I especially noticed a huge improvement in my drum skills since I started lessons with Michael. I've played songs that I wouldn't have imagined playing a year ago. He is of course very knowledgable with the drums, published his own drum lesson book, but he doesn't just go through rudiments or textbook material. He gives various resources that are useful in drumming and never makes the learning experience dull. Very professional and easy-to-approach guy, I would recommend him to anyone wanting to learn drums, especially if you're an adult wanting to try something new!
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Larson December 29, 2018
· Drum · In studio
After previously taking lessons from a different teacher who unfortunately moved away , I began taking lessons from Mike when I was about twelve years old. Mike is a very generous and caring teacher, and quickly saw that I had room for improvement. Within the first month, I learned more than I had ever before, from sight reading music, basic rudiments, timing skills, and how important drums really are as an instrument. His great teaching skills and support eventually led me to become accepted in The Academy of the Performing Arts at Huntington Beach High School. I learn something new from him each lesson and improve on numerous skills that interest me such as Latin, Jazz, Funk, and Pop music. From my first days taking lessons with him to now, I have grown tremendously as a musician. If anyone needs a skilled and trusted drum teacher, Mike is your best option. Over the past several years taking lessons with Mike, I now view him not only as a teacher and instructor, but as a friend too.
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Daniel Fisher July 7, 2018
· Drum · In studio
We have been with Mike for several years. He is one of the best teachers our daughter has ever had. He is so enthusiastic about teaching drums to others. He is patient and works with our daughter to learn new skills. Looking forward to many more years with him.
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Huntington Beach, CA 92647
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About Paul B.

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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 Mariano L.

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My experience spans over 25 years of performing and teaching every drumming style. Each lesson will include period of rudimental work, rhythm reading, and playing different styles behind the drum set. I believe in creating an environment that is focused on playing music well and where the student can have fun while gaining confidence. It is important to develop drummers into functional musicians with good technique, reading skills, and time. We will cover all styles of drumming from jazz to rock/pop, including funk, progressive, all of the Latin styles, even hybrid drumming and other percussion as desired.

About Mariano
My experience as a performer and teacher ranges from early music to today's rock and pop, including various percussion instruments from around the world. When studying for my bachelors and masters degrees in music, I did course work in music recording, jazz studies, and music history. In addition, I incorporate my knowledge of development, physics, and other sciences into my instruction. I can discuss playing music with beginners to professionals as we pursue opportunities in the music industry and education to develop functional musicians with creative outlets as students are able to explore any area or level of music. Some of my students have gone onto college music programs and high school programs such as OCHSA while others are enjoying playing music with friends. The goal is to take a student's excitement for music and percussion in
a direction that will feedback into more learning and a drive to explore more styles of music.
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Evan February 24, 2017
· Drum · In home
Mariano is excellent! He is firm yet patient and professional, and gets along really well with my son.
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Emma August 17, 2015
· Percussion · In home
Mariano was an amazing percussion and drum set teacher. His lessons were engaging and productive, and he was always able to communicate an idea or musical concept in a way that I was able to understand and connect with. After about 2 years of lessons I was accepted into the Orange County School of the Arts for percussion and I owe my success to the lessons I took with Mariano. I continued lessening throughout high school and my skill level contined to grow. What I loved about Mariano's teaching was his unique ability to take very simple exercises and make them more difficult and therefore much more beneficial. Along with stressing the importance of basic technique, he would constantly inteoduce me to new things - Afro beats, traditional grip, Latin beats, new ways to sight read, and 4 mallet marimba technique. I would highly suggest taking lessons with Mariano if you are looking for a fun, encouraging teacher who has lots of experience with a variety of percussion performance!
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Javen August 17, 2015
· Drum · In home
Very very understanding and had a great way of teaching each lesson. Also, friendly and very supportive!
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Mariano L.

Los Alamitos, CA 90720
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About Mike B.

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Any genre, any song. Teaching for 20 years. I tailor each lesson to the needs/goals of every student.

For beginners, I can write easy versions of your favorite songs for you, while giving you a well balanced music education.

For more advanced players, I can show you how to play almost any drum part, and show you tips on how to figure out drum parts by ear and make your own.

Since I play other instruments, I can show you how to jam to anything and sound good while having a blast!

For children, I make lessons fun and varied with learning and musical games to keep them excited and engaged.

For everyone, I can teach you the most efficient ways to learn any musical skill based on experience and leading scientific books on learning, while keeping lessons fun!

About Mike
I've studied piano and other instruments for 30 years, have been teaching music for 20, and have been a full time professional musician and music teacher for 11 years.

As a musician who was raised on classical piano but has also spent his life playing in bands, jamming, and composing in several genres, I believe that a well-rounded musical education is not only practical, but that it brings out the most enjoyment in music.

I also believe in teaching students whatever they love whether it's classical, rock, pop, jazz, world music, or a mix of everything! The more they love it, the more they will practice, and in turn the more they will love how they have improved - a circle of awesomeness!

As a professional musician, I play over 130 shows a year throughout North America as lead singer-guitarist for Celtic Rock group The Whiskeydicks, a
s the touring pianist for classical crossover group Vivace, as a solo singer-guitarist-pianist, and as the lead singer-guitarist-pianist-composer for my own symphonic-rock-fusion group, The Living. I've also toured extensively in Europe as keyboardist and backing vocalist for singer-songwriter Melanie Dekker.

My compositions have been performed by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, The Plastic Acid Orchestra, Turning Point Ensemble, Ad Mare Wind Quintet, Vivace, The Living, The Whiskeydicks and cellist-singer-songwriter Cris Derksen.

I have a B.Mus in Piano and Music Composition from The University of British Columbia. I'm an IVA Certified Level I Voice Instructor and have studied Vocals with John Henny, Jeffrey Skouson, Guy Babusek, and Spencer Welch; piano with Terence Dawson, David Vandereyk, and Ross Taggart; composition with Dorothy Chang, Keith Hamel, and Armanini; drums with Jay Deachman and Morgan Childs; bass with David Spidel; and accordion with Jelena Milojevic.

I've just moved to LA from Vancouver where I had about 40 students, so this is the time to sign up as I have room for new students for the first time in years!
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Joan C. January 8, 2019
· Ukulele · Online
Mike is very good at helping me with my UK .
By taking lessons on my lap top I can be anyplace..in the US . Having a set time for my lesson I practice every week .
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Sarah P. May 11, 2018
· Accordion · Online
Mike is really fun!
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Joan C. March 8, 2018
· Ukulele · Online
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Mike B.

Los Angeles, CA 90016
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About Jack P.

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Some students are more serious about the drums than others and that's totally fine! My lessons are designed to work with the student, establish goals, and accomplish those goals. Some of those goals could be learning a song, a rudiment, or a type of coordination like a "beat." As long as the student is having fun and learning about music there will be progress.

About Jack
I've been a working musician, recording artist, and teacher in the Los Angeles area for over 10 years now. I've had the opportunity to study with many great educators like Maury Baker (Janis Joplin, Jimmy Hendrix, Frank Zappa) and Kei Akagi (Miles Davis, Stanley Turrentine, Al Di Meola). I received my Bachelor's degree from the University of California Irvine in music (specifically in jazz drum set performance). I'm also well versed in marching percussion and can teach beginner to advanced levels if necessary. No matter what level, music should be fun. When you establish goals and make progress, music can be the most rewarding thing in your life.
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Esperanza August 28, 2018
· Drum · In studio
I took lessons with Jack when I moved to the area. I fully and wholeheartedly recommend Jack. He really is an amazing teacher! He used his expertise to make music understandable to me and adapted his explanations to my learning style.

He prepared the class according to my interests and made the class totally enjoyable. He is absolutely patient. I have no musical background and English is not my first language, so teaching someone like myself if a challenge. But Jack not only increased my drumming knowledge but also my passion for playing drums. Thank you Jack!

Unfortunately, I moved again, otherwise I would still be playing drums with him.
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Jack P.

El Monte, CA 91731
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Beginner, advanced or anywhere in between, I will create a lesson based on your musical interests and goals.
I have 30 years drumming experience and most recently co-starred in the Oscar nominated film WHIPLASH. I served as the drum instructor for all actors on that film.
I love playing the drums and I love teaching others what I've picked up over the years. The most important thing is having fun, building confidence and achieving your goals! Thanks for the interest!

About Nathan
My name is Nate. I've been playing the drums for thirty years. I'm trained in marching band, rudiments and classic drum set. I have a BA from Fordham University in NYC.
I work as an actor and a drummer in both LA and NYC.
Most recently, I co-started in the Oscar nominated film Whiplash and was also the drum instructor for the actors on that film.

I'm confident I can create a fun and effective lesson plan for adults and children of all abilities. If you're new to the drums I'll create a curriculum that fits you and your interests while providing you with a solid foundation to build on.
If you're a drumming veteran looking for a tune up, some coaching or just hearing another player's approach , I'll form a lesson just for you.
Thanks for your time!
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Nathan L.

Studio City, CA 91604
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About Allan R.

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I cater to the player! Not everyone learns the same way and I take that with heart. Weather you are visual, verbal, numerical, etc. I take that into consideration when teaching someone. I will build the foundation of rhythm with you as we expand on the notion of "time". Complete studio set-up allows me to record the lessons for the students as a learning tool. They can see how far they have come from Lesson one until the last. Message me and we will get started taking rhythm to a whole new level!

About Allan
Hello, My name is Allan and I have been playing drums/percussion for 24 years. I started off in the orchestra in middle school and have never stopped playing since then. I am a touring/studio musician playing with all different types of artist and styles. (I do not teach metal. Sorry never got into it) I specialize in funk/rock/jazz/blues/country/ and pop.

I make lessons fun and interesting. Sure there are times when you have to read out of a book, but I use fun and creative ways to take that material and apply it to each students needs.

Here at my house I am equipped with 2 drumsets, practice pad drumset, organ, piano, and guitars as well as recording capabilities to hear your progress. I also have an electronic drums set to come to your house if you are unable to travel.

I love music and I want to help you be comfortable i
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Allan R.

Los Angeles, CA 90042
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Experienced teacher and musician, great with beginners and intermediate students and happy to teach all levels! I've been playing the drums for almost 20 years, and have been playing professionally for much of the last 10 years. I always aim to keep a healthy focus on both the technical element of learning the drums, and the all-important musical element of playing with other musicians in a group. I generally spend about half the lesson focusing on technique, and the other half on songs picked by the student for us to work on. Please feel free to send me a message if you'd like to start taking lessons!

About Peter
Hello! I'm a drummer with nearly two decades of experience playing in a wide variety of bands, from straight ahead rock, to jazz, to minimalist singer-songwriter music, to swampy New Orleans-style funk, and everything in between. Since graduating college in 2011, I've been a working musician, and I combine the technical foundation of years spent studying the instrument with the musicality of a seasoned drummer.

This is exactly what I bring to my drum lessons: a strong footing in the technical side of playing, and an unwavering devotion to developing musicianship that always serves the music and the song. I will help you develop life-long habits of playing and practicing that will help you grow with your experience (and prevent injury!), and simultaneously develop an ear for music while learning to play songs. I always encourage my stud
ents to bring songs they love to lessons for us to focus on, and for beginners, to start playing with other people as soon as possible. This keeps lessons dynamic and engaging—playing drums should be fun!

For intermediate and advanced students, I bring my experience as a working studio and live drummer to lessons. We focus on musicianship in the context of a band, listening, timbre, groove, timekeeping, confidence, and the intangibles of what it takes to be an effective band member (and an employable drummer!).

In addition to countless hours spent in middle and high school banging away on the drums in my parents' basement, I studied jazz in college, and since then have taken lessons with Scott Amendola to supplement my experience playing.

Please feel free to send me a message if you'd like to start lessons! I'm available to teach in students' homes in Los Angeles, or teach lessons online.
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Caitlin December 2, 2017
· Drum · In home
Peter is a skilled and talented drummer with the pedagogy to go with it. He is on time, communicative, and able to connect with students easily. His combination of commitment to technique as well as ability to stoke a young drummer's intrinsic motivation make him a wonderful instructor.
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Peter L.

Los Angeles, CA 90027
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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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Los Angeles, CA 90026
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