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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.

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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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San Anselmo, CA 94960
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About Jeff W.

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Primary focus: rudiments and chart reading, and hand development. Drum kit: Hip-hop grooves, Pop grooves, Funk grooves, Reggae, Rock, Dance, and country shuffles. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks!

About Jeff
Hello Students/Parents:

I have been drumming for 20 years. I tend to work mainly as a freelance drummer on multiple acts in the San Francisco Bay Area.
My main Styles tend to include; Pop,Rock,Funk,Reggae and Hip-hop. I am funny, friendly, outgoing, great with kids, and have been teaching music for 5 years and counting.

Example of our First Lesson:
we will work on a fun song/groove-- then we will work on reading and/or rudiments. I am also very patient and Flexible to those students whom have special needs, or want to go slower.
I teach using a combination of modern, traditional and personal books, and Popular music charts.

"œWhen the student combines his/her playing with a strong practice, playing, and performance regimen, they are bound to get better and improve to continue making music a concrete hobby in their life."

-Jeff
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Julia March 28, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Jeff has been great! I'm an adult student, returning to drumming after at least 15 years. My lessons have been fun, and the instructions have been excellent.
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Matthew B. October 19, 2015
· Drum · In home
Jeff is awesome! He's super kind and patient, as well as talented at the drums. He's definitely invested in his students' success too.
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Adrien P. February 8, 2014
· Drum ·
Great lessons, great teacher

It's only been 4 lessons but I really appreciate how the lessons are going. Jeff gives good explanations on how to read music and how to execute on the drums.Good pieces of advice too when some parts are hard to play !
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Montara, CA 94037
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About John F.

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San Francisco, CA
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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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San Francisco, CA 94115
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About Luis O.

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Orange Park, FL
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Expect to learn the fundamentals of drumming including:
-Technique
-Rhythms
-Tuning
-Application of what you learn

About Luis
My name is Luis, and I am very interested in inspiring everyone to learn drums. This includes drumset, concert and marching snare drum, concert percussion, Latin percussion (congas, bongos, timbales etc), and marimba (xylophone,bells etc). I look forward to teaching you!
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Gabriel March 10, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Very thorough and friendly. Great motivator when I was overwhelmed and nervous. I don't think there is anything Lois couldn't help me achieve.
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Leo July 18, 2016
· Percussion · In studio
The lesson was great and Luis did a fantastic job. My son really enjoyed the experience. He is 8 years old, and Luis was a good choice for a children's instructor.
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Champ June 18, 2016
· Drum · In home
We are very pleased with Luis! He did a really good job engaging with our 7 year old and getting him comfortable with his drum set on his first lesson. We're looking forward to many more lessons and very excited to witness his progress. : )
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About Sean L.

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Anoka, MN

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Sean Lord is a talented, versatile drummer and percussionist with over 10 years of professional experience. He is available for hire for studio recording sessions, concert percussion needs, lessons, full-time and part-time band work and any other musical needs. If you are looking for a drummer or a teacher look no further; Sean Lord combines experience, versatility and quality to bring the best that the percussion world has to offer!

About Sean
I am an active individual with much musical experience ranging from marching, orchestral percussion, world music, and all genres of drum set performance. I have spent the last 6 years playing and touring with the United States Marine Corps Band, but prior to that studied at the University of Nevada. I spent my high school and college days playing with local Pops and Symphony Orchestras as well as marching in competing WGI drum lines. With the Marine Band I have toured in the US, New Zealand, Samoa, and Hawaii; with the Marine Band I played in Jazz combos, Rock Bands, Concert and Ceremonial Bands, Percussion Ensembles and did solo work with local universities. I have taught Private Lessons for about 7 years and enjoy seeing musicians mature and go on to strut their stuff!
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Sean L.

Sean L.

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About Christopher B.

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Bellingham, MA

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Come prepared to learn, work hard, and have fun! I've been teaching private students in the local area for several years. Together we'll work on improving your basic and advanced technique to make playing more natural and comfortable. We'll also work on songs of all genres and of your choice to expand your playing abilities. Whether you're looking to continue professionally or just play along with your favorite tunes, we'll work together to get you where you want to be

About Christopher
Hello! My name is Chris B. and I'm excited for the opportunity to work with you! I have extensive teaching and performance experience throughout New England, and I'm excited to use my skills and experience to help you learn and achieve.

I've recently graduated with my Bachelor of Arts in Music from Rhode Island College, and am continuing pursuit of a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. I've studied Classical Percussion with Michael DeQuattro at Rhode Island College, as well as drum set with Michael Odabashian, drummer for Zander Bleck and Kicking Harold. I've performed solo and with many groups in New England and abroad, including, but not limited to: the New England Intercollegiate Band, the Rhode Island College Symphony Orchestra, the Rhode Island Wind Ensemble, and American Music Abroad's 2013 Liberty Tour of Europe.
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Christopher B.

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About Andy A.

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Los Angeles, CA

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I teach all levels and styles of drumset. I tend to focus on groove and playing for the music while also making sure the student has a firm grasp on fundamentals and technique.

About Andy
I started playing drums when I was 9 years old. My passion grew through high school and I decided to go to college for music. I attended the Jazz / commercial music program at Temple University, graduating with a bachelor of Music degree. During my university training I had the opportunity to play in all kinds of Jazz, Funk and Fusion and Rock bands. I also played snare drum with the Temple Diamond Marching Band for 2 seasons as well as playing a season with the classical percussion ensemble.

Upon graduation I became involved with many local Philadelphia rock bands and played shows all over the Delaware Valley. I began teaching drum lessons at area music stores as well as worked as a recording engineer at the production music company Musicrafters.

After college and always hungry to learn more about my instrument, I traveled to New Yor
k City to study at Drummers Collective with Sandy Gennaro (Joan Jett, Cyndi Lauper) and Pete Zeldman. During this time I played with two very successful Philly based rock bands, Tenth House and Iota and the Minor Details.

Prior to moving to Los Angeles I was based in Asheville North Carolina where I played with several area artists. In 2014-2015 I did a substantial amount of touring all over the East Coast and Midwest with an alternative folk indie band called Matt Townsend and the Wonder of the World.

Currently I am located in Los Angeles.

I look forward to being your drum teacher !
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Andy A.

Andy A.

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About Syarra H.

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I have been a percussionist since I began school music classes about 10 years ago. I play a very wide variety of percussion instruments including marching drums, concert pieces, mallet percussion, auxiliary and Latin percussion, and drum set. Music theory and sight reading has always been a strong point in my teaching experience as well as leadership skills.

About Syarra
With over 10 years experience playing and loving music, I am excited to introduce teaching to my career! I currently coordinate one of the most successful music schools in Clearwater, and teach around 5 private students. Briefly teaching during my high school years, and now teaching privately for about 6 months, I believe my passion is in teaching music. Currently, my students range from the age of 6 to the age of 15. During my high school years, I specialized in helping and guiding special needs children.

My goal for the next 5 years is to become the best music teacher I can be, and hopefully open and run my own music school. My focus when teaching lessons is not just to teach my student their instrument of choice, but to help them understand what they're playing. Have them see why they are playing what they are playing, and teaching t
hem the ins and outs of music theory so they can expand their musical knowledge to other instruments effortlessly!

I am excited to share my passion and knowledge of music to the Tampa Bay area!
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Syarra H.

Syarra H.

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I've been playing and teaching drums/percussion for nearly 4 decades. There is virtually nothing about this aspect of music that I haven't professionally experienced and taught. My students learn to both read/write music and 'play-by-ear, as they gain total command of traditional Concert/Symphonic snare concepts, Contemporary Rock, Latin, Country, and Jazz styles. I'm a retired military musician who spent nearly 25 years playing for the U. S. Naval Academy Band and the U.S. Navy Band in Washington, DC, playing Martial music, Concert Band music, Jazz Combo music, and Rock music; all experiences I gladly share with each of my local and internet students.

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T. Alan Lucia, BS, BA, M. Ed, International Studies Ancient/Contemporary Lore; Ret. CPO, U.S. Navy Band
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T. Alan Lucia began his music career with a small town New England Drum Corp, back in 1966. Some of the basic snare drumming techniques (Rudiments) used around the world were learned back in those days. Finding that he liked the physical sounds and challenges involved with playing percussion, Alan took the next step and began a regime of private drum set (drum kit) lessons, under the tutelage of Mr. John Soroka, a one-time U.S. Army Musician.
This concentration on drum kit studies was shortly enhanced when, at the age of 12, Alan joined a local variety music group, "The Goldenaires." This four-piece group performed local weddings, parties, etc., up through most of Alan's high school years. With t
he help of older band members and parents, a considerable amount of musical experience was gained, resulting toward the end of high school in a partial scholarship to Berklee School of Music in Boston, Mass.
Opting to begin a professional music career straight out of high school, Alan bypassed the Berklee opportunity, and instead auditioned for, and won a chance to become a working musician in the U.S. Navy's Music Program. That chance was realized fully when, after attending the Armed Forces School of Music, Norfolk, VA, in 1977, he graduated "First-in-Class," and hence became assigned to work with the U.S. Naval Academy Band, Annapolis, MD., as a founding member of the Jazz/Rock group, The Electric Brigade; a group that, after thirty-plus years is still serving the musical needs of U.S. Midshipmen, and the extended Naval Community.
In 1980 Alan was transferred to The Navy Band, Washington, DC, where he worked with the Full Honors Ceremonial Band, the Commander's Jazz Trio, and eventually the Jazz/Rock group, TOPSIDE. While in Washington, Alan, by then Chief Musician Lucia, regularly performed musical support for visiting Heads of State at the US State Department, the Vice President's Residence, the White House, the Pentagon, numerous Congressional Buildings, various Embassies, and Arlington National Cemetery, as well as both around the United States and in Europe.
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