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San Diego: A Great Place to Teach Drums

By David W. – San Diego Drums Instructor

Although I was born in San Diego in 1981, my family moved to Wisconsin when I was very young. Since that time, I have been fortunate to enjoy a successful career as an orchestral percussionist, a jazz and rock musician, a scholar, and a teacher of all things drum and percussion. I moved back to the West coast in September of 2010 to write my (now completed) dissertation.

I love teaching percussion and drum lessons in San Diego. The weather is beautiful, there are many excellent venues for live music, great orchestras, and no shortage of people interested in learning to play! San Diego also serves as a fine base of operations for my career as a performer. Although I'm in San Diego today, yesterday I was playing xylophone in Mississippi at a symphony concert with violin virtuoso Isaac Perlman; a day earlier I was rocking-out at the Soundwave, Mission Beach's top-notch venue for great original rock 'n' roll; the day before that I was performing a solo concert of tabla music and North Indian classical music on drum set; and next week I will share my passion for percussion, drum set, and music to mass audiences of elementary through high school aged youth.

The core of my daily activity revolves around the students in my San Diego percussion studio. I never leave town for very long because being a drum instructor is top priority. Watching kids become inspired and beginners learn valuable life skills brings me great joy, and I hope to be teaching music lessons for many years to come.

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After graduating from Salford University, England with a Bachelors degree (Honors) in Music and Composing I worked for a short time as a commercial "jingle" writer, before moving to San Diego, marrying my dream girl, and opening my own music recording, teaching and production studio. From there I have been teaching lessons, recording bands and writing music for independent film ad video games for the last 6 years. Throughout this time I've been continually performing live in venues all over California.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach both from a privately rented studio in Santee and from my home studio in La Mesa. Both are fully equipped for guitar, bass and drum lessons and even have recording facilities! In my lesson plans I try to combine theory and technique with practical application (that is, playing music and rocking out!).

A typical lesson begins with a warm up and review of last weeks' lesson, and then moves to a new concept or technique. Once this new idea is understood, we give it a practical application by using it a song the student is familiar with. We finish up by setting some homework and answering any questions the student my have.

My lessons are structured and goal orientated (I want my students playing songs they love as soon as possible to keep the inspiration and excitement going!) but I adapt each lesson plan to suit the student, accommodating different musical tastes and learning styles. Most important I keep the lessons fun and engaging - it's the best way to learn!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Fulling equipped, professional teaching studio.
Guitars, drums, amps, PAs, Pianos, Mandolins and much more!

*** Specialties ***
Very versatile both in preferred styles and my ability to adapt to students requests. Can cover anything from jazz to metal, or pop to blues, on guitar, bass or drums.
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don September 29, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
motivating and patient.
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David Lake August 26, 2017
· Drum · In studio
I have had 5 lessons with David and just renewed for 5 more. He is really a great instructor. Very patient and very knowledgeable. I would highly recommend him to all.
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Vincent August 10, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Passionate, motivating teacher. Gave my son a new spark to grow in his drumming first lesson! He can't wait for next week.
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David B.

David B.

La Mesa, CA 91941
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$25 / 30-min

About Francisco P.

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Drums is my primary instrument, the one I chose to follow as a career in music. Drums make us dance, make us smile, and they are simply extremely fun to play. The most important thing I focus on is in playing music with the drums. There is nothing more rewarding and fun than playing with and for other people. Whether you are interested in learning how to play your favorite pop or rock song or a jazz standard, I can teach you what makes drumming unique in each style, and what you will need to know to express yourself in the instrument.

About Francisco
I was born in Argentina. I began playing bass when I was ten years old, while my younger brother began playing drums. I started taking bass classes, and also formed several bands as a bass player, although the drums had always been sounding in the back of my head. After listening to Tool’s Danny Carey and Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater, at the age of 17, I realized the drums were my true love, and began studying the instrument. I continued playing bass in several bands, until I joined the band The Evenfall as a drummer, in 2009. At this time, my family was considering moving to the U.S, and that's when I got the chance to apply to the Berklee College of Music. I graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2012 with a degree in Drumset Performance. There I studied with the most respected drummers and teachers in the world, and learned not only from their
way of playing, but also from their style of teaching. I have a curriculum which includes material learned from all my years as Berklee, as well as material I acquired in my own experience performing and recording with many acts and in many different genres, ranging from Rock and Metal, to Latin and Jazz, and even Musical Theater.

*** Lesson Details ***
I custom make my lessons to fit each of my student's needs and goals. If you want to study Metal drumming, I won't aim my lessons to teach the same material I teach to a student who wants to learn Latin music, or Jazz. Music is never ending, and different music affects each person differently. Also, every person has a different voice in their instrument. That's why what works for what some people doesn't do it for others. I focus on what is important to YOU, and what better suits your interests.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I could provide the students with sticks and the materials to work on. I would expect the students to provide the necessary books when needed. A drumset is not required for beginners, although it will be for more advanced students.

*** Specialties ***
My teaching method focuses on the interest of the student. I try to have my classes follow each student's own interest and goals, and guide them on the best possible ways to help them achieve those. I try to present short term goals for my students, to ensure that they can experience a feeling on success that will keep them motivated. I specialize in Rock and Pop music, as well as Latin music (Brazilian and Afro-Caribbean in particular).
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Molly M. March 20, 2015
· Drum · In studio
Francisco is such a great teacher. He tailors his lessons to your needs and challenges you just enough. I took lessons with him for about 8 months, which ended when he moved to the west coast. Otherwise I would still be with him. But he taught me so much and still checks in to make sure I'm sticking with it months after our sessions have ended. He genuinely cares about his students and their love of music and he enjoys teaching and motivating others to play. I highly recommend Francisco as a teacher as he will get you where you want to be.
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Derek B. February 23, 2015
· Drum · In studio
I took up drums 2 years ago in my early 40's. Francisco was my first drum teacher, and he patiently introduced me to the instrument, exposed me to many different musical concepts and traditions, and really increased my interest in music and drumming. He is an amazing player, and I learned much from watching him play in lessons and also live. Unfortunately he moved from Boston to CA, which was my loss.I reccommend him without reservation.
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Peter E. February 7, 2015
· Drum · In studio
I took many lessons with Francisco after a period of relative inactivity from playing drums on a consistent basis. I had been playing for years, but had unfortunately become rusty and out of practice at the time. Francisco helped me build my chops back up, and introduced me to new unique concepts in phrasing, approaching grooves, technique, and much more. Francisco's down-to-earth and very friendly personality, combined with his obvious passion for drums and percussion, made every lesson an event I looked forward to. He gave me a lot to think about each lesson, providing me with great musical concepts that can be studied for life. Francisco isn't a teacher who only thrives teaching beginners. As a drummer for several years with lots of performing experience, he still managed to significantly help improve my playing and reignite my spark in drumming. Thanks, dude
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Francisco P.

Francisco P.

San Diego, CA 92129
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$50 / 30-min

About Matthew G.

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If it's difficult for you then it was probably difficult for me too. All levels are welcome; let's get you started, up to speed or over the hump. It's time to get to it!

About Matthew
A drum instructor since 1988, I'm a graduate of Musicians Institutes Percussion Institute of Technology (P.I.T.) and hold a Bachelor of Arts from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo.

I teach beginning to advanced drums to students of all ages. Before relocating in San Diego, I was a full-time instructor for The Drum Circuit Drum School in San Luis Obispo where I was teaching 200 lessons a month. Originally, I'm a native of the Los Angeles area where I taught for the Van Nuys and Alamany High School music programs.

I've been lucky enough to study with some of the music industry's very best educators including: Steve Houghton, Jeff Porcaro (Toto), Joe Porcaro, Casey Schurell (Frank Zappa) Efrin Torres (Latin and World), Chuck Flores (Jazz Legend), and Ralph Humphrey. These professionals pro
vided me with the foundation for a teaching career that is now into its 25th year.

Outside the practice rooms, I'm an on-call, independent performer / contractor and clinician. Some of my credits include performances/recordings with Jon Anderson of Yes, Award winning songwriter Maia Sharp, (Bonnie Raitt, The Dixie Chicks), nationally recognized blues band Pryor Baird and the Deacons, and many other noteworthy talents. I've also performed for various stage productions in the Los Angeles area, such as Little Shop of Horrors, How to Succeed in Business, and Once Upon A Mattress.

Currently, Matt can be found performing with what many call "the ultimate Santa cover band" Santana Ways as well as a number of other musical projects.

I work hard to implement teaching techniques that encompass all styles of drumming and performance. Sight reading, rudiments, chart interpretation, soloing, hand/foot control, independence, and working in a band are just a few areas of focus. It may sound like it's difficult - but you can do it all and I'll prove it to you. 25 years of teaching experience has not only taught me patience but has given me the tools to encourage, develop and refine the abilities of any student. (And that means you :)

*** Lesson Details ***
Don't worry. First things first, you're going to make mistakes so don't be afraid to. If you don't make any mistakes during a lesson, you can go ahead and teach me. I'm really laid back with my approach to lessons: we'll talk, we'll play, I'll explain a few things and boom - you're playing' drums better than ever.
If experience has taught me anything, it's that a student can not be forced to practice. However, even the younger students understand the idea of "you get out of it, what you put into it". I pride myself in being able to make lessons enjoyable and thereby the student is going to want to learn more and in turn, practice more. I will give you all you can handle - when you're ready.
Playing to music is essential - it's what we're going to strive to do right? Students should try to have an MP3 player of some sort: Ipod, ipad, smart phone etc.. I'll bring one just in case so we can plug in, listen to your jams and play.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students should have their own drums. Minimum of a practice pad and Drum Sticks. (Available if needed). Music paper and a folder or binder.

*** Specialties ***
Drummers need to be versatile and more often than not, versatility is limited by two factors: physical independence and music interpretation. Out of the gate, I focus on these two hugely important aspects of modern drumming so that the student may better pursue their desired style with as much freedom and knowledge as possible.
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Jessica September 26, 2017
· Drum · In home
We could not be happier with Matthew! He has the perfect deameanor and teaching technique for our 7 year old. Our son has learned an unbelievable amount in the last two months, but more importantly, he thinks playing is fun. We are so happy to have found Matthew!
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Michael August 17, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Matthew has been great for my son, Michael! He has learned a lot in a short period of time!
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Curtis W. September 17, 2015
· Drum · In home
Very knowledgeable and patient. My son has learned a lot in a short amount of time.
Highly recommend!
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Matthew G.

Carlsbad, CA 92009
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Let's make lessons fun~!

All ages - in your home. All proficiency levels!

All you need is a chair and some drum sticks and we can start today!

I teach drummers how to drum, learn tunes, have fun and play with other musicians!

Everyone can learn more about coordination and groove ability and playing for the tune.

Children benefit exponentially when learning to drum. It helps all areas of their lives!

About Dave
Hello! My name is Dave..Let me help spark your curiosity, your creativity and your inspiration with drumming!

All you'll need to start is a pair of sticks!

Please read my reviews! Students and parents enjoy learning from me and I love teaching them and becoming friends with them too!

Maybe you'd like to get help learning a song, Maybe you'd like someone to work with you through a particular drum book, or maybe you're looking for a complete course in drumming, to help you achieve your drumming goals. Allow me to help!

You'll learn to play drum grooves and rudiments.
You'll learn to read drum music and learn some music theory.
I'll show you how to figure out and play along with your favorite songs too!

I'll even help you find a band if you want to! I have for several of my students...

I've been teaching for years and ye
ars, and in San Diego since 2006. I teach ALL levels of musicianship from beginner to working drummers.

I've taught at School of Rock, Hope Elementary school, California Music Studios, TakeLessons and privately since 2006 in San Diego and decades of teaching in New York City, Virginia, New Mexico, and Los Angeles.

My current band I play with is Mr. Growly. Google us!

When not drumming with bands, I attend open mic's regularly and sit-in with as many great musicians as I can...I love drumming!
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Kai November 7, 2017
· Drum · In home
Dave was great. Our 7 year old son had a good time and was excited to practice and learn more.
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Jared May 19, 2017
· Drum · Online
Dave is the perfect match for my son. He is so encouraging and upbeat. This past week my son was discouraged about drumming and Dave went above and beyond to encourage him by sending him a motivational video. This meant a lot to my son and helped to challenge his mindset. We are so happy to have found Dave on Take Lessons!
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Dave R.

Dave R.

San Marcos, CA 92078
(14)
starting at
$15 / 30-min

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El Cajon, CA
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Learn how to play the drum set.

About Trevor
Every musician was first and foremost a fan of music. My love of
music began when my mother took me to a performance of Beethoven's
fifth symphony when, coincidentally, I was five. From that point, I
started fervently listening to my mother's records (those are the
huge, black monstrosities that people in the pre-historic used in
place of iPods), followed closely by my father's CD collection.
After a while, this ravenous desire of to know and feel music moved
me to play an instrument. After a couple of false starts with the
drums and violin, I found my true musical calling: the guitar.

On January 25th 1995, on a whim, I began playing the
guitar, and I have yet to put it down. Along the way I've picked up
a number of friends for my guitar, including the bass, the lute, the
sitar and, once again, the drums. After on
ly a few years of
practice, I started playing professionally, in bands and solo guitar.
Live playing experience, I believe, is the most important experience
that any musician can have, in that, the most important part of music
is how it sounds, and playing in front of people is the quickest way
to learn how to play effectively. And this is what I teach; how to
be a musician, not just a technician.

*** Lesson Details ***
A student can expect a curriculum tailor-made to their needs and personality. Every person learns differently and this is an important distinction in my teaching style. Some students need a strong hand to keep them working, others need to find many different ways to the same conclusion to keep them focused, while still others need a laid-back friend in order to accept knowledge.

I stress rhythmic literacy, for, as my jazz teacher always said, "rhythm is king." If composition is important to you, then we'll focus on music theory, but if you're just wanting to learn how to play some fun rock tunes with your friends on the weekends, we can do that as well. As I stated before, we'll get you playing in front of people in no time.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide an amplifier, a loner guitar (if needed), staff and/or tablature paper, metronome, pens and paper for the lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Music theory and composition, guitar, bass, lute, beginner to intermediate piano
Classical, shred, blues, and rock guitar; renaissance lute; blues, rock and slap bass; composition of many styles; world music.
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Mike M. March 9, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Trevor is great, he has patience for us beginners, explains things well and answers all my questions. The rest is up to me.
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Dan F. March 25, 2016
· Guitar · In home
had a great first lesson
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Cooper W. November 15, 2015
· Drum · In home
Looking forward to the next one!
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Trevor H.

Trevor H.

El Cajon, CA 92021
(9)
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$35 / 30-min
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El Cajon, CA

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*Learning rhythms and technique
*Playing exciting grooves and fills
*Learning to read and write drum music
*Learning any song you would like

About Fabian
My goal as a teacher is to direct my students to a more extensive use of their instrument without losing that special quality that sets each individual apart. I will help you establish a solid foundation of technique so you can meet any musical challenge squarely and with confidence. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!
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Victor December 13, 2017
· Singing · Online
Fabian is friendly and knowledgeable. It was a fun lesson!
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natalie I. January 27, 2015
· Singing · In home
I want to thank Fabian for helping me build a strong connection into my upper sounds and ranges. Thank you for all those warm-ups!
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Fabian D.

Jamul, CA 91935
(2)
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$22.50 / 45-min

About Andy R.

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I've played/taught drums for 40+ years! If you have experience I will listen to you play during your first lesson and create a custom practice routine to help sharpen your skills. If you are a total beginner I'll cover all the basics in a few lessons and get you playing songs quickly. I specialize in rock but teach most styles. I use "Stick Control for the Snare Drummer" and other books as needed, and we will use my electronic drum kit. Your lessons will be fun, challenging, and inspiring!

About Andy
I have been playing drums and mountain dulcimer since the late sixties. My musical background is in rock but I am comfortable playing and teaching most styles of popular music. I've done a fair amount of recording and have performed in every kind of venue, from private parties to concert situations where the band I was in opened for national touring acts. I'm an encouraging teacher, and I especially like working with beginners (of any age - you are never too old to learn to play an instrument). If you have played before, I can listen to you play and suggest a custom practice routine to address and strengthen any weaknesses. Learning should be fun, so I encourage my students to begin playing songs they like as soon as possible in addition to building their skills. Click the green button to request a lesson!
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Racquel R. October 24, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Andy is very knowledgeable and passionate about what he does. He starts with the fundamentals and doesn’t move too quickly. Looking forward to more classes with him!
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Josh H. October 10, 2017
· Dulcimer · In home
Andy did a great job of listening to what I was looking for, giving suggestions and making a plan. I’m excited to be learning from him.
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Ben July 14, 2017
· Drum · In home
My 12-year old son was very nervous about meeting Andy and learning to play the drums but Andy was great with him and had him practicing his first drum beat before the end of the session.
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Andy R.

San Diego, CA 92115
(23)
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$25 / 30-min

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Positive, patient and motivating, 37 years of playing drums & over 11 years of private instruction with a wealth of music knowledge to share. Lessons are always designed to be educational, engaging & fun, combining a balance of learning notation, playing by ear & performance with other live instruments! We will find out what interests you most and get you on the drum set right away for fast results!

About John
I have 37 years of playing and 12 years of teaching beginning and intermediate drummers by ear, performance & notation. Preforming drums has brought so much enjoyment to my life and has expanded my cognitive and creative mind more than I would have ever realized when I started in 1978. Teaching/sharing my drumming experience is a passion, my students are taught not only how to play drums but also about music structure (verse, chorus, bridge, etc.), how to perform with other musicians and how to dissect a piece of music. Various styles and rhythms are taught and rudiments are covered thoroughly - nothing better than an impressive double stroke roll! I have always been a teacher that I feel can understand each personality and adjust my approach to each lesson as needed and furthermore, I always treat my students with respect, courtesy and
patience which I find makes them more apt to relax, listen, learn, feel the music and have fun!
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Miles November 3, 2017
· Piano · In home
John was patient, kind and very encouraging with My 7 year old son. He was able to keep him engaged, interested and inquisitive the entire 30 minutes. We are looking forward to his next lesson.
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Sarah October 16, 2017
· Drum · In home
John has been a great drum instructor for our 9 year old son. In a short period of time, John has taught him tons of skills and also helped develop his love of drumming. He keeps it fun, easy and motivational, but also has challenged our little drummer. He is very encouraging and positive with our son's progress. John is always on time and is a great communicator. We definitely recommend John!
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Lynne April 13, 2017
· Drum · Online
I picked the perfect instructor for me! John is genuine, fun, extremely knowledgeable on drums and a great communicator! He took time to learn about my goals and has given me direction for achieving them. I feel like I am in great hands and look forward to future lessons!
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John M.

Carlsbad, CA 92009
(10)
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I have been teaching over a decade now. I am specialized in teaching kids also kids with ADS I also got involved in teaching people with a pacemaker to have them playing with different heart rates. My teaching puts the fun part on top of the list, and learn how to play in a band. This is where the drum set belongs.

About Bernie
Drumming is my favorite language!

He is an accomplished Stage and Studio performer. Before arriving in the States he toured Europe with his own band called Cassiopeak, playing in places such as Barcelona, Ibiza, Amsterdam and St. Petersburg. He toured the United States with various artists. After graduation from LA Music Academy he became staff at the school. In Berlin Germany he played in the musical “The Buddy Holly Story”. In the United States he played in the musical “The Playground” at the Deaf WestTheatre in North Hollywood, and published an album with The Sacred Dice - “Tones From The Overground”. In Germany he released an album with JURI - “Gegen den Strom”.
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Thomas June 22, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Bernie was my first and the best drum teacher I had.
Even when I got better and I thought there is nothing much I can learn from some one he prooft me wrong and Show me there is so much more to practise.
I hope he is coming back to germany one day.
But for now I wish him all the Best in the states!
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Tobias June 21, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Our son (9 years old) had two years of teaching with Bernie. He learned a lot and even had several small appearances . A very cool and excited time for him . He misses Bernie ;-)
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Schubert June 17, 2016
· Drum · In studio
He is a Nice teacher,I learned very easy by him .I hope he will back again😄
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Bernie K.

Bernie K.

Chula Vista, CA 91915
(6)
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$35 / 30-min

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Students can expect to will learn how to play drum set with proper technique, learn how to read music, write music, and transcribe by ear. Lesson curriculums are made to cater to the students goals and needs. My goal is to help my students grow as students, performers, and as people!

About Samuel
Hello potential students, my name is Sam! I would love to be your new music teacher. I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Percussion Performance from University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee in 2016. I am currently working towards a Masters Degree at San Diego State University where I serve as a Graduate Assistant. I conduct and artistically direct the SDSU Percussion Ensemble!

*** Lesson Details ***
Whether my students are young or old, taking lessons as a hobby or wish to pursue a career in music, I tailor my lessons to meet each individual student’s needs and expectations.
I have a lot of fun teaching and I want you or your child to have fun during our lessons.
I try to build on what the student already likes, listens to and has a passion for. I encourage students to bring their favorite songs and we usually end up working with thos
e. I also like using songs by classic artists like The Beatles as they can provide a perfect (fun and familiar) platform to learn many different aspects of drumming and musical performance.
In addition to being a drummer and percussionist, I have a strong background in music theory and I want to make sure my students not only know how to play their instrument, but also become familiar with reading and writing music.

After a few months taking lessons, you or your child can expect to have a better understanding of music and have acquired the basic tools and techniques which will allow you to play your favorite pieces of music.

*** Travel Equipment ***
For drum set lessons, I will provide my own acoustic drum set as needed. It is highly preferred that the student have a drum set at their location. The student should also supply a location in which to have a private lesson.

*** Specialties ***
All styles of drumming

*** Curriculum ***
My curriculum changes depending on the student's ability level, age, and instrument of choice. I typically use a method book for reinforcement of musical fundamentals, and a supplementary "project" piece of music that the student enjoys playing and learning. I do this so that my students can see direct connections between music fundamentals and playing music that they enjoy. My own personal knowledge and experience as a musician is always added to each lesson as well.
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Darren S. September 14, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Sam was nice and effective at instructing.
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Josephine August 17, 2017
· Percussion · In studio
My daughter wanted to start learning marimba. Sam has given her a strong technical background and he taught her how to practice. I highly suggest Sam!
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Jon August 4, 2017
· Drum · Online
I started taking online lesson from Sam and I was really impressed by not only his playing, but his passion for music and expressing it to me. He really helped me jump start my playing when we aren't even in the same time zone!
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Samuel P.

Samuel P.

La Jolla, CA 92037
(18)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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Average Cost of Drum Lessons in San Diego, CA

The average cost of 60-minute drum lessons in San Diego is $53. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $30 and $82 per hour.

30-min $15
 
$35 average
$57
45-min $20
 
$45 average
$72
60-min $30
 
$53 average
$82

For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute drum lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute drum lessons are 16% less expensive at $45, and 30-minute lessons cost 34% less at $35.

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