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Popular Drum Teachers in San Diego, CA

James G.

2 Reviews
La Mesa, CA
Starting at $35
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches students 5 to 50
  • Teaching since 1987
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James G.

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Learn from one of the best rock drummers. Fundamentals and basic essentials are a major key in achieving success in anything in life. Through a relaxed and inspiring approach you can learn the fun asset of the drumming world. Theory and rudiments are included in order to learn the language. There is nothing better than to witness the eyes light up when a student is inspired. Climb aboard!

About James

*** Travel Equipment *** Lessons can start without drums. Students need a drumkit in the near future. This can be an electronic, acoustic, or practice pad set, and a notebook. I buy and sell used drumkits so a great deal is provided. I can provide study materials. I have three decades of experienc

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Rhonda
James is a reliable instructor. He always meets at the scheduled time, and instructs with patience and persistence. Our son has been a student for 8 or 9 years now, and likes Jame's style of teaching. Our son has learned many techniques for playing drums, starting with simple beats. James is well liked and respected. For 11 years James instructed our oldest son on the drums. When the boys started showing an interest in piano, we bought a keyboard for them, and James started teaching them the basics of piano.
Currently James instructs our youngest son on drums and keyboards - rotating each week.
When our son wants to go over something he's been learning at school in his Advanced Keyboarding class, James has been a great help in this area!
Heather
My son has been taking drum lessons from James for a few years now and has grown so much in his love of music and his ability to play. He looks forward to his lesson every week. We are grateful to James for cultivating his passion.
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Johnny S.

6 Reviews
San Diego, CA
Starting at $34
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Bachelor of Music from The Juilliard School
  • Awarded YoungArts Finalist from YoungArts
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Johnny S.

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My teaching method is based on all of the information that I’ve gathered from the past five years of studying at the Juilliard School in New York City. Drawing on this experience (as well as the practical experience of playing professionally for eight years), I have crafted a teaching method that addresses concepts which are applicable to all styles of music. With that being said, I treat each student with a singular focus, each lesson being crafted with their goals in mind. Within weeks, I can turn a person with no experience into someone who can play gigs, jam on their favorite songs, and get the most enjoyment and knowledge out of their drumming experience.

About Johnny

Hello! I’m Johnny S. I’m a twenty year old professional drummer and an alum of the Juilliard School in New York City. After beginning to play professionally eight years ago, I have had the opportunity to playing around the world, playing at jazz festivals in Brazil, Switzerland, and Amsterdam to na

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Hudson
John is a great instructor, super knowledgeable! I was able to learn a wide range of skills efficiently and had fun doing it!
Doug
Excellent funk drumming teacher!
Hayden
Johnny Steele and his one of a kind instruction have made me a more confident and clear dummer since I have started working with him. His passion in his music comes through in his instruction and I can not wait to work with him again.
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Kevin C.

18 Reviews
Spring Valley, CA
Starting at $25
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 2017
  • Guitar Proficiency from Minooka Community
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Kevin C.

18 Reviews
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Experienced drummer with 13 years of experience, performing in multiple bands genres ranging from Rock, Blues, Jazz, Punk, Country, and more.

I began learning drums through Rock Band, yes.. I said a video game. After a month or two I was playing songs on hard or expert difficulty and I soon began applying the rhythms and rudiments I was learning in Rock Band to a real drum set. I began playing drums every day. I played in a few different bands in my teen years, recorded in studios and currently I accompany musicians around San Diego regularly.

About Kevin

I am a Multi-Instrumentalist who teaches Guitar, Drums, Bass, Music Production, Audio Engineering, Cinematography, Photography, and Video Editing. My instrumental experience includes 13 years of live performance, recording and songwriting. I focus my lessons around the understanding of music the

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Connor J.
I have learned so much in just a few short lessons with Kevin. He is a great teacher, and a great musician. We explored so much more than I anticipated and he put me on the right track to teach myself more on my on time, which I am very grateful for. You will learn a LOT from Kevin!!
Sergio P.
Great lesson, I leaned so much from Kevin! He has so much patience and is really good with giving tips and tricks.
Jon
Highly recommend Kevin! Just started drums and did 2 months of lessons with him at his in-home studio. Really cool set up, and he listens to what you’re interested in learning, while also recommending what to practice during the week between lessons. Also had a few jam sessions with him which were awesome!
Super chill guy, and I’m sure he’s great for every skill level and age. Thanks Kevin, will be back soon for follow up sessions!

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Benk Joseph W.

3 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $25
  • Speaks Indonesian, Taiwanese, Mandarin
  • Teaching since 1998
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Benk Joseph W.

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a new method for learning drum and able to play with song.

About Benk Joseph

My teaching experience dates back to my college days, as I began teaching private lessons part time 15 years ago, and have been consistently teaching private include in Yamaha Music School. Encouraging regular practice on a consistent schedule is one of the key points I like to emphasize for younge

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Norm
Easy to get along with. He started the lesson as soon as he walked in the door, very detailed oriented teacher. His style of teaching is very easy to understand especially in my case with no drum lesson experience.
Cristina M.
I'm so glad to find Joseph as my daughter drum teacher.He's an excellent and professional teacher.He makes it so entertaining whenever he teach.He's a great teacher.Home tutoring make it easy to schedule a lesson .
Krystal B.
Our son loves his Drum lessons.

Benk is very flexible, affordable and our son took to him very well. He even records what he has learned each week so we both can keep track of his progress. He is much more affordable then other drum teachers or studio's in the area, and even will come to your home.
If you are looking for a GREAT Teacher you should take some time to talk to Benk.
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Jesse M.

103 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $70
  • Speaks English, Japanese
  • Teaching since 2006
  • Teaches Intermediate, Advanced
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Jesse M.

103 Reviews
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Beginner
I'm not currently taking beginner drum students. Please refer to my studio partner Melissa:
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Intermediate
Start to learn about polyrhythms as well as developing your ears and body to play songs more accurately. Start to spice up your playing with ways that are interesting, but not intrusive.

Advanced
Really push your polyrhythms and add asymmetrical meters to your repertoire to expand your grasp of complex rhythms. Also learn to use dynamics, cymbal work, and fills to effectively communicate and lead a band without words.

About Jesse

*Disclaimer* I'm currently not taking beginner students on bass, drums, piano, and ukulele or children under 10 years old. I highly recommend my studio partners Melissa though. Please check out her profile: https://takelessons.com/profile/melissa-m62 My Background I've been playing with

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Brenden R.
Liz S.
Talented teachers are rare. Like a great coach i sports... the coach doesn’t need to be the top athlete in his field to know how to teach each team member to hone their best abilities, he just has to know and see how to teach you how to get there. Being an outstanding teacher is a great talent all in itself... and that is Jesse. He has that quality and ability to lead, focus and take you where you want to go.
Romy R.
Jesse has given directions on how to successfully become a better musician. His approach and explanation on musical theories was much more understandable than what I was previously reading. Overall, I found the lessons to be very usefull.
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Louie P.

Teaches Online
Starting at $25
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 2009
  • Teaches students 9 and up
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Louie P.

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Hello Everyone! I have been teaching for over 10 years now (private lessons, drumline tech, Percussion Director at 2 different 6A High Schools in Texas).

All Ages Welcome!

Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student!

Experience:

Bachelor's in Music Education, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
- Studied with (2011-2016):
- Robert Lopez (Austin Symphony Orchestra)
- THE Butch Miles (Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr.)
- Wayne Salzmann, II (UT-Austin, Eric Johnson)

Master of Music in Jazz Studies, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
- Studying with (2020 - ):
- Peter Erskine (Weather Report, Stan Kenton, Steps Ahead, Diana Krall)
- Will Kennedy (The Yellowjackets)

About Louie

Louie Pereira is a musician, composer, arranger, and educator from South Texas. He is a graduate of the School of Music at Texas State University, receiving his Bachelor’s in Music Education in 2016. In his time there, he was a member of the Wind Symphony, the Symphony Orchestra, the Jazz Ensemble,

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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 $67. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $40 and $177 per hour.
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"Joel really enjoyed Danny! He seems like he’s got a lot to offer! Looking forward to more"
Joel
Took Drum lessons from Danny S.
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"Murray has just been excellent, his ability to encourage and still push me to express myself gave me a lot of confidence on the drums. That was exactly what I needed."
Henry
Took Drum lessons from Murray P.
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"I highly recommend Brent. My son’s progress with the drums has been quite high with Brent’s lessons, and most importantly my son loves to play and practice. Brent is very knowledgeable and passionate about music. He is great with beginners, and due to his skill and professionalism he would be great with experienced players as well."
Anna-Maria
Took Drum lessons from Brent E.
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"Drew is amazing. His lessons are very comprehensive. He keeps it fun and light and you learn a ton!"
Tanner Hall
Took Drum lessons from Drew S.
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"Dave has been great with helping improving my son's drum techniques. He is patient, yet to the point and doesn't waste anyone's time with making sure the student understands the lesson. We are looking forward to many more lessons in the future."
Traci
Took Drum lessons from Dr. Dave Y.
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"Drew's amazing, so glad i found him!! Couldn't ask for a better teacher. I'm the best manifestor ever! ; ]"
suzette
Took Drum lessons from Drew S.
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"Has challenged me to improve my technique and has taught me how to play more advanced beats."
Citlally
Took Drum lessons from Michael E.
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"Matthew did amazing work with teaching drum to both of our sons. Thank you, Matthew!"
Shelly
Took Drum lessons from Matthew H.
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"Throughout every lesson I had, I improved a lot. I learned many new techniques and different music pieces. He gave me challenging work but explained it in such a way I was able to play the pieces really well."
Emmy
Took Drum lessons from Michael C.
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"Evan is a terrific drum teacher for our two sons. My youngest is a beginner; Evan has structured lessons for him but definitely encourages creativity. My oldest is in a band at school and Evan is great at reinforcing the style of music that he plays at school (mostly jazz) and teaching other styles that my son enjoys playing (mostly rock). He is organized, dependable, and easy going. He is flexible when we have conflicts. Most importantly, not only does he have great skill but he has a great demeanor for teaching: he is kind, encouraging, and has a good sense of humor. Highly recommend him!"
Anne-Marie
Took Drum lessons from Evan W.
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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 Mississi

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ppi 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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