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Beats in the Bay: Drum Lessons in San Francisco

By Jeff W. - San Francisco Drum Teacher

My name is Jeff and I teach drums in the Peninsula, which covers all the cities between San Jose and San Francisco. I’ve been teaching for five years, and playing drums for 17 years. My favorite styles are pop and funk because of the sweet grooves and accents.

San Francisco is a great place to learn drums. Think about the drumming from Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead, Santana, Metallica, Third-Eye Blind, Green Day, and Rancid; those are just a few of the legends to come out of the Bay Area.

With so many well-qualified teachers in San Francisco, aspiring drummers can feel confident about learning to play a new instrument.

Drum lessons in San Francisco are fun, and aspiring drummers have access to live music of all genres seven days a week. Here are some of the awesome venues you can explore:

Bottom of the Hill

With live shows almost every night, you can check out local, up-and-coming, and well-known artists. The Bottom of the Hill was chosen by Rolling Stone magazine as “the best place to hear live music in San Francisco.”

Davies Symphony Hall

This is the perfect spot for drummers who are interested in classical music and percussion. Make sure to reserve your spot in the pit section for the best view of the percussionists at work.

The SFJAZZ Center

With over 300 performances each year, the SFJAZZ Center is the mecca for jazz in the city. The SFJAZZ Center also offers listening parties, live drum/instrumentalist scores, and a discovering jazz class.

Farley’s Coffee Need caffeine fix to get you amped on learning the drums? Check out Farley’s Coffee in Portero Hill!

With its unique history and rich culture, San Francisco is a great place to experience music and learn to play drums. I love seeing students learn and grow as drummers, so if you sign up for drum lessons in San Francisco, maybe I’ll see you soon!

Time to go teach, -Jeff W.

About Matthew N.

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Matthew has studied and taught drums for over 20 years. His specialty lies in drumset of all styles and rudimental snare drumming. You can expect a well rounded lesson covering all of the fundamentals to becoming a good drummer.

About Matthew
Matthew N. has been an educator and performer in the Chicago area and suburbs for over 15 years. Currently holding a studio of nearly 30 students he has become one of the area's many successful private instructors. Teaching piano, drums, and guitar Matthew can accommodate any student's needs and musical ambitions in those areas.

Matthew has studied at the collegiate level at the University of Iowa and holds a Bachelors in Percussion Performance. He has also been performing professionally at many of Chicago's finest venues for many years. Matthew is an audio engineer certified in Pro Tools and Logic Pro, which are industry standard programs. Students are able to record and learn the art of production as they learn their instrument if they so choose. This allows students to hear themselves and learn from their performance as well as shar
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University of Iowa

Studied with:
Dr. Dan Moore, Vern Spevak, Chic Evans, Ron Spaeth, Jim Dreier

Received Music Scholarship to attend U of Iowa

Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences
-Received Many Certifications and Degree
-Certified in Pro Tools Recording Software and others

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I encourage my students to pursue all types of music. I like to use “method books” to help with reading and music theory no matter which instrument they choose. I always use supplemental materials that follow the student’s interests and level. I often use technology in lessons to motivate and help students grow. For example, I use many apps for theory, note reading, and rhythm training.

A cancellation 24hrs in advance is always appreciated.
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Erick F. May 30, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Matthew is awesome, I have tried taking lesson twice before and he is by far the best instructor I’ve ever had. It’s nice to know he cares about his student as much as he cares about the music and instrument he is teaching. I would highly recommend him to anyone that is looking for lessons!!!
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Gordon January 31, 2018
· Piano · In home
Matt is great. He is very patient and customizes his lessons to the students needs and interests. We have been using him for over two years and my teenage son has developed a passion for the piano and enjoys exploring and learning new concepts. He has learned the gambit of songs from classical to rock to pop and more. It is a pleasure to see my son take an interest in the piano and great to have a teacher that encourages him. Also,I get the benefit of enjoying beautiful music.
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Joe December 28, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Piece of work. Needs a mentor himself.
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About Jeff W.

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Montara, CA

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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, My name is Jeff Wheeler.

I have been playing drum set for 18 years, and teaching drum lessons privately for 5 years. I studied Music Performance at Berklee College of Music as well as Cal State, East Bay. I currently play and perform professionally throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. I work with multiple local acts in the genres of: pop, rock, funk, reggae, and hip-hop. I also perform in the high energy, award winning percussion ensemble known as Street Drum Corps.

My inspiration comes from all styles of music, people, performances, and the grooves of the Motown Record catalog. I am an extremely hard working, self motivated artist who is passionate about my craft. I am funny, friendly, outgoing and passionate about performing/touring and teaching drum set.

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- reading and rudiments
-other requests or areas you need help in
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David January 24, 2018
· Drum · Online
Jeff totally knows how to let me go off in my own learning direction while keeping me grounded in the fundamentals. He's an excellent teacher.
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David January 20, 2018
· Drum · Online
First lesson was great! Will continue learning from 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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Montara, CA 94037
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About Jesse M.

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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 guitar, bass, drums, piano, ukulele, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, flute, and saxophone. I highly recommend my studio partners Tyler, Andrew, and Melissa though. Please check out their profiles for the following topics:

Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Piano, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Flute, & Saxophone
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Guitar, Bass, & Ukulele
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Piano, Ukulele, & Drums
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My Background

I've been playing with classical ensembles and rock bands since 2001. Even though I started on classical trombone and rock guitar, I have come to expand my repertoire to a variety of instruments and genres. During my time in college I performed with the University choir
, orchestra, and band. I also have organized, wrote/arranged for, and performed with a variety of bands in my home state of New Mexico, as well as Japan, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Since 2006 I have been an active teacher. This profession has taken me everywhere from working with classical guitar classes in New Mexico high schools to Elementary students in Japan to a variety of private students of various musical instruments and genres everywhere I've been. Since relocating to the Bay Area in 2010, I've had the pleasure of working with lots of great students from kids to adults with a wide range of ambitions. Since 2012 I've been running my own full time studio.

Philosophy of Learning

Lessons are generally designed to work towards giving students the tools to accomplish their goals and become increasingly independent over time. While all students will study similar fundamentals regarding technique, theory, and performance, every lesson is as different as every person. What kind of music do you want to make? I'll tell you what you need to do to get there, and help you take the steps to achieve your aspirations.

I also love to help students put together a song, record, and produce it for them so that they can have a recording to share with their friends and family.

I also hold events for my students. (Check out our pictures and videos below!)
Younger students have opportunities to perform for friends and family at my studio every few months. Once or twice a year we'll also stage a larger event off site for more individual students and bands classes to perform.
Adult students also occasionally have events where they get a chance to get together and play music as well.

Aside from in-studio lessons, students also have the option to sign up for online lessons via Skype.
(*Online lessons offered during different times than in-studio lessons.)

*Unfortunately due to scheduling issues, I'm not currently accepting students for bi-weekly lessons. I can do regular weekly lessons, or occasional drop-in lessons, but bi-weekly appointments make it really hard for me to give the best scheduled times to my existing weekly students. I'm sorry for the inconvenience.

My studio is equipped with:

*Music Stands

*A P.A. System

*Vocal and instrument microphones

*Guitars, Basses, Ukulele, Banjos, etc

*Two guitar amps and a bass amp

*Various percussion including a fully equipped acoustic drum set

*A Roland V-Drums electronic drum set

*An electric piano console and Yamaha organ

*A MicroKorg Synthesizer

*A Tuba, Trombone, Cornet, Saxophone, and Flute

*An extensive physical and virtual music library

*A recording system that students are not only welcome to use but encouraged to

*HD Webcam and condenser microphone for high fidelity online lessons via Skype
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Robert O. March 1, 2018
· Japanese · Online
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Brian August 29, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
This was my son's first lesson, and he is looking forward to playing his trumpet and coming back for more lessons. I was hoping to spark his interest in music and so far so good.
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Jesse M.

Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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About John F.

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Whether you are a complete beginner or getting more advanced and need some keys to reach the next level, I'm your man! I started playing drumset (and snare drum) when I was 12yrs old (I'm quite a bit older now so I've been doing it for a while! :) and I LOVE teaching drums.
I wanna teach you to read and write drum music, play strong beats and fills, develop natural technique, relaxation and independence. Eventually you will learn to use stylish transitions, interpret song structure, and achieve proficiency in a variety of styles. And most importantly, know how to play it musically.

About John
I play a wide variety of musical styles on drums and percussion and have a long history of performance art in live bands, theater and orchestra. I teach drum set, symphonic and marching percussion, electronics in drumming (sampling, loops, midi etc), and general rhythm lessons for beginners. I also enjoy helping students prepare for auditions, studio recording sessions, and live performance opportunities. There's alot to know about what to do and what not to do in these situations, especially if you want to look like a pro and have a positive experience.

I studied percussion performance at Washington State University while developing my set playing and enjoying my employment with the Washington Idaho Symphony as a classical percussionist. I play in rock, funk, pop, metal, EDM, hip-hop, industrial, honky-tonk, and jazz outfits with mult
iple appearances at SXSW, Sundance Film Festival, TieCon, and various festivals throughout the US.
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Max G. December 4, 2017
· Drum · In home
Lucky to have him teaching my 9 year old.
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Anna November 16, 2016
· Drum · In studio
John is a fantastic teacher! I started with no experience at all and now after my fourth lesson I already feel comfortable with my grip, a metronome, sheet music, single stroke rolls, double stroke rolls, and several rock beats. Currently, I’m learning sixteenth note drum fills. He is patient, enthusiastic, fun, and extremely talented. I highly recommend him as a drum teacher (beginner or experienced). You will not regret it!
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San Francisco, CA 94102
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About Melissa M.

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Sunnyvale, CA

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Beginning drum students will be taught the basics in a fun but productive way. I will teach a strong foundation so a student can move forward with confidence. Lessons would be individualized to focus on areas that need the most guidance.

Students will learn to feel rhythms from whole notes up to sixteenth notes and become fluent in simple, compound, and swing rhythm families. You will gain the skills for simple time keeping as well as playing simple songs.

About Melissa
I have been teaching since 2006 on a variety of topics. I graduated with an BA from the University of Wisconsin. My degree is in History with and emphasis on East Asian history.

I've taught all age groups from age 2 up to retirees. My teaching experience includes one-on-one and group classes in a variety of settings. I've taught corporate classes, private lessons, small groups, and traditional classroom lessons.

We have a student-centric philosophy of learning. Lessons are generally relaxed and designed to work towards accomplishing student determined goals. While all students will study similar fundamentals regarding technique, theory, and performance, every lesson is as different as every person. Special focus on topics like music theory, self-accompaniment, composition, song writing, and home recording are available as well.


What are your personal goals? We'll tell you what you need to do to get there, and help you take the steps to achieve your aspirations.

Lessons with small children are more focused on just having fun while developing a good musical foundation, but we prefer for them to have as much personal ownership of their lesson as possible.
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Marla November 9, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
Melissa is a wonderful teacher. She is very patient. She ensures that I understand the fundamentals. It has been a very enjoyable and educational experience.
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nina/olivia September 5, 2017
· Piano · In studio
fun and upbeat
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Katie August 28, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
My 8 yo daughter just started taking ukulele lessons with Melissa and always looks forward to her upcoming lessons! Friendly, upbeat, patient, and wonderful teacher.
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Melissa M.

Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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A private drum teacher for over 10 years, based in Oakland, CA, I am a lover of music and I share that passion with my students of all ages, from beginner to advanced levels. My lessons are fun and motivational, encouraging students to perform the best they can while enjoying the learning process. I am patient, and I am a big believer in improvisation to improve creativity and confidence. I expect students to practice the techniques they learn and come prepared for each lesson.

About Eyal
A private drum teacher for over 10 years, based in Oakland, CA, I am a lover of music and I share that passion with my students of all ages, from beginner to advanced levels. My lessons are fun and motivational, encouraging students to perform the best they can while enjoying the learning process. I am patient, and I am a big believer in improvisation to improve creativity and confidence. I expect students to practice the techniques they learn and come prepared for each lesson.
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Eyal S.

Oakland, CA 94621
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About Dennis W.

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Music is a subject that anyone can relate to. Playing and performing music is a dream that many aspire. I have watched my students grow from complete beginners to taking stages in front of a large audience.

I am always thorough about teaching my students the basics: understanding proper technique, dynamics, and timing. I teach my students to play to a metronome, read music and rhythms, play songs, and play along with other live musicians. I specialize in many various genres of music including funk, rock, pop, hip-hop, prog, and metal. Over time, you will learn to play like the professionals that inspire you.

About Dennis
Hello, my name is Dennis Willoner.

Music and art have always been a huge part of my life. I have been playing drums for 15 years and have been teaching for 7. I grew up learning to play drums from a private instructor, and have been studying on my own ever since. I have played in many bands in my music career and have also tracked drums in studios for local artists. Today, I currently work at School of Rock in Palo Alto as a private and group instructor, and play in a professional band called Constructs.

I have been drawing ever since I can remember. I mostly draw realistically, but also like to get on the creative side. I enjoy drawing faces and people the most out of any subject. After learning so much about art, the world can be viewed in a complete other perspective.
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Manoj N. May 12, 2018
· Drawing · In home
I have been wanting to learn drawing since I was a kid. Had a few years of drawing when I was a kid and then haven't touched in a long time. When I rekindled my interest to learn, I came across Dennis.
Honestly, the reason why I chose Dennis was because he provided at-home classes and that would avoid the hassle of me having to travel. The first few classes were more of me and him warming up to each other, as I am sure he also found me different.
He comes with all the necessary equipment and spends a few minutes giving you some basics of the stuff we are going to do that day. Then he leaves you to draw while he also draws the same. He glances once in a while at your sheet and gives you very subtle feedback. If you have missed something, he will just try to nudge you in the right direction with minor comments like "Don't you think, these are of the same darkness?, There may be more highlights in this area or the mid tones here and here are of the same darkness. etc.". He never touches your paper, but only guides you.
Sometimes when some focus is needed (for example on the eyes), he will tell you the technique involved in depth and we did one full class just doing eyes, one full class on hair.
It was a little frustrating initially for me as I was not used to the teaching technique, and now I see the point. The first drawing itself turned out be much much better than I had anticipated it to be and he hasn't touched my paper till now - so this drawing is fully mine.
You can also continue drawing and send work via text message to him. You almos t always get detailed instant feedback. The only thing is, I haven't been very diligent in doing drawings due to lack of free time. So once a week for an hour is what I do.
He also spends extra time sometimes so that he can take the drawing to a logical point, sometimes even beyond 1.5 hrs though my session is for an hour each. That shows the commitment he has to his students.
I believe my work will improve as this course continues. We have had about 6 classes and I am already seeing the difference. A long way to go, but the first steps have been right - most of it due to Dennis and his method of teaching. I would say more than teaching, it is a method of mentoring where the hand holding is done in a unique way.
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Erin May 3, 2018
· Drawing · In studio
Dennis is a congenial, knowledgeable, and engaging instructor. It's been a rewarding learning experience.
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Pavel November 27, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Great instructor: friendly and patient, clear guidance and fun process
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Palo Alto, CA 94301
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My name is Andy Lewis I have played drums 30 plus years. Besides first and most importantly we're going to have fun. Second we will learn the basics of reading essential groups that are essential in music. The most important thing I teach is to think outside the box to stay focus in music during the ups and downs with a positive attitude and the skills to enable you to work through each and every situation that comes before.

About Andy
Hi my name is Andy Lewis I've played for over 35+. Years. To be honest it's been so long I've lost track. In that time I've won Awards and been respected by many. Yes drum lessons from me will learn basics like rudiments, rhythms that are used in a number styles of songs out there, and much more.
Most importantly how to feel the music, have fun playing during the ups and downs of a musician career. Will learn from some of the best and there techniques but more importantly help you become the drummer that makes you stands from the rest. The style that they hear you they will say that's (put your name here.) And finally play by thinking outside of the box not just stay inside of the lines.
Most importantly have fun will have fun playing together.
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Andy L.

Novato, CA 94947
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There are certain basic skills that all drummers must possess regardless of what style of music they play. The mastery of those rudimentary skills is the foundation of my teaching practice, while keeping in mind each students individual needs and goals. I am currently teaching drumset, snare drum, timbales, bongo and beginner conga.
Experience the joy, passion, and expression of drumming and learn to play your favorite music on drum set. Learn rhythms & proper technique; how to play musically and improvise; how to “feel,” count, and notate music; and play along with almost any musical style! Drumming is also a great way for dancers to gain a deeper understanding of the rhythms that accompany their dancing.
I am a patient and attentive teacher who will create a course to suit your needs.

About Brian
I've been performing and teaching professionally since 1990. I teach private lessons, after-school programs, clinics and lectures. I am a contributing writer to DRUM! Magazine with my Afro-Caribbean Practice Pad articles and create corresponding videos for their on-line presence. I have also contributed a Master Class article for Downbeat Magazine. I'm currently an endorser for the Bosphorus Cymbal Company and a Regional Artist Endorser for the Sakae Drum Company.
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Brian A.

San Mateo, CA 94402
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Graduate of The University of Miami, Bachelor & Master's Degree

I am a gigging musician and I am well-versed in all genres.

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Hello, my name is Errol Cooper II, also known as EJ. I'm a drummer and am proficient all genres, I read music. I also play trombone and can teach music theory as well. I play in a few bands around town and often as a free lance musician. Nice to meet you!
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Nicole June 1, 2018
· Drum · In home
Errol is very professional and proficient at his instrument and knowledge of music also very patient and attentive! Highly recommend!
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Average Cost of Drum Lessons in San Francisco, CA

The average cost of 60-minute drum lessons in San Francisco is $67. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $50 and $117 per hour.

30-min $35
 
$41 average
$59
45-min $42
 
$52 average
$84
60-min $50
 
$67 average
$117

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 23% less expensive at $52, and 30-minute lessons cost 39% less at $41.

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