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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.

*** Lesson Details ***
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.

*** Studio Equipment ***
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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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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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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Rob F.

San Anselmo, CA 94960
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About Eric W.

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Modern Drummer Magazine Dec. 2015 listed as one of the finest drum instructors in the world by legend Dom Famularo.

Eric has been teaching students of all ages for over thirty years. Students learn how to read and perform all styles including rock, latin, jazz, rudimental snare drum, etc.

Lessons are prepared based on each student’s desires and needs, i.e. an adult looking for serious drum study or just a hobby, or a younger student who needs structure and guidance. Eric has a diverse approach to teaching as he tailors each lesson to meet each individual’s learning style while keeping it fun for all.

About Eric
Modern Drummer Magazine Dec. 2015 listed as one of the finest drum instructors in the world by legend Dom Famularo. 30+ years of performing and teaching experience. Faculty member of the Dutchess Community College Music School, drum instructor @ Millbrook Prep School, Trinity-Pawling School. Studio is located at Vincitore's Piano Center in Poughkeepsie, NY, near Vassar College. Member of The Professional Drum Teachers Guild of America. A diverse approach to teaching as he tailors each lesson to meet each individual’s learning style while keeping it fun for all. Read and perform all styles including rock, latin, jazz, rudimental snare drum, etc. Students get a full multi-media approach to learning drums that allows them to enhance their musical progress by taking advantage of modern day technologies. By practicing with computerized dr
um machines in musical ways to help develop phrasing and accuracy, students can simulate a performance atmosphere as well as the most important aspect...a crucial time feel. Full Studio with two acoustic drum sets, one electronic drum set, and lots of percussion.
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David S. June 4, 2015
· Drum · In studio
Eric is an excellent teacher. He is well-versed in all musical styles and customizes his lessons based on the experience and goals of the student.

Eric teaches students of all ages and skill levels. He has extensive technical knowledge and an encouraging style that motivates students to continue to improve. I highly recommend him.
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Ben B. April 1, 2015
· Drum · In studio
Eric is a wonderful teacher. As a bassist, the concepts he showed me helped me understand the connections between drums and the bass. Eric has been teaching for years and knows what he's doing. Excellent teacher, I would recommend him to anyone.
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paul S. April 1, 2015
· Drum · In studio
It's one thing to be a talented musician and quite another to be able to teach an instrument to a student. I have educated perspective teachers throughout my professional life and have seen firsthand what a gift it is to be a great teacher, it is clearly an art and something that a person can't necessarily learn. To be able to teach to all skill levels, musical genres and all ages takes a rare and talented individual. Eric Wagner is indeed that rare individual. He is as talented and artful a teacher as he is a talented musician. As an adult student whose learning curve is not what it was as a child I am amazed where Eric brought me to in such a short period of time. Lessons are like spending an hour with a patient friend. If my children or my friends children wanted to learn to play drums this is where they would go. I couldn't recommend Eric more superlatively. Paul Schwartz, Professor of Psychology
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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
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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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About Tracy D.

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I have been teaching drums since 2003, and I start my students using The Drumset Musician, by Rick Mattingly and Rod Morgenstein. I also choose materials, from my extensive library, to address the needs of each individual. I am familiar with rock, country, blues, jazz, and world grooves, as well as marching band and orchestra. I teach the components of and purposes of voices within the set, proper grip, reading music, coordination, and feel. I also teach students how to analyze and map songs, so they can excel in a band setting. If a student is wanting to be in marching and symphonic bands, I can prepare them for those pursuits, as well. I have two sets in my studio, as well as abundant hand and auxiliary percussion instruments.

About Tracy
I have been playing the drum set in various bands since 2001. I have also been playing with the OKC Community Orchestra since 2009. I have played in symphonic and jazz bands and a percussion ensemble. I have taught a percussion class, private lessons, and I have been a full time music teacher in the OKC district. I have recorded in the studio also, and I enjoy doing a bit of my own production. Rocking on stage is my favorite activity! I can teach you how to be an integral part of a band and play along to your favorites. I enjoy bringing out the best in a student and teaching to his/her strengths. Let's run!

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a very easygoing and patient teacher. I fully understand that the drum set requires a high level of coordination, and I am mindful of this while working with students. I will begin with proper gr
ip and stroke technique as well as the use of a metronome. I will teach the student to read rhythms and drum set notation. I know how to isolate difficult patterns, break them down into understandable parts, and reintegrate them into a piece. I like to use the music that a student enjoys to relate to the written music. I have found YouTube to be an indispensable tool for this, and my students have responded very well. I will work on snare drum technique as well, because it is the primary voice on the set, and the touch and nuance required to play it well relate to the set as well. I will tailor my instruction to suit the student's learning style and preferences. I want to make the learning fun, so I will help the student quickly gain the basic skills to play along with their favorite bands. This promotes musicality as well as solid time. It will also aid in transcription, which will come with development and is a valuable tool. I will use this in tandem with technique-building exercises to form a well rounded musician. I believe that a student should have a familiarity with his/her instrument, so we will also go over the anatomy and tuning of the set. Above all, music should be fun!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room w/ drum set, hand drums, and seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have a practice pad, snare drum, and sticks. If a student wishes to have drum set lessons in his/her home, that instrument should be there.
**Please note** I do have a drum set in my home.

*** Specialties ***
For the drum set, I am the most experienced in rock, country, and bluegrass styles. I am comfortable with both Stevens and Burton grips for mallet instruments.

1. *** See my article on drum set tips! ***
http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-read-drum-sheet-music
2. ***See my article about the benefits of learning drums as an adult.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/learning-to-drum-as-an-adult
3. *** See my article on Efficient Practice Methods. ***
http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-practice-drums-z07
4. *** See my article on Coordination Exercises. ***
http://takelessons.com/blog/hand-eye-coordination-exercises-for-drummers-z07
5. *** See my article on Snare Drum Basics. ***
http://takelessons.com/blog/5-exercises-to-master-snare-drum-basics-z07
6. *** See my Gear Guide article on drum sticks. ***
http://takelessons.com/blog/which-drum-sticks-are-the-best-z07
7. *** See my Gear Guide article on Drum Sets. ***
http://takelessons.com/blog/best-drum-set-brands-z07
8. *** See my Gear Guide article on cymbals. ***
http://takelessons.com/blog/drum-cymbals-z07
9. ***See my article about different grips.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-hold-drum-sticks-z07
10. **See my article about drum apps. ***
http://takelessons.com/blog/apps-for-drummers-z07
11. **See my article about drum thrones. ***
http://takelessons.com/blog/drum-thrones-gear-for-drummers-z07
12. **See my article about nailing performances.**
http://takelessons.com/blog/drum-performance-tips-z07
13. ***See my article about rudiments.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/7-essential-drum-rudiments-z07
14. ***See my article about tuning your drums.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/drum-tuning-z07
15. ***See my article about reading drum charts/tabs.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/drum-charts-for-beginners-z07
16. ***See my article about different types of sticks/effects.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/types-of-drum-sticks-z07#comment-910418
17. ***See my article about Bass Drum Technique.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/bass-drum-technique-z07
18. ***See my article on Snare Drum Technique.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-play-snare-drum-z07
19. ***See my article on Fills.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/drum-fills-z07
20.*** See my article on Different Drum Types.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/guide_to_different_types_of_drums_z07

Recording Credits: "The Mary Rose" and "Normandie" from the album, Demos and Premiers, by Callen Clarke and Kyle Dillingham
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Ava September 24, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
Tracy did a wonderful job with my 12 year old today. I highly recommend her.
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Ayla S. June 11, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Tracy was good at engaging my 5 year old. She is very excited to learn more!
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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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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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John F.

San Francisco, CA 94115
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I`ve been teaching students from all ages for almost 10 years, at the music conservatory I took classes with the best drum instructors in Brazil.
I always try to make my students able to achieve self-control on the drum set, developing the technique, coordination and the timing.
I use good methods like Creative Coordination for the Foot Technique, Stick Control and others in my classes, and I always try to work on the theory at the same time with my students.

About Dudu
Hi there! My name is Eduardo Emerick, I'm a passionate drummer and music instructor who loves working with students from all ages and levels. I started to play drums at age 9, went to Tom Jobim Conservatory of Music in Brazil from 2008 to 2011. I've been working professionally as a musician for almost 10 years; teaching, performing, recording and doing workshops and masterclasses. I really like teaching and love to share experiences and knowledge about drumming with my students. Besides playing the drums, I love biking, hiking and exploring new places.
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Dudu E.

Dublin, CA 94568
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Snare drum and drum kit.

About Darrell
Why these lessons are different:
- Formally trained conductor/composer/producer
- Individual or group session options including full band production
- A long roster of satisfied clients
- Broad base of musical styles (rock, classical, jazz, blues, metal, bluegrass, folk, theater, big band, symphonic, pop, punk, country, march, gospel, avant-garde...)
- Over 20 yrs teaching experience and work with recognized professionals including work in some of the top-rated private schools in the United States
- Over 30 years performing experience

Instrument-specific instruction:
- Voice
- Guitar [Spanish, acoustic, electric]
- Electric Bass
- Piano/Keyboard
- Woodwinds [specializing in saxophones]
- Percussion
- Brass & Bowed Strings [performance preparation only]

My process is based on (but does not adhere strictly to
) the Classical approach to Western tonal harmony and asks that the students develop certain fundamentals of technique and theory. In my experience, this structure creates the strongest foundation for pupils to build the rest of their musical lives on, whether professionally or solely for personal enjoyment. All of my students are on the fast track to studying music theory. Whatever level they are at when I start with them, I guide their efforts into bringing the students up to a certain level of comprehension regarding the mathematical aspects of music and how it relates to their instruments. This understanding of theoretical principles of sound allows the students to play any style of music they wish, no matter how their tastes may change throughout their lives.

Curriculum Gradation:
Elements of rhythm
Elements of pitch
Elements of dynamics
Elements of articulation
Reading/Writing notation
Tone development
Finding/Expanding your range
Dexterity, speed, and accuracy
How to project
How to advance to the next level
Music theory
Playing by ear
Improvisational techniques
Finding your signature style
Expression/Lyricism
Composition/Arrangement
Project Management
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Clark W. October 2, 2017
· Piano · In home
First lesson. So far, so good!
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Kamili O. September 12, 2017
· Piano · In home
Good first lesson! Enthusiastic....
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Carter O. September 12, 2017
· Piano · In home
Carter loved him!
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About Yulia B.

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I am a professional percussionist. I have been teaching private lessons since 2010 and is currently available to teach lessons at your home or in my home studio, and online.I have helped my students to learn how to read music, obtain good hand posture, develop their technique and musicality.
I received Bachelors of Music in Percussion performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University in 2015. Currently, I'm pursuing Masters Degree in Percussion Performance at the DePaul School of Music. I look forward to helping my new students achieve their goals.
Beginner students will learn how to read music, how to properly hold drum sticks, learn basic strokes, drumming techniques, beginning rudiments.
Intermediate and advanced students will learn how to improve their playing technique and virtuosity. They will also learn how to approach a specific piece of music; how to become expressive and creative with their skills.

About Yulia
I am a professional percussionist. I have been teaching private lessons since 2010 and is currently available to teach lessons at your home or in my home studio, and online.I have helped my students to learn how to read music, obtain good hand posture, develop their technique and musicality.
I received Bachelors of Music in Percussion performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University in 2015. Currently, I'm pursuing Masters Degree in Percussion Performance at the DePaul School of Music. I look forward to helping my new students achieve their goals.
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Amelia A. October 10, 2017
· Drum · Online
Great experience - my daughter really liked her first lesson, and came away enthusiastic. You can’t ask for much better.
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Masha October 2, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Yulia is clear, patient and so understanding of the learning process. I am looking forward to working with her!
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Kate September 17, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Yulia is a great teacher. She is very patient and can explain the same technique in many different ways until I can understand it and perform it myself. Muscle memory is something you have to practice and she has taught me several methods to help me improve my muscle memory skills.
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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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