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Los Angeles, CA

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I have been teaching drumset for over 10 years. My lessons focus on applying technique and reading, through snare reading exercises and learning popular songs. Lessons will adjust according to the student's level, pace, and goals.

My goal for my students is to have an understanding on how to use their instrument, develop versatility, discover who they are as a musician, while having fun along the way!

About Joan
Joan is a passionate drummer, percussionist, and teacher. She plays any genre and performs regularly all over Southern California. She has also performed on television shows including Saturday Night Live, Good Morning America, David Letterman, MTV TRL, and the Ellen Show.

Joan earned her Bachelors of Music in Percussion Performance from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSU Long Beach.

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Drumset, congas, bongos, cajon, vibraphone, auxiliary percussion.

Specialties:
All styles of drumset, hand percussion.
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Eric February 26, 2017
· Drum · In home
Joan has been teaching our 9-year-old son for about two years. She is terrific -- patient, reliable, easy to work with, and has developed a great relationship with our son. Joan takes care to tailor her lessons and songs to you child's interests. We highly recommend her.
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Kelly B. February 12, 2015
· Drum · In home
My 15 year old daughter is a beginning drummer. She is really enjoying her lessons with Joan and feels like she is really learning how to be a drummer.
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Brooke J. January 23, 2015
· Drum · In home
Joan has been teaching our 5 year old daughter in our home and has incredible patience and finds ways to make it fun for her as well as educational. She also was flexible when we needed to change our lesson times from a weekday to a weekend morning time slot and was always on time and very professional. I would highly recommend her as a teacher for a young beginner!
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Joan Q.

Joan Q.

Los Angeles, CA 90064
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$40 / 30-min

About Kris B.

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Lessons are tailored to the students style preferences. Drum Set styles that can be taught include:
Rock, which could include metal, punk, classic, double kick drumming etc.
Funk, r&b, and blues.
Jazz from the early part of the 20th century to the present.
Latin music, particularly Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and reggae.
Other various styles of contemporary music. including hip hop.
Orchestral percussion including Timpani, orchestral snare drum technique, marimba, vibraphone, orchestra bells, xylophone, and 4 mallet keyboard techniques.
4 mallet keyboard techniques taught include: the Burton grip, the Mainieri grip, the Musser grip, and the Scissors grip.
Music reading is taught, but not a requirement.

About Kris
Kris B has a Bachelors degree in Music from California State 
University Northridge, and has worked professionally in a variety 
of styles including jazz, Latin, rock, funk, r&b, and classical. He has gotten to work with many of the finest musicians in Southern California, and has teamed up to perform clinic/performances with musicians such as Luis Conte, Richie Gagate Garcia, Taku Hirano, and Roland Gajate Garcia. He’s also performed clinics with Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s great bassist, Tony Franklin,  who was with The Firm, as well as Richard Fortus, guitarist with Guns N’ Roses.
      Kris is also very happy to have gigged with many world class musicians including Michito Sanchez, Kevin Ricard, Clare Fischer, Otmaro Ruiz, Smokey Robinson, Teena Marie, Denice Williams, Stu Goldberg, Art Davis, Doc Severenson, Tim Bogert, Rique Pantoja,
Derron Johnson, Doug Lunn, Ron Stout, Rob Whitlock, John Pisano, Fred Katz, Gloria Gaynor, Jeff Kashiwa, Vinnie Falcone, Massamba Diop, Casio Duarte, and Dylan Wilson, among many others. Kris has been hired for many different types of gigs including a variety show where he had the pleasure of performing with the host, actor/comedian Jason Alexander. He currently plays regularly with  John Heussenstamm from The Surf Punks, which is a burning trio that includes Baba Elephante.
      Kris has a mastery and expertise on his instrument that stems from his vast amount of experience. It enables him to enlighten students with instruction that can encompass many styles of music. Because he has great depth and wisdom, a student having difficulty with any aspect of their playing can consult with him, and Kris will instantly produce a methodic strategy to get the student on their way to solving the issues, allowing them to continue to evolve. Kris was on the faculty at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood from 2001 to 2013. There he taught the double bass drumming class, the odd meters class, afro-cuban drumming class, caribbean drumming class, jazz drums class, rhythm section workshops, live playing workshops, applying technique to the drum set class, music reading 1,2,& 3, fill fest (drum fills class), funk, r&b, and hip-hop classes, as well as open counseling, and private instruction.
Kris has studied privately with: Luis Conte, Peter Erskine, Jeff Hamilton , Joey Heredia, Jimmy Branly, Gerry Brown, Wally Snow, Roy Burns, Peter Donald, Joel Leach , Karen Ervin, John Magnussen, Brian Kilgore, Rob Carson, Les De Merle.

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The lessons are tailored to the goals of the student. Fundamentals are taught within the context of the styles of music that the student prefers. As the students skills and knowledge increase, his exposure to a wider palette of musical styles will increase. Styles taught include: Rock, jazz, funk, r&b, pop, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Caribbean, classical-symphonic.

*** Specialties ***
music, drums, percussion, music theory, voice, song-writing
Rock, Jazz, Pop, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, Caribbean, Classical-Symphonic
Vibraphone, marimba, mallet keyboards, symphonic percussion, Latin percussion-hand percussion, music theory, jazz improvisation, rhythm section workshops, vocal technique, song writing-production.
"I adapt my methods to the student, but I particularly enjoy teaching the Murry Spivak/Wally Snow method, which is a highly specialized method of classical snare drum training which can then be applied to many other styles, including drum set. I can also teach a drum corp. approach".
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Jonathon Haley July 20, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Kris has really improved my singing, both in terms of how I sound and how comfortable it feels for me to sing, and has taught me valuable techniques that I'll continue to use into the future. He pointed out problems in my singing, such as pitch issues as well as a "shaky/nervous" and helped me fix these.
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Rosalin S. March 20, 2014
· Drum ·
Kris is awesome!

Kris is awesome! You will never meet anyone who loves musicor teaching as much as Kris. I startedwith him almost two years ago, and as an adult, beginning voice student I ampretty inhibited. Kris has an enthusiastic manner about him though, that reallyhelps you relax and feel more confident as he instructs you. When I started outthere was a real tightness in my voice that was probably more psychological thanphysical, but he showed me some important techniques for voice relaxation andamplification. For someone as shy about singing as I am, some of histechniques may seem a little outlandish at first, but they really do work! My karaoke buddies tell me that I sound even better than before! Iwholeheartedly recommend Kris to anyone who is looking for an enthusiastic andknowledgeable teacher.
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LynnP July 3, 2012
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My son and I have been looking for a great teacher and we finally found one!
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Kris B.

Kris B.

Anaheim, CA 92807
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About Ken P.

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Anaheim, CA
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One of the most fundamental of all instruments. What you learn here can be transferred to many other instruments, including guitar and piano.

About Ken
I've been playing music my whole life, but it was as a high school student when I was asked to teach the school's guitar class that I became a teacher. Since that time I've gone on to earn several awards, played in many different types of projects, and earned a Master's degree. You might have heard my music before too if you've ever listened to a podcast, TV commercials, Indy films, or played any video games. My most successful student thus far however, would have to be Jacob Tilley from the rock band Young the Giant.

Not everybody wants to be a rock star though, and there are many aspects to the world of music. During the course of my musical adventure I've played with orchestras, been in rock, bluegrass, reggae, pop and blues bands, classical ensembles and more. I have also had the opportunity to play for celebrities and diploma
ts. Basically I've done a little of everything and I believe that it is this diversity of experiences that makes me a better teacher. Having worked in so many settings gives me a broad understanding that I use to help you reach whatever goals you might have.

I have also become adept at writing, recording and producing music, studying under Frank Wright of the legendary rock band Chicago. If you have an interest in creating and/or recording music I can definitely help you get there! Check out my chill/downtempo instrumental album 'Night Music'.

*** Lesson Details ***
I can teach you about playing several different instruments, how to write, how to record your own music, and how to get your music career off the ground! As a youth, I was largely self-taught so my inspiration was always to have fun. I never had to deal with the 'homework' style of practicing so I've naturally incorporated that approach to my lessons. My goal is to keep you (the student) inspired and having fun. When that happens you will become good at your instrument and feel as though you 'played' your way to success! As your teacher I will also provide almost all of the materials for free and show you great free apps to help you along with your learning and keep costs to a minimum! I know we will have fun together while you learn and I look forward to meeting you!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitars, piano/keyboard, drums, bass, banjo, mandolin, ukulele and a ProTools recording studio.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide the learning materials but I expect the student to have their own instrument, be that a guitar, drum set, etc.

*** Specialties ***
Commercial music is definitely my specialty, but I am also capable of doing various styles such as classical, bluegrass, traditional/folk. Just focus on what you want to learn and I can teach it to you.
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Jeff March 5, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In home
Ken is a great instructor. Easy to talk to. Provides excellent instruction. Perfect for a beginner.
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Jim July 31, 2016
· Ukulele · In studio
Ken makes learning fun. He's very encouraging. I can't wait for my second lesson.
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James July 17, 2016
· Bass Guitar · Online
Had a great first bass lesson with Ken. Looking forward to further lessons with him and getting to the next level.
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Ken P.

Ken P.

Anaheim, CA 92808
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About Brian R.

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Los Angeles, CA
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Ready to start playing the drums? I teach drum lessons to beginners, intermediate and advanced players.

About Brian
I'm a 30 year old professional musician who has been playing drums and percussion for the last 16 years. I've taught for a respected music studio in Connecticut and I continue to teach here in Los Angeles. I have played in numerous bands and toured the United States, Europe and Central America. The styles I teach are Rock, Jazz, Latin, R&B/Hip-Hop, Funk/Soul, Reggae, Folk/Indie, Metal/Hardcore and World Rhythms.

I teach drum-set and various types of hand percussion such as bongos, djembe, darbuka/doumbek and congas.

*** Lesson Details ***
I've always thought that learning should be fun. I consistently try to bring a creative and laid-back approach to teaching drums. After the first lesson most students realize that I don't take myself too seriously. Sometimes certain techniques or exercises can be tiresome or even boring. When this
occurs, I switch gears and move on to something else. In my opinion, if a student is getting very frustrated it is generally best to relax and try a different exercise or beat. If we can't enjoy ourselves then what is the point?!

*** Equipment ***
I expect a student to have at least a pair of sticks and a pad. Eventually they will need a metronome for practicing and if they are serious a drum-set at some point. If you'd like to learn hand percussion I recommend having a hand drum of some kind.

*** Specialties ***
The styles I teach are Rock, Jazz, Latin, R&B/Hip-Hop, Funk/Soul, Reggae, Folk/Indie, Metal/Hardcore and World Rhythms. I teach from the heart and develop a natural feel for my students. I also use multiple books mixed into my teaching.
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Jessie July 19, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Quality drum teacher. I took lessons with Brian for about a year and his teaching style is relaxed compared to other drummers I studied with. I never felt rushed with the exercises, we always went at my pace. I recommend this teacher.
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Hector June 22, 2017
· Bongo · In home
Cool down to earth teacher, amazing on drums / bongos. I'm a beginner and just bought some bongos so I wanted a few lessons to get myself started. Our first lesson was a blast and I'm gonna continue to take more lessons with Brian when I am able to.
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Don September 30, 2015
· Drum · In home
Brian is a very intuitive teacher. I was a drum student of his when he lived in Connecticut. He was able to unlock my creative ideas on the drum set in ways I never thought possible. I highly recommend Brian to anyone looking to learn drums on a deep level.
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Brian R.

Brian R.

Los Angeles, CA 90004
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$70 / 60-min

About Jack D.

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Azusa, CA

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Knowing how to play the drums is one thing, knowing how to play music with a band, in a studio, for a video & television is a completely different ball game. I own a music & video production company where I compose all of the music for the videos scratch, so you'll be learning the drums & sound engineering from an industry professional perspective & how to incorporate your talents into everyday life. So wether you want to play for fun or be a high demand professional, I'm a click away 👍🏼

About Jack
Hello, my name's Jack & I'm a drummer/composer/sound engineer/videographer. I fell in love music & all arts since the day I was born & the day I held my first drumsticks at the age of 12 at my uncle's studio, I knew this is what I wanted to do for life.
I studied drum theory in Kalabhavan Indian Music Institute for a year & half an hold an AA degree in sound engineering from the International Media Academy in the middle east. I've been in the music & film industry every since I graduated high school.
Currently I own a production company (www.aeternaeproductions.com) where we specialize in composing music, filming commercials for social media & doing training videos for organizations, so when you book a lesson with me, you're not only going to learn the drums/sound engineering, but how to play with a band, for a video, for TV & movies. I
will analyze your needs & give you the tools to either play drums/sound engineer for fun, or be a true industry high-demand professional.
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Steven August 5, 2017
· Drum · In home
Mr. Jack is a very helpful instructor. When a student confronts trouble, he is always there for you. He teaches with excellence in a refined way. Mr. Jack is also very polite and offers skyrocketing, hair-raising prizes if you work hard (not a 100% guarantee). ;D
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Jack D.

Jack D.

Azusa, CA 91702
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About Larry S.

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Fullerton, CA

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I have been teaching drum set since 199I. My teaching methods are very personal, in that I tailor each students needs personally. My instruction focuses on everything from correct technique to musicianship skills. I offer lessons for all ages, levels and styles.

About Larry
Hello, I have been teaching drum set and hand percussion lessons for over 25 years. I use practical and user friendly methods aimed at getting the best results. My lessons are tailored specifically to each students needs.

Since 2008, I have been teaching online. I have taught students from various states in the U.S., central Europe and beyond. On average I teach 16-20 lessons a week.

Besides instruction on drum set and hand percussion, I am also active in recording work on a global scale. I have film and TV credits in the hundreds. My original compositions can be heard on everything from Animal Planet to Yukon Men. In my opinion the best teachers are the ones who actually regularly play the instruments they teach.

I am an educated musician with tenures at Berklee College of Music and the LA Music Academy. I have studied under
some of the top teacher/players in the world.
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Larry S.

Larry S.

Fullerton, CA 92832
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$35 / 30-min

About Jamaal S.

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Los Angeles, CA
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Whatever your aims with the instrument, I can help you achieve them. You may be a complete beginner learning to play drums from scratch, an established player looking to improve technique or music reading skills, or you may be looking for a way to reduce stress or simply start a new hobby. Whatever your aims or aspirations, I can help you by providing a tailored plan of tuition that suits your needs, while being fun, entertaining, and hugely rewarding at the same time.

About Jamaal
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Jamaal Smith one of the UK's youngest working session musicians having worked for the likes of Krept & Konan, Natalie La Rose, Lady Leshurr, and many others. Jamaal has worked on international TV shows such as MTV and gigged and toured to a for several years. He has built a number of great relationships with artists, artists managers, and record labels. He is endorsed by many drum companies, including Yamaha Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Vader Drumsticks, Remo drumheads, and Protection Racket cases.
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Jamaal S.

Jamaal S.

Los Angeles, CA 90026
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$30 / 30-min

About Nathan L.

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Studio City, CA

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Beginner, advanced or anywhere in between, I will create a lesson based on your musical interests and goals.
I have 30 years drumming experience and most recently co-starred in the Oscar nominated film WHIPLASH. I served as the drum instructor for all actors on that film.
I love playing the drums and I love teaching others what I've picked up over the years. The most important thing is having fun, building confidence and achieving your goals! Thanks for the interest!

About Nathan
My name is Nate Lang. I've been playing the drums for thirty years. I'm trained in marching band, rudiments and classic drum set. I have a BA from Fordham University in NYC.
I work as an actor and a drummer in both LA and NYC.
Most recently, I co-started in the Oscar nominated film Whiplash and was also the drum instructor for the actors on that film.

I'm confident I can create a fun and effective lesson plan for adults and children of all abilities. If you're new to the drums I'll create a curriculum that fits you and your interests while providing you with a solid foundation to build on.
If you're a drumming veteran looking for a tune up, some coaching or just hearing another player's approach , I'll form a lesson just for you.
Thanks for your time!
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Nathan L.

Nathan L.

Studio City, CA 91604
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$30 / 30-min

About Michael H.

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Monrovia, CA

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I'm a great teacher!

About Michael
Hi, I'm a university trained musician with several years of teaching experience. I specialized in classical guitar performance, so proper technique and interpretation is important to me. Whether we are playing Bach or rock, I will make sure you get the most out of the musical experience.

My drum students start with proper rudiment training and quickly move to the drum set after hand coordination is established. I regularly accompany my drum students on guitar and perform songs with them.
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Michael H.

Monrovia, CA 91016
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$34 / 30-min

About Adam L.

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My drum lessons has huge focus on the development of each and everyone of my students on a personal level, beginners to more advanced players, and my goal is to help strengthen my students natural talents and to improve his/her weaknesses.
My goal is to help my students to become not only better drummers but also better musicians therefore I focus greatly on musicianship, how to be a good team player in a band situation, improve a professional state of mind and listening skills. I teach hand technique/ foot technique, rudiments, sight reading, systems to improve independence and creativity.
The main genres I teach is rock, funk, latin (brazilian & afro cuban), metal and jazz. I also have knowledge in styles like second line, ECM and reggae.

About Adam
I am a Swedish professional drummer and I graduated from the Los Angeles College of Music with an Associate of Arts degree. Before my education I was taking private lessons from an MI graduate drummer named Svetlan Råket and I have also studied privately with my mentor Joey Heredia. I did also play in various bands and groups for 13 years back in Sweden. I have been studying with great drummers such as Ralph Humphrey (Frank Zappa, Don Ellis etc.), Joe Porcaro (Natalie Cole, Frank Sinatra, Pink Floyd etc.), Joey Heredia (Michael Ruff, Scott Henderson, Stevie Wonder, Frank Gambale etc.) and Gary Ferguson (Glenn Hughes, Gary Moore, Steve Lukather, Lana Del Rey etc.).

My students can expect personal one-on-one lessons in which I as a teacher will help the student to hone and improve his/her natural talents and to help get rid of any weak s
pots. I also highly focus on how to be in a band situation and/or working with an artist and how to be and act as a professional musician. I teach various styles in drums such as rock, pop, funk, jazz and latin. We will also run through rudiments, hand/foot technique, sight reading and ear training.
During the first lesson I use to ask my student to play various things on the kit or the pad so I can get a good and clear picture on what level we will be start working. My level of students reaches from beginners to advanced players.

I hope my services sounds interesting and don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions!

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Adam L.

Pasadena, CA 91106
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