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Sherman Oaks, CA
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I teach reading rhythms, playing with a bend and how to groove!

About Mike
I have taught private guitar, piano, bass and drum lessons since the late 70s in Salt Lake City, where I majored in jazz guitar performance, and since 1980 in Los Angeles. I make the lessons fun. Some of my students have received college scholarships and won cash prizes for music contests. All of them had fun while learning and improving on their instruments.

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I am very enthusiastic and can teach students how to read. If they do not want to read music, they can learn to play by ear. I can also show them where to put their fingers. During piano lessons, I often accompany students on guitar and suggest a scale for improvisation, so they can play the blues. During drum lessons, I often play bass so they can learn to groove.

*** Travel Equipment ***
They should have their own instrument and a music stand.

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I specialize in jazz improvisation on piano and guitar.
I also teach recreational guitar and piano for adults, including classical and blues styles.
I coach bass players and drummers in playing stylistically correct grooves for jazz, rock and latin music.
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jerome G. September 18, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Mike has great enthusiasm and energy when it comes to imparting his knowledge to those of us less enlightened. Very easy demeanor too. Thanks Mike.
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Joanne August 27, 2018
· Organ · In home
Mike is extemely knowledgeable about chords and fingering, which is what I wanted.
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Mark H. August 2, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Awesome!
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Mike S.

Mike S.

Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
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About Dennis L.

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Van Nuys, CA
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Want to be able to play your favorite cover songs with your friends? Or become the next drumming sensation? Let's make it happen! I have 17 years of experience teaching students of all ages, levels, ambitions and genres.

About Dennis
Dennis Leeflang (drummer for former Guns N' Roses lead guitarist RON "BUMBLEFOOT" THAL) has recorded and toured with many great artists all over the globe, including 80's hard rock queen LITA FORD, DANGER DANGER vocalist TED POLEY, WITHIN TEMPTATION, EPICA, SUN CAGED, TIFFANY GIARDINA (Disney), SHANE GIBSON (KORN) and many more.

Dennis offers 20 years of teaching experience, working with students of all ages and playing levels and is featured on Dom Famularo's MODERN DRUMMER list of recommended international drum educators, as well as an official member of the D'Addario Education Collective.

Subjects include:
- hand technique
- foot technique
- limb coordination
- limb independence
- practical sight reading
- drum tuning tricks to make you sound better than other drummers!
- playing with a band
- GROOVE! (how to get that inf
amous "pocket" everyone always talks about!)
- creating drum parts to music
- creative expression
- inspiration (applying inspiration you get from other musicians into your playing)
- FUN!

Extensive experience teaching students of ALL ages and levels!

The aim of the lessons is to prepare beginning drummers to function in a band setting, as a team player, and to develop comfortable technique and creativity in order to express him/herself as a drummer freely. No matter what your ambitions are! Just wanna be able to jam with friends? Or become the next drumming sensation? We'll do it!
For intermediate to advanced drummers, Dennis offers additional interesting exercises and and inspiring concepts. No matter what your playing level is, there is always something to learn!

BEST RATES IN THE AREA! Many references available upon request (current and former students)!
FREE pair of Promark sticks for every new student!
Several package deals and special pricing promos available.

Other student benefits include big discounts on drum gear, free drum gear and accessories and free concert/drum clinic tickets.

CONVENIENT VAN NUYS LOCATION!!
Dennis is an official endorser of PAISTE cymbals, Q DRUM CO. drums, PROMARK drum sticks, EVANS drumheads, DRUMTACS and AHEAD ARMOR CASES.
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Polina February 27, 2016
· Drum · In studio
I started taking drum lessons at age 22 so I felt too old to begin learning how to play a new instrument. I'm so glad that Dennis was my teacher. He gave me confidence and encouragement to become the great drum player I am today. His methods of teaching are well rounded, his lesson plans are efficient and since day one he guaranteed I would be ready to play songs with a band in only 6 months. Indeed I started playing with several bands after 6 months of having lessons with Dennis. I highly recommend him as a drum teacher and mentor!
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KV February 11, 2016
· Drum · In studio
V patient w/beginners and provided excellent tips and encouragement. Would recommend to anyone starting out on drums or adding another instrument to their repertoire. Provided great insight that also helped in cross-training, if already playing another instrument.
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Marshal February 9, 2016
· Drum · In home
I've studied with several teachers over the years, but Dennis was the best. I was a novice and Dennis took me to the next level. I'm forever grateful.
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Dennis L.

Dennis L.

Reseda, CA 91335
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About Dave R.

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North Hollywood, CA

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Let's make lessons fun~!

All ages - in your home. All proficiency levels!

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

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

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

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

About Dave
Hello! My name is Dave..Let's learn to drum!

I'm a high-energy-kind-of-guy and I love teaching!
Would you like to learn songs? Like to learn cool fills and drum licks?
You'll learn all that and more!
Students young and old LOVE my passion and enthusiasm for drumming and teaching!! Just read my reviews! :)
All you'll need to start is a pair of sticks!
My lessons are fun AND unique!
You'll learn to play drum grooves RIGHT AWAY!
You'll learn beats and tips and tricks about drumming!
In your home OR SKYPE LESSONS! FACETIME TOO
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Ruby Y. June 3, 2018
· Drum · In studio
We had an amazing experience with Dave. He is very warm and genuine and makes children feel very comfortable. We are looking forward to our second lesson with him and I'm sure five stars from us, but since it was our first experience we can't wait for the next one!
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Erich L. January 27, 2018
· Drum · Online
This teacher did not pay close attention as I explained by goals, which resulted in a lesson that was not aligned with my goals for drumming. I would recommend searching for a different teacher if you have specific goals. This teacher either did not understand what I was explaining or not able to translate make goals into specific practice routines.
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Lucas C. December 24, 2017
· Drum · Online
His first lesson , and he love it !
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Dave R.

Dave R.

North Hollywood, CA 91606
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About Danny B.

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Los Angeles, CA

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I've been teaching drum set for 5 years. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to properly hold a pair of sticks and as time goes on you'll be able to effectively keep time, and play along to songs. I specialize in rock, fuck, pop, and blues drumming. In my lessons I typically us the instructional books Syncopation by Ted Reed and the Drummer's Bible by Mick Berry. At lessons I have two drum sets, drum pads, sticks, brushes, music stands, and various drum books. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and am excited to teach.

About Danny
I have been playing and performing the drums for the past 10 years.

In a teaching situation I try and provide a relaxed and friendly environment in order to learn a students strengths and weaknesses. I want students to be able to learn at their own pace, and not to worry if they think they are not learning quickly enough.

I generally work as a for hire musician playing for various acts in the styles of rock, funk, blues, jazz, and even movie scores.

I have toured throughout California and have had the privilege to open for such artists as A Flock of Seagulls, Jennifer Leitham, Daniel Glass, and Jack Sheldon.
I have recorded drums for movies including Stomp the Yard, and Obsessed; played with acts such as Big Dave LIttle, Brett Copeland, and Kenji Igus. I have played with such jazz musicians including Richard Simon and Roger
Neumann.

I attended the AVPA from 2006 to 2009 and have a degree in Psychology.

*** Lesson Details ***
In the lesson setting I want the student to become as comfortable with the drums as possible. I like to maintain a relaxed environment, allowing the student to move at his or her own pace. This in mind, I believe the fundamentals are the most important to learn.

Students will first learn the basic hand techniques needed for accomplished drum playing, before moving on to more complex ideas behind groove, and feel. Reading music and keeping effective time will be emphasized in early lessons.

I also like to teach students that drums are a musical instrument that is typically played with other musicians. A student will learn how to play and interact well with other musicians in a variety of musical settings.

I use a combination of books for teaching including:
Syncopation by Ted Reed
The All-American Drummer by Charley Wilcoxon
The Drummer's Bible by Mick Berry and Jason Gianni
Stick Control by George Lawrence Stone
I will also use various drum charts and exercises as well as the use of videos and recordings.

After 3 to 6 months a student will be able to read drum notation and rhythms at a competent level and will be able to play basic drum beats on the drum kit as well as have a basic understanding of how to play with other musicians in various styles of music.

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Equipment includes two drumsets, drum pads, sticks, and instructional material.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Can bring drums if necessary, would prefer to bring a drum pad.
Expect the student to have drums.

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Jazz, Funk, Blues
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Dominic L. November 18, 2018
· Drum · In home
Our son learned so much with his music teacher. We are grateful for his patience
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Meghan April 19, 2017
· Drum · In home
Danny is a great teacher - he's really patient and encouraging and my son adores his lessons and looks forward to them every week. Danny has a way of making him both take it seriously and also think he's having the most fun and is a natural. I high;y recommend him.
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Danny B.

Los Angeles, CA 90016
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About Sarah L.

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Van Nuys, CA
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I have been playing drums for over 15 years. Playing live shows and recording for about 10 years. I am a traveling musician and would love to help anyone interested in playing drums.

About Sarah
I have experience with playing drums for over 15 years. I have been playing professionally and traveling with a band for over 8 years. I enjoy teaching to beginner drummers who want to learn how to play a drum set. I also can teach more intermediate and advanced drummers who are looking to play in a band for live shows or recording in a studio.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have 2 full drum sets available.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Will travel with snare drum and possibly full drum set.
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Shawn K. February 26, 2015
· Drum · In home
She is a great teacher for my daughter. My daughter suffers from adhd, and Sarah is very patient with my daughter. My daughter has had 3 lessons from Sarah so far and I couldn't be happier with the results so far. On top of everything, Sarah has been patient with me as well, answering questions as I have no knowledge of drums. She has even saved me money by telling me what to buy for my daughter, and what to hold off on for now. I would definitely recommend Sarah.
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Tanya H. July 15, 2014
· Drum · In studio
I am very impressed with Sarah's lessons. My son can be nervous when being taught something new but he has been pretty relaxed with Sarah, I really like how she interacts with him. I can tell that he feels no pressure and I think he is picking things up well, I am impressed with what he can do so far. He wants to keep learning with Sarah and I am happy to support that. I highly recommend Sarah as a drum teacher!
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Sarah L.

Sarah L.

Van Nuys, CA 91405
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North Hills, CA

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Athan G has taught drums for eight years, and strives to provide each student with exactly what they need to excel. He has extensive training, both from CSUN as a Jazz Performance major and performing around the world in various groups. From basic technique, to advanced technical and musical studies, his wealth of knowledge and experience will help you improve immensely. He teaches based on each individual student in order to provide you with the best and most fun learning experience.

About Athan
Hello potential students, my name is Athan G. and I would love to be your new teacher! I have been teaching for over eight years, and love it as much as I love music itself. I have extensive experience in helping students reach their goals, becoming the best drummers and musicians that they can be. As a musician, I have been fortunate to study and play with some of L.A.'s top musicians, participating in the country's top student groups and receiving honors at many music festivals and competitions. The lessons I've learned from these great experiences I hope to pass on to you, the student, in order to help you get the most out of our lessons and to turn you into the best musician that you can be. Whether beginner or advanced, and any genre from jazz to rock to hip hop, I feel I have the knowledge to take your drumming and music-making to t
he highest level (and of course, have a blast doing it!) I have a passion for teaching, and would love to have you as my student!
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Jennifer January 15, 2019
· Drum · Online
great song choices
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Jennifer January 8, 2019
· Drum · Online
gives good feedback. sends videos about how to play that song witch really helps.
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Jennifer January 1, 2019
· Drum · Online
shares super good information on what you need to work on.
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Athan G.

Athan G.

North Hills, CA 91343
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About Ray R.

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Valley Village, CA
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I'm an experienced drum teacher and my main focus is to find out what your goals are and help you achieve them! Lesson with me are tailored to your specific needs in a fun and always musical way. You'll learn rudiments, technique, and reading while playing along to your favorite songs.

About Ray
Hello! My name is Ray R. and I'm a professional drummer and drum instructor. Please watch my "Ray Rojo - Teacher Introduction" video in the video section of my profile for a better introduction and pictures of my studio.

I have been teaching private lessons for over six years and I'm currently accepting new students at my home studio. My studio is fully sound-proofed and sound-treated to make lessons more enjoyable. I have two drum sets which allows me and my student to play together, making lessons more fun and efficient. I've taught students ranging from 3 years old to 70 years old.

I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Performance of Contemporary Music from Musicians Institute. At Musicians Institute I have also worked as a private tutor in subjects including technique, reading, and drum set playing. I also taught at Cornel School of
Contemporary Music teaching reading classes and contemporary styles. I'm currently teaching at Modern Music School in Pasadena, where most of my students are kids. I'm also a published author with six educational drum books available on Amazon. My curriculum is geared towards beginning drummer who are first learning how to play or for intermediate players who are looking to strengthen their foundation.

I'm very passionate about teaching and take the opportunity to help you improve at drumming very seriously. I look forward to helping you accomplish all of your drumming goals!
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Cintia A. November 26, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Ray is a wonderful drum teacher to my 13 year old son. He is not only, a passionate and talented musician, but also a great instructor, who is capable of conveying his knowledge into age appropriate lessons that are easy, relateball, fun, and customized to fit the individual skill level, interests and goals of each student.
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Joel S. March 14, 2017
· Drum · In home
Ray is great. Very knowledgeable and personable. He tuned into what I needed to know right away and had two beautiful drum kits set up and ready to play.
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Adler G. March 13, 2017
· Drum · In studio
First drum lesson was awesome with Ray!
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Ray R.

Valley Village, CA 91607
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About Alexa B.

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Valley Village, CA

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I've been teaching drums to students of all ages since 2004. I'm available for lessons at my home studio or your house, and I'm great with kids, however I ask that your child is at least 6 years old. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to play basic drum beats and play along to some of your favorite songs. At the same time, we'll work on good drumming technique, note reading, developing good timing, and more. I'm a very patient and positive teacher and would be excited to hear from you! I pride myself on having long-term student retention. :)

About Alexa
Hi, there! My name is Alexa and I would be excited to be your drum teacher. I've been teaching private lessons since 2004 and have helped 100+ students become better drummers. I strive to make my lessons fun yet productive. If you are a beginner, you'll learn all the foundations for good drumming such as technique and rudiments..... while at the same time learning to play along to your favorite songs. If you are intermediate / advanced, we'll identify which areas of your drumming can be improved to make you a more well rounded musician.

I went to Berklee College of Music and earned a degree in Professional Music in 2004 (GPA 3.9). I also attended the L.A. Music Academy from 1998-99 (now Los Angeles College of Music).

I'm a very patient and motivated teacher, and I'm great with kids and parents. I look forward to helping you (or yo
ur child) reach your drumming goals!

-Alexa
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Erin September 16, 2017
· Drum · In studio
I had a lovely first lesson with Alexa! She was patient, encouraging, and fun. By the end of the lesson, I learned something new, knew what I needed to practice, and was excited to go back for another lesson.
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Yasmin May 23, 2017
· Drum · In studio
WOW! My nephew was so inspired and excited after his first drum lesson with Alexa! She is so professional and knowledgeable ... and made the lesson so much fun! I wholeheartedly recommend her!
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Fred May 23, 2017
· Drum · In home
I was a beginner drummer looking to learn a new skill. Alexa was a patient and extremely talented teacher. I looked at many different individuals before choosing her. I was trying to find someone who was educated in music through formal schooling (To have a strong background in the fundamentals who could actually teach me as an absolute novice) as well as someone that is currently performing (who Rocks !). I have seen her perform a number of times and she is truly talented.
I felt so comfortable with her as a teacher (and a person) I also had her teach my youngest son (who was 11 at the time).
She never missed an appointment, and was always on time (very important for a drummer)
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Alexa B.

Valley Village, CA 91607
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About Mark C.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Drums were my first real hobby, and a great confidence-builder when I was growing up. I've spent many hours playing drums, and it's become a very rewarding part of my life. I specialize in teaching the techniques of playing the drum set, and I'd love to show you how to do it. So, sign up! I promise it'll be fun. You won't regret it.

About Mark
Mark is an American composer, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and music producer.

"I started teaching private music lessons my senior year of high school, in 2006. Since then I've taught over 50 different students of all ages from 3 years old to 61 years old. While still living in Ohio, I was the one and only official guitar teacher for Guitar Center Youngstown through the duration of 2008-2009. In late 2009, after moving to Los Angeles, I continued to teach privately all around the city. I currently live in West Hollywood with my wife and dog. I plan to continue teaching private students for the rest of my life."
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Amy November 4, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
Mark is a great instructor! I highly recommend him to anyone who wants to play guitar.
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Amy October 21, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
Mark is a great instructor! I highly recommend him to ANYONE who wants to learn how to play guitar!!
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Amy October 14, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
Great instructor! I recommend Mark because he lets you learn, but he makes it fun! (He is also REALLY nice!)
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Mark C.

Los Angeles, CA 90028
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Thousand Oaks, CA

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My name is Trevor Smith, I am 20 years old and have been professionally trained and have played all styles of drums / percussion since I was 6 years old. I currently teach students from age 6-24. I have also taught students at Rock Nation music school.

I currently attend Cal State Channel Islands and have excelled in many music courses, including lead drummer in the school's music ensemble.
Some of my accomplishments include: playing at NAMM, recording two full length albums, opening for Puddle of Mudd, selected to perform at Vans Warped tour, performed with Slash from Guns n Roses, placed first in the preliminary round of the Westlake Guitar Center drum off, and have played literally hundreds of different shows.

I am playing drums with my band Strange Case, and actively recording our third album. I enjoy teaching all genres of music and skill levels.

DRUM LESSONS FOR BEGINNERS
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About Trevor
My name is Trevor Smith, I am 20 years old and have been professionally trained, playing all styles of drums and percussion since 6 years of age.
I am currently attending Cal State Channel Islands as a Poli Sci and Business major, and have excelled in numerous musical courses, including the lead drummer in the school's music ensemble.
I have taught students from ages 6-24 and enjoy exploring and educating about all genres of drumming.
In terms of my drumming experience, I have; played at NAMM, was voted "most musically talented" at Newbury Park HS, been in numerous bands, was selected to play at Vans Warped Tour, opened for Puddle Of Mudd and Smashmouth, have recorded two full length albums in studio environments, performed with well respected musicians such as Slash and many more, achieved first place in the preliminaries of the Guit
ar Center Drum off in Westlake, and have literally played hundreds of shows of all types.
As of now, I have been playing with my indie-alternative band Strange Case for three years. We are actively performing, writing, and recording our third album.
What you can expect from our first lesson:
-Getting to know the kit and play comfortably
-Learning basic 4/4 beats
- Pick your favorite song and start to learn it
-Essential practice pad rudiments

My drum lessons will have you keeping the beat and progressing on the drums starting from the first lesson. I am ready to help student drummers gain real skill through private lessons and rehearsals.

BEGINNER LESSONS
I offer simple yet effective drum lessons for beginners that bypass entry-level pad training. Students get behind a drum kit during their first lesson to start learning how to play the drums. Through private drum lessons, and rehearsals students will learn introductory rudiments to drum fills and solos.

INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED DRUM LESSONS
When a student progresses beyond beginner drum lessons, they will move to an intermediate to advanced drum lessons programs putting them on the path to professionalism. During weekly private lessons, I will guide students through advanced drumming techniques and training methods aimed at making them more skilled drummers and musicians.
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Bree Whitney September 17, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Trevor exceeded my expectations. Trevor's rehearsal room was super neat and he made the lesson relaxed and fun. I did not know how talented Trevor was until he invited me to watch him perform at the Surf Rodeo. He is probably the best drummer that I have seen perform and I highly recommend Trevor.
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Roy McCrossin September 16, 2018
· Drum · In home
Trevor is extremely friendly, and during the first lesson, he listened to my son's interests and instantly connected. My son has progressed so much over the past few months and enjoys working with Trevor. They have created jam sessions making the lessons even more fun and valuable. I would highly recommend Trevor.
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Trevor S.

Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
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