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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 is an official endorser of PAISTE cymbals, Q DRUM CO. drums, PROMARK drum sticks and AHEAD ARMOR CASES. More info about Dennis: www.dennisleeflang.com.

Dennis has 15+ years of teaching experience, working with students of all ages and playing levels and is featured on Dom Famularo's list of recommended international drum educators (http://www.moderndrummer.com/site/2015/11/dom-famularos-teachers-list).

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 infamous "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 LOCATION!! PA Rehearsal Studios in Reseda (www.parehearsalstudios.com). Beautiful brand new facility with on-site parking, chill-out patio, lounge, beverages, espresso, etc.
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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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$75 / 60-min

About Joan Q.

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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.

Studio Equipment:
Drumset, congas, bongos, cajon, vibraphone, auxiliary percussion.

Specialties:
All styles of drumset, hand percussion.
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John M. August 28, 2017
· Drum · In home
Joan taught my son from first time to an advanced beginner. She was very patient and extremely helpful. My son was fully engaged in his lessons and always enjoyed his time with Joan. Joan was very dependable, always on time for lessons and always flexible with her scheduling. She also assisted in purchasing a drumset for my son. I would recommend Joan to anyone looking to learn the drums.
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Hartley August 18, 2017
· Drum · In home
First lesson was great! We are looking forward to our future lessons with Joan.
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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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Joan Q.

Joan Q.

Los Angeles, CA 90064
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$40 / 30-min

About Eli H.

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About Eli
Eli has been been a professional touring and studio musician for over 15 years and has had the pleasure of traveling internationally and performing many styles of music with many different people.

Growing up in a musical household resulted in an early start to Eli’s musical career. It allowed him to become a studio and live drummer at the age of 14, and has been performing and recording ever since.

Selected for the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts in high school he then continued his musical education by attaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The Cincinnati College Conservatory of music.

Eli Has been Teaching for over 15 years and is always looking forward to teaching new students how to be a better musician.

*** Lesson Details ***
Rock to Jazz, Gospel to Latin, from brand new beginner to advanced student,
study DRUMS, BASS, UKULELE, OR GUITAR at your pace under the care of a patient and experienced teacher.

You will get to play on your instrument EVERY LESSON, and I will have you rocking out to your favorite songs in no time at all.

I am currently accepting new students:

I differ from many of the other teachers offering music lessons
in a number of ways:

Playing and teaching are
two distinctly different crafts and I strive for excellence in both.

My passion for music is boundless and I am adept at motivating my students to achieve their personal musical goals whatever they may be.

I offer 1/2 hour or hour lessons in your Home.

BFA - From Cincinnati Conservatory Music
• 15+ years experience

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*** Travel Equipment ***
GUITAR
If teaching Guitar i will provide my guitar but the student should have his/her own guitar.

UKULELE
I will provide my own Ukulele but the student should have his/her own Ukulele
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BASS
I will provide my own Bass but the student should have his/her own Bass guitar.

DRUMS
Student must have a drum-set or snare drum to work on at their home.

PERCUSSION
Student must have some percussion instruments to learn on.

*** Specialties ***
Drum: beginner - professional Guitar and Bass: beginner- intermediate

I can teach a variety of styles from Jazz to Metal to Bossa Nova and Cumbia. Ukulele Beginner-Intermediate I have been playing in many different bands both live and in the studio since the age of 14.

So I can cover a lot of ground when it comes to concepts and genres.
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Joshua June 15, 2015
· Music Theory · In home
Very patient and fun to work with!
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BeckyO November 1, 2010
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Eli has been awesome. My son is really enjoying his lessons and feels so happy with his progress every week. Eli obviously has skills AND he knows how to share them. We couldn't be happier.
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HeatherP July 20, 2010
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Very good with young children

My son is 4 years old and has only had two sessions with Eli however, he does a very good job of communicating with him on his level and keeping his focus. He also has given him practice exercises which seem to do the trick.
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Eli H.

Eli H.

North Hollywood, CA 91601
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$30 / 30-min

About Danny B.

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Culver City, 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.

*** Studio Equipment ***
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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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.

Danny B.

Culver City, CA 90230
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Matthew Smith is a freelance musician from San Diego, California and began playing musically professionally in 2001. Matthew attended California State Fullerton where he earned a bachelors degree in jazz studies in 2012 and is currently pursuing his masters at CalArts. Matthew teaches all ages and can curate a lesson plan personalized to each student. Want to do music as a hobby or as a career? Matthew can give you the necessary steps to achieve your goals and build up your musical proficiency and confidence.

About Matthew
HELLO!

My name is Matthew Smith and I love music and I love to teach it even more. Although my upbringing is in jazz and classical music, I am very fluent in latin, hiphop, rock, pop and more world music as well.
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Matthew S.

Matthew S.

Canyon Country, CA 91387
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About Kevin F.

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Los Angeles, CA

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I have 17 years of experience playing and studying drums, and I look forward to sharing that with you! I'm a flexible & fun teacher who likes to see my students succeed.

I like to tailor lessons to whatever your goals are. We can learn one of your favorite songs, I can teach you drum-set exercises to improve your coordination, or we can practice rudiments to ensure you've got a great drumming foundation.

Please feel free to message me a question!

About Kevin
I'm a full-time musician, recording artist, and studio drummer who has been studying and playing for over 17 years.

I played in the UCLA jazz and latin jazz programs, as well as in the UCLA marching band. Since then I've been a part of a group called Sure Sure. I write, record, and perform live all of our drum and percussion parts; we currently have 140,000 monthly listeners on Spotify.

I like to tailor your lesson to whatever your goals are. I can teach you rudiments, we can learn one of your favorite songs, or I can show you exercises to improve your skill. I'm happy to talk about your drumming goals and then create a lesson plan to help you get there.

I look forward to hearing from you!
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Phil March 3, 2017
· Drum · In home
Kevin has been teaching my daughter Ellie for 9 months now. I found him through an old UCLA friend who's also part of the music scene here in LA. Ellie started as a percussionist in her middle school concert band and used to bang around on the set after rehearsals, but now that she's in 7th grade she decided to join the jazz ensemble. So we wanted to get her proper training on the drum kit. She always looks forward to her sessions with Kevin (we try to fit in a weekly session around club soccer and chess - yes, I'm breeding a Renaissance Woman), and she has seen astronomical growth in her abilities since she started with him last summer. As a musician myself, I can tell you that Kevin is a consummate drummer (check out his band Sure Sure!!) and teacher, not to mention a responsible (and hilarious) young man. He really emphasizes control and syncopation with Ellie, and her band teacher has been super impressed with her growing talents. Rumor has it she's even getting a drum solo at the spring concert...
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David February 27, 2017
· Drum · In home
I always wanted to learn drums but never knew where to begin. 5 minutes into my first lesson I knew I found the right teacher. Every lesson I've had with Kevin has been fun and engaging. I look forward to each session and the progress speaks for itself. My wife actually enjoys listening to me play now!!
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Kevin F.

Kevin F.

Los Angeles, CA 90039
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$45 / 30-min

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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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. 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

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North Hollywood, CA
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I have been around music my entire life starting as an infant through toddler traveling around the world with my father Steve Gadd while he was on tour. I started taking lesson privately at age 6 and never stopped until I graduated from the Los Angeles Music Academy in 2003. I have recorded with artists such as Paul Simon and Eddie Brickell. I have toured all over the world as a musician including Japan, Egypt and the US. I have recording studio as well as live performance experience and can help students become diverse and versatile musicians.

About Stephen
Drummer with world wide performing experience.
I have written songs and recorded with artists such as Paul Simon and Eddie Brickell. My goal is to help musicians become confident and versatile.
I have experience in jazz, funk, rock, r&b, fusion (odd time signatures), latin, brazillian and afro cuban and more. I have studied all styles of music and tailor make my curriculum based on the individual.
I am a supportive and patient teacher who has helped students go on to play at the college level.
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Stephen G.

Stephen G.

North Hollywood, CA 91605
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$42 / 30-min

About Peter L.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Experienced teacher and musician, great with beginners and intermediate students and happy to teach all levels! I've been playing the drums for almost 20 years, and have been playing professionally for much of the last 10 years. I always aim to keep a healthy focus on both the technical element of learning the drums, and the all-important musical element of playing with other musicians in a group. I generally spend about half the lesson focusing on technique, and the other half on songs picked by the student for us to work on. Please feel free to send me a message if you'd like to start taking lessons!

About Peter
Hello! I'm a drummer with nearly two decades of experience playing in a wide variety of bands, from straight ahead rock, to jazz, to minimalist singer-songwriter music, to swampy New Orleans-style funk, and everything in between. Since graduating college in 2011, I've been a working musician, and I combine the technical foundation of years spent studying the instrument with the musicality of a seasoned drummer.

This is exactly what I bring to my drum lessons: a strong footing in the technical side of playing, and an unwavering devotion to developing musicianship that always serves the music and the song. I will help you develop life-long habits of playing and practicing that will help you grow with your experience (and prevent injury!), and simultaneously develop an ear for music while learning to play songs. I always encourage my stud
ents to bring songs they love to lessons for us to focus on, and for beginners, to start playing with other people as soon as possible. This keeps lessons dynamic and engaging—playing drums should be fun!

For intermediate and advanced students, I bring my experience as a working studio and live drummer to lessons. We focus on musicianship in the context of a band, listening, timbre, groove, timekeeping, confidence, and the intangibles of what it takes to be an effective band member (and an employable drummer!).

In addition to countless hours spent in middle and high school banging away on the drums in my parents' basement, I studied jazz in college, and since then have taken lessons with Scott Amendola to supplement my experience playing.

Please feel free to send me a message if you'd like to start lessons! I'm available to teach in students' homes in Los Angeles, or teach lessons online.
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Caitlin December 2, 2017
· Drum · In home
Peter is a skilled and talented drummer with the pedagogy to go with it. He is on time, communicative, and able to connect with students easily. His combination of commitment to technique as well as ability to stoke a young drummer's intrinsic motivation make him a wonderful instructor.
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Peter L.

Los Angeles, CA 90027
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