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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.

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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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Mark H. August 2, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Awesome!
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frank April 4, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Easy going, intuitive, patient and he plays along with enthusiasm. Could not ask for a better guide!
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Bill S. February 8, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Excellent lesson. Only 30 minutes but by the end I was playing simple improvisations (on the piano) over a blues-pattern bass. I didn't believe I had it in me ("improvisation") but he definitely brought it out! He accompanied me on his guitar and we alternated playing the melody\bass on the piano\guitar several times. Quite a trip and I enjoyed it. Looking forward to my next lesson.
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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.

Reseda, CA 91335
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About Joan Q.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Whether you're just starting out, wanting to learn Led Zeppelin, Foo Fighters, or even Taylor Swift repertoire, maybe you're preparing for band or college auditions, or just simply looking to broaden your playing with different styles like jazz, latin, etc., I am here to guide you and help you develop the necessary skills!

I have been teaching drumset for over 15 years. My lessons focus on applying technique and reading, with 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, become independent learners, 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.

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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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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 31 year old professional musician who has been playing drums and percussion for the last 17 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.

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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?!

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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.

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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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Sam February 25, 2018
· Hand Drums · In studio
sooooooo much fun taking hand drum lessons from Brian! Ultra beginner student is me (shhh I'm getting better!). I decided to learn bongos plus the djembe ( I don't own either drum BUT he has them at his studio so it was cool )......He is very supportive when I try the exercises he shows me and no pressure to be a pro right away lol. I will keep coming to learn more and more I like the salsa stuff he showed me at lessons.......and don't worry Brian I am about to buy a set of bongos to practice at home! Cool guy - recommended!!!
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Luther October 24, 2017
· Percussion · In studio
This dude can play! Brian is a great teacher.. we did some hand drums and drum set for the few lessons we had together. I was new to learning music and glad I came across Brian because he is a chill guy with positive light. I felt as if I could take drums as far as I wanted with Brian as my teacher. I will be back for some more lessons when my wife lets me lol.
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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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Brian R.

Los Angeles, CA 90023
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About Christopher C.

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Glendale, CA

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My teaching method always revolves around keeping things loose and fun. However while we are working toward your goals (learning a specific drum pattern or playing along to your favorite band) I will be making sure that we are addressing important technique issues including dynamics, grip, posture and others.

Our lessons together can be customized any way you wish so no matter what your drumming goals are we can get there together. I look forward to hearing from you!

About Christopher
Hello! My name is Chris Carhart and I'm 34 years old. I have over 20 years of playing experience and I'm currently available to teach in your home. As the drummer for Phantogram I have toured nationally and internationally playing small clubs as well as some of the most iconic venues in the world including Madison Square Garden, the Hollywood Bowl and the O2 Arena in London just to name a few. I have also played on television shows such as David Letterman, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel. I have tons of real world experience to share with you. I enjoy curtailing lessons to my students needs in a no-pressure environment. My availability can fluctuate due to my touring schedule so please contact me! I look forward to hearing from you!
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Oscar July 13, 2015
· Drum · In home
Oscar enjoys his lessons very much and Chris is a patient great instructor for my 8 year old!
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Daniel P. February 11, 2015
· Drum · In home
I’m a former student. Chris is an awesome teacher from an awesome band! Definitely has real world experiences to share about drums and the business which I loved hearing about.
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pete J. February 11, 2015
· Drum · In home
Knows how to keep things loose and fun. I take drums very seriously but it had been a long time since I had played so we made sure to cover the basics but have fun too.
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Christopher C.

Glendale, CA 91205
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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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Patricio C. August 1, 2018
· Drum · Online
Athan is flexible (client focused), rigorous, challenging, focused and a lot of fun. A great combination of qualities in a teacher!! I'm really looking forward to continuing my learning program with him.
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Leo July 25, 2018
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Very patient
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Jennifer July 19, 2018
· Drum · Online
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Athan G.

North Hills, CA 91343
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Newbury Park, CA

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Stick/pedal technique, sight-reading, the math of rhythm, keeping time, dynamics, rudiments, improvisation, odd-meter, composition, maintenance/repair/tuning/calibration

About Stephen
Why should you take lessons from me?
There are some musicians who teach only as a way to make ends meet and there are those who are passionate about education in general. There are some music teachers who will show you how to play songs and call it a day. That's giving the hungry a fish. I prefer to teach the hungry how to catch fish. Why you use a certain rod, line, lure, how to find fish, what fish are edible, how to drive a boat, etc...In musical terms this translates to things such as why you hold an instrument a certain way, the logic behind finger positions, how to construct chords/scales then use them, how to count musically and why, etc...I teach how to think musically and creatively on and off of the page and have a vested interest in the progress of my students.
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Brian May 17, 2018
· Piano · In home
Stephen is very patient and introduces thoughtful ways to approach learning and different techniques for mastering the keyboard, sheet music reading and styles.

Highly recommended for any age student.
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Stephen M.

Newbury Park, CA 91320
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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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The drums are the backbone of most music, so you have to be able to feel the groove and stay tight and on top of the beat. I encourage students to pick their favorite songs, and we drum to those while learning proper technique, rudiments, song form, fills, rhythm, different grooves / beats, and anything they want to know about the drums. I have been playing the drums for over sixteen years and have a Bachelor's Degree in Music from the Berklee College of Music. Drums is a beautiful art and form of expression and is just the tip of the iceberg we can tackle called Music.

About Eric
MUSIC!
I think music is the most beautiful thing in the world, so lets take time to learn and play music together.
I have been playing the drums for over sixteen years, and been in over fifteen bands in the course of that time. I have a degree in Music from the Berklee College of Music were I studied music theory and focused on Music Production and Engineering. I have been playing Piano, Bass, and Guitar for about ten years in addition to the drums, and have been recorded in sessions on each. I have a deep passion for synthesizers and electronic music, so lets make some bleeps and bloops together.

I am extremely kind, friendly, and funny so lessons with me are very relaxed and have an easy to learn environment. However I am very passionate about teaching to fit student needs; so if a student likes deadlines and homework, if that is w
hat will help them learn the best, then that is how I will teach.
Lets make some sweet music together!!
~Eric
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Dalton A. January 15, 2018
· Piano · In home
1st lesson went perfectly!
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Los Angeles, CA 90039
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My drumlessons are based on the needs and wishes of the student. We can work on a variety of styles, grooves, reading, technique and coördination.
My lessons are for all levels from beginners to people who want to go to a college of music.

About Kevin
Hi my name is Kevin! I am a recently graduated master degree drummer from USC. I am originally from the Netherlands and have been working professionally for almost 10 years. I work with great musicians from the LA area and I have worked with some of the greatest musicans in the world.
I can teach everything you need to know for a career in music or just to enjoy and have fun on the drums. In any case I want to make you a better drummer / musician.
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Jesse May 30, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Kevin is one of the most knowledgeable teachers I have ever had the opportunity to work with and learn from. He knows the history of the music and the instrument, and is very patient (even with beginners). His knowledge is only matched by his experience as a player and collaborator with the top jazz musicians of our time. I would recommend Kevin for anyone trying to improve their drumming, from beginners to the most advanced players.
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Adam February 12, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Kevin is not only a great teacher but also a great person! He allows for the right balance between casual fun and result driven teaching! I highly recommend him to aspiring drummers of all ages and experiences.
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Mike February 12, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Kevin rocks! Great drummer and patient educator.
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Kevin V.

North Hollywood, CA 91601
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