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About Richard C.

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Irvine, CA

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Learn drum technique for all styles. Rock beats and fills, Jazz drumming and more.

About Richard
I have studied, performed and taught music for over 30 years. Accordion was my first instrument at age 7 which was a great introduction to the keyboard, melody and harmony. That was followed by guitar and other stringed instruments (Banjo, Ukulele) as well as drums. I studied with great teachers in the past as well as at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. I have also performed at the Cape Cod Jazz Festival, The Bakersfield Jazz Festival and numerous club dates and private functions throughout New York, New England and California.

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Students will experience an "original" lesson based on how they learn. Some students benefit most from a visual standpoint reading music or tab while others learn best by an auditory or hearing approach. We will explore what works best for you. Whether its blues, rock jazz o
r other styles, we will find the best avenue to progress toward your goals. At the same time I believe it should always be a fun thing to do!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitars - Drums - Banjo - Amplifiers - Piano - Accordion - Ukes and other assorted instruments

*** Specialties ***
Depending on student interest, I teach numerous styles (Rock, Blues Jazz improvisation) by reading music or by ear. Some students are more visual while others are auditory learners. Whichever is best for the student.
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Adrienne April 3, 2019
· Ukulele · In studio
We are 2 beginners taking the class together. We have taken 3 lessons. Rich is teaching us finger strengthening exercises, chords and notes which we can use to play songs, and encouraging us to find melodies using just the strings. The lesson flies by and already we can see our improvement. Last summer I tried to teach myself using YouTube and I have learned so much more in 3 weeks than I learned all summer. He is upbeat and positive. I would recommend him as a ukulele teacher.
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Joseph March 6, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
The teacher is very professional. It is a great first less for my son.
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Russell M. November 23, 2018
· Flamenco Guitar · In studio
Great first lesson!! Lots to learn.. Rich is very patient and knowledgeable. Looking forward to our next lesson.
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Richard C.

Irvine, CA 92612
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About Michael C.

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Huntington Beach, CA

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I've been teaching contemporary drum set in Orange County for over a decade, and many of my students have gone on to not only play and read notated drum set music with ease, but have continued their studies at arts high-schools and music colleges, with several of them continuing on to the professional world. I use an award winning curriculum used at many music academies and conservatories, and have received accolades for my ability to retain many students for many years. Within the first few lessons, a new student will be able to understand the basics of rhythm and snare drum notation, play a plethora of relatable and cool sounding grooves, and build a foundation that will serve the student for a life time.

About Michael
Hi! My name is Michael and I am excited at the prospect of teaching you or your child...

I absolutely love to teach, but not just because of my love for the drums or my life-long appreciation of music, but because of my enjoyment of people and the learning process itself. I feel that this is important to mention, because if I didn't enjoy what I did and take pride in working with people, then my teaching skills, curriculum, and experience would mean nothing. As anybody who has played a musical instrument can attest to, learning something new is difficult, and having a patient teacher who enjoys working with people is mandatory.

Throughout my life, I have had the opportunity to study with some amazing teachers, including Carmine Appice (author of “Realistic Rock” and drummer for Rod Stewart, Vanilla Fudge, Cactus and Jeff Beck), J
ason Lingle (Berklee School Of Music), Keith Harris (drummer for The Black Eyed Peas) and Lee Nichols, to name a few. My experiences with these teachers has led to a proficiency in rock, jazz and Latin, as well as the ability to convey these concepts in a manner that promotes patience, personal challenge, and constant progress.

Besides teaching private lessons at many local facilities, I have had the opportunity to teach group classes at dozens of elementary and middle schools, including schools in the Westminster, Ocean View and Huntington Beach school districts. I have also aided many students into attending the arts high-school/college of their choice by working with them to properly read and perform all audition material.

Whether you are a brand-new beginner or a seasoned student of the instrument, I am confident that I can take your playing to the next level. Oh yeah, we will also have a great time. Maybe you don’t know yet, but playing the drums is FUN. Give me a call and I will prove it to you.

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I teach using the Freddie Gruber method, which promotes a natural grip of stick and the idea that we should allow the stick to “do what it wants to do” by using natural and fluid motions. This is an incredibly effective style of play and is used by drummers such as Neil Peart, Dave Weckl and Steve Smith.

I teach with an emphasis both on rudiments and hand technique, as well as drum-set exercises and genre study. I encourage practice to be done on a rubber practice pad
as well as on the drum-set, and for brand-new beginners, I often recommend that the practice pad be used exclusively for the first several weeks or months to allow for a great understanding of basic grips and hand techniques. This is especially true when the new beginner doesn't yet own a drum-set. I am often asked, “does my child need a drum-set to take lessons?” The answer is always a resounding “not at all!” A pair of sticks and a practice pad will do the trick, and will also allow you, as the parent, to see your child’s level of involvement.

Within the first 3 to 6 months of lessons, my students can expect to:

- Properly play and understand a handful of rudiments, including the single and double stroke rolls, the paradiddle family, as well as several flam and drag rudiments.
- Play and begin properly reading many different drum-beats and rhythms, and connect these beats using fills that are fun and sound cool.
- Begin learning songs of the their choice, from Metallica to Miles Davis.

I am also inspired by many different educational sources, including the textbooks:

- Stick Control by George Lawrence Stone
- Rockin’ Bass Drum by Charles Perry and John Lombardo
- Realistic Rock by Carmine Appice
- The Art Of Bop Drumming by John Riley
- The Drummer’s Bible by Mick Berry and Jason Gianni
- Haskell Harr’s Drum Method

…as well as many other awesome texts that provide both classic and contemporary concepts that are challenging, and most importantly, sound really cool.

I teach out of an awesome private studio that features 2 drum-sets (the student never needs to get off the drum-set), recording equipment (lessons are often recorded and cited later) and a great headphone sound system (for effectively learning and playing along with songs.) Simply put, I believe my studio is the most fun and efficient place to study the drums in Orange County.

Whether you are a drum-line student who needs help playing a piece, a rock drummer who wishes to learn the basics of jazz (or vice versa), or a brand-new beginner who wants to see what this whole drumming thing is all about (spoiler: it’s awesome), I have the patience, the passion and the skills to help you get the most out of this wonderful instrument. Let’s play the drums!

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I teach out of an awesome private studio that features 2 drum-sets (the student never needs to get off the drum-set), recording equipment (lessons are often recorded and cited later) and a great headphone sound system (for effectively learning and playing along with songs.) Simply put, I believe my studio is the most fun and efficient place to study the drums in Orange County.

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*** Specialties ***
Years of teaching group classes to elementary and middle school students has given me lots of experience with a multitude of learning styles. My specialty lies in not only conveying lessons and concepts in an easy to understand manner, but doing so in a fun way that encourages progress. Simply put, you will want to practice, simply to see exercises and grooves evolve.

While I am most proficient in rock music and have played in many rock bands, I am also very proficient in formal snare playing (marching/classical) as well as standards in jazz and Latin.
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Hazuki I. January 3, 2019
· Drum · In studio
Michael has been very patient and flexible with my inconsistent schedule as a working adult. He brings a positive energy with a lot of praise and positive reinforcement that makes me look forward to my weekly lesson. If learning how to play drums is on your new years resolution/bucket list, Michael makes that commitment a fun experience! I've tried a few drum teachers but I especially noticed a huge improvement in my drum skills since I started lessons with Michael. I've played songs that I wouldn't have imagined playing a year ago. He is of course very knowledgable with the drums, published his own drum lesson book, but he doesn't just go through rudiments or textbook material. He gives various resources that are useful in drumming and never makes the learning experience dull. Very professional and easy-to-approach guy, I would recommend him to anyone wanting to learn drums, especially if you're an adult wanting to try something new!
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Larson December 29, 2018
· Drum · In studio
After previously taking lessons from a different teacher who unfortunately moved away , I began taking lessons from Mike when I was about twelve years old. Mike is a very generous and caring teacher, and quickly saw that I had room for improvement. Within the first month, I learned more than I had ever before, from sight reading music, basic rudiments, timing skills, and how important drums really are as an instrument. His great teaching skills and support eventually led me to become accepted in The Academy of the Performing Arts at Huntington Beach High School. I learn something new from him each lesson and improve on numerous skills that interest me such as Latin, Jazz, Funk, and Pop music. From my first days taking lessons with him to now, I have grown tremendously as a musician. If anyone needs a skilled and trusted drum teacher, Mike is your best option. Over the past several years taking lessons with Mike, I now view him not only as a teacher and instructor, but as a friend too.
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Daniel Fisher July 7, 2018
· Drum · In studio
We have been with Mike for several years. He is one of the best teachers our daughter has ever had. He is so enthusiastic about teaching drums to others. He is patient and works with our daughter to learn new skills. Looking forward to many more years with him.
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Michael C.

Huntington Beach, CA 92647
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About Mariano L.

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Los Alamitos, CA

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My experience spans over 25 years of performing and teaching every drumming style. Each lesson will include period of rudimental work, rhythm reading, and playing different styles behind the drum set. I believe in creating an environment that is focused on playing music well and where the student can have fun while gaining confidence. It is important to develop drummers into functional musicians with good technique, reading skills, and time. We will cover all styles of drumming from jazz to rock/pop, including funk, progressive, all of the Latin styles, even hybrid drumming and other percussion as desired.

About Mariano
My experience as a performer and teacher ranges from early music to today's rock and pop, including various percussion instruments from around the world. When studying for my bachelors and masters degrees in music, I did course work in music recording, jazz studies, and music history. In addition, I incorporate my knowledge of development, physics, and other sciences into my instruction. I can discuss playing music with beginners to professionals as we pursue opportunities in the music industry and education to develop functional musicians with creative outlets as students are able to explore any area or level of music. Some of my students have gone onto college music programs and high school programs such as OCHSA while others are enjoying playing music with friends. The goal is to take a student's excitement for music and percussion in
a direction that will feedback into more learning and a drive to explore more styles of music.
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Evan February 24, 2017
· Drum · In home
Mariano is excellent! He is firm yet patient and professional, and gets along really well with my son.
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Emma August 17, 2015
· Percussion · In home
Mariano was an amazing percussion and drum set teacher. His lessons were engaging and productive, and he was always able to communicate an idea or musical concept in a way that I was able to understand and connect with. After about 2 years of lessons I was accepted into the Orange County School of the Arts for percussion and I owe my success to the lessons I took with Mariano. I continued lessening throughout high school and my skill level contined to grow. What I loved about Mariano's teaching was his unique ability to take very simple exercises and make them more difficult and therefore much more beneficial. Along with stressing the importance of basic technique, he would constantly inteoduce me to new things - Afro beats, traditional grip, Latin beats, new ways to sight read, and 4 mallet marimba technique. I would highly suggest taking lessons with Mariano if you are looking for a fun, encouraging teacher who has lots of experience with a variety of percussion performance!
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Javen August 17, 2015
· Drum · In home
Very very understanding and had a great way of teaching each lesson. Also, friendly and very supportive!
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Mariano L.

Los Alamitos, CA 90720
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$40 / 30-min

About Eric P.

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Los Angeles, CA

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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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Eric P.

Los Angeles, CA 90039
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About Khalil H.

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Los Angeles, CA

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I am a professional drummer, music educator, producer & audio engineer. Who has been playing & teaching drums professionally for over 20 years, and currently offering lessons to beginning, intermediate & advanced students.

The beginner will learn to read drum modern notation / the four basic drum strokes (natural, down, tap & up) / proper sticking techniques for various applications / all standard rudiments, as recognized by the Percussive Society of America / playing to a click track / creative drum fills / odd meter patterns and many styles including; jazz, funk, fusion, blues, rock, R&B, hip hop, drum n bass, world music and orchestral.

The intermediate to advanced student will learn better control & execution of rudiments & grooves he or she may already be familiar with. Introduction to playing patterns in odd time signatures such as 5/4, 7/8 and 9/16. Visual concepts applied to various genres of music. To be used in an effort to capture a particular mood, as it relates ...

About Khalil
I am a professional drummer, music educator, producer & audio engineer. Who has been playing and teaching drum set professionally for over 20 years. I've studied privately under Joseph D. Mitchell (percussionist for the LA Phil Harmonic and professor at Los Angeles City College).

I also hold a Music Business degree, issued from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).

Curriculum: The beginning student will learn the four basic drum strokes (natural, down, tap & up) / to read modern drum notation / proper sticking techniques for various applications / all standard rudiments, as recognized by the Percussive Society of America / playing to a click track / creative drum fills / odd meter patterns, and many styles including; jazz, funk, fusion, blues, rock, R&B, hip hop, reggae, world music and orchestral.

The intermediate to
advanced student will learn better control & execution of rudiments & grooves he or she may already be familiar with. Introduction to playing patterns in odd time signatures such as 5/4, 7/8 and 9/16. Visual concepts applied to various genres of music. To be used in an effort to capture a particular mood, as it relates directly to the feeling of a song. Similar to the practice of method acting.

Lessons are held at my project recording studio near downtown Los Angeles. On two sets: An acoustic muffled practice kit, used during the Rudiment & Sight Reading portions of the lesson. As well as an 8 piece Roland Electronic virtual drum set, used during the Drum Set Application portion of the session. Which allows for real time play along with lesson material or any of your favorite songs.
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Mattie L. April 17, 2019
· Drum · In studio
Khalil is such a kind, patient, and positive instructor. Would highly suggest working with him at whatever level you are starting out at.
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Lionel January 31, 2019
· Drum · In studio
I am a singer/songwriter and I took drum lessons to help me with my songwriting and to lay down drum tracks while recording, and also work on my timing issues. The drum lessons were tailored to what I wanted and what I needed to learn. If you are a musician and don’t know how to play drums it essential
to know the different type styles and feels to create. In my opinion these lessons are priceless!
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Dane January 16, 2019
· Drum · In studio
Khalil is an incredible teacher. He’s always very accommodating to anything I ask of him, and he’s great at identifying points where I could improve and explaining them in a clear way. I would highly recommend him if you’re looking for a drum teacher in the LA area.
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Khalil H.

Los Angeles, CA 90006
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About Troy P.

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Los Angeles, CA

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With all my lessons you should expect to learn a lot about yourself. I approach each student differently depending on your learning style. I hope to make learning fun but that doesn't mean I'm not going to challenge you every week to get better.

About Troy
I have always loved music from an early age. I began playing viola at five years old playing with the Washington DC Youth Orchestra. I continued his career being classically trained in not just viola, but piano as well. Along the way I picked up guitar, drums, and more! I then studied under violist Katherine Murdock at the University of Maryland. I've performed at the White House, the Kennedy Center, and the Spanish Embassy. I now live in Los Angeles recording and producing my own music as well as artists nationally and internationally. My favorite thing about music is the creation of new sounds from a blank slate. My favorite thing about teaching music is making music fun. When taking lessons with me you can expect to have fun but also deeply learn the craft while discovering your own passions along the way. I look forward to getting to
know you as a student and learning about your specific goals, interests, and learning style. Book a lesson now!
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Elsa October 7, 2018
· Viola · In home
Troy is great. He has been teaching our 6 year old daughter violin. (Not viola) as her first ever instrument. He is super patient, thoughtful, understanding and engaging. From moment we met him we knew he’d work for our daughter. He is multi talented playing many instruments so the background seems to really help him engage variety of levels. Excited to see this take shape. Def recommend Troy
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Tanya J. September 19, 2018
· Piano · In home
We are really excited to be working with Troy!
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Travis P. August 22, 2018
· Viola · In studio
Troy was a fabulous instructor for my 10 year old son while he was in DC. Troy made the lessons fun, and my son always looked forward to his weekly lesson. I noticed a dramatic improvement after the first few weeks. I would highly recommend him as an instructor.
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Troy P.

Los Angeles, CA 90026
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About Marty S.

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Corona, CA
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I've performed with multiple bands of many genres and I play multiple instruments. I teach drums from the perspective of other roles in a band.
I have a background in music theory, concert performance, audio engineering, live audio, as well as studio drumming. I play woodwinds, brass, guitar/bass, and percussion, but my main focus is drum set.

About Marty
I listen to all types of music: rock, jazz, disco, rap, metal, classical, country, etc.
I teach my students the music that they want/need to learn. If you're in band at school but you mostly listen to hip-hop, then I will most-likely cover what you need for school as well as some hip-hop. I take concepts from multiple genres to create well-rounded and versatile drummers.
Learning music should be fun and not a chore.
I'm mostly a metal-head but I play all genres and I'm currently in an alternative rock band, and a punk band.
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Marty S.

Corona, CA 92881
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About Ernie I.

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Mira Loma, CA

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Experienced drummer who's been playing for over 13 years. I specialize in teaching beginners and intermediate drummers. Drumming is my passion and I'm ready to make it your passion. It is the coolest instrument after all ;). I still remember the first day when I took drum lessons at the age of 12. It was definitely one of the best days of my life and something I am grateful for to this day. That decision to get lessons has opened so many doors in my career as a drummer. If you like pop, rock, funk, soul, r&b, hip-hop, latin, christian contemporary, and basically any genre with a cool beat then I'm your guy. You're on this page for a reason because you have finally took the step to consider taking drum lessons. If you are ready to learn how to play drums then sign up today and lets get drumming!

About Ernie
Hi my name is Ernie. I'm a professional drummer who has been playing drums for over 13 years. I have a Associates degree in music performance from Citrus college and a bachelors degree in Business management from Azusa Pacific University.

I specialize in teaching beginner and intermediate students. Potential students can look forward to learning pop, rock, funk, r&b, hip-hop, christian contemporary and any other music styles that interest you. We will go over technique, fundamentals, set-up, dynamics, control, drum notation, and of course playing on the drum kit! I'm really passionate about my instrument and love to share what I've learned with others who are just as passionate. If you are ready to start learning then sign up today!
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Ernie I.

Mira Loma, CA 91752
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About Fred H.

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Orange, CA

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I'll get you playing the covers and musicians you LOVE! Even if you have no experience. If you like to dance, you'll LOVE to play drums. If you don't like to dance, well now you'll have something to do at parties ;)

Drumming is one of the most soulful, visceral forms of music. Parents, nowadays drumming doesn't have to make much of a ruckus or take up a whole room!

About Fred
I can help you find the joy in learning music! Gone are the days of the old, crusty, strict piano teacher with a ruler. I'm here to show you that the dream you have of playing piano, singing, drums, or producing is completely within your grasp. You just have to take a leap of faith.

I have spent my life living and breathing music. I began singing in middle school in choir and in college, have sung in Segerstrom Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and the Greek Theater all under the batons of well known maestros!

My father started teaching me piano as a kid, but I really dove into it in college, where I joined a band that is still together. We play reggae, and I can play almost any style, just ask!

I've always had a rhythm in my soul, but I started playing drums for my high school choir, after which I joined my school's
drum corps. My background in those hard corps basis (see what I did there?) has helped me develop a unique and tasteful style. I can show you the ropes and you'll be playing your favorite covers in no time!

Production is a very special skill to learn and I would recommend at least a little bit of it for ANY musician! Learning about song structure can help anyone appreciate music more and even make their own! A big part of modern producing is assembling previously created parts into your own creation. If you've ever been listening to the latest club beat and felt yourself hearing other ways the producer might have timed out the samples or rhythms... then you have the SPARK!

Music is the most important thing that makes us human and gives us our identity, confidence, and purpose. I hope you'll let me help you find that side of yourself!
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Fred H.

Orange, CA 92868
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$34 / 30-min

About Andre A.

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Rancho Cucamonga, CA
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My background is more involved with marching/field percussion.
I have experience playing in drumline. (Marching Snare Drum)
I will focus more on timing, rhythm, & groove more than anything.
We will go over various techniques that will help form you drumming style.

I'd like to get to know who I'm working with before I teach them.
Let's chat more before we even schedule our first lesson!

About Andre
Nothing fancy just exchanging my time/experience.

Not here to take anyones money. Just here to see how I can help.
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Andre A.

Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739
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$19 / 30-min

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