Focusing on basic techniques, music theory, rhythm, and creativity.
I have been playing music for over 20 years. I have been a successful part of Rock Bands, Jazz Bands, Blues Bands, Marching Bands, etc. So, whatever style of music you are interested in or wanting to learn, I can help!
I am also a Certified Personal Trainer with a Fitness Nutrition Specialist Certification. I have been Personal Training for over 2 years. I personally have struggled with weight for most of my life. Through that struggle I have developed a true passion for nutrition, fitness, health, and weight loss. I am eager to spread my knowledge and experience to others and help yo
u reach any goals you may have!
On top of that, I have spent the past 6+ years honing my skills for Training, Coaching, and Developing. So, I can promise two things. You will get results and you will have FUN!
I will design your training around you and your goals......not mine!
*** Lesson Details *** Ultimately, my goal is to make sure you enjoy yourself and want to keep coming back. In that process I will make sure you get results.
I am laid back and very patient. Two qualities I feel are necessary to be successful in this field.
I design my curriculum for each individual. This is because everyone has their own goals, there own level of ability, and their own needs as far as how to get there.
Locations: 1) Rehearsal Studio is my rehearsal studio. I have a full drumset, PA, guitars, and amps available at this location. 2) Apartment is my apartment in Hawthorne. Students are welcome to come here but we have limited options for instrumentation here. Practice Pads, hand drums, and acoustic guitars are the only options at this location.
*** Studio Equipment *** 5 piece Yamaha Drumset with Zildjian Cymbals. PA system. Amps, Guitars, and Keyboards.
*** Travel Equipment *** I have acoustic guitars, a practice pad, and a djembe. I expect my students to have their own drumsticks and, ideally, their own guitar and practice pad or drumset.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in rock/contemporary & marching band style percussion/drums. I also specialize in folk style guitar and bass.
Theo A June 30, 2015
Joe is not only an incredible person and an all-around great guy, but he's also the best drummer I've ever had the pleasure of playing in bands with over the years. And his skills don't stop there - he is a very talented and patient teacher. And he's great with kids too! My daughter just had her first lesson with him and she loved it! Joe's great sense of humor and positive reinforcement really engaged my daughter (who is a hyper-active toddler) and she learned a lot in just her first lesson. I'm looking forward to her becoming a rockstar under Joe's guidance and to many more lessons. Thanks Joe!
Jake June 30, 2015
Not only is Joe's musicianship fantastic, but he's incredibly patient and easy to work with. He knows how to break the ice with a new student with humor and a lighthearted attitude!
I first met Joe because he was my personal trainer at the gym he used to work for. I then followed him out of the gym when he decided to start doing it on his own. Little did I know that he was also an amazing drummer and all-around professional musician!
Needless to say, Joe knows how to teach!
David C. September 24, 2014
I have been extremely fortunate to work with Joe over the past few years. On top of being one of the best people I have ever met in my life, he is also one of the best musicians I have ever met. Although his musical forte is drums, his knowledge of other instruments contributes to provide an extremely well-rounded instructional approach.
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.
*** Lesson Details *** 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 accompa
ny 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.
*** Specialties *** 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.
Bob November 10, 2015
I developed a desire later in life to learn how to play jazz and blues piano. I was very fortunate to start learning from Mike. He started me out with basic blues and over time I progressed into many of the jazz standards. Because he is also an accomplished guitar player, at all his lessons, he would accompany me while I played the new piece of music I was learning. He also does this if you are learning the guitar. This was very helpful in giving me a more complete musical experience, as I also learned to hear and play with other musicians. He is an extremely patient and upbeat instructor, constantly giving me positive reinforcement. I would get a new tune to practice as I became more proficient with the previous one. Each new tune became progressively more challenging. Having taken lessons from Mike for many years, I also witnessed his teaching and developing of younger kids. He really works with them in a positive way giving them as much time as they need to turn the corner on each tune and progress forward. They seem to enjoy it and he has developed some great musicians. As part of his instruction, he gives all his students an opportunity to participate in a Jazz Band he puts together. In this Jazz Band he leads all the players in working together though a jam session. Other players may include guitarists, brass players and keyboardists, young and older. Frankly I am forever grateful to Mike for helping me create the foundation to play jazz and blues piano both alone and with a group of other musicians.
Jackson G. November 7, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I had been taking piano lessons for close to 6 years when I started with Mike. I learned more about playing jazz from him in a year than I had in all that time from a number of other teachers. Very easy to get a long with and makes class a lot of fun. Very highly recommend!
Chris November 7, 2015
Mike has forever changed my life. From the very beginning, he focused on instilling the love of music in me rather than the nitty gritty technical details of playing the guitar. That came later. He opened my world to the many different genres of music. I am now applying to conservatories and still see Mike for my weekly dose of musical inspiration. I would not be the person I am today without Mike. If he can fit you into his schedule, consider yourself blessed.
I was born in Argentina. I began playing bass when I was ten years old, while my younger brother began playing drums. I started taking bass classes, and also formed several bands as a bass player, although the drums had always been sounding in the back of my head. After listening to Tool’s Danny Carey and Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater, at the age of 17, I realized the drums were my true love, and began studying the instrument. I continued playing bass in several bands, until I joined the band The Evenfall as a drummer, in 2009. At this time, my family was considering moving to the U.S, and tha
t's when I got the chance to apply to the Berklee College of Music. I graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2012 with a degree in Drumset Performance. There I studied with the most respected drummers and teachers in the world, and learned not only from their way of playing, but also from their style of teaching. I have a curriculum which includes material learned from all my years as Berklee, as well as material I acquired in my own experience performing and recording with many acts and in many different genres, ranging from Rock and Metal, to Latin and Jazz, and even Musical Theater.
*** Lesson Details *** I custom make my lessons to fit each of my student's needs and goals. If you want to study Metal drumming, I won't aim my lessons to teach the same material I teach to a student who wants to learn Latin music, or Jazz. Music is never ending, and different music affects each person differently. Also, every person has a different voice in their instrument. That's why what works for what some people doesn't do it for others. I focus on what is important to YOU, and what better suits your interests.
*** Travel Equipment *** I could provide the students with sticks and the materials to work on. I would expect the students to provide the necessary books when needed. A drumset is not required for beginners, although it will be for more advanced students.
*** Specialties *** My teaching method focuses on the interest of the student. I try to have my classes follow each student's own interest and goals, and guide them on the best possible ways to help them achieve those. I try to present short term goals for my students, to ensure that they can experience a feeling on success that will keep them motivated. I specialize in Rock and Pop music, as well as Latin music (Brazilian and Afro-Caribbean in particular).
Molly M. March 20, 2015
Francisco is such a great teacher. He tailors his lessons to your needs and challenges you just enough. I took lessons with him for about 8 months, which ended when he moved to the west coast. Otherwise I would still be with him. But he taught me so much and still checks in to make sure I'm sticking with it months after our sessions have ended. He genuinely cares about his students and their love of music and he enjoys teaching and motivating others to play. I highly recommend Francisco as a teacher as he will get you where you want to be.
Derek B. February 23, 2015
I took up drums 2 years ago in my early 40's. Francisco was my first drum teacher, and he patiently introduced me to the instrument, exposed me to many different musical concepts and traditions, and really increased my interest in music and drumming. He is an amazing player, and I learned much from watching him play in lessons and also live. Unfortunately he moved from Boston to CA, which was my loss.I reccommend him without reservation.
Peter E. February 7, 2015
I took many lessons with Francisco after a period of relative inactivity from playing drums on a consistent basis. I had been playing for years, but had unfortunately become rusty and out of practice at the time. Francisco helped me build my chops back up, and introduced me to new unique concepts in phrasing, approaching grooves, technique, and much more. Francisco's down-to-earth and very friendly personality, combined with his obvious passion for drums and percussion, made every lesson an event I looked forward to. He gave me a lot to think about each lesson, providing me with great musical concepts that can be studied for life. Francisco isn't a teacher who only thrives teaching beginners. As a drummer for several years with lots of performing experience, he still managed to significantly help improve my playing and reignite my spark in drumming. Thanks, dude
I want to make sure my students have a good time learning percussion but I also want to make sure they learn a lot..! I always make sure to ask my students what they want to learn and what their favorite music is... after that, I figure out what type of lessons to plan out.
Thanks so much for your interest in starting music lessons with me. I’m so excited to share my passion for music with you! As Lao Tzu said: “Music in the soul can be heard by the universe."
Lesson details: My main goal as a teacher is to help my students reach their goals. If my student wants to learn how to play rock, hip-hop, and jazz drums I believe that it's my job to teach them how to play those styles..! If my student wants to get accepted into a music school I will make sure that they are prepared for an audition whether it be for orchestral percussion, jazz drums, rock drums,
The equipment I have in my studio: Drum set, marimba, timpani, concert snare drum, electric and acoustic guitars, guitar amplifier, 88-key keyboard, maracas, shakers, tambourine, triangles, glockenspiel, djembes, and cajon.
Extra seating for parents is available.
What students should have: All students should (but don't have to) have a 3-ring binder to organize handouts in...!
Things that drum students should have: A drum set, drum sticks, a drum pad, and a music stand.
Recommended books for a beginning drum student: Fundamentals for Snare Drum by Garwood Whaley Elementary Snare Drum by Mitchell Peters Encyclopedia for Reading Rhythms by Gary Hess
Things that guitar students should have: A guitar, a guitar tuner, and a music stand.
Recommended book: Hal Leonard Guitar Method (Complete Edition) by Schmid and Koch.
Drum specialties: Jazz, Latin (Brazilian, Cuban), African, Rock, Funk, Metal, Pop, Hip-hop, R&B, Blues, Country, Reggae, and Marching. I am proficient in drum reading, drum transcription, practice techniques, and drum rudiments and their application on the drum set.
Orchestral percussion specialties: keyboard percussion (marimba, xylophone, glockenspiel, vibraphone, chimes), snare drum, timpani, bass drum, cymbals, tambourine, triangle, orchestral excerpts, etudes, technique, important literature, and practice techniques.
Guitar specialties: reading music, tablature, chords, scales, improvisation, and technique.
azalin R. June 10, 2015
Me. Emerson is the best instructor I've ever met! He really tries to keep the lessons fun and light. Plus he can always motivate his students to really learn and understand their instrument.
Carol R. January 5, 2015
In home Verified Student
Emerson is an amazing instructor. Besides being a very knowledgeable and gifted musician, he’s patient, kind, and makes learning the drums fun. What I appreciate most about Emerson is that he’s interested in helping me reach my goals. I happen to be interested in learning Latin style drums and lucky for me, Latin is one (of many) of Emerson’s specialties. So many people have told me that Latin is hard to learn, but in four short lessons, I already know how to play a basic Bossa Nova beat. Emerson is a very organized and efficient instructor. We work with handouts, video (I record him as he instructs) and reading exercises from a book. A highlight for me in our sessions is when Emerson accompanies my drum playing with another instrument, the piano for example. I really get the feeling like we’re having a little jam session and it's fun because I can hear that I'm making music and that's an awesome feeling.
Choose Emerson as your music instructor and you will not be disappointed.
Shane S. December 21, 2014
Emerson is a great instructor who has been helping me prepare for an upcoming performance (for my bar-mitzvah (like in front of 100 of my closest peers (so like yeah that's a lot of stress))). He is a great instructor and I look forward to continue studying with him.
Ryan is knowledgable along a wide spectrum of hand percussion, including more traditional forces, such as Latin percussion technique (conga/bongos/shakers/accessory percussion), as well as the middle eastern tabla (doumbek/derbekke), indian tabla, and mallet percussion, such as timpani instruction. Ryan teaches on a MalletKat which can be used for all keyboard percussion needs including marimba, xylo, and vibes. Ryan also has experience adapting all of these to the drum set or in being played in conjunction with a kit set up.
Ryan started his music with piano lessons at age four while lending his vocal talents in the recording booth for his musician/writer/ arranger father, Rick. Ryan was playing in piano recitals by age six, segued from keyboards to drums at age 14, and was subsequently accepted into the University of California, Santa Barbara percussion program after high school.
While an undergraduate at UCSB, Ryan spent three years as the principal timpanist for the UCSB Symphony and five years as timpanist with the UCSB Wind Ensemble. Concurrently over the same five year period, he performed with a diver
sity of UCSB ensembles, Orchestra and Jazz combos, work with the College of Creative Studies department (CCS), and a variety of recording and recital work in and outside the university. Chiefly among these was the UCSB Percussion Ensemble, where Ryan performed on a variety of percussive instruments, in solo or featured pieces. He worked over two years as a percussionist with the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony, with a focus on timpani. Ryan also focused on the Indian Tabla drums, a discipline he also taught through the Ethnomusicology department at the University after his graduation.
Ryan has studied with percussionist Mike Faux, and Greg Goodall, Hollywood Bowl Principal Timpanist, as well as world-class percussionist and composer William Kraft. For three years, Ryan studied under John Magnussen, currently teaching percussion at CSUN, and Jon Nathan, director of Ethnomusicology Jazz UCSB, and Principal Timpanist for the Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera.
Ryan was hired (by Patrick Lindley, Principal Musician, UCSB Dance) for over a year to ultimately perform full time as one of only two music accompanists for the UCSB Dance dept. modern dance classes. As accompanist, he worked with modern studio and master classes for visiting dance companies and artists performing in-concert at UCSB including Paul Taylor, Larry Keigwin, Santa Barbara Summer Dance, White Oak and Pilobilus. In addition to his role as music accompanist, Ryan guest-lectured rhythm and percussion classes for the dance department on a number of occasions. After moving to San Francisco in the fall of 2002, Ryan expanded his involvement in the role of accompanist to include ODC, SFDC, Joe Goode, Stanford dance and Laney college in Oakland.
Other professional and teaching experience includes work with LA movie and mainstream film music composer Aaron Martin, Ride Productions, and Hands On. In the instructional realm, Ryan has worked with all ages and abilities, ranging from children aged four to adults at the college level and beyond, in both individualized and classroom or group environments. Additionally, Ryan has taught drumkit to a number of local students in the Santa Barbara as well as Los Angeles and San Francisco areas.
In the progressive Santa Barbara, LA and San Francisco scenes, Ryan has played percussion for bands that recorded a full-length and demo-length albums respectively, performing throughout the state of California with his band, The Prototype. His current band project, Excessive Acts, performs regularly in the Los Angeles area. They are currently in the post-production phase of their first EP-length album.
*** Lesson Details *** Hello and welcome! The following paragraphs will provide you with an ample amount of information on my background, experience, and ability. I do, however, consider all of this information to be supplemental; the most important thing about any teacher of music is the ability to relate warmly with a student, to create an open and nurturing atmosphere in which the student is never made to feel uncomfortable or wrong. Everything is a process, and while there are always guidelines to be followed, music is ever in motion. Music is not absolute and rigid, but has a give and take. I always try to appeal to that same sense of flow in my own music exploration, as well as in my teachings to others.
Attributes and Services
Ryan is a professional drummer/percussionist with over 15 years experience performing and teaching to students of all ages in a wide variety of styles ranging from orchestral and chamber percussion to jazz, funk, rock, metal, as well as many ethnic musics such as those fund in Africa and South America, the middle east and India.
Instrumental techniques offered include drumset as well as hand percussion including conga, bongo, darbukka, tabla, and assorted percussion--double pedal or brush technique also offered. Odd meters are something of a specialty for those interested. In addition to technique, Ryan also incorporates the essential music theory, sight reading, ear training, associated with the professional musician. As Ryan has perfect pitch, he is especially suited to the latter, as well as specific tuning techniques for all tunable percussion--particularly of use in timpani performance, as well as drumming and singing instruction.
Ryan also provides mallet/keyboard instruction on a midi malletkat which is quite portable and can operate between two studios, both located within a short distance of each other.
*** Specialties *** music, drums, percussion tabla, doumbek, latin percussion, djembe, etc., mallet/keyboard percussion (i.e. marimba, vibes), piano
rock, pop, jazz, classical, funk, fusion, ethnic music (India and Middle East),
Linda M. August 18, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Leading my bucket list was learning to play the drums, and I am so fortunate to have Ryan as my instructor. He is very patient and encouraging. His bio states that he teaches students of all ages, and I venture to guess that I am his oldest student at age 71. He is not only teaching me to play the drums, but to read music as well. You are never too old to follow your dreams. Thank you Ryan!
Raz B. May 3, 2013
Drum Verified Student
Ryan has been teaching Drum lesson to my 8 years old son for last 3 months. My son is a very challenging student and has problem focusing and paying attention. I am really amazed that he actually learnt and playing music.
Sharon B. April 6, 2013
Drum Verified Student
excellent instructor for drums and piano!
Ryan is an exceptional music instructor. He has been giving guidance to my 13 year old son on drums and piano for 3-4 months and my son's abilities have dramatically soared. Ryan is equally talented on both instruments and offers top notch dual instruction. Ryan is a true musician and knows how to communicate the language of music on various levels to my son. He observes and instructs accordingly.
My son is so excited after each lesson that he comes home and practices both instruments on his own, without having to be prompted. My son plays both instruments now with so much more style and exuberance. Ryan is extremely professional, soft spoken and gifted on his own. I would highly recommend Ryan as a music instructor for kids and adults.
Students are raving about their Percussion instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Dr. Craig
"Mike is a very knowledgeable and competent teacher! It is impossible to not learn and learn well from him."
Milwaukee, WI teacher:
Review by Eric
"I have enjoyed a lot of time with him. It is very great to spend time preparing my auditions . he is very helpful for what I am struggling with. If possi
ble, I want to give him 100 stars. Thank you so much!!"
Atlanta, GA teacher:
Review by Nick
"I have the pleasure of playing in a number of projects with Dave. He is a consummate musician, a kind soul and a great person. This is a guy who can play
really well, and explain to someone what he's doing to sound so good. He would help any drummer excell at their craft."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Alexis Trout
"Bo was great with teaching our son rudiments, grooves, Latin Jazz beats and much more. He also taught our son how to play live in a large theater setting
for musicals. He was always organized and on time, which we appreciated. Jackson learned a lot from Bo and is now in his 3rd year at Juilliard Pre-College for percussion in NYC. Thanks so much, Bo! We'd do it again in a heartbeat."
Las Vegas, NV teacher:
Review by Ancelyn Avila
"Bo knows percussion! I am impressed with his knowledge and skill. I am excited to learn more, and feel I am discovering a whole new world."
Las Vegas, NV teacher:
Review by Emma
"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 musica
l 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!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Christina
"Heath is patient and cares about teaching."
Houston, TX teacher:
Review by Keith
"Adam is awesome! He is a well-rounded performer with experience teaching a wide variety of music. His nurturing approach to teaching is conducive to stu