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.
jeff August 6, 2015
In home Verified Student
Mike is fun and smart. He customizes the lesson to my taste in music and what I want to learn. He's great! Recommend!
Craig H. December 10, 2014
I've been taking lessons from Mike for about 6 months now and his enthusiasm and supportive approach are invaluable. This is my 3rd time trying lessons and the first time I've continued past the first couple sessions. And the reason is Mike. He's extremely talented, but more importantly, he's a phenomenal teacher. He explains things simply, concisely, and effectively. I leave every lesson enthused and excited to go home and practice. I can't recommend him highly enough. Mike's the man!
Aaron G. April 12, 2013
Mike S will teach you how to allow yourself to learn a new instrument!
Mike really is incredible. The guitar looked so complicated and confusing before I met Mike. He really teaches you how to allow yourself to learn a new instrument. Within a month I was improvising over simple changes with my own ideas! And within 2 or 3 months, the amount of chord structures I had at my disposal was mind blowing. The speed at which I became comfortable with the instrument was amazing. I really believe that Mike's simple teaching style really was a key part in my ability to play and grow on a new instrument. Other than that, he is one of the greatest people I have ever had the pleasure to meet and play with. He gives so much of his time to his community by teaching anyone from child to infinity and even bringing them together to create bands to showcase every persons different talents. He is a beautiful human being and I do actively suggest him to anyone that tells me they want to learn either piano, guitar, or bass.
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.
My name is Ray - I'm 27 years old, born in Queens NY. I studied classical music for many years as a youngster at Aaron Copeland School of Music college preparatory program. Here I was also introduced to Jazz, and around the same time began experimenting with synthesizers. I went on to study Electronic Production & Design at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and quickly became a very sought after studio musician and performer.
I've been successfully teaching many instruments and proficiency levels for over 13 years now. I can say with pride that it is my passion, and I antici
pate teaching being a very important part of the rest of my life.
I enjoy reading science, math, and philosophy, and in addition to teaching I work as a pop music producer.
*** Lesson Details *** I consider my music lessons unique because of 3 main reasons:
1. I have a very deep understanding of music, sound, and theory, and feel music to be one of my native languages.
2. I have devoted considerable amounts of time and energy studying neuroscience, which has greatly improved my understanding of the learning process.
3. I have been blessed with the tremendous amount of patience necessary to guide a student through the necessary steps it takes to learn at whatever pace is optimal, in order to maximize the efficiency of the learning process for each individual.
*** Travel Equipment *** Students must have their own instrument, and purchase their own materials (books, etc).
*** Specialties *** Classical music is my background, and what I believe to be the most cognitively and emotionally fulfilling style of music to study and play. That said, I'm also a big fan of pop music, and students very much enjoy learning their favorite songs from the radio.
I have an extremely thorough understanding of music theory, and am happy to incorporate as much or as little of that as the student's interest dictates, nevertheless maintaining the minimal amount of theory necessary to get the most out of learning music and the instrument.
Thanks for checking out my profile! Please contact me with any additional questions you may have. I'll do my best to get back to you right away.
Kelly B. March 28, 2014
My son and daughter both take from Ray and they love him!!! My daughter started with him after she had had 2 other teachers and she improved immediately. She loves going to Ray because he teaches her to play the songs that she likes. Now she plays so many songs for memory!! My son loves going to piano and is always excited to see Ray.
Sebastián M. March 7, 2014
When I started taking lessons from Ray I was playing the electric guitar, although I had a classical guitar in my house I did not play it that often. I took my classical guitar once to class and then I started to learn how to play the classical guitar. I went from playing basic peaces of music to playing Minuet in G in a short time. From playing electric guitar about 3 or 4 years to playing classical music in about 1.5 to 2 years. Ray has helped me to increase my knowledge of music.
Im a Brazilian Drummer and have vast knowledge in the Brazilian percussion Instruments. You will learn with me the authentic Samba, Baiao, Frevo, Samba Reggae, and a lot of other Brazilian rhythms that is possible you never heard about it before... Brazil is amazingly Musical and you will love it!
About Zé Bruno
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1962, Zé Bruno started his professional drumming carreer in his hometown playing for a Musical Theater Production which generated great reviews and high visibility because the music was composed by the International Grammy winner singer and composer Milton Nascimento. From this time on he never stop being engaged in the Music Industry, participating as a drummer in many music projects, showcasing in National Festivals and Venues, Radios and TV shows.
During his teen years, along with being an active performer he attended renowned Music Schools in Br
azil to improve his skills in drumming, music theory and musicianship. Attracted by the opportunity of further expand his musical knowledge, he came to USA in 1989 to attend The Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California where he graduated with a Honors Mention in the Percussion Course.
Zé Bruno Eisenberg became part of the Los Angeles music community contributing with his knowledge in drumming and also with his strong background in Brazilian music and more specifically the Brazilian rhythms. He is an endorser for the REMO Drum company. He soon started touring nationaly and internationally as well as teaching music and drums within the LAUSD system, including Middle, High and Continuation Schools and Colleges.
The list of recording artists and Company Projects that Zé Bruno worked as a drummer in the past includes Kanye West, Ricky Martin, Ella Fitzgerald, Sergio Mendes, Sandra Benhardt, RIO the Movie for 21st Century Fox, Blue Man among many others.
He has been successfully teaching drummers of all ages and levels private classes in the San Fernando Valley area for the past ten years, as well as working in his own Music Production Studio composing and arranging and recording for various artists and private companies.
MGA Entertainment - Van Nuys, CA Carl’s Junior - CKE Restaurants The Walt Disney Company - Burbank, CA Cinemagnetics - Universal City, CA SPG Studios - Burbank, CA JBI Localization – Canoga Park, CA Rede Globo de Televisão – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Marcland Communications Int’l. – Burbank, CA Ballet Folclorico do Brasil – Los Angeles, CA
Oliver August 25, 2015
I'm a percussionist who wanted to enhance my music knowledge. I've seen Ze Bruno play before and finally contacted him for drum lessons. I was in for a surprise, not only did I meet an amazing drummer full of knowledg, but a friend who answers all my drum and musical questions. His extensive knowlegwd in music and drums is at the pro level and most importantly his Latin Drum skills are out of this world good. He can break it all down. Let me tell you that I've had lessons from percussionist from around the world and taken lessons around the world too. I keep coming back to Ze because in the short time I've studied with him. I've become a better musician, reading and writing music. If you're a beginner or advance player, Ze Bruno is your man. I would highly recommend him.
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