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About Cory B.

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Signal Hill, CA

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About Cory
I am a classically trained bassoonist with a Master's degree from London's Royal College of Music. I love finding each student's own learning style to tailor the experience, and I encourage my students to make their own decisions about musical expression (with plenty of guidance, of course!).

In my work as a performer I have played with orchestras all over the world, from the South London Sinfonia to the Bombay Chamber Orchestra. My musical life is full of variety, and I think that the experiences I've had as a musician make me a creative and thoughtful teacher.

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I wouldn't call myself strict, but I do have high standards. I expect my students to put in the work at home, so that we can get the most out of lesson time, but I think that my expectations are realistic. After all, we all have busy lives, and even if you haven't had time to prepare we can always have a productive lesson.

We will learn simple tunes in the very first lesson, and I will always balance technical exercises with fun. (Though I do think a lot of exercises are fun too!) After a few months we will have a solid foundation of music theory and will have developed your music reading abilities considerably. We will have worked on a great technical foundation of scales and exercises, so that your fingers won't fail you. We will also be delving in to longer and more complex tunes, and considering the possibility of some form of casual public or in-home performance, for you to show your family and friends what you've learned!

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I expect students to have their own instruments and music.

*** Specialties ***
Classical
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Grace J. February 17, 2017
Verified Student · Oboe · Online
My daughter looks forward to her lessons and practices willingly.
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Arthur W. October 28, 2016
Verified Student · Bassoon · In home
I found Cory to be friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. She thoroughly answered questions I had and offered great advice. I am looking forward to my next lesson.
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Lam T. November 22, 2015
Verified Student · Flute · In studio
Very helpful instructor 😍
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Cory B.

Cory B.

Signal Hill, CA 90755
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About Michael C.

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Huntington Beach, CA

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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), Jason 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.

Check out the photos in my profile for some pictures.

*** 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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Eniko B. August 23, 2016
Verified Student · Drum · In home
I am a 20 year old college student and I've been taking lessons with Mike for almost a year now. There hasn't been a time when I left the lesson without learning something new or improving on my previous skills. Mike is an excellent teacher and is very familiar with many different genres and styles of music. I always look forward to going to my lessons because every week there's something new and challenging waiting for me. I would highly recommend Mike as a percussion teacher to anyone, as he is incredibly nice and talented at the same time!
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Jeannie Skidmore March 20, 2016
· Drum · In studio
I am 14 years old and have been taking drum lessons for about 6 years from Mr. Mike. I don’t think I can find the words to say how awesome he is! I only liked drumming when I started with Mr. Mike, but he has inspired me to absolutely love drumming. He has been the only drum teacher I have ever had I would be crushed if I ever lost him as my teacher. He takes the time to teach me the music I love to play and learn. He also teaches me the not so fun stuff like reading music and rudiments to make me a great drummer. No matter what Mr. Mike teaches me, he always makes it fun. I look forward to my lessons with Mr. Mike; he is simply the best!

Mr. Mike is not only my drum teacher, he is also my friend. Every time I arrive at his studio, he always asks me about my life and how I’ve been, and he makes me laugh all the time. I hardly remember my life before Mr. Mike. I look up to him, and he has always been a great role model to me. Mr. Mike has inspired me to be as accomplished as he is on the drums when I grow up. Even when I am struggling to learn hard parts, he is always supportive and helps me through it. Mr. Mike never makes me feel bad about myself; in fact, he has made me more confident not only as a drummer but as a person. I think the world of Mr. Mike. I think he has helped to shape me to be the person I am today.

Mr. Mike is one of the kindest and warm-hearted people I have ever met. He inspires me to be the best drummer I can be. Mr. Mike is a huge part of my life, and I hope he always will be. I am so lucky to have him as my teacher. They don’t make words to express how highly I recommend him to be your drum teacher.
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Christina M. October 31, 2015
Verified Student · Drum · In studio
He is amazing! Pack full of knowledge! He is passionate about giving you a strong foundation to build on. Very fun and very easy going! Drum lesson day is the day I look forward to and it won't come soon enough.
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Michael C.

Michael C.

Huntington Beach, CA 92647
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About Shannon K.

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Cerritos, CA
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About Shannon
I hold a master's in voice from CSUF and a double bachelor's in piano and voice from USC. With over 13 years of experience as a private voice and piano instructor I have had the privilege of helping many students achieve their musical goals. As a member of MTAC and NATS, I enter many students in Certificate of Merit, Student Evaluation Program, and other festivals. For pianists, I work on songs, scales, theory, ear training and sometimes improvisation. For singers, we work on a breath-based breathing technique and songs that reinforce good singing habits but that are also engaging for the sing
er. We also work on sight singing and theory.Though my training is mostly in classical music, I do work on other styles with my students.

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For pianists, I recommend the Premier Alfred piano course, or for older beginners/adults, we use Adult Piano Adventures. I also recommend purchasing a scale/technique book and a theory book.

For singers, please bring a recording device (phone is ok) so that you may later practice the exercises which we learn in the lesson.

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I have a Baldwin grand piano as well as an electronic piano in my studio. For budding pianists, I offer instruction with Piano Marvel software.
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Alexa king October 28, 2016
Verified Student · Opera Voice · In studio
Very helpful and encouraging!
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Tiffany C. October 21, 2016
Verified Student · Singing · In home
Shannon is very knowledgeable and has great suggestions for warm ups. I love that she has a room for lessons, plays piano, and can lead her lessons that way. She sings great too and gives an example of what to sing while coaching. She's a great instructor!
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Rodolfo Z. August 24, 2016
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
Shannon is great! She is patient and gives helpful tips to improve your singing.
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Shannon K.

Shannon K.

Cerritos, CA 90703
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About Joe A.

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La Mirada, CA

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To help you get started, your first lesson with Joe will include a free instructional video along with a cymbal hand guide and a free rudiment chart... Joe A, award winning educator and author of “The True Basics of Drumming” attended Music Institute of Technology (MIT), Hollywood, California where he was introduced to music theory, various drum set styles and playing techniques. Joe continued his music education studying with several name musicians such as Paul Cush, formerly of CBS Studios; Terry Bozzio and Chuck Silverman. Joe has studied, work with and received credit from Chuck Silverma
n’s compilation “The Funk Masters” published by Warner Bros.

A veteran drummer of more than 25 years, Joe began playing at the age of 13 where he started out in the typical fashion of jamming with his buddies playing practically every night.
Joe has been teaching students of all ages for more than 20 years and has been awarded by highly acclaimed Vic Firth, for his contributions in education and recognized for musical integrity, dedication, professionalism and outstanding contributions to teaching.

Joe has performed and been an instructor/clinician at several universities, colleges, schools, churches, and music stores; He has appeared at schools throughout California, Nevada, and Colorado, to name a few states.

In closing, Joe manages to teach at his Practical Rhythms Studio, and performs master classes, clinics, concerts and tours throughout the year and still finds time to write and produce his instructional videos, The True Basics of Drumming.
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Chantelle Saad June 4, 2016
Verified Student · Drum · In studio
Joe is an awesome teacher! He is super helpful and patient. He offers practical but essential instruction on the basics of drumming. Can't wait to continue classes with him!
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Suzanne S. September 13, 2015
Verified Student · Drum · In studio
Joe is a wonderful teacher. He is very knowledgeable and experienced and generous in sharing what he knows with the student. He takes the time to patiently explain each step of the lesson for the day and is happy to answer any questions I may have. I also appreciate that he’s thoughtful and just a really good human being. I’m grateful to be able to take lessons from him. With Joe’s help, I’m looking forward to becoming the best drummer I can be!
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Zachary Ramirez June 26, 2015
· Drum · In home
Joe is a great instructor. I took lessons with him when I was 19 and then stopped. I hit a wall in my progress and was feeling uninspired for months. I was split in so many directions, I was not making any significant progress. I tried online for a while and then it hit me. Go see Joe again. I did and within the first week I was back on track.

If you are a new drummer, go see Joe! I remember when I was first learning from Joe. His teaching style makes it easy to learn.

If you are a drummer who is stuck in a rut and can't progress. Go see Joe. He'll get you back on track.

I won't stop now. I will continue to train with Joe until the student has out-mastered the master.
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Joe A.

Joe A.

La Mirada, CA 90638
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About Jasmine C.

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Fullerton, CA

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About Jasmine
Jasmine is a 23-year-old musician and performer based in Southern California. She began learning piano and accordion at the age of 6. Jasmine has performed in an accordion orchestra and accordion competitions, and currently plays in a European folk band. Between the ages of 14 and 20, she performed accordion with the Martin Music Center Accordion Orchestra at the White House and Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington D.C., Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Coupe Mondial in New Zealand, and TV stations such as KTLA. From 2000 to 2013, Jasmine competed in Accordion Federation of North Ame
rica (AFNA) and American Accordionists’ Association. In 2008, Jasmine won the Princess category and ultimately won the Queen category award in 2009 for AFNA. Recently, she plays in the folk band, "Eva & the Vagabond Tales" and has performed on several radio stations such as NPR, KVCR, along with online radio shows and podcasts. Jasmine, along with the group, has also been featured three times on a radio variety show called "American Parlor Songbook". “Eva & the Vagabond Tales” performs for many special events, including Dreamworks Studios, along with performing at many festivals, universities, weddings, and music venues while traveling all over the West Coast. In addition to being a performer, she has taught children between the ages of 3 and 10 piano and origami. Jasmine is currently attending Fullerton College and is working towards her Piano Teaching Certificate, with the end goal of obtaining her degree in Piano Pedagogy.
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Memphis February 16, 2017
Verified Student · Piano · In home
So far, so good. She was very good with my grandchild, and he really enjoyed the lesson.
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Sasha P. January 12, 2017
Verified Student · Piano · In home
Jasmine was very patient and well prepared to teach my two children (ages 5 and 7) on their very first day of piano lessons. She provided them with a beginners book to practice the lesson she taught. She was on time and very pleasant.
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Justine L. January 5, 2017
Verified Student · Piano · In home
My niece loves it so far. She is comprehending well and enjoys Jasmine's company.
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Jasmine C.

Jasmine C.

Fullerton, CA 92833
(3)
starting at
$23 / 30-min

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