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Colin D.

Akron, OH

About Colin

Hello! Thank you for viewing my page! I am happy to be part of Takelessons.com, and I hope to hear from you soon.

A little about me:

I have been in the Akron area for a year, and I have completed my first year of graduate work at the University of Akron, where I am working towards a Masters of Music in Percussion. My main professor is Dr. Larry Snider (mallets, snare drum, timpani, general percussion). I also study drum set with Mark Gonder (drummer for the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra) and steel pan with Matt Dudack (director, University of Akron Steel Drum Band). This past year at the
University of Akron, I worked as a dance accompanist and was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Percussion Student Award for the 2012-2013 year.

Thought I am a busy student, I am busy playing and teaching throughout the area as well. Currently I am playing drum set with Akron-based rock band Anchor the Moon and for the praise band at Montrose Zion United Methodist Church. I also freelance as a percussionist and steel pan player, and I am currently the drum line instructor at Chippewa High School.

As an undergraduate, I studied music education at the University of Southern Mississippi with Dr. John Wooton (mallets, jazz vibes, drum set, snare drum). While at Southern Miss I performed with numerous ensembles (jazz, wind band, orchestra, steel band, etc), coached drum lines for Pearl River Central HS and Loyd Star H, and marched in the 2010 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade with the Pride of Mississippi Marching Band.

All of my experiences have made me into a very well-rounded and versatile player, and I feel that I have much to offer those wanting to learn. I especially enjoy beginner students, as they allow me to witness their personal and musical growth at a very high degree.

*** Lesson Details ***
As every student has different goals, I attempt to cater to the needs of each individual student. In my opinion, this is what makes teaching such an interesting and rewarding activity. I always enjoy discovering how each student learns and do my best to cater to that student's learning style.

While I do take lessons seriously, I am still laid-back, as a person and as an instructor. I strive to have a fun and stress-free teaching environment, though I can move at a quick pace if need be. Essentially, I want the experience to be informative and education, yet still enjoyable. I strive to avoid treating the lesson like a chore. While I do take music itself seriously, I still know that music should be ENJOYABLE!

I can work with students at any level. For beginning students, I strongly focus on technique and basic musicality (reading rhythms, reading pitches, etc). For more intermediate students, I still stress technique while introducing other concepts such as stylistic approach for different types of music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Two drum sets, one steel drum, one djembe, one cajon, one
conga, one bongo, two snare drums.

*** Travel Equipment ***
One drum set, one steel drum, one djembe, one cajon, one conga. one bongo, one snare drum.

*** Specialties ***
Orchestral and rudimental snare, drum set, steel drum, timpani, hand drums, orchestral percussion, mallet percussion, drum line technique, African drumming, Brazilian drumming
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AJ S. January 14, 2016
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Colin is great with kids
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Colin D.

Colin D.

Akron, OH 44302
(1)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Anthony T.

Brunswick, OH

I have been teaching drum lessons for 15 years and one thing that I have learned throughout the years is that every student is different. I make it my goal to ensure that every student is taught to their needs, desires and inspirations. When I am teaching I don't just go through a checklist, but rather, I search to find what inspires my students. It's important to me that my students are not only motivated to practice, but that they also gain an understanding of how to learn on their own.

About Anthony

My name is Anthony and I am a professional drummer and percussionist that recently moved back to the Cleveland area from NYC (Where I studied and performed for 5 years). I am looking for serious and committed drum/percussion students.

I have a degree from the Newschool for Jazz and Contemporary Music and I have more than 15 years of teaching and performing experience. I have toured and performed all over NYC, the united states and in Europe. I am fluent in many different genres of music and I specialize on drum set, cajon and other percussion instruments.
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Philip G. July 15, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Anthony has exceeded my expectations and has made my decision to take up drums again! I'm 38 and haven't played since junior high! I just recently received a drum kit from a coworker that needed some restoring and Anthony helped me get and tune new drum heads. He can be reached at anytime with questions or concerns and always without hesitation helps out!
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Apreye B. November 19, 2014
Drum · In studio
I took lessons with Anthony for more than a year as a complete beginner. His teaching style was responsive to my level of experience (zero at the time), and area(s) of interest. I thoroughly enjoyed taking lessons and would highly recommend him as a teacher. He helped to expand my creativity and boldness. I even started transposing music that I had heard so that they can be used in lessons. We started getting into music theory - which was so much fun because he made it very accessible. He is an amazing drummer, good-natured, and very knowledgeable & passionate about percussion.
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Steve H. November 12, 2014
Drum · In studio
I began playing drums at age 32. My wife found Anthony by calling local music stores and he came highly recommended. I was a little taken back that I was getting lessons from a 18 year old kid, but wow, he did not disappoint. I took lessons for 4 years with him before he moved to New York, and when he moved back, I began back with him. He also began teaching my then 7 year old son. We both loved working with him. He took the time to make sure you understood what he was teaching and went above the protocol of professionalism. I highly recommend him to anyone that wants the detailed fundamentals of drumming, and the caring nature of your well being in percussion. I give him 10 stars...5 from me and 5 from my son Kyle! Rock on!
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Anthony T.

Anthony T.

Brunswick, OH 44212
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$30 / 30-min
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Jay R.

Cleveland, OH

I believe that all drumming comes down to solid technique and fundamentals. I can help beginners lay the foundation for their technique, or more advanced students continue to refine their touch, time and expression in all styles of drumming.

About Jay

I am a freelance percussionist based in Cleveland, Ohio. My current performance career is primarily in orchestral settings, but I also have experience in a variety of other contexts, including solo recitals, chamber music, symphonic band, musical theater, marching, jazz, rock and latin.

I received my Bachelor of Music from Manhattan School of Music in 2013, and my Master of Music from Cleveland Institute of Music in 2015. I have studied with members of the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic and London Philharmonic, as wel
l as great soloists and chamber musicians.

I have taught at a variety of levels, from group hand drumming courses, to high school masterclasses, to advanced audition coaching. Whatever instrument or style a student is interested in, I enjoy helping to develop core musical and technical fundamentals in a way that is customized for each individual.

Every person has some level of unique musicality within them. I look forward to helping you find yours and grow it to its fullest potential. Often I learn a lot myself through the process of teaching, so let's learn together!

Since I teach a variety of instruments, I have no equipment requirements for all students. However, I do request that students who are just starting out have a minimum of a practice pad such as the Remo 8" tunable pad or comparable, and a pair of drum sticks such as Vic Firth SD1 or comparable.

Due to my constantly changing schedule as a freelancer, I am very flexible for lesson times. If you don't see a time that works for you, please still get in touch and we can find a suitable time.
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Brian August 2, 2015
I have known Jay Ritchie for quite some time and he has always exhibited exemplary playing and teaching abilities. He is constantly striving for and achieves excellence in both areas. We've had a lot of ensemble experience together and in every ocassion he takes the time and has the patience to mentor younger students. He has had many leadership roles and those students that he tutors invariably leave the ensemble with confidence in their own abilities.

As a clinician, Jay presents engaging material in an interactive and participatory way. While I've seen many clinicians talk about worn-out topics, Jay always focuses on important areas such as phrasing, ensemble playing, and general musicianship. His masterclasses are always thoroughly researched and masterfully executed.

Jay is the ideal private lessons teacher because he's so experienced in every idiom in the percussive field. Whether you hope to be a professional orchestral player, drum set artist, hand drum specialist, or marimbist, Jay is the guy to study with for an inexhaustible wealth of knowledge. Because of his expertise as a player and his patience, encouragement, and sensitivity as a private lessons teacher, I recommend
Jay in the strongest possible terms.
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Jay R.

Jay R.

Cleveland, OH 44106
(1)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Dan G.

Elyria, OH

Interested drummers will learn the basics, such as beats, measures, time-keeping and different rudimentary exercises that will help you get better. Eventually, as you progress and can figure out different beats, we'll advance to doing fills and even double-bass.

About Dan

I've been a drummer for 23 years. I'm currently the drummer in an Alice In Chains tribute band (which gives you an idea about my area of expertise). I took lessons from someone I knew when I was 17 and those lessons stuck with me as I've played. I've taught a few family members in the past for fun, but now am looking to supplement my income as a sportswriter by doing so. I would love to have the opportunity to show you some things. FYI -- I do not bring drums with me for traveling lessons. Please have drums at your house if you want me to come to you. Thank you in advance!
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Dan G.

Dan G.

Elyria, OH 44035
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$20 / 30-min
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Stephen K.

Cleveland, OH

I use a variety of method books for drum set, mallet percussion, and snare drum, depending on the student's level and their area of interest. I also share exercises and approaches that I have picked up over the years from teachers and other sources, and I often create exercises on the spot to address the student's unique needs. A good practice method is a tool that the student can apply to anything they're interested in; it also encourages them and allows them to have more fun.

About Stephen

I have been teaching privately since 2010, when I accepted a position as a teaching assistant at Bowling Green State University. My responsibilities included teaching private lessons to undergraduate percussion majors and coaching percussion ensembles. I also began teaching students from middle school through high school age around the same time, and my students have since included those of adult age. I enjoy working with students of all ages and levels of experience, as they all bring something unique to their lessons and allow me to bring out the aspects of my personality that will engage th
em best. Private lessons are as much a learning experience for me as they are for the student, as they often force me to put into words what I've always taken for granted and approach problems from multiple perspectives.
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Stephen K.

Stephen K.

Cleveland, OH 44102
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$20 / 30-min

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