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About Henri B.

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Scottsdale, AZ

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Learn all about percussion. Learn different types of hand drumming grooves from around the world, learn how to play in percussion in a band, and learn what it means to be a percussionist.

About Henri
Henri is an experienced, focused teacher and musician who really enjoys seeing students achieve their goals and desires musically. Henri has studied privately with former Berklee Graduate Al Pahanish Jr (Powerman 5000), and former Capitol Records recording artist Morrison Moon. He is a goal-oriented individual with a versatile background and a relaxed, "let's have fun while we learn" attitude. Henri believes music should always be fun and inspiring for everyone, no matter what skill level. FUN is always the focus, because if you are not having fun, why are you doing it? 

Henri also has years of experience touring both nationally and internationally with several award-winning Arizona-based performing groups, (Okilly Dokilly, Dry River Yacht Club,The Hourglass Cats, Clint Stevens, Street Drum Corps) performing shows in 46 of the US State
s, as well as international festival performances and touring in Canada, Norway, Mexico, UK (England, Scotland, Northern Ireland), and Republic of Ireland. His past teaching and performing experiences have really helped shaped the musician he is today.

Aside from preforming and private lessons, he is the founder of his preschool program Wee Rock Music, serves as adjunct faculty at Mesa Community College, and is the Entertainment Coordinator for Tempe Festival of The Arts. As a writer, his work has been published in Phoenix New Times and Modern Drummer, and his new children's drum book, Wee Beats, Wee Eats, is set for release in 2018. And also is an accomplished DJ.

Benard also co-scored the 2012 feature-length documentary, The Immigration Paradox, with Tobie Milford. Active in the music industry for more than 15 years, Henri is experienced in production, artist management, booking, merchandising, copyright, graphic design, promotions, licensing, teaching, publishing, writing, and live and studio performances.

A life-long learner, Henri is always finding new experiences and new ways to connect with his students, as learning comes just as much from the student as it does the teacher. You can always find him around "the music." 

Henri is endorsed by TJS Custom Drums and Los Cabos Drumsticks.

*** Lesson Details ***
Students who study with me can expect for their guitar, drum kit, percussion, or piano lessons to be top-quality, personalized, and above all, extremely fun sessions that will cater to the students musical backgrounds, interests, and needs. I create extremely organized and specifically focused lessons so that students feel comfortable, not pressured, while learning their craft. The lessons I teach are a combination of developmental sight reading music, learning student chosen songs (depending on ability), inspiring and encouraging creative abilities, warm-up and strengthening exercises, proper techniques, listening for internal hearing, composition dynamics, chords, finger-picking (guitar only) and rudiments (drum kit only).

After 3 months of lessons together, students will have started learning several key elements to becoming an outstanding musician. They will have learned proper form and technique, warm-up/skill-building exercises, to read basic notation, and basic rhythms/rudiments. Guitar/Piano students will be able to play at least one song utilizing both melody and chords. For drum kit/percussion, students should have no problem reading basic drum beats and being able to play through a simple song. With proper, steady practice, most students will achieve much more. I also focus on creative thinking, professionalism, and instrument tuning. Finally, the students will have started to develop a solid level of discipline that is required of any aspiring human being! Remember, "practice doesn't make perfect, practice makes permanent."

*** Studio Equipment ***
Electronic Roland V-Drums, Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Casio CTK-800, LP Assorted Percussions, Protools LE, Logic Pro, Korg Electribe, Pioneer XDJ-XR, Music Books

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide drum sticks, guitar, keyboards, percussion instruments, and all developmental material for students to retain and practice.

I expect my students to be providing the necessary musical equipment as well (guitars, drum kits, percussion instruments, piano/keyboard) for private lessons in home. If they do not have these in the home to practice with, the lessons are much less effective for your student.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in the following styles of playing:

Rock, Hip - Hop, All Latin, Jazz, Funk, Blues, R and B, Gospel, and Dance. I also have a very good feel for World Music as well. I have a very free-spirit for playing, so I often mesh the above stated styles into a more progressive style of playing. I believe that you must be feeling what you are playing.

I also specialize in DJing, beat programming/sequencing, recording, organizing song-writing/song-structure, musical score, live performance, and professional music marketing. I am able to show you how to use programs such as Logic Pro, Protools LE, Adobe, and Pioneer programs to take your creative abilities to the next level.

I believe that these days, it is imperative for musicians to have four major components in their professional arsenal: 1) Discipline and chops on your instruments (including reading music notation); 2) Know how to successfully market yourself and your music; 3) Know how to properly develop a learning ear to record/produce your songs/tracks as well as for others; and 4) Understand and effectively utilize music production programs.

I look forward to working with you and helping you achieve your musical desires. Thanks so much for stopping by and have a music-filled day.
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Katie & Emma K. December 14, 2018
· Piano · In home
Henri has been great with my daughter Emma! She looks forward to her lesson every week and is learning a lot.
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Bill Rogers July 15, 2018
· Piano · In home
Learning is fun with Henry. Good energy and great teacher.
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Jon June 22, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Awesome class!
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About Mike M.

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Denver, CO
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*** Specialties ***

Drum set, Orchestral Snare Drum Technique, Hand Drums, World Percussion, Moeller Technique, Multi-Fulcrum Technique, Four-Limb Coordination and independence, Odd time, Polyrhythms, Mixed Meter! Capable of teaching drum set Reading and Notation! Drum Tuning and Recording Techniques! Also capable of teaching ALL STYLES of music. If you can think of it, I have played it. Too many to list here.

I am the real deal. 27 years of experience with 12 years invested into teaching the art of drumming at a very high level. I have performed in over 25 separate pro bands since the tender age of 14. Come see what I have in store for you and let's get to work!

My Personal Philosophy:

In many parts of the world there is no separation between music and culture, and to that end I strive to bring my students closer to the outside world through the strength of their own musical bond. Having music be a part of my life has brought me great opportunities to meet other ...

About Mike
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I'm a professional drummer, percussionist, and composer here in Denver offering a fresh new approach to drum instruction. I teach at two separate locations complete with dual drum sets and a complete sound system that allows for both my students and I to play simultaneously and at full live volume!

As a Graduate of the California Institute of the Arts, I've been lucky enough to have studied with some of the most diverse masters of drumset and percussion from several continents around the globe. I've been a player of the drums for over 26 years now, and I'm still practicing and perfecting the art, gaining new friends, students, and live stage experiences on the way.

Let me start by saying that I highly value the freedom that I've been able to enjoy by passionately perusing music as a career. Any field where you get to socia
lize, interact with other musicians, and have fun performing with your friends, is a dream gig by any measure, but it does take hard work, sacrifice and tenacity to achieve that level of recognition. Fortunately I have the background and skills to not only make our lessons interesting and exciting!, but to also get you up to speed so that you can enjoy the life of a musician as well!!

My Complete Education:

Born in Santa Monica, California, I lived in and around Los Angeles in several areas before moving to Denver in 1990. I began on the Piano at age 4 and slowly gravitated towards playing the drums by my 9th birthday.

My first teacher, AND first mentor in music: Mark Foster (Metro College of Denver & Colorado Symphony Orchestra), At a very early stage he introduced me to Jazz and Latin and gave me a solid understanding of Classical Percussion as well.

My second instructor and Mentor: Jimi Bauchet, whom I took Rock, Progressive Rock, and Fusion lessons from, was a session and commercial artist in Los Angeles during the eighties and nineties.

Upon High School Graduation I left Denver to study percussion with Dr. Pennington at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. It was here that I would get my first taste of performing music on a high art level, as Dr. Pennington was one of Michael Udow's young prodigies when he attended the University of Michigan, a nationally regarded school for the percussive arts.

Two years at Fort Lewis College provided me with the perfect spring board to transfer and I then returned to my home state to earn a degree at the prestigious California Institute of the Arts (CIA). It was here that I had the honor to study with the likes of John Bergamo (Master Percussionist), Randy Gloss (John's closest disciple), Joe Labarbera (Jazz Drumset Master), David Johnson (My Mallet & Orchestral Mentor), Alfred Ledzekpo (African Percussion Tribal Leader), Wenton Welojo (Balinesian Gamelan Master and Celebrity), and Swapan Chardui (THE Tabla Guru, Truly an Honor). The Multi-Focus Curriculum allowed me to study a wide array of disciplines while still receiving a degree based heavily in Classical Percussion. My BFA is essentially a custom built degree with a strong background in Theory, Composition, Jazz Drumset, Tympani, Mallets, and a variety of pitched percussion instruments from around the world.

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My Personal Philosophy:

In many parts of the world there is no separation between music and culture, and to that end I strive to bring my students closer to the outside world through the strength of their own musical bond. Having music be a part of my life has brought me great opportunities to meet other players and fans of the trade, through which I have experienced some of my most rewarding moments with, as well as making some life-long friends along the way. So to me, MUSIC IS SOMETHING THAT YOU ARE!!!, not just something that you do, and that concept is the fundamental reason why my lessons will often go far beyond just the common practices of instruction, to not only show you WHY you would want to use a certain rhythm or technique, but also HOW to apply it in a real situation in the most musical way. Through the deeper understanding of music, there is an equally deeper understanding of ones self..........

My Approach:

Drumming is a very root level based instrument. It is primal in its nature and very emotionally driven. This is great in many ways, for playing the drums can be meditative, or used to relieve stress and pent-up energy, but the bottom line is that drumming is expressive and FUN!!!

So keep in mind that while there is a student-teacher relationship that I must keep, in order to get my points across, you really should enjoy each and every lesson while you're learning. It's proven that you'll retain more of the information that I'm teaching if I can get you to leave with a SMILE on your face!!

OK, so the real trick to what I do as a teacher that sets me apart is my approach. I don't have a "cookie cutter" format for stamping out drummers that all sound the same and have the same library of beats to pull from. If you're a beginner or a seasoned pro, I will custom tailor a lesson, or a set of lessons in order to maximize our time together, all while allowing you to develop your own individual voice on the instrument.

For beginners, I will set up a more structured program to get you up to the level where we can begin to experiment a little more and be able to play along with some popular songs. Using a few time tested books, some rudimentary exercises, and few hand written examples, you will begin to see results immediately. Together we will keep a binder of notes that contain all of your previous and current exercises, and from lesson to lesson you will be able to see the progress that you are making through your collection of notes and music. With this method I have taught everyone from 5 to 65 how to navigate their way around the drums, so you will be in good company if it's your first time on this instrument.

As far as the intermediate to the advanced player is concerned, well, we are going to have a great time jamming together and sharing amazing contemporary concepts. I will still offer the structured program to anyone that is interested, but for the drummer that already has years of playing under their belt, I really have something special to offer you. Odd time, Mixed Meter, Four Limb Independence, Ostinatos, Displacement, and even Polyrhythm

*** Studio Equipment ***
Pearl Drumsets, Ludwig Drumsets, Sabian cymbals, Istanbul cymbals, DW drum pedals, Various reading materials, a stereo, mixer and isolation headphones for playing along with music tracks at full live volume. Comfortable thrones to sit on while playing. Various instructional DVDs that can be borrowed from time to time.

*** Specialties ***
Music, Drum set, Orchestral Snare Drum Technique, Hand Drums, World Percussion
Moeller Technique, Multi-Fulcrum Technique, Four-Limb Coordination and independence, Odd time, Polyrhythms, Mixed Meter! Capable of teaching drum set Reading and Notation! Also capable of teaching ALL STYLES of music. If you can think of it, I have played it. Too many to list here.
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Greg March 22, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Mike is going to be great instructor. He was able to quickly assess my level of experience and we already have the next few lessons planned out. I'd recommend him for any age or style you want to learn.
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Margaret February 15, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Mike is an exceptional teacher. I’ve been a teacher, my parents were both teachers, we pay a lot of tuition to put our children in schools with (theoretically) well-paid and highly qualified teachers: IOW, I am really picky about teachers! Mike is the epitome of patience and clearly devoted to music and instruction. He is professional and conscientious. He kept my son challenged, engaged, and motivated to practice and improve. Truly, Mike is the kind of teacher you wish populated every classroom.
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Christopher August 31, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Mike is awesome! Super down to earth and easy to talk to. He is understanding and patient and seriously takes the time to help you grasp new concepts and increase comfortability with new styles. He is an incredible musician and really understands the deeper meaning behind any drum style or technique that you are trying to learn. I have been a self taught drummer my whole life and I moved to Denver to attend CU for music after getting out of the Army. Mike helped me to prepare for my entrance exams and my drum kit audition, which I knocked out the park. I am now a full blown music student and officially on path to my dream career. Thank you Mike!! I'm looking forward to more lessons and to continue improving!
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About Aaron C.

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Boulder, CO
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Everything from marching percussion basics to advanced techniques and rhythms. My specialty is on the tenor drums, but I am also very comfortable teaching snare and bass drum technique as well.

Our first lesson will be a check up to see where you are with reading music, as well as how your hands look and what technique you are striving for. This will give me a good understanding of what we need to do to get you where you want to be as a musician and drummer.

About Aaron
Hello! My name is Aaron and I have been playing drums since 2001. I started in my garage beating pots and pans, so my parents decided to rent a drumset and I was immediately hooked. Shortly after, I began taking lessons and was fortunate to have an excellent instructor, which has been a big motivator for me to provide the same joy and knowledge I had given to me when I was young. Besides drumset, I also played marching tenors while at Washington State University, and was on the Seahawks Blue Thunder Drumline from 2014-2018. I was the tenor section leader at WSU for three years, and also for Blue Thunder for two years. I also had the opportunity to march several years of drum corps, marching the 2009 season with the Seattle Cascades, and aging out with Arizona Academy in 2010. I've helped many people who don't have any musical background l
earn basic drumset concepts, and I've taught several people formal drumset and marching percussion lessons.
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Erin December 6, 2015
· Drum · In studio
Aaron is a fantastic instructor. An experienced tenor player, he is extremely knowledgeable in marching technique. I’m learning a great deal goes into technique, and Aaron breaks it down in a way that’s easily understood. He’s very attentive to my technique when I’m playing, and can easily identify what I’m doing well and what areas need more work.

The lessons are structured, but Aaron is able to adapt them to my needs and interests on the fly. Each week I leave with something new to work on. He’s been flexible with scheduling and has been a huge help in making sure I have the equipment needed to practice at home. Also, he’s just really interesting to talk to as he knows a lot about different marching bands and drumlines . His passion for music is expressed through his instructing, and makes for a very positive learning environment.

I’ve had five lessons so far and plan to continue working with Aaron to hone in on my snare technique. I highly recommend him as an instructor!
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About Ryan L.

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New Orleans, LA
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ALL SKILL LEVELS and all ages are welcome.

READING AND SIGHT-READING STUDIES
DRUM SOLO CONCEPTS
IMPROVISING CONCEPTS
HAND & FOOT INDEPENDENCE EXERCISES
RUDIMENTARY EXERCISES AND WARM UPS
LICKS / GROOVES

I customize each students lesson to their individual needs and the styles of drumming they enjoy. Expect to have a lot of fun on your path of drumming!

About Ryan
Ryan's strong passion for teaching allows him to customize each student's lesson to their individual needs and style. He works with students of all skill levels and all ages.

BIO:

Having been described as a musician “with gut busting solos and dynamic versatility, Ryan continues to push drumming to new levels. With his forward thinking approach, Ryan may be forming an exciting new style of drumming. Lyan has toured across the country in bands covering many different genres of music giving him a unique style that can only be formed through [his] immense experience under his belt.”*

Ryan is proficient in jazz, rock, funk, Latin, hip-hop, and many more styles. Ryan is very tour friendly as he has toured all over the country.

SCHEDULING NOTE:

Ryan's schedule fluctuates depending on upcoming tours and workshops. Please inquir
e via the Ask-A-Question feature to see his current availability. He looks forward to hearing from you!
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Gina April 21, 2016
· Drum · In studio
My teenage son has been taking drum lessons from Ryan for almost two years now. Ryan is the BEST instructor. He is patient with my son and very inspiring. My son enjoys taking lessons from Ryan. Not only is my son learning a lot, he is also gaining more self-confidence. I highly recommend Ryan as a drum instructor.
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K April 14, 2016
· Drum · In studio
great instructor! Ryan has taught and continues to tech me a lot in an entertaining way. Unlike other instructors I have had he teaches diverse methods, techniques, and styles. Overall a great experience!
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Robert Anthony Morales April 14, 2016
· Drum · In home
Ryan uses all his skills to access the best approach to teach student drummers. His insights go way beyond his youth. Said and done look at all the successful drummers he has tutored.
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About Kevin J.

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Denver, CO
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Have had over 8 years experience playing percussion in concert band. Would love to help you. Have lots of experience helping with music notation, site reading, and rhythms on various music al instruments. Thanks!

About Kevin
I truly enjoy teaching. I've taught in the public school classroom for 11 years. Teaching music is so so much FUN! And it should be fun for the students to learn. When I'm teaching I tell all my students that if they don't enjoy and smile about something, then we need to change something.

I would love to start lessons with you soon.
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Kristin April 19, 2019
· Drum · In home
Kevin is an enthusiastic and professional teacher! He has built up my son's confidence, and given him opportunities to perform and hone his percussion skills. I highly recommend Kevin!
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Aidan May 7, 2017
· Guitar · In home
I was out of town when my 15-year old son had his lesson with Kevin, so I sent a text to my son to find out how it went. "He is the best guitar teacher ever!!" my son replied. I think that says it all.
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Ava Z. March 29, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
First lesson was great! On the drive home Ava said, " I'm so excited I feel like I could run a marathon!"
Haha Thank you Kevin!
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Denver, CO 80227
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About Amber W.

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Sarasota, FL
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Experienced Music teacher of 8 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of their instrument and theory skills. I specialize in all styles. Typically, I use a variety of method books to pick from to meet the needs of the students. I also have many tools available to use during lessons.
My students have gone on to NYSSMA and on to college auditions successfully!

About Amber
I have been teaching private lessons since 2008, but have been studying music since I was only 4 with non stop private and in school lessons. I now have my Bachelor's degree in Music education and am working toward my Masters in Music performance and Instruction.

I love working with my students. Watching them succeed at what they do is what makes my day great. I always love to have a fun atmosphere around me and enjoy every minute it. Music is great for self expression a great Escape or an easy pass-time. It's nothing that should be stressful, but the opposite and that is what my lessons aim to do. Provide an educational, but fun and expressive learning experience to carry with you or your child throughout your lives.
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Peter Flynn April 12, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Very impressed!! On lesson one, Amber has opened up a whole new world for me.. thank you Amber
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Joy Anne April 12, 2019
· Violin · Online
Amber is a gem!
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Aaron H. April 11, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Excellent teacher, I already have a deeper understanding of singing after the first lesson. Thank you!
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About Stephen B.

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Boulder, CO
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I am thrilled to hear that you or your kid is ready to start taking drum lessons! I have been teaching drum set and percussion for ten years, and last year finished my master's in percussion performance at CU, after a music education degree in Michigan.

I start my students off with "repeat after me" style exercises, to develop technique, coordination, and musical tone on the instruments. Then, we can dig into playing the music (s)he loves! I'm always curious to hear if there is a certain band or drummer my student admires.

About Stephen
Hey drummers!

I am a working drummer and percussionist in all major styles, from blues, funk, and jazz to classical and marching band.

In my off time, I enjoy playing in the mountains with my girlfriend and our cat.
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Stephen B.

Boulder, CO 80302
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About Jacarey J.

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Milwaukee, WI

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discipline style repetition

About Jacarey
I have been playing drums for a long period of time. I have studied music since I was in my adolescence years. I went to music school from Elementary through high school. Through my years of experience, I have been taught by ear and also through reading music through Conservatory of Music school. I also like to play different styles of music such as Gospel, Rock, Fusion, Jazz, Latin, etc. I have so much to bring to the table. I've been playing Gospel/contemporary from my childhood to my Adult years
and I believe that helped me to become a better musician and be a all around drummer
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Stephanie March 2, 2019
· Drum · In home
He has taught me rudiments and how to play on a practice drum pad and it was a great experience.
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About Kyle R.

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Boulder, CO

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I have a degree in Percussion Performance and a solid background in orchestral and contemporary genres.

About Kyle
Hello,

My name is Kyle Richardson and I have been playing and studying the drums for 14 years. I have a Bachelors degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Colorado Boulder. I have an emphasis is Jazz, Latin, and World Music and also have a solid background in all types of music. I have played in all types of musical settings (Orchestra, Chamber ensemble, percussion ensemble, Jazz combo, Latin combo, Rock band, duets). My diverse background in percussion allows me to cater to what each individual wants to learn.

I am also a professional mountain running athlete and spend lots of time outside exploring the landscape. Also like the outdoor?

The space where rhythm and nature collide is fascinating and exploring this duo is very exciting!
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Kyle R.

Boulder, CO 80304
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$42 / 30-min

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