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Drum Lessons In Dallas & The Music Scene

By Clint L. - Dallas Drums Instructor

Hey everybody! Dallas drum teacher Clint L. here. Today I want to talk to you about the Dallas, Texas music scene and more specifically, what it is like to be a drummer and teach Dallas drum lessons.

Dallas will always be one of the most exciting places in the US to be a musician. As you may know, one of the top music schools in the nation, The University of North Texas, is right outside Dallas. I had the good fortune of attending this school when it was still called North Texas State University. This institution continually turns out some of the finest musicians in the world.

On campus, you can usually find one of the lab bands either rehearsing or performing. There are many jazz and dance clubs in Denton. In Dallas, you can hear virtually any and every kind of music that you want.

As far as the drumming scene, Dallas has one of the biggest markets for cover bands of any city in the US. Currently I am a part of three different bands. One is a pop band that performs live every Friday and Saturday. The second is a Progressive Rock/Christian Rock band that has recently been signed by a record company in Oklahoma. The third band is an original project with a long-time friend who plays bass. This is more of a jazz rock band, and we are currently in the writing stage, and doing a good bit of recording as well.

Being a drummer in this market and teaching Dallas drum lessons is very challenging but exciting. If you want to make a living at this, you must be versatile and cover all styles. Yes, there is plenty of work but there are also a ton of musicians. The brotherhood of drummers has a very strong bond here. Even though we compete with each other, we also help each other out as much as we can.

I couldn’t be happier being a full time drummer and instructor here in Dallas. I have been staying busy not only with three different bands but also as a freelance musician. I also teach private drum lessons to a number of students, both beginner and advanced, out of my home or in the comfort of their own homes. If you are interested in taking drum lessons in Dallas, give us a call and join the fun!

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James F.

Grand Prairie, TX

I stress the basics of proper technique and help students apply this to any music that they are interested in.

About James

Mr. James Falcon
Assistant Director of Bands at International Leadership of Texas Grand Prairie K-8, graduate of Richardson High School, holds a BM in Jazz studies from the University of North Texas, and is a state-certified music teacher in Texas.
James began his professional performance career in 1990 with Dallas' own blues great Al 'TNT' Braggs, and continues to perform in various local groups. As a professional player, he has experienced both national and international tours while playing with a multitude of outstanding performers.
James has 18 years experience as a music educator in
public schools including: elementary, middle and high school band and choir, as well as adjunct saxophone at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction Colorado.
As a director, James inspires a strong foundation of musicianship, ensuring meaningful musical experiences for his students both in rehearsal, and in performance. Additionally, his efficient and flexible teaching style ensures for his students musical enjoyment that comes with an invaluable sense of personal achievement, as they learn how to overcome the many challenges that all musicians must tackle in the pursuit of excellence.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are planned and tailored to the specific needs and goals of each student.

Basic outline of music curriculum:

• Instrument assembly, care, and maintenance.
• Hand and body posture/technique.
• Tone production, articulation, multi-phonics and vibrato.
• Method Books/Etude Books.
• Strategies for efficient practicing and performance prep.
• Reading music
• Music theory - scales, arpeggios, harmony, and ear training
• Repertoire - build a list of pieces that you study and perform
• Purposeful listening
• Improvisation/composition
• Transcribing

Materials needed:
• Instrument in good playing condition
• All sheet music, books, and recordings
• Lesson logbook
• Metronome - mobile app is acceptable
• Tuner - mobile app is acceptable

*** Specialties ***
Saxophone full well-rounded approach utilizing several books/recordings. I am a strong theory teacher and stress proper technique throughout. I always tailor my methods and materials to the specific needs of each student. I also stress good practice skills/habits and make a point to build a performance repertoire and provide students with performance opportunities often.
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Jenny S. February 12, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
James has been teaching my 9 and 11 year olds piano, guitar, violin and recorder. He has a great ability to connect with kids and he's extremely patient and kind. My kids really enjoy his lessons and they have learnt a lot.
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Aliva K. February 12, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
great teacher

Mr Falcon James is a wonderful teacher and we are very happy with his teaching skills and ability. He is a great teacher and a wonderful person. We are very excited to have him as our child's instructor!!
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James F.

James F.

Grand Prairie, TX 75052
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Donnie B.

Dallas, TX

Committed to providing a rigorous curriculum, Donnie readily adapts his teaching to best meet the needs of each and every student the first time around.

His key focus areas include drumset, marching percussion, classical percussion, hand percussion, and mallet percussion.

About Donnie

Greetings, Donnie here for all things drums, percussion, and music theory!

Throughout the past twelve years, I have been fortunate enough to hone in and utilize such teaching methods as Dalcroze, Kodály, and Orff, among employing some of my own.

I take pride in the unyielding commitment I have to a rigorous curriculum that promotes critical thinking and creativity.

My approach towards teaching is wheeled by the philosophy of "one-size-does-not-fit-all".

Thanks for stopping by. I look forward to furthering your journey towards becoming better as both a musician and an individual
!
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Amit March 7, 2016
Percussion · In home
Donnie is great! He's been teaching my son for over a year now and even today, my son looks fwd to his lessons. if you're looking for a percussions instructor, i highly recommend you try him out, you wont be disappointed.
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Patrick March 7, 2016
Drum · In home
Having one of the best instructor to come to your house is not easy to find, we're lucky to have Donnie Bell as drum instructor for our son.
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Adriana March 6, 2016
Drum · In home
My son had been taking lessons with Donnie Bell for a year now and we could not be happier with his progress. Donnie gas very innovative approaches to teaching and is extremely patient and adaptive when needed. My son looks forward to his weekly lessons and enjoys practicing his rudiments and sets. Mr. Donnie has managed not only to teach my son how to play the drums, but to appreciate music and develop an ear for rhythm.
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Donnie B.

Donnie B.

Dallas, TX 75240
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Ryan B.

Allen, TX

I teach acoustic and electronic drums for all levels

About Ryan

Hey There! My name is Ryan B. I play and teach guitar, bass and drums, and piano and would love to teach you or help you improve your abilities! I have been playing all four instruments for 25 years, and I have a personal, laid-back style that helps connect with each student.

I have been with TakeLessons for over three years now, and am truly blessed to have worked with so many great students.I will teach you what YOU want to play, regardless of style or genre you like in music. I design my lessons around YOU, and what YOU want to learn!

For guitar, bass and drums, I can teach the ba
sic beginner to the advanced. I teach electric and acoustic guitar, electric bass and acoustic and electric drums

For piano, I teach beginner through intermediate students.

Need academic help? Well I can help with that too! I tutor in most subjects, including: Math, Science, Reading, Writing Skills and ACT and SAT prep

I offer private in-home lessons, lessons at my studio and on-line lessons!

*** Lesson Details ***
Students can expect my lessons to focus on your goals. I cover a lot of fundamentals and basics to start, and then go through more advanced techniques as the student progress. In a short period of time, you will know chords, notes, techniques, rhythm and timings, just to name a few!

Guitar students will learn basic chords, barre chords and soloing techniques. Bass students will learn bass notes, bass lines and soloing.

Drum students will learn timing, fills, soloing and lead drumming.

Piano students will learn how to read music, fingering, chords and song performance.

For academic tutoring, I design my lessons around the specific need of the individual student. I thoroughly research each student needs and customize my tutoring around your child's strengths and weaknesses.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Equipment available:
Keyboard
6-string acoustic guitar
12-string acoustic guitar
Electric guitar
Bass Guitar
2 amplifiers
Full Drum Set

*** Travel Equipment ***
acoustic guitar, bass guitar

*** Specialties ***
I love and can play almost every style of music imaginable! Whatever style of music you like, I can help you improve and learn!
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Christian B. September 20, 2016
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Ryan is an excellent teacher and my son has been taking lessons with him for over a month. He is patient, funny, and passionate about music but also knows how to connect with younger students. He makes class fun yet educational. We always look forward to our classes with Ryan. He has a true love for teaching and music. He is also open to suggestions from me regarding how to teach my son as well which is so very appreciated. We love Mr. Ryan!
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Skylar S. July 8, 2016
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Perfect match for my daughter who has ADHD! Ryan is laid back, outgoing, and makes practice fun.
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Meerah A. June 11, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Ryan was really amazing. He provided great instruction and humor to my 5 year old. He really knows how to connect with children. I highly recommend him.
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Ryan B.

Ryan B.

Allen, TX 75002
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Thomas S.

Richardson, TX

Lessons cover proper techniques as well as how to play with feel.

About Thomas

Hello, I'™m Thomas, but most people call me T. I started taking private drum lessons when I was 6 years old from Lucy Flohr. Ms. Lucy was one of the most influential and important people in my development not only as a drummer but in life as well (she's the lady in my profile picture). I met her at 6, and we'™re still friends 30 years later.
After Lucy I started lessons with professors at UNT (which in those days was NTSU). My glam band, Skin Deep, was getting major record deal offers, but it was 1992 when grunge took over. So under guidance of our attorney we didn'™t sign any offers. W
ith my high hopes deflated and a musically defeated heart I had to make a change. So instead of going to UNT to study music which I had been being groomed to do, I chose to go to Austin and attend UT. I graduated from UT in 1997 with a degree in psychology and decided to move to Los Angeles to follow my dream. My band broke up about a month later, but I formed a new one (Milkweed, which morphed into a blue grass band after I left, now called River Rouge) and got an indy record deal. We released "Milkweed....For Breakfast" on my birthday in 2000, and we did lots of regional touring for the next 3 years. Then I moved back to Dallas and joined JackAcid. We released "Life Through a Crazy Straw" on another independent label and toured regionally for a few years. Next was Crossing Ellum, which was fronted by Matthew JC (Founder of Emmy winning Small Guy Music and œMatthew JC and the All Stars). I spent several years playing with a heavy rock band named Social Jab that unfortunately ended before we released our CD titled S3V3N Years... I currently play in Marquis of Vaudeville.
I started teaching classmates in 7th grade and continued through high school. Then I took a hiatus from teaching with just a student here and there during college and my touring days. Now I'm back to teaching more than I'm playing, and I love it! I believe music is a phenomenal gift to us all in every facet, from listening, to learning, to creating, to performing, and it'™s an honor to be able to share my knowledge and experiences to help others learn to appreciate the blessing of music.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are catered to each individual student. If you want to learn theory, we will start from the beginning. If you just want to learn how to play your favorite songs, then that's what you'll learn. Your personal goals for drumming determine how I teach you.

*** Studio Equipment ***
In-home music room w/ two drum kits (if needed) and seating for parents. Piano, guitars, bass, and recording equipment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide any manuscript paper necessary for first lesson, then I would expect students to purchase a blank manuscript book along with any books chosen to study.

*** Specialties ***
My lessons are catered to each student's goals.
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Lori R. September 23, 2015
Drum · Online
Verified Student
Greet first lesson! Looking forward to more!
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Jason S. August 10, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
There are no words to describe the benefit of drum lessons for my son. It goes well beyond drums. T is a fantastic drummer, a fantastic teacher, and now friend. As a fellow musician I learned a lot watching the lessons. Amazing experience and an amazing instructor.
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Kandice R. February 28, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
I have been taking lessons with Thomas for a year and a half. He is very patient and explains things very well. I had no drum experience before I met him. I can read music and play better than I ever though I could for the limited amount of time I have been paying. I highly recommend Thomas for adults and kids. I have a busy work schedule and he has been gracious and flexible with my schedule.
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Thomas S.

Richardson, TX 75081
(7)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Scott W.

Plano, TX

I have been performing and teaching professionally for 25 years. I am a Music Graduate from the University of North Texas. I have performed and recorded with many artists including Vince Neil (Motley Crue), Patti Labelle and Larry Carlton. I specialize in drum set, school band, jazz band, auditions, and drumline. I focus on what the individual student wants from lessons (learning songs, preparing for auditions or to be in a band, technique, reading, etc). Some of my students have gone on to University of North Texas and Berklee School of Music. I have students that play with King Diamond, Collective Soul, Paul Rogers (Bad Compay)... I have performed on television including Americas got Talent.

About Scott

I offer affordable quality drum set, school band, drum line, and piano lessons. I am a Music Graduate from the University of North Texas. I have over 25 years of teaching and performing experience in all styles of music. I have performed and recorded with national acts as well as countless local acts. I've had some TV appearances including "Americas Got Talent" with the band Le Freak. I focus on what the student wants from lessons (learning songs, technique, reading music, theory, etc.). Making music fun!
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David M. August 7, 2016
Drum · In home
Verified Student
I had my first lesson with Scott last week and I am stoked I found him. He is super easy to work with and he has excellent communication skills with an exeptional ability to teach. I highly recommend Scott whether you are a beginner to advanced. I would characterize the lessons as engaging and fun!
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Josh July 1, 2016
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Within the first lesson it was obvious how much Scott is passionate about playing music and helping other musicians succeed. What I really liked about Scott was that he didn't beat around the bush when it came to finding areas that I could improve upon, but in the same respect, he made sure he celebrated the successes and progress being made. That's the kind of teacher that can motivate someone to improve and feel fulfilled after the hard work being put into a craft. I unfortunately had to stop taking lessons due to outside circumstances and if I got the opportunity I would take more lessons with Scott.
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John J. C. November 15, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Scott is thoughtful, helpful, and professional. He is funny, knowledgeable, and experienced. I am 67 and just learning to read music and play the piano, and I am enjoying the challenge, and Scott's teaching and helpful hints. Give Scott a try.
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Scott W.

Scott W.

Plano, TX 75075
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starting at
$30 / 30-min

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