If you're a drummer who's curious about hand drums I can help you with the basics. I'll show you some patterns and then we'll jam together!
Claudio R. is a recent transplant to SF from NYC/Seattle. He was born in Massachusetts and studied classical violin from the age of 6. He attended Vassar College where he earned a degree in violin performance. During college he started playing the drumset because of his infatuation with Jazz. Claudio went on to attend the prestigious Jazz and Contemporary Music program at the New School In NYC and studied drum set under Chico Hamilton, Joe Chambers, Ari Hoenig and Peter Retzlaff.
During his fifteen years in NYC Claudio was the house drummer for Freestyle Mondays, NYC’s longest running h
ip hop open mic, and performed and toured with variety of artists in many different genres.
-Hip hop legends Slick Rick, Lauren Hill, Praswell (Fugees), Doug-e-fresh, -Adam Duritz (counting Crowes), Jason Mraz -Jazz greats John Hicks, and Gary Bartz
-Afro-pop band Chris Berry and Pangea -Tropical chart-toppers Xtreme, -Southern singer/songwriter Lipbone Redding -Indie rock band Jonny Lives
In Seattle Claudio was the in-house studio drummer at Robert Lang’s recording studios. As a result of his recording work he became a voting member of the GRAMMY board in 2012.
In the Bay Area Claudio currently plays with swing band The Klipptones, and works as a freelance jazz drummer.
Claudio taught basic musicianship and drumline in NYC public schools for nine years, and was a private drum instructor for three years at Donn Bennett Drum Studios, Seattle's premier drum shop.
His teaching goals for drumset include establishing reliable technique that is useful in all styles, understanding differences and similarities between music styles, developing strong time and rhythm (through transcription and metronome games).
Claudio is also adept at incorporating electronic elements in acoustic playing and can coach students on how to use programs such as Ableton Live in their setup for performances and as a practice tool.
*** Lesson Details *** Welcome!
I’m looking forward to helping you learn drum set. I’m an engaged, patient, and enthusiastic teacher. I teach all styles of music and, together, we will get great results.
At the first lesson I ask new students about their goals. It’s important to me to discover why you are interested in lessons, and what type of music you wish to explore. I will ask you for a playlist of songs you’d like to learn and, from that, I’ll create a lesson plan that will teach you fundamental technique and the particular skills you need to play the songs you love.
Later, I’ll introduce new musical styles and you’ll learn more about the role of drum set in music. I think it is important to understand music (and related drumset styles) in context, so I’ll frequently play examples of classic recordings and we’ll have conversations about the history of the instrument and the great drummers who changed the music through the drums.
Nurturing your passion for drums and music is my number one goal for beginning students. I like to do this by finding a simple song for the student to play along with and give the student their first “grooving experience” by having both of us play along to the same song at the same time.
Also covered: beginning technique, basic rudiments, music theory, basic beat playing. I also encourage free improvisation on the drumset and teach the student how to create his/her own musical piece.
Intermediate students will: develop more flexibility in their time keeping by working on independence exercises, solidify reading basics, learn new styles (good for cross training), and examine stick mechanics more closely. Students will update their repertoire playlists to more challenging material as they gain new skill. We’ll set goals together based on the songs they want to learn how to play.
Advanced students will learn advanced stick technique including the moeller stroke, advanced finger technique, and advanced rudiments. We discuss how to improve time and feel by playing a with a displaced metronome as well as how to use the metronome in other non-traditional ways.
Also covered: over-the-barline phrasing, odd groupings in even meters, even groupings in odd meters, latin drum styles, metric modulation, triplet based styles such as jazz and afro-cuban 6/8, and studio recording. Advanced students will also examine some of the modern modern drumset vocabulary (drum and bass, dubstep etc, blast beats etc.) and the drummers responsible for those styles.
I love music and I love sharing my passion for music with students, young and not-so-young. It's thrilling to see students progress in their abilities. In order to make progress, you must practice regularly. Practicing everyday for 20 minutes is much more effective than practicing 3 hours the day before the lesson.
*** Studio Equipment *** 2 drums sets, congas, shakers, bongos
*** Travel Equipment *** practice pads, basic drum set if necessary.
*** Specialties *** When I teach drums I focus on mechanics, time, sound, feel, and coordination. I specialize in jazz, hip hop, funk, pop, electronic and rock music. I try to show my students the similarities between music styles and how mechanics, time, sound, feel, and coordination apply to those styles.
For violin I use the Suzuki repertoire and incorporate music literacy at the same time.
Lisa August 12, 2015
Claudio taught my son drum in the Seattle area. He is a great teacher! He's both very knowledgeable and very patient. He is easy going and friendly. Even after he moved to the Bay area, when he would come back to Seattle, he would contact us to see if we wanted a lesson. He's that dedicated.
Phoenix Z. January 10, 2014
Drum Verified Student
Great teacher and musician
It was a challenge to start learning a music instrument from scratch as an adult, but Claudio made it easy and enjoyable. He has been very patient, and the classes were highly customized according to the needs I had at different stages. He was also a great performer. It was a pleasure to learn from him, and I strongly recommend him for anyone who looking for an excellent teacher, and a fun learning experience.
I can teach drum kit techniques, marching or concert band and orchestral percussion
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I have a BA in Music from CUNY College of Staten Island and a MM in Composition from CUNY Brooklyn College. I have been teaching Music in NYC Public Schools since 2005 where I have taught thousands of students ages 5 through 14; General Music and Instrumental studies. I have taught private lessons as young as 4 and as mature as 65. In addition to my work as an educator, I am a working musician and composer most recently working on a Chidlren's songbook titled SENSITIVE SAM, and video game musi
c for the iPhone, iPad and iPod APP titled Tin Man Can released by Chillingo and Red Candy Games. I use my creativity to engage my students, teaching them musical empowerment by learning how to improvise and compose their own music. My primary instruments can be found in any rock band (guitar, bass, drums, etc.) however I have extensive experience and success in teaching string and wind instruments. I am a fun and outgoing person who loves talking about music or just about anything, I would be happy to be your music teacher!
*** Lesson Details *** I have a laid back personality but I stress self discipline in my lessons. I teach students to be their own boss! I want my students to take responsibility of their education because unlike the subjects that we NEED to learn for life, music can be the one thing we choose to learn to enrich our minds and spirit. I always begin my lessons with just getting to know the instrument, making sounds and noises and improvising on whatever the student already knows. I then proceed to rudiments, taking the student into understanding music as a subject and how to transfer things on a page or sounds in their ear to the instrument. I have a preferred way to teach and a curriculum I use, however I will ask the student what their goals are at the beginning and always keep my instruction steadily aimed at achieving those goals. After three to six months, students will be able to sight read simple melodies and chord names, as well as play some of their favorite songs and some classics.
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide a computer, music stand, manuscript paper, stickers and a sense of humor.
*** Specialties *** I have taught Suzuki and Orff methods as well as traditional notational reading. I prefer to teach music reading to students ages 8 and up. I teach instruments, theory/ composition as well as songwriting.
Q'orianka May 20, 2015
In home Verified Student
We love Anthony! Great teacher!
Renate K. December 12, 2014
In home Verified Student
Our (then) 8 years old daughter took guitar lessons by Anthony last year. Anthony is a great teacher with a lot of humor, patience and expertise. It worked perfectly for our daughter and she loved the lessons and learned a lot. We would highly recommend Anthony to others.
Katie M. November 22, 2014
In home Verified Student
Anthony is a fantastic guitar instructor for our 7 year old son. He is patient and clear, kind and fun-loving. My son is learning quickly and looks forward to his lesson time with Anthony. Anthony is always punctual and professional. We highly recommend Anthony as a guitar teacher.
Anna specializes in marching percussion and a variety of Latin Percussion instruments and hand drums.
Anna is a San Francisco Bay Area native. A professional drummer for over ten years, Anna has performed, recorded and toured with countless groups of various music styles. Her education includes a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley (where she was a member of the Cal Band for four years), and Certificates in Commercial Music and Recording Arts from Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, CA.
Anna is not only known throughout the United States as a drummer, but also as a concert producer, live sound engineer, record producer, booking agent, tour manager, web designer, graphic de
signer and instructor. Her teaching experience ranges from preschool education to private instruction to high school drum line. Anna is the director of Music Time Academy, a music lessons/recording studio and retail store in Livermore, CA. Anna is also the owner of Smiling Politely Presents (a production company that has produced hundreds of local shows in the Bay Area) and Hella Buttons (a button manufacturing company that has pressed tens of thousands of buttons for bands).
Anna can currently be seen performing with many groups including: Muncie (American Rock), West Grand Blvd (Motown/R&B/Soul), Seth Chapla Band (Rock/Blues), and Jump Back (50s covers).
*** Lesson Details *** I tailor lessons to the needs and interests of each individual student, doing my best to ensure that all students gain enjoyment and appreciation not only for drums, but also for music as a whole. In general, I focuses on teaching technique and efficiency, reading music, and developing listening skills.
To improve music reading skills, I often use the classic books Syncopation and The Funky Primer (aka the bible of rock and funk drumming). For younger beginners, the Alfred's Kid's Drum Course is one of my favorite methods for learning to read music and for learning general music concepts that the kids can apply to any instrument they may choose to pursue in the future.
For building technique, speed, and endurance, I like to introduce students to standard rudiments (they are like the scales for drummers). I also like to encourage students to try to play a rudiments and other exercises along to their favorite songs, since this is a fun way to not only keep a steady tempo, but also to make the repetitive practice less monotonous.
I try to balance out the sometimes dry and mathematical reading and rudiment work with more artistic and musical ideas, making sure that no matter how much you study and learn from books, you still always remember that you are practicing the art of music making. This includes working on songs of the student's choosing (which I can pull up on online, in case the student does not own the recordings) and working on improvisation.
*** Studio Equipment *** Music Time Academy: Large, sound-treated room with one drum set for the student, with practice drum pads for me to play along with. Home Music Studio: One set of drums in a room of the house dedicated entirely to music
Parents are always welcome to sit in on lessons at either location.
*** Travel Equipment *** For in-home lessons, I would expect the student to have their own drums and preferably a music stand. I can bring in books and other teaching materials, however it is best if students purchase their own copies of the books we use regularly.
*** Specialties *** I teach all styles of drumming. My performing and teaching experience mainly falls in the categories of rock, funk, blues, pop, R&B, soul and jazz. I have 8+ years of experience with marching drum line (tenor drums/quads, snare, cymbals) and have training in classical percussion as well.
I have a BS in music education received at Lehman College, Bronx, NY. I am a professional musician/ composer/ arranger.I received my teaching credentials at SFSU and have been a General music teacher as well as a, band teacher. I have studied trumpet with Classical ( Wilmer Wise)and Jazz musician (Bill Hardman) and big band arranging with Frank Foster( saxophonist and arranger with Count Basie Band). At present I am retired and teaching privately.
I have been teaching music for over 50 years as well as being a professional musician/ composer and arranger. I not only know my fundamentals ins
ide and out, but also I know many tricks of the trade. Over the years I have developed special teaching techniques that enable students to make sense out of music and progress rapidly on their instruments.I love playing music and aim at stirring that same kind of excitement abut music in my students.
To each lesson I bring a unique mix, encouraging the student to pursue excellence and also have fun. I am well qualified to teach: woodwinds( oboe, flute, clarinet, all saxophones) brass(french horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba), and piano.
*** Lesson Details *** I make music interesting to learn. I encourage students to practice daily so they can improve. The more they improve the more fun they can have with music not only alone, but with others.
I am very patient with my students especially with beginners. I know that for them it is like learning a new language. Once they begin to increase their musical vocabulary, they will enjoy what they can do with music.
*** Studio Equipment *** Seating for parents, basement studio, piano, drum set
*** Travel Equipment *** Students should provide their own instruments.
Yolanda C B. August 14, 2015
In studio Verified Student
A very patient, kind, knowledgeable teacher who puts you at ease so you can focus on the lesson. I highly recommend him!!! I am convinced to continue taking lessons
Sam B. June 20, 2015
In home Verified Student
Mack's a great teacher, we recommend him!
Thomas O. April 15, 2015
In home Verified Student
It's been more than a year of weekly lessons with Mack, and I could not be happier.
Mack is smart, quick, and knows how to handle kids to get results. There's no wheedling, bargaining or begging. It's just ok, do this, no, stop, do it again., No stop do it again, no stop do it again, and then good, that sounds good. I guess I should not be surprised, really, but my 13 yr old son cites this as what he likes best about Mack's instruction - it's all business.
Would I recommend Mack as a teacher for kid's music lessons? Yes, without reservation. Mack is an excellent teacher.
"I teach all styles of drumming, but I try to match the student with the style that they love. It’s that love of music that will push them to try harder, reach farther and become a true musician. My students have the opportunity to learn how to read, write and transcribe drum charts as well how to maintain and tune their drums. I teach my students how to play along with recordings and encourage them to join a band or ensemble so that they can experience the joy of music from the start."
I have been a teacher and performer in the San Francisco Bay area for over 30 years.
I teach Rock, Blues, Jazz, Funk, Latin, and Classical styles on drum set and percussion instruments.
I provide all of the sheet music as well as the recordings that I utilize for the student's assignments.
I also provide Sibelius drum music, so that the student can play along with the music with their Ipad or other device.
Kay D. August 28, 2015
Carmen is top notch! She has been teaching our children for five years, and has been extraordinary all the way. It began when she personally delivered a used drum set to our home that she hand selected for us. Then it continues with her high energy and motivational techniques to make the lessons fun - yet challenging and exciting as well. Technology is engaged to maintain the experience at home.
Carmen's communication is second to none as well. We often work during the lessons and a sitter drives the kids to their lessons. Carmen makes sure to follow up with us (when needed) regarding lesson plans, areas to improve, and even readiness for future tasks. In a word - amazing!
We are so grateful to have Carmen as the person to foster in our children a lifelong love of music and an eagerness to learn about it. Thanks, Carmen!
Maria Farah Gwendolyn R. July 23, 2015
In home Verified Student
Effective instructor. She spreads positivity and makes learning fun. The best indeed!
Agata O. June 1, 2015
Carmen has been teaching drums to my now 10-year old son for three years. Her patience, extensive repertoire of teaching methods always adapted to his learning style and progress, her contagious energy and her love of all things drums kept my son's motivation high and let him grow his abilities. I am very proud and impressed when he reads drums scores or figures out the beat of a song. Perhaps the two hardest parts for this young man were learning to play with the metronome and regularly practicing his rudiments. Carmen's many teacher's tricks, including books, posters, recordings, apps and well timed challenges with awesome awards have helped him stay on track.
Carmen keeps detailed notes about each of her students so her attention is always spot on and personalized. She makes herself available for any questions outside the classroom. A great person to be around and a talented musician, Carmen will find a way to make you into the drummer you dream to be.
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