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The Denver Music Scene - A Drummer’s Perspective

Let me introduce myself. I’m a drummer with 24 years in the music business, and for the last decade I’ve been lucky enough to be an active and integral part of the music scene here in Denver Colorado. It’s been a long and interesting ride so far and I thought I would use this opportunity to share some of my experiences through the unique perspective I’ve gained as an in demand drummer with those of you who are currently taking or looking to take drum lessons in Denver.

Colorado has a diverse musical background, and there seems to be more room for hybrid musical styles here, rather than most places that have an older, more established scene. Between the location, the weather, the close proximity to the mountains and the sister vibe of neighboring Boulder, Denver just seems to be a better place for experimental bands to flourish. Funk, Reggae, Jazz and Electronica for example are a big force on the Front Range in the festival circuit, and also in the mountain towns. Despite being far from an ocean, where these musical styles typically dwell, Colorado really gives the local musician a platform to express more creativity in between what you would normally expect from a specific genre. There are a variety of outdoor festivals that draw big crowds during the summer and bands that offer a wider musical palette are everywhere here.

This has treated me kindly as I have a background in auxiliary and hand percussion in addition to drum set, and have been known to dabble with electronic interfaces as well. One of the most interesting groups I have been a part of was a group called Aphelion, which was a live progressive trance and dub-step group focused on mixing organic elements such as live afro-Cuban percussion set-up with pre-programmed beats. Of course most of what we were performing on stage was live, but using a mixture of tracks sequenced in real time or performed in conjunction with an electro-acoustic set up yielded very interesting results. Later we added a live keyboardist and live guitarist to the mix, which was received with even more enthusiasm. One of our biggest shows was playing a mountain festival on the Fourth of July opening for a Pink Floyd Tribute band. There’s something about looking out over a sea of people and noticing little kids doing back-flips to your music in an open space near the stage that helps you realize your potential in a place where there is no fixed norm.

To take it even further, I’ve recently had the opportunity to join an Afro-Funk ensemble that will be brining the music of Fela-Kuti and other well-known African artists to the jam scene and festival circuit. (It’s been a few years now since I’ve had the opportunity to play in a band with a full horn section, so needless to say, I’m stoked!) Again, Denver just seems to leave more room for individual thinking and while this group could have come together anywhere, the range of players here that are into unique projects like this one never ceases to amaze me.

As if this weren’t enough for my plate, I’ve also been actively perusing a career in Rock for the last 3 years with my main group, Genre Theory. Taking some time off from the stage recently to finish up our upcoming self-titled EP, GT has been a strong force recently in the Indie Rock establishments of the Hi-Dive, the Marque, The Bluebird Theater, and Gothic Theater here in Denver. Not that these are predominantly rock venues, but there does seem to be a strong foothold for this type of music here; again, I feel that this is because we’re allowed to take some chances musically that would be a hard sell to crowds immersed in the standard issue rock mentality. I don’t take this for granted, and neither do the other musicians embedded in the scene. A few notable groups have even used this liberated platform to rise to great heights, including Rose Hill Drive, The Epilogues and most notably, The Fray. By Mike M. - Denver Drums Teacher

If you’re taking drum lessons in Denver, make sure to get out to some local shows to experience this for yourself, even from the audience’s perspective. The most important aspect of any show is the interaction between the audience and performers. Support for any scene is support for all scenes, and with populations on the rise here on the Front Range, it won’t be long before everyone gets to be a part of our collective evolution. I feel lucky to be able to survive as a musician even on the local level, and with a constant influx of young musicians and audience members, I feel a real sense of belonging to something greater than myself. So keep an eye and ear open, and I’ll catch you in the scene.

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Joey I.

Denver, CO

Can teach up to intermediate level in drum technique.

About Joey

My name is Joey and I have been teaching guitar and drums for 4 years. I am 22 years old and have been playing music for 10 years. I have a strong passion for music and teaching, which is why it's my only job. If I am not teaching, I am playing or recording music. Music saved my life. I am completely dedicated to it. I strive to learn every second of my waking existence. And it rewards me. More than any other reward I have ever received, minus love itself. I love inspiring people in anyway I can. I have learned a lot of life's lessons through music, and I am here to share them with you. Here
is a quick listen of what I can do for you and what I require of you before lessons begin: Guitar Genres I can teach-Classical, pop, singer/songwriter, reggae, hard rock, metal, blues, country and jazz.  Techniques I can teach:
-alternate picking, sweep picking, down picking for metal, finger picking, strumming, and many more!
-Chords/ melody/scales/modes/intervals/left hand exercises
-Rhythm-I'm a drum teacher, so this is self explanatory.
-If you pick a song you want to learn, I can give you the music for it, and teach it to you.
-Creativity, songwriting, music theory, recording, and sound itself.

Guitar Requirements: Students must have the following before we begin:
1.A good attitude. 2.USB flash drive (this saves paper, which saves trees and also saves money, which saves more trees and paper) If you don't have a computer, then do step 3 instead.
3.A binder to organize papers I will give you.
4.Acoustic or electric guitar.
5.Tuner and metronome. Drums: Genres I can teach-Rock, Pop, Country, Blues, Shuffle,Hip Hop, Rap, Metal, Jazz, and Electronic.

Techniques I can teach:
-Counting
- Basic and advanced stick control (rebound stroke, bounce stroke, finger technique)
-Independence
-Feel
-Linear drumming
-Drum grooves of all sorts
-Rudiments (40 basic and also hybrid rudiments)
-Timing, time signatures, and tempo.
-Foot technique (double bass, hi hattechnique)
-Creativity, songwriting, music theory, recording, and sound itself.

Drum Requirements:   Students must have the following before we begin:
1.A good attitude. :)
2.USB flash drive (this saves paper, which saves trees and also saves money, which saves more trees and paper) If you don't have a computer, then do step 3 instead.
3.A binder to organize papers I will give you.
4.Practice pad and drum sticks
5.Metronome
6.I do not require students to have a drum set to learn drums.

*** Lesson Details ***
I promise all of my students the best atmosphere when I'm teaching you. Music is 90% mental, and the best way to be able to control your mentality is to be in a relaxed and comfortable environment. I will provide that no matter what. I'm a funny guy and I tend to crack jokes a lot so be prepared to laugh! I'm here to help you and make you reach your highest potential. I'm a laid back teacher but I always do expect that my students take what I have given them and practice, practice, practice! Everything you want lies in choice, so it should be your choice on how well you want to be able to play music. I will be your tour guide through the vast and infinite pool of musical experience! So what are you waiting for?

*** Studio Equipment ***
Roland TD 9 electronic drumset, PRS SE custom, Yamaha acoustic guitar, Macbook pro with Logic, Ableton, Guitar rig 4, and Superior Drummer 2.0. Akai mpk49 midi keyboard, 40 inch Sceptre LCD display, and a Rodes NT2A condenser microphone.

*** Specialties ***
Guitar-Classical, Hard rock, Reggae, Jazz, Metal.
Drums-Rock, Drum corps, Electronica, Blues, Metal
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samyu K. January 30, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Good teacher, great experience..he has a lot of patience..friendly..helpful...
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Tanner H January 19, 2016
Drum · In home
I love this teacher! He has helped me learn more then just drumming skills but life skills as well. he is a fun and helpful teacher that has taught me drums from from just a drum pad and now that i have a kit i'm in love with drumming.If i didn't get this teach i wouldn't be drumming right now for sure!
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Josie B. November 5, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Joey is a wonderful teacher! He is very patient and understanding of our son with special needs. We highly recommend him for a teacher who can successfully work with a child with Autism.
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Joey I.

Joey I.

Denver, CO 80237
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Mike M.

Denver, CO

30 years of experience playing all styles, and over 13 years of private drum and percussion instruction. If you have specific goals on your instrument and need some polishing and a fresh approach to your instrument I have just the curriculum for you! Newbies are also a specialty of mine as the majority of my longest running students, some of whom have been with me for over 8 years, started from scratch. Not only do you get a very qualified and respected teacher, but you get a friend and mentor in the local music scene as well. I have performed professionally in over 25 bands of all instrumentation, size and style you can think of! If there is a specific style that you are into, chances are I have performed many live concerts in that genre and will be able to directly help you achieve the same respective goals. I am more than happy to help you or your son or daughter hone their skills through real world application of Rudiments, Chart Reading, Speed and Endurance drills and Creative ...

About Mike

Hi,

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 perf
ecting 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 socialize, 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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Jessica November 27, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Mike is a true musician who loves his craft and loves teaching it. My daughter is having FUN learning drums!
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Chris S. October 23, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Mike makes drum lessons fun while still teaching the key fundamentals.
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Aaron S. June 10, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Thanks Mike, so much great info!
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Mike M.

Mike M.

Denver, CO 80210
(9)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Seth B.

Denver, CO

Drumming has been a passion of mine since an early age. Having deep rooted experience in marching percussion, students can expect to gain a strong understanding of technique and sense of time.

About Seth

My name is Seth and I offer private lessons for both guitar and bass guitars. Having a wide background of teaching all ages, and heavy experience with young children, I understand that every musician is in a different place. Whether you're just starting out or ready to get back into playing again, we can work together to establish what the best direction is for you.
I am currently a senior performance student at the University of Colorado Denver. Before involving myself with local Denver band Red Fox Run and other musical projects, I was a member of the Blue Knights World Percussion Ensemble
. Having gained that experience I was asked to instruct Rise World Percussion Ensemble where I was the front ensemble caption head. While going through school I record many different audio projects, as well as playing with various ensembles and bands.

Lessons can be offered both in my home at your own home within the greater Denver area!
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Seth B.

Seth B.

Denver, CO 80204
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Kevin J.

Denver, CO

Kevin Jones has been writing, recording, and playing music for over 25 years. Music is meant to be fun and it is his goal to help others enjoy music. He has been a teacher for 11 years and has composed hundreds of songs. He is passionate about teaching his students the songs they want to learn, no matter the difficulty. He specialized in guitar, drums, and song writing.

Kevin has a great way of encouraging others to keep going no matter what challenge is in front of them.

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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Anastacia January 25, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In home
My daughter has been very inspired by Kevin. He is very patient and gives thoughtful homework.
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Atticus S. January 13, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
We just started with Kevin--my 9 yr old son is planning his career as a musician--and I am very impressed. He listened to what my son likes and noted his current ability and got him started with some simple chords and the first line of a familiar song. An excellent start for a beginning student!
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Brian K. January 12, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
First lesson down and I'm so excited!!! I have absolutely no experience with the guitar and Kevin has instilled excitement and hope that I can get there. Within the first 10 minutes I knew he was the perfect teacher for me, definitely recommend him and I'm totally looking forward to what's to come!
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Kevin J.

Kevin J.

Denver, CO 80209
(22)
starting at
$28 / 30-min
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Andreas S.

Denver, CO

Individual tailored lessons after the interests of the student. These may include: technique, independence, groove studies, style studies, fill-ins, improvisation, play-alongs, etc.

About Andreas

Hi everybody!!!
I love drumming, and I've been teaching the drums professionally for over 15 years to students of any level -- the 5-year-old who won't sit still at the table anymore, the teenagers getting excited to start their first band, the professionals who need a break after a heavy day of work, the retirees who want to start their second career, and as well to human beings with physical or mental limitations. I enjoy it all!

I developed my individual sound through studies at New York's Drummers' Collective in New York, pursuing a BA at Berklee College of Music in Boston and receivin
g a master's in music and music education at the Zurich Conservatory (Switzerland). I also studied the cajon at Taller Flamenco in Seville, Spain.

I am also a very active performer who played gigs in the the United States and toured throughout Europe at different acclaimed jazz and rock clubs, as well as festivals.
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Chris November 16, 2015
Drum · In home
Andreas has a positive attitude and a love of drumming that make his lessons really fun. Both my 8 year old daughter and I take lessons from him and we couldn't be happier. His lessons are a great blend of technique and just having fun. I also have to mention he plays with my rockabilly band from time to time and he rips it up!!
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Shane November 16, 2015
Drum · In studio
Andreas is a great teacher. He took the time to figure out the kinds of skills I need to work on for the style I want to play (rock). He's very patient and also has a fun sense of humor, so I look forward to the lessons.
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Andreas S.

Denver, CO 80207
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$25 / 30-min

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