I am a professional drummer with experience in all styles of music. I can teach you what you want to learn!
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.
Chi Ling October 8, 2015
I had the great fortune of studying under Claudio, who has been an excellent teacher and mentor. I started out playing the drum set months ago and went to a Claudio as a beginning student. He did a lot for my drumming techniques and really set me on the path to becoming a discerning learner. I went to his studio each week, and worked at a pace that allowed me to really get a hang on the materials. We worked primarily on stick control, bass drum techniques, and on getting the right tone on the kit. Through that he instilled in me an intuition for what good technique is about, which is proving to be tremendously helpful in my playing. All through he has been a patient, engaged, and nurturing teacher who is serious in helping his students learn.
Claudio has been a wonderful source of motivation, and I consider myself very lucky to have him as a teacher. I'd highly recommend him to students interested in getting better at playing the drum set!
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 teach all levels of aspiring drummers to have great technique and musical skills. Whatever your goal with music is, I will help you obtain it. I specialize in Rock, Jazz, Pop and World Music Styles to make you a well rounded drummer. My lessons focus on great technique, helpful exercises, and lot's of fun to get you playing your favorite music.
Josh M. has been playing drums and percussion for over 15 years. He is skilled in many musical forms including, Classical, Jazz, Rock, Pop, Blues and various other World Musics. He attended the California Institute of the arts from 2006-2010 and earned a bachelors degree in Percussion Performance. He currently lives in the Bay area and works with multiple musical groups, and also attends classes at the Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael.
I have a Drumset at my studio and can get you started with the rudiments and basic drumming skills.
I am a graduate of U.C. Berkeley.;I have been teaching and performing music for over 15 years. I have toured the United States and other countries playing many types of music. I play Guitar and Bass and Sing I teach in a fun style that emphasizes the students creativity. Styles range from Rock, Folk, Electronic, Jazz, African, World, Hip Hop to Country. I can give you the skills to go to the next level. From 5-99 years old!
*** Lesson Details *** A typical lesson would look like this: Depending on your level we would first work on some new chords and/or a new scale and how to play them
. We "jam" a little to get the feel. I have a really great way of teaching theory that will get you playing what you want. The second half we usually focus on learning a song of your choice or working on an original of yours. I am very personable and easygoing.
*** Studio Equipment *** Have guitars and amps, basses and amps, drum set, microphones and recording equipment.
*** Travel Equipment *** Have equipment
*** Specialties *** Rock, World, Hip Hop, Folk, Electronica, Classical, Jazz
caroline S. April 23, 2015
In home Verified Student
Vir is a gifted teacher. He has taught my son guitar for more than a year. He meets my son where ever he's at in his practice, attention and interests with calm, skilled focus and intention . Vir's background as performing musician infuses his teaching with an enthusiasm and creativity of practicing his teaching. We are truly grateful for Vir.
Alexander S. March 6, 2014
Singing Verified Student
Vir is beyond your typical vocal coach. He was a huge help on things like pitch accuracy and phrasing, but more than anything, his focus on getting me to tap into and harness my inner power has already paid huge dividends in my recordings and performances. Further, Vir is an amazing person to know and his home-studio in Berkeley is magnificent!
I have been playing drums and percussion for 15 years, I can teach you everything you need to know about rhythm reading, improvising, technique, and more! Whether you want to play rock, jazz, classical percussion, contemporary percussion, metal, pop, or anything else, I can help you learn the basic skills you need to master these styles!
My name is Matthew, and I teach many people of different ages academic topics from arithmetic to algebra 2/trigonometry, science, reading/grammar, as well as all kinds of music and instruments!
I currently study at Mills College in Oakland, CA for my master's in composition, and I hold a bachelor's degree from UC Santa Cruz.
Musically, I specialize in drum set and percussion, piano, voice, and guitar instruction (4 and 6 string) woodwinds, brass, and violin family strings. I have been teaching in Walnut Creek at my home studio/office for seven years, worked with local schools s
uch as Walnut Creek Intermediate, Meher School, Las Lomas High School, and Stanley Middle School.
If you are at all interested for yourself or your child please don't hesitate to call and ask questions.
Have a great day!
Adriana September 25, 2015
In home Verified Student
It was excellent. He has the patience and the knowledge. I do recommend him.
Mael D. August 28, 2015
In home Verified Student
Best instructor ever!
Blessings R. March 26, 2015
In home Verified Student
Matthew Fisher-Keller has been teaching my 5 & 6 year old to play piano since August.
He is amazing with my children who have completely different temperaments. He is able to keep them focused, motivated, and interested which is no simple task. He approaches each lesson with passion and excitement which is infectious. He is loving and kind but never a push-over or disciplinarian. He is able to communicate with them on their level and still keep them progressing in their lesson plans. My kids actually get on the piano at random times and crank out tunes even when they don't have to practice. I am so thrilled with their growth. He is ALWAYS on time and an excellent communicator. He keeps his schedule and gives ample notification should there be any conflicts so that you can reschedule lessons. This has been an added bonus for a Mom that is juggling so many extracurricular and school activities. I am thankful for Matthew and would recommend him to ANY parent or person seeking a piano 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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San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Michael
"No experience, no problem. Colin knows how to play.
I had never played drums before my first lesson but I had a singing background which gave me a good r
ythm. Colin was able to assess my coordination and abilities within that first lesson and understand how hard to push me. Colin is very good at the drums but knows what it takes to get there. Despite his elite skills he is able to relate well to the beginner, understand the different issues they are having, and provide a solution. I've been taking lessons at Colin's house where he has a couple of drum sets in the basement. The equipment he has is very good. It can be a little cold in the basement during a minnesota winter but when you're drumming it's not a big deal. I would say that his basement is an average place to play, but he's got good equipment which is most important. While teaching he doesn't follow a lesson book. He provides a good progression of excersises that allow you to gradually learn while using the entire drum set. Colin is a great teacher who is always willing to answer your questions and provides very fun lessons."
Minneapolis, MN teacher:
Review by Dave
I started taking lessons from Keith after a long hiatus from playing the drums. At first my goal was to dust off the cobwebs and get back in
to playing as a hobby, but after a few months of studying with Keith, he inspired me to work towards gigging with a band. During my first few lessons, Keith evaluated my skill level and together we developed a program that built upon my current knowledge and then challenged me with new ideas and concepts. His positive feedback and enthusiasm eventually gave me the confidence to begin auditioning with bands and start earning money at paying gigs. Keith also provided valuable information from his extensive professional experience that helped me prepare for unplanned mishaps that can occur when gigging, such as knowing what to pack in an emergency tool kit and how to handle equipment failure without losing your cool. However, I have to say that the most important lesson I learned was how to lay down a solid groove and above all have fun."
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Nathan
"Great teacher, friend and musician
I took lessons for 7 years with Keith and I have never had a better teacher since, throughout high school and college.
Keith always knew how to play any written rhythm, or sound out any obscure beat he heard, and he made them sound even better. I recommend him from beginners to very advanced because he will make lessons all the more fun (if that's possible) and always does so with a friendly atmosphere that will make going to lessons a highlight of the week."
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by chris
My son received excellent instruction from Phil. From snare drum to drum set. My son received several awards for his snare drum abi
lities. Thanks alot to Phil."
Seattle, WA teacher:
Review by Ben
"He has a firm grasp of how to play all different styles of music and how to communicate his skills to people of all levels. Great teacher!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Michelle
"Great Drum Instructor !!
Great Drum Instructor!! He has a true passion for teaching and identifies quickly with his students.
My son has been taking les
sons from him since the age of 13 and he learned more in his first year than most kids learn through many years of instruction.
He is a personable, friendly and talented professional !! I would highly recommend him for anyone!"
Tampa, FL teacher:
Review by Preston
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Baltimore, MD teacher:
Review by Jeff
"Zach is one of the best teachers I've ever had! he is great at breaking stuff down and teaching it slow and easy. I would recommend him for anyone!!!!"