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I can teach everything from how to hold the sticks and hit the drum using proper technique to reading drum charts and understanding notation, (and even some music theory if you like). I have experience playing multiple genres, including rock, jazz, and funk, and I have a wealth of drum books to draw from, from having taking lessons on and off from various teachers since age 10.

About Paul
I began taking drum lessons at a very early age and continued on and off with various teachers for the better part of twenty years. I will always be grateful to them for the knowledge and wisdom they imparted on me and for the positive influence they have had on my life, especially the ones with whom I really bonded and who were essentially mentors to me while I studied with them.

As a teacher, there is no better feeling than seeing a student make progress and knowing that you helped him or her along the way, while at the same time not taking the credit, as it is always the student who has the harder job, who must do the real work. I always feel tremendous satisfaction when a student masters a difficult rudimentary exercise for the first time, or is able to execute a challenging rhythm pattern on the drum set. The expression on their
faces often conveys pride over their achievement, and I can often sense a boost in their self-esteem. This is why I teach.

I began playing drums when I was around twelve years old, and played throughout grade school, high school and college, in school jazz bands and musical pit bands, as well as playing in many rock bands over the years. I began teaching drums shortly after graduating from college, eventually relocating to New York City, where I lived for 12 years and where I continued playing and teaching, as well as taking lessons on and off. I was very fortunate to study with Joe Morello - famous for his tenure with Dave Brubeck and especially on the classic recording "Take Five." I have also played on several recordings, toured throughout the Northeast and Midwest, and have performed at the South By Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, the Miami Music Festival, and have been overseas a few times for some European dates. Since moving to Orlando in late 2009, I played with a cover band, played drums and percussion in the orchestras for musical productions at community theaters, and currently play with a local Orlando rock band called the Cosmic Roots Collective.

To me, teaching drums is more than simply writing notes on a page of manuscript paper and having students practice and perform exercises. It is about connecting and showing them how expressing themselves musically can be one of the most fulfilling activities one can pursue. It is also about helping them really get in touch with their own sense of rhythm, the foundation of all music. When I take on new students, it is always my goal that I can help foster in them the same passion for and love of learning to play drums as the great teachers who taught me.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lesson plan will be based on the student's level and goals. If the student is a beginner, we will start off with basic hand technique, rudiments, reading, etc., before moving on to the drum set. Playing along with a metronome will also be a regular part of lessons and should be with practice as well.

At the drum set, I will give students exercises for developing coordination and independence. They will also learn to play basic beats for different music styles, e.g. rock, jazz, funk, latin, with a focus on execution, time and feel. I have a wide assortment of drum books spanning all levels from which we can work out of or use examples. I also ask my students what songs they want to learn to play on the drums so that together we can figure out the beats to them. I ultimately want them to be able to transcribe the beats to these songs themselves, as well as create their own beats.

I may also talk a little about the history of drumming and the pioneers of the instrument, and we may also listen to records and watch videos of some of the masters in action.

I also occasionally like to "jam" with my students. as I have a piano and a few guitars in my practice room and a modicum of ability on both instruments.

As far as expectations, I assume my students are taking lessons because they want to learn to play the drums. And, as with any learning endeavor, practicing is very important. That said, I won't demand they practice a certain number of hours per week, as they need to decide how much time they have or are willing to put into it, and I expect this will vary from student to student. I realize that everyone has his or her own aptitudes and situations, so we can work together to determine the appropriate pace and amount of material to cover per week. However, if it appears to me that the student has not practiced the lesson, or is not putting in the time necessary to make progress, I will politely point it out and ask how I can help.

I am laid back and very patient. I never want my students to feel pressured or anxious about coming to lessons; I always strive to create a comfortable and relaxed environment in which they can learn and have fun at the same time.

*** Studio Equipment ***
A designated music room with an electronic drum set (Roland V Drums), digital piano, and a couple of guitars and amplifiers

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring a practice pad or snare drum and sticks to the first lesson, if he or she is a beginner, although I prefer them to have these already if possible. After that, I expect the student to buy sticks, a pad and if necessary a stand to mount it, a metronome, music manuscript paper, and have a comfortable seat to sit on, if not a drum stool. If they are at the intermediate level and/or have already started on the drum set, then they need to have their own set in their home.

*** Specialties ***
Basic hand technique for beginners, eventually incorporating an extra limb, usually the bass drum first.

Rock and basic funk, jazz, and latin. Also basic musical notation. Ultimately, I would like the student to be able to transcribe the beats from some of their favorite songs, as well as write their own!
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James H. August 5, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Great guy - very knowledgeable but not at all intimidating ! - great fun !!
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Christopher L. April 21, 2016
· Drum · In home
I came home to find my 11 year old happy and saying that Paul did a great job!
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LorelleA January 21, 2012
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I love working with Paul

Paul isn't just a teacher, he's a collaborator. He allows me to direct where I want to go, but he points me in that direction and works with me to figure out the best way to get there. When I played other instruments, lessons were nerve-wracking and I was always relieved when they were over. Now I look forward to my lessons every week, and I don't want to leave when we're done! Working with Paul is a very positive experience, and I'd recommend him to anyone interested in learning to drum.
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Orlando, FL 32839
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About Samuel C.

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I fell in love with the drum set when I was 11 years old and never looked back. I have always enjoyed playing a variety of styles and therefore I am comfortable teaching in multiple styles. Some of my favorites to play are funk, rock, reggae, Latin styles, and hip-hop. I can also provide students with a firm foundation in reading music and rudimental drumming technique.

About Samuel
After graduating from the University of Virginia in 2010 with degrees in Music and History, I spent several years touring and recording with artists on the East Coast, teaching as many as 20 private lessons a week, and studying tabla (Indian hand drums) to keep my own musical education alive and moving forward. I have a passion for music of all kinds, and specifically for drums and percussion. As a result of the diversity of my tastes, I have an eclectic performance background. Over the past decade I have performed with rock and metal bands, jazz ensembles, percussion ensembles, various independent singers and songwriters, musical theater productions, African drum ensembles, and even a contemporary dance company. I am excited to be living in Santa Cruz and continuing my own education as a PhD student in Music at UCSC!
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Aimee September 12, 2016
· Drum · In home
Sam has been teaching our son Sam for a year now. He is an enthusiastic, focused and motivating instructor. What our son loves about Sam is that he is teaching him to play drums through the music that our son loves and relates to. This makes it that much more "fun" to learn.

Sam is always on time, very communicative, professional, passionate about drums and great with kids! We highly recommend Sam as an instructor.
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Aimee September 12, 2016
· Drum · In home
Sam has been teaching our son Sam for a year now. He is an enthusiastic, focused and motivating instructor. What our son loves about Sam is that he is teaching him to play drums through the music that our son loves and relates to. This makes it that much more "fun" to learn.

Sam is always on time, very communicative, professional, passionate about drums and great with kids! We highly recommend Sam as an instructor.
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Jose and Deborah Vasquez July 23, 2015
· Drum · In home
Sam is wonderful drum instructor. He is very friendly and my teen son feels very comfortable around him. They worked for several months on drums and Sam even took time to listen to my son's DJ music production. Sam gave him his opinion and suggestions for improvements. We are very happy with how fast my son began to play drums only after the start of a few lessons. We highly recommend him!!!
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About Doyle B.

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I have been teaching drum for 22 years. I have an earned Masters degree in music and enjoy teaching students of all ages. I am happily married with 5 children at home--4 of them are musicians as well (the youngest is 4).. Students will quickly learn not only the basics of music theory, but will be playing songs as early as their first lesson. It is extremely rewarding watching students have fun, excel, and fall in love with making music. I look forward to working with you.

About Doyle
Hello, my name is Doyle B. and I am eager to help you reach your goals! I've been teaching private lessons since 1992 and have loved helping my students win competitions at the state level, learn how to advance rapidly on their instrument, and fall in love with making music. I have 3 earned degrees from Pensacola Christian College (B.S. in Music Ed., 1992), Hobe Sound Bible College (A.A., 1993) and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Master of Church Music, 1996). I have experience teaching all of the band instruments, violin, guitar, and piano. I'm an enthusiastic, upbeat person who greatly enjoys working with people of all ages. I presently employed at Hobe Sound Bible College and Christian Academy. I presently have 4 students in China and the Turks and Caicos Islands that I teach using Skype. Fortunately, I have a few openings
in my schedule to teach any one who is serious about excelling on his/her instrument. I look forward to helping you reach your potential.
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Britt Z. September 19, 2017
· Clarinet · Online
Was skeptical about online lessons. A few IT hiccups but they will work out. Instructor seems very knowledgeable and has me excited about getting back into music! Would highly recommend him for all levels of expertise.
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William September 10, 2017
· Harmonica · Online
My son is only 6, but he felt encouraged and engaged during his lesson!
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Natanael D. April 4, 2017
· Violin · In studio
I am very happy with the results of my first class. Doyle is very professional and is a man after my own principles. I recommend him for classes 100%.
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About Dan A.

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Leesburg, FL

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On snare drum, you will learn rhythm and rudiments and have fun playing duets!

About Dan
I am a retired band director with thirty-two years of experience. Many of my former students have gone on to great careers, including a band director in Texas, district manager of a Guitar and Drum Center store and even a trumpet player with the Army in Korea! Prior to that, I spent three years as a bugler in the U.S. Army with the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps near Washington, D.C. Besides all the woodwind, brass and percussion instruments, I play and teach piano and accompany my students at recitals. I have five children of my own in music who perform and teach extensively.
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John August 16, 2015
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Mr. Arnold has a very thorough knowledge of music and what it takes to physically create music. If you don't understand something one way, he will explain it in other way's that you do understand. He seems to have no limit to his patience and caring about his student's. A great sense of humor, a guy you would like as a neighbor.
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Joseph August 16, 2015
· Percussion · In studio
We found Mr. Arnold to be one of the best tutors around. He was easy to work with our changing schedule. He covered all the areas we needed, and was able to provide instruction through all levels of talent. We felt blessed for all the help he gave us, but also for the positive roll model he was.
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Leesburg, FL 34748
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About Andy R.

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San Diego, CA

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I've played/taught drums for 40+ years! If you have experience I will listen to you play during your first lesson and create a custom practice routine to help sharpen your skills. If you are a total beginner I'll cover all the basics in a few lessons and get you playing songs quickly. I specialize in rock but teach most styles. I use "Stick Control for the Snare Drummer" and other books as needed, and we will use my electronic drum kit. Your lessons will be fun, challenging, and inspiring!

About Andy
I have been playing drums and mountain dulcimer since the late sixties. My musical background is in rock but I am comfortable playing and teaching most styles of popular music. I've done a fair amount of recording and have performed in every kind of venue, from private parties to concert situations where the band I was in opened for national touring acts. I'm an encouraging teacher, and I especially like working with beginners (of any age - you are never too old to learn to play an instrument). If you have played before, I can listen to you play and suggest a custom practice routine to address and strengthen any weaknesses. Learning should be fun, so I encourage my students to begin playing songs they like as soon as possible in addition to building their skills. Click the green button to request a lesson!
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Ben July 14, 2017
· Drum · In home
My 12-year old son was very nervous about meeting Andy and learning to play the drums but Andy was great with him and had him practicing his first drum beat before the end of the session.
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Jonah December 30, 2016
· Drum · In home
Great first lesson! Andy is patient, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. We look forward to future lessons.
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Gabriel Z. September 22, 2016
· Drum · In studio
My son had a great first lesson! We can't wait to continue with Andy!
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About Jerome M.

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The things students would expect from me in a lesson would be the concept of keeping time with a metronome. Playing grooves that the student enjoys to hear. Using rudiments which would build creativity in the students playing. Exercises that building the strength of the student's wrist . The basic concepts of reading sheet music . And mainly to have fun playing over songs the student loves listening to.

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About Jerome
Jerome Martin has been playing drums since the age of 8 . Jerome grew up playing drums at his church . He would travel locally playing at different churches as he attended Dillard High School . Jerome purchased his first drum set at the age of 18 . After graduating high school , Jerome decided to travel to Orlando to expand musically. Jerome enjoys playing Reggae , R&B , Jazz , and Gospel. Jerome is currently playing for a few amount of bands in Orlando as he continues his career path towards College studying Music Performance. At the age of 21 Jerome starts to finally see that pursuing music full time is what he wants to do. Jerome was granted the opportunity to be a finalist in the Florida Musical Festival Drum Off competition. Jerome has been in numerous amount of studio sessions and looking forward to see plenty more. Jerome has been
teaching music for a while and has an insight of what it means to share a gift to a student.
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Shay October 9, 2016
· Drum · In home
He is very talented and a great teacher. He takes his time to make sure you are understanding. I would recommend him to anyone!!
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Shay October 9, 2016
· Drum · In home
He is very talented and a great teacher. He takes his time to make sure you are understanding. I would recommend him to anyone!!
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Orlando, FL 32816
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About Luca B.

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Experienced Drum and Music teacher available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons personally for each student so they can learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of professional drumming skills.

About Luca
Luca has been teaching private lessons since 2012 and is currently available to teach lessons at his own studio, and online. Through his career, Luca won the 1° place of the national festival, 1° place of the local band competition, top 10 finalists of the national drum competition. As teacher Luca helps students learn drums in function of different music situation, have a 360° preparation and find your own personality and sound.

Luca received his training in several Music Schools in Italy since 2004 and graduate from The Collective School of Music in NYC in 2016 where he received a degree as Professional Musician and Drummer Performer. As an expert in his field, Luca looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Luca's teaching style is professional, effective, and personal planned for each individual student.
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Pauline July 7, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Excellent teacher!
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About Joshua A.

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Josh combines his music and percussion study under Dr. Marja Kerney at Stetson University with his Master's from UCF under Dr. Thad Anderson, Jeffrey Moore, and Kirk Gay. Josh has been playing drumset in particular since he was young. Holding various positions including the Space Coast Symphony Jazz Orchestra as well as subbing for Disney Springs gigs. Josh focuses on allowing his students to focus on particular goals and giving them all of the basic tools they need to get there. From then on the student will be entrenched in advanced theoretical, rhythmic, and melodic approach to drumming that allows them to achieve that "professional" sound.

About Joshua
Josh combines his music and percussion study under Dr. Marja Kerney at Stetson University with his Master's from UCF under Dr. Thad Anderson, Jeffrey Moore, and Kirk Gay. Josh has been playing drumset in particular since he was young. Holding various positions including the Space Coast Symphony Jazz Orchestra as well as subbing for Disney Springs gigs. Josh focuses on allowing his students to focus on particular goals and giving them all of the basic tools they need to get there. From then on the student will be entrenched in advanced theoretical, rhythmic, and melodic approach to drumming that allows them to achieve that "professional" sound.
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Joshua A.

Joshua A.

Orlando, FL 32817
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About Renee B.

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Played professionally. Toured. Styles played - percussion: concert band, symphony, orchestra, marching band. Set: Rock, Jazz, R&B, Blues, Country, Gospel. Have composed, arranged music for bands. Read music well, site reading for competition, but also can play anything by hear. Familiar with instructing proper sticking of rhythm patterns.

About Renee
From beginners to band students who want to make first chair... I have been there and done it. Let me help you enjoy, grow, learn, and become confident at playing anything you are interested in mastering. Playing can become as natural as breathing. I know many drills to increase your hand speed as well.
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About Connor P.

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Over 5 years of teaching experience, with ages ranging from kindergarten to 18! Drumming is fun and anyone can learn and grow with this amazing instrument. We can work on fundamentals and rudiments, learning how to play your favorite songs and grooves, as well as improvisation and strengthening your musical intuition. I place a great deal of care on forming good healthy habits to keep you playing for your whole life! Lessons are always fun, and you will have a patient, encouraging, and kind teacher!

About Connor
Hello! My name is Connor and I am a professional drummer, percussionist, composer, and educator living in Brooklyn, NY. I have a BA in Jazz Studies from the New School for Performing Arts in New York City.

I play many styles of music all over the US and internationally, ranging from Jazz, Rock, Folk, Hip Hop, Bluegrass, electronic, and contemporary classical music! I can relate my knowledge of playing all of these styles to you, and we can dive in to any area of drumming & music that you'd like!

With most of my students, we cover technique and fundamentals (rudiments, warm ups, building stamina), learning different grooves and styles on the drums, and then get into an area of the students personal interest, like learning songs, improvisation, soloing, etc.

I am very patient and flexible, and work with each student to serve their
unique needs, and of course, we have a ton of fun! No matter what your experience level is, I guarantee that you will be learning and growing every week as we build your relationship with the drums.
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