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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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Brooke H. October 4, 2017
· Drum · In home
Paul is warm kind easy going professional and a terrific teacher! My teenage daughter had her first drum lesson and went great. Send your kids (or yourself) to him!
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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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About Mike M.

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My basic approach is to foster the student in a relaxed but focused environment. Everyone has their own goals in mind when picking up the sticks. Whether you want to learn how to play your favorite song, brush up on your snare etudes or analyze an Elvin Jones solo, I am more than happy to offer guidance on your musical journey.

About Mike
Hello, my name is Mike and I am excited to teach you. I have studied the drums for most of my life, and can't wait to show you what I have learned.

I have been fortunate enough to have worked with some amazing teachers and musicians from all over the globe. I am more than willing to pass on what I have discovered.

I have taught beginners how to hold the sticks and play simple grooves, as well as shown seasoned veterans how to strengthen their foundation and overcome roadblocks to mastery.

I encourage my students to develop a solid foundation of technical skills (grip, body mechanics, reading, time, rudiments, styles/grooves) while finding their own voice on the instrument. Musical performance is a deeply personal experience, and I hope to guide you towards whatever goals you have in mind.

Let me know if you have any questio
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Julia October 4, 2017
· Percussion · In studio
I love playing music with Mike. I asked him to accompany me and/or create parts for my original songs and the experience was fantastic. I only wish I lived closer to him now! He is a great, sensitive and creative drummer, adding depth and excitement to the music he plays. He's also passionate about his art; always working on new and exciting projects and creating musical community. I should also mention that he's a funny, caring, relaxed and upbeat guy to be around- I have no doubt that his motivation and ethic as a musician carry over into his teaching. Highly recommended!
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Brad Farberman September 28, 2017
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As the drummer in my funk band, Middle Blue, Mike provides both an airtight rhythmic foundation and a sense of adventure. In other words, the beat is always concrete, but never *too* straight. He's always doing something interesting or mysterious with it. Also, he's full of surprises. Just the other day, he threw a rhythmic idea at me that I hadn't heard from him, and we've been playing together for over a year. If I were a drummer, I'd be excited to take lessons with Mike.
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About Calvin G.

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Acoustic and Electric Drums set lessons are available for all ages and styles including Rock, Country, Jazz, and blues.

About Calvin
Hello and welcome to my profile here on takelessons.com thanks for stopping by! My name is Calvin and I’ve been teaching students of all ages for more than 16 years now.
I started my personal music journey at 4 years old first learning piano and guitar and multiple other instruments from there. My father was my first music instructor which grounded me in the foundation and theory of music while at the same time knowing that ear training and learning how to play with other musicians was just as important. From there I had the privilege of learning jazz, blues, and many other styles from the late Hal Stesch at UNLV School of Music who played piano and organ for many great artists including Elvis, The Platters, Frank Sinatra, and many more. Currently my wife and lead Praise and worship 3 to 4 times weekly a two different church campuses an
d also perform every Saturday at a Branson style show in Liberty, Texas.
My approach to teaching music is to customize lessons to the student’s interests while still maintaining the essentials and foundations including music theory, scales, and reading music. I like to incorporate particular songs and genres of music that the student likes by providing customized tracks with their particular instrument taken out so that feel a sense of accomplishment and get the practice of playing along with other musicians which benefits in the ear training process. I look forward to meeting and "jamming" with you soon!
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alex April 4, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Great beginning!
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Douglas M. March 2, 2016
· Piano · In home
It only took one lesson to realize I made the right decision selecting Calvin. He is patient and truly customize your lessons for reaching your goals. If you are serious about playing, I would recommend him as an instructor.
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Anita T. January 12, 2016
· Piano · In home
My son had his first piano class with Calvin and he enjoyed the lesson very much!
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About Darrell V.

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Snare drum and drum kit.

About Darrell
Why these lessons are different:
- Formally trained conductor/composer/producer
- Individual or group session options including full band production
- A long roster of satisfied clients
- Broad base of musical styles (rock, classical, jazz, blues, metal, bluegrass, folk, theater, big band, symphonic, pop, punk, country, march, gospel, avant-garde...)
- Over 20 yrs teaching experience and work with recognized professionals including work in some of the top-rated private schools in the United States
- Over 30 years performing experience

Instrument-specific instruction:
- Voice
- Guitar [Spanish, acoustic, electric]
- Electric Bass
- Piano/Keyboard
- Woodwinds [specializing in saxophones]
- Percussion
- Brass & Bowed Strings [performance preparation only]

My process is based on (but does not adhere strictly to
) the Classical approach to Western tonal harmony and asks that the students develop certain fundamentals of technique and theory. In my experience, this structure creates the strongest foundation for pupils to build the rest of their musical lives on, whether professionally or solely for personal enjoyment. All of my students are on the fast track to studying music theory. Whatever level they are at when I start with them, I guide their efforts into bringing the students up to a certain level of comprehension regarding the mathematical aspects of music and how it relates to their instruments. This understanding of theoretical principles of sound allows the students to play any style of music they wish, no matter how their tastes may change throughout their lives.

Curriculum Gradation:
Elements of rhythm
Elements of pitch
Elements of dynamics
Elements of articulation
Reading/Writing notation
Tone development
Finding/Expanding your range
Dexterity, speed, and accuracy
How to project
How to advance to the next level
Music theory
Playing by ear
Improvisational techniques
Finding your signature style
Expression/Lyricism
Composition/Arrangement
Project Management
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Magnus July 9, 2018
· Songwriting · In home
The smell of smoke was intense. My son didn’t feel comfortable.
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Dulcie C. December 27, 2017
· Singing · In home
My 16 year old son loves his lessons with Darrell and looks forward to them every week. He'd been taking guitar lessons elsewhere that were okay-ish, but this is so much more. Darrell is great, not only does he get along with and make my son want to learn, but at the same time they are working on voice, he is also teaching keyboard and working on the guitar! We really couldn't have asked for a better instructor.
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Clark W. October 2, 2017
· Piano · In home
First lesson. So far, so good!
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About Juan L.

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I started my musical experience as a drum student, studying privately and while in the jazz band at school for five years. I also have five years of experience performing and working with live music acts. We will work through various rhythms and feels, and choose a solid song list of classic songs ranging in style in order to practice versatility as a drummer. I am happy to work with you as a developing musician to feel more confident and have fun behind the drum kit. Send me a message and we'll talk more!

About Juan
I am an experienced musician, singer, and teacher. I have six years of performing and touring experience, and six years teaching private lessons as well as at the School Of Rock in Ballwin, MO. I like to work with my students on their specific needs/interests/desires as singers and musicians. Whether that is on technique, performance, extending range, learning songs, or simply feeling more comfortable with your singing voice and your performing abilities, I am happy to help you grow as a singer and musician.
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Kevin June 5, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Off to a great start with Juan! He is very patient and teaches to where you are.
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The drums are the backbone of most music, so you have to be able to feel the groove and stay tight and on top of the beat. I encourage students to pick their favorite songs, and we drum to those while learning proper technique, rudiments, song form, fills, rhythm, different grooves / beats, and anything they want to know about the drums. I have been playing the drums for over sixteen years and have a Bachelor's Degree in Music from the Berklee College of Music. Drums is a beautiful art and form of expression and is just the tip of the iceberg we can tackle called Music.

About Eric
MUSIC!
I think music is the most beautiful thing in the world, so lets take time to learn and play music together.
I have been playing the drums for over sixteen years, and been in over fifteen bands in the course of that time. I have a degree in Music from the Berklee College of Music were I studied music theory and focused on Music Production and Engineering. I have been playing Piano, Bass, and Guitar for about ten years in addition to the drums, and have been recorded in sessions on each. I have a deep passion for synthesizers and electronic music, so lets make some bleeps and bloops together.

I am extremely kind, friendly, and funny so lessons with me are very relaxed and have an easy to learn environment. However I am very passionate about teaching to fit student needs; so if a student likes deadlines and homework, if that is w
hat will help them learn the best, then that is how I will teach.
Lets make some sweet music together!!
~Eric
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Dalton A. January 15, 2018
· Piano · In home
1st lesson went perfectly!
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About Nicholas S.

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Hey everyone!

Experienced teach of 15 years! I love to teach everything from basics to advanced drum. I love teaching favorite songs, drum fills, various styles, and how to function in a band setting. I've continued my professional career as a drummer and have great tips and insights on how you can become like the great drummers you love! From jazz to pop to rock and blues we will work on it all!

Would you like to join a band? I'm also an instructor at Webster University and the Community music schools so I know multiple setting for performance opportunities!

About Nicholas
Having performed most of his life, Nick Savage seems to be effortlessly skilled as a drummer, keyboardist, singer, and songwriter.

Nick has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with great performers, such as, Tony award winning Beth Leveal, American Idol runner-up Justin Guarini, Gavin Degraw, John Scofield, Joshua Redman, Lou Donaldson, Lonnie Smith, Jeff Coffin, Victor Goines, Joe Lavano, and many more reputable artists. His notable performances in St. Louis, nationally, and internationally have led him to a mastery of the elements of good music. In addition, this has developed him into one of St. Louis’ strongest composers, arrangers, educators, and clinicians from behind the drum kit and the soundboard. Nick received his Bachelors of Arts and Masters of Music in Jazz Performance from Webster University. To date, Nick has played, p
erformed, and/or produced on over 100 recordings.

To date Nick serves in the following positions: lead singer and drummer for St. Louis band Fresh Heir, percussion and drum kit instrumentalist at Salem United Methodist Church, the Program Director and Lead Instructor for LINC to Music, LLC, The Music Director at Sacred Heart School in Valley Park, the Lead Drum Instructor at Kirkwood Music Institute, the drum kit and percussion instructor at De Smet Jesuit College Prep High School and the Lead Consultant for Diamond Empire Band St. Louis.
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Nicholas S.

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Ive been playing drums since I was 12 years old. And over the years that I have been playing, I have studied and explored all different types of music, styles, grove, and culture. When studying with me, I show my students the root and culture of everything we play, as well as techniques, groove, and chops!

About Daniel
I've been working in the field of music for a number of years. After graduating from the Berklee College of Music, I have worked in Boston and around the United States and Canada as a performer in the percussive arts.

I focus my teaching on what the student wants to learn. Of course we will go over technique, grove, chops and much more, but the most important thing is that I figure out how all that fits into my students sound.

Music has been an enormous part of my life, and I wish to share both my knowledge and experiences with others. My mission is to give my students the same enjoyment that I have received from playing music.
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Snare Drum lessons with myself is unique due to the simple fact, i have a clear understanding at what it takes to grow a percussive talent that has potential, or an aspirated passion to grow their potential talent. I was a non musician until my 9th grade of High school. Eventually by my senior year i was able to receive a music scholarship to be a member of the Bethune Cookman University Marching Wildcats marching band. A unit of 315+ members. Thus i played Snare drum for the Sudden Impact Drumline. (2016-2018)

About Cameron
I was once an individual with no musical talent. All of my life prior to 9th grade. A small interest in Snare drumming and percussion allowed me to by 12th grade receive a music scholarship to Bethune Cookman University to become part of the Marching Wildcats Marching Band. A unit of 315+ Members. This made me a member of their Percussion Section (Sudden Impact Drumline)
Music is a skill that anyone can become great at. Whether you possess a talent for it currently or not, the skills are acquired through knowledgeable practice, along with patience, persistence and drive. Music has a language, which is its sheer music. “It’s not always about an instinctive impulse, sometimes you just need to learn how to properly read the manual.”
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My name is Christian Finger and I am a professional drummer and educator born and raised in Germany and have been living in the US since 2001; I have been performing and teaching for over 30 years and hold a BA in teaching and an MA in drum set and percussion.

I have been teaching students in all age ranges, worked at several music schools in Germany and in New York; taught at the Long Island University and conducted master classes at Music Colleges and Workshops at other places like the famous Goethe Institute the German government cultural branch) and Music Conservatories. I also teach at the LREI Afterschool Program in Manhattan
I created a special curriculum for Kids Ages 5-8 called the “The Drumming Zoo” which show amazing results. Some of my students went to La Guardia High School and to colleges in the US.
My students learn to play the drum set in a fun and efficient way that produces immediate results. The lesson plans I create challenge and encourage students to enjoy ...

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-Great Drum lessons by Christian Finger!
I am a professional drummer (with MA and BA Degrees) for over 30 years and have played with some of the best musicians in New York City and abroad.
I also love to teach and have many years of experience.
You will:
Learn and improve your drumming skills in a fun and efficient way with highly qualified lessons!

All Ages/ Levels (beginners/kids welcome) and Styles (e.g. Rock, Pop, Funk, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Latin, World etc...)

You'll be surprised how much you learn from a:

- Holder of BA teaching & MA percussion degrees
- Patient, friendly and encouraging teacher (23 years of experience)
- Award winning, very versatile professional drummer in all styles, born and raised in Germany
- Writer for the famous "Modern Drummer" Magazine (see pix)
- Endorsed by Gretsch Drums & Vic Firth Sticks
- Judge at "
DRUM OFF" competition
- Author of "The Drum Workbook" drum book

Curriculum consists of:
- All kind of Grooves, Solos & Fills
- Snare Drum Technique, Rudiments, Matched and Traditional Grip

- Foot Technique
- Coordination and Independence

- Sight Reading
- How to function in a band, what to listen for, how to "play in the pocket"
- How to create and read Drum Charts
- Expanding your ideas and vocabulary on the drums
- Special attention to musicality & detail
- Sound & Tuning

Use of tried & true materials/concepts:
- Play Along Tracks
- Transcriptions of the Masters
- Practicing w/ Metronome
- Books

- Videos
- Recording/filming drumming progress

-Drum Apps and more

All this will lead to a specially developed curriculum set according to YOUR needs.
Very high success rates: students have played w/ famous artists like Debbie Harry, recorded CD's, went on tour, won competitions and auditions and play actively in NJ, NY venues and abroad.

I can teach in English, German or Dutch; Gift Certificates now available.

"... loves to teach and it shows."
Mike D.
"...You know, you're pretty amazing. I've had 2 lessons with you and you have already improved my playing!! I am astounded. Thanks a million!!"
George D."
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Tarek June 13, 2018
· Drum · In home
Amazing knowledge of drumming and music in general. Great personality. My son liked Christian a lot and he really improved tremendously with him.
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Evan June 13, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Christian is knowledgeable about all styles of music, is patient, and impresses upon the student the value of the mastery of the basic elements of music, in particular the importance of the pulse.
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