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I played Snare Drum in the drum line in the University of Alabama Million Dollar Band for four years. I am very experienced in rudimental snare drum and can help you learn the 26 basic rudiments as well as the advanced rudiments, and their application. If you're practicing for a drum line audition, I can help you set up a practice schedule, and we can work on your material together. Set yourself a goal and reach it!

About Stephen
Hi, thanks for visiting my profile! I love teaching. I hope you find this information useful. I have over 30 years of combined education and experience performing and teaching percussion and piano. I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Alabama,with Piano as my secondary instrument. I hold a Master's Degree in Percussion Performance from Indiana University, with a Cognate in Jazz Studies. I have taught private percussion, drum set, and piano lessons for over 30 years. I performed for 10 years as a contract percussionist with the Savannah Symphony Orchestra, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the Macon Symphony Orchestra, and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. I have performed in orchestras with accomplished musicians including The Moody Blues (Chastain Park), Judy Collins, and Henry Mancini.

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I like my students to have some fun while they learn. I ask that you practice 30 minutes a day, so that you can spend your lesson time learning and moving forward. For piano, I use the Alfred series, as well as the Real Book (jazz standards), and of course sheet music for classical pieces and popular tunes. After three months, you will have learned how to play the basic scales and chords, as well as some introductory classical and popular material. On drums after six months, you will know the first thirteen rudiments and some of the basic rock beats, and you will be playing with some rock ballads. After six months on piano, you will be playing all of the major scales and chords and the basic minor chords. You will be playing some Bach and Mozart, and you will start on some basic jazz standards. On drums, you will have learned most of the 26 basic rudiments, and you will be playing along with some medium tempo rock songs. You will have learned some coordinated independence to start playing jazz and swing styles (which by the way are the building blocks for playing R&B and hip-hop). And you'll enjoy the journey! I enjoy seeing my students grow as they learn. I have had students of mine go on to play in the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps, get advanced music degrees, and become recording artists. The former Percussion Instructor at the University of Alabama was my percussion student. While I know that not everyone seeks to play professionally, you will learn the tools to play well. I look forward to teaching you!

Note: I will ask for an adult to be present during the lesson for any minor child (less than 18 years of age).

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Front and side entrance upright piano in living room plus drum set, electronic keyboard, seating for parents.

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Drums --- Rock, Jazz
Percussion --- Rudimental, Symphonic
Piano --- Jazz, Jazz Theory, Popular
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Anh H. July 24, 2018
· Piano · In home
Stephen has been a great piano teacher. Both my boys take lessons from him and they enjoy it bery much. He is very clear about what they need to learn. His lessons are well planned and he’s flexible with the learning styles of each student. Sometime we even called him and asked questions after the lessons and he’s very generous and nice to have spent the time to explain things to the boys over the phone.
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Elisha F. July 16, 2018
· Piano · In studio
I've been studying piano with Steve for about a year. I could not be happier with my progress. Steve not only tunes right in to my needs but makes the discipline fun. He is a talented musician, and it's obvious he enjoys teaching music. I feel very fortunate to have him as my teacher.
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Elisha August 1, 2017
· Piano · In home
I had my first lesson with Stephen today and he is an awesome teacher. I've been teaching myself for the last couple of years and was very nervous about playing in front of anyone. He made me feel very comfortable and picked up my needs quickly. He's very flexible and patient. I have full confidence that he will take me to the next level of reading, performing and theory. I'm exited to have found Stephen and look forward to my next lesson.
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Atlanta, GA 30345
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About john M.

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Broadview, IL

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No matter what age, or skill level, i will give the student what he/she needs to have a solid foundation. I develop a great rapport with all of my students. Drum(s) include; snare drum work (if you can't wail on one drum more drums won't matter!), this includes reading, rudiments, you know, the good stuff. Drum set work, from beginner to advanced, goes along with snare work, all styles. Mallet percussion, bells, xylophone, marimba. hand percussion, bongos, congas, hand held small percussion.

About john
I enjoy sharing my love and passion for music with others! I have instructed privately for over 27 years. I have instructed in music store studios, my home studio, and in-home lessons. I have instructed in public, private and charter school systems; class room and privately. Besides performing, instruction (passing it on) is my passion.
I have been performing professionally for over 35 years. I have toured nationally and internationally. I have been a full time self employed musician since 1987.
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Brian Lenart February 22, 2016
· Drum · In studio
John is fantastic teacher and very knowledgeable about music. He has a great rapport with his students. My daughter is very enthusiastic about her drum lessons with John every week and always looks forward to it. I would highly recommend John to anyone interested in music lessons.
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Michael D. July 7, 2015
· Drum · In home
Not only is John an off-the-charts professional drummer, he's a fantastic human being as well! He loves music and it comes through in the lessons! In 35 years of playing and hanging around wannabees, John is the genuine musician! Anyone really wanting to learn correctly needs John. I recommend him 100%.
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About Jimmie H.

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We will work on playing various styles such as: r&b, alternative rock, pop, Latin, Christian, Gospel, sight-reading music, learn drum rudiments, and playing along with songs from the radio.

About Jimmie
Hello. My name is Mr. Jimmie. I am married and we have two children. I graduated from Oral Roberts University with a B.A. in Music and a Masters degree. I completed a Non-Degree Music Teacher certification program at Georgia State University. I play drums at church, for musicals (theater), gig with different groups from the Atlanta metro area, and produce music tracks with software such as Reason, Logic Pro X, GarageBand, and Native Instruments.
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Desiree June 16, 2017
· Drum · In home
Jimmie arrived on-time and ready to start. He dove right into getting to know my son and started teaching him on bells and learning rhythm since that`s what my son will be expected to know for his first year of band in the fall.
He was very good at connecting with my son and easily had him enjoying the lesson.
You can tell Jimmie has a passion for teaching children and his face lit up talking about it. He heaped praise on my sons accomplishments and my son said he truly enjoyed the lesson and can`t wait for next week.
I`d highly recommend him to teach your child. I don`t think you`d find someone else with the same passion for children. So glad I made the decision to hire Jimmie and look forward to many years of him being involved in developing my son into a awesome musician.
Thank you Jimmie!
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Jimmie H.

Jimmie H.

Fayetteville, GA 30214
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About Tommy M.

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Tommy got his start playing drums when he was 7 years old, when he climbed into the kitchen cabinets and started banging on pots and pans. This humble beginning led to his parents to buying him a drum set, then to Tommy joining the drum team in middle school. In high school he became a part of the drumline in the marching band, in addition to participating in the Jazz Band, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, and Winter Percussion Ensembles. During this time he developed his skills in playing marching snare drum, drumset, marimba, and concert percussion instruments.

After graduating from Rangeview High School, Tommy volunteered for a year as the drumline teacher. The following year, he became a paid percussion instructor, leading the group to win several competitions. During this time, Tommy also attended the Community College of Aurora, studying studied Music, Business, and Film. His studies led him to attend the Recording Workshop - School of Audio and Music Production in Ohio, where ...

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Tommy got his start playing drums when he was 7 years old, when he climbed into the kitchen cabinets and started banging on pots and pans. This humble beginning led to his parents to buying him a drum set, then to Tommy joining the drum team in middle school. In high school he became a part of the drumline in the marching band, in addition to participating in the Jazz Band, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, and Winter Percussion Ensembles. During this time he developed his skills in playing marching snare drum, drumset, marimba, and concert percussion instruments.

After graduating from Rangeview High School, Tommy volunteered for a year as the drumline teacher. The following year, he became a paid percussion instructor, leading the group to win several competitions. During this time, Tommy also attended the Community College of Aurora, stu
dying studied Music, Business, and Film. His studies led him to attend the Recording Workshop - School of Audio and Music Production in Ohio, where he earned his certification in Music Production and Audio Engineering.

All of these experiences inspired Tommy to start his own record label and publishing company, Vibrato Music Group Inc., giving him the freedom to be a session drummer, songwriter, and record producer. Working with talented musicians every day has been the highlight of his career.

Tommy's goal as a teacher is to help students go from beginners to professionals, helping them to reach their fullest potential - not just in drumming but in life. The skills he teaches his students are tools that they can apply to anything they choose to do in life, and he shows them that through hard work and dedication to their craft, they can achieve anything. Tommy helps his students learn is by providing visual and audio examples, then demonstrating the real-world application of those examples. His students learn in a variety of ways, including muscle memory exercises, practicing playing at different tempos, and playing along with examples.
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Holly May 7, 2018
· Drum · In home
Tommy is great. He is always on time and really connects with my son. He has really helped my son grow with the drums and be excited about playing.
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Been teaching for 8+ years.

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I am a recent college graduate looking to continue my side work as a music teacher before I go on to graduate school in Atlanta. I have been playing multiple instruments for many years and can play any song just by listening to it once or twice. I am an expert in guitar, piano, bass, drums, and more and have taught numerous individuals over the last 8 years. My favorite artists include Bob Dylan, The Allman Brothers Band, Charles Mingus, Radiohead, The Black Keys, Thelonious Monk, and Muddy Waters.
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Henry S.

Atlanta, GA 30309
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Atlanta, GA

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Professional drum lessons taught in a relaxed home studio environment. Specializing in rock/metal drumming.

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Beau B. is best known for his work as full-time drummer for the metal group WITHERED. Throughout the years, he has carved out a place for himself among extreme metal drumming’s heaviest hitters. Recognized for his aggressive playing style and unique approach to crafting memorable drum parts, he continues to push boundaries and challenge himself behind the drum kit. As of late 2017, Beau has taken his career to the next level and is now available for studio/session work, as well as drum lessons in the metro Atlanta area.

​Surrounded by music at an early age, Beau received his first drum set at the age of 12. By the age of 15, he was playing with bands and experimenting with double bass and extreme drumming styles. Being a lefty in a right-handed world proved to be a challenge but he persevered and took lead snare honors in the Franklin
High School drum line.

​2000-2003: Inactive from bands. Worked on perfecting his double bass work and hand speed. Toured Europe and South Africa with ska/reggae group Regatta 69 as a session drummer from Oct 2002-June 2003.

​2004: Moved to Atlanta and started playing shows with extreme metal act waited.

​2007: Joined WITHERED as full-time drummer.

​2008 – present: Beau has recorded drums for the WITHERED albums ‘Folie Circulaire’ (2008), ‘Dualitas’ (2010), ‘Grief Relic (2016).

​Beau has played countless shows around the US and Canada, and has shared the stage with bands such as Mayhem, Watain, Morbid Angel and Danzig, among many others.
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Beau B.

Beau B.

Atlanta, GA 30317
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About Steven M.

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Fairfield, CT
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Combining contemporary, jazz, and classical styles, I specialize in getting students started at a steady pace on essential topics (rudiments, 4 limb coordination), while engaging with and catering the lessons towards their own interests

About Steven
Steven McArdle is a drummer and percussionist who specializes in a wide variety of styles of both teaching and playing. He was awarded a BA in Jazz studies from the University of Connecticut in 2018 and has studied with world class musicians in both classical percussion and drum set. He has been an active teacher for over a year and a half in Eastern CT and is an active performer, recorder, and composer.
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About Rogerio J.

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Hi! My name is Rogerio, I am a Brazilian-American drummer with 30 years of experience touring the world or in the studio recording, playing many different styles of music, from Jazz-to African-to Brazilian-to Electronic.
I would like to share my experiences and teach you to "bring" your own style to this beautiful instrument :-)

About Rogerio
..I will start by saying.. We are ALL unique. Sometimes all we need is a "key" to open that door inside of us..
Well, besides all the other things (Technique, timing, rudiments, rhythms, licks) that's the most important focal point for me.
I want to pass along my experiences and learnings from my 30 year career. :-)
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Before we get into my lesson structure, a little about me and why I know I can help.

I am a full-time musician and music producer. I started playing percussion in 6th grade, which was 14 years ago. Since then, I've literally immersed myself in music about as much as you can!

I've competed in honor and all-state band for 7 years in a row throughout middle and high school, was 1 of 6 awarded into the Governor's Honors program for percussion in 2010, and was the only recipient of a jazz drum set scholarship at Georgia College in 2011. Our high school percussion ensemble was one of the top competing schools in the state and so was our indoor drumline during 2007-2011.

Music has always been my life. I was INCREDIBLY lucky to have been fostered and taught by some of the most passionate and selfless music teachers in the state. Now that I am old enough to realize it, they literally shaped my life and helped me become the person I am today. What if I can give back in the same way ...

About Joey
Lots of info below!! I'm a jack of all trades! And wanted to be as descriptive as possible for your benefit.

In gist, here's are the skills I can teach you exceptionally well:

- Music Production
- Drumset / drumming
- DJing

Before we get into my lesson structure, a little about me and why I know I can help. Why should you listen to me if I don't know my background? :)

I am a full-time music producer, musician, and DJ. I started playing percussion in 6th grade, which was 14 years ago. Since then, I've literally immersed myself in music about as much as you can!

I've competed in honor and all-state band for 7 years in a row throughout middle and high school, was 1 of 6 awarded into the Governor's Honors program for percussion in 2010, and was the only recipient of a jazz drum set scholarship at Georgia College in 2011. Our
high school percussion ensemble was one of the top competing schools in the state and so was our indoor drumline during 2007-2011.

As far as music production goes, it's now my main focus. I started learning the ins and outs of music production in high school in 2010. Since then, I've taken courses in music technology throughout college, made music as a hobby, then took the full leap in January of 2016. I'm on the journey now and since that time I've had some pretty amazing things happen. I produce music almost every day, so everything you learn from me is what's current and what works!

Music has always been my life. I was INCREDIBLY lucky to have been fostered and taught by some of the most passionate and selfless music teachers in the state. Now that I am old enough to realize it, they literally shaped my life and helped me become the person I am today. What if I can give back in the same way and help students learn to discover what they truly love?

I DJ as well. It's been amazing to DJ for over 20 weddings in the last year alone. I don't only do weddings, I also DJ around the city in clubs and venues every month. Started with the decks in 2011.

Flash forward to today and I'm hustling harder than ever. After graduating from The University of Georgia in 2015 with a degree in Management and Music Business, and a minor in Music Technology, I am a full-time, touring music producer and DJ. I reside in Virginia Highlands (very safe, family-friendly area) in Atlanta and have my own house, studio, and drum set, in which I can tutor you. In person - or online!




My expertise:

* Drumming / Drum Set
* Music Production (Ableton)
* DJing (Serato)

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DRUMS

Because of my extensive background in percussion, I can teach the fundamentals of drumming, whether on a pad or on drum set.



Drumming styles I can teach: 
Jazz, Latin
, Funk
, Rock
, Swing

, Metal, Classical

Drumming techniques I can teach: 
Syncopation
, Chop-Building Exercises, Coordination
, Double-Bass Drum technique, Rudiments, prep for Honor Band or All- State, scales on the piano

Can even teach you the drum part to just about any song! Yes really, if that's what you want!

Years of teaching experience:
 2 


Years of playing experience: +14

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MUSIC PRODUCTION

Minored in Music Technology at The University of Georgia.

What I know and can teach:
- Producing tracks start to finish
- Navigating and understanding Ableton
- Using legal samples in your music to help you
- Songwriting
- Mixing your tracks
- Workflow techniques
- Song structure
- Advice from one seasoned music producer to another!

I've been through a lot of work and stressful times to figure out what works and what doesn't. Let my experience be of benefit to you, so that I can shorten your learning curve :)

I've written an article on music production workflow that was published by Heroic Academy. A record label named Gravitas Create interviewed me recently, regarding how to finish music. I can send those to you if you want.

Years of teaching experience: 1

Years of career experience: 3

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DJING

DJing and producing music go hand in hand these days. I started DJing in college for fun and for cash as a broke college student. That was back in 2011.

Flash forward to today and weddings, private events, and my own DJ gigs are the main way I make most of my income. I have 4 weddings booked already in October alone, some booked for 2019, and have done over 20 weddings in the last year.

I run my own Wedding DJ business with dozens of 5 star reviews ("OnCue Events" on weddingwire). And the DJ that I sub-contract under is one of Atlanta's top DJ's. Luckily, he was my mentor!

Check my weddingwire profile here if you would like:
bit.ly/oncueevents

If you're not interested in weddings, no fear. Those are great fun and a way to earn some money. But what's even more fun is playing your own shows. I've been lucky enough to have just signed with a booking agency for my artist name, Pure Colors, so I think I can teach you a thing or two about how to slay the dancefloor!

Here's what I know:

- How to DJ in Serato (currently using)
- How to DJ in Traktor
- Ableton DJing (less proficient)

Why I actually know what I'm doing:

I do this all the time. It's taken years of practice to become a great DJ. I used to think it was easy, but I've come to learn that with most skills in life, anyone can be okay and call themselves a DJ. But if you want to really get a grasp for how to professionally DJ, make smooth transitions, beat match amazingly (without using the sync-button...), read a crowd, learn new techniques and prep your tracks, and other things I haven't mentioned, well...

I can help!

Where I've played:

- Aisle 5 (Atl)
- Terminal West (Atl)
- 3 music festivals in 2018, (Athens Ga, Tennesee, Sparta Ga)
- 2 self-promoted events at Speakeasy Atl

A lot of people come out to these shows. Anyway, I hope that helps put some trust in me, that's the point of all this info.

Genres I DJ, and therefore what I can teach:

- House music (deep house, disco house, jackin house, funky house, downtempo house, G house)
- Disco
- Funk
- Pop and Top 40
- Oldschool
- Rap / Hip-hop

Have any questions?

We'll go over all the basics if you're new to it, or I can teach more advanced lessons to those looking to get out of the bedroom and into the club. Let's talk! :)

Years of teaching experience: <1

Years of career experience: 7
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Franklin August 10, 2018
· Drum · In home
Joey truly understands music on a level that is so impressive. He taught me so much about drumming and how it works. Not only is he a great drummer, but he is a great person with a fantastic work ethic and teaching methods. He’s truly the best in the biz! Thanks Joey! I now know how to drum and I love it.
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Daniel August 10, 2018
· Ableton · In studio
Always wanted to get into music production for the longest time, so I downloaded Ableton and decided to give it a go....and it looked like hieroglyphics to me. I tried to watch some youtube videos on the matter and it still made no sense. So I did some research and figured that an in-person teacher would probably be my best bet.

That's when I found Joey - and this guy knows his stuff. He's been producing for a few years now and after listening to his music, I could tell he was the real deal. I just started my lessons not long ago, but so far he's helped me in Ableton tremendously. I'm able to understand the various plug-ins, create new sounds when I get that creative "spark" instead of just bumbling around, and now I can actually finish a song.

I fully recommend Joey, he's super patient and has made this process just so much easier for me.
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Sharon August 9, 2018
· Drum · In home
Joey was an awesome teacher for my son. He was able to connect with him and help keep him focused on his drills and lessons. Joey is very reliable and knowledgeable as a teacher. I highly recommend him!
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