Want to be able to play your favorite cover songs with your friends? Or become the next drumming sensation? Let's make it happen! I have 20+ years of experience teaching students of all ages, levels, ambitions and genres.
Dennis Leeflang (most known as the drummer for former Guns N' Roses lead guitarist RON "BUMBLEFOOT" THAL) has recorded and toured with many great artists all over the globe, including 80's hard rock queen LITA FORD, DILANA (Rockstar Supernova), DANGER DANGER vocalist TED POLEY, WITHIN TEMPTATION, EPICA, SUN CAGED, TIFFANY GIARDINA (Disney), SHANE GIBSON (KORN) and many more.
Dennis offers nearly 20 years of teaching experience, working with students of all ages and playing levels and is featured on Dom Famularo's MODERN DRUMMER list of recommended international drum educators, as well as an official member of the D'Addario Education Collective.
Subjects include: - hand technique - foot technique - limb coordination - limb independence - practical sight reading - drum tuning tricks to make you sound better than other drummers!
- playing with a band - GROOVE! (how to get that infamous "pocket" everyone always talks about!) - creating drum parts to music - creative expression - inspiration (applying inspiration you get from other musicians into your playing) - FUN!
Extensive experience teaching students of ALL ages and levels!
The aim of the lessons is to prepare beginning drummers to function in a band setting, as a team player, and to develop comfortable technique and creativity in order to express him/herself as a drummer freely. No matter what your ambitions are! Just wanna be able to jam with friends? Or become the next drumming sensation? We'll do it! For intermediate to advanced drummers, Dennis offers additional interesting exercises and and inspiring concepts. No matter what your playing level is, there is always something to learn!
BEST RATES IN THE AREA! Many references available upon request (current and former students)! FREE pair of Promark sticks for every new student! Several package deals and special pricing promos available.
Other student benefits include big discounts on drum gear, free drum gear and accessories and free concert/drum clinic tickets.
Lessons available in Santa Clarita and Reseda.
Dennis is an official endorser of PAISTE cymbals, Q DRUM CO. drums, PROMARK drum sticks, EVANS drumheads, DRUMTACS and AHEAD ARMOR CASES.
I started taking drum lessons at age 22 so I felt too old to begin learning how to play a new instrument. I'm so glad that Dennis was my teacher. He gave me confidence and encouragement to become the great drum player I am today. His methods of teaching are well rounded, his lesson plans are efficient and since day one he guaranteed I would be ready to play songs with a band in only 6 months. Indeed I started playing with several bands after 6 months of having lessons with Dennis. I highly recommend him as a drum teacher and mentor!
February 11, 2016
V patient w/beginners and provided excellent tips and encouragement. Would recommend to anyone starting out on drums or adding another instrument to their repertoire. Provided great insight that also helped in cross-training, if already playing another instrument.
February 9, 2016
I've studied with several teachers over the years, but Dennis was the best. I was a novice and Dennis took me to the next level. I'm forever grateful.
*Heads Up! I'll be on tour with Brian Setzer for November and December and will only be available for online lessons :)
1. All my students feel like rock stars! Each lesson is fun and enriching. 2. I provide a clear lesson plan complete with goals, achievement levels, and performances.
*Experienced teacher and professional musician. *Has performed with: The Brian Setzer Orchestra, Great Good Fine Ok, 10,000 Maniacs, Tori Roze & The Hot Mess, Gaslamp Quarter Jazz Orchestra. *Recorded on national tv ads including Coca-Cola, Dreyer's, KFC. *Over 7,000 private lessons taught to over 300 students. *More than five years of classroom teaching experience in San Diego and Miami-Dade public schools: K-5 general music, middle and high school band, under graduate music history, directing college jazz ensembles *Students have inclu
ded: ages 4-96, beginners with no experience, undergraduate music majors, scholarship award winners, members of the San Diego Youth Symphony program, many locals in San Diego, and online students from around the world.
My mission is to provide a positive musical experience for all students. For some this includes rigorous preparation for an audition of some kind, for others it may be an introduction to music fundamentals to foster better listening skills and greater artistic appreciation. All students will be challenged to improve their listening, timing, and technique. All students will learn to play songs that they love.
Students get a minimum of one lesson per week. I am not able to schedule lessons every other week.
Recommendations for best results: 1. Make a three-month commitment to weekly lessons. 2. Practice at least three times a week, for a minimum of 15 minutes each time. This formula virtually guarantees results. Bring your instrument, music books, and a binder with sheet protectors ☺
*Scheduling policies: No Cancellations. If the student is unable to attend a lesson as scheduled I will use the time to email a video lesson to the student. Other alternatives: online lesson, reschedule, add time to next lesson (based on availability). Students may put lessons on hold up to once per quarter with at least one week notice.
To continue weekly lessons, students must maintain at least 90% attendance or the time slot may be forfeited.
Jordan was born and raised in the El Centro, California where he began playing the alto sax in the elementary band program. At the age of 12, he began his study of guitar and drums, performing in several rock and ska bands around his home town and San Diego. At age 14, is where he found his love for brass instruments when he took up the trombone. While in high school he became a soloist with the Imperial Valley College Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of former Basie trumpeter Jimmy Cannon. That lead Jordan to accept the Constance Weldon Music Scholarship to attend the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL.
While performing in South Florida Jordan appeared with major acts including 10,000 Maniacs, and appeared on the Spanish television show "Calle Ocho." He also gained invaluable experience teaching in Miami public schools. His first teaching assignment was at Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior High School where he directed 3 beginning bands, Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, and their highly decorated Jazz Band. Later Jordan moved into the elementary setting, teaching vocal and instrumental music for grades K-5 at Cypress Elementary.
In 2007, Jordan returned to California to pursue a music career in San Diego. He can be seen performing all over San Diego, Orange, and LA Counties in styles ranging from rock, jazz, funk, blues, hip-hop, Latin, and more. He performs primarily on trombone, piano, and guitar, but is known to pick up percussion, harmonica, and other wind instruments as well. In 2011, Tori Roze & The Hot Mess were nominated for a San Diego Music Award in the category of "Best Blues Artist" after the release of their first album "From The Hip." They released their second album "Turbulence" last December, and are heard regularly on local San Diego radio. This album has also been nominated for Best Pop album for the 2013 San Diego Music Awards. In 2013, Jordan completed his Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies from San Diego State University.
On stage, Jordan is a talented and versatile performer. He is known for his trombone sound and improvisational ability, as well as his positive relationship with his fellow musicians. In lessons, Jordan is energetic and creative.
You can expect a laid back, yet focused environment. Most of all, you can look forward to progress! Hope to see you soon.
*** Specialties *** In home beginning music lessons.
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, Drums, Keys 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 also teach production recording, looping and beat making in Ableton Live and Protools. 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 u
sually focus on learning a song of your choice or working on an original of yours. I am very personable and easygoing. Some students are more focused on electronic music, so we can work on that too!
*** 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
Although I only had 1 lesson with him so far, I can say he's a very good teacher and I had fun.
April 23, 2015
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.
March 6, 2014
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!
Full Drum Set in the Studio! Everyone should learn to play the drums, it keeps you healthy!
About Peter Q
I'm a multi-instrumentalist from the Northwest with lots of love for teaching people to groove. I got my bachelor's degree in music from Whitman College with an emphasis in Jazz Performance. I can teach anyone to rock, swing or get unreasonably funky. Lessons can be casual or serious and I'm down to tell you how to get to Carnegie Hall or onto the stage at the local jam.
*** Lesson Details *** I like to teach my students what they want to learn! I'm always game for setting up a fun path to being able to play your favorite songs as fast as possible. I don't scold or shame and having a blast is the name of my game. I can teach you to improvise, read music, become a strummer or virtuoso, it's all up to you.
*** Studio Equipment *** Lessons in the basement studio, piano, guitars, amps, hand drums, a bass, woodwinds, FULL DRUM SET!
*** Travel Equipment *** I can travel with a sax, flute, guitar, electric bass, and a didgeridoo....
*** Specialties *** I'm a jazz musician! But I listen to and perform all styles of music. I have written string quartets, been the front man for a funk band, and recorded every style of music under the sun. I can teach Bach and the Beatles and explain how/ and why they intersect and are similar musically.
I provide drum lessons to students of all ages and levels, specifically tailoring my teaching methods to the students needs and goals. I have many years of professional experience as well as a formal education in music. I understand what it takes to further your skills to be able to play the music that inspires you! I received my BFA in Jazz Studies from The Ohio State University graduating in 2014. I've been very fortunate to travel all around the world playing many different styles of music. My past students have been accepted in the Grammy Band Program as well as many prestigious universities throughout the country. I love all music and I'm well versed in many different styles of playing. Music is my passion, and there are always fun, new and exciting things to learn. Whatever your interests are, we will grow as musicians together!
I provide drum lessons to students of all ages and levels, specifically tailoring my teaching methods to the students needs and goals. I have many years of professional experience as well as a formal education in music. I understand what it takes to further your skills to be able to play the music that inspires you! I received my BFA in Jazz Studies from The Ohio State University graduating in 2014. I'm currently working towards my Master's Degree at Manhattan School of Music. I've been very fortunate to travel all around the world playing music. My past students have been accepted in the Grammy Band as well as many prestigious universities throughout the country. I love all music, and I'm well versed in many different styles of playing. Music is my passion, and there are always fun, new and exciting things to learn. Whatever your int
Ever since I've been taking lessons from John, my playing has gotten drastically better. He's incredibly knowledgeable, has access to tons of resources, and is super outgoing and engaging. Lessons with him truly made drumming into my passion, and he played a large part in helping me earn a music scholarship for college. I would recommend him to anyone and everyone.
July 23, 2018
I love taking lessons with John. I'm definitely a weird case for any instructor - I've been playing for 15 years, but I never worked with any teachers on building out my fundamentals correctly. John pinpointed my ability and exactly where I needed to improve. He didn't need a ramp up period - in only one lesson we hit the ground running.
After just a few months of lessons, I've improved enormously and it feels like there's more potential on the horizon. The exercises he gives me are spot on and for the first time I'm really enjoying practicing. Taking lessons with John is the real deal - he's truly transmitting what it means to play and I can see him easily transitioning between players of any ability with patience. I admire him as a musician, and he's also just an awesome guy. Would recommend to anyone.
As a Beginners course, this is suitable for complete beginners who have never played drums before. Its also helpful for self-taught drummers who want to go through all the basics and fill in any gaps in their playing and improve their technique.
Course Objectives: Develop a full range of beats, rhythms, fills and breaks Execute Single strokes, double strokes and paradiddles Establish Good posture, grip, sticking and hi hat technique Learn to play with a click and develop a better sense of timing Understand & execute Techniques for playing songs in a contemporary style Percussion skills How to choose and tune a drum kit
They will learn within the first 6 months how to: Play Their first ever rhythm and break How to play single and double strokes and paradiddles How to understand drum notation Correct posture, grip and sticking technique Warm up exercises A great range of 8th and 16th note rhythms Learn the drum part to a slow song of their choice. A great range ...
Zaid is available for in-home, at school location , and online lessons worldwide in both English and Español!. Zaid has been playing piano for over 15 years and teaching music since 2010. Zaid teaches all experience levels from beginner to intermediate and advanced.
Although trained in standard teaching methods, Zaid developed his own method of teaching to positively enhance the student's strength, dexterity, ear-training, memorization and techniques. His goal as a teacher is specifically designed to help you achieve your goals as an artist and or musician.
Zaid is one of the directors and Instructor at New Sound Music Lessons and hosts student showcases/charity benefits where his students are able to get on stage and show off their new talent. Zaid is an expert at contemporary Christian music to better enhance the students learni
Zaid is knowledgeable and dedicated instructor. He has taught my daughter for at least two years who had no experience and I feel that she has progressed faster than I think she would have at any typical music place.
The organization, and structure of the lessons are well planned and easy to follow.
October 10, 2019
I am currently taking piano lessons from Zaid and I am very pleased with my learnings. Zaid is an extremely knowledgeable instructor. His passion for teaching piano shows with every lesson he gives. He is extremely patient, thorough, and helps me thinks outside the box. I would highly recommend him as a piano teacher!!!
October 10, 2019
Zaid is a wonderful teacher, he is very dedicated in what he does. He cares about his students learning. In my first lesson with him helped understand the notes in a very practical easy to remember way. He mainly teaches piano but he also does bass and drums. I would definitely recommend him!!!
I'm an experienced drum teacher and my main focus is to find out what your goals are and help you achieve them! Lesson with me are tailored to your specific needs in a fun and always musical way. You'll learn rudiments, technique, and reading while playing along to your favorite songs.
Hello! My name is Ray R. and I'm a professional drummer and drum instructor. Please watch my "Ray Rojo - Teacher Introduction" video in the video section of my profile for a better introduction and pictures of my studio.
I have been teaching private lessons for over six years and I'm currently accepting new students at my home studio. My studio is fully sound-proofed and sound-treated to make lessons more enjoyable. I have two drum sets which allows me and my student to play together, making lessons more fun and efficient. I've taught students ranging from 3 years old to 70 years old.
I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Performance of Contemporary Music from Musicians Institute. At Musicians Institute I have also worked as a private tutor in subjects including technique, reading, and drum set playing. I also taught at Cornel School of
Contemporary Music teaching reading classes and contemporary styles. I'm currently teaching at Modern Music School in Pasadena, where most of my students are kids. I'm also a published author with six educational drum books available on Amazon. My curriculum is geared towards beginning drummer who are first learning how to play or for intermediate players who are looking to strengthen their foundation.
I'm very passionate about teaching and take the opportunity to help you improve at drumming very seriously. I look forward to helping you accomplish all of your drumming goals!
Ray is a wonderful drum teacher to my 13 year old son. He is not only, a passionate and talented musician, but also a great instructor, who is capable of conveying his knowledge into age appropriate lessons that are easy, relateball, fun, and customized to fit the individual skill level, interests and goals of each student.
March 14, 2017
Ray is great. Very knowledgeable and personable. He tuned into what I needed to know right away and had two beautiful drum kits set up and ready to play.
Positive, patient and motivating, 40 years of playing drums & percussion and over 12 years of private instruction with a wealth of music knowledge to share. Lessons are always designed to be educational, engaging & fun, combining a balance of learning notation, playing by ear & performance with other live instruments! We will find out what interests you most and get you on the drum set right away for fast results!
I have 40 years of playing drums & percussion and 12 years of teaching beginning and intermediate drummers by ear, performance & notation. Preforming drums has brought so much enjoyment to my life and has expanded my cognitive and creative mind more than I would have ever realized when I started in 1978. Teaching/sharing my drumming experience is a passion, my students are taught not only how to play drums but also about music structure (verse, chorus, bridge, etc.), how to perform with other musicians and how to dissect a piece of music. Various styles and rhythms are taught and rudiments are covered thoroughly - nothing better than an impressive double stroke roll! I have always been a teacher that I feel can understand each personality and adjust my approach to each lesson as needed and furthermore, I always treat my students with res
pect, courtesy and patience which I find makes them more apt to relax, listen, learn, feel the music and have fun!
"I learned so much! He is a great teacher, super relaxed and friendly. Would recommend to anyone looking to gain some great drum knowledge :)"
"Terrific teacher and studio.
Rufus is an outstanding teacher. He is passionate about music and enthusiastic during lessons. He caters to a variety of lea
rning styles, offering studio work and music tracks as well as traditional beats. Rufus has been a working musician for many, many years and provides real world experience and insight into the music industry. My son and I highly recommend him."
"I've played with James in various bands for years and he is always incredibly dedicated. His play in multiple styles is super tight and expressive, and he
takes a joy in playing that I'm sure will catch on in any of his students."
"Really enjoying it. He's very enthusiastic"
"Very polite and patient. Goes with the flow in teaching with no rigid rules , making it enjoyable for the kid."
"Super great teacher all around! Gives great tips and information but is not too harsh. He puts the lesson in the student's hand and allows his students to
choose what they want to work on and how. However, Ben's best quality is his all-around personality. Very nice man and treats you not as much of a student than as a friend."
"Get patient and eager to teach!"
"Keith is an incredible instructor! At each lesson, he always makes you feel that making you a better drummer is more important than anything else for him
during that 1/2 hour. I have been taking lessons from Keith for about 2 years. I am a 55 year old woman who took lessons as a child and wanted to continue learning where I left off so many years ago. Keith is exceptional at identifying your weak spots and giving you very helpful and practical techniques to strengthen them. With Keith as my instructor, I have learned to read music and my skill as a drummer has improved enormously. He has so much knowledge about all aspects of drumming. He is incredibly passionate about drumming as a performer, and conveys that same passion when teaching his students. He is just as effective with very young students as he is with older students (like me)! I would recommend him as an instructor to anyone with the desire to learn all aspects of becoming a drummer."
"Mike is a great friend and drummer and is very professional and upfront with his approach to drumming and teaching. Highly recommended Mike for recording,
teaching and playing in bands for many styles of music. I have recorded and played in a band with Mike as well and he has a unique playing style like no other drummer!"
A typical goal for any musician, whatever your proficiency level, is to make it to the next level with your instrument. Drums and percussion are the foundation of most bands and ensembles, so the skills you possess can benefit the whole group. Keeping the rhythm and adding a unique element is the goal for drummers. So how do you do it? What habits do you need to add to your practice time? Most importantly, what drum techniques will help you get there? Here are six techniques that can …