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Russell S.

Gastonia, NC

About Russell

Located in Gastonia, NC, Russell brings unparalleled experience and value to his students in the Charlotte, metro area. Russell Sharp is a seasoned veteran drummer with over 35 years of varied experiences. His lessons will significantly benefit beginner, intermediate and advanced students regardless of their age.

You will learn all that is necessary in order to possess a very strong and solid foundation that is required of a drummer. Russell is a caring, nurturing and patient drum instructor.

A lifetime of percussion experience ranging from recording studios to live shows has developed
Sharp's simple and highly effective approach to teaching students. His ability to convey basic and advanced drumming elements help students develop rock-solid foundations along with sharp motor skills, physical coordination, limb independence and endurance.

Students have said Russell's lessons are lots of fun, productive, energizing, highly effective, etc.

Drum lessons can include the following:(For Beginners & Advanced Students)

* Learning Basic Fundamentals
* Reading Musical Notation
* Getting Your Meter Down To Excellence
* Gaining Independence Of Limbs
* Improving Overall Technique And Approach
* Learning To Be A Total Groove Drummer
* Building Up Incredible Speed-Metronome Work
* Learning Odd Time Signatures
* Learning The Double Bass Drum Fundamentals And Advanced

Genres of music include: Hard Rock, Soft Rock, Rock-Pop, Classic Rock, Blues, Shuffles (Double Bass Drum), Funk, Alternative, R&B, Jazz, Progressive Rock and Heavy Metal among others.

With his many years of experience, Russell Sharp is a dynamic, powerful and original drummer with distinct style and technique.

He has played in many bands around the country and has been giving drum lessons for over 10 years in Los Angeles, Arizona, Florida and now in Charlotte, NC.

He has also taught several students with learning disabilities such as ADHD and ADD and their confidence and ability has grown from learning to play drums.

Also learn how to approach lead singing behind the drum set.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room Drum Studio: Drums, Stereo System, Two Stick Pads, Bass Drum Kick Pads, DVD's, CD's, Additional seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I would bring 2 stick pads w/ stands and also kick drum pads.

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Progressive Rock, Fusion, Blues, Alternative, Funk, Dance, Disco, Latin
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Greg F. May 30, 2015
Drums · In studio
I've been working with Russell for several months now. I took instruction 35 years ago but never progressed. As I was young and moving on to other things. Fast forward to now, I'm 51 years old and working with him on a weekly basis has taken farther faster than I could have imagined. He makes lessons fun and I really look forward to them. I have also seen him play live and sing. He's an amazing talent!
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Victor O. October 28, 2014
Drumming · In home
I've been taking drum lessons with Russell now for the past 4-6 months and my drumming has improved significantly. Russell not only great personality, but has a well of knowledge and experience that he will share with you as soon as you start your lessons. I'm look forward to my transition into an amazing drummer with Russell's knowledge by my side.
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Anna G. July 16, 2014
Drums · In studio
My son loves his drum lessons! Russell is very caring and patient teacher, just as this post stated, he also knows how to make lessons fun. My son is not a very confident type of a kid and Russell really helped to set everything at ease during first lessons he is very supportive. We also appreciate the flexibility - since our schedule is crazy and we often had to reschedule. Of course the greatest part is when he drums along with the kid at the end of the class - you' d be taking videos of that groovy stuff every time, trust me. This sure is noisy, but so much fun!
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Russell S.

Russell S.

Gastonia, NC 28056
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Clayton M.

Charlotte, NC

About Clayton

Besides my experience and love of music, I'm a people person with a gift of teaching, so it's a win-win. I have a B.S. degree from the University of Tennessee with a minor in music. I'm a concert level clarinetist (over 30 years) as well as barbershop singer (25 years) and worship leader (20 years), & guitar player (25 years), sax player (10 years). I also play handbells, have directed three youth musicals, and have led music at youth camps, conferences, retreats, Kairos prison ministry, and other service projects. I currently lead a nine member bluegrass band which is a blast.

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I will push you for excellence and I teach in fun ways. I hope to play a lot together after the basics have been accomplished. The most important aspect of playing an instrument or singing is to have fun. If you not enjoying what you're doing, why do it? I hope to make the overall musical experience fun and help you achieve your goals.

*** Travel Equipment ***
whatever is needed. Whatever they need

*** Specialties ***
worship leading, singing, barbershop quartet singing, clarinetist for both classical and jazz groups as well as worship
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Marcelle P. July 21, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Clayton is a lovely person and a great teacher. He always shows up on time if not early and communicates right away if there is a change in the schedule which is rare. He is great with children, very patient and kind with a fun upbeat attitude. I definitely recommend him.
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Clayton M.

Clayton M.

Charlotte, NC 28214
(1)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Michael C.

Catawba, NC

About Michael

I have a Masters Degree from Central Michigan Univ. I am an Air Force Veteran.

Two deep leadership at all times and parents have waiting areas visible to classes. I love guitar and playing music, I think I have taught so long I would not know what to do without a music/teaching career. I have made a living playing guitar for 24 years.

*** Lesson Details ***
I have been a music teachers so long I have become very simplistic. I teach the following:

(1) To practically play while having fun (3 locations to choose).

(2) Music Theory.

(3) Playing by ear.

(4) Leadership Skil
ls. I am still having a great time teaching, so we do it a lot. I love to teach and enjoy it very much, I owe a lot to my music career and want to pass it on. We are in Rotary and support many community activities.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have - 3 Professional teaching studios - that are in nice locations.

I really enjoy my job and have a lot of great equipment; we work hard, but have a lot of fun too.

*** Travel Equipment ***
(1) Respectfully what is reasonable. I am a full time musician, I am flexible and happy - we can work these things out.

(We have a lot of equipment, I am very thankful). We have very good business relationships in the community.

I appreciate my job.

*** Specialties ***
(1) Group interactive method based on theory.
(2) Students show leadership in their own program.
(3) Students work with me (instructor) on Lesson Plans.
(4) Students pick out material they want to study.
(5) Students work on (ear training) and reading music.
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Michael C. August 10, 2014
In studio
Great Instruction and team effort with Michael and Rachel. Great Guitar players and mentors.

Best Wishes,

Louis C.

Best Instructor ever and loyal.
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Michael C.

Michael C.

Cherryville, NC 28021
(1)
starting at
$150 / 120-min
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Joey R.

Charlotte, NC

About Joey

“Joey has done a good job working with my son, Nicholas, on his guitar playing. Despite my son’s habit of not practicing enough, Joey has been patient with him and has managed to discover what sparks my son’s interest. Now, Nicholas has greatly improved and plays guitar very often, and enjoys it. Joey has also been flexible when we have had to request schedule changes. He has also been thorough in following up on questions or discussions we have had.”

Sherry Wooten Huntersville NC

“Joey greeted my 10 year-old-daughter with a warm smile. A mother couldn't have asked for more! As an instr
uctor he met my daughter where she was as a learner, and a curious beginner. He continues to help her develop in both skill and confidence. His talent and love for music keep her motivated and excited about her lessons each week. A great experience!”

Katie Hall
Huntersville, NC

“Joey was a terrific, flexible teacher who did his best to accommodate my work schedule, etc. He was thoughtful, prepared for each lesson, and really listened to what and how I wanted to learn to play the guitar. I'd highly recommend him for anyone just beginning or wanting to improve.”

Angela Perri
Huntersville, NC

“Our son is enjoying learning electric guitar thanks to Joey. Great with Kids!”

Monica Sieni
Davidson, NC

Joey R is a student of music performance for classical guitar at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is a very friendly and compassionate musician, and is completely immersed in the music world. Naturally, he wants to share his love of music with his students, and his goal is to awaken the musical potential in his clients. He's been on a journey with guitar for 13 years. As an instructor, he is gifted in providing inspiration to his students. Technique, expression, repertoire, sight-reading, music theory, and much enthusiasm describe the experience of studying the guitar with Joey.

From EastCoastEntertainment profile:

"Joey R has been honing his technique and artistry on the guitar for 11 years. He was born and raised in New York, where he was first introduced to classical music through the violin. Now, he is a music student of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he continues on his spiritual and musical journey as a classical guitarist.

Joey R has studied classical guitar under the mastery of Derek Day at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, and Charles Vaughn at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His playing reflects his Spanish culture and background, while simultaneously being fueled by his unstoppable love for the music.

During his studies on the classical guitar, he has worked with the music of Mauro Giuliani, Matteo Carcassi, Francisco Tárrega, J.S Bach, and much, much more. What separates Joey R from other musicians is his unmistakable close attention to small details in music. From studying under masters in the field, Joey R pays special attention to the basic musical components such as melody, rhythm, and harmony, while putting a tremendous amount of effort and thought into his tone production. His musical ideas are an exact reflection to how he views the world around him; a beautiful, adventurous, and emotional reality.

His repertoire is forever expanding, but focuses mostly on the Baroque and Classical Era, and contemporary Spanish music, particularly that of Antonio Lauro."
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Reviews

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Mike R. June 17, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Great teacher. Patient and effective. GREAT with kids!
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Krystal M. June 17, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Joey is a FANTASTIC instructor. A great inspiration to my kids.
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Chase R. May 27, 2015
Guitar · In studio
I am really enjoying my lessons with Joey with now. The greatest part about my experience is that I am actually practicing, and enjoying the rewards of practicing. He really knows how to inspire his students, so he is a great choice for guitarist's who have hit the "wall". I have improved greatly in my practice sessions because of his philosophies on practice he has shared with me. We work on mostly electric guitar, and since he is classical trained, his thoughts on left hand technique are extremely helpful!
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Joey R.

Joey R.

Charlotte, NC 28203
(6)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Gavin G.

Stanley, NC

About Gavin

Gavin is a senior Percussion Performance Major at Brevard College. He is a hired session musician for Noalynn Studio in Bessemer City NC. Gavin has 15 years of experience, 14 of those years he has been taught by some very renown musicians such as: Dr. Laura Franklin (Studied directly under "Vic Firth"), Henry Davis (studied under Charlotte symphony principal chair "Rick Dior", as well as several others for extended periods of time. Gavin was a guest artist in the Spartanburg Symphony and is also endorsed by 1710 Percussion. Finally, he has 5 years of teaching experience where has worked with p
eople with special needs as well as physically disabled people. Gavin is proficient in piano and has taken piano lessons for 4 years. He is able to teach the basics of piano and is very proficient in music theory for any instrument needed.
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Gavin G.

Gavin G.

Stanley, NC 28164
starting at
$15 / 30-min

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