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About Michael C.

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Huntington Beach, CA

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I've been teaching contemporary drum set in Orange County for over a decade, and many of my students have gone on to not only play and read notated drum set music with ease, but have continued their studies at arts high-schools and music colleges, with several of them continuing on to the professional world. I use an award winning curriculum used at many music academies and conservatories, and have received accolades for my ability to retain many students for many years. Within the first few lessons, a new student will be able to understand the basics of rhythm and snare drum notation, play a plethora of relatable and cool sounding grooves, and build a foundation that will serve the student for a life time.

About Michael
Hi! My name is Michael and I am excited at the prospect of teaching you or your child...

I absolutely love to teach, but not just because of my love for the drums or my life-long appreciation of music, but because of my enjoyment of people and the learning process itself. I feel that this is important to mention, because if I didn't enjoy what I did and take pride in working with people, then my teaching skills, curriculum, and experience would mean nothing. As anybody who has played a musical instrument can attest to, learning something new is difficult, and having a patient teacher who
enjoys working with people is mandatory.

Throughout my life, I have had the opportunity to study with some amazing teachers, including Carmine Appice (author of “Realistic Rock” and drummer for Rod Stewart, Vanilla Fudge, Cactus and Jeff Beck), Jason Lingle (Berklee School Of Music), Keith Harris (drummer for The Black Eyed Peas) and Lee Nichols, to name a few. My experiences with these teachers has led to a proficiency in rock, jazz and Latin, as well as the ability to convey these concepts in a manner that promotes patience, personal challenge, and constant progress.

Besides teaching private lessons at many local facilities, I have had the opportunity to teach group classes at dozens of elementary and middle schools, including schools in the Westminster, Ocean View and Huntington Beach school districts. I have also aided many students into attending the arts high-school/college of their choice by working with them to properly read and perform all audition material.

Whether you are a brand-new beginner or a seasoned student of the instrument, I am confident that I can take your playing to the next level. Oh yeah, we will also have a great time. Maybe you don’t know yet, but playing the drums is FUN. Give me a call and I will prove it to you.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach using the Freddie Gruber method, which promotes a natural grip of stick and the idea that we should allow the stick to “do what it wants to do” by using natural and fluid motions. This is an incredibly effective style of play and is used by drummers such as Neil Peart, Dave Weckl and Steve Smith.

I teach with an emphasis both on rudiments and hand technique, as well as drum-set exercises and genre study. I encourage practice to be done on a rubber practice pad
as well as on the drum-set, and for brand-new beginners, I often recommend that the practice pad be used exclusively for the first several weeks or months to allow for a great understanding of basic grips and hand techniques. This is especially true when the new beginner doesn't yet own a drum-set. I am often asked, “does my child need a drum-set to take lessons?” The answer is always a resounding “not at all!” A pair of sticks and a practice pad will do the trick, and will also allow you, as the parent, to see your child’s level of involvement.

Within the first 3 to 6 months of lessons, my students can expect to:

- Properly play and understand a handful of rudiments, including the single and double stroke rolls, the paradiddle family, as well as several flam and drag rudiments.
- Play and begin properly reading many different drum-beats and rhythms, and connect these beats using fills that are fun and sound cool.
- Begin learning songs of the their choice, from Metallica to Miles Davis.

I am also inspired by many different educational sources, including the textbooks:

- Stick Control by George Lawrence Stone
- Rockin’ Bass Drum by Charles Perry and John Lombardo
- Realistic Rock by Carmine Appice
- The Art Of Bop Drumming by John Riley
- The Drummer’s Bible by Mick Berry and Jason Gianni
- Haskell Harr’s Drum Method

…as well as many other awesome texts that provide both classic and contemporary concepts that are challenging, and most importantly, sound really cool.

I teach out of an awesome private studio that features 2 drum-sets (the student never needs to get off the drum-set), recording equipment (lessons are often recorded and cited later) and a great headphone sound system (for effectively learning and playing along with songs.) Simply put, I believe my studio is the most fun and efficient place to study the drums in Orange County.

Whether you are a drum-line student who needs help playing a piece, a rock drummer who wishes to learn the basics of jazz (or vice versa), or a brand-new beginner who wants to see what this whole drumming thing is all about (spoiler: it’s awesome), I have the patience, the passion and the skills to help you get the most out of this wonderful instrument. Let’s play the drums!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I teach out of an awesome private studio that features 2 drum-sets (the student never needs to get off the drum-set), recording equipment (lessons are often recorded and cited later) and a great headphone sound system (for effectively learning and playing along with songs.) Simply put, I believe my studio is the most fun and efficient place to study the drums in Orange County.

Check out the photos in my profile for some pictures.

*** Specialties ***
Years of teaching group classes to elementary and middle school students has given me lots of experience with a multitude of learning styles. My specialty lies in not only conveying lessons and concepts in an easy to understand manner, but doing so in a fun way that encourages progress. Simply put, you will want to practice, simply to see exercises and grooves evolve.

While I am most proficient in rock music and have played in many rock bands, I am also very proficient in formal snare playing (marching/classical) as well as standards in jazz and Latin.
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Shane R. March 18, 2017
Verified Student · Drum · In studio
Michael is extremely knowledgeable about drumming. He relates to a 13 yr old advanced drummer teaching and having fun at the same time. Excited to work w Michael again
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Eniko B. August 23, 2016
Verified Student · Drum · In home
I am a 20 year old college student and I've been taking lessons with Mike for almost a year now. There hasn't been a time when I left the lesson without learning something new or improving on my previous skills. Mike is an excellent teacher and is very familiar with many different genres and styles of music. I always look forward to going to my lessons because every week there's something new and challenging waiting for me. I would highly recommend Mike as a percussion teacher to anyone, as he is incredibly nice and talented at the same time!
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Jeannie Skidmore March 20, 2016
· Drum · In studio
I am 14 years old and have been taking drum lessons for about 6 years from Mr. Mike. I don’t think I can find the words to say how awesome he is! I only liked drumming when I started with Mr. Mike, but he has inspired me to absolutely love drumming. He has been the only drum teacher I have ever had I would be crushed if I ever lost him as my teacher. He takes the time to teach me the music I love to play and learn. He also teaches me the not so fun stuff like reading music and rudiments to make me a great drummer. No matter what Mr. Mike teaches me, he always makes it fun. I look forward to my lessons with Mr. Mike; he is simply the best!

Mr. Mike is not only my drum teacher, he is also my friend. Every time I arrive at his studio, he always asks me about my life and how I’ve been, and he makes me laugh all the time. I hardly remember my life before Mr. Mike. I look up to him, and he has always been a great role model to me. Mr. Mike has inspired me to be as accomplished as he is on the drums when I grow up. Even when I am struggling to learn hard parts, he is always supportive and helps me through it. Mr. Mike never makes me feel bad about myself; in fact, he has made me more confident not only as a drummer but as a person. I think the world of Mr. Mike. I think he has helped to shape me to be the person I am today.

Mr. Mike is one of the kindest and warm-hearted people I have ever met. He inspires me to be the best drummer I can be. Mr. Mike is a huge part of my life, and I hope he always will be. I am so lucky to have him as my teacher. They don’t make words to express how highly I recommend him to be your drum teacher.
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Michael C.

Michael C.

Huntington Beach, CA 92647
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About Benk Joseph W.

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Arcadia, CA
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a new method for learning drum and able to play with song.

About Benk Joseph
My teaching experience dates back to my college days, as I began teaching private lessons part time 15 years ago, and have been consistently teaching private include in Yamaha Music School. Encouraging regular practice on a consistent schedule is one of the key points I like to emphasize for younger students, as it tends to help the student progress and gain a passion for the instrument. Nothing is more rewarding than seeing one of my students develop a passion for music!

I'm a passionate and motivated instructor who loves working with students and sharing my love of music. Graduated from
Musician Institute, Hollywood,CA. Performing all over the world, such as Canada, Japan, Shanghai, Macau, etc. Performing has been one of the greater experiences of my life as a musician, and I've had the opportunity to play with Big Band, Cruise line band and local band in Los Angeles.

*** Lesson Details ***
For beginning students who are children, I typically start with really really simply technique to understand, easy to understand. Once the student has progressed to have a grasp of the fundamentals, I will begin to introduce "Rudiments" and sight reading. For adults, I try to find out what the student is interested in, and guide my instruction accordingly to keep the lessons engaging and fun, no matter their ability level.

Therefore, it's important that each student progresses at his or her own pace. I encourage this by setting realistic goals for my students at each lesson. Acknowledging accomplishments helps fuel a students desire to progress, and makes students eager to learn more. By trying to find out what inspires the student, I can successfully tailor my instruction to their wants and needs. 

*** Studio Equipment ***
Full Pro gear Yamaha Drum set with the sound system, double pedal, left foot clave, pro cymbal.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Sound system play along with the song, teaching equipment.

*** Specialties ***
For beginning students who are children, I typically start with really really simply technique to understand, easy to understand. Once the student has progressed to have a grasp of the fundamentals, I will begin to introduce "Rudiments" and sight reading. For adults, I try to find out what the student is interested in, and guide my instruction accordingly to keep the lessons engaging and fun, no matter their ability level.
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Norm December 14, 2016
· Drum · In home
Easy to get along with. He started the lesson as soon as he walked in the door, very detailed oriented teacher. His style of teaching is very easy to understand especially in my case with no drum lesson experience.
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Cristina M. October 13, 2015
Verified Student · Drum · In home
I'm so glad to find Joseph as my daughter drum teacher.He's an excellent and professional teacher.He makes it so entertaining whenever he teach.He's a great teacher.Home tutoring make it easy to schedule a lesson .
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Krystal B. January 30, 2014
Verified Student · Drum ·
Our son loves his Drum lessons.

Benk is very flexible, affordable and our son took to him very well. He even records what he has learned each week so we both can keep track of his progress. He is much more affordable then other drum teachers or studio's in the area, and even will come to your home.
If you are looking for a GREAT Teacher you should take some time to talk to Benk.
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Benk Joseph W.

Benk Joseph W.

Arcadia, CA 91006
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About Austin F.

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Huntington Beach, CA
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About Austin
I have been teaching drumset and percussion lessons to individuals and group ensembles for almost 7 years now. I teach lessons in my studio and at students homes, covering everything from drumset to orchestral snare drum and mallet percussion.
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Heidi February 18, 2017
· Drum · In home
I am one of those overprotective moms! If I'm going to have one of my kids in a class I want them to have a great knowledgeable teacher, enjoy what they're learning and at the same time be exposed to someone that is a good character example ! Austin is just that! He is engaging, enthusiastic, and a mentor to my son! I couldnt recommend him more!
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Austin F.

Austin F.

La Mirada, CA 90639
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$25 / 30-min

About Davy S.

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Pasadena, CA

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I have been playing drums since I was 5 years old! I have my undergraduate degree in Percussion and Music Composition and a Graduate degree in Music Composition. I work as a session drummer on recording sessions, and I can teach nearly any style of music--rock, jazz, folk, latin, and more!

About Davy
I am a full time percussionist, composer, installation artist, and recording engineer in Los Angeles and Eau Claire, WI!

I have an MFA in Music Composition/Experimental Sound Practices from CalArts in Los Angeles, and a BFA in Percussion and Music Composition from the university of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

I have worked with Grammy-winning artists Justin Vernon, Sean Carey, and Rob Moose, have performed at REDCAT (LA), the Milwaukee Sculpture Garden (WI), The Cedar Cultural Center (MN), and have played for composers Michael Pisaro, Amy Knoles, and more!

In addition to my work as a freela
nce music teacher and musician, I am the Lead Fellow for the CalArts AmeriCorps Saturday program at CalArts in Valencia. I oversee 10 CalArts Student instructors, teach music theory, composition, and electronic music, and work with students and parents to culminate our academic year with a massive outdoor concert in CalArts' Wild Beast Concert Hall!

Please visit davysumner.com to check out more of my original work and collaborations with other artists!
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Johanna December 15, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In home
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Lisa P. May 6, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In home
Davy is a exceptional teacher and very patience and understanding with me.
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Bailey D. March 2, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In home
Great teacher. Davy is patient and easy-going. Absolutely fabulous. My daughter is looking forward to more lessons.
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Davy S.

Davy S.

Pasadena, CA 91104
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About Joe A.

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La Mirada, CA

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As a teacher, I believe that learning to play music is one of life’s most rewarding experiences. My goal is to help you take your musical aspirations as far as you can! As one of Southern California’s most renowned teachers, I have been teaching for over 20 years and am known as a specialist in using state-of-the-art methods in developing vocabulary, command, and control of the complete drum set. You will learn the masterful stick, finger and foot techniques used by the professionals.
What sets me apart from other teachers is my performance experience as an instructor/clinician. I have performed educational clinics at several universities, colleges, schools and music stores throughout the country. My knowledge and experience, unlimited 24/7 student support, follow-up and passion for music education is unparalleled.
I am the author of the education instructional video series titled, “The True Basics of Drumming”. My video series outlines some of my teaching and playing ...

About Joe
To help you get started, your first lesson with Joe will include a free instructional video along with a cymbal hand guide and a free rudiment chart... Joe A, award winning educator and author of “The True Basics of Drumming” attended Music Institute of Technology (MIT), Hollywood, California where he was introduced to music theory, various drum set styles and playing techniques. Joe continued his music education studying with several name musicians such as Paul Cush, formerly of CBS Studios; Terry Bozzio and Chuck Silverman. Joe has studied, work with and received credit from Chuck Silverma
n’s compilation “The Funk Masters” published by Warner Bros.

A veteran drummer of more than 25 years, Joe began playing at the age of 13 where he started out in the typical fashion of jamming with his buddies playing practically every night.
Joe has been teaching students of all ages for more than 20 years and has been awarded by highly acclaimed Vic Firth, for his contributions in education and recognized for musical integrity, dedication, professionalism and outstanding contributions to teaching.

Joe has performed and been an instructor/clinician at several universities, colleges, schools, churches, and music stores; He has appeared at schools throughout California, Nevada, and Colorado, to name a few states.

In closing, Joe manages to teach at his Practical Rhythms Studio, and performs master classes, clinics, concerts and tours throughout the year and still finds time to write and produce his instructional videos, The True Basics of Drumming.
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Chantelle Saad June 4, 2016
Verified Student · Drum · In studio
Joe is an awesome teacher! He is super helpful and patient. He offers practical but essential instruction on the basics of drumming. Can't wait to continue classes with him!
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Suzanne S. September 13, 2015
Verified Student · Drum · In studio
Joe is a wonderful teacher. He is very knowledgeable and experienced and generous in sharing what he knows with the student. He takes the time to patiently explain each step of the lesson for the day and is happy to answer any questions I may have. I also appreciate that he’s thoughtful and just a really good human being. I’m grateful to be able to take lessons from him. With Joe’s help, I’m looking forward to becoming the best drummer I can be!
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Zachary Ramirez June 26, 2015
· Drum · In home
Joe is a great instructor. I took lessons with him when I was 19 and then stopped. I hit a wall in my progress and was feeling uninspired for months. I was split in so many directions, I was not making any significant progress. I tried online for a while and then it hit me. Go see Joe again. I did and within the first week I was back on track.

If you are a new drummer, go see Joe! I remember when I was first learning from Joe. His teaching style makes it easy to learn.

If you are a drummer who is stuck in a rut and can't progress. Go see Joe. He'll get you back on track.

I won't stop now. I will continue to train with Joe until the student has out-mastered the master.
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Joe A.

Joe A.

La Mirada, CA 90638
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