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About Rufus S.

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Brandon, FL

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About Rufus
My name is Rufus and I am eager to share my 43 + years of drum experience to help you reach your desired playing goals, you will learn the basics and begin to find your own rhythm as a drummer...let me show you how you can be the best drummer possible!

Performing Experience:
* Play with Local Group - Tropical Heat
* Recently played with National Recording Artist Michael Anthony at Cork and Olive in Brandon
• Musician in Mystic Sheiks of Morocco, Rock a Doo Whop, Christmas Show at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
• Tutored in South America, Europe and Canada over 20 yrs.
• Drummer for New Salem
M.B Church for last 20 yrs.
• 4 yrs marching in the Florida A&M University Marching Band & Percussion Ensemble
• 43 + yrs of rudimentary drumming

Audio: Specialize in digital audio work station software – Cubase 7 – Wavelab 8 and Waves plug-ins.

Recording Background:
Owner of a home based recording studio.

Titles released:

Seasoned with Latin(2014)

The Bottom Line featuring the vocals of Ms. Amella "D"(2013)

True Love- collection of pop music (2012)

Lift Off - A high energy dance song.(2012)

The Spencer Project - a Gospel collaboration with various artists.(2010)

Master Works - variety of different styles of music.(2009)

Lift Off- a high energy dance song (2010)

Iron-man Marathon Music - (1983)

*** Lesson Details ***
We will cover from the basics to the flashiness in drum playing and cover techniques in studio drumming.

If you are looking to venture into song writing,studio recording ,gear and software I have a studio complete with all the tools you will need to help carry you to the next level.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Drum room with seating for parents. 5 piece Yamaha drum set, hi- hat cymbal, ride cymbal, music stand.

Recording studio:

Digital audio work station software:
Cubase 7.5 – Wavelab 8 and Waves plug-ins

Soft synths:
Omnishere,Trilian,Native Instruments,korg legacy collection, Steinberg, Sample tank
host of loops

Controllers:

Axiom 25, Alesis Q61

Outboard gear:
Steinberg MR28M D-Pre mic preamp, Rodes NT-2a mic, Symetrix 525

Samson headphone box

Speakers:

Samson Resolv 65a and sub, Equator D5 speakers

Computer:

Pudget system custom built computer (PC)

*** Travel Equipment ***
Lap top with earphones so student can experience playing along
with music.

*** Specialties ***
R&b, Gospel, Hip Hop, Jazz
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Arrington D. January 12, 2017
Verified Student · Drum · In home
Very professional and was engaged. My son appreciated his kindness.
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Joshua M. November 14, 2016
Verified Student · Drum · In studio
Mr. Spencer was able to show our son key strategies to enhance his drum beats within the first lesson. We are looking forward to seeing our son's progress as
Mr. Spencer guides him to find his own musical groove. It was a wonderful first session, and our son feels so much more confident already!
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KD D. August 22, 2016
Verified Student · Drum · In home
Hi, I just started taking lessons and I absolutely love it! I have an excellent teacher that takes his time to show me the right techniques and fundamentals to achieve the goal of playing professional. He has great expertise and pushes me to be the best. He makes sure I understand why I need to do certain things such as rudiments and learning to read notes. I couldn't have asked for a better teacher. He's always full of energy and ready to teach me so I can go far in drumming. If your looking for a fun cool teacher full of energy who loves teaching the art of drumming Mr. Rufus is your guy! He has the passion and love for it and that motivates me and gives me that drive to keep pushing to go further in music!
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Rufus S.

Rufus S.

Brandon, FL 33511
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About Michael W.

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Winter Haven, FL
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About Michael
I have been teaching for 41 years and opened 14 music schools. Ages 3-96. Taught and performed
in Michigan, Arizona and Florida.

*** Lesson Details ***
Everyone has the ability to learn. Do not let someone tell you different. It is either the wrong
teacher or wrong method for you if you are having difficulty. It is never the student.
I use many combined methods to fit the individual student accoring to their skill level, desires and overcoming any difficulties. I have two recitals a year and video tape them so the student can see and hear their progress.

In addition to piano
I also teach keyboard, organ, improve, stand up comedy, recording, and
ballroom dance ( won grand nationals in tango ).

*** Studio Equipment ***
professional studio seating for parents
yamaha studio stage w/ piano seating for parents
vidoe and audio recording

*** Travel Equipment ***
They need to have an instrument at home.

*** Specialties ***
Each students course is custom designed to ther needs and goals
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Jennifer L. June 22, 2016
Verified Student · Guitar · In studio
He is very professional and a great teacher. Michael is very entertaining and makes learning fun. My daughter really liked him and is excited about her lessons.
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Rebecca C. October 12, 2015
Verified Student · Piano · In home
I've only had a few lessons with Michael, but have enjoyed what and how he has taught me so far. He has been flexible with some changes to our schedule and he is on time.
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Rebecca C. October 12, 2015
Verified Student · Piano · In home
I've only had a few lessons with Michael, but have enjoyed what and how he has taught me so far. He has been flexible with some changes to our schedule and he is on time.
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Michael W.

Michael W.

Winter Haven, FL 33884
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$25 / 30-min

About Kevin M.

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Davenport, FL

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About Kevin
Hello! My name is Kevin, and I am looking forward to teaching you everything I know about music! I've been singing at Walt Disney World for over 23 years (and I still am currently) with the Voices of Liberty, the Dapper Dans of Main Street, and Four For A Dollar. I have a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Penn State University. Even more than singing, playing the guitar, arranging for a cappella, and playing piano, I love to teach! Ever since I was a sophomore in high school, I've wanted to be a teacher of music in various capacities. My favorite aspect of teaching several private st
udents each week is that every individual student has a different story: What is it that you want to accomplish? Would you like to sing, play piano, or play guitar? Would you like training in music theory? Do you want to eventually have a career in music? Will this be a hobby for you? Whatever your goals are, I am excited to know your story.
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Miguel March 10, 2017
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
great experience, he has a lot of patience,.
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Keith, Trista, Garret (group) M. March 3, 2017
Verified Student · Ukulele · In studio
Very reasonable prices and took his time explaining everything so me and my children could all understand it before he moved on with the lesson.
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Jasmine R. February 3, 2017
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
My daughter enjoy her first class so much, I am glad she liked the teacher and the class. We hope to keep coming to learn some more.
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Kevin M.

Davenport, FL 33896
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About James M.

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Lakeland, FL
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Hey there, my name is James M. My heart has been in the Entertainment Industry since 12 years old. I began Magic and Piano and my goal has been the same ever since: to make my audiences lives a little more easier. I love performing and I love helping others succeed. I have warm room in my heart for aspiring musicians willing to put in the effort to learn Piano and spread the music. I am a Piano teacher because I want to give students a gift. A gift to love everybody via music because people need music. I'm helpful, knowledgeable, and fun to be around.
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James M.

Lakeland, FL 33803
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$30 / 30-min

About Rebecca T.

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Davenport, FL

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About Rebecca
Hello, and welcome to my TakeLessons home page! My name is Rebecca and I am so excited that you have decided to stop by.

I am a former band director and current elementary music teacher. Teaching elementary music affords me the time and flexibility to work on a personal dream of mine: to teach clarinet privately to students!

I want to use all of my knowledge to help guide every student to their personal success. I specialize in working with clarinetists from beginning to advanced. If you're looking to start taking clarinet lessons to quickly improve, I am knowledgable in clarinet pedag
ogy. if you're looking for an extra boost before college auditions, I can help from not only personal experience of the audition process but extensive knowledge in the required repertoire for many universities. If you're looking for help in learning and long range goals for clarinet, I am more than happy to work with you at every step to achieve your goals!

As a public school teacher, I am afforded the training and knowledge on working with students with special needs. Please don't hesitate to contact me to see what we can do for you.

Major clarinet literature that I have performed or am extremely familiar with include:
Mozart, Clarinet Concerto
Copland, Clarinet Concerto
Brahms, Sonata No. 1 and 2
Bax, Clarinet Sonata
Finzi, Five Bagatelles
Rabaud, Solo de Concours
Reinecke, Sonata Undine
Stamitz, Concerto in Bb
Weber, Concertino, Introduction Theme and Variations, and Concertos
Hindemith, Sonata
Hurlstone, Four Characteristic Pieces
Milhaud, Sonatine
Messager, Solo de Concours
Ravel, Piece en forme de Habanera
Schumann, Three Romances, Fantasiestucke
Rachmaninoff, Vocalise
Busoni, Concertino
Poulenc, Sonata
Shaw, Concerto
Osborne, Rhapsody
Reich, New York Counterpoint
Kovacs, Hommages
Stravinsky, Three Pieces
Krommer, Concerto in Eb
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Matthew Z. March 9, 2017
Verified Student · Clarinet · Online
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Hattie February 6, 2017
Verified Student · Clarinet · Online
this was my daughters first lesson and she enjoyed it very much and is still practicing an hour later!
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Rebecca T.

Rebecca T.

Davenport, FL 33896
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$15 / 30-min

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