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About Aaron B.

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Hands on technique on basic tones for a variety of drums, most importantly yours.
Learn tuning, tone and intervals.
Stylistic and traditional rhythms as well as exercises to lay a solid foundation to build your skill on. Personal and fun to play at any level and in different styles.

About Aaron
Teaching drums professionally since 1998, Aaron has influenced hundreds of budding musicians to get the most from their instrument. He has studied privately with Rob Laytham (Modern Drummer columnist), Joe Leroux (marching band guru), Gary Chaffe (legendary drummer) and many others throughout the years. He has taken the best techniques and teaching styles from his influences and molded them together to form what he considers to be the most effective and inspiring method available.

I teach drum set in nearly every style and hybrid imaginable, as well as percussion and drum circle facilitation.

Accomplishments include recording 7 albums with various groups, touring with national acts across the west coast, drumming for the Warner Brothers Television house band, and still actively playing live shows and recording.

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I put my focus on inspiring students to explore their own creativity with the tools and techniques that I give to them and nurture.
I think it is very important to cover the basic skills that the school districts expect from their music students (sight reading, proper technique, note recognition, rudiments, timing, feel, etc.).
I also feel it is important for a student to find his or her style and an ability to use the fundamentals to create music that they enjoy.
He has written a method book based on the fundamentals of playing a rhythmic instrument with an emphasis on allowing the student to find their niche and lead a group through a piece of music or tastefully support it.

My studios are fully equipped with sound systems, the latest recording gear, acoustic and electric sets, hand drums and dozens of other percussion instruments. I believe that the more resources a person can draw from, be it intellectual or physical, the more fulfilling the learning experience will be.

Each lesson, my students will take at least a page of music that represents the concept that they are focusing on, and a goal set to accomplish by the end of the week so that they can build upon what they already know in an effort to put the big picture together. Ultimately the student will learn when and how to utilize the concepts that they are practicing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
A Yamaha electronic drum set in my Mesa Studio allows me to control volume and dial up any sound imaginable. I have full acoustic drum sets in other studios that I use for recording and private lessons. Often I will integrate guitar, keyboard, or other instruments in to the lessons if needed.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Sticks, Practice Pad, tuning kit, binder and books with teaching supplements.

*** Specialties ***
Music, Drums, Percussion, Theory, Composition, Piano and Guitar.
Drummers should be well versed in all genres of music. Rock, Jazz, Latin, Swing, etc.
Most of my students begin with concert and marching styles on a practice pad, then advance to the drum set.
I teach note recognition and placement, rudiments, linear playing, moeller method, rhythm theory, sub-division of notes and time, and the sight-reading to support these techniques.
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Norm R. May 19, 2018
· Bodhran · Online
Very patient teacher.
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David April 12, 2018
· Djembe · Online
Love aaron
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David March 24, 2018
· Djembe · Online
Aaron is a good instructor. Luckily I practiced quite a bit before hands to be able to catch up with the speed. The video audio quality are not that great though.
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About Scott S.

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I have a 100% rate of getting my students into their school of choice as of yet. Although I don't guarantee it, I will work relentlessly to make sure you are well prepared though. I will also lend you PDFs of books to help you save a buck.

About Scott
*Brief Update: Both of my 8th grade students were accepted to LaGuardia High School and my 5th grade student was accepted into Mark Twain Middle School for the Gifted & Talented. He also passed his audition for Borough Wide Band. Next up is getting my Junior in high school into All State Orchestra!*

*Update again. My student made all state!

I have been playing drums and percussion since the ripe old age of 9, in 4th grade. Originally wanting to play the clarinet, my music teacher thought my sense of rhythm was too good to waste and placed me in the drum section. I was the only kid who didn't want to play drums. Twenty years later here I am, a professional freelancing percussionist and teacher. The journey to where I am was a long and winding one but I can't imagine it any other way. After learning basic drumming in elementary sch
ool, I continued through middle school. There I was placed on drum kit and thought I was the coolest. I didn't take it too seriously but serious enough to keep playing drum kit. When choosing high schools I wasn't interested in keeping with drums. I only took marching band because it meant no gym. After my first year I was placed in every band the next three years, having to learn timpani and marimba for concert band. I was also recommended to join a city wide concert band, InterSchool orchestras of New York, and haven't left since. I still coach the band and help tons of high school and middle school students hone their craft. Also that year, through ISO, I was given a chance to attend French woods performing arts camp on scholarship where I began my love of playing in musical pit orchestras. Through this time I studied with a couple of teachers and had plenty of coachings with professional percussionists. Upon graduating I have played well over 100 different musicals, played with over 25 different orchestras, and have taught over 100 students both privately and in coachings. I currently run a Drumline out of a private school, coach ISO band, freelance and have a studio of 8 students. That is a short sample of my journey and I hope it inspires you to study with me.

If you choose me as a teacher, I will shape you as an overall musician, not just a "Drummer". What this means is that you won't just learn beats from me, you will learn all the fundamentals of basic to intermediate music theory, from note reading and rhythm to chord changes and ..... You will start on a practice pad and quickly go to a drum kit. Lessons will be half and half, but more 75/25 drumkit, because everything you learn on a pad can translate to the kit! I would also teach you timpani and xylophone if you like so you can broaden your horizons and even get into the middle/high school or college you want. I have most of my books of pdf that I can give you to print or you can purchase your own copies. You would also need to purchase a practice pad and eventually a drum kit. If you don't want to purchase a drum kit then there is almost no reason to study it since you won't be able to practice between lessons. Practicing, let's talk about that. It is expected that you practice the material we learn in the lesson throughout the week. Now I know everyone is busy, but if you can put aside 25 minutes (a sitcom without commercials!!) a day then you will have a better understanding and better retention of the material. Doing this will let us just review the material a little bit and go on to learn new and exciting things.

The bottom line in choosing me? I am a professional musician in the trenches of the nyc music scene and know what it takes to make it.
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Anthony G. July 7, 2017
· Djembe · In home
Had my first lesson with Scott today. I was very happy with the way it went . I'm 50 years old with no experience at all - so I can honestly say the lesson was enjoyable without any pressure.
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Jack F. February 8, 2017
· Drum · In home
Scott is amazing with our 7 year son beginner. He has him so engaged and excited to learn & play. He's a one-of-a-kind teacher.
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Dakota January 6, 2017
· Drum · In home
Scott is inspiring, motivating, caring, attentive, personal and professional. In only a few weeks my daughter is developing a solid foundation in technique, rhythmic notation and musicianship. I would strongly reccommend him.
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About Gio A.

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Bongos are a great way for young students, even young children 4 or 5 years old, to develop coordination and strong sense of rhythm. I've played drums and percussion for over 15 years, in many different bands, styles, and genres. I studied music (classical guitar) at University of Central Florida and I've picked up many other instruments since. I love teaching instruments to students young and old.

About Gio
I studied music at UCF (Orlando), focusing on classical and jazz guitar, but I also have years of experience playing rock, blues, folk, hip-hop, and musical theater on both guitar and drums.

I have been teaching guitar, drums, and piano for about eight years to students of all ages. Music is what I'm passionate about and it's what I enjoy. I want to inspire that same passion into the hearts and minds of others.

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I am a laid-back teacher, fun, and I focus on the needs, abilities, and ambitions of the student. In turn, students must realize that learning an instrument takes a lot of work and dedication. One can't expect to learn very much if s/he only practices or thinks about the instrument during the lesson. If the student is willing to put some time into practicing, then I will help them go far!

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I have several guitars, a drum kit, djembe, mandolin, clarinet and full-size keyboard.

*** Specialties ***
Guitar: Classical, jazz, American or Irish folk, rock and pop; lead or rhythm.
Drums & Percussion: All genres
Piano: Classical (includes sight reading)
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Michelle P. January 11, 2018
· Banjo · Online
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Ian C. July 7, 2017
· Drum · In studio
1 lesson and he wants to go back so it is a win for me.. Gio is an educator and knowledgeable on many instruments.
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Steve May 6, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Gio is an encouraging and helpful teacher!
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About Price S.

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Lomita, CA

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In this course, students and I will go in-depth into the background and musicology of the Bongos. We will practice and learn to play with authentic settings for the Bongos while examining contemporary playing.

About Price
Hi there! My name is Price- I'm a 27-year-old drummer and music producer. For the past six years, touring and producing music professionally has been my life. My experience includes drumming and producing for major label acts, playing festival circuits, and touring. My most recent work was producing and touring with a band called ARIZONA for their album "Gallery". Feel free to check it out on Spotify :).
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About Dave Y.

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Dave Y. studied Afro-Cuban Percussion, Percussion and Drums at the University of Northern Colorado, the nation's 3rd largest Jazz school. He brings 17+ years of education and teaching experience to the table.

About Dave
I own a local music/art/production institution which hosts lessons for many instruments and artistic pursuits. Personally, I've been teaching for over 17 years, and I teach beginner to advanced students in instruments like guitar, bass, piano/keys, voice, and drums, and depending on your needs, our studio offers a variety of professional teachers that teach all woodwind, brass, and stringed instruments.

I also am an online teacher for a the world's biggest web platform for guitar instruction, and teach lessons alongside those in Berklee alumni, Musician's Institute, as well with many very famous artists that are now in the music business.

Though I've had the fortune to work with some of the best in studios, as a songwriter, and player, and in education, both professional and informal, I love to teach entry level players up through
the intermediate levels the most. I enjoy watching people discover things for the first time, and in my teaching I really do my best to craft my lessons to the needs of the students. My primary aim in teaching is that I would cultivate in my students a love for music and learning. With these two things in place, a student can go on to be and learn anything.

Join me and my studio. We'll have a great time, and we'll get you to your goals while we're enjoying the journey of music together!!
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Cheri June 25, 2018
· Beatboxing · Online
First lesson is never a good assessment of what may come. I am sticking with it for now!
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Mike January 12, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Great teacher who knows a lot...and is patient with a slow learner like me!
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Holly December 19, 2017
· Percussion · Online
Awesome instructor! My son's a little shy taking lessons on the drums, but Dave puts him at ease and Dave is so patient! Highly recommend.☺️
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About Rafaa C.

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I love to teach, the music is my way of communication to the world, there is a quote that I like; do what you love and you will do everything in the best way.

I always give to the student all that help myself to be a better musician, I never teach with a method that doesn't work for me before.

About Rafaa
Rafael Enrique Perez Gonzalez, best-known as Rafaa Cuba.
Born in 1992, son of a Mexican mother and Cuban father. Raised in a family with a great cultural background encouraged by the knowledge of his anthropologist mother and the extend musical background of his father. Since he was very little he was influenced by the music, since his father was one of the most important trombonist of modern cuban music, with several recordings in cuban Radio and Television, and musician of the most famous cabaret in Latin america Tropicana. His roots arises from the famous neighbor of Guanabacoa, well-know for his drums and afrocuban rhythms.

From an early age he had manifested deep love and passion about the music. People narrate that when he was only three years old he asked for joint his father band Son, Salsa y Sabor to play the drums. From that m
omento he knew his live was the music, specially percussion. His father showed the percussion bases, introduce him first to the Bongoes, next the Congas, and finally Timbales. When he finished the high school he moved to Mexico city to continue learning and studying music, in the prestige Academy of Music Fermatta, obtaining a degree in Percussive arts and Songwriter and Arrange of Contemporary Music. He also studied with famous percussionists as Robert Vilera, Yeismel Grandal, Hilario Bell, and Patricio El Chino Diaz, big exponents of the Latinamerican Music.

He had shared stage with different musician as Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Roberto Torres, RV Band, Eddy K, Vanessa Formell, Noelia, Tito Puente Jr, Margarita la Diosa de la cumbia, Yuri, Yandel, Farruko, Lucy Grau, Joey Montana, Issac Delgado, Eddy Cruz, David Zepeda, Armando Manzanero, Pedro Fdez, Olga Tañon, Marlow Rosado y La Riqueña, Ha-Ash, Pepe Aguilar, Horoscopos de Durango, Melody, Orq Otra Idea, Armando Davalillo, Chiquis Rivera, Manolin El Medico De La Salsa, Lemay, Luis Coronel, Sancocho, Ruben Sierra, Juan Esteban, Jory Boy, Carlos Manuel, Michael Merlino, among others.

Since 2013 he manage a Percussion blog, with more than 18000 followers, where he shares his, Daily Music Job, knowledge and passion about percussion. This blog has allowed him to give lessons to people around the world. He is an artist of the prestigious companies Tycoon Percussion, Cympad International, Vater Percussion, Gator Cases, and Big Fat Snare Drum.
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About Samuel F.

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Drum lessons are unique with me because of my background with all percussion makes lessons flexible and fun. I tailor my lessons to the students wants and desires while also building their technical skill in all areas of percussion so they can play everything while excelling at what they enjoy the most. This makes a very fun and educational experience.

About Samuel
Samuel Fronk is recognized as one of the top Percussion instructors in the Cincinnati area. Samuel has taken the Finneytown percussion program to new heights by achieving superior ratings in state finals for the first time in recent history and multiple percussion ensembles have achieved superior ratings. Samuel Fronk has 31 private students taking lessons in all areas of percussion from snare drum to mallets to world percussion to drum set. All of these students are excelling and are performing in concerts, solo recitals, and competitions achieving superior ratings. These students learn in a fun environment and love to learn in their percussion lessons!
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Samuel F.

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About Dorien D.

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Hey guys!

I offer such unique techniques & ways to advocate the best, most enjoyable way to learn.

Why should I take lessons?
Taking lessons with me ensures you will definitely have fun, be encouraged, motivated, maximize learning, and also become the most killing drummer. My skills & knowledge of percussion/drumset extends to all ages and talents. I’ve had experience with elite marching bands, drumlines, orchestras, concert ensembles, fusion bands, gospel, funk, rock, R&B, Jazz, country, metal, touring groups, & years of playing & teaching with other great musicians worldwide... If you are serious, and willing to become a great musician, sign up and lets make some music!

About Dorien
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My name is Dorien Dotson. Percussionist, Drummer, Music Enthusiast.

I am gigging and traveling musician, who also teaches and advocates higher musical learning for ages and levels. My motive is to supply you with the MOST enjoyable, MOST energetic, MOST motivating, & MOST encouraging teaching experience ever. My students in previous years have been nominated for countless awards, and have gone on to pursue some form of musical career.

I’ve studied my craft in detail for years, and also have tried different methods of teaching throughout my career. My drive and willingness to extend my knowledge to you is what I live for. So lets get you signed up, and playing some drums!
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About Tommy V.

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I have been teaching private drum lessons for 5 years and enjoy sharing personal experiences. I have taught lessons to students of various ages and levels and have helped them learn how to read music, obtain good hand posture, develop their techniques and build their free command and independence on the drums. In addition, I can include standard repertoire, sight reading and critical listening. I find that a combination of classic fundamentals and modern music can go a long way in helping students enjoy their instrument and motivate them to practice and continue to learn. I am very patient with students and parents and enjoy helping them comprehend exercises and musical concepts that they might be struggling with. Finally, I hope to help teach students what it takes to become a great musician as well as how to steer past some common roadblocks. 

With all my students, I first assess their skill level, ability and goals to then create a custom lesson program to best suit their needs. ...

About Tommy
I am a drummer, producer and educator from Chicago, IL. As a recent graduate from the University of Colorado Boulder, I moved back to Chicago to pursue my music and teaching career in the summer of 2018. I have been playing music and taking lessons since I was 5 years old and picked up the drums (my true passion) when he was 10. I have been producing, writing songs and session drumming since my early teens, recorded and collaborated with dozens of artists and have an extensive performance and touring background in various concert settings such as theaters, weddings, music festivals, dive bars, private events and jam hosting (averaging 100+ shows per year from 2015-2018). This past year, I had the honor of playing sold out theaters and have shared the stage with legendary and blossoming musicians from projects such as The Motet, Lettuce, V
ulfpeck, Snarky Puppy, The Floozies, RJD2, Break Science, Melvin Seals & JGB, Zach Deputy, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, The Werks, Tauk, The Magic Beans, and the Jaden Carlson Band among many others. In addition to teaching, I play in a number of Chicago bands, regularly session as a studio drummer at Fort Knox Studios and lead my own rock n roll inspired solo project. I specialize in performing and improvising in a variety of styles including: Rock, jazz, blues, country, hard rock, R&B, hip-hop, funk, jam-band, bluegrass, singer/songwriter, Cajun, zydeco, New Orleans based music and several Latin styles.
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About Darin W.

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Dr. Darin Wadley is the Director of Percussion Studies and Associate Professor of Music at The University of South Dakota. An active performer, Darin is principal timpanist with the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra and performs regularly with other regional orchestras as both timpanist and percussionist. He has also held professional engagements with the Tony® Award winning Utah Shakespearean Festival, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Arizona Opera, and the Nevada Symphony Orchestra. Darin is a very active jazz and rock musician playing in many regional bands. He also leads the steel band quartet, Steel Groove, in performances throughout the area. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in percussion performance from The University of Arizona. He also holds a Master of Music from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and a Bachelor of Music from Northern Illinois University, both in percussion performance.

About Darin
Dr. Darin Wadley is the Director of Percussion Studies and Associate Professor of Music at The University of South Dakota. An active performer, Darin is principal timpanist with the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra and performs regularly with other regional orchestras as both timpanist and percussionist. He has also held professional engagements with the Tony® Award winning Utah Shakespearean Festival, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Arizona Opera, and the Nevada Symphony Orchestra. Darin is a very active jazz and rock musician playing in many regional bands. He also leads the steel band quartet, Steel Groove, in performances throughout the area. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in percussion performance from The University of Arizona. He also holds a Master of Music from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and a Bachelor of Music from Norther
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Average Cost of Bongo Lessons in Chicago, IL

The average cost of 60-minute bongo lessons in Chicago is $54. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $50 and $59 per hour.

30-min $30
 
$34 average
$39
45-min $42
 
$46 average
$51
60-min $50
 
$54 average
$59

For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute bongo lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute bongo lessons are 15% less expensive at $46, and 30-minute lessons cost 38% less at $34.

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