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These Bongo teachers are highly rated by students in the Evanston area, including Elgin, Des Plaines, Arlington Heights, Orland Park and Woodridge.

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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.

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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.

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

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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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May 19, 2018
Norm R.
Very patient teacher.
April 12, 2018
David
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March 24, 2018
David
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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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, 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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October 18, 2019
Wesley
My son was very happy with the lesson and the tips that Dave provided. Looking forward to future lessons.
October 15, 2019
Azeem W.
Dave is a great professional teacher that knows to assess his students, knowledgeable in piano and guitar!
June 21, 2019
Gale L.
Dave is the absolute “best” teacher I have ever had! I’m an older (69) student and his techniques amaze me. I’m learning things I have never been exposed to and so wish I had had a teacher like Dave when I was 10...maybe I would be able to play! Thanks Dave!

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i am a all around player i have went to school for music every since i was a kid i have played in all different kinds of bands and also i attend church which have so many styles of music i have played jazz to latin and Gospel and funk, rock and with all these styles i am a all around drummer also i studied at the conservatory of music for a while to learn how to read music i started there in my young years as a player and i a have a great ear for music and i listen to all kinds of it so with me being a teacher here you will learn style , discipline and being open to listen to all kinds of music

About Jacarey

I have been playing drums for a long period of time. I have studied music since I was in my adolescence years. I went to music school from Elementary through high school. Through my years of experience, I have been taught by ear and also through reading music through Conservatory of Music school. I also like to play different styles of music such as Gospel, Rock, Fusion, Jazz, Latin, etc. I have so much to bring to the table. I've been playing Gospel/contemporary from my childhood to my Adult years
and I believe that helped me to become a better musician and be a all around drummer

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March 2, 2019
Stephanie
He has taught me rudiments and how to play on a practice drum pad and it was a great experience.

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Whether you are a beginner or an experienced musician, I can offer an enjoyable and rewarding experience! I have two decades experience teaching percussion and my most recent appointments include:
2016-18: Visiting Assistant Professor of Percussion, University of Wyoming
2012-16: Lecturer, University of Colorado-Denver
2012-18: Practicing Artist, Denver School of the Arts

I offer lessons (live and synchronous online) from my studio in Longmont, CO as well as in-home lessons in surrounding communities.

About Ed

I'm a percussionist, composer and educator. I hold a Masters degree in Jazz Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado-Boulder and a Bachelor of Music Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

From 2016-2018, I was the Visiting Assistant Professor of Percussion at the University of Wyoming (UW). At UW, I oversaw all facets of the percussion area including teaching all applied percussion students, percussion ensemble, percussion methods and jazz ensemble. Before UW, I taught percussion, music theory, ear training and jazz improvisation at the University of Colorado-Denver. and the Denver School of the Arts (DSA).

I've also had the good fortune to perform with many musical luminaries including: Phil Woods, Terell Stafford, Joel Frahm, Bob Reynolds, Andy Laverne, Jon Faddis, the Louisvil

le Symphony, the CCM Philharmonia, Michael Rodriguez, Von Freeman, David “Fathead” Newman and Greg Osby.

My goal as a teacher is to maintain the enthusiasm students enjoy when they begin drum lessons. Every student hopes that beginning drum lessons is the start of an exhilarating and rewarding experience. I sustain this interest by empowering students’ musical improvement and achievement.

Lessons are structured around 8-16 week performance projects and feature a unique teaching method that maximizes each student’s musical capabilities. My approach utilizes video instruction and communication to enhance the traditional lesson format. I also integrate and utilize parents of younger beginning students (8-12) into the lesson curriculum. These methods optimize the student’s practice time between lessons and translate to student success!
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August 13, 2019
Scott
Ed Breazeale is a thoughtful and innovative music educator.  He is able to communicate his strong musicianship skills to his students.
August 9, 2019
Ryan
If you’ve seen Ed play, then you’ve seen that he is incredibly dedicated to detail and precision. These qualities translate to how he explains concepts and teaches. I attribute so much of the success I’ve achieved on the drum set to what Ed has provided for me.
August 9, 2019
Elizabeth
Ed, I would like to thank you, and commend you for the dedication and superior training you provided to my son, Sterling. Sterling joined your studio young and lacking confidence in his drumming. You had great enthusiasm to keep him inspired and motivated yet, held him accountable to reach your expectations. He gained incredible strides working with you in all aspects of percussion!!! Also, you were a strong, respected leader resident teaching the students at The Denver School of the Arts. I would highly refer you to anyone seeking a quality, talented and over all good person who truly cares about his students to join your drumming studio.

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Specializing in drums and percussion studies. Best known as drumming member of award winning Del Castillo band and famous film maker, Robert Rodriguez's "Chingon" band. Recognized by SXSW Music Awards (Austin, Tx) as "best drums" having played Montreaux Jazz Festival and recorded with the likes of Willie Nelson and Carlos Santana. Mikke has an extensive musical background teaching students of all ages (beginner to advanced) and nearly every application ranging from marching and orchestral percussion, to modern drum set, afro-cuban hand drums and world percussion for nearly 20 years. He is also at Better Beats Music.

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About Mikke

My musical journey has led me to play with so many amazing musicians and incredible bands over the years. You may find a list of recordings that I’ve played on under my discography at Better Beats Music. There’s also a selection of videos of live shows and prerecorded music videos, all of which include me on drums. Playing international festivals and tours on the big stage has been a dream come true, but teaching has also been an equally important part of my musical journey. My teaching practice helps me continue to be a better drummer and musician. More than that, I just love witnessing my students build confidence and gain a wider musical, rhythmic vocabulary, developing better skills playing the drums. I want to help my students find their musical voice by consistently working on musical goals, whether playing simple exercises, sophist

icated arrangements and everything in between.

One interesting benefit worth noting is recent scientific studies have shown that drumming reduces anxiety and stress. Now that’s therapy we all need! Rhythm is woven with in all aspects of life. Nature is full of seasonal cycles and macro/micro-rhythms. The art of drumming is an ancient practice with a fascinating history that has evolved over the ages. Drumming is also a primal expression we can all relate with. Everyone is a drummer in the dance of life. Consider the life pulsing rhythm of a heart beat or the rhythmic rise and fall of the chest from the respiratory cycle. Even while resting the lungs and heart continue to breathe and pump to a syncopated rhythm through the night. Rhythm is life.
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I curtail each lesson to the Students needs no matter what level to go at their pace, and yet give them the tools necessary to improve proficiently and quickly. I enjoy sharing my experience and knowledge with drummers of all backgrounds and experience level, and take immense pride in watching my students grow and improve in their craft!

About Mike

I have 30+ years of Percussion Performance experience along with 20 years experience giving private lessons and Clinics all over the country and overseas from Florida to Los Angeles & Metro Manila in the Philippines.

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Mike O.

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I taught myself how to play drums while playing rock band when it first came out, then I ended up getting my first drum set at a young age. Since then I have played in multiple bands that range in genres to find the perfect one that fits with me. I can also play the Jimbay, the Cajon, Bongos, as well as the Sampling Pad Drums. Music, Drums and teaching others is my passion.

About Tyler

I have been playing drums since I was younger, I have played in bands of different genres from Pop, acoustic, rock & metal. I have performed in multiple venues, and bars. I host open mics. I can also play the cajon, djembe, and sampling drum pads. Music, Drums and Teaching are my passion.

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Nick Rich
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Nick Rich started playing drums almost before he could walk. The only grandchild of music icon, Buddy Rich, he was given his first set drum set from Remo Belli (REMO), at the age of eighteen months old, and played his first gig at 2 years old on his grandfather's lap at Disneyland.
From that moment on, Nick has been an unstoppable force in the drumming world.
Nick is sponsored by the greatest drum companies in the world. Sabian cymbals, Vic Firth drumsticks, Humes and Berg cases, Remo drum heads and Dream Earz in ear monitors. At age 14, Nick began his studies with the alternative drumming icon, Travis Barker (Blink 182, The Transplants, Plus 44) who developed Nick's rudimental and marching chops. At 17, Nick studied with the fusion great, Dave Weckl (Chick Corea, The Dave Weckl Band), who completely changed his approach to the drums.
Dave showed Nick a new approach to the drums, from the grip, to the comfortable setup of the drum set.
Today, Nick is a ...

About Nick

Nick Rich
IG: @nickrich777
Nick Rich started playing drums almost before he could walk. The only grandchild of music icon, Buddy Rich, he was given his first set drum set from Remo Belli (REMO), at the age of eighteen months old, and played his first gig at 2 years old on his grandfather's lap at Disneyland.
From that moment on, Nick has been an unstoppable force in the drumming world.
Nick is sponsored by the greatest drum companies in the world. Sabian cymbals, Vic Firth drumsticks, Humes and Berg cases, Remo drum heads and Dream Earz in ear monitors. At age 14, Nick began his studies with the alternative drumming icon, Travis Barker (Blink 182, The Transplants, Plus 44) who developed Nick's rudimental and marching chops. At 17, Nick studied with the fusion great, Dave Weckl (Chick Corea, The Dave Weckl Band), who completely changed hi

s approach to the drums.
Dave showed Nick a new approach to the drums, from the grip, to the comfortable setup of the drum set.
Today, Nick is a teacher, studio musician, and touring drummer, who has developed his own style and sound in a way that is unmistakable when hearing him.
Career Highlights
Nick played the opening night gala at the Wynn hotel in Las Vegas, NV, performing with actor/singer Hugh Jackman and percussionist Daniel De Los Reyes' (Drum Jungle, The Zac Brown Band) to a crowd of guests featuring former President Bill Clinton, George Bush Sr. and Quincy Jones, to name a few.
Toured and performed with Ray J, Otherwise, Falling In Reverse, Escape The Fate, Jared Rodgers, The Buddy Rich Big Band All Stars.
Nick performed on the Buddy Rich 2008 Memorial Scholarship Concert, along side drumming icons Neil Peart, Terry Bozzio, Tommy Igoe, John Blackwell, Peter Erskine, and Chad Smith. The event was filmed and released on DVD, for Drumchannel.
Nick hosted his own live drum show on Drumchannel.com. Drumchannel is owned and operated by Don Lombardi, C.E.O of DW Drums, Pacific Drums and Percussion, and Gon Bop Percussion. Nick was a featured artist at The Cape Breton International Drum Festival, was a featured artist at The 12th Annual Hollywood Drum Show, alongside drumming icons, Todd Sucherman, Bryan Hitt, Cindy Blackman, Joe LaBarbera, and Bernie Dresel.
Recorded drums for underground sensation Opium Alibi's studio album in The Studio @ The Palms Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV. Produced and Engineered by Mark Gray, the man behind The Killer's “Sam’s Town” album.
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Hector
"Cool down to earth teacher, amazing on drums / bongos. I'm a beginner and just bought some bongos so I wanted a few lessons to get myself started. Our f
irst lesson was a blast and I'm gonna continue to take more lessons with Brian when I am able to."
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"We have had two lessons with Murray. My 8 year old loves her lessons. We have had other teachers in the past and he is by far the best. My daughter is
engaged, excited, and is learning quickly. Murray makes learning fun! He encourages and explains and rewards with clapping and laughing!!! He knows his stuff and can relate and engage even over the internet. We love this teacher!"
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