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Gabriel F.

Marietta, GA

About Gabriel

Gabe has been playing the drums for twenty years and has been teaching students for about twelve years. In that time he has played with numerous live acts as well as studio work. His experience mostly lies in jazz, funk, blues, latin, and rock. As much as he loves playing these styles he loves to teach them. Gabe's music education began in grammar school and continued through high school. In college he earned a non-music bachelor's degree but never stopped studying the drums. With the help of his own private instructors and continued playing experience, he now considers himself a self-t
aught musician and uses this experience to show his students how to do the same. His students can expect a challenging curriculum that will make them better players no matter what style of music they play.

Gabe has played with or shared a stage with countless musicians including Average White Band, The Waz, Moe., Moxy Fruvous, Schleiho, Entropy, and Ike Stubblefield. He now plays out regularly and teaches in the Atlanta area where he lives with his wife and two-year-old son.

*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching philosophy centers around the idea that if the student is willing to put in hard work and dedication he or she can accomplish their goals. I try to put an emphasis on hard work and strong practice habits and the benefits that come as a result. That being said, in my lessons I try to keep a fun and laid back atmosphere where the student is not afraid to make mistakes. I expect students to make mistakes so that we can learn from these mistakes. I find that many times new and creative ideas are born from mistakes.

Because every musician is unique, each student is evaluated on an individual basis and a personal curriculum is created that fits the student's needs and goals. Once these goals are charted out a solid foundation of rudiments, technique, and posture is created (or maintained in many cases) for the student to build upon.

The student's goals remain the main focus of the lesson plan. I do not teach in order to create or mold musicians. This is up to the student. I want the student's individualism and creativity to shine through. Students are encouraged to interpret what is taught not to mimic. Soon we will form a relationship in which I start to learn things from the student as well.

I teach out of various books depending on which styles the student wants to learn and accompany them with music to listen to and play along with. I also ask the student to bring some examples of his or her favorite music and drummers so we can dissect what these musicians are doing to better learn from them. Within time the student will be transcribing the music of other drummers as well as writing their own grooves and exercises. With some individual hard work and dedication the student will become a better drummer and over all better student of music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
2 drum sets (acoustic and padded); congas, timbales, bongos, djembe, percussion equipment

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring my own sticks, books, a pad and a drum with stand. I expect the student to have at least their own pad and sticks.

*** Specialties ***
Drumset, hand drums and percussion.

The music I personally like to play and listen to is funk, jazz, blues and latin. I love to teach these styles and to challenge my students to learn these styles. I make sure students have a strong foundation of rudiments. I then show them how to use them creatively and to apply them to the drum set musically. I also put a strong emphasis on groove, keeping time and learning how to play as a member of a group, not just a drummer but a musician.
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Jim G. March 6, 2014
Verified Student
Great Instructor

Gabe is a great instructor who is extremely knowledgeable in all facets of the drum and drumming. I am an older student who has started lessons after a very long layoff from the drums….way back to elementary school days. Gabe is extremely patient as we have gone back and started with the very basics. I would highly recommend Gabe to anyone interested in studying the drums at any level.
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James G. April 18, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
Outstanding student instructor!

Gabe has been a phenomenal drum instructor for our 10-year old nephew! He blends the perfect balance of discipline on fundamentals with fun rhythms that keep our nephew interested but focused. We've seen great progress in his development just in the first two months. Gabe is very patient, yet firm, in his style and his skill level is amazing, so his qualifications are certainly exceeded.

Overall, we would highly recommend Gabe for student instruction!
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TaylorP August 20, 2011
Great Teacher!

Gabe is an awesome teacher. Very laid back, but also knows his stuff and supplies plenty of good practice material to help improve your skills. Seems to be familiar with teaching all different kinds of styles and has no problem adjusting the lessons to suit the needs of the student.
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Gabriel F.

Gabriel F.

Marietta, GA 30062
(8)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Michael B.

Kennesaw, GA

About Michael

Mike is a talented musician from Atlanta with a passion for jazz. In his musical career Mike has performed on 104.7 The Fish’s Kevin and Taylor in the Morning Show and in local clubs. Mike has been playing guitar for ten years and graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in Music Management. At Georgia State Mike has participated in the top Jazz Guitar Ensemble and top Vocal Ensemble. In addition to performing, Mike is a teacher and arranger. His arrangements have been performed by the GSU Jazz Guitar Ensemble. Mike has studied with Dave Frackenpohl and Marc Baldwin. Additionall
y he has had the opportunity to attend master classes with Jimmy Heath, Carl Allen and Jody Fisher.

*** Lesson Details ***
Mike is a stern but gentle teacher. He is very easy going, however, Mike is very willing to push a student to reach their potential should they need it. In his own studies, Mike focuses on Jazz and improvisation. He enjoys many other styles of music as well such as rock, pop and classical.

Mike's focus for beginners learning the guitar is on technique and theory. His approach is to use basic chord progressions and single note reading. In addition he incorporates any song the student brings in and would like to learn. Mike believes that learning comes best when the student has songs they are interested in. Of course the specifics of a student's curriculum will be shaped by that student's interests.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Dedicated studio setup in the basement with a piano and several guitars.

*** Specialties ***
Specialize in Jazz, Rock
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Eugene D. May 20, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Michael is an excellent instructor with a sound knowledge of music. He has a customized lesson plan for each day and is very patient with student. Highly recommended !
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Dan C. September 3, 2012
Verified Student
Great Teacher

Mike is a great guy to learn from. His method is well thought out. He is a positive guy and an expert player.
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JulieP1 May 7, 2012
Michael is extremely patient and both of my boys are learning a lot. Michael gives the right amount of encouragement and has made them really enjoy the guitar.
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Michael B.

Michael B.

Kennesaw, GA 30144
(5)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Sasha V.

Marietta, GA

About Sasha

Recently, I relocated to Atlanta to settle down, start a family and teach music from home. Originally from the UK, I traveled and studied music in Brisbane, Australia, where I gained a Diploma in Contemporary Music in 2000. Since then I have toured internationally with signed acts, recorded albums, guested with numerous bands and composed music scores for two feature films and various shorts along with directing my own music video and having my music featured in various movies and TV shows. I also have booked acts across the US and organized music festivals in Los Angeles.

I have vast skil
ls from performance to management, booking, PR and placements in film and television. Whether you are looking to just begin learning an instrument for fun or would like to take your skills further and move towards becoming a professional musician, I have the skills and expertise to help you along every step of the way. I tailor each lesson to meet the needs of the student, teaching them exactly what they would like to learn and having lots of fun doing it!

*** Lesson Details ***
For the first lesson we will discuss what you are hoping to achieve, what kind of structure you would like for your lessons (theory, performance etc) and I will assess your skill level. Then I will tailor exercises, lessons and study to suit your needs.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Fender Rhodes Piano
Doric Vintage Organ
Microphones and Stands
Pro Tools
Fender Amp
Jaguar Bass
1968 Hagstrom Bass
Gibson Les Paul Guitar
Dan Electro Guitar
1950s Burns Bass
Fender Acoustic
Yamaha Mini Acoustic
Small Boss Keyboard
Flutes, Harmonicas, Percussion
Ipod, cd player
Various effects pedals for voice and guitar etc

*** Travel Equipment ***
Can bring guitars, mics, stands, practice amp and small keyboard

*** Specialties ***
Specializing in rock, pop and soundtrack music, I can also teach performance and acting stage skills and voice projection.
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John Petnuch July 16, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Great first lesson! I learned a lot from Sasha in a short period of time and look forward to continuing my sessions with her.
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Nicholas T. April 8, 2015
Harmonica · Online
Verified Student
Great teacher. Works at my pace and gives great tips/reminders throughout the lesson. Flexible for scheduling and punctual. I have really improved my playing since I started taking lessons with her.
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Kaylie D. March 19, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Sasha is a wonderful teacher who really listens to what you want to get out of your sessions!
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Sasha V.

Sasha V.

Marietta, GA 30067
(17)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Rich G.

Woodstock, GA

About Rich

I am a public school music teacher by day (11 years experience), a private music teacher by afternoon (16 yrs), and a gigging musician and DJ by night (16 yrs). I manage a highly successful cover band called The Retreat that performs all over the southeast. I have lead and arranged the worship music at a local church on Sundays and also have numerous original songs that have been recorded and published.

With all of this experience teaching, I am GREAT with kids and always PROFESSIONAL in my conduct.

I have 3 degrees in Music Education:
- Bachelors, Indiana University of PA
- Master
s, Auburn University
- Educational Specialist, Auburn University

I teach lessons on:
- Guitar
- Piano
- Saxophone
- Bass Guitar
- Drums
- Flute
- Recording and Music Production
- Songwriting

*** Lesson Details ***
The goal of music lessons is not to just learn the notes and mechanics of an instrument, but to become a well-rounded MUSICIAN. With my lessons, we don't just go through a book page-by-page, rather, lessons are shaped around the musical tastes and interests of the student. Musical theory concepts are applied in actual songwriting and current popular songs. I accompany the students on various instruments, imitating a real performance situation. I teach all ages; beginners to advanced musicians.

Unlike a crowded music store with a cramped little room for lessons, my lessons are taught in a large, open, and well-lit home studio. There is an open waiting area where parents can listen as well. Parking is convenient on a cul-de-sac with a clear view into the teaching studio.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Nord Stage 2 88 piano,
Yamaha Custom saxophone with Theo Wanne, Meyer, and Selmer mouthpieces,
Dr. Z RxJr amplifier with 2x12 cabinet,
Don Grosh Custom electric guitar,
Lowden O25 acoustic guitar,
Ibanez bass guitar,
Hartke bass amp,
Roland keyboard amp,
Sonor 3001 drumset,
Sabian cymbals,
DW hardware,
Pork Pie snare drum,
Avid Protools Mbox,
Rode vocal mic and overhead mics,
Yamaha metronome,
Apple Macbook Pro computer,

*** Specialties ***
Songwriting
Recording and production - Protools, Garageband
Improvisation
Arranging
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Reviews

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Noah G. July 12, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Great first lesson!!
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Paul S. December 16, 2014
Online
Verified Student
Great piano teacher!
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Paul S. December 16, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Rich obviously knows what he is doing. I have three children taking lessons from him and he quickly found their strengths and weaknesses and started from there. Just a few lessons in and the kids are loving it.
Highly recommend.
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Rich G.

Rich G.

Woodstock, GA 30189
(13)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Darren W.

Marietta, GA

About Darren

Hello!
My name is Darren and I love music! Teaching is as fun as making music to me; helping someone get better, or helping them develop a comfortable understanding is as cathartic as "the real thing" in my opinion. I've been playing music since the beginning, and I feel now I have an understanding worth advertising for private, productive lessons! I primarily teach guitar. All genres proficiently, with jazz and rock being my strong-suits. But, I also teach rudimentary snare as well (marching), along with music theory! I attend KSU school of music for Jazz Performance and i feel this has got
ten me to a point where I feel confident you will learn something, whether it be a rigorous- intermediate lessons, or complete beginner lessons. I'm a very easy person to talk to, so don't hesitate to chat with me about what you wanna do!
Rock on!
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Tara A. July 11, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
He is good!
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Darren W. January 17, 2015
Guitar · Online
AMAZING
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Darren W.

Darren W.

Marietta, GA 30066
(2)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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