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Thomas D.

Edmonds, WA

Cajon

About Thomas

I love to play, whether it's sitting behind a massive percussion rig in the pit of a show, laying down a beat on the kit for an ensemble of dancers or playing a clay drum in a duo at a little wine bar. It's all about having a good time and communicating through music with your peers and the audience. For 20+ years, I've taught in a variety of settings: in classrooms and one-on-one, to students from 1-50 years of age. I also have experience teaching students with developmental disabilities. I find the privilege of steering a student toward their musical goals extremely rewarding. I earned a Bachelor of Music degree in 1994 and I've never stopped learning, taking advantage of my professional relationships to study and play with with some of my idols. Over the past 18 years, I've had ...

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Shawn L. January 8, 2014
Drum
Tom is a GREAT teacher!

I am an adult player and have taken a lot of lessons from other teachers over the years, and Tom is definitely the BEST teacher I have ever had. I really liked the way he approached me as a student, never talking down to me or making me feel uncomfortable. He worked with what I had already learned and was able to teach me a whole new way of approaching the music that has allowed me to go further than I ever thought I could go with my playing.

I encourage anyone with a desire to actually learn something new and improve your skills to take lessons with Tom - he is a GREAT teacher!
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Jennymarie M. December 6, 2013
Drum
Hire Tom, he is the best!

Tom is the best drum teacher you can find locally. He is:

- Well versed in various genres
- Expert at music theory
- Teaches stick method
- Punctual
- Excellent at adapting to a student’s learning method

In the past I have worked with five different drum teachers. I found it was difficult to find a teacher that could balance straightforward playing and music theory. As a result my stick method and music theory never really developed. In working with Tom I have come a long way in these basics. He is exceptional at combining these and advancing a student’s skillset.

My ability to use stick method started to change in a relatively short period of time, and my drum playing has rapidly become better. I’m now able to save energy, be more efficient, and sound better using these techniques. In addition to teaching the fundamentals, Tom is brilliant at working with a student’s learning method and breaking things down into simple concepts.

I cannot recommend Tom enough, whether it be for a seasoned drum veteran, or a beginning student, he will be able to add value to your lessons. He is familiar with everything from John Bonham (rock) to David Garibaldi (funk) and everything in between.

Hire Tom, you won’t regret it!
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Jeremy S.

Seattle, WA

I've been a drummer and percussionist for over 20 years. I've studied African rhythms with Ghanan drummers, and have taken many years of tabla lessons at the Ali Akbar College. As a drumset player, I've studied with many of the best teachers alive, and can teach any style from jazz to hip-hop to punk and onward.

About Jeremy

A Berklee College of Music graduate and a professional music instructor for over ten years, I can help you to reach your musical goals. I tailor lessons to suit your needs covering everything from skill development, music theory and musicianship, to expanding your repertoire and composing original work. I play and teach drums, piano, bass and guitar. I am new to Seattle, having just moved from San Francisco where I performed regularly at a wide array of venues such as Great American Music Hall, Freight and Salvage, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Bimbos, Bottom of the Hill, Savanna Jazz, Amnesia, Ashkenaz, Mystic Theater and Cafe Du Nord. I play many styles of music. Jazz, rock, funk, punk, blue-grass... you name it. I can show you how to play what you want to play. *** Lesson ...

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SusieM May 6, 2011
Knowledgeable and fun

I'm taking beginning guitar with Jeremy and feel like I'm learning a lot. He introduces many different concepts and exercises to teach me about music but also finds fun songs for me to play.
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BrianK December 13, 2010
Great instructor. Is terrific with my 8 year old son. Teaches him keyboard, drums, and guitar. Very flexible and fun. Keeps it interesting for him. I highly recommend Jeremy!
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Matthew H.

Lake Stevens, WA

Award-Winning Teacher - Networked/played with members of Heart, Bad Company & Queensryche. Learn Your Favorite Songs Quickly & Accurately.

Percussion is one of my specialties.

Beginning to Intermediate Percussion lessons and beats that are actually used in today's and yesteryear's "hit songs".

It's no secret, percussion is the backbone or "foundation" to
any hit song.

I break down percussion to its most basic rudiments so that
you will grow by leaps and bounds instead of just crawling
along.

You have to walk before you can run so getting it right initially is very important to moving forward and getting you playing your favorite songs quickly and accurately..

About Matthew

Hi.. My name is Matt. I'm a very energetic, friendly, understanding & passionate music coach who has worked with students & clientele throughout the US. Possessing more than 25 years of music training & music industry experience, I've been able to take people's Playing to amazing levels. I've networked and/or shared the stage with many famous NW music legends: 1.) Roger Fisher- Heart-2013 Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame Inductee 2.) Lynn Sorensen- Paul Rogers/Bad Co/KZOK's Spike & Impalers 3.) Queensryche guitarist Donny Evola - Geoff Tate/Foghat 4.) Jeff Kathan- Paul Rogers/Bad Company/Montrose 5.) Doug Mcgrew- Geoff Tate/Queensryche I challenge my students to view music more than just as a "skill", but also a tool to communicate effectively and to combat life's obstacles. I ...

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Merrily G. May 27, 2015
Bass Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Patient and clear directions to accommodate learning disability. Courteous, encouraging.
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Scott T. May 5, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I've just completed my first 5 lessons with Matt and have already signed up for more. I've been progressing quickly, and am impressed with Matt's knowledge. When I began, I had expressed interest in a particular genre of music. After showing me basic techniques, he focused on techniques that are used heavily in my genre. Matt teaches theory as well as technique. His explanations of scales and the layout of notes on the fretboard has really improved my sense of how chords and riffs are constructed.
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Seth P. April 3, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Matthew is a caring attentive teacher. Both of our sons are thriving with their drum lessons through his teaching. Thank you Matthew!
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Brett R.

Seattle, WA

About Brett

MUSIC INSTRUCTION AND ENJOYMENT OFFERED. Very enthusiastic and experienced musician available for instruction offering the following: # In-depth written music theory coupled with an equivalent of ear training and tone recognition # Introduction to performance skills with instruments that include: Guitar - electric & acoustic Drum Kit and percussion rhythms Piano/Keyboard # Group lessons or private instruction, depending on personal preferences and age groups Personal experience includes: 1) 15 years of GUITAR: professional performance and composition. Styles include rock, folk, blues, chord progressions, and alternate tuning. 2) 15 years of DRUMS and PERCUSSION: Latin, swing,

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Nirav P. April 16, 2015
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Charlie E. May 24, 2014
Verified Student
What a terrible experience. I signed up for lessons for my wife from Brett as a gift because he listed times that would work for my wife given that we have a young daughter, and have a hard time making time for lessons. Brett told us 3 days before the lesson that the time wouldn't work, then simply never showed for the rescheduled first lesson. Worse, he simply refused to do scheduling via email (he would leave voicemails and failed to return my wife's call when she called back as they were playing phone tag), and then told us he had another commitment during the slot we had supposedly reserved for him. Worse, he failed to update the site as he continually cancelled lessons and never showed up for scheduled times. I now have a huge hassle of getting a refund on the money I paid for lessons as opposed to a lovely gift for my wife. Life's too short and we're too busy for such an awful experience.
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Scott P. March 12, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
Great teacher for my young daughter

Brett has been a great teacher for my 5 year old daughter. She is just learning the basics of piano and Brett has been great at expanding her skill sets. She really enjoys practicing with him and actually looks forward to when he comes over every week!
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Nicholas M.

Seattle, WA

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About Nicholas

I am a musician, educator, and arranger from Seattle Washington. I received my education from the University of Washington with a BA/BM in Music Performance (Jazz Studies – Drumset). While at UW, I studied with John Bishop, Garey Williams, Tom Collier, Steve Korn, Mark Ivester, Josh Woodman, Jeff Wade, and was a member of the UW Drumline under David Reeves. My studies with Reeves opened me to the world of drum corps in 2005 where I went on to tour with world class DCI corps The Cascades during the 2005 and 2006 seasons. I have also been able to perform with and learn from such artists as Sharief Hobley, Billy Cobham, Marcus Miller, Stanley Clarke, Joe Santiago, Mike Stern, Kenny Garrett, Randy Brecker, John Scofield, The Bad Plus, Dave Weckl, Gregg Bissonette, Terry Bozzio, ...

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Dana C. June 7, 2013
Percussion
Way Beyond Excellent

Have you ever had something so amazing that you did not want to share it? Well, that is how I've felt about Nick's lessons. Nick has inspired and challenged my son to become a well rounded percussionist. Nick's professionalism, punctuality, and teaching skills far exceeds five stars. After each lesson, you will receive through notes on what was covered and what needs to be worked on. With all the different learning styles it usually pretty easy to note and area where an instructor could use improvement. This is absolutely not the case with Nick. If you a searching for an outstanding instructor, you've discovered him. My secret is out.
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Morgan B. February 15, 2013
Drum
Well-rounded lessons that are worth your time.

I feel a little bit ridiculous for writing 5/5 stars for everything, but I have got to admit, Nick is an excellent teacher. I have been taking lessons on the marching snare with him, and have seen improvement over even the shortest periods of time. Nick can be quite serious when it comes to putting in a good effort, but he is very laid-back and makes the lessons fun, too. He has many approaches to teaching techniques in order to ensure that the student understands, and has helped me discover some of my true potential. I highly recommend Nick, whether you're a beginner, or trying to make the Husky Drumline.
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David C. February 15, 2013
Drum
Solid Teacher

Nick does a great job in all respects. He's well-versed in a lot of styles and is capable of teaching pretty much anything you want to learn on drum set. One thing that's set him apart from other teachers I've had is how he's able to precisely identify flaws in your playing while offering specific and direct ways to eliminate those flaws. If you take lessons from Nick and follow his instructions you're definitely going to become a better player.

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