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Joshua G.

Apollo Beach, FL

About Joshua

Joshua picked up his first set of sticks at 10 years old, beginning lessons with his father; this seemingly young interest took a turn for devoted passion and appreciation of rhythm and music. He is versatile drummer with more than 15 years of experience in different styles.

Joshua attended Florida State University and studied Jazz under Leon Anderson as well as advanced studies at The University of South Florida under Dave Via. He has had the opportunity to play with several local musicians such as Marcus Hampton, Mike Gibilsco, Kevin Wilder and many others.

Joshua brings something u
nique to the table with a background in Jazz and passion for teaching!

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe drums and music should be fun! You should enjoy learning and practicing on your own time as well as having fun in private lessons. I can tailor the lessons to your interests while integrating several tools to help you learn the basics.

I will also teach from a few different books to help with independence of hands and feet. After 3-6 months you will have learned basic rudiments, how to apply them, and how to play several different drum beats and patterns.

Honestly, the more you practice the more you gain confidence in your abilities to play. But more importantly Drums is Challenging so it can get frustrating its important to have FUN!!!

*** Studio Equipment ***
The In-Studio lessons are in a separate music room w drum sets (2), PA system, seating for parents. 2 dogs kept separate during lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
The student is expected to provide a drum kit

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Latin, Funk, Rock, Hip-Hop
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Brian February 1, 2016
Drum · In home
Joshua is extremely talented in reaching the student at his/her level. He is extremely positive and looks to connect with his students to give them a panoramic view of music in general and then drills down to how that would relate to the drums.
My son is always excite to see Joshua and looks forward to each lesson. Joshua takes the work out of the lesson and lets the student have fun and explore, all the while teaching basics without it being apparent to the student!

Just a really awesome person and instructor!

Brian Mehle
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Peter December 9, 2015
Drum · In home
Joshua has been excellent with my son Max (10 years old). He's very patient and positive. His calm demeanor is great for instructing. He keeps Max interested and enthusiastic. Max enjoys taking lessons from Joshua, and I would highly recommend him to anyone of any age.
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Meredith Z. February 12, 2014
Drum
Verified Student
Great teacher!!!

My 7 year old son had his first drumming lesson this week with Joshua and he loved it! He learned so much on his lesson and was intrigued with what Joshua was teaching him. What a great teacher!!!! Patient, reliable and extremely skilled! We can't wait for our lesson next week!!
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Joshua G.

Apollo Beach, FL 33572
(3)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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James B.

Apollo Beach, FL

About James

I have been teaching for the past 15 years as a private instructor. My students range in age from 5 years old to 64. I teach beginner and intermediate piano and beginner, intermediate, and advanced electric bass.
I've been playing professionally for the past 30 years as an electric bassist, pianist, and vocalist. Learn to play like your favorite artists while having fun and growing as a musician. For bass students, you can learn all styles that are desirable, such as funk techniques like slapping, R&B grooving, rock & roll driving, and jazz swinging. For piano students, you can expect to lear
n enough music theory to reach greater heights and move forward while developing a love for the piano and the world of music. I offer a teaching environment that is highly interactive and encourages students to play, and understand the dynamics of playing with other musicians. You will learn to read music but I promise you will not be bored.
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Ron Sweet July 27, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Had me playing on the first lesson. How neat
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DianaA3 May 13, 2011
Great patience, flexibility and persistence

It is great to have Jim as a piano teacher. He is extremely patient with you and will work on your needs and interests specifically. Will definitely choose him over any other in the future. I appreciate his kindness and allowing him to practice in his home.Diana
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James B.

James B.

Apollo Beach, FL 33572
(2)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Rufus S.

Brandon, FL

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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Nick P. December 23, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Rufus was fantastic. Arrived early and got right into the lesson. Lots of energy and enthusiasm. My 13 yr old got a lot out of it and can't wait until his next lesson!
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Timothy A. April 4, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Great teacher. Teaching in steps and then adding more to it and repeating is the best way to go and Rufus is doing just that with me. All ready in 3rd lesson as a beginner and im getting the hand of it pretty quick. I will learn this song in no time and perhaps a few more just for the fun of it.
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Tracy T. October 7, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
Terrific teacher and studio.

Rufus is an outstanding teacher. He is passionate about music and enthusiastic during lessons. He caters to a variety of learning styles, offering studio work and music tracks as well as traditional beats. Rufus has been a working musician for many, many years and provides real world experience and insight into the music industry. My son and I highly recommend him.
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Rufus S.

Rufus S.

Brandon, FL 33511
(4)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Jennifer S.

Gibsonton, FL

About Jennifer

I graduated with my associates degree from musicians institute in Hollywood, California for vocal performance. I have been singing since the young age of 4 and was always in the school choir. I have experience in singing, song writing, piano and studio recording. I have always believed that music is a great outlet to escape from life's everyday stresses or worries, therefor music should always remain fun.
They say home is where the heart is...well.music is my home!!!

*** Lesson Details ***
When taking lessons with me you can expect a laid back environment. I believe music should always re
main fun to keep a creative flow. You can expect to broaden your vocal range and and learn the creativity of music performance and writing.

"You know what what music is God's little reminder that there is something else in the universe besides us; harmonic connection between all living beings; everywhere, even the stars!" Robin williams

*** Studio Equipment ***
Electric piano, korgd1600 mixing station, microphone

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide music and keyboard. Student must just provide themselves

*** Specialties ***
Pop, folk..really I can conform to any style
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Destinee G. September 7, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
(This is Kari's daughter writing the review as I am the one receiving the lessons) Jennifer is honestly the best instructor I have ever had. She's so understanding about having to reschedule due to personal issues. She teaches in a way that's very focused for your individual learning style and she's also very honest which is always nice when you're learning a skill. I love Jennifer and I would definitely recommend using her for your child.
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Kyla T. August 21, 2014
I've know Jennifer for most of my life and music has always been one of her greatest passions. Her love of all types of genres of music allows her to be open to different styles and techniques. If your looking for a great music teacher, then she's your best pick! Talented with patience and a great musical ear! : )
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LaVonna R. August 12, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Jennifer worked hard with my daughter every minute. She worked on correcting her with positive feedback and encouraging words. She has been fantastic!
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Jennifer S.

Jennifer S.

Gibsonton, FL 33534
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Michael P.

Plant City, FL

About Michael

I am a Florida State University graduate who minored in music and was a member of the Big 8 drumline in the world renowned Marching Chiefs from 2000-2004. I've been teaching drums/percussion since freshman year in high school and I started playing drumset in fourth grade. I also was a member of the Imperial Symphony Orchestra from 1995-2000 which is based in Lakeland, FL. I've played and taught every genre of music from heavy metal to orchestral and I believe in being a musician first, and a drummer second. If you want to learn how to play drums/percussion from someone who has had a well round
ed career in music and can teach you anything you want to learn then I am the teacher you want. Happy Practicing!
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Nicholas February 5, 2016
Drum · Online
Great instructor! Very willing to work with your specific goals and specific level. Highly recommended!
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Taffan J. August 17, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
I've learned about different notes on my first lesson and he even encouraged me when I messed up..I'm excited for my next lesson
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Michael P.

Michael P.

Plant City, FL 33563
(2)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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