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About Carl P.

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Students will be taught an in-depth comprehensive curriculum covering topics such as hand technique, using many rudiments and many sticking exercises to develop their technique. We will focus on reading skills and rhythmic interpretation (listening), counting out rhythms so that the student can also educate themselves when listening to music or otherwise, and can go beyond specific lessons assignments to educate themselves further, outside of our class.
We will also cover Drum Set coordination and many styles of music associated with it.

About Carl
Carl grew up in Connecticut in a musical family. He found a great deal of enjoyment starting Drum Lessons in grade school where he noticed that this joy for music and rhythm contributed to a passion-inspired growth accelerating beyond his performance in other subjects. He was inspired by Classic and Progressive Rock artists throughout Junior High and High School, and began to take his growing passion more seriously, taking part in Marching, Symphonic bands, Wind and Jazz Ensembles. Carl made the All-State Orchestra in High School, and performed at an All-New England Orchestra while attending CCSU (Central Connecticut State University)​ and​ while studying Classical Percussion (Snare Drum, M​arimba, Timpani) under the tutelage of Principal Percussionist at the Navy Coast Guard. After two years at CCSU, he transferred to Berklee College
of Music where he obtained his BA in Music Performance. While attending Berklee Carl explored Contemporary Drum Set styles within various ensembles and classes, focusing on Jazz, Latin, Funk, Fusion, and World Music, under the apprenticeship of artists such as Kenwood Dennard, Ian Froman, Jon Hazilla, Nancy Zeltsman, Casey Scheuerell.
Carl currently teaches at Needham Public Schools as well as the Winchester Community Music School, and performs in and around Boston and New England in various stylistic musical groups ranging from small Combo Jazz, Big Band, Folk, Funk, Indie Rock, Theatre, etc. Some latest projects include ‘Echo and Drake’ who were ​featured in ‘Paste’ and ‘American Songwriter’ Magazines, ‘Zen Carnival’, Mamadou(.com) to name a few.

Carl’s role as a teacher is to create as much of a positive blend of education with an exciting musical environment, incorporating the latest contemporary music (student and teacher influenced) while also applying a broad scope of traditional styles, techniques, and exercises for developing a well-rounded musical experience and musician, and with the goal of assisting the student in reaching their highest potential and​ to​ become as self-reliant as possible.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Depending on which town, I could travel up to 20-25 miles because in some cases those locations maybe near other places i currently teach...

*** Specialties ***
Drum Set Technique, Coordination, Styles, Improvisation.
Snare Drum Reading & Hand Technique
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About Mark S.

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Ypsilanti, MI
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About Mark
Mark is a versatile drummer. He is a graduate (B.M.) from the Berklee College of Music. Mark has performed live with many national acts such as: Howard Jones, Gordon Lightfoot, Mitch Ryder, Earl Klugh, Leo Sayer, KC & the sunshine band and Tony Orlando. He has recorded with David Foster, George Clinton, Brea Starr and What It IS and Justine Blazer.
He has also been an in demand drummer locally, both live and in studio..
He is also teaching a large roster of students, clinics and master classes at such institutions as the Power Chord Academy(Chicago), Avanti Music Academy (Toronto), Michigan's Interlochen Arts Camp, and DePaul University's school of music.. Oberlin and Indiana U summer jazz camps and Cleveland Institute of music. 

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I love to teach and do so according to the students needs. We'll have fun, but
we can get intense. I specialize in the Moellor technique, methods from Chaffee, Chapin, Kaspik and Uribe, Chart reading and interpretation, 4 limb independence, working w/ loops and foot technique. ALL STYLES OF MUSIC AND DRUMMING.

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Separate room: carpeted flooring, Two drum sets, computer with recording gear video and audio.

*** Specialties ***
Drums: beg to adv

I specialize in Moellor technique. Pedagogy of Gary Chaffe, Ed Kaspik, Jim Chapin among others. I focus on independence, chart reading styles interpretation and phrasing, as well as rudimental training. 
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YoussefA June 17, 2011
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Great instructor. Lessons are very helpful, fun and interesting. He's also an extraordinary drummer, his skills and knowledge of the drums is just amazing.
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Ypsilanti, MI 48197
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About Carol B.

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Clinton Township, MI

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Drum Set, Snare Drum and Rudimental Technique

About Carol
I have had a passion for drums since the age of 4. Music has been an important part of my life as far back as I can remember!

I am currently accepting new drum students. I teach all my students rudimental technique with snare drum, reading skills through a number of drum books, ear technique with music and mixing in many of the techniques that I personally found useful to improving my own skills.

I have learned a great deal from playing for many years with my own bands. I have worked in a number of local recording studio with my own bands and with other musicians. I have worked with over 500 students through private lessons over the years.
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RutoojD July 13, 2011
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Very nice teacher. Fun to learn from her
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Carol B.

Clinton Township, MI 48035
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About Michael T.

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Sterling Heights, MI

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Learn to play the drums quickly!!!!

About Michael
***IMPORTANT NOTE, PLEASE READ: I am located in the metropolitan Detroit area. But, I am available for online (remote) lessons; with a very good online set up (tripods, cameras, etc). I am also available at my teaching space, and have two great drum sets, set up side by side; one for the student, and one for the instructor. I am also willing to commute to the student, within a certain radius, with a nominal fee (for gas and commute time). Thank you for your time and interest.

I have 25 years of experience as a working musician, combining: Private drum instruction, freelance studio work, and collaboration with musicians and bandmates in both a live and studio setting.

I have been a member of solid Metropolitan Detroit bands, most notably including: Friends of the Family, Night Train, and The Mobius Loop. I have been blessed wit
h many great opportunities, most notably supporting national acts, such as: The Headhunters, Melvin Seals, Mofro and Strange Folk. And, I have recorded at excellent Metropolitan Detroit studios, including: Studio N Armada, Riff Lab Studios, Woodshed Studios, The Disc, and CVF Studios. More recently, I have participated in recording projects with a group called The Nova Junction, and with talented producers Dan Lesnick and Josh Ackerman. Along with teaching drum lessons, I am presently collaborating on original material, with a newly formed rock band, called Electric Temple.

I am looking to add dedicated students to my current roster. I am very experienced with teaching students in a wide age range; as I have students that are 5 years of age, and students that are 60 plus years of age. I took private instruction, studying under two EXCELLENT drummers from the Detroit Metro area: Darryl Pierce and Donny Gruendler. Mr. Pierce (among many other accomplishments) currently tours internationally and nationally with a well known artist by the name of Bettye LaVette. This group has made frequent television appearances, including: David Letterman and Austin City Limits. Mr. Gruendler, is currently the Vice President of Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, and he has been featured in several Modern Drummer publications.

I have learned a great deal through private instruction, and therefore teach from experience. I utilize and apply many of the techniques that I personally found useful; through my own personal instruction. The two full drum kits, set up in my teaching/rehearsal space, have proven to be an exceptional teaching tool. References from teachers, students, producers, and bandmates can be provided on request.
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Celia January 28, 2019
· Drum · In home
Michael is a kind and patient drum teacher for my 13-year old son. He is always on time, he keeps the lessons fun, and my son always looks forward to his next lesson. I highly recommend Michael.
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Gina December 21, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Michael does a great job working with our son on the drums. He is professional and flexible. He gives great, constructive feedback. We highly recommend him as an instructor!
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Vasko K. September 20, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Great instructor, very knowledgeable and friendly.
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About Benjamin M.

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Detroit, MI

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I can teach ROCK drumming and Percussion techniques. As a Composer and Professional Musician (guitar/saxophone) I also have a comprehensive understanding of poly-rhythmic studies and phrasing.

About Benjamin
Hello Future Students!

Whether you want to pursue a Musical Career or simply learn how to Play your Favorite Tunes for friends and family, I am here as your Teacher and Guide. I teach at my own home, at the Student's home or through the use of Skype.

I recently moved to Detroit. I am originally from Ann Arbor. I spent much of this century living in NYC and prior to that I lived in Chicago. Those experiences vastly helped me develop Networking, Performance and Teaching experience.

As a Father of four, I have had the joy in teaching my own children Guitar, Saxophone, Songwriting, Composition and Keyboard. As a parent I have found that Patience and Encouragement is sometimes the best form of support. It has been proven that learning Music helps develop intuition, self-awareness, and social skills as well as improve in other subje
cts not directly related to the arts such as Mathematics and Science.

One of the most important aspects of playing Music is being able to Play by Ear. This has been a priceless gift that I have developed throughout my life and I encourage all musicians, young and old, to do the same. The use of simple Rhythmic Dictation and Ear Training exercises can do wonders for "picking out" Beats and Harmonies no matter what Genre we are interested in.

I attended music courses at The Boston School of Contemporary Music, Thomas Jefferson College (MI), and have a BA double majoring in Music Composition and English at Columbia College Chicago.

I have toured internationally as a Guitarist and Saxophonist. I am also a Songwriter. THIRD BORDER's "Sun of Water; Sea of Light" was selected to be nominated for the Grammy's as The Best Alternative Album of the Year in 2006. On this record, I played Guitar, Saxophone, sang Lead Vocal and wrote all Songs on that CD. So, if you are a Songwriter, we can polish up your approach! As a Composer, I have done Sound Design for Film, Dance, Spoken Word and Multi-media Performance - most notably with renowned poet Anne Carson and former members of The Merce Cunningham Dance Co.

I hope to talk to you soon!
Benjamin

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My teaching style is relaxed with a forte on Patience and Encouragement. Though I have specific expectations on what needs to be learned, I gear each lesson towards the student's wishes and their personal direction in Creativity. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced student, I can guide you wherever you are headed!

For Guitar (acoustic or electric), you will learn the fundamentals of Music Theory, Chord Structure, varied Strumming and Picking Techniques, and Scale Positions to travel from one part of the neck to the other. Any song you wish to learn, I can teach!

For Saxophone, you will learn proper Embouchure technique, Notation, Music Theory, and Scale Patterns for improvisation. Whether you are interested in a Classical, Blues, Funk or Jazz approach, I can help you find your own sound that is both personal and professional.

I teach 2nd year Piano and Drums/Percussion directing you into Intermediate level.

For those leaning toward the experimental genres, I am well-versed in the use of Electronics. Much can be accomplished with my lessons on Sound-Scape Improvisation either as 1 on 1 or Group Workshops.

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At Home Studio: music stands, metronome, guitar amps, electric and acoustic guitars, guitar tablature, staff music paper, a scanner for weekly homework. I can also record and send MP3s of our lessons to review at home if you wish.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students will need their own instrument, a mutually chosen music book to learn from, a metronome, and hopefully easy access to a keyboard (very helpful!)

*** Specialties ***
I am fluent in Rock genres, Blues, Beginning Jazz, Beginning Classical technique, Prepared Guitar, Electronics/Sound Art.
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Charlie and Cindy June 22, 2019
· Saxophone · In studio
We had our first saxophone lesson with Benjamin today and it was excellent! He is clearly a master that can assess a student’s skill level and adapt the lesson to suit their needs. He is just what we needed :)
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Bryan K. March 14, 2019
· Saxophone · In home
30 lessons for my high school son with Ben. Excellent teacher. Always on time. Very professional. Baritone Sax. Highly recomend. Will be getting more lessons with Ben.
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De'Ante H. January 5, 2019
· Saxophone · In studio
I am extremely excited about taking lessons! Even more so excited about my decision to have Benjamin as my Instructor. He has a natural teaching ability- making it easy for a student to grasp the lesson.
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Detroit, MI 48217
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About Nathan D.

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North Wales, PA
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Do you have two left arms and two left feet (or two rights of each if you're left-handed), and have no idea how to coordinate behind your drumset?

Do you want to be able to accurately listen to a song and "play it" on your steering wheel as you drive?

Do you constantly have trouble maintaining speed, slowing down or speeding up for no reason?

How about wanting to go all-out and learning those crazy double-bass parts and snare rolls popular in today's extreme metal?

I require a practice pad for lessons to learn rudiments and coordination techniques, even if it's just a mouse pad taped to a heavy book to start with. If you continue taking lessons, I can recommend the best practice pad for you.

I typically will teach and write drums using a combination of tablature and standard sheet music. Tablature a simple set of lines and X marks that are much easier to read, and once learned will instantly give you access to thousands of songs.

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About Nathan
Hello!

My name is Nathan, but you can also call me Nate or Nay.
I have played guitar, bass, and drums for over twenty years.
I also sing, play piano, and play several wind instruments.

I compose music, and I have been involved in numerous live performance bands and recording studio projects.

I am an ASCAP songwriter with a history of working part-time for an independent A&R company, and have a Bachelor of Arts in communication studies with a minor in web technology from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

I studied music theory, composition, and technology in school, and continue to during my spare time. I have had a few years of guitar lessons under several teachers, including several months of classical guitar training with sight reading.

I am primarily involved in rock, pop, and heavy metal, but have exper
ience in many other genres.
I listen to and play all kinds of music!
Anything my students listen to or want to learn is fine by me!
Classical, soul, country, jazz, electronic, dance, etc...
I believe there's much to learn in all of them!

I've been giving private lessons since 2014. Before that I would teach bandmates and friends how to play songs (both original songs and covers), as well as instructing various techniques on instruments.

I do my best to demonstrate proper technique and posture to help eliminate bad habits that lead to discomfort and potential injury. Let's get you comfortable, you'll enjoy your instrument much more!

I have even shown tricks and tips to persons that have played for decades more than myself, wishing they knew the correct way at first to prevent surgeries and rehabilitation.

I will gladly help you maintain your instrument and can do repairs to almost anything regarding drums/guitar/bass, saving you money from costly repair shops!

If you are interested in recording, I can demonstrate how to use various programs to both record and edit songs, then how to mix and master them. I can teach you how to get a "recording musician" mindset, and how to work and perform in a studio environment.

I'll also give tips on playing on stage, working from local gigs all the way to the professional level.

I enjoy teaching in a way to help other players love their instruments. I believe the first goal is to give it your own voice, and then continue to gain the expressive means to make it an extension of your mind and body. I will encourage you to grow your roots as you see fit.

If you stay interested, the instrument will grow with you, and continue to be a companion as long as you come back to it.

There's no embarrassment in being coached how to crawl, fall, and then walk before learning how to run.
Your goals will be self-discipline, resisting hesitation, and finding the will to tread the paths to improvement.

However, you ultimately need to have fun to stay on path! I tend to laugh a lot when I teach and encourage you to do so as well. Laughing relieves our daily stress and associates positive attitude towards your instrument.
We all make countless mistakes every day, but playing a wrong note should just feel silly, not bring you anger or frustration.

If you become flustered at a song, it's probably not important to flawlessly master it this minute.
So unless you have a gig or recital, we can come back another time!

I have a resume available. You can also request a sample outline/lesson plan in regards to your skill and instrument.

Thanks for reading, hope to hear from you soon!
-Nathan
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Jay June 7, 2019
· Guitar · In home
Nate is an awesome teacher. He has been coming to our house for over 4 years to teach guitar to my son. He is very polite, accommodating, responsible and a great teacher. He is very passionate about guitar, and makes it a fun and engaging experience for your child. He became like a member of our family, and always goes an extra mile to accommodate our child. He teaches my son music that a teenager would enjoy playing. I would highly recommend him.
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Melisa J. August 2, 2015
· Drum · In home
My 11 yr old son had no experience on the drums but decided to buy himself a inexpensive drum set. We found Nathan on Takelessons for my son's drum instructor. He began with basic instructions and my son instantly took a great interest to it and has improved tremendously. Nathan is a phenomenal drum teacher. He is patient with my son and is always introducing new techniques, which my son enjoys showing off to us! You can't go wrong with Nathan!
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Scott C. February 17, 2015
· Guitar · In home
I’m an adult learner and could not be more pleased with Nate as a teacher. His energy, talent, knowledge of all kinds of music and easy going, relaxed personality has made lessons fun and without stress. Nate prepares and goes out of his way to research and find things for me to learn and work on. He is able to come up with things on the fly that can benefit you while in the lesson. He communicates very well, and explains more complex things in a way you can understand them and if not…he’s very easy to talk to and I don’t’ feel embarrassed to as those “stupid” questions. He is able to help me with any kind of music whether it be the blues, country, rock and roll or heavy metal. With all that said, I would highly recommend Nate as a teacher for guitar for all ages.
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About Luther A. B.

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The student will be instructed on the basics of proper playing techniques, music theory, and musicianship. They will learn to read music and also play by ear which will make them a well rounded player

About Luther A.
Mr. Blackwell unique talents as educator, instrumentalist, conductor, vocal coach, cinematographer, composer and arranger make him a sought-after teacher. Currently, Luther is working with the Bridgeport Board of Education at Roosevelt Elementary School for President Obama's Arts and Humanities Turn-Around Arts Initiative he is the Executive Director and Program Director of Blackwell's School of Music and Film and Minister of Music Director for New Hope Missionary Baptist Youth Singers.
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Tommy Jackson January 28, 2019
· Vocal Training · Online
positive in his approach and concise in explaining his methods
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Stephen December 13, 2018
· Piano · In home
Glad to have met him. Super solid and getting me back on a lesson track after many years away from the piano.
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Keith W. November 26, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Luther is an awesome teacher. There are no shortcuts with learning music, despite what the Internet may say. Luther will take you down a path that, with commitment and practice, you will gain the skills to play any style. He will help you master proper fundamentals that can be built on. He has years of experience, and a proven methodology of teaching that will benefit anyone who will apply it.
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About Aaron N.

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Sterling Heights, MI
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Christian music worship artist teaching drums and how to properly manage rhythms and time measurements including being aware and sensitive to the feel and flow of the music

About Aaron
I am a musician of 20+ years that passionately enjoys teaching and helping students new to music in discovering and developing their skills and aptitude for music. I have performed live on many occasions in contemporary and religious settings. I come from a musical family: My father made an album in 1969 with Bob Seger and wrote nearly half of the music on the album. My brother was a part of a musical group that produced songs that made it to a Hollywood movie. I play multiple musical instruments and can help students learn some of their favorite songs based on their level of skill. I teach out of my home in Sterling Heights, Michigan. My goal is to help students develop an interest in music and an appreciation for the history and development of music. It is also my goal to help students develop their skill in music to a place where they
can become independent in their growth and exploration of music, music writing, and music performance.

You will also notice additional subject areas I am available to teach. These subjects are my passion and joy. Should you have questions, message me and I’ll be happy to answer them.
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Aaron N.

Sterling Heights, MI 48310
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About Nicholas M.

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Rochester, MI

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My students have fun and learn quickly! I teach all skill levels and all styles of percussion, specializing in drum set, orchestra percussion, and four mallet marimba. Every beginner that takes a lesson with me with be able to play a drum beat and a snare drum piece on day one. After a few more lessons, they will be learning songs and creating their own drum beats! All ages welcome. Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student.

About Nicholas
I am a professional drummer and percussionist. Currently playing with Meadow Brook Theatre's musical productions, in a four piece hard rock band- Rezination, and with the Adrian and Rochester Symphonies. I graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelors of Music Education.

My students can expect to improve every week in their drumming technique and musicality. Every drummer has a unique voice; I teach students foundational techniques in order to unlock their own individual sound. I encourage students to drum with freedom, confidence, and expression.

I teach students of all different ages and experience levels. Students can learn to play contemporary music by ear, by using lead sheets, and how to read music and pursue classical excellence. I also teach rudimental snare drum, marching tenors (quads), four mallet mari
mba, timpani, and hand drums.

I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better musician!
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Nicholas M.

Rochester, MI 48307
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About Corey C.

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Las Vegas, NV

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Beginning Drum lessons in my home

About Corey
Hello Students!
My name is Corey and I'm looking forward to teaching you, whether you're a beginner or advanced. I specialize in beginners and always enjoy helping students get to the next level. Many of my students have gone onto success as professional guitarists. (Panic at the Disco, The Higher etc).

I've spent most of my career touring internationally with dozens of big name acts (Temptations, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, The Contours, Mary Wells, The Shirelles, etc) playing some of the largest venues in the world.

I have been fortunate to study with some great teachers myself. I can promise that you will improve quickly and easily through my own personal system.

Learn online from anywhere or in my teaching studio.

Learning to play guitar doesn't have to be a chore. Come join me and remember...This is supposed to be
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Brendan March 31, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Lessons with Corey for 15 years and I still suck but it ain’t his fault! Seriously, Corey is a very cool guy and a very capable instructor. Highly recommend him if u want to have fun while you’re learning.
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Chaz March 29, 2019
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Before I met Corey, I was a recovering drummer, transitioned to Bass. All self taught. Little did i know, I was a ROOT NOTE player just getting by. After Just over a year being taught by Corey, my skills have advanced so drastically. It's a great experiance being taught by the BEST. I now have bands calling me to sub or wanting me to join. If you're looking to advance your chops, or maybe you're a beginner, Corey is THE ONE for you.
Thank You Corey, I appreciate all you do.
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Karl Kenney March 29, 2019
· Bass Guitar · In studio
I am absolutely amazed how laughter, insight and fun amplifies the learning experience. Corey helped me start, begin and continue on this journey to become the musician that I want to be. Corey listens to his students and in turn teaches us to really listen.
Corey has a wealth of knowledge and experience in making and teaching the art of music. He is always encouraging his students to become more than they perceive themselves to be.
16+ years ago I went 'live' for the first time with Corey's encouragement.
I was absolutely petrified.
I was convinced that it was possible to urinate down both pant legs simultaneously. Clearly I was mistaken.
That first introduction to musical performance by Corey has lead to so much in my life.
Under Corey's instruction I have played many styles of music. This has always been done in an encouraging, empowering, engaging and fun environment.
Please look at the first sentence of this review.
His teaching methods lead to positive results.
Become the musician that you wish to be.
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Average Cost of Drum Lessons in Detroit, MI

The average cost of 60-minute drum lessons in Detroit is $56. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $45 and $69 per hour.

30-min $25
 
$31 average
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45-min $35
 
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60-min $45
 
$56 average
$69

For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute drum 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 drum lessons are 24% less expensive at $43, and 30-minute lessons cost 45% less at $31.

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Drum in Detroit

By Mark S. - Detroit Drums Teacher

One thing I try to instill in my students during their Detroit drum lessons is musical variety. Beyond the technique, and the other technical aspects of learning drums, there is “the spice.” I have had students in the past that say “I’m a rock drummer; I don’t need to learn Latin.” Or “I’m a jazz drummer; I don’t need to learn any funk.” A few years ago I had a student that came to me that was all about heavy metal. As we worked on hand and foot technique I presented him with a Latin groove to work on his independence. He balked at the idea and gave it a week of practice but ultimately refused to learn it because it was something he felt he would never need to learn.

Months later during one of his private drum lessons he told me that he was having an awful time figuring out an intro of a Motley Crue song. As he played me the intro, I stopped him and told him that I had given him rhythm months ago. Tommy Lee was playing the Cascara pattern (a staple Latin rhythm) on the bell of his cymbal. We both laughed and that student quickly became open to new style ideas.

Variety also can inspire us to fuse together a groove and sound all our own. Becoming versatile at many styles gives us a chance to learn why we play what we play. For instance, why do we concentrate on 2&4 in rock? We focus on 2&4 because rock was developed from the swing dance music where the drummer ‘chicked’ their Hi-Hats on 2&4. So be opened minded with your instructor and always be listening for percussion in all types of music, from classical to South American. You’ll be sure to ‘spice’ up your Detroit drum lessons AND your style!

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