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Learn to Play the Drums with Variety

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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ATTENTION!!!
Travel rates are $10 more than Studio rates... accurate cost is

Studio In Home
30mins $25 $35
45mins $35 $45
60mins $45 $55

Sorry for confusion and trying to get this fixed on the site ASAP!!! Also my background check is good and YES i can teach anyone under the age of 18... google me!!!

Scott began his music career at Berklee College of Music in 1985 and continued his education at WMU and WSU as a Jazz Performance - Composition Major. He has studied privately with Ken Taft, Gene Butler, Mikhal Caldwell and Joe LoDuca.

As a performer Scott has been in a wide variety of bands and is a founding member of the Frank Zappa Tribute 'Ugly Radio Rebellion' and Stevie Ray Vaughan Tribute 'CrossFire'. With 28 years experience as a music educator Scott has done an estimated 20,000 private les
sons as well as classes, clinics, College Prep courses and is a member of The American Guild of Music. He is a versatile teacher and motivated performer and is fluent in most every style of music.

"I can teach you everything you need to know to accomplish your musical goals!!! Music should be fun and my approach is to ensure a rewarding experience for every individual student"

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Lessons can be scheduled for once a week or every 2 weeks, 30 min - 45 min and 1 hr available.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home Studio: a dedicated music room with a baby grand piano, electric guitars; acoustic guitars, bass, drums... full digital recording studio and rehearsal space!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide all teaching materials and personal equipment, the student needs to have their own instrument... guitar rental is available!

*** Specialties ***
I am open to any and all methods, genres and styles...

I have more availability than is shown here and try to be flexible with scheduling...
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Joe March 21, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Great instructor - couldn't 't be happier. Makes learning guitar fun - time flies by when you're with him, but you learn a lot and get some great practice tips. Looking forward to some additional lessons. If he can help a 50 year old who never picked up an instrument before, he can help you.
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Cooper T. December 8, 2017
· Piano · In home
Scott teaches to my son's capabilities and adjusts based on what he knows, how he has improved, etc... he poses a challenge to my son and keeps it interesting for him.
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Bill Andrews October 29, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
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Scott S.

Scott S.

Waterford, MI 48328
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Award Winning Marching Percussion Educator. 10+ years teaching experience. Offering lessons on Snare Drum, Tenors/Quads, Bass Drum, Drum Set, Mallets, and concert percussion techniques.

About John
Hey! My name is John Webber, known by most fellow drummers and students as JWebb. I have been teaching drumlnes and drum lessons since 2008. I have helped many students achieve their goals of marching their instrument of choice in competetive marching band, DCI, and WGI percussion sections. I also have training and performance experience with concert percussion, drum set, and mallet percussion. Let me help you realize your ambitions as a percussionist!

I am grateful to have had many influential past instructors, and am undoubtedly a product of their collective instruction. These include Brian Harris, Matt Ownby, Michael Mckenna, Jon Weber (MSU prof. of percussion), Lee Beddis, Zach Schlicher, Brennan Mcfarland, Ted Leith, Rob Ferguson, Andrew Markworth, and John Dorsey (EMU prof. of percussion)
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Kara June 29, 2018
· Drum · In studio
I get better quick with lessons from jwebb!!
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John W.

John W.

Novi, MI 48374
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$30 / 30-min

About Mark S.

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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.

*** Studio Equipment ***
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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Mark S.

Mark S.

Ypsilanti, MI 48197
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$28 / 30-min

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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 students to add to my current roster. I teach all my students rudimental technique, reading skills through a number of 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, working in the studio recording with my own bands and for other musician, working with over 500 students through private lessons and working on my own to develop my own technique.
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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.

Carol B.

Clinton Township, MI 48035
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Sterling Heights, MI

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Learn to play the drums quickly!!!!

About Michael
I have many years 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 with 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 and The Disc. Most recently, I participated in two separate studio/recording projects,with producer/multi-instrumentalist Joshua Michael Ackermann, and with producer/sound engineer Dan Lesnick. Along with teaching drum lessons, I
love to supplement my income with this type of studio work. I am also presently collaborating on original material, with a newly formed rock band, yet to be named. I am very excited about this and hope to get in the studio and to be gigging, in the near future!

I am looking to add dedicated students to my current roster. 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 private instruction. References from teachers, students, producers, and bandmates can be provided on request.
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Teagan F. March 7, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Working with Michael was so awesome. He really took time with Teagan making sure she was understanding everything he was going over. He was so easy to get along with and had very similar music interests. We look forward to more lessons with him.
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Ben N. November 5, 2017
· Drum · In home
Mike is flexible, easy to work with and all around skilled on the drums. Clean and comfortable environment for learning.
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Ben N. October 21, 2017
· Drum · In studio
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Michael T.

Sterling Heights, MI 48310
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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.

*** Studio Equipment ***
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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Bryan K. July 11, 2018
· Saxophone · In home
Very friendly, professional, timely, and all around nice person, worked with my 15yo son 10 lessons baritone sax !
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Kurt K. June 16, 2018
· Saxophone · In home
Very informative for my son.
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Don December 16, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Really enjoyed my first lesson with Benjamin. He was very patient with me
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Benjamin M.

Detroit, MI 48217
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Showing the students rudiments and other basic warm ups to help better their playing and performance ability as a musician. From hip hop to metal, country to hard rock. Versatility is what makes a great drummer!

About Zachary
Hello my name is Zack, and I am apart of a professional touring and recording act. Also spending alot of time writing and producing all types of music. I would like to give my knowledge of playing to others in order to help them better themselves. Whether that be playing guitar, or drums. The end goal is to help each student become an overall better musician!
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Sharman A. September 15, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
Zachary is very professional, but also personable. My son is enjoying his guitar lessons, and has learned quite a bit.
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Zachary F.

Willis, MI 48191
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$25 / 45-min

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How to groove

About Paul
Professional musician, engineer, producer, music educator with a lot of experience teaching kids and adults alike.
Taught in Germany, The Netherlands, Great Britain, Portugal, Africa , U.S.A. etc.
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Tyra Anderson July 5, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Paul was wonderful . It was a little mixup on the location but everything turned out fine. Paul was able to identify the areas I need to work on and I’m looking forward to my next class.
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Eian Woodward December 8, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
An amazing teacher that has truly changed my life, and challenges me to be a better musician every week!
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Brian Ellis February 23, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar ·
Paul has been a tremendous instructor for me and my journey on learning acoustic guitar. During lessons he has also taught me music theory and explained it simply, and through that I feel like the guitar and music in general has been opened up to me and I now see music more clearly. I highly recommend him as an instructor!
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Paul W.

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Drum lessons for all ages and levels. Rhythm is within us, is there and waiting to "brack out".

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I was born in Israel and started playing at age twelve. I became involved with different Orchestras in Israel (Matan orchestra, Gadna Orchestra and the Youth Philharmonic). Although, I received classical training, I was intrigued by the different styles and rhythms of the jazz and world sounds.

performed and/or recorded with a wide array of top-name performers, cutting across all genres. The list includes everyone from Kaverert, Dani Sanderson, Alon Olearchik, Yoni Rechter, Gidi Gov, Yermi Kaplan, Dan Hoopert, Tamir Hendelman, Tea Packs Vered Harari Wetzer, Israel Topper, Kfir Ben Laish, Rami Levin, Tamir Hendelman, Rami Harel, Meital Trabelsi, Yoshi Sade, Diaspora and Canaanite Groove. Played drums and percussion on numerous TV and radio recordings. Graduated Cum Laude from the Berklee College of Music of Boston with a bachelor degre
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Daniel May 30, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Loved it! Inspiring
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Shai W.

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Most people say that music is math, but I prefer to think of it as a language. Together, we will learn the language of drums. I am an experienced drummer of 14 years, college educated in jazz and popular styles, and have taught on and off for 5 years. In our classes together you can expect to learn not just technique, but also how to be creative on the drum set while improving your time-feel and interdependence. I also teach beginner drummers where we will work on rudiments and simple grooves to strengthen your foundation as a musician. Expect lessons to be fun and in the moment and ALWAYS catered to your level as a musician. Contact me to start improving your drumming in one lesson, guaranteed!

About Clayton
I'm a professional drummer and songwriter hailing from Massachusetts. I have been drumming seriously for 14 years and I received my Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Performance from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver. I am versatile in a variety of styles from Reggae, Rock, Blues, Jazz, and Hip-Hop and many more. I bring an element of discovery to my drum lessons, because I believe that I am learning along with my students.

Drummers who study under me can expect to improve week to week. Together we will improve your improvisation, stick control, speed, and sight-reading. Lessons will be catered to your proficiency level and your personal goals for being a drummer.

Outside of teaching and school, I am a member of three bands. My indie rock band Specific Ocean has released our first single and will be releasing our debut EP
very soon. We will be playing in the 18th annual Underground Music Showcase on July 27th. We have also played mainstays of the Denver scene such as the Larimer Lounge and Lost Lake. My second band is the neo-soul infused funk band Sol Burial. I also play in a free-jazz group called Deals Deals Deals.

I am very excited to extend my passion for the drums and music to you and help you to improve your skills on the set instantly. I look forward to meeting you and helping you grow as a musician!
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Clayton V.

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