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About Jordan R.

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Nashville, TN
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Basic rock rhythms and rudiments to advanced time keeping and the role of a drummer in modern music.

About Jordan
I received my education at the University of Wisconsin, majoring in Jazz Guitar. I've studied with some of the best guitarists in the Midwest, and have performed live and in recording studios all across the country in a variety of styles (Rock, Metal, Bluegrass, Jazz, Classical, Country). I've performed internationally, and my playing has been featured on several prime time television shows. I've always had a love of music, and it’s a passion that I try to instill in all of my students!

Through focus on note reading, chords, improvisation, and technique, I try to give my students tools that they can take with them throughout their musical journey, whether playing music for fun or professionally!

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I like to be laid back and very individual with my approach. I always introduce a curriculum designed to teach bas
ic chords, note reading, and basic theory, but I also understand that each student has a particular set of interests, and I want to inspire them to follow those interests. Whether it's Rock, Blues, Country, Folk, or Classical, I want to give my students the tools and understanding that they need to excel at the music that drives them.

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I expect my students to have everything that they need to practice the materials that I give them, including an instrument, amplifier and tuner if necessary, and a music stand. I provide all lesson materials.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in rock, country, metal, blues, and jazz with an emphasis on theory and technique.
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Josh E. April 25, 2017
· Country Guitar · Online
Jordan was very helpful right from the start. He listened to me on where I am at and where I want to be. He showed me a few things that we will work towards and then helped me understand my instrument much better. Gave me some fun new things to practice before the next lesson. If you're looking for a lesson that is interactive and fun I recommend Jordan and the online thing is supper easy and handy. I don't think it could have gone any better. The lesson was 45 minutes and it felt like 10.
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Dave February 1, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Jordan is excellent & very patient.
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Max January 13, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Jordan is a fantastic teacher! He expertly and patiently guided my young son from essentially 0 to reading notes and playing them on the guitar in about half an hour. He is clearly an experienced musician who loves to teach. We are looking forward to the next lesson.
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About Aaron B.

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Auburndale, MA

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About Aaron
I've been a full time professional musician for 13+ years and have toured all over the world performing with music icons like Chacka Khan, Beyonce, and many more. I have a lot of experience with many different styles of music and I love sharing this gift with anyone who's interested. My teaching philosophy is simple: Get students playing music! It's much easier to understand the nuts and bolts of music when put into the context of the music you like.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to design a lesson plan for each individual student. The first lesson will begin with a basic assessment of skill level. We will discuss goals for the lessons then get down to work!
Students will learn:
1 Technique. the proper physicality to increase dexterity and avoid injury.
2 Music theory and comprehension. Usually through learning songs and analyzing
different concepts they incorporate
3 Ear-training/pitch recognition. Strengthening the ability to "pick up" new material more quickly and translate ones Ideas to the instrument.
4 Music appreciation/Musicality. Listening to new and different types of music focusing on the different elements that make up a great performer/performance.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music Studio: piano, stereo system, no drum there! room to sit for parents
A1: drum kit, whole performance set up with recording studio, room for parents to sit in on lesson

*** Travel Equipment ***
amplifiers, cd/mp3 player

*** Specialties ***
ear training, most musical styles (pop/rock, r&b, reggae, jazz , world)
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John T. May 23, 2019
· Guitar · In home
I was surprised at how easy it was to connect with Aaron. His diving right in was fun as we got into playing music from the first moment.
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Tate September 17, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Aaron knows how to work with kids. After 30 minutes my 6 yo came out confident and ready to play!! He doesn’t realize that he still is terrible because he at least knows one chord!! Lol!
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Howie March 26, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Very helpful and informative instruction.
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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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Very nice teacher. Fun to learn from her
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Carol B.

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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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Michael T.

Sterling Heights, MI 48310
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About Dee F.

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Kalispell, MT

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I was a percussionist for a symphony in Montana for 5 years and have taught percussion, Middle and High School Band, for over 10 years. in home lessons only.

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*** Travel Equipment ***
Books. Students must have their own instrument (keyboards are acceptable for taking piano lessons). I always council students on brand, quality of instrument they are purchasing before they buy it.

*** Specialties *** I have been a public school music educator for over 28 years, have taught private music lessons for over 30 years. I have taught band, orchestra, and choir which enables me to teach many instruments and voice. I also have been a language and reading tutor for over 6 years and have worked with students with special needs for over 10 years. I studied classical guitar with master guitarist, Christopher Parkening, at Montana State University where I graduated with a B.M.E. I also did graduate work at MSU in composition. I am completing a Masters Degree in Teacher Leadership currently at Gran
d Canyon University. I teach Suzuki piano and violin. I am an accomplished composer/songwriter with many published and recorded songs and instrumental works through ASCAP. I endeavor to make learning fun, and enjoy teaching students of all ages!

Online student requirements: A fast, reliable COMPUTER; HIGH SPEED INTERNET (at least 400 kbps); SKYPE software; WEBCAM (preferably HD); MICROPHONE (most laptops or tablets have mikes built in). Be sure your camera is focused on you and your instrument, if applicable.
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TONY April 19, 2019
· Classical Guitar · In home
I just recently started with Dee. She is doing a great job of helping me realistically assess my performance, and constructively set goals to improve the aspects that need work. It's been fun and very helpful.
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Bonnie April 8, 2019
· Guitar · In home
Our 8 year old son had his first Guitar lesson with Dee this past weekend, and she was amazing. She wasted no time getting down to brass tacks with our son, showing him the various parts of the guitar, how to hold it and within minutes he knew two chords. She was able to keep our kiddo engaged, offered great praise and positive feedback/reinforcement and kept him on task for the entire 45 minute lesson. We could not be happier and cannot wait to see what he learns during his next lessons with her!
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Scott January 29, 2019
· Mandolin · Online
See is patient, knowledgeable, and makes lessons fun.
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About Jacob P.

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Yucaipa, CA

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I grew up playing and listening to jazz and rock music. That is my main focus in the beginning. We will start simple rudiments and beats for snare and drumset and grow from there. Technique, control and passion.

About Jacob
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Jacob was born and raised in Palm Springs; California. Growing up with parents who had very different musical backgrounds, which led him to want to live in world full of music. At the age 10, he picked up his first guitar and began to take his first piano lessons and a year later then picking up the first pair of drumsticks. He developed a self-taught technique for drum set, while being mentored by his older brother, Sean, (endorsed by Aquarian Drumheads, and former student of LA Music Academy and University of Oregon) traditional jazz artist, Allen Goodman. (Goodman has performed with many famous jazz artists in his during his drumming career and was mentored by Buddy Rich. He wrote the intro to the George of the Jungle cartoon series, and is now playing with many jazz artists at Vickys of Santa Fe in Indian Wells, California
, with the Desert Cities Jazz Band) Gregory Whitmore, Band Director at Cathedral City High School, has also been a mentor to Jacob.

In 2009, he performed Ron Nelsons Danza Capriccio with the Cathedral City High School Symphonic Band and world renowned saxophonist Kenneth Tse at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. That event was followed by a performance tour of the United Kingdom with the Cathedral City High School Symphonic Band.

In 2011, he ventured off to France and Germany with the CCHS symphonic band for his second performance tour with the group. Playing at many venues including, Heidelberg Castle in Germany and Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte, outside of Paris, France. He has been on national television performing at the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl in 2007 and in the Hollywood Christmas parade in 2010 with the CCHS Marching Band. He has performed with various groups within the community throughout the years.

In 2012, began studies at the Art Institute of California Inland Empire studying Audio Engineering and received his Bachelor's of Science in the subject in December of 2015. During the time of his undergraduate studies, Jacob was working with various local artists at local venues around the Inland Empire and Los Angeles. Eventually joining the band, "Eva and the Vagabonds" in 2015 and worked on the recently released EP as a recording and mastering engineer. With the band he has played at Dreamworks, SOKA university, American Parlor Songbook, and DVAC. Now, Jacob attends Cal State San Bernardino studying for a teaching credential in Career and Technical Education. As well, Jacob now works on American Parlor Songbook on NPR as an audio engineer, working with various actors, comedians, and artists from LA and all of over the United States.

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Beginner to intermediate for Guitar and Drum Lessons

Professional Style Studio Recording

*** Studio Equipment ***
Fender Stratocastor HSS
Ovation Acoustic Guitars
Epiphone EJ-200 CE
DanElectro NOS '59

Grestch Custom Set 10", 12", 14",20"
Grestch Energy 10' 12', 16', 22'
Tama Snare Artwood All Maple 14"
Sabin SR2 Crash 16"
Sabian Hi-Hats 14"
Sabian Dry Bell Ride 21"
Paiste Rock Crash 14"
Paiste Thin Crash 12" and 14"
Vator Drumsticks

SoundGear:
Alesis Multimix8/iO4
PreSonus FireStudio
ART TPS II
ART VLA II
MXL 604 Pencil Condenser
Blue Spark SSL Condenser
SM 57's
MXL A-55 Kicker Dynamic
Audio Technica ATH-M45 Headphones
M-Audio BX5 Monitars
Alto Professional PA Speakers
M-Audio 49 Venom Synth VA/Midi
Arturia MicroBrute

‹Software:
Logic Pro 9, X
Main Stage 3
Protools 10
Max MSP
Macbook Pro
IMac

*** Travel Equipment ***
Epiphone EJ-200 CE
MacBook Pro

*** Specialties ***
Recording Services!
All genres of music!
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Chen M. October 11, 2018
· Drum · Online
The best
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DERICK April 17, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Keeps his student motivated .Very good teacher.
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Ryan September 25, 2017
· Drum · Online
great start!
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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.

You'll learn how to keep time with ...

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 Aaron N.

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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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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 Chad J.

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Daytona Beach, FL

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Do you know how much fun it is to play drums? Have you always wanted to play like your favorite drummer? Do you want to take your skills to the next level?
I would be honored to help you!
Not only do we learn a lot along the way, we have a ton of fun.
I've been teaching 8 year old to adult students since 2003, with an emphasis on technique, reading fundamentals, listening skills, and discovering the many joys of music. Lesson plans are catered to the specific needs and goals of each student. My passion is to share knowledge and inspire young and old musicians to reach their utmost musical potential while having fun.
Contact me today and let me know how I can help you.
And thank you.

About Chad
Hello there. My name is Chad. I’ve been writing, recording, and performing music for over 25 years now. I’ve spent most of my adult life on stages and in recording studios. I’ve been blessed to tour the country and play with some touring members of the Dave Matthews Band, the Steve Winwood Band, the Gregg Allman Band, and the Rolling Stones. I’ve played drums on over 30 studio recordings as a session musician. I’ve also engineered and produced albums as an artist and for other artists in my studio. These experiences have given me the perspective to know what it takes to be a successful musician.

I teach beginning to professional drum students how to serve the song while being versatile, responsive, and dynamic. We focus on developing the fundamentals of reading, reliable technique, and listening skills. All this is in the pursuit of be
ing able to express yourself and “speak” through the instrument. My primary goal is to teach you how to become your own teacher, so you can continue to study and improve.

Recording students can expect to learn how to take a song from a rough idea and transform it into a radio-ready finished product. We learn the important concepts of recording and mixing right in my creative and comfortable studio located in Daytona Beach.

There is no greater joy for me than to help someone accomplish their musical goals! Teaching and mentoring is an honor and a privilege that I don’t take lightly. I would love to help you in any way I can. I look forward to meeting you!
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