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Edgar V.

Miami, FL

I can teach you the basics of congas, bongoes and timbales. How to play with the Clave and how to incorporate the tambourine, shakers and other fun instruments.

About Edgar

Hi there! My name is Edgar V., I have an Associates Degree in Music Business, Creative Performance from Miami Dade College. I'm focused, patient, enthusiastic and very active! "Schedule a lesson with me now and start learning the art of playing drums."

My passion is playing drums and percussion. I've been playing drums for 14 years now. First I studied drums in Colombia with Shakira's former drummer Italo Lamboglia for 4 years and then when I moved here in US, I've kept refining my craft taking drum lessons at Miami Dade College, learning new techniques and so on.

I'm currently an inde
pendent drummer. I play with many artists and bands as a freelancer, So I get to perform very often live in different venues all over South Florida. I also freelance at different T.V. Networks as a background drummer and percussionist for artists promoting their songs on TV shows. I have won drum contests and competitions on stores and online as well. I have recorded various records and singles with major producers and performed in different countries as a hired drummer.

I've been sharing my knowledge in drums with others since I first started playing drums! I’m a believer that the more you share, the more you learn, and overtime I've realized that the process never stops. At first I was a drum instructor at a local church in Colombia. I had 10 – 20 students in a single classroom -- It was a great experience! Then when I came to the U.S. I've been mainly instructing privately, so I have plenty of experience.

Schedule a lesson with me now and start learning the art of playing drums. I am looking forward to meeting new and eager students who really want to bring their inner music out to share with the rest of us and develop their skills to the peak of their abilities. After all, you might be the next music prodigy, but perhaps you don’t know it yet! See you soon!

Edgar V.

*** Studio Equipment ***
living room: electric drum set, additional seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Electric drum set or acoustic drums set.

*** Specialties ***
If you take lessons with me, you can expect to learn everything you need to know to be a great drummer. I focus on 5 core skills to be a great drummer: Coordination, Rhythms, Music Theory, Sight Reading and Styles/ Interpretation.

I also use different methods and books like the Joe Porcaro's Drum Method, Syncopation, Stick Control, Even in the odds, among different methods depending on the style you want to focus on like Rock, Pop, Jazz, Latin, Fusion or even Metal.
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Rike F. December 12, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Fantastic instructor! Extremely talented and knowledgeable about music. Very encouraging and patient. My daughter has learned a lot and really enjoys the lessons. I definitely recommend him!!
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Edgar V. June 14, 2013
Drum
Excellent drum teacher!

Edgar is an amazing drummer and teacher. He's very patient and committed to make you a great drummer. He also takes the instruction from the "classroom" to the real world, he once took me to one of his shows and let me play a song with his band!!! That was amazing.
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Alexandra N. May 24, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
overall, a very understanding and communicative intrustor.

The instructor is very kind and he will try to make the environment as comfortable as possible for you to practice. Also, he is very patient with his students and will make the student understand more about the music lesson taken.
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Edgar V.

Edgar V.

Miami, FL 33130
(3)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Johnny C.

Fort Lauderdale, FL

HOW TO PLAY THE CONGA DRUM..this is what i teach..
This is my curriculum for my Latin Percussion course:

The study of the Conga drum, Bongos and Timbales

Cuban methods as taught in Cuba today which include: Also my methods developed over 25 years of teaching

Also my methods developed over 30 years of teaching
Sound development-utilizing the 5 parts of the hand Heel/Palm/Fulcrum/Inner knuckles/and Tips of fingers- balancing of the hands€¦
Hand exercises which include my S.T.O.M.P method-Slap Tone Open Muffle Palm
Rudimentary hand drumming and approaches on Conga drum
One conga drum, 2 conga drums, 3 conga drums 4 drums
Styles in Mambo, Rumba, Salsa, Son, Latin Jazz , Folkloric, R&B, Pop, Jazz and other styles
Counting and keeping time
Stick control for timbales
Baqueteo patterns -Cascara(shell)of the timbal and cowbell patterns in clave
Abanico- 7 stroke and 9 stroke rolls
Styles on timbales-Danzon, Son, Mambo, Rumba, Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, Bolero
Reading and ...

About Johnny

I have been performing for 50 years on the Conga drum and a teacher of How to play the Conga drum for over 30 years. I have performed with such notables as Carlos Santana, Johnny Lang., Orianthi, Sergio Mendes, Eddie Palmieri, Johnny Pacheco. and many many other Grammy winning artists. Lessons are conducted around your availability. Lessons can be an hour to an hour and a half long and you will have homework. you will need your own Conga drums. Learn from one of the best player/teachers in the world today

*** Lesson Details ***
Here is is my curriculum for my Conga drum course

The stu
dy of the Conga drum....

Cuban methods as taught in Cuba today, and also my methods developed over 30 years of teaching

Sound development-utilizing the 5 parts of the hand Heel/Palm/Fulcrum/Inner knuckles/and Tips of fingers
Hand exercises which include my S.T.O.M.P method-Slap Tone Open Muffle Palm
Rudimentary hand drumming and approaches on Conga drum
One conga drum, 2 conga drums, 3 conga drums
Styles in Mambo, Rumba, Salsa, Son, Latin Jazz and Folkloric
Counting and keeping time
Stick control for timbales
Baqueteo patterns -Cascara(shell)of the timbal and cowbell patterns in clave
Abanico- 7 stroke and 9 stroke rolls
Styles on timbales-Danzon, Son, Mambo, Rumba, Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, Bolero
Reading and writing for Latin percussion
Latin Rhythm Theory
Ensemble performance
The Clave & pulse
6/8 Clave
Son Clave
Rumba Clave
The Clave today
Phrasing with the Clave
Variations on the Clave
Polyrhythms in Cuban Music

Cuban and Caribbean Rhythms taught are:

Bolero-5 variations
Caballo(Horse rhythm)-with variations
Danzon
Yambu
Guaguanco-6 variations
Rumba-with variations-columbia/abierto(open) 2Conga drums/one drum/New York street style rumba
Abakua-one drum pattern to 3 drum patterns
Plena(Puerto Rico)
Bomba
Bomba Sica
Bomba Yuba
Bambiche
Merengue(Domincan Republic)
Mozambique-old school/new school variations
Cumbia(Columbia)-with variations on one drum to 3 drums
Bembe(Afro) variations
Conga Comparsa(Carnival drumming) with variations
Changui
Calypso(Trinidad) one to 3 conga drums with variations
Bossa Nova(Brasil) with variations from one to 3 conga drums
Afro-Samba(Brasil)
Baion(Brasil)
Samba on 2 to 3 conga drums
Songo with 9 variations
Pilon on 3 congas
Iyesa with variations
6/8 basic one conga drum to 3 conga drums
Guarapachangeo with variations from 2 drums to 5
Ritmo Pa Ca
Dengue
Jala Jala
Tumbaos(basic rhythmic conga patterns for Latin Dance music) with many variations
Chaonda-
6/8 Bell patterns on conga drum with variations
Mongo Santamarias tumbaos and rhythmic approaches
Mongos Merengue
Mongos Afro Blue with variations

*** Studio Equipment ***
Congas/bongos/timbales/perc.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Congas/bongos/timbales/hand percussion

*** Specialties ***
I teach Latin percussion, conga drums, timbales, bongos and assorted African and Brazilian percussion as well.
I teach what is called the "Cuban" method of learning how to play as it is taught in Cuba today, along with my own developed methods. Yes I teach online. 
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Johnny C. September 18, 2014
Congas · In studio
From Mark and Diane after their 3 day Intensive with me...they came from Seattle,WA..where they had also taken some lessons with me...here is what they said abut their experience with me.

Hey Johnny,

Want to Thank you and Maggie for your hospitality and good cheer while Diane and I were visiting. This was truly a great experience for us. Trying to remember all the individual details we learned and very glad we recorded everything. You certainly did take us to the next level and over the next several months we will review and improve. The metronome will now be standard in our practice for quite a while as well as working for speed. You showed us many fun rhythms but more importantly you taught us a clear path for development which is what we have been missing.

Be in touch in the future and already starting to think about an early winter return for another 3 day intensive--but for the time being we are finally on path. Just playing a bit over the weekend we were so much more focused and also very realistic about our renewed dedication.

Thanks, Mark & Diane
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Johnny C. September 18, 2014
Congas · Online
Recent testimonial from ongoing pupil Charles B.

I’ve been studying the conga drum with JC for just over two years and I just want to give my total thumbs-up to his approach as a teacher and percussion professional. As a Brit with musical tastes ranging from rock, funk, jazz, hip-hop (and latin music!), I came to JC professing a slightly uncertain attraction to conga drums. Without a well-defined notion of what I really wanted to learn, JC took me through the basic strokes, rhythms and rudiments, developing my knowledge and skills in Afro-Cuban music and much else besides. JC’s experience in the music biz is obviously amazing and one of the best things about learning from him (aside from the great stories) are the unique rhythms and styles he’s acquired (and invented) over the years, from hanging and playing in so many “scenes“. So if you want a proper idea of how to play alongside funk, disco and other r n b styles, this is your guy. Needless to say, he’ll also makes sure you know the essentials behind the instrument, most importantly its deep roots in African music and traditions, and its obvious dominance in Afro-Cuban music. Not only that, JC is a very attentive teacher and is well up on things like “cognitive discovery”, which emphasises learning through hearing and hands as much as through more logical processes. Learning through Skype is also a lot easier and effective than it sounds. It’s been a great experience, revealing the full potential of the instrument to me and motivating me to keep up practice and lessons
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Johnny C. September 18, 2014
Congas · In studio
From Mark D.-Texas...
I just returned last night from a week at Jonny's intensive...
I'm already planning a time when I can go back.
No BS here, it started with JC picking me up at the airport on a Sunday evening, we had dinner at a Cuban restaurant and hit the drums the next morning... For 6+ hours a day! everyday for 5 days.

I have to admit, I thought for sure it would go down something like... He would give me an exercise, and then come back in half an hour while I worked on it. No way... He sat right next to me every hour of every day for the entire week. " sit up straight... relax your hands...breathe...Don't tap the drum, hit it...not enough wrist...get your hand off the drum...mark your time...you're too stiff...

JC is a guy who believes TEACHING is an art form, and he is good at it. He has a system, it's not random, he has thought it thru...He breaks it down so that you are doing something you understand, and you understand WHY you are doing it. A lot of guys can play, but not every guy who can play...can teach. Johnny can do both.

I really felt like it wasn't just a job for JC...he was sincerely interested in me being successful. He did everything he could do to make sure I got the most out of everyday I spent there. Many days, we worked late, no complaint, no reminder that the lesson was over... We went as long as I lasted. And, when we weren't playing, we were watching DVDs of Cuban Rumberos, or listening to Mongo or Puente from records he bought 45 years ago... Awesome

There is not enough time for me to have been able to learn as much as I learned from JC on my own. It is amazing to me that he was so willing to give me so much of what took him a lifetime to accomplish. I will be forever grateful to JC for giving me that.
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Johnny C.

Johnny C.

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33313
(5)
starting at
$39.95 / 60-min
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Jessica G.

Fort Lauderdale, FL

About Jessica

With 13 years of secondary teaching experience, both in a charter public, and private school setting, I am confident in my ability to become an asset to your student's individual educational needs!

A graduate of Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa (2003), I graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education with emphasis in both vocal performance and flute. I am incredibly active in several music professional organizations including FBA, FMEA/FSMA, MENC, IBA, and IAAE, as well as being an alum of Mu Phi Epsilon, a National Honorary Music Fraternity.

I was honored to be nomin
ated each year while teaching at Ainger for the Charlotte County Teacher of the Year and was selected as the 2004 Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year for Charlotte County. This honor comes from student nominations that are sent in and was awarded $1000 to purchase supplies for my program.

Professionally, I have served as the Florida Bandmasters Association District 16 Secretary (Middle School), as well as the District 15 Secretary and later Chairperson in addition to being a member of the the the FBA State Executive Board and Broward Music Educators Association. (BMEA) Executive Board. I was also the Guest Conductor for the 2008 Superintendent's Middle School Honor Chorus in Miami-Dade. I currently serve as the Broward County Band Directors Association Co-Chair and am a State Adjudicator in both Jazz and Solo and Ensemble as well as my work with various area schools as a guest clinician.

I have performed with the Des Moines Metro Opera, Ingersoll Children's and Dinner Theatres, Drama Workshop, Des Moines Playhouse, Oster Regent Theatre and was selected by the Donna Reed Foundation in 1998 as the Top Iowa Vocalist.

I studied flute with Ms. Karrie Tate and voice with Dr. Les Hale, Dr. Robert L. Larsen, Dr. Maria DiPalma and Ms. Jacqueline Thompson.

I believe that every student, regardless of ability or age, can grow musically. My purpose is to enrich and challenge students by helping them discover the special meaning that exists only in creating, re-creating, and experiencing music. In this way, I hope to inspire and motivate your child to achieve their fullest potential in music.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am here to provide students a comprehensive, balanced education in instrumental and vocal music. Through the study of music, students develop intellectually, physically, emotionally and socially. Intellectual growth is enhanced through the student's ever-increasing knowledge of musical concepts; its unique notation system, terminology, styles, historical eras, and historical figures. Physically, students must adapt to the many challenges of learning an instrument and transforming symbols into sound. Students also develop a sense of leadership through learning to work side-by-side with others in a group setting. Perhaps the most unique and essential element making music education so special, however, is that it provides students the opportunity to develop aesthetically. Aesthetic education helps a student develop his/her own natural responsiveness to the power of music. Through studying, creating and experiencing quality music, the student becomes more attuned to his/her individual expressiveness. Simply put, music educates the whole child-mind, body and heart.

I believe there is no more powerful a way for my students to explore and understand what it means to be human in all its many facets than through the creation and experience of music. My personal goal as a music educator is always to increase my students abilities to perceive, experience, and react to the expressive qualities of music by providing students personally fulfilling and meaningful opportunities for musical experiences.

Vocal Students:
Vocal students will receive proper instruction in breathing, articulation, phonation, vocal health, various vocalizes, as well as other aspects of proper vocal technique in addition to extensive repertoire.

Piano Students:
Piano students will receive proper instruction in posture, hand position, music theory, scales and finger exercises as well as harmonization and transposition in addition to extensive repertoire.

Woodwind students:
Woodwind students will receive proper instruction with attention to music theory, embouchure, correct posture and playing positions, maintenance and care of their instruments, breathing, intonation, articulation, various warm-up techniques and tone in addition to extensive repertoire.

*** Studio Equipment ***
2nd floor condo, keyboard, seating for parents,

*** Specialties ***
I have utilized Essential Elements 2000 as well as Rubank Advanced Volumes as well as various All-State etude method books....Focus is on correct warming up and technique ie (Flute-Taffanel, Hughes, Filas, etc.) as well as solo/literature. Many things have been passed down to me from my own previous mentors/teachers including Karrie Tate on Flute, and Les Hale, Maria DiPalma and Maestro Robert L. Larsen in voice.
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Katherine June 21, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Jessica was very patient and yet enthusiastic with teaching my little 6 year old her very first piano lesson. We are very excited to see where this will go and look forward to many more lessons!
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Kaden P. April 5, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
My son had his first singing lesson today , Jessica was awesome with him. He has ADHD and it was hard to tell because she kept him so engaged. Thank you Jessica I am so happy he got you to work with .
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Yann S. March 24, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
I love the method she uses for my 4 year old son. It's fun for him and for a first lesson my son learned a lot. Way to go Jess
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Jessica G.

Jessica G.

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33324
(13)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Jerry J.

Fort Lauderdale, FL

About Jerry

Hello, my name is Jerry and I've been teaching drums for over eight years! I teach various styles of music so whether you're interested in classical theory studies or like would play by ear I am able to teach new ideas and help develop a practice routine to meet your specific needs! In no time, you will be able to perform whatever your musical heart desires. I have a great studio for your learning environment equipped with everything you will need.

Please contact TakeLessons to set up an introductory lesson with me.

(I am also a beginning piano teacher, as I also studied classical and ja
zz piano in college.)
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Filippo V. June 18, 2015
Drum · In studio
Jerry is an awesome music teacher and a great role model for my 10-year-old son. He instills both passion for music and discipline - serious fun!
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Jerry J.

Jerry J.

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
(1)
starting at
$34.95 / 30-min
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Charles M.

Hollywood, FL

I've been teaching Music for 5 plus years and my students have gone on to accomplish great things. My goal and challenge for every student is to teach them how to play, read and listen to music. This will enable them the ability to play any song and any style of music. I specialize in Jazz, R&B and Classical. Typically I learn my students leaning habits whether its hands on or visual and their attention span, so I can't effectively teach my students. Can't wait to meet you!

About Charles

I have acquired over five years of teaching experience, travel from ages 5 to 17 acting and playing music. In addition I am a full-time music teacher and spend my free time volunteering at a local high school teaching music. I love music and teaching, it is amazing to see the look on a student face when they learn something new and even better when they perform and stun the audience the joy that my students get makes me happy its confirmation of a job well done.
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Joash June 26, 2015
Trumpet · In studio
Mr. Charles is a great instructor he really help me improve plus he taught me how to read music
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Tiffany June 26, 2015
Drum · In studio
Charles is a great teacher my son loves him he really goes above and beyond to ensure he is learning while having fun
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Charles M.

Hollywood, FL 33020
(2)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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