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Ben P.

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- Hand/Foot Technique, Coordination and Independence
- Fills/Solos and speed development
- All styles including Rock, Jazz, Blues, Funk, Soul, R+B, Latin, etc
- Music Reading/ Music Theory
- Audition Preparation/ Coaching
- Drum mic'ing and recording techniques

About Ben

Hi! My name is Ben and I am a professional drummer living in Los Angeles CA. I have been teaching and performing drums for 18 years! I am well versed in many styles of music and can teach you jazz, blues, rock, pop, funk, electronic, latin, world and more. I have a B.A. in Music Education from the University of Texas at Arlington. I just recently got back from Europe after touring with the Postmodern Jukebox on Deck Band.

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I like to keep the atmosphere laid back but at the same time work hard to get good at the drums! We'll go over fundamentals and technique and how to apply those to the drum set in songs and solos.

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Instruments provided

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I play and teach all styles of music

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May 27, 2018
Samiyah M.
The first drum lessons for my daughter was absolutely awesome
March 2, 2016
Christina
Ben is very talented and professional. He has helped me stay focused on areas needing improvement, while also hilighting my skills. I highly recommend him; he is an excillent teacher.
January 11, 2016
Devon C.
It was great!

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Joseph R.

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Beginners- We focus quite a bit on developing a split foundation of rhythm. This included written notation and basic rhythmic dictation. We start learning how to feel rhythm, and play simple drum beats or patterns well

Intermediate- In addition to the above info, we start to learn more advance techniques, and how to incorporate them into playing the drums.

About Joseph

Joseph Rincón has been honing his abilities on the guitar for over eighteen years and has performed extensively throughout the United States and in Spain. He earned his B.M. in Performance degree from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, as well as receiving a formal recognition as “Outstanding Performer” by the faculty of the department of music. He also received two additional recognition and scholarships from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke for his exceptional skill in music performance.

In 2017, he completed the Máster en Interpretación de Guitarra Clásica program at the Universitat d'Alacant, in Alicante, Spain. During his time in Spain, he studied closely with world-renowned guitarists such as Manuel Barrueco, Xavier Díaz-Latorre, Pepe Romero, Fabio Zanon, and Grammy-Award winning guitarist David Russell.



Over the years, he has been recognized for his outstanding musicality and his passionate performances. His guitar playing and musicianship has been described as “a combination of deep and moving musical ideas with beautiful sound and refined technique”. His performances are energetic and highly expressive, whether he is performing for a large audience or a small and intimate gathering.

In addition to frequently performing in the Charlotte, Lake Norman, and surrounding areas, he is also an inspired music teacher. He teaches various styles of guitar, including electric and steel-string acoustic guitar, as well as different musical genres such as rock, blues, and folk. As an instructor, he wants to share his love of music with his students, and his goal is to awaken the musical potential in them. He is a highly dedicated professional with a desire to not only teach students how to play the guitar but to learn how to use the guitar as a vehicle of musical expression.
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August 27, 2019
Alice
I really enjoyed my first lesson. Looking forward to working with Joey!
July 18, 2018
Derek A.
Great first lesson !
December 8, 2016
Mike B.
Joseph is a fantastic instructor! He's extremely talented, supportive and enthusiastic. It's been a pleasure learning from him.

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Bill M.

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Experienced Drum teacher of 30 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of reading and musicianship skills. I specialize in jazz, rock, blues and typically use just about any drum book on the market.

About Bill

Welcome to the lessons site for songwriter, professional drummer and musician Bill M. Bill grew up on Long Island New York and studied formally for several years with luminaries such as Global Drumming Ambassador Dom Famularo, and the venerable Al Miller. In addition, Bill furthered his drum set and musical performance studies at the Drummers Collective in NYC, Berklee College of Music, University of Southern California Jazz Extension and the Dick Grove School of Music. In recent years, Bill continues to seek the knowledge of the masters and has studied with legendary drummers Jeff Hamilton and John Riley.

Bill is a top notch educator with many years experience as a drum teacher and drum circle facilitator. Bill has also taught group drum classes at International Schools overseas and has given numerous clinics throughout the world.

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July 20, 2019
Mark
Bill is a pro musician with in-depth experience in music performance and technology. He is an enthusiastic and effective teacher who I highly recommend.
July 16, 2019
Dom
Billy is a top educator that sets up each lesson very personalized! An excellent teacher!
October 13, 2015
Karl
Bill is top notch. I worked with Bill on Long Island in a club date band several years back. During that time he taught my nephew the drums. Bill's patience and knowledge paved the way for my nephew to get accepted into a top music school. A great player and a great teacher!

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Bill M.

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Experienced Music teacher of 8 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of their instrument and theory skills. I specialize in all styles. Typically, I use a variety of method books to pick from to meet the needs of the students. I also have many tools available to use during lessons.
My students have gone on to NYSSMA and on to college auditions successfully!

About Amber

I have been teaching private lessons since 2008, but have been studying music since I was only 4 with non stop private and in school lessons. I now have my Bachelor's degree in Music education and am working toward my Masters in Music performance and Instruction.

I love working with my students. Watching them succeed at what they do is what makes my day great. I always love to have a fun atmosphere around me and enjoy every minute it. Music is great for self expression a great Escape or an easy pass-time. It's nothing that should be stressful, but the opposite and that is what my lessons aim to do. Provide an educational, but fun and expressive learning experience to carry with you or your child throughout your lives.

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September 12, 2019
Adrita M.
Amber was very nice.. she knew how to jump in right where my daughter had left her last teacher and became a favorite on the first day. :)
August 21, 2019
Donna
Amber makes lessons challenging and fun. She's got a great teaching style, develops student's confidence, and knows what a student needs to work on to become their best.
June 20, 2019
Alec
She’s wonderful & patient. My son, Alec, is enjoying his lessons.
She also gives good advice on practicing and taking care of the sax.

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Mark C.

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Drums were my first real hobby, and a great confidence-builder when I was growing up. I've spent many hours playing drums, and it's become a very rewarding part of my life. I specialize in teaching the techniques of playing the drum set, and I'd love to show you how to do it. So, sign up! I promise it'll be fun. You won't regret it.

About Mark

Mark is an American composer, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and music producer.

I started teaching private music lessons my senior year of high school, in 2006. Since then I've taught over 50 different students of all ages from 3 years old to 61 years old. While still living in Ohio, I was the one and only official guitar teacher for Guitar Center Youngstown through the duration of 2008-2009. In late 2009, after moving to Los Angeles, I continued to teach privately all around the city. I currently live in West Hollywood with my wife and dog. I plan to continue teaching private students for the rest of my life.

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July 24, 2019
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May 26, 2019
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April 22, 2019
Loly
Mark is a patient, friendly, experience and pleasant teacher. I enjoyed working with him very much. I learned a lot of new things during his classes. I need to practice all. I am very happy to recommend him to anyone else who is looking for a great teacher .

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Granville M.

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With private teaching experience and a degree in Jazz Composition & Professional Music from Berklee College of Music, Granville adopts the teaching methods of the accomplished performers and educators who instructed him, such as the late Joe Morello(Dave Brubeck), Terri Lyne Carrington (Grammy Award winning artist), Dave DiCenso(Hiromi, Josh Groban) among others.

Granville's curriculum centers on the building blocks; great technique to empower flexibility in his students. He uses methods perfected by Alan Dawson (The Rudimental Ritual), Gary Chaffee (Odd Time Stickings), Sanford A. Moeller (The Moeller Technique), and other great teachers while employing methods he has found successful through his years of teaching.When necessary, music theory elements are employed to teach song form, dynamics and overall musicianship.

Granville is also a composer, producer and touring artist which will aid in creating focused progress if and when the decision to grow in a career direction is ...

About Granville

I operate in the music arena as a touring musician; a Music Director for musicals, jazz ensembles and choirs; a composer & songwriter; a band teacher at my local elementary school, a private instructor and a producer with a degree in Jazz Composition and Professional Music from Berklee College of Music. I am currently performing and writing with Divinity Roxx (Beyonce, Victor Wooten, etc.), Elle Winston, Kate Vargas and others. Most of my writing and creating is done here in my private studio. I am proud to have produced tracks featured by the likes of Elton John on his Beats 1 Radio (Apple Music) station. That is to say, I'm really proud of the artists and having such an inspired space.

I have, and continue to be honored to perform all over the world with some of the most prolific players this planet has seen and those it will experi

ence in the coming years. I find playing music can be a great source of inspiration and release. But most importantly, everyone has a voice to be heard through music.

I have taught privately since I was in high school on my own. Over the years, I have also been affiliated with some amazing entities. Additionally, my work in arts administrative (Brooklyn Academy of Music -BAM, UVA Music) and my new affiliation with Zoo Labs translates into my ability to show you skills that will garnish success when you aren't playing music.

My students can expect growth in knowledge of rhythm, understanding of music and song forms. Your timing will improve! Your feel for styles (blues, rock, jazz, hip hop, EDM, etc.) will improve! Your technique will be through the roof!! I empower my students to do whatever they can dream to do with music, whether it is for personal enrichment or personal ambition.

I will demystify anything you feel is outside of your reach and grow you into the musician you want to be. My private studio is a fully equipped playground for the musically-minded with all the tools and materials you need to grow as a musician, so all you need to bring is your imagination. I look forward to the journey.
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June 11, 2019
Kashy
Granville is an excellent teacher ! He is a able to teach technique to my 3 year old in a way that he instantly gets it. The vast array of instruments he has available for my son to experience is a musical playground!
September 18, 2018
Raphael
Great lesson with Granville! Very insightful and patient teacher and the lesson was a great mix of technique and playing. Very much looking forward to the next lessons.
April 17, 2018
Elle
Granville is extremely knowledgeable, patient, organized and invested. Recommend him to EVERYONE!

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Jacob S.

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I am a Percussionist of the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance. I have studied under Ray DeMarchi (BVNW), Jenny Wagner (FCBB), Derek Frank ((Pro)ject C4) and currently Dr. Nick Petrella (Head of Sabian Music Education and Adjunct Professor of UMKC.) This is currently my 5th year playing with the Fountain City Youth Brass Academy.
My studio is a learning place for the beginning percussionist to enhance their skills in drum set, concert and rudimental (marching) snare drum, 2 mallet and 4 mallet marimba playing, and world percussion (hopefully timpani and more soon!)

About Jacob

I am a Percussionist of the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance. I have studied under Ray DeMarchi (BVNW), Jenny Wagner (FCBB), Derek Frank ((Pro)ject C4) and currently Dr. Nick Petrella (Head of Sabian Music Education and Adjunct Professor of UMKC.) This is currently my 5th year playing with the Fountain City Youth Brass Academy.
My studio is a learning place for the beginning percussionist to enhance their skills in drum set, concert and rudimental (marching) snare drum, 2 mallet and 4 mallet marimba playing, and world percussion (hopefully timpani and more soon!)

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September 17, 2019
Kris V.
He is the best teacher, that my son ever had.
My son is special needs and he enjoyed every minute of the class. As a mom I could see how happy my son was and he is very looking forward for his next session.

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Christian J.

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I'm an easy-going and passionate drum and percussion educator who truly enjoys working with students, not only to achieve their short term goals, but to share a life-long love of music and a desire to continue learning. I believe in fostering a student’s love of music. While I wholeheartedly devote lessons to developing a strong foundation of fundamentals, I also try demonstrate how they apply to a student’s passion. Simply, I like to teach how to learn and appreciate music - a skill that can be applied to all areas of education and life. If you want to learn something that I don't know, then we can learn it together. If you have other musical interests, like beat-making on your smartphone or playing other percussion instruments, we can incorporate those interests into the lessons. I believe that we can be complete musicians, not JUST drummers, so I like to involve music making into all we do in our time together.

About Christian

Hello prospective student! I am a drummer, percussionist and producer with nearly 25 years of playing and teaching experience in the New York and Los Angeles areas. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Music Management from William Paterson University in NJ with a playing concentration in classical and orchestral percussion, although ROCKING OUT on the drum set is my real love.

I am a student of Dom Famularo, Drumming World Ambassador, educator and author of the award-winning book It's Your Move, among many others. I also studied drum set with Tommy Igoe, bandleader and best-selling author of Groove Essentials and Great Hands For a Lifetime. I currently play in local L.A. bands Little Galaxies and Glowbird, as well as around town wherever I am hired. I have performed live with well-known pop stars as well as provided incidental music for musi

c videos.

In addition to that, I am an avid songwriter and producer and I really look forward to incorporating electronic music into our lessons together.

In my lessons, I will start with a few custom lesson plans to gauge your skill level before moving on to method books. For beginning students, I like to focus on what makes music universally fun. We work on listening to music, feeling the pulse, and recognizing the rhythm. From there, I will introduce you to music notation and what it means when translated to sound. I also try to plant the seed of good technique by focusing on posture and stick handling.

As you become more advanced, I like to focus heavily on reading and developing playing techniques. At this point, I introduce a few method books for content to practice. We'll get started with Stick Control by George L. Stone to develop a foundation in dexterity. From there, we will use Tommy Igoe's Great Hands For A Lifetime to further develop healthy playing technique in a system based on rudimental drumming. Having been a student of Tommy's, I am uniquely capable of teaching this method to you.

On drum set, I typically start with Joel Rothman's Basic Rock Beats before moving on to John Lombardo's Rockin' Bass Drum. These two books cover many variations on the rock beat that are suitable for almost any playing style or occasion. As you develop into a proficient intermediate drummer, we will start to work through Tommy Igoe's Groove Essentials books for learning different genres and styles, with the focus being on groove, sound and musicality. I love getting to this stage in our face-to-face lessons because I can record you playing along to the songs in my studio.

At this point, you'll be able to handle mostly any reading and playing situation, so we may move on to more advanced studies like independence, polyrhythmic beats, odd time signatures, and linear time playing. From there, you're only limited by your imagination and desire to keep going!

I look forward to starting this journey with you!
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April 20, 2019
Timothy
Christian Johnson is one of the finest percussion instructors I have ever known. He worked on our marching band staff for several years serving as the drumline instructor. Thanks to his patience, professionalism, and wonderful personality, the drumline grew to unseen levels and helped thrust the band into one of the finest in the state for many years.

I strongly recommend Christian Johnson for any type of percussion teaching.
March 14, 2019
Reagan
I started a bit behind the other kids in elementary school band. Chris was the drum instructor for the high school marching band at the time and my band teacher highly recommended him for private lessons.

Chris was able to get me caught up to the other drummers within a couple months. I was finally able to read sheet music fluently and began to be assigned more advanced parts to play in the school band. Each week Chris gave me homework assignments such as working on different rudiments or reading and playing different types of percussion sheet music (bells, xylophone, etc). My lessons with a Chris paid off over the years, as I was able to join the high school marching band as a middle schooler and went on to win accolades for my drumming in the school plays. Everything I learned and accomplished most definitely stemmed from my lessons with Chris!
March 7, 2019
David D.
Christian is a very knowledgeable and patient drum instructor. As a music teacher and producer myself, I like to have a good understanding of instruments I don't play such as drums, and Christian has helped me have a much deeper understanding of drumming techniques, concepts, exercises, and styles. He is quite versatile, has a great understanding of music, and is a very effective communicator. I highly recommend!

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Phoenix
"Evan has knowledge, is friendly and my son has been enjoying his lessons."
Bojun
"Very professional, organize materials according to your level and needs. best teacher."
Jennifer
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Kevin
"Dan is the best, seriously! He is an amazing teacher for beginners and professionals. I tried learning drums in the past, but the music theory and reading
fundamentals usually bored me. Dan made learning the basics enjoyable, while also challenging me musically. He personally tailors his lesson plans to my individual needs, and helped me learn my favorite songs on drums. Dan taught me everything I need to know within the first few months of our lessons, but I will continue to take lessons because he's a genuine dude."
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Akemi
"I could not ask for more in a teacher. Ryan is amazing in every way. He has been teaching my 4 year old son the drums for nearly a year. When my son st
arted lessons, he was actually below the minimum age for students, but he shared a passion for music that Ryan was willing to cultivate and be patient with.

Ryan is versatile in his teaching methods, creative, open, patient. Teaching a young student, Ryan adjusted to teaching music reading fundamentals with colors and shapes. He also figured out ways to correct, critique and build all the while building a young child's confidence.

Ryan provides a written evaluation of our son annually and has him prepare for two public recitals a year. Ryan integrates modern technology into the lessons to quickly provide feedback and create customized beats and tempos to practice to.

Above all, Ryan smiles and laughs. He makes every lesson pleasant and we treasure him, truly."
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Tiffany B.
"Casey is amazing! During our lessons, not only did he provide me with the fundamentals for being a skilled drummer but also perfectly balanced challenging
me while allowing me to express myself creatively. He is definitely the best!"
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Rob l
"Great player/ teacher. Mike is extremely knowledgeable with all sorts of genres. He is patient and very personable. 5 stars."
Stacey
"Matt is AWESOME. He has been a great musical role model for me since day one. The knowledge that Matt has passed down to me has completely reallocated m
y purpose as a musician and challenged me to question my role as a drummer in an ensemble situation. What insight! I have absolutely no doubt that I will be prepared to confidently attend college university music ensembles in the next couple of months, because of Matt's mentorship and how it has inspired me (and of course, taught me how) to achieve my best. Matt has exposed me to styles of music I didn't even know existed. His talent is beyond the capacity of any other teacher I've had, and my family and I respect him very much. Very personable, easy-going, and intelligent. Thank you Matt, for everything. :)"
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Phil
"Keith is the best

I've been playing drums for ten years. When I started taking lessons with Keith a year and a half ago, it became a real milestone. Keit
h helped me go from a mediocre player to a true student of the instrument. His genuine passion for both drums and teaching is palpable and inspiring, and his lessons often even go beyond the practice room. Besides being a great teacher, he is also a great guy and a great friend, and I look forward to seeing him every week."
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