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!
*** Lesson Details *** I like to be laid back and very individual with my approach. I always introduce a curriculum designed to teach basic 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.
*** Travel Equipment *** 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, metal, country, blues, and jazz with an emphasis on theory and technique.
Hilarie H. October 29, 2014
In home Verified Student
My Name is Hilarie and I'm 49 years old and I took a 40 year hiatus from playing the Piano. I can tell you that my skill level is that of a beginner with a mind set of at least intermediate . I have completed my 7th week with Jordan as my teacher. He has been exceptional in his patience, professionalism and most of all encouragement! Our lessons are well rounded and he helps me to focus on the fundamentals I need to achieve my goals . Very respectful and polite. I highly recommend Jordan to all who wish for musical instruction. And I must add that he is very cute/handsome! :)
Lisa D. July 21, 2014
All four of my children have taken lessons with Jordan, in piano and acoustic guitar. Jordan has a natural way with children, and adapts his style and lessons to the individual needs of each child. Jordan's musical gifts, and his gift of relating to and teaching, children makes him and excellent teacher. I recommend him whole-heartedly.
Dave D. July 21, 2014
Arrangement and Composition ·
I have played in bands, recorded music, and taken a few lessons with Jordan in the past. He is without a doubt, one of the most gifted musicians I have ever had the pleasure to work with. In addition, he is a very patient and attentive teacher and caters his teaching to suit the needs/abilities of the student. I highly recommend Jordan for lessons on multiple instruments, you won't be disappointed.
I have been teaching drums for 5 years, but other instruments for 15 years.
I am very patient and adjust areas of study to fit my students goals.
I started playing music around the Kansas City area twenty five years ago. I graduated from The University of Southern California with a degree in studio/jazz guitar (cum laude). While at USC, I received a merit scholarship and an award for professional leadership and service within her department. I also graduated with honors from Musicians Institute (GIT), of Hollywood, CA.
I have toured the U.S. and Canada playing venues such as The Portland Rose Festival, The Playboy Jazz Festival, The Santa Monica Twilight Concert Series, Irvine Lake Blues Festival,The Burnaby British Columbia Blues
Festival and the Long Beach Blues Festival. The headliners at these events included Robben Ford, The Neville Brothers, and Johnny Winter.
I have released two solo CD's that have received first-rate reviews, as well as international airplay. After the second CD, I was biographied for AMG (All Music Guide) the internet's first source for music information. Here are excerpts from the AMG bio:
... there are also elements of Jimi Hendrix (arguably the first true heavy metal/hard rock artist), Jeff Beck and Stevie Ray Vaughan in her playing, and she clearly has a strong appreciation of jazz--not only jazz-rock fusion improvisers like John Scofield, Larry Coryell and Mahavishnu Orchestra founder John McLaughlin, but also, straight-ahead bop favorites such as Kenny Burrell, Grant Green, Wes Montgomery and Joe Pass.......eclectic outlook is one of her strong points; her ability to move from a tough, aggressive blues-rock groove to a more cerebral, fusion-minded approach to the occasional soul-jazz/hard bop number has made for some very unpredictable albums.
I have been teaching full-time for the past 15years. I have taught all ages and popular styles. In 2008, my blues guitar method was published and distributed through Amazon.
*** Lesson Details *** I incorporate a tailored curriculum to help people achieve their personal goals. Learning music is not a "one-size fits all" proposition. I can show you the songs that you want to play. I can also teach you music theory, technique, improvisation, reading and more. I adjust your course of study according to your areas of interest. If you are dying to learn a Led Zeppelin tune, or are planning on auditioning for a college level jazz guitar program, I can help you achieve these goals. I have taught hundreds of beginners along side more advanced students. My students have gone one to study music at GIT, Fullerton College, Pasadena City College, Berklee, Cal State LA, and USC.
Most of all, I am extremely patient. The ability to playing a musical instrument is measure on a calendar, not on a watch. I often work at a slow, systematic pace. I am generally very laid-back. On the other hand, if you learn very quickly, I can readily show you the skills you need to meet your goal. I have fast-tracked many individuals that were seeking admittance to an academic program.
My teaching studio is computer equipped. This allows me to incorporate computer software that enhances learning. One such program, Band in a Box, generates accompaniment for students so that they can work on their soloing skills. Another program can slow recorded music down so that the student can practice slowly with it. Also, I often give out play-along practice CDs for improved learning.
The aspect of performance is often not addressed by many. I am able to work with my guitar students while accompanying by performing live bass or drum parts, or work with bass students while playing the guitar or drum parts. This allows the student to understand his or her roll in an live band.
*** Studio Equipment *** Dedicated music room room w/ guitars, bass, drum set, pa system, and seating for parents
*** Specialties *** I teach all popular guitar and bass styles. I am a expert in Jazz, Blues, and R&B. (degree in Studio/Jazz guitar) Great with theory, technique and reading. Have given recording lessons with CUBASE. Now teaching drum kit to beginners
Richard M. January 26, 2015
Kimberly is an amazing musician and teacher. Her teaching techniques can make you the musician you've always wanted to be.
From beginner to seasoned player she can help you hone your skills. Let's say your not sure you want to learn to read music just yet. Her teaching methods can have you playing your instrument faster than you would dream possible. If on the other hand your interested in improving your your reading skills she can help you understand note placement time value neck geometry economy of motion.
Your welcome to do as many players do. Work on a song for hours on end picking out note after note after note till it feels like your going to die of old age. There you are ready to play at the family gathering the room get quiet you start playing singing " I'll never leave your pizza burning" from the back of the room comes your uncle with the runny eye runs up to you saying "hey Junior that's I'll never be your beast of burden I told you not to waste your time with that guitar"
Yeah we've all had something like this happens to us.
Have you ever listened to a song and thought was that a cat?Hawaiian noises? Is that even English? musically speaking Kimberly can unscramble an egg.She can tell you what that sound was how you can reproduce it or replace it with your own. She can answer all those musical questions you've wonder about. Is the hokey pokey really what it's all about? Why'd Yankee Doodle stick a feather in his hat and call it macaroni?
Whether your a serious musician or just starting out and want to have fun. You owe it to yourself book a lesson with her. Think of all your other projects the picture frame the Jewellery box Bird house. All that stuff is in the garage gathering dust right? High priced fire wood.
What you learn with Kimberly you keep forever. Money well spent
Greg G. December 28, 2014
I have been taking guitar lessons on my electric with Kim for about a year in her studio in the LA area. There are so many guitar instructors in LA, choosing one was very difficult. I relied heavily on reviews I read & a personal recommendation from a friend. Kim is exactly what I was looking for. She is laid back and down to earth (no rapping on the knuckles here!) but she conducts herself and her business just like you'd want her to - like a business. I sort of expect most musicians to be a bit fluid with their lives and their calendars. Not Kim! She tackles her work like a professional - on time, focused on you and flexible to meet your needs.
What I love about working with her is her flexibility. We started with basic guitar lessons - scales, chords, strum patterns, etc. It quickly morphed into her teaching me what I wanted to learn. A month in she asked me to make a list of my favorite songs. She wove the learning from there - blending just enough conventional guitar teaching into the lessons to keep it real - but focused on what I wanted - learning the songs I grew up with. I didn't want to learn to read music - so she stays on tabs. I am so happy and look forward to my lessons with her every week.
I would recommend Kim to anyone who wants to learn on their own terms.
Peter B. December 10, 2014
Blues Guitar ·
I've been taking guitar lessons with Kimberly since the beginning of 2011. At the time I'd had several years of lessons using a traditional method on acoustic guitar and was looking for a teacher who could help me focus on electric blues rock and move me beyond my intermediate skill level.
Kimberly has a real focus on and talent for teaching. My lessons are tailored to meet my interests. A large part of the lesson is devoted to learning her method for blues soloing--at least 5 approaches to improvisation and comping. After several years, I've come to see how these approaches interweave, complement each other and have become an intuitive part of my musical vocabulary.
Also, because I expressed an interest, part of the lesson involves sight reading, learning blues and jazz theory, developing rhythmic playing sense, and learning a few favorite solos. Kimberly has an amazing ability to tab out and teach any song you give her. Which leads to the best part--after 6 months I was invited to play with one of her ensemble classes. While I was absolutely petrified with fear at the beginning, this has turned into one of the highlights of my week every week. It is just downright fun! It's a safe and forgiving environment where you can make mistakes and learn, or try things out that might flop, or turn into something cool. Every teacher and guitar magazine article all point to the need to play with other musicians to develop your skills and this is where Kimberly Allison really delivers. I feel that I could now sit in with other musicians and contribute.
I give my highest recommendation for taking lessons with Kimberly.
Olises N. began formally learning drums at age 12 when he attended Washington Irving Junior High School. Having received a strong musical foundation under the direction of Ms. Lynn Johnson-Lang, he went on to being accepted into the Hamilton Music Academy/Humanities Magnet school in Culver City. Under the direction of David Sears (Senior Director at The Grammy Foundation) and a "whose who" of visiting artists, Olises' basics were sharpened, his musical horizons expanded and his passion and admiration for teaching were fueled. Olises' first teaching experience was at a local high sch
ool where he was asked by the music director to teach a summer drums/percussion course. He continued to perform, travel, and record with many groups while attending Pasadena City College where he studied music theory, piano, classical percussion with Ken McGrath and further Jazz performance with the legendary Bobby Bradford. Today, Olises continues to enrich his students by bringing over 20 years of successful music instruction to every teaching session. His lessons are informed by his 25 plus years of professional performing and recording experience. Olises is not only an experienced drummer, but also a gifted, caring teacher with a passion and insight that has tangibly improved the playing of many aspiring and working drummers.
*** Lesson Details *** Olises customizes a curriculum for every student depending upon each student's individual goals. Whether it be reading, independence, or technique he will offer you insights that will help improve those areas. He chooses from a variety of techniques, exercises, and materials that he uses to build his curriculum for you. Many of his students have enjoyed marked improvements in their playing just after their first session! His style is as a matter of factual, positive and makes you feel like there's nothing you can't do!
*** Studio Equipment *** Music/recording studio w/ piano and drum kits and mics w/ seating for parents
*** Specialties *** I specialize in Jazz, Afro-Latin, Brazilian and Funk styles though I am familiar with many other styles. Aside from my own personalized methods I use and teach the Sanford Moeller and Billy Gladstone methods for technique and have learned to apply the Gary Chester method to my drumset playing.
Joshua G. May 25, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Has a great deal of knowledge on overall music history and how percussion has developed through each of its stages. Appropriates style according to the interest of desired drummer and can demonstrate the relationships between student's preferred styles and how they relate to others. As a student this is very important because of its role in the development of ones own technique and style and how one can build on whats been done before.
Anna L. November 3, 2012 Verified Student
my son is very happy and comfortable with his teacher and i am very pleased since this is his first time taking lessons.
KarineJ July 3, 2012
Olises has been an incredible teacher. He is patient, kind and deeply passionate about music. I am truly grateful for finding him - I have come to love drumming and look/feel music on a whole different level.
My teaching experience dates back to my college days, as I began teaching private lessons part time 15 years ago, and have been consistently teaching private include in Yamaha Music School. Encouraging regular practice on a consistent schedule is one of the key points I like to emphasize for younger students, as it tends to help the student progress and gain a passion for the instrument. Nothing is more rewarding than seeing one of my students develop a passion for music!
I'm a passionate and motivated instructor who loves working with students and sharing my love of music. Graduated from
Musician Institute, Hollywood,CA. Performing all over the world, such as Canada, Japan, Shanghai, Macau, etc. Performing has been one of the greater experiences of my life as a musician, and I've had the opportunity to play with Big Band, Cruise line band and local band in Los Angeles.
*** Lesson Details *** For beginning students who are children, I typically start with really really simply technique to understand, easy to understand. Once the student has progressed to have a grasp of the fundamentals, I will begin to introduce "Rudiments" and sight reading. For adults, I try to find out what the student is interested in, and guide my instruction accordingly to keep the lessons engaging and fun, no matter their ability level.
Therefore, it's important that each student progresses at his or her own pace. I encourage this by setting realistic goals for my students at each lesson. Acknowledging accomplishments helps fuel a students desire to progress, and makes students eager to learn more. By trying to find out what inspires the student, I can successfully tailor my instruction to their wants and needs.
*** Studio Equipment *** Full Pro gear Yamaha Drum set with the sound system, double pedal, left foot clave, pro cymbal.
*** Travel Equipment *** Sound system play along with the song, teaching equipment.
*** Specialties *** For beginning students who are children, I typically start with really really simply technique to understand, easy to understand. Once the student has progressed to have a grasp of the fundamentals, I will begin to introduce "Rudiments" and sight reading. For adults, I try to find out what the student is interested in, and guide my instruction accordingly to keep the lessons engaging and fun, no matter their ability level.
Krystal B. January 30, 2014
Drum Verified Student
Our son loves his Drum lessons.
Benk is very flexible, affordable and our son took to him very well. He even records what he has learned each week so we both can keep track of his progress. He is much more affordable then other drum teachers or studio's in the area, and even will come to your home.
If you are looking for a GREAT Teacher you should take some time to talk to Benk.
As a PERCUSSION ARTIST, I have a deep understanding of all that is needed to take drums and turn RHYTHMS into music that SOUNDS AND FEELS GREAT! We'll explore how to create the correct drum sound, feel, rhythms & technique for whatever type of music you're into. I also teach Timbales. I'm happy to share the information with those learning for a HOBBY and with students who take their music study more seriously and want more from their instrument. Pay close attention to pricing and length of lessons~When we get together, YOU GET TO LEARN AND YOU GET TO PLAY!!
I've dedicated a lifetime to learning, studying and performing on Latin Percussion and Drum set. I began study at age 13 and was playing professionally by the age of 18. The truth is, I didn't wake up one day and choose drums and Latin Percussion - It chose me! And thankfully, music has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.
I've been fortunate to have experience in performing all kinds of music as well as formal study with master drummers from Cuba, veteran Jazz Drummers, Soul drummers, a school education in music and drums, and also have the intuitive music knowledge that
only comes from a lifetime of dedication to the art form.
Because of my playing experience - I can teach you all kinds of music styles! Salsa, Latin & Brazilian, Jazz, Church Worship, Rock, Soul, R&B and authentic Afro-Cuban Folkloric drumming and songs.
Most importantly, I can TEACH WHATEVER YOU WANT TO LEARN ~ and what you need to know...
I welcome STUDENTS OF ALL LEVELS and happy to share this wonderful art form with those learning just for fun or for the more serious musician who wants more from their instrument.
Matthew G. February 25, 2015
Conga Drums ·
I've grown up much of my life witnessing various great conga players that I have been privileged to experience. At a workshop held by Thaddeus with several other students, I was able to gain a much better understanding of conga rhythms and patterns. In addition to this, Thaddeus brings extensive knowledge on the history of the conga to further my understanding and learning. With a group performance at the end of the workshop season, our group was able to demonstrate what we learned for many others.
Matthew G. February 24, 2015
Thaddeus helped me learn various characteristics of percussion and I am grateful for his instruction. One thing I appreciated about learning percussion from Thaddeus was his ability to not only be able to explain the music but to be able to artfully explain musical concepts, relationships between percussionist and other musicians in a group, and how to use the various percussive instruments. Thaddeus' decades of experience become evident in his teaching. Thanks to the instruction I received, I was able to perform much more confidently in various performance and live group environments.
Juan R. February 13, 2015
Thaddeus has extensive knowledge of percussion in general. Really enjoyed the lessons that I took with him as they have helped in my development. Thad, is also very patient and an ideal instructor for any one.
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Daytona Beach, FL teacher:
Review by Patty
"I have had the awesome opportunity to work with Perry on many occasions, both in the studio for my records, and live. I've seen his interactions with all
kinds of people and he is one of the kindest, most patient, diplomatic, and talented drummers I've had the joy to work with. He's great on percussion and always has a super sunny outlook and a smile on his face. You can't go wrong hiring Perry!!"
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Maria
Tim is great, he is teaching my son so much, he loves going to his lessons and learns so much from Tim, he taught him how to read music and the d
ifferent types of drums and the different sounds they make, He tells everyone he is taking drum lessons. Tim answers any questions we may have and knows the drums very well, he is also very flexible and outgoing, Tirstan has lots of fun and enjoys his lessons very much. I will recommend Tim to anyone who is looking for a drum instructor."
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by William
"Starting off really well even though Terry's main instrument is not drums he strikes me as being proficient in all of the instruments he teaches. A really
Las Vegas, NV teacher:
Review by Thomas
"5/5- Mike is an excellent drum teacher for any skill level. He doesn't waste time with useless exercises, but instead shows you how to become a drummer th
at can creatively express yourself in the moment. Plus he has some of the best prices on here! If you're on the fence, I highly, highly recommend lessons with him!"
Austin, TX teacher:
Review by Daniel
"I’m a former student. Chris is an awesome teacher from an awesome band! Definitely has real world experiences to share about drums and the business which
I loved hearing about."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Alan
"If you want to learn or improve on the drums, I highly recommend Michael at Pro Music Instruction. He is an absolute genius drummer with vast experience a
t performing and teaching. He will meet all your needs, and you'll have a fun time along the way."
Houston, TX teacher:
Review by Matthew
"I took drum lessons with Anthony from age 9 to 17. Over the course of those 8 years, he taught me a vast amount of information ranging from snare drum fun
damentals to playing drums for a group of musicians to specific musical styles. He catered the learning experience to areas in which I was interested, particularly rock and jazz drums. From the start, Anthony always focused on fundamentals in any aspect of learning to play the drums, which gave me a good foundation for more complicated areas. I am confident that Anthony was the best instructor for me, personally, and he helped me become proficient at something that I still enjoy today. I highly recommend Anthony to anyone who has even the slightest interest in learning to play the drums or percussion. You will most certainly not be disappointed!"
Cleveland, OH teacher:
Review by Korey
"Evan is not only an incredible drummer, but also a great teacher! As a professional drummer and drum instructor myself, I choose very closely who I go to
for my personal drum lessons. Evan is one of the only teachers I trust to give instruction and guidance in the areas I truly need the help. This takes a ton of professional experience, as well as skill. He has a way of breaking simple as well as extremely complicated subjects, exercises, rhythms, styles -you name it- down in a way to help me to accomplish things I never thought I could do on the drums. With me, Evan has a way of uncovering and exposing my bad habits, but then fixing them, thus making me a better player. This is always done in a friendly encouraging way. In my opinion Evan Stone is not just a teacher, but a guru of the drums! The proof is not only in his playing but also in his teaching!"