I have been teaching and writing music professionally for ten years. My first introduction to music was just like some of you, starting in high school where I had a great teacher that encouraged me to play. This helped me so much, and I wouldn't be where I am at if it weren't for his help and positive encouragement. Now I try to encourage all of my students the same way.
After high school I went on and played percussion with various Orchestras such as the "Inland Valley Symphony Orchestra" and "Mt. San Jacinto Symphony Orchestra."
I have also been involv
ed in the DCI (Drum Corps International) and Drumline community. I toured for four years and experienced performing with groups such as Yamato Drum and Bugle Corps 2002-2005, Black Knights 2006, and RCC marching and winter percussion under the direction of Scott Johnson & Jeff Lee in 2002, and Sean Vega & Jim Wunderlich in 2003.
During my college years I started playing Jazz Vibraphone in my school's top big-band. This allowed me the opportunity to play Jazz Piano which I have performed and still study until this day. As a result, Jazz has now become one of my biggest passions.
As a Professional International Composer, I have had the privilege of writing and arranging for many marching bands, wind ensembles, and indoor percussion ensembles, including orchestrations, recordings and sequencing projects for media, and musical theatre in the United States and Japan.
I am also currently an adjudicator for the Southern California Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA) and a member of the Vic-Firth Education Team.
I hope that this gives you a close and personal Idea of where I come from and hope that I can help you get the most out of your experience with music.
*** Lesson Details *** I believe that in order for you to get the most out of our lessons it takes both, the Teacher's and Student's understanding and attention from both ends. sometimes giving all of the information in the world won't help if one there is no engagement and two if me as a teacher don't make sure that you understand. So I like to make sure to explain things in more than one way to make sure the student understands the concepts and what to practice.
I like to keep a relaxed atmosphere, but also making sure that there is a high level of professionalism and expectation of attentiveness from the student.
Of course, I also understand that this all depends on the age of the student, and as we meet and get to see what it is that you want to focus on and I will make sure to concentrate on that and help you reach your goals!
*** Studio Equipment *** Mallets, Concert and Marching Sticks, Metronome, Practice pad, and Literature. (Acoustic and Electric Piano are available depending on the time we arrange our lessons at the studio) (Electric Drumset Available soon)
*** Travel Equipment *** Mallets, Concert and Marching Sticks, Metronome, Practice pad, and Literature. (I sometimes bring additional implements, such as hand drums, like a djembe and other accessories, depending on the focus of our lessons.) I may be able to bring a Keyboard upon request
*** Specialties *** I have been performing with Drum and bugle corps since 2002, (DCI)
Marching Rudimental, and Concert Percussion styles. All Percussion. Orchestral, Marimba, Vibraphone, and Marching Percussion.
I specialize in the Jazz genre, and have performed Jazz piano.. which includes sight-reading and chord recognition in the Jazz idiom.
Shannon B. April 25, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Always look forward to the lesson. Very professional and fun. Shannon has enjoyed it!
Bobbi March 30, 2016
Punctual and friendly. My daughter really enjoyed herself and seems excited to learn.
Sheila October 19, 2015
Erasmo is a grt kind teacher! He is outstanding, my daughter loves his class and he is so incredibly sweet! Great piano teacher!!!
One of the most fundamental of all instruments. What you learn here can be transferred to many other instruments, including guitar and piano.
I've been playing music my whole life, but it was as a high school student when I was asked to teach the school's guitar class that I became a teacher. Since that time I've gone on to earn several awards, played in many different types of projects, and earned a Master's degree. You might have heard my music before too if you've ever listened to a podcast, TV commercials, Indy films, or played any video games. My most successful student thus far however, would have to be Jacob Tilley from the rock band Young the Giant.
Not everybody wants to be a rock star though, and there are many aspec
ts to the world of music. During the course of my musical adventure I've played with orchestras, been in rock, bluegrass, reggae, pop and blues bands, classical ensembles and more. I have also had the opportunity to play for celebrities and diplomats. Basically I've done a little of everything and I believe that it is this diversity of experiences that makes me a better teacher. Having worked in so many settings gives me a broad understanding that I use to help you reach whatever goals you might have.
I have also become adept at writing, recording and producing music, studying under Frank Wright of the legendary rock band Chicago. If you have an interest in creating and/or recording music I can definitely help you get there! Check out my chill/downtempo instrumental album 'Night Music'.
*** Lesson Details *** I can teach you about playing several different instruments, how to write, how to record your own music, and how to get your music career off the ground! As a youth, I was largely self-taught so my inspiration was always to have fun. I never had to deal with the 'homework' style of practicing so I've naturally incorporated that approach to my lessons. My goal is to keep you (the student) inspired and having fun. When that happens you will become good at your instrument and feel as though you 'played' your way to success! As your teacher I will also provide almost all of the materials for free and show you great free apps to help you along with your learning and keep costs to a minimum! I know we will have fun together while you learn and I look forward to meeting you!
*** Studio Equipment *** Guitars, piano/keyboard, drums, bass, banjo, mandolin, ukulele and a ProTools recording studio.
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide the learning materials but I expect the student to have their own instrument, be that a guitar, drum set, etc.
*** Specialties *** Commercial music is definitely my specialty, but I am also capable of doing various styles such as classical, bluegrass, traditional/folk. Just focus on what you want to learn and I can teach it to you.
Jim July 31, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Ken makes learning fun. He's very encouraging. I can't wait for my second lesson.
James July 17, 2016
Bass Guitar ·
Online Verified Student
Had a great first bass lesson with Ken. Looking forward to further lessons with him and getting to the next level.
Jeanna July 16, 2016
In studio Verified Student
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.
Biography Jacob Pflum 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 perf
ormed 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, Pflum 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, Pflum attends Cal State San Bernardino studying for a teaching credential in Career and Technical Education. As well, Pflum now works on American Parlor Songbook on NPR as an audio engineer, working with various vctors, comedians, and artists from LA and all of over the United States.
*** Lesson Details *** 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!
Jayden G. October 4, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Michael Tocchini August 31, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Enjoyed it very much. Jacob's setting me up for a lot of work. He went over the guitar and explain everything. Can't wait for the next lesson. Now I have to produce. Thank JP!
Ken W. August 24, 2015
In home Verified Student
Great relationship. Really good patience with an old guy like me who takes a little time to figure things out. Highest recommendation.
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Los Angeles, CA teacher:
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son as a beginner and im getting the hand of it pretty quick. I will learn this song in no time and perhaps a few more just for the fun of it."
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Austin, TX teacher:
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"My son had a great time taking drum lessons with Mr. PJ. Mr. PJ was fun and very knowledgeable and really helped him a lot. Thanks so much."
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"Tony is a great teacher, I would highly recommend."