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.
Dylan P. September 29, 2013
Though at times his schedule can be a little cluttered, Erasmo is always willing to add another lesson to his calendar. He's an all-around great teacher and nice guy, and this really shows through the relaxed, chill environment he creates during lessons. He taught me almost everything I know about music, and I feel like I can come to him whenever I have a question about a certain technique or piece of music. Respect.
Adriano M. May 16, 2013
Erasmo has been my instructor and has taught me mallet percussion for the past year, and over that year I have improved unbelievably. He is an amazing instructor, very patient and helps explain so the student can fully understand. I have gotten very far within such little time thanks to him. I have become such a better musician from the time I started learning from Erasmo, and I have gotten many great opportunities to become an even better musician thanks to the instruction I have learned. I would highly recommend him for anyone of any age.
I played drums my whole life as a professional drummer as well as in a successful internationally known rock band. I have been playing and teaching drums for well over 30 years. I can teach from the beginner's stage to advanced. I was classically trained by renown drum teachers which allows me to teach most styles of drumming as well as known techniques.
I grew up in Quebec City Canada, where I only spoke French during those growing years. From a very young age, I was always attracted to music and particularly playing drums. My mom has told me that before I could even walk, I was already banging away on whatever I could put my hands on. I would sit down with pots, pans, and spoons and bang away. My parents bought my first “real” drum kit when I was about five years old. It was a Mickey Mouse drum set that they ordered from the Sears catalog. I was ecstatic. Unfortunately, because of the poor quality of the drum, this particular kit only lasted
a couple months, but it was on that very drum kit that I gave my first live performance. The concert took place in the basement of my house. This memorable concert included one song, a French version of California dreaming, with me on drums, my brother on guitar and my sister as a singer. The crowd (one uncle and our mom) loved it and saw the potential in what could be a career someday!
My next significant concert was when I was 15 years old. My brother and I put a Beatles tribute band together and did an all Beatles song concert. We were able to convince about 300 of our friends and schoolmates that the $3 dollar ticket would be worth it. During my teenage years, I got really serious about drumming and joined a Drum and Bugle Corp band. I probably learned the most during those 5 years. We had several incredible professional drum teachers that spent countless hours teaching us everything from every single rudiment in the book, drum theory to several techniques on how to play drums. Those years were foundational for me as a drummer.
Fast-forward a couple years and you end up in the glamour rock days: the 80’s. It was a time where it was irrelevant if you knew how to play an instrument well, but the main thing that mattered had to do with the “hairdo” that would sit on top of your head. Still, it was during those years that I started to play regularly. I had a couple different bands and we played around quite a bit as well as spend a lot of time writing our own music. Through it all, even the glamour rock days provided an opportunity for me to grow as a drummer and overall musician. In 1986 we founded our own original rock band. We started writing our own music and found a name that would stick to us like glue once we moved to the US. Our band name was “One Way” and we did eventually to the US in order to pursue our dream.
One Way only lasted a couple years and in 1991, my brother and I started another band. This one lasted for almost 20 years. The Kry was born as we continued writing songs & playing around Albuquerque New Mexico where we had moved in 1988. In 1992, we launched our first album “I’ll find You There” with Asaph Records in Costa Mesa California. My brother and I became Christians while living in Albuquerque and so everything we wrote had to do with our beliefs as Christians. Throughout the years, The Kry released ten albums with sales of over half a million records. We toured extensively from 1992 through 2002 in over 25 countries as well as numerous times in the US.
In 2010 I stopped playing music on a professional lever for a living in order to travel less and be with my children more. I am still involved with music writing as well as teaching. I did not get a music degree but was trained professionally during my teenage years by different professional drummers with private lessons.
I teach music to school aged children from 5 years old to more advance students of all ages. I track their personal progress, collaborate with parents, and work with students to prepare for school band, contests, and special concerts. I also specialize in advanced development for already established drummers. No matter what, it is always a blast to be able to pour out to other aspiring and younger drummers what I have learn from the many years of playing and touring.
*** Lesson Details *** Having been a drummer all my life and having been able to earn a living from it for well over 25 years has been one of the biggest blessings for me. I want to be able to impart the joy of playing drums to you. Because of the thousands of shows played during my career, I have acquired a solid knowledge of playing live which helps me impart to young musicians live drumming skills that will be beneficial when playing in front of a crowd. Also, having recorded 10 albums in various studios as well as having been hired to record for other artists, studio drumming will also be taught carefully and with expertise.
The topics that we will be going through together are endless. With younger drummers who are just starting, we will go through basic topics like how to purchase a drum kit. Where and what kind of drum kit to buy. How to set up a drum kit, general glossary, tuning, and maintenance. What size and what brand of drumsticks you should use, how to warm up and practice, as well as stick, bass drum, snare, cymbals and overall techniques. I will teach you all the main rudiments, go through basic and more advanced quarter notes, eighth, sixteenth note drum beats. We will learn some cool grooves, and drum fills. We will make sure that you understand drum dynamics, and independence. I can teach you any songs of your choice or any styles you wish to focus on. Learn to do drum solos and if desired, complete drum theory.
Each lessons and curriculum will be tailor made for every student. I will provide every exercises and practice plan for the student to take home and practice during the week. Every student will be given the chance to understand every aspect of drumming as well as discover the fun and pleasure drumming comes with.
Because every student learns at his or her own pace, there will not be any pressure or unreachable expectation that would make learning drum a drag. (pun intended = drag is a rudiment) but over the period of 6 months, there will be noticeable progress.
*** Studio Equipment *** Living room w/ electronic drum set and seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment *** Usually the student will have his own instrument which we will use for lessons. Otherwise, I can bring my own equipment.
*** Specialties *** *Teachers marked as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.Since I was heavily trained with using proper techniques (I can play both match or conventional grip on drums) I spend a lot of time focusing on my students developing the proper technique to play with. I was mainly a rock drummer and so my genre is definitely rock drumming but have experience with many styles of music. I also teach percussion, guitar and music theory
Nathaniel W. May 16, 2015
In studio Verified Student
He was great . And teaches it the fun way. Thank you.
Luis P. March 11, 2013
Drum Verified Student
Yves truly qualified in experience and teaching ability
Selected Yves as a drum teacher for my son based on his profile. Yves is an experienced, patient and fun instructor that has been effective making drumming fun and interesting to my five year old. Yves is good at making sure parents understand how to help their child in the learning process. Yves is a bit further out from me but I am not disappointed. Thank you Yves.
GinnyL July 1, 2012
Yves is THE BEST instructor!
My son is 5-years-old and quite an active little guy! When he said he was interested in learning to play guitar, I wasn't sure we would be able to find a teacher for his age. We did; Yves is the best! Yves is always patient with him and understanding of his age/ ability. He instructs him with kindness and holds his attention. Yves also has a wonderful home studio in a nice home/area. He is flexible with scheduling as well. He goes above and beyond with extra help and recommendations for helpful materials. My son looks forward to seeing him every week and sharing with him 'how much I practiced'. We would highly recommend Yves to anyone.
Hi, my name is Pierre. I have enjoyed the music business for more than 30 years. My music education includes studies at the Swiss Jazz School in Switzerland and the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
I have been a music coach in Switzerland, in Los Angeles, in Long Beach, and since 2009 in the Mission Viejo area. During the 2009 / 2010 school year I was a music coach for the Saddleback Valley Unified School District (SVUSD) in South Orange County. I have also been a member of numerous groups, including Original bands, Top40, Tribute, Recording and Perfo
rming bands. Please do not hesitate to ask for references!
I teach students age 9 and up.
*** Lesson Details *** Here is some information on what you can expect if you decide to take lessons with me:
You will start learning songs and play along with them within 3-5 lessons. After 3 months you will have knowledge of the basics. At the 6 month mark you will start to get comfortable with your instrument and after a year you will have built a solid foundation on which you can expand into any musical direction of your choice.
I teach beginner to advanced depending on the instrument, and ages 9 and up are welcome! My customized lessons are based on the student's abilities. Lessons can be held at your home in the vicinity of Mission Viejo. Learn songs and music theory, melodies, harmonizing, rhythm, syncopation, solfege, songwriting, arrangement, reading and writing music notation. I can also help you with singing and recording your songs. If you wish, I can also teach your lessons in German or French.
Music styles: Rock, Pop, Folk, Latin, Jazz, Swing, Reggae, Funk, and much more.
Teaching style: I like to use humor to make the learning experience enjoyable. I adjust to the student's learning speed. My philosophy when it comes to teaching and music: Everyone can learn an instrument and enjoy that knowledge for the rest of their life!
Guitar (for example): Always work with books. Teach simple chords, rhythms and songs at first. Then move to more difficult chords and songs, and TAB reading. Then I keep increasing the level of difficulty as the student progresses. Then start teaching sight reading with standard music notation. When practicing songs, we play along to music. Similar teaching style for other instruments.
Paul C. February 12, 2014
I'm a new student.
I recently started taking piano lessons for the first time at the age of 65. Pierre has been very encouraging and patient. He has also been very professional, and has even been flexible when my schedule has conflicted with our lessons, allowing me to reschedule when necessary. I am enjoying this very much, and that has much to do with Pierre.
josef C. March 30, 2013
Pierre is by far the best music teacher I've come across. I used several other teachers before Pierre, and none of them were able to take me to the level Pierre has. He's very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and patient, but best of all, he's a lot of fun. He has the perfect blend of making the lessons challenging and informative, and at the same time enjoyable. His love for music is infectious, and my appreciation for music has grown tremendously since working with him. I can't recommend him enough!
Drummer J. March 30, 2013
Pierre is the raddest music teacher I've ever had. He's always on time, always prepared, and always ready to have a great time on any instrument. His sense of humor is great and he makes learning even the most difficult songs fun. Since he can play any instrument, you'll always have someone to play along with. He has a deep love for all kinds of music, which is the best quality in a musician, teacher, and drummer. I can't recommend Pierre enough. He's given me the confidence, both musically and personally, to drum in a band, Hearing Damage. THIS DUDE RULES!!!
Teaching drums would be customized per student. Goals depend on how fast the student moves and practices. I will start off teaching just a little bit of snare drum from books and gradually ad everything in. Rock will be the first style we will start off with and may work our ways towards jazz, Latin, shuffle, blues, and so on. The key concepts will be to develop syncopation and rhythm.
Hi my name is Vincent O. and I am a 21 year old Music Industries Major at California State University Pomona. I am committed to creating a space for love in the music industry as a singer-songwriter and providing music education. I have been involved in music for over 17 years and have had experience being in over 20 bands. Such bands were drumlines, marching bands, play pits, jazz combos, jazz bands, wind ensembles, and symphonic band, I play drums, piano, guitar, sing, bass, percussion, write, record and produce music videos. I have been trained by an AVID certified instructor and have exper
ience with reasons, protools, logic, melodyne, and final cut pro video editing software.
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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
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Allentown, PA teacher:
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From the first lesson, Andrew has been a consummate professional. Each lesson he brings in something new, while making sure that everyth
ing we've covered in the past is still ingrained through repetition. Having Andrew as an instructor has opened my eyes to the many facets of drumming, and I have taken skills/techniques with me that will last forever. The feedback does not stop after each lesson, Andrew is available all the time for any questions I may have during the week if I am stumped while practicing. His schedule is flexible with mine, and he is willing to bring in music that I want to personally learn. The lessons are the right balance of fun and teaching, and his studio promotes a learning environment that is not intimidating to let loose if you're a beginner like me.
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Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Stephen
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and). We approached him about teaching our son. Now every week (when it's time for lessons) our son is so excited. It's by far one of the greatest hours of his week. We so appreciate Mike's heart for the person, not just the musician. We love the attention to detail Mike gives to us as parents on how we can do a better job of helping our son. And Mike is a great guy for students to be around. If you need a high quality professional drum teacher with servant's heart then look no further. We love Mike Foster!"
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Jo Anna
"Professional, patient, and pleasant!
Alan has been my 15-year-old son's drum instructor for five years now, and in that time, my son has progressed from
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Review by Zachary
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iderate and friendly. As a high school student in a high competition area, my fellow percussionist lack guidance in terms of what to know about drums/percussion. I came into the year having bad technique, poor reading skills (reading music), and not a lot of confidence in playing in front of my class (solos required by school). Andrew was able to help me with all of those things. Also, i never feel rushed, and you can go at your own pace, yet some how there is always improvement. If your having any doubts, one lesson would clear those up. All in all, Andrew is a great teacher, and i look forward to continuing my lessons with him. (I have had about 18 lessons with him so far)"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Steve
"I began playing drums at age 32. My wife found Anthony by calling local music stores and he came highly recommended. I was a little taken back that I was
getting lessons from a 18 year old kid, but wow, he did not disappoint. I took lessons for 4 years with him before he moved to New York, and when he moved back, I began back with him. He also began teaching my then 7 year old son. We both loved working with him. He took the time to make sure you understood what he was teaching and went above the protocol of professionalism. I highly recommend him to anyone that wants the detailed fundamentals of drumming, and the caring nature of your well being in percussion. I give him 10 stars...5 from me and 5 from my son Kyle! Rock on!"