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James S.

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  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 1990
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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James S.

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As an educator, I strive to provide my students with the tools that they will need to explore the direction that they want to take with their instrument. This can include from enjoying drumming as a hobby, performing in small jazz ensembles, recording electronic and acoustic drums in major recording studios, to performing with a full orchestra! There is literally no limit to what you can do.

My focus is to get hobbyists to enjoy performing drums in the comfort of their own home or with friends, and to have my professionally-minded students go out into the world of performing and recording music. All of these environments are where the ultimate joy of playing an instrument can be expressed.

As a gigging and studio musicians, I understand what it takes to get to the stage or studio, apply oneself in that environment, and come away with a satisfying experience that you can then build upon for the rest of your life.

About James

Hi! I have been a drumset educator for over 3 decades. I benefited from formal education on the drumset, and I want to pass that along to you so you can experience the full joy that this wonderful instrument can bring you! I understand that each student's journey is specific to them as an individua

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Annie
He was awesome. Looking forward to next week
Ramya M.
Jim has been a fantastic teacher to our son. He explains everything patiently and approaches his lessons very systematically. He selects songs that incorporate essential drumming skills (e.g. songs that include doubles, paradiddles, accented notes, etc.). This way, the the student is able to develop an understanding of how theory fits practice.
Ramin
Jim is an absolute gem. he has a great personality and my son absolutely loves him. oh yes, he is a great instructor as well. can't say enough about James. a class act
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Murray P.

112 Reviews
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  • Speaks English, English
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 1999
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Murray P.

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Give anyone a drum and they will instantly know what to do. Drums are meant to be hit, and for those who love to hit things and make loud noises. Bongo drum lessons are an easy way to introduce students to the world of drumming, rhythm and music.

The goal is listening for cues, hearing patterns and feeling rhythm and beat. Ideally, each student has their own drum. Begin with a simple repeat and answer pattern. You hit the drum two times, they repeat. Gradually add to the complexity of the patterns, so they must listen intently. Add some simple rhythms, such as 1-2-3, 1-2-3, 1-2-3, 1, with a strong emphasis on the 1.

About Murray

I received my B.S. & Music Degree with concentration in instrumentalists from Morgan State University. I’v been playing drums since the age of three and now been teaching for over 17 years. In 2016, I was accepted as a member of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM). I am very well ro

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David
Murray is a great teacher, who challenges you and helps you improve from the very first lesson.
Sekani
My kids love and look forward to this class each week. There is no need to push and prod. Excellent engagement by Mr Murray.
Katherine H.
fun, instructive and patient!
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Aaron B.

18 Reviews
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  • Speaks English, Spanish
  • Studio Recording and Production from Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences
  • Teaches Intermediate
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Aaron B.

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Hands on technique on basic tones for a variety of drums, most importantly yours.
Learn tuning, tone and intervals.
Stylistic and traditional rhythms as well as exercises to lay a solid foundation to build your skill on. Personal and fun to play at any level and in different styles.

About Aaron

Teaching drums professionally since 1998, Aaron has influenced hundreds of budding musicians to get the most from their instrument. He has studied privately with Rob Laytham (Modern Drummer columnist), Joe Leroux (marching band guru), Gary Chaffe (legendary drummer) and many others throughout the

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Patricia M.
Great instructor! I look forward to my lessons
Julie
Aaron is so great at meeting me where I am musically and giving helpful guidance to progress. I really appreciate his approach.
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Dr. Dave Y.

45 Reviews
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  • Teaching since 1998
  • Bachelor in Management and Leadership from Colorado Christian University
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
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Dr. Dave Y.

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Dave Y. studied Afro-Cuban Percussion, Percussion and Drums at the University of Northern Colorado, the nation's 3rd largest Jazz school. He brings 17+ years of education and teaching experience to the table.

About Dr. Dave

I've been teaching for over 25 years & I'm pumped to work with you. BEFORE SIGNING UP FOR PRIVATE LESSONS, I've condensed all my beginner-intermediate level teachings into a variety of easy to follow video courses that will save you up to 90% on private lesson costs @ W W W . B I B L E A N D W

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Nathaniel
My son is typically averse to doing structured lessons but after 3 out of 5 beatboxing lessons with Dr. Dave he's asking me to buy another package!
Max H.
Dr. Dave is a rockstar. My son is hooked after one session! Can't wait for our next one!
David S.
Dave is a fantastic teacher. He is very patient an encouraging. I would recommend him to anyone.
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Karen D.

31 Reviews
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  • Awarded Grand Prize Winner from Meridian Records
  • Bachelor Of Music Magna Cum Laude from Berklee School Of Music
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
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Karen D.

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Bongos:
Are an Afro-Cuban percussion instrument consisting of a pair of small open bottomed drums of different sizes. Together with the conga or tumbadora, and to a lesser extent the batá drum, bongos are the most widespread Cuban hand drums, being commonly played in genres such as Cuban son, salsa and Afro-Cuban jazz.
In class we will be focusing on different hand techniques, placement
and rhythms. Starting with the basics, from the first class we will begin to use these techniques to play along with songs.

About Karen

Anyone Can Learn To Sing or Play Any Instrument With My Method! No End To How Good You Can Get! Become Better Than Anyone Out There! Vocal Therapist-Can Cure ALL Vocal Damage! Karen D. -Certified Teacher of the World Famous Dante Pavone Vocal Method -Honor Graduate of Berklee School of Musi

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Carter
This teacher misrepresented her ability to teach the C system chromatic button accordion. I don't believe that she has ever played one. I asked her before purchasing a set of classes if she knew this instrument and was competent to teach it, and she said she was.

She didn't have one, so she could never demonstrate anything I asked about. She didn't know the key layout. She didn't know the conventions for numbering fingers. She didn't know the basic home key scale pattern.

I waited until I'd finished four classes with my new teacher before writing this so I'd have a good basis for comparison. He is immensely better at teaching this than she was. It further convinced me that she never should have represented herself as competent to teach this particular instrument.
Anthony F.
Karen is very patient & caring while teaching.
Gelaney W.
I will definitely be expanding my accordion skills & of music theory . I’ll also be adding some 😎 Jazz Standards to my repertoire ☺️.

Ian C.

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  • Teaching since 2004
  • Bachelors in music performance from Ithaca college
  • Teaches students 6 and up
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Ian C.

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Drums are such a great instrument to start on. Having a solid foundation of rhythm goes a long way in music. It transfers to all the other instruments. I like to begin with the basics stick control and rudiments. Drumset is a great place to go after that or hand percussion such as djembe, conga, or hand drums. I also teach steel drums. Lets get you drumming!

About Ian

Hello, I am a musician with over 20 years of experience touring here in the states as well as internationally. I graduated Ithaca college with a BA in music performance. I have lived, performed, and taught music in Nashville TN for the last 15 years. I love to pass on my knowledge of music with my

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Micheline
Another great lesson with Ian this week! 30 minuets go so fast that I will definitely increase to 40 minute sessions next time. Excellent teacher,
Micheline
Ian inspired me with my first lesson, he is very friendly, knowledgeable and an excellent teacher.

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Average Cost of Bongo Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute bongo lessons is $64. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $40 and $75 per hour.
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"I was a little nervous at first but Murray made that all disappear. He’s patient & very talented & makes playing a lot of fun. Can’t wait for my nxt lesson."
Susan
Took Bongo lessons from Murray P.
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"Murray is awesome and I've only had 1 lesson so far. I love his enthusiasm! Looking forward to my future lessons!"
Stacie
Took Bongo lessons from Murray P.
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"My son was very excited and motivated after his first class with Murray."
Eulalee
Took Bongo lessons from Murray P.
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"He was awesome. Looking forward to next week"
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Took Bongo lessons from James S.
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"I’ve known Ty for over ten years. He is one of the hardest working musicians I know, and works with integrity and all the highest positive qualities of a professional musician you could hope for. Any organization would benefit from Ty’s involvement."
Peter
Took Bongo lessons from Ty K.
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"High energy kid + pandemic + this guy = yes. I am 100% grateful that we stumbled onto this teacher. He is awesome."
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Took Bongo lessons from Murray P.
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Katherine
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"We have had two lessons with Murray. My 8 year old loves her lessons. We have had other teachers in the past and he is by far the best. My daughter is engaged, excited, and is learning quickly. Murray makes learning fun! He encourages and explains and rewards with clapping and laughing!!! He knows his stuff and can relate and engage even over the internet. We love this teacher!"
Anne
Took Bongo lessons from Murray P.
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When you learn to play bongo, you'll actually be learning to play two small open-bottomed drums. The bongo, an Afro-Cuban percussion instrument, consists of two drums one slightly smaller called the hembra (female) and a slightly larger drum called the macho (male). Along with the conga and batá drums, the bongo drum is one of the most popular Cuban hand drums. 

Although the bongo drums look relatively simple, they're capable of producing complex, sophisticated rhythms when beat by a professional congosero. The lively intricate rhythms of the bongo drum are most commonly heard in salsa, Afro-Cuban jazz, and son Cubano music. If you decide to take bongo classes, you'll soon learn to create rhythms of your own unique style that can stand alone or be played along w

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ith a full band. 

Why Learn to Play Bongo?

Drumming — especially with a tactile drum that's played without mallets (like the bongo drums) — is highly beneficial. This type of rhythmic percussion playing is great exercise. A spirited drumming session or practice can elevate the heart rate and actually count as aerobic exercise. This helps your heart and cardiovascular system stay in good shape. 

Drumming exercise also releases endorphins (feel-good, relaxing hormones). As a result, playing the bongos can reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and help fight depression. These endorphins also have analgesic effects, meaning they can reduce the amount of pain your brain perceives and that you experience. As a result, playing the bongos can help relieve pain caused by chronic and acute physical ailments. 

The practice of focusing on drumming and keeping an intricate beat also seems to synchronize the brain, using many different parts to play in rhythm, count, and coordinate the right and left hands. Drumming not only improves your brain's ability to concentrate on all sorts of tasks, but the focus it requires also induces deep relaxation. 

How to Learn Bongo Fast and What You'll Study in Bongo Classes

It's simple to find free bongo lessons online. The best way to learn to play bongo, however, is with a private teacher. With immediate feedback from a private bongo tutor, you'll overcome challenges quickly, avoid developing detrimental bad habits as you learn, and pick up new techniques fast.

Plus, private teachers completely customize lessons to keep their students motivated, interested, and learning at their desired pace. No two private lessons are exactly alike, and tutors tailor course content to meet their students' needs. For example, teaching methods and content covered in bongo lessons for adults differs greatly from that taught in bongo classes for children. 

Sample Curriculum for Beginner Bongo

If you have little or no previous experience playing the bongo drums, then beginner bongo classes are right for you! In Bongo for beginners, you'll be introduced to all the basic skills and concepts you need to eventually become a master bongosero. Your teacher might choose to cover some of the following topics:

  • Learn the proper way to hold the bongos
  • Practice with standard rudiments (exercises)
  • Perfect four basic strokes: open tone, slap, heel-tip movement, and muted tone
  • Start out with the basic Martillo (hammer) rhythm
  • Understanding time signatures and reading rhythmic notations

Sample Curriculum for Intermediate Bongo

If you're familiar with the basics of bongo playing, then intermediate lessons are right for you. In intermediate lessons, you'll sharpen your playing techniques and explore new rhythms, as you continue to tackle increasingly complex music. Your bongo teacher might choose to cover the following topics:

  • Improve your hand-to-hand coordination
  • Learn to create smooth rhythms
  • Rolls, paradiddles, and drags
  • Introduction to the Borello and Guaguanco rhythms

Sample Curriculum for Advanced Bongo

If you're already a skilled bongosero, but would like the opportunity to perfect your skills, techniques, and to explore your own personal style of beating the bongo drums, then advanced lessons are right for you. Advanced course content depends greatly on each individual student's interests and goals, but your bongo tutor might choose to cover the following topics:

  • Soloing and improvisation
  • Sight reading
  • Study rhythm variations
  • Genre-based study
  • Audition coaching and performance preparation

How to Find a Bongo Teacher Near You

The first step to becoming a skilled bongosero is pairing up with a great teacher. Luckily, finding a private bongo tutor on TakeLessons is easy! With a quick search, you'll be directed to an extensive list of highly qualified and experienced instructors who offer private lessons near you and online. Before choosing the bongo teacher who's right for you, we recommend reading several tutor profiles and reviews left by other students like you. 

The cost of bongo lessons varies, but TakeLessons teachers base rates on the length and frequency of lessons. With so many teachers to choose from, you'll be able to find a teacher who fits both your budget and your schedule. Plus, investing in private lessons is sure to pay off, as you pick up new techniques, quickly overcome challenges, and begin beating the bongos like true bongosero!