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Jessica R.

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  • Speaks Spanish
  • Teaching since 2015
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Jessica R.

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I love to show students how to play the Steel Pan! It is incredibly fun, rewarding, and is a skill you can use to make money in the Tampa Bay Area!

I focus on practical skills, getting songs under your belt and teach you how to learn new music on your own so you can be successful!

If you're looking for a hobby, the Steel Drum is a beautiful instrument that not only sounds wonderful in any home, but is also a great conversation starter with friends and family. Everyone loves the Steel Drum.

About Jessica

Hi! My name is Jessica If you're looking for an enthusiastic teacher who loves her students (and may be a little bit nerdy), look no further! I teach voice, piano, ukulele, and steel drums. Pasta, my dogs, and the color green are all the greatest things in life. Music is a personal journe

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Jessica F.
Jessica is great: she is knowledgeable, flexible, and super helpful! I liked my classes with her a lot!
Arcelia
Jessica is so encouraging and my daughter has learned so much in such a short time.
Jessica F.
Wonderful teacher
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Kevin F.

26 Reviews
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  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 1988
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Kevin F.

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I have played Pan for 26 years and love to help others learn how fantastic the instrument can be!

About Kevin

I have a Percussion Performance Degree from Arizona State University, have authored over 6 books on how to play better including: ART Approach to Keyboard Percussion Sightreading, ART Approach to Rhythm!, Turn It Up & Lay It Down, The Book (with Joe Bergamini and Spence Strand) I have over 26 years

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Melissa
Kevin is wonderful to work with. Very knowledgeable, very calm, pleasant personality. He wanted to know first what I wanted to do, but was prepared to start me with the basics - scales - which is where I want to be proficient, so that I can master the instrument. I have no doubt that I can do that with Kevin. Just spent a few minutes practicing my C-major scale using the L-R-R-L-L method. Works great! I just checked email and he'd sent me the printouts he promised. Looking forward to next week!
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I started lessons with Kevin knowing nothing about playing the Djembe. He made broke down the fundamentals and made it easy to learn the basics and then build from them. He gives lots of great advice which helped me get engaged in a local women's drumming group. I credit Kevin's great lessons for getting advanced in that group (Women's Drumming Center/Minneapolis) to the more experienced drum circle. I would recommend Kevin to anyone who wants to take up playing drums of any kind.

Joe M.

9 Reviews
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  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaching since 2011
  • Master of Music from California State University of Long Beach
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Joe M.

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The steel pan is one of the most enchanting instruments. If you have your own and desire to make strides, my 15 years of experience will see to your marked development.

About Joe

I am a professional percussionist and drum instructor based out of the Tannery Arts Center in Santa Cruz. I teach both studio and outcall lessons to all ages, covering drumset, steel pan, hand drumming, orchestral percussion, music theory, and piano. Additionally, I am a leader in the samba

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Calla
Joe seems to be a patient and thorough teacher. Happy to start lessons
Riley
My son enjoys his lessons with Joe very much. He’s an encouraging teacher.
Olin
My son loves his drum lessons. Being eight, he naturally has an excess amount of energy and a tendency to chat but Joe has a way of engaging him and keeps him learning. Very positive and supportive as well.

Mike K.

5 Reviews
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  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Teaching since 1983
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Mike K.

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The Steel Pan is such a beautiful, and fun instrument! It is also one of the most logically set up instruments and makes a great tool for learning about music in general.
*Note* I only play tenor and tenor bass pans. I am unqualified to teach double seconds, or other types of pan.

About Mike

Learning to play an instrument is a mixture of a lot of fun, and a lot of hard work. My strength is finding what will inspire my students to WANT to put in those difficult hours of practice, and then showing them how to apply what they have learned in a creative way, so that they experience the fu

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Keith J.
Amazing, patient really informative instructor and just a great guy. Highly recommend.
Vince
Mike was really the best instructor I could have asked for. Knowledgeable, patient, and best of all, chill when he needed to be. I was just picking up the drums for a high school band I was in at the time, and he was more than willing to help me learn whatever dumb song me or my band had decided sounded cool at the time. At the same time, he showed me a lot of really excellent practice techniques, directed me to some solid literature for different rhythms to work on, and would sit with me through a whole hour of my relentless mistakes like it was nothing. More than a good instructor, he's a really cool guy! He never missed a beat!
Fred
Mike brings it all to the lesson...musicianship,
decades of experience, versatility and creativity.
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Karen D.

30 Reviews
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  • Awarded Grand Prize Winner from Meridian Records
  • Teaches students 3 and up
  • Bachelor Of Music Magna Cum Laude from Berklee School Of Music
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Karen D.

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Steel Drum:
A modern pan is a chromatically pitched percussion instrument made from 55 gallon industrial drums that formerly contained chemicals. The pan is struck using a pair of straight sticks tipped with rubber; the size and type of rubber tip varies according to the class of pan being played. The student will learn the basics of notes,
reading, rhythms, how to play songs, theory and improvisation.

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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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 ☺️.
Kelly S.
Karen was not prepared for the lesson. She spent 15 minutes trying to send me photos from a beginner Tabla book available on Amazon. She did not own a set of Tabla drums. She ensured me she could teach anything, but could not pronounce the words used for proper Tabla technique, knew no history and could not even teach me to tune. She literally was reading out of the book figuring it out along the way. I lost a lot of trust from this and asked for a full refund for future lessons.
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Samuel F.

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  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Master's of Music: Percussion Performance from University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
  • Teaching since 2012
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Samuel F.

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Drum lessons are unique with me because of my background with all percussion makes lessons flexible and fun. I tailor my lessons to the students wants and desires while also building their technical skill in all areas of percussion so they can play everything while excelling at what they enjoy the most. This makes a very fun and educational experience.

About Samuel

Samuel Fronk is recognized as one of the top Percussion instructors in the Cincinnati area. Samuel has taken the Finneytown percussion program to new heights by achieving superior ratings in state finals for the first time in recent history and multiple percussion ensembles have achieved superior

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No matter where you live, chances are we can introduce you to an amazing steel drums teacher in your neighborhood. You can take lessons in the privacy of your own home or at your teacher's location.

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Is your dream steel drums teacher on the other side of the country? No problem. Now, you can meet your teacher online on your smartphone or using a webcam on your computer. The world is your classroom!

Average Cost of Steel Drums Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute steel drums lessons is $84. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $60 and $101 per hour.
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"We had a good meeting and Kevin answered some questions and we went over some homework that I need to work with. Starting with some basics and will build as we go."
Steve
Took Steel Drums lessons from Kevin F.
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"I am very happy with Kevin. He taught me a lot on the first class. He's very kind and patient in teaching me. I felt very at ease with him. I'm glad I chose him as my steel drum teacher. I highly recommend him!"
Roberto de Ocampo
Took Steel Drums lessons from Kevin F.
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Tracey
Took Steel Drums lessons from Jessica R.
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"Jessica is a very talented and PATIENT teacher! I am an older student and I find her to be very easy to understand, very encouraging and willing to work at my level and my pace. She is motivating and helps to keep me focused. I have never had an instructor make me feel so capable!! She is truly the best teacher I've ever had!! Highly recommended!!"
Judy
Took Steel Drums lessons from Jessica R.
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"Kevin is a great instructor! I am an adult learning steel drum for the first time with no music bacground."
Tara
Took Steel Drums lessons from Kevin F.

Private Steel Drum Lessons Near You

The steel drums, also more formally referred to as steelpans, originated in the Caribbean island nation of Trinidad and Tobago. The instrument's origins are deeply rooted in the island's history and culture. The original steel bands (mostly comprised of pannists playing frying pans, oil drums, and trash can lids) emerged in response to restrictions the French placed on slaves during the late 18th century. 

Steelpan playing became a traditional part of the nation's Canboulay celebration. In 1941, the U.S. navy arrived on the island and steel drum music became popular with soldiers. Eventually, calypso music became popularized in the United States thanks to musicians like Harry Belafonte and Calypso Rose. Today, steel drums' bouncy, light sounds are strongly associated with the Caribbean region, island culture, and calypso music. 

Why Learn to Play Steel Drums?

The Steel drums are often associated with the light-hearted, airy sounds of calypso music. However breezy and playful this genre of music might seem, with a closer listen it often communicates deeper, more serious themes in its lyrics. As a result, learning steel drums isn't a light pursuit. You'll be able to play happy-sounding music, but will also become a part of a long and meaningful tradition of pannists.

Learning to play steel drums, you'll also have the opportunity to make friends while playing alongside other steelpan players in a steel band. Since it's the most commonly played single steelpan, you'll likely begin learning on a tenor steel drum. Once you get comfortable, however, you can master a wider range of steel drums to fill out any opening in a steel band. 

The Best Way to Learn Steel Drums and What'll You'll Study in Classes

It's easy to find free steel drums classes online, but if you want to learn to play steel drums fast, then you should sign up for private steel drums lessons. With a private steel drums tutor, you'll receive immediate feedback, overcome challenges quickly, and avoid developing any detrimental bad habits early on. Plus, private teachers completely customize lessons to keep students motivated, interested, and learning at a comfortable pace.

With your own tutor, no two private lessons are exactly alike. Your tutor will customize course content to your interests and provide teaching materials that are appropriate for your skill level. For example, steel drums lessons for children differ in terms of content and teaching methods from adult steel drums classes. 

Sample Curriculum for Beginner Steel Drums Classes

If you have little or no previous experience playing steel drums, then beginner lessons are right for you. You'll be introduced to your instrument, mallets, and all the techniques you need to start learning how to play steel drums. In beginner courses, your tutor might choose to cover the following topics:

  • Proper stance, drum height, and elbow position
  • Learn how to grip your mallets
  • Identifying notes on your steel drums
  • Learn how to care for your steel drums
  • Introduction to reading musical notation and beginner music theory

Sample Curriculum for Learning Intermediate Steel Drums

If you already have some familiarity with steel drums, music theory, and reading musical notation, then you'll feel at-home in intermediate lessons. You continue to develop your skills and improve your techniques, as you challenge yourself to learn increasingly complex music. Your steel drums teacher might choose to cover the following topics:

  • Learn the piston (down-up) stroke and flick
  • Learn to roll and create smooth rolls
  • Play through scales
  • Understanding the cycle of fourths and fifths

Sample Curriculum for Studying Advanced Steel Drums

Advanced lessons are intended for students who've already achieved a high level of proficiency playing steel drums and a thorough understanding of music theory. In advanced lessons, you'll have the opportunity to work with a professional to further hone your skills and expand your range of technical abilities. Topics studied in advanced lessons depend greatly on the individual student's interests and goals for playing steel drums, but your teacher might choose to cover the following topics:

  • Practice and improve sight-reading
  • Improvisation
  • Tuning your steel drums
  • Playing in a steel band
  • Audition coaching and performance preparation

How to Find a Steel Drums Teacher Near You

Finding a steel drum teacher is easy on TakeLessons. A quick search will direct you to a long list of educated, experience, and highly qualified teachers who offer lessons both online and in-person. We recommend reading several teacher profiles and reviews left by other steel drums students before choosing the teacher who's right for you. 

The price of steel drums lessons varies, but most tutors base rates on the length and frequency of lessons. Even if you're concerned about the cost, you should be able to find a steel drums tutor who offers lessons at a rate that'll fit into your budget. Plus, investing in private lessons will pay off right away, as you pick up new concepts quickly and start playing real music on the steel drums after your very first lesson!