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Tracy D.

Edmond, OK

About Tracy

I have been playing the drum set in various bands since 2001. I have also been playing with the OKC Community Orchestra since 2009. I have played in symphonic and jazz bands and a percussion ensemble. I have taught a percussion class, private lessons, and I have been a full time music teacher in the OKC district. I have recorded in the studio also, and I enjoy doing a bit of my own production. Rocking on stage is my favorite activity! I can teach you how to be an integral part of a band and play along to your favorites. I enjoy bringing out the best in a student and teaching to his/her s
trengths. Let's run!

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a very easygoing and patient teacher. I fully understand that the drum set requires a high level of coordination, and I am mindful of this while working with students. I will begin with proper grip and stroke technique as well as the use of a metronome. I will teach the student to read rhythms and drum set notation. I know how to isolate difficult patterns, break them down into understandable parts, and reintegrate them into a piece. I like to use the music that a student enjoys to relate to the written music. I have found YouTube to be an indispensable tool for this, and my students have responded very well. I will work on snare drum technique as well, because it is the primary voice on the set, and the touch and nuance required to play it well relate to the set as well. I will tailor my instruction to suit the student's learning style and preferences. I want to make the learning fun, so I will help the student quickly gain the basic skills to play along with their favorite bands. This promotes musicality as well as solid time. It will also aid in transcription, which will come with development and is a valuable tool. I will use this in tandem with technique-building exercises to form a well rounded musician. I believe that a student should have a familiarity with his/her instrument, so we will also go over the anatomy and tuning of the set. Above all, music should be fun!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room w/ drum set, hand drums, and seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have a practice pad, snare drum, and sticks. If a student wishes to have drum set lessons in his/her home, that instrument should be there.
**Please note** I do have a drum set in my home.

*** Specialties ***
For the drum set, I am the most experienced in rock, country, and bluegrass styles. I am comfortable with both Stevens and Burton grips for mallet instruments.

1. *** See my article on drum set tips! ***
http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-read-drum-sheet-music
2. ***See my article about the benefits of learning drums as an adult.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/learning-to-drum-as-an-adult
3. *** See my article on Efficient Practice Methods. ***
http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-practice-drums-z07
4. *** See my article on Coordination Exercises. ***
http://takelessons.com/blog/hand-eye-coordination-exercises-for-drummers-z07
5. *** See my article on Snare Drum Basics. ***
http://takelessons.com/blog/5-exercises-to-master-snare-drum-basics-z07
6. *** See my Gear Guide article on drum sticks. ***
http://takelessons.com/blog/which-drum-sticks-are-the-best-z07
7. *** See my Gear Guide article on Drum Sets. ***
http://takelessons.com/blog/best-drum-set-brands-z07
8. *** See my Gear Guide article on cymbals. ***
http://takelessons.com/blog/drum-cymbals-z07
9. ***See my article about different grips.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-hold-drum-sticks-z07
10. **See my article about drum apps. ***
http://takelessons.com/blog/apps-for-drummers-z07
11. **See my article about drum thrones. ***
http://takelessons.com/blog/drum-thrones-gear-for-drummers-z07
12. **See my article about nailing performances.**
http://takelessons.com/blog/drum-performance-tips-z07
13. ***See my article about rudiments.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/7-essential-drum-rudiments-z07
14. ***See my article about tuning your drums.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/drum-tuning-z07
15. ***See my article about reading drum charts/tabs.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/drum-charts-for-beginners-z07
16. ***See my article about different types of sticks/effects.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/types-of-drum-sticks-z07#comment-910418
17. ***See my article about Bass Drum Technique.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/bass-drum-technique-z07
18. ***See my article on Snare Drum Technique.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-play-snare-drum-z07
19. ***See my article on Fills.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/drum-fills-z07
20.*** See my article on Different Drum Types.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/guide_to_different_types_of_drums_z07

Recording Credits: "The Mary Rose" and "Normandie" from the album, Demos and Premiers, by Callen Clarke and Kyle Dillingham
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Nigel N. May 19, 2016
Drum · In home
Verified Student
had a great time, looking forward to more lessons!
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Heidi G. January 29, 2016
Percussion · Online
Verified Student
Off to a great start!
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Gage S. January 13, 2016
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Very good with my son. He opened up more to her during the first lesson than in 3 months with his previous instructor.
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Tracy D.

Tracy D.

Edmond, OK 73003
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starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Michele A.

Norman, OK

About Michele

I am a passionate cellist and instructor who loves working with students of all ages and abilities and helping them discover a love for music as well. I graduated in May 2014 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education with a string emphasis, and a Master's degree in Cello Performance in May 2016. My teachers include Jenna Dalbey of the Tetra String Quartet, Thomas Landschoot of the Sonoran Chamber Music Series, and Jonathan Ruck of the Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble. I have been playing cello for 14 years and during that time I accompanied a choir during a high school festival, performed
with the ASU Symphony, performed two solo cello recitals in college and had quartet coaching with the St. Lawarence String Quartet and Julliard Quartet. In addition to my cello experience, I also have been playing violin for 7 years and viola for 3.
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Hannah H. September 17, 2015
Cello · Online
Verified Student
Michele is a wonderful teacher. I was worried about my preteen daughter because she is so shy but Michele is so much fun. She gently encourages, is full of smiles and praise and she brings out the little musician in my child. I'm not sure if best instructor is fair since it is our first time with private lessons but I it would be really hard to beat this one and we don't intend to try.
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Megan S. June 5, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Nice, energetic teacher. Good with young students.
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Michele A.

Michele A.

Norman, OK 73072
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starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Kari K.

Norman, OK

About Kari

I started playing violin at the age of 10, and have known this was the profession for me ever since. I have a bachelor's degree in music performance from Butler University and am currently working on my master's at the University of Oklahoma. I've been teaching private lessons since I was 17, but really got serious about it in 2012. Teaching is my passion, and I love seeing my students grow musically.
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Kari K.

Kari K.

Norman, OK 73069
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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James H.

Edmond, OK

About James

From the age of 7, I studied with the legendary Ernestine Scott, who taught at Oklahoma City University for 40 years. I began teaching my own students in high school. When I was 18, I was piano soloist with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. At age 21, I won the Clara Wells National Piano Competition, judged by the famed Jorge Bolet.

Now, at the age of a grandfather, I still love teaching music to students of any age. If you or your child wants to enjoy playing the piano, give me a call…I look forward to speaking with you.
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Jamie H. March 11, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
James is a wonderful teacher. He's very professional, very knowledgeable, very encouraging. Especially he transferred theory learning into fun games, makes even the most "boring" part of piano study so enjoyable!
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Rodney P. January 26, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I enjoyed my time with James and have no negative feedback at all; he kept the lessons moving, had new material when needed and went at my pace. I would recommend James highly; 5 stars
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Rodney P. December 4, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
James is very patient and knowledgeable; excellent teacher
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James H.

James H.

Edmond, OK 73012
(3)
starting at
$22 / 30-min
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Mike D.

Oklahoma City, OK

About Mike

My musical education started at a very early age and I have never looked back. I am proficient in all disciplines of percussion, both classical and rudimentary (marching), in both pitched and non-pitched instruments. I was a member of the University of Oklahoma Percussion Ensemble as well as the OU Drumline during my years as a college student. During those times, I participated as a member of multiple Drum and Bugle Corps as a member of the Drumline from the age of 16 until I aged out. Afterwards, I taught at the high school level for a few years and gave private lessons when there was a need
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I can't wait to meet with you and aid you in the pursuit of your dreams as a musician because you never know when the next super star will make their appearance!

I am available both online and offline. We can meet at your house or your school's music/practice facility if permission is granted!
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Dara B. December 10, 2015
Percussion · In studio
Mike was my drum instructor in High School and was very professional and experienced. He knows his stuff!! He made learning fun!! Missed his instruction after moved to Texas where my instructors weren't as good.
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Mike D.

Mike D.

Oklahoma City, OK 73109
(1)
starting at
$35 / 30-min

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