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About Mark G.

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Most recently, my drumming can be heard on multi-platinum selling recording artist Mark Slaughter's solo CD, "Reflections in a Rear View Mirror" which was released in March of this year. In additional to acoustic drumming, I have extensive experience with:
- midi programming (Toontrack Superior Drummer)
- drum set recording (Pro Tools, Cubase, Reaper)

About Mark
Most recently, Mark's drumming can be heard on multi-platinum selling recording artist Mark Slaughter's solo CD, 'Reflections in a Rear View Mirror.'

In addition to being a full-time working drummer, Mark is guiding veteran and up & coming drummers with their musical careers both privately and at Nevada Music Academy (March 2014 to present).

Mark is currently accepting serious-minded adult students for in-home or online lessons. Drum set students are required to have access to a drum set; snare drum students are required to have a snare drum or practice pad.

*****BACKGROUND*****

With inspiration from a music-infused household, Mark began playing drums at the age of eight, shortly after relocating to Las Vegas, Nevada. Within a few short years he was performing with various school bands (stage, jazz, orchestra, marching) and o
riginal rock bands formed with musicians from the local music scene.

Mark studied classical and rudimental snare drum performance at the Murray Spivack School for Snare Drum and funk, jazz, rock and Latin drumming under the tutelage of Irv Kluger, Chuck Silverman and Richie “Gajate” Garcia.

Mark’s first big break came in 1986 when he toured with the legendary Hollywood based hard-rock band Masque, which included the famous circuit clubs in Los Angeles supporting such artists as Warrant and Poison. Shortly after, Mark spent two years performing and recording with MTV favorites D.R. Starr and the M.D.’s, securing his place as one of Los Angeles’ “go to” drummers.

Drum lessons with Mark are informative, results-driven and loud at times! “Together, you and I will develop an ‘Individualized Learning Program’ designed just for you,” says Mark. “We’ll work at your level and at your pace – and we’ll have fun doing it!” Mark has been working successfully with students as young as 5 years of age. Beginning students will be playing basic drum beats during their first lesson and playing along to songs within several lessons. Experienced students will further develop reading chops, grooves, fills and rudiments.

To date, Mark has recorded and performed with numerous rock acts and is active in the local music scene. In addition, Mark is a two-time Las Vegas Rock Hall of Fame inductee.
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Rubin H. January 22, 2014
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On time, very professional, amazing skill-set and very patient with my child. We feel fortunate to have Mark as an instructor.
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Brad M. January 5, 2014
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Mark rocks!

Mark’s incredible skill as a drummer is only matched by his abilities as a teacher. In just a short time with Mark’s instruction, I have made vast improvements in my drumming. At my first lesson with Mark, he determined my skill level and what I sought to achieve with my lessons. Almost immediately, the fundamentals Mark showed me were translating into my drumming with my band. Mark has opened doors in my playing that I didn’t know existed. Mark is incredibly patient and really cares about ensuring I receive significant benefit from my lessons. Mark really goes out of his way to make sure I fully grasp everything he shows me. I would highly recommend Mark for anyone who wants to learn from a true master at his craft and from a teacher who takes pride in his students and his teaching. Thank you Mark!!
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Adam W. August 1, 2013
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I have had many different types of music teachers through out my life and Mark is by far the best. He is very serious about helping his students do what they want to do. I had specific goals I wanted to accomplish. Mark took my goals seriously and did what he could to help me understand the techniques to be a good drummer. He broke things down in to little steps that helped me to practice on my own and figure specific drum patterns out, He gave me the tools to improve myself as a musician, Mark did not have to but he chose to put a lot of his own time in to teaching me what I wanted to learn He obviously cares about his students and takes them seriously. I highly recommend him to any future students
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Las Vegas, NV 89135
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About Terry P.

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I do not play drums regularly but can teach all levels/styles beginner to advanced.

About Terry
Terry P. is a composer, producer, and a multi-instrumentalist specializing in guitar and piano. He has been teaching all types of people at all levels for over eight years at Axis Music Academy in Southfield, and has taught over 8,000 lessons. Terry has a Bachelors of Music with a concentration in Composition and Theory from Wayne State University. In 2012, Terry was awarded the prestigious Kresge Arts Fellowship in the performing arts category.
This is Terry's bio from the Kresge Arts In Detroit website:

Terry had already started making a lasting impact on the local rock scene – in his influence over other artists and his musical innovations – prior to studying music composition at Wayne State University. Terry has used this classical training toward his goal of elevating the musical consciousness of popular music audiences by
exposing them to compositional techniques they would otherwise never hear without listening to classical music. Terry, a multi-instrumentalist, has focused his efforts on the exploration of these techniques in contemporary genres, specifically progressive metal. In recent years, he has employed himself as a private instructor and has started scoring music for film.

*** Lesson Details ***
I make sure that lessons are fun for the student, and that the student is learning material that they like. At the same time, I make sure that my students become well-rounded musicians by teaching them skills in reading and music theory. Lessons are tailored to the student, and my approach varies with everyone I teach. I will fast-track you toward your goal while supplementing your lesson experience with exposure to new things that will challenge you in a fun way. I have learned to play almost every instrument and will teach just about anything, although I am strongest with the piano and guitar. I am open to teaching all ages, all genres/styles, and have even taught students with various disabilities. My extensive training also makes me a good tutor for undergraduate music students taking classes in ear-training and theory.
Beginning students should expect to be playing a handful of their favorite songs after studying with me for a few months, and as well they will have a basic understanding of reading notes on the instrument, and a basic understanding of music theory fundamentals. Advanced students will find that they are continually inspired and challenged.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide my own instrument and practice amp. for guitar/bass, the student must have their own instrument and amp. piano students must have their own piano and drum students must have their own drum kit. I can bring books and other materials and may recommend that students buy certain books etc.

*** Specialties ***
For piano, I specialize in classical, and can teach anyone from 5-year-old beginners to advanced players. I can teach any style.
For guitar, I specialize in metal and progressive rock. I can teach any ability level and any style.
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Teya February 17, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In home
Terry is awesome! Definitely a teacher that I would recommend to other students. He tailors and paces the lesson to the student which is very helpful!
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Ileana D. September 17, 2017
· Piano · In home
Terry was awesome. My six and eight-year-olds loved working with him. They learned more in 5 weeks than they had in six months with a private teacher they had before. He challenged them with new things, which made them uneasy at first. But he showed patience and got them to build confidence while reinforcing the stuff that they had learned before. Instead of playing the same easy things over and over, he forced them to try new things which worked out great.
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Sam June 9, 2017
· Songwriting · In home
Terry was on time - professional - and inspiring. We're excited to keep working with him!
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About Michelle V.

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I will develop and strengthen your rhythm and snare technique.

About Michelle
I am Certified Beginning Piano teacher as well as an intermediate level teacher. I studied piano at Cerritos College of Norwalk, CA with an emphasis in piano and completed my Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with a focus in percussion from CSU Long Beach. I currently teach private and have taught classroom lessons for piano. I have consistently taught piano since 2002 to students ages 5 and above.

I have traveled the world to perform and teach music. I have been to Brazil to study samba and its many different styles through the World Percussion Program of CSU Long Beach in 2006 and 2007. In 2012, I traveled to Colombia and Venezuela to perform with the band of Terratour, a humanitarian group. My close friend and I performed his inspirational and encouraging music. We collaborated with local musicians in local venues. I have alwa
ys admired traveling and performing live, and Terratour was the best opportunity to do so.

You may have notice I'm a Carpenters fan! I sing, play piano and drums. The Carpenters are my musical inspirations and that's exactly how I perform- with passion and tender, love, and care. I was once the other musical half of a Carpenters tribute band, Close To You. My friend and I learned many of the Carpenters tunes and collaborated with vocals, piano, steel drums, drums and other percussion. We have disbanded, but even before forming the band, I was always singing and playing drums/piano simultaneously on my own and still continue to.

I am available for online, in-home, or in-studio lessons. If your child younger than 5 can count to 10 and knows the alphabet, then I would be happy to add him/her to my roster. If you want to develop your talent, I can do that with you. You have all the ability and power to learn and be great- I'm just going to guide you all the way to your goal.

Please notify me of the special need prior to booking lessons so I can accommodate.
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Izabel M. June 15, 2018
· Piano · In home
Michelle has been very good at keeping my 8 year old engaged and interested in learning to read music. We are looking forward to many more lessons.
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Dan October 18, 2017
· Piano · In studio
So far so good
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Izzy July 28, 2017
· Piano · In home
Michelle was great! On time, very patient and great at explaining information to my 6-year-old grandson!
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About Kierstyn S.

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Students will start by learning basic patterns and fills that can be applied to many songs of their choosing. More advanced students will learn bass drum independence and advanced foot techniques.

About Kierstyn
Kierstyn E. St. John is a pianist, composer, arranger and improviser who possesses an impressive repertoire of more than 500 memorized songs in every genre from classical to jazz to contemporary/pop. Kierstyn is also a talented improviser-- which she can do for hours on end in both classical and jazz styles. Because she has studied piano for over eighteen years, she has developed extremely impressive technicality from studying everything from Rachmaninoff to Bill Evans to Dream Theater. Furthermore, her performance experience has given her an innate talent of programming. She knows exactly which songs to choose for a certain gig; if you give her a genre, she can make a setlist that exactly suits the needs of your arrangement.

She has performed extensively in venues such as the Wigwam Resort, and the Ground Controls in Goodyear and in V
errado. She has played hundreds of events including weddings, memorials, private parties, festivals, and church fairs; Kierstyn was also the accompanist for all three choirs at her high school. She was the principal pianist for Northminster Presbyterian Church for four years and rocked the house as the pianist in the ASU Latin Jazz Combo for two.

Kierstyn just graduated summa cum laude with Bachelor's of Music in Composition at Arizona State University. She has studied with James DeMars, Rodney Rogers, and Kotoka Suzuki. Since attending college, she has been commissioned by Ironwood and Imagine Prep high schools, The ASU Barrett Choir, The Phoenix Art Museum, The ASU Art Museum, and Voices for the Voiceless. In 2014, she won the Four Seasons Women's Composers Competition, and her string quintet "The Monarch" was performed in September by their professional orchestra and her score for the play “Poseidon's Regret” received a nomination for a 2016 ariZoni Award!
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Jacob September 13, 2017
· Piano · In home
Very well trained piano teacher. Was able to teach the kids in a meaningful way that hooked them on learning the piano.
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Jacob September 9, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Kierstyn had the incredibly unique ability to teach me every single song I wanted to learn while still teaching a range of classical, jazz, and pop fundamentals all along the way. I couldn't recommend her more.
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Hannah M. February 10, 2015
· Guitar · Online
We are very happy with the lessons my daughter has with Kierstyn. She took the time when they started to learn what my daughter's goals were, what type music she likes, and makes the lessons personalized. She works well with my daughter, is patient, but pushes her to continue going and learning.
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About Rob C.

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- techniques from beginner to advanced
- audition preps for music schools
- writing/reading/transcribing drum charts
- learning songs by ear
- HAVING FUN playing drums!!

About Rob
BM Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA 1989
EMPLOYMENT HISTORY:
School of Rock, LV, NV 2011-13 (music dir./private instructor)
Musicians Institute, Hollywood, CA 2008-08 (teaching assistant/private instructor)
Drummers Collective, NY, NY 1993-95 (sub. instructor)
Independent drum instructor for over 25 years.
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John August 12, 2015
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Rob Cournoyer. Where to begin... I was 17 years old when I had started taking lessons from Rob. It was my senior year of high school and after hitting a wall after years of being self-taught, began studying at Hoffman's Music in Houma (my hometown) with a man named Troy Percle. After awhile, Troy told me that if I wanted to go to Berklee, I should look up this guy, who had just begun teaching in Houma. So, I did and from lesson number one, I learned so much. New concepts, new methods, new ideas. But also, Rob was gracious enough to share his worldly experiences with me, a teenager with dreams of grandeur, and through his teaching, helped me to be prepared for the reality that comes with being a working musician. It is work, it will be hard. But it is what you love. Like Tony Williams once said,"We play because we must." Rob is the embodiment of that statement. Long story short, Rob helped me prepare an audition piece for my Berklee scholarship audition and sure enough, they offered me a substantial amount of money to attend their school, which I had been dreaming of going to since I was 12 years old. He helped a big dream of mine come true. I studied with him until I moved out of Houma and up to Boston. Today, I am a working drummer in Nashville and can honestly say that one of the true highlights of my education, was having Rob as a teacher. Not only of drumming, but of life. You would be doing yourself a tremendous service to have Rob Cournoyer be your teacher. Thank you, Rob. I am happy to be able to call him a former teacher and a present friend.
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Michael August 6, 2015
· Drum · In home
Rob, has been instructing our 11 year old son for the past couple of years. He is easily the best music instructor I have seen. His passion for music and drums keeps our son excited about his lessons. He teaches in a fun but organized approach that does not overwhelm our son. Our son's improvement after every lesson is very noticeable. I recommend Rob unconditionally. Our son also highly recommends Rob.
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Nikki July 29, 2015
· Drum · In home
Rob has been teaching drums to my 14 year old son for about 2 years. He is an incredible teacher and it is amazing how far along my son has come since he started working with him. Rob has a friendly and easy going personality that allows kids to feel comfortable with him. My son has been playing drums for about 5 years and since he started with Rob his drumming ability has gone to a whole new level. Rob has taught my son many different styles including rock, blues, jazz, samba and so much more. Rob is a very talented drummer, a great teacher and just an all around great guy. I would recommend him to anyone looking for lessons.
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About Maxime C.

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After more than 15 years of experience playing drums, 10+ different teachers, countless hours of researching and experimenting, I will be able to point you in the direction you need to progress as efficiently as possible towards your goals. Includes thorough work on technique, time, versatility on styles, transcribing songs.... I like to bring attention on sound, posture, critical listening and musicality; the best of what I gathered from my years at Berklee and as a musician.

About Maxime
Maxime Cholley was born in France, and grew up in the Rhône-Alpes area. After attending the Lycée Vaugelas, a performing arts high-school in Chambéry, he moved to Boston (MA) in the Fall of 2014, in order to study at Berklee College of Music.

He won several awards at Berklee including the Berklee Achievement Scholarship and the Avedis Zildjian Endowed Scholarship. He obtained the prestigious Artist Diploma from Berklee at the end of the Fall of 2016.
Maxime has been studying jazz, classical and contemporary music. He has a reputation of not only being a great session player, but also skilled to play various musical genres and odd-meter music with a unique touch.
Musical Inspirations: Tigran Hamasyan, Kneebody, Dhafer Youssef, Tigran Hamasyan, Robert Glasper, Chris Dave, Brian Blade, Kendrick Lamar, Periphery...

He studied with m
usicians such as Nate Wood, Dave Dicenso, Tia Fuller, David Fiuczynski, Neal Smith, Alain Mallet and Marko Djordjevic.
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Gerardo May 20, 2017
· Drum · Online
I need improve my sight reading. Can you help me?
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About Juan L.

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I started my musical experience as a drum student, studying privately and while in the jazz band at school for five years. I also have five years of experience performing and working with live music acts. We will work through various rhythms and feels, and choose a solid song list of classic songs ranging in style in order to practice versatility as a drummer. I am happy to work with you as a developing musician to feel more confident and have fun behind the drum kit. Send me a message and we'll talk more!

About Juan
I am an experienced musician, singer, and teacher. I have six years of performing and touring experience, and six years teaching private lessons as well as at the School Of Rock in Ballwin, MO. I like to work with my students on their specific needs/interests/desires as singers and musicians. Whether that is on technique, performance, extending range, learning songs, or simply feeling more comfortable with your singing voice and your performing abilities, I am happy to help you grow as a singer and musician.
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Kevin June 5, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Off to a great start with Juan! He is very patient and teaches to where you are.
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About Dan A.

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I'm a licensed k12 music teacher and professional musician who knows how to transform beginners into competent musicians. My lessons are fun, methodical, and tailored to each student so you're always learning in a way that works best for you.

After going through the basics I focus our lessons on music that the student wants to play. I use a variety of materials that I've created myself in addition to the usual method books and I've made all of my materials work just as well online as they do in person.

Don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions!

About Dan
I’m a licensed k12 music teacher and professional musician with a passion for teaching students of all ages and abilities. Whether you’ve never played before or have been playing for years, I can help you achieve your musical goals.

Over the last ten years I’ve taught hundreds of private students and have worked successfully with many different learning styles. I’ve led dozens of students from their first notes to being fully competent musicians. I teach all styles: rock, pop, jazz, latin, country/bluegrass, funk etc.

Studying with me, you'll learn the music that you want to play in the comfort of your home. I'll teach you the basics of reading music and rhythm, but getting you playing your favorite music is always my focus.

I also have a lot of experience working with school band programs, so if you're a student or parent of
a student in a school band or marching band, I know exactly what is needed to succeed in that environment.

Let's get started!
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About Rob B.

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I'm a full time touring musician, I studied music in school for 8 years, but I can honestly say I've learned more about music through my years as a touring musician. I find great joy in sharing all the things I've learned over the years.

I like getting to know my students; their expectations and goals as an aspiring drummer, and I build my curriculum around their needs.

In my lessons you can expect to learn, and have fun!

About Rob
I am a full time touring, recording musician who lives in Nashville TN. I graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance from Roberts Wesleyan College.
During my studies at Roberts I taught percussion and music theory at U-Prep High school for 1 year, and when I wasn't at studying or teaching, I put all my focus on recording.

In 2016 I moved to Nashville to tour with a few artists, after 4 months of traveling I decided to find a band I that I could call my own. Leading me to this moment, where I am currently on tour with my band, The Foxies, and perform with and MD for two other artist based out of Nashville.

Over the years I have traveled with many different acts; performing at Warped Tour, Sundance, SXSW, Bonaroo.

My lessons are not the same for everyone. I like to get to know my students; their personal music goals and
the ways they learn best, and I build my curriculum around that information.
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About Charles N.

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With currently over 17 years of drumming experience, 10 years of performing and working professionally in the Rock/Metal industry, and being featured on tons of recordings, interviews, and magazines. I will take each of my students with their specific set of goals and cater each lesson directly to whatever it might be. Whether its sticking technique, rudiments, genre specific, polyrhythms, groove technique, composition, understanding sheet music, tech questions, playback rigs, and then some. I'm here to share what I've learned along the way and to continue learning from everyone else!

About Charles
Growing up I played in numerous bands over the years in Las Vegas. I started touring with my own bands just before my final semester of high school and haven't stopped since. Throughout middle school and high school I was a staple member of the drum line. Playing everything from snare drum to bass, quads/quints, cymbals, and drum set. All while playing shows and festivals with my bands outside of school.

Since the start of my touring career and working for numerous production companies, I have played for and worked with artists such as This Romantic Tragedy (Tragic Hero Records Alumni), Survive This (Epitaph Records Alumni), Big and Rich, Gladys Knight, Rick Springfield, Distinguisher (Artery Global), Trey songs, T.I., Asia feat. John Payne, Robert Delong, and plenty more.

Currently I play for a band called A Friend, A Foe. We have tw
o EPs out along with plenty of singles and are currently working on our first full length record. We have performed on festivals here in Las Vegas such as Las Rageous, Vans Warped Tour, Extreme Thing, and have toured the country only to keep touring more in hopes of going abroad. I am also a drum tech for a few different drummers and bands locally and touring.
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Donny D. May 3, 2018
· Drum · In home
Very knowledgeable and patient. Definitely will work on your schedule and came prepared. Looking forward to my next lesson.
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Ariana April 1, 2018
· Drum · In home
Highly recommended! Charlie is very patient and understanding. 5/5
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Stephen March 28, 2018
· Drum · In home
Charlie is a master of nuance and a patient teacher.
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