Drum Lessons & Classes in McCullough Hills
Find the perfect teacher or instructor in McCullough Hills for private drum lessons in your home or in their studio.
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)
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.
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
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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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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Markâs incredible skill as a drummer is only matched by his abilities as a teacher. In just a short time with Markâs 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 didnât 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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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
A well structured hour with many opportunities to grow as a musician.
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I try to run lessons just like a school would teach any class. Goals, objectives, homework. I make a big effort to show why you have to learn the stuff and show how it can be used in the styles of music you like.
*** Travel Equipment ***
practice pads, sticks, and book
*** Specialties ***
Specialize in rock and pop.
I do not play drums regularly but can teach all levels/styles beginner to advanced.
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 â in his influence over other artists and his musical innovations â 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
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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.
· Piano · In home
· Songwriting · In home
· Guitar · In home
I have been playing drums professionally for 29 years here in Las Vegas and am currently playing drums for Cirque du Soleil in their flagship show "O" at the Bellagio. I teach my students the real skills of drumming that will give them the knowledge and insight that only a working drummer can give them. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education and have taught general music in private schools here in Las Vegas, grades Kindergartedn through 8th grade. I enjoy teaching the young, new beginner student as well as the aspiring drum student that wants to learn what it takes to be a working musician. I teach how to
read music and charts as well as how to listen and learn by ear because both of those facilities are needed for the well rounded drummer. I also play piano and can incorporate live accompaniment when applicable. My goal is to give a complete musical experience to every student and conduct lessons on an individual basis according to the goals of the student. AND ...
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Here are a few reasons why drums are important and just awesome:
1. No one can rock out like a drummer.
2. Schlepping your gear from gig to gig is cheaper than a membership to a gym, and it is an even better workout.
3. Percussion is a vital element of every musical style — from rock and blues to R & B to Caribbean.
4. Good drumming has always been the hallmark of hit songs.
5. You have always had great rhythm and musical interest, and now you want to put it to some good use.
6. Drumming will sharpen your concentration and hone your listening skills.
7. You don't need a Ph.D. in music theory to play the drums.
8. Drumming relieves stress and allows you to explore creative expression.
9. Practicing the drums will help you to develop your sense of time and reflexes.
10. Drummers are the heartbeat of any band.
-Guitar lessons available
-Bass lessons available
-Drum lessons available
-Voice lessons available
No need to wait for an appointment or drive anywhere. Ill be happy to come out to you, or you have the option to travel to me at your convenience without the wait. I feel learning and having fun is so much more of an important greater value!
Whether your'e getting home from a long days work, on your lunch brea
*Great for beginners
*Private, one on one atmosphere
*On-Demand, freelance professional
******KEY FACTS & BENEFITS******
*Some children absorb information better when taught one-on-one. By hiring a tutor, who provides one-on-one instruction, the child can be provided the one-on-one assistance needed to thrive in the traditional classroom.
**Some children do not feel comfortable in the highly structured environment that is the traditional classroom. As a result, these children may struggle with coursework: not because they lack the capacity to grasp the material, but because the learning environment is not appropriate for them. By creating a different learning environment, a more open and flexible environment, these children often thrive academically. A tutor can provide that different learning environment. While they may never be comfortable in a highly structured environment, they will, with the help of a tutor, be given the opportunity to learn their coursework and graduate successfully.
***Some children may be struggling to understand some of their coursework. Teachers in a traditional classroom cannot slow the instruction if one student is lagging, so there may be times when a student feels left behind in the classroom. Hiring a tutor to provide additional instruction and help the child grasp the material in the coursework, can help the student catch up with his/her classmates and successfully pass his/her class.
Remember, Knowledge is Power! Make learning fun and have fun while you are learning. I would love to help you grow as a successful artist and follow your dreams.
"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest." Benjamin Franklin
"The only place SUCCESS comes before work is in the dictionary." Vince Lombardi
My vision and purpose is to inspire people to rock... on stage and in life!
Direct service to you for whatever and/or whenever you need it for, wherever!
Give me a call or e-mail today! I will personally be happy to answer any questions you may have.
· Guitar · In studio
- techniques from beginner to advanced
- audition preps for music schools
- writing/reading/transcribing drum charts
- learning songs by ear
- HAVING FUN playing drums!!
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.
· Drum · In home
· Drum · In home
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We will be working out of books to learn rudiments and how to read music. I'll teach various styles of drumming(jazz, Latin, rock..etc)along with a little history on drummers and eras of music.
Patient, creative lessons
Will work at students pace
Studied at Orange County High School of the Arts and Musicians Institute
Been playing drums since I was 13, 12 years total
Currently drummer and lyricist for actively performing band
I also teach and play bass, guitar, and Audio Engineering.
I am knowledgeable to teach the basics on drums and instill good habits for beginners.
I am most proficient on bass and working in production with Logic but I am familiar with Pro Tools, Cubase, and Ableton Live.
· Guitar ·
Looking forward to sharing my passion and enthusiasm for playing and creating music and to guide you and help achieve whatever your goals in music may be.
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Markâs incredible skill as a drummer is only matched by his abilities as a teacher. In just a short time with Markâs instruction, I have
On time, very professional, amazing skill-set and very patient with my child. We feel fortunate to have Mark as an instructor."
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 stude
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