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I want to make sure my students have a good time learning drums but I also want to make sure they learn a lot..! I always make sure to ask my students what they want to learn and what their favorite music is... after that, I figure out what type of lessons to plan out.

About Emerson
Thanks so much for your interest in starting music lessons with me. I’m so excited to share my passion for music with you! As Lao Tzu said: “Music in the soul can be heard by the universe."

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My main goal as a teacher is to help my students reach their goals. If my student wants to learn how to play rock, hip-hop, and jazz drums I believe that it's my job to teach them how to play those styles..! If my student wants to get accepted into a music school I will make sure that they are prepared for an audition whether it be for orchestral percussion, jazz drums, rock drums, etc.

What students should have:
All students should (but don't have to) have a 3-ring binder to organize handouts in...!

Things that drum students should have: A drum set, drum sticks, a drum pad, and a music stand.

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books for a beginning drum student:
Fundamentals for Snare Drum by Garwood Whaley
Elementary Snare Drum by Mitchell Peters
Encyclopedia for Reading Rhythms by Gary Hess

Things that guitar students should have: A guitar, a guitar tuner, and a music stand.

Recommended book: Hal Leonard Guitar Method (Complete Edition) by Schmid and Koch.

My specialties:

Drum specialties: Jazz, Latin (Brazilian, Cuban), African, Rock, Funk, Metal, Pop, Hip-hop, R&B, Blues, Country, Reggae, and Marching. I am proficient in drum reading, drum transcription, practice techniques, and drum rudiments and their application on the drum set.

Orchestral percussion specialties: keyboard percussion (marimba, xylophone, glockenspiel, vibraphone, chimes), snare drum, timpani, bass drum, cymbals, tambourine, triangle, orchestral excerpts, etudes, technique, important literature, and practice techniques.

Guitar specialties: reading music, tablature, chords, scales, improvisation, and technique.
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Eoghan October 16, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Emerson is super patient and a great teacher!
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Marla Robbins March 4, 2016
· Guitar · In home
I enjoyed the learning process; I just hope my short fingers will stretch & curve in order to play the strings properly!
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azalin R. June 10, 2015
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Me. Emerson is the best instructor I've ever met! He really tries to keep the lessons fun and light. Plus he can always motivate his students to really learn and understand their instrument.
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I've been performing for 10 years with drums. It's my passion instrument. It's what I wanted to play when i was a kid.

About David
I am a 20 year musician with 11 years teaching experience. Born and raised in New York City, I attended Laguardia high school for music and art and afterward Queens College majoring in music. My main instruments are Clarinet, Drums, and Saxophone, but i also have a strong background in Piano, Trumpet, and Flute. I've taken private music lessons for the past 15 years with world class musicians, among them David Weber and Howard Hirsch. I've performed in every major concert hall in New York City, including Carnegie Hall when i was only 11 years old. I performed alongside many famous musicians, including the late Tito Puente.

*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching includes all aspects of music; Musical theory, sight singing, as well as Music History. My teaching style allows the child to have fun while they learn their instrument, but I emph
asize a strong practice regiment. Your child will understand that while learning music and an instrument can be fun, there will be some work involved if they want to become great. I usually use either the Alfred or Rubank method books to supplement a curriculum that I tailor make for each individual student. Any question or confusion a student has about anything during the lesson will be explained in detail and dealt with until he/she understands the concept. I've had many students pass all levels of the ABRSM and NYSSMA exams as well as receive academic scholarships for musical excellence.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the living room, drums set, piano,

*** Travel Equipment ***
I require that students buy the books I suggest, but if it is necessary, I can provide photocopies of pages from the books that I own. I also require my students to provide all writing equipment.

*** Specialties ***
all methods and styles. I've played clarinet and saxophone for orchestras, symphonic bands, and jazz bands. I've played drums for jazz, rock, and acoustic sets.
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Steve H. July 8, 2018
· Piano · In home
David is patient and kind with our son.
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Noah January 19, 2018
· Saxophone · In home
My son really enjoyed his first lesson. Looking forward to how he will progress.
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Matt January 8, 2018
· Trumpet · In home
David came on time for our schedule lesson and came in ready to go. He helped my son the corrected way to blow trumpet (which he never learn from school) and broke down lesson so that he is not over wheeled. In just first lesson, I can hear the difference in my son's use of trumpet.
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About Charles S.

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About Charles
Outside of teaching percussion and musical performances I have worked in special education for over 15 years.

My life of music started knee high at the age of 4 playing drums and piano. At the age of 15 I gave my first musical performance, from that stage on I knew my talent had found a home.

In the 11th grade I toured with a local funk group in Washington DC through 26 cities learning music and the life of travel at an early age. During my last high school and college years I performed extensively playing classical, jazz, rock, funk, go-go, gospel, marching band, R&B, and with local rap artist.

Recording credits and highlights include work with Def Jam artist Steady Eddy, recording go-go Mario with Double Agent Rock, and recordings with Little Benny and the Masters.

My other musical passion is teaching. Throughout my col
lege years and beyond I served as a percussion instructor and assistant band director at Morgan State University. As part of the Morgan State University Magnificent Marching Machine I served as a instructional leader in music and performance mentor for the team. I taught part time as a percussion instructor at Milford Mill High School giving individual lessons for over 10 years.

Musical inspiration is an important element to the refinement of my craft. A few personal musical influences are Buddy Rich, Max Roach, Neil Peart (Rush), Dennis Chambers, (Santana), George Gray (Roberta Flack), Ricky Wellman (Miles Davis), Quinton Mack-Davis (Rare Essence) and Michael Bland (Prince).

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Within the first three months of lessons student will gain a strong foundation of sight reading and basic drum techniques in both rudiment studies and playing the drum set. My style of teaching music consist of breaking each skill down into chunks and allowing students to learn using their individual learning styles. I utilize rewards for perfect practice and each lesson contains a safe, fun learning atmosphere with students exhibiting in their best behavior.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in store front studio, drum kit provided

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will bring a practice pad. Students should have a drum set.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Funk, pop, and classical.
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Charlynne L. March 18, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Great lessons.
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Melanie H. April 10, 2017
· Drum · In home
Our son has never played in a marching band before but is interested in playing in the marching band when he attends college in July so we were specifically looking for an instructor who had marching band experience to teach our son since he's never participated in the marching band in high school. We saw Mr. Stewart's profile and decided to have him work with our son. That was the BEST decision that we could have ever made. We have been nothing but impressed with Mr. Stewart. He definitely has the gift of teaching and he is very patient, knowledgeable, and he challenges our son to get better by giving him homework after each session. Our son absolutely LOVES Mr. Stewart and he is always excited for each lesson and to practice what Mr. Stewart has taught him. Our son went from not playing in the marching band at all in high school to making his college band and receiving a scholarship all thanks to Mr. Stewart. We are very grateful for his outstanding teaching and we would definitely recommend Mr. Stewart 100%.
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Wesley E. March 4, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Charles is calm and patient, and yet gently pushes for better and better performance every lesson. As the parent, it is amazing to me to see how much my son has learned in only 3 lessons... and working on a drum set right from the beginning has been very inspiring to my son. We highly recommend Charles!
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About Gerald M.

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Your time and money is too precious to waste on a mediocre teacher. My students get results from the very first lesson. For over 20 years I've helped students of all ages go far beyond their goals; whether it's learning a favorite song, getting in a band, winning music scholarships, or learning music for school ensembles.
Students learn on the same high end equipment I use professionally.
My studio is always ready to record HD audio/video so students can capture their progress.

About Gerald
Not all teachers are the same. I've had great success as a student and a teacher; making me the best choice to help aspiring drummers reach their goals.
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Gerald M.

Norwalk, CT 06851
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About Dennis W.

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Music is a subject that anyone can relate to. Playing and performing music is a dream that many aspire. I have watched my students grow from complete beginners to taking stages in front of a large audience.

I am always thorough about teaching my students the basics: understanding proper technique, dynamics, and timing. I teach my students to play to a metronome, read music and rhythms, play songs, and play along with other live musicians. I specialize in many various genres of music including funk, rock, pop, hip-hop, prog, and metal. Over time, you will learn to play like the professionals that inspire you.

About Dennis
Hello, my name is Dennis Willoner.

Music and art have always been a huge part of my life. I have been playing drums for 15 years and have been teaching for 7. I grew up learning to play drums from a private instructor, and have been studying on my own ever since. I have played in many bands in my music career and have also tracked drums in studios for local artists. Today, I currently work at School of Rock in Palo Alto as a private and group instructor, and play in a professional band called Constructs.

I have been drawing ever since I can remember. I mostly draw realistically, but also like to get on the creative side. I enjoy drawing faces and people the most out of any subject. After learning so much about art, the world can be viewed in a complete other perspective.
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Manoj N. May 12, 2018
· Drawing · In home
I have been wanting to learn drawing since I was a kid. Had a few years of drawing when I was a kid and then haven't touched in a long time. When I rekindled my interest to learn, I came across Dennis.
Honestly, the reason why I chose Dennis was because he provided at-home classes and that would avoid the hassle of me having to travel. The first few classes were more of me and him warming up to each other, as I am sure he also found me different.
He comes with all the necessary equipment and spends a few minutes giving you some basics of the stuff we are going to do that day. Then he leaves you to draw while he also draws the same. He glances once in a while at your sheet and gives you very subtle feedback. If you have missed something, he will just try to nudge you in the right direction with minor comments like "Don't you think, these are of the same darkness?, There may be more highlights in this area or the mid tones here and here are of the same darkness. etc.". He never touches your paper, but only guides you.
Sometimes when some focus is needed (for example on the eyes), he will tell you the technique involved in depth and we did one full class just doing eyes, one full class on hair.
It was a little frustrating initially for me as I was not used to the teaching technique, and now I see the point. The first drawing itself turned out be much much better than I had anticipated it to be and he hasn't touched my paper till now - so this drawing is fully mine.
You can also continue drawing and send work via text message to him. You almos t always get detailed instant feedback. The only thing is, I haven't been very diligent in doing drawings due to lack of free time. So once a week for an hour is what I do.
He also spends extra time sometimes so that he can take the drawing to a logical point, sometimes even beyond 1.5 hrs though my session is for an hour each. That shows the commitment he has to his students.
I believe my work will improve as this course continues. We have had about 6 classes and I am already seeing the difference. A long way to go, but the first steps have been right - most of it due to Dennis and his method of teaching. I would say more than teaching, it is a method of mentoring where the hand holding is done in a unique way.
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Erin May 3, 2018
· Drawing · In studio
Dennis is a congenial, knowledgeable, and engaging instructor. It's been a rewarding learning experience.
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Pavel November 27, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Great instructor: friendly and patient, clear guidance and fun process
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About Ayman B.

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With over 10 years of teaching experience in more than 5 countries, my goal is to inspire students through a wide variety of methods that transform them into “talented” musicians.

About Ayman
I am a drummer, composer, educator and multi (performance/composition) award winner in more than 7 countries. Love of education has taken me across the world where I gained a Masters degree in Musicology from Tunisia, a Bachelors degree in Jazz from New York and another degree in Indian classical music from Chennai India. Beside performing, teaching is one of my main passions. I love sharing my experiences with others and inspire them to be the best they can be.
Beside English, I am a native Arabic and French speaker and I do teach language as well. My language and music teaching experience has included, for the past 10 years, privet lessons, online lessons and classroom lessons in elementary, middle and high school as well as universities.

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Known for his musicality, innovative drumming and Educational methods, Ayman has fo
und a unique musical voice as a result of his passion for jazz and his natural Tunisian folk music. During his second decade, the New York based drummer has played in European, African and Asian festivals with countless stellar jazz artists and Grammy winners from allover the globe. His reputation has steadily grown with every performance and he is rapidly becoming one of the most brilliant drummer composer of his generation.

"Ayman, you have a very mature and musical way of approaching odd meters, I haven't heard any better"! -Jimmy Cobb-

Ayman's love for music has taking him across the world including India where he studied at Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music and toured across the country with the prestigious Splendor of Masters playing with some of the most well known living legends of Indian music including Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Shubankar Banerjee and Prasanna. Few years later, Ayman has moved to New York City where he is currently based after he graduated from the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music with a strong merit scholarship.

A very unique player, a wonderful composer ! D.r -Ghatam Karthick-

Ayman has been leading his band in several prestigious Jazz Festivals around the world as well as winning several awards including the AFAC 2016 composers award. He has appeared playing as a drummer, pianist, konnakol vocalist and a multi hand percussionist in stages such as Reykjavic Jazz festival, Carthage international festival and Dubai Jazz festival.
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Carmen October 25, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Ayman is an amazing drum teacher! He not only touches on how to read music notation but also gives you the freedom to incorporate your own sense of style in your drumming. He knows the mechanics when it comes to being technical but also on how to feel the music. He has a great passion for this art form, and if you are also passionate as a student, only good will come from taking his lessons!!
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Baha October 25, 2017
· Drum · In home
I had totally a great experience, Ayman has very good skills as a player and a teacher. He knows exactly what a student need and how to keep you motivated. Highly recommended.
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Tobias October 25, 2017
· Music Theory · In home
This was a great class for musicians, I am an advanced musician and I learned a lot from Mr Ayman, also for my 10 years old daughter loved loved it. You're gonna love it, definitely 5 stars!!!
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About Mike M.

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If you are interested in picking up the sticks and becoming a drummer, my classes are for you! My lessons are designed for beginner drummers and (if interested) will evolve into ensemble training to prepare you for writing, performing and recording with other musicians. I have had students as young as five and some well into their eighties, it's never too late to learn something new.

Schedule your first drum lesson today!

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Mike has been providing private lessons in the bay area since 2006 and is currently offering in-home and online lessons. Whether you are completely new to drumming or looking to hone your skills in preparation for joining an ensemble, Mike will work with you to achieve your musical goals.
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Nadine August 7, 2018
· Drum · In home
Mike is an awesome teacher. He was really flexible with our schedule, and helped both of us starting at different skill levels and goals. He is well worth the money if you are serious about wanting to become a better drummer!
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Derick May 30, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Excellent instructor. Very knowledgeable, friendly and breaks everything down. Would Highly recommend.
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Chris February 5, 2018
· Drum · In home
Started my lessons with Mike having some previous experience, but still a beginner. He broadened my knowledge on styles and helped me get to the point to where I was able to join a band and start gigging.
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I'm like you. I never liked sitting through lessons where they gave you nothing but fundamentals and made you learn genres you did not want to learn. I learn best when I'm learning how to play music I want to play! Over the years I have played in rock bands, orchestras, worship bands, percussion ensembles, and jazz ensembles. After playing in these multiple genres, I have found how to make drums fun and engaging while still learning the fundamentals to succeed quickly. I change my teaching style to suit each of my students, and I honestly believe that it does not matter if you're five years old or 100 years old, learning drums is possible and within your reach!

About Alec
My name is Alec, and I am from sunny and crazy Las Vegas, NV. I have been playing drums since almost eight years old and have played a lot of music. I have performed in rock bands, punk bands, worship bands, drumline, percussion ensembles, orchestras, jazz ensembles, and cover bands. I am a current college student in Phoenix, so I understand how hard it is to learn something. That is why I love to keep an emphasis on helping you, my future student, discover what excites you to learn drums in the first place. Although I learned in a classical setting, this does not mean I'm going to make you play Thelonious Monk and Coltrane (unless that's your thing). While I love jazz and classical, what ultimately got me into drums was wanting to play Metallica and Dr. Dre. Playing the music I wanted to play helped me become the musician I am today. So
if you want to learn how to play U2, Alicia Keys, Keith Urban, Charlie Parker, Dave Matthews, Meshuggah, Kendrick Lamar, Led Zeppelin, or whatever it is you want to learn, I'm going to do my best to help you play what you want to play.
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Gavin July 2, 2018
· Drum · In home
Alec was great with my 10 year old, and even helped me finish setting up the drum set. My son is VERY excited to continue lessons and has already been practicing a lot, and actually sounds pretty good!
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Xavier May 23, 2018
· Drum · Online
It’s been awhile since I’ve taken a lesson and was apprehensive at first, but I had such a great time learning from Alec during my online lesson. He was great at explaining and showing me everything. He was thoughtful, kind, helpful and I could tell he was genuinely interested in me learning.
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Alex May 23, 2018
· Drum · Online
I really enjoyed my drum lesson with Alec not only because I feel like I learned a lot during our lesson but because he is incredibly easy to talk to/feel comfortable with and has a great sense of humor which to me, makes learning from someone so much easier. Thanks Alec!
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I am a professional drummer and educator with 26 years experience teaching and performing. My background includes live/session experience in multiple styles and musical genres, including pop, rock, jazz, funk, fusion, latin and electronic, in additional to compositional study and theory.

We will design our lessons together as student and teacher, and I am able to adapt my teaching style to each students' specific needs and abilities. Learn the fundamentals while playing along with your favorite songs! Advance your skills in a comfortable setting, with lots of encouragement and support.

I have experience with all ages and abilities, including students with physical and intellectual disabilities.

About Jason
I am a professional drummer, recording artist, and educator, with over 26 years performing and teaching.

I graduated from Stony Brook University with a minor is Jazz, and as a founding member of the university's big band, the "SBU Blowage," under the direction of legendary trombonist, Ray Anderson.

Drum students will see immediate positive results from lessons, including improved technical abilities and the confidence to explore new musical pathways on their journey to find their own sound and style.

I teach symphonic snare drum, orchestral percussion, drum set, rudimental percussion, hand percussion with associated NYSSMA requirements.

I have experience with students of all different ages, abilities and experience levels. I've studied percussion and drum set since 1990, and rudimental and hand drums since 1999. I can teach students
to read music, as well as transcribe arrangements and transpose by ear. With consistent lessons, students can learn to play along to their favorite music, and develop confidence to practice and perform with other musicians in a group setting.

As a professional touring and recording artist, I am happy to share my knowledge of playing in multiple musical settings, and the "business" of playing music. My passion is for live performance, and it is essential to help students feel confident while playing for an audience.

Our focus will be on developing proper technique, listening carefully and critically to recordings, and building a foundational music vocabulary via reading and writing.

I look forward to sharing my knowledge and expertise with you!
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Travis V. November 1, 2018
· Drum · In home
He continues to be extremely patient and awesome. My boys are learning so much and really enjoy playing with Jason.
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Griffin V. October 3, 2018
· Drum · In home
Jason was unbelievable patient and nice. This was my boys first ever lesson and they absolutely loved it!! They can't wait till their next lesson. He was awesome!!!
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Donna March 7, 2018
· Drum · In home
Jason is a very talented musician and an excellent instructor. He is has been a patient, kind and effective teacher for my son. Can't say enough about him!
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I’m a Brazilian drummer, so I know each type of music of each country

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So I play drums since I was little, and my dream is Help everyone, because you need to follow your dreams, and never give up
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Mineola, NY 11501
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