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James S.

6 Reviews
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  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 1990
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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James S.

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As an educator, I strive to provide my students with the tools that they will need to explore the direction that they want to take with their instrument. This can include from enjoying drumming as a hobby, performing in small jazz ensembles, recording electronic and acoustic drums in major recording studios, to performing with a full orchestra! There is literally no limit to what you can do.

My focus is to get hobbyists to enjoy performing drums in the comfort of their own home or with friends, and to have my professionally-minded students go out into the world of performing and recording music. All of these environments are where the ultimate joy of playing an instrument can be expressed.

As a gigging and studio musicians, I understand what it takes to get to the stage or studio, apply oneself in that environment, and come away with a satisfying experience that you can then build upon for the rest of your life.

About James

Hi! I have been a drumset educator for over 3 decades. I benefited from formal education on the drumset, and I want to pass that along to you so you can experience the full joy that this wonderful instrument can bring you! I understand that each student's journey is specific to them as an individual

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Mark
Jim is an excellent drum teacher who really cares about his students progress and understanding. My son really looks forward to his lessons and has quickly advanced in the few short months since we found Jim on TakeLessons.

Jim has been very understanding and accommodating with scheduling. He is an accomplished musician and professional. He still does live gigs a few times a week. I can't recommend him more to students looking to improve their knowledge and move to the next level as a musician.
Annie
He was awesome. Looking forward to next week
Ramya M.
Jim has been a fantastic teacher to our son. He explains everything patiently and approaches his lessons very systematically. He selects songs that incorporate essential drumming skills (e.g. songs that include doubles, paradiddles, accented notes, etc.). This way, the the student is able to develop an understanding of how theory fits practice.
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Sean C.

5 Reviews
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Starting at $25
  • Music Performance Percussion from Colburn Conservatory
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Sean C.

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I have been teaching for about 8 years with students ranging from beginner to advanced. All ages are welcome! I also welcome all different styles of music from rock, to jazz, and even classical. Each lesson is catered specifically to the student. I want each student to be able to reach their own specific goals, while having the time of their life!

About Sean

Drummer Sean C., 31, started playing at age 7 when he began studying with Mark Foster, a local free-lance percussionist in the Denver area. After high school he enrolled at the Colburn Conservatory in LA, where he studied with Jack van Geem, former Principal Percussionist of the San Francisco Sympho

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Darrell W.
Sean has been working with my two sons (17 & 8) for the last six months. We have special circumstances and Sean has accommodated our needs with grace. It has been fun to hear my boys progress as he guides them through the workings of the kit (drum set), I didn't know it was called a kit either.

He works with two kids back-to-back and adjust to the level they need to keep them interested and motivated.

Rudiments, Reading the music, he gets it all in.
If you want your new drummer to have a well-rounded and fun experience...give Sean a try.
Megan L.
I have had 5 lessons with Sean, so far, and have been very happy. Sean is encouraging and patient. Despite being fully virtual, he is still able to pick up on where adjustments in technique are needed and adequately describes how to make these adjustments without the luxury of being able to be face-to-face. Definitely recommend.
Kristen S.
I can't say enough about Sean! He is funny and engaging. My 8 yo looks forward to his weekly online lessons and loves to practice. Sean presents material that is a perfect balance of challenging and achievable. It is so exciting to see my son's progress with the Djembe and his understanding of music theory grow. Sean is a fabulous find!
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Murray P.

120 Reviews
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  • Speaks English, English
  • BS from Morgan State University
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Murray P.

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Give anyone a drum and they will instantly know what to do. Drums are meant to be hit, and for those who love to hit things and make loud noises. Bongo drum lessons are an easy way to introduce students to the world of drumming, rhythm and music.

The goal is listening for cues, hearing patterns and feeling rhythm and beat. Ideally, each student has their own drum. Begin with a simple repeat and answer pattern. You hit the drum two times, they repeat. Gradually add to the complexity of the patterns, so they must listen intently. Add some simple rhythms, such as 1-2-3, 1-2-3, 1-2-3, 1, with a strong emphasis on the 1.

About Murray

I received my B.S. & Music Degree with concentration in instrumentalists from Morgan State University. I’v been playing drums since the age of three and now been teaching for over 17 years. In 2016, I was accepted as a member of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM). I am very well r

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Marla
Really excellent instructor! He is patient and starts with whatever I can do, then encourages me to build on it little by little. He is also able to customize the lesson on the fly to adapt it to my interests and ability. I highly recommend Murray.
Angela
Excellent teaching style! My son has learned so much in the past year, in how to master the drums, more than ever! Obviously, Murray loves what he does and is at the master level. My son gets so many compliments whenever he plays. Murray is just a caring, compassionate, and decent person.

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Kelsey
Murray has been the Best Drum Teacher EVER! I have been through 4ish teachers and when I found Murray he helped me be able to play for my church! He will teach you multiple kinds of rhythms, beats, songs and grooves. And he has such a good attitude through every mistake I make! If you want a drum teacher who will teach you everything he can, and maybe some stuff he doesn't know, then Murray is the instructor for you!
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Indigo S.

4 Reviews
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  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaching since 2011
  • Awarded WGI Championship Bronze Medal from WGI
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Indigo S.

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I have been a professional musician and educator for the past ten years. I'm certain that my music theory knowledge and performance experience in all aspects of percussion including; drum set, mallet percussion, marching percussion, and hand percussion will have you making music in no time. My wide range of experience both as a professional musician and an educator can accommodate the budding rock star student and the student preparing for their Juilliard audition. I believe I can inspire students to think outside the box and forge their own path to success, all while having fun and learning to master their instrument! Hope to jam with you soon!

About Indigo

I'm a professional drummer, percussionist, educator, composer, and multimedia artist. I was a principal performer in the cast of the NYC Broadway show STOMP. As a freelance drummer I've also worked with various recording artists and production outfits such as; Miki Howard, Street Drum Corps, and Roy

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sam
Indigo is a great tutor. I came to her as a seasoned musician but with little knowledge of the Bongos, so she straight away had to figure out lessons that were on one hand basic yet at the same time advanced... no problem! She's clear, she's friendly and sets interesting things to explore between lessons. I had reservations about lessons via Zoom but they worked well. Awesome!
Ami Kim
Awesome teacher ! Indigo has an excellent flow and warm energy and made me feel very comfortable with trying this new goal of playing drums. I’m a beginner drummer and indigo guides with patience and clarity!
Sofia
My 8 years old daughter absolutely loves her classes with Indigo. She is an extremely knowledgeable amazing teacher, but also has a special gift in communicating with children. We are so grateful to have found such a special young woman to teach our daughter!
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Gio A.

26 Reviews
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  • Speaks English, Spanish
  • Teaching since 2005
  • Teaches students 1 and up
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Gio A.

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Bongos are a great way for young students, even young children 4 or 5 years old, to develop coordination and strong sense of rhythm. I've played drums and percussion for over 15 years, in many different bands, styles, and genres. I studied music (classical guitar) at University of Central Florida and I've picked up many other instruments since. I love teaching instruments to students young and old.

About Gio

I studied music at UCF (Orlando), focusing on classical and jazz guitar, but I also have years of experience playing rock, blues, folk, hip-hop, and musical theater on both guitar and drums. I have been teaching guitar, drums, and piano for about eight years to students of all ages. Music is wha

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Ron M.
Sure had fun and Gio gave me a lot of homework. This is good. I'm starting to get a good understanding of the Harmonica.
Ron M.
A great introduction to a Harmonica. Looking forward to my next lesson.
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Carson G.

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  • Bachelors of Music from Berklee College of Music
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches students 7 and up
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Carson G.

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I have been teaching on and off for 15 years. In addition to teaching experience, I have real-world music experience that comes from either being a drum tech or touring the world playing huge stages. Whether you just want a hobby to release stress, or you are looking to play on an advanced level, I can help you achieve what you are looking for.

About Carson

I am a drum teacher based in Hyattsville Maryland. I have studied with some of the greatest drummers in the world including Mike Mangini, Dom Famularo, Rod Morgenstein, and Dave DiCenso. I went to Berklee College of Music, and afterward, I played major festivals around the world. After my band broke

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Ryan
I am really happy with my lessons with Carson. I have seen significant improvement since I started with him. He has extensive experience that most people can't give in regular drum lessons. Not only have I learned techniques for learning drums, but I have also learned a great deal about recording. I have also learned the basics of marimba, and xylophone as well which is not something that I thought I would be learning. I highly recommend this teacher!
Tina
Carson has a lot of patience, and a deep knowledge of drumming. This really helps me as a student, and I have made great progress since I started studying with him. He also utilizes recording in his teaching, so that I can track my progress.

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The average cost of 60-minute online bongo lessons is $67. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $38 and $100 per hour.
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"He was awesome. Looking forward to next week"
Annie
Took Bongo lessons from James S.
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"We have had two lessons with Murray. My 8 year old loves her lessons. We have had other teachers in the past and he is by far the best. My daughter is engaged, excited, and is learning quickly. Murray makes learning fun! He encourages and explains and rewards with clapping and laughing!!! He knows his stuff and can relate and engage even over the internet. We love this teacher!"
Anne
Took Bongo lessons from Murray P.
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"Indigo is a great tutor. I came to her as a seasoned musician but with little knowledge of the Bongos, so she straight away had to figure out lessons that were on one hand basic yet at the same time advanced... no problem! She's clear, she's friendly and sets interesting things to explore between lessons. I had reservations about lessons via Zoom but they worked well. Awesome!"
sam
Took Bongo lessons from Indigo S.
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"Murray is awesome and I've only had 1 lesson so far. I love his enthusiasm! Looking forward to my future lessons!"
Stacie
Took Bongo lessons from Murray P.
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"fun, instructive and patient!"
Katherine
Took Bongo lessons from Murray P.
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"I was a little nervous at first but Murray made that all disappear. He’s patient & very talented & makes playing a lot of fun. Can’t wait for my nxt lesson."
Susan
Took Bongo lessons from Murray P.
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"My son was very excited and motivated after his first class with Murray."
Eulalee
Took Bongo lessons from Murray P.
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"Murray was an AWESOME teacher! Learning musical instrument via zoom sounds like it may be difficult or not as productive as in person but Murray proved that wrong. Each class was fun and interactive and came away feeling more confident than the last."
Hollie
Took Bongo lessons from Murray P.
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"High energy kid + pandemic + this guy = yes. I am 100% grateful that we stumbled onto this teacher. He is awesome."
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Took Bongo lessons from Murray P.
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