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About Peter Q.

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Portland, OR

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Full Drum Set in the Studio! Everyone should learn to play the drums, it keeps you healthy!

About Peter
I'm a multi-instrumentalist from the Northwest with lots of love for teaching people to groove. I got my bachelor's degree in music from Whitman College with an emphasis in Jazz Performance. I can teach anyone to rock, swing or get unreasonably funky. Lessons can be casual or serious and I'm down to tell you how to get to Carnegie Hall or onto the stage at the local jam.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to teach my students what they want to learn! I'm always game for setting up a fun path to being able to play your favorite songs as fast as possible. I don't scold or shame and having a blast is the name of my game. I can teach you to improvise, read music, become a strummer or virtuoso, it's all up to you.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the basement studio, piano, guitars, amps, hand drums, a bass, woodwinds, FULL DRUM SET!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can travel with a sax, flute, guitar, electric bass, and a didgeridoo....

*** Specialties ***
I'm a jazz musician! But I listen to and perform all styles of music. I have written string quartets, been the front man for a funk band, and recorded every style of music under the sun. I can teach Bach and the Beatles and explain how/ and why they intersect and are similar musically.
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Debbie P. January 10, 2018
· Classical Piano · In home
Perfect. He matched his lesson beautifully with the music I like and how I am likely to learn quickly. Could not ask for better.
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Paul May 23, 2017
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An excellent teacher. He is kind patient and imaginative
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Paul February 20, 2017
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Versatile, skilled and patient
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Peter Q.

Portland, OR 97211
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About Tyler B.

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Portland, OR

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Drumming is one of my greatest passion in life. I have experience playing and teaching in all settings and styles. I tailor my approach for each student and have tons of supplemental material to level up your playing in no time!

About Tyler
Hi! My name is Tyler Berg, and I'm a great resource for drum set, guitar, piano, bass, and music theory lessons in Portland, OR. Conveniently located in the Mt. Tabor neighborhood, my studio is equipped with all the instruments and lesson material needed to provide engaging, challenging, and fun lessons for students of all backgrounds. I have experience teaching students ranging from age 4 to 70, in settings varied as private instruction, group classes, ensemble coaching, and high school/college masterclasses.

Taking lessons is one of the best and fastest ways to enhance your musical abilities. Learning a musical instrument is also proven be similar to a full body work out for the brain. Oh yea, it's also going to be AWESOME!
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Sterling October 2, 2018
· Piano · In home
Patient, focused, encouraging and time efficient. He was good at keeping our youngster on task and making the experience fun. Wish he was able to take our child further with piano. I don't know how much was Tyler and how much was our child, but our kiddo learned quickly from Tyler. Thank you Tyler!
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Jayne June 10, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Great lesson!
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Kevin November 10, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Tyler taught me how to play the drums! He was so engaging and informative, and his teaching style allowed me to learn quickly. I had so much fun and have developed a passion for the drums. I recommend highly taking lessons from him.
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Tyler B.

Portland, OR 97215
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About James G.

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La Mesa, CA

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Learn from one of the best rock drummers. Fundamentals and basic essentials are a major key in achieving success in anything in life. Through a relaxed and inspiring approach you can learn the fun asset of the drumming world. Theory and rudiments are included in order to learn the language. There is nothing better than to witness the eyes light up when a student is inspired. Climb aboard!

About James
*** Travel Equipment ***
Lessons can start without drums. Students need a drumkit in the near future. This can be an electronic, acoustic, or practice pad set, and a notebook. I buy and sell used drumkits so a great deal is provided. I can provide study materials. I have three decades of experience in teaching aspiring students of all ages. Learning how to "use" a drumkit is a wonderful method of allowing a student to obtain the ability to enjoy playing. Inquire to achieve this!

*** Specialties ***
Drums: Beg. to Advanced
Piano: Beginner

I stress the use of fundamentals and rudiments. While doing this I include theory and explain its purpose.
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Rhonda November 7, 2018
· Drum · In home
James is a reliable instructor. He always meets at the scheduled time, and instructs with patience and persistence. Our son has been a student for 8 or 9 years now, and likes Jame's style of teaching. Our son has learned many techniques for playing drums, starting with simple beats. James is well liked and respected. For 11 years James instructed our oldest son on the drums. When the boys started showing an interest in piano, we bought a keyboard for them, and James started teaching them the basics of piano.
Currently James instructs our youngest son on drums and keyboards - rotating each week.
When our son wants to go over something he's been learning at school in his Advanced Keyboarding class, James has been a great help in this area!
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Heather November 1, 2018
· Drum · In studio
My son has been taking drum lessons from James for a few years now and has grown so much in his love of music and his ability to play. He looks forward to his lesson every week. We are grateful to James for cultivating his passion.
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About Ray R.

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Van Nuys, CA
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About Ray
Hello!

My name is Ray, I'm 30 years old, and was born in Queens, NY. I studied classical music for many years as a youngster at the Aaron Copeland School of Music college preparatory program. During this program I was introduced to Jazz, and around the same time began experimenting with synthesizers. I went on to study Electronic Production & Design at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and quickly became a very sought after studio musician and performer.

I've been successfully teaching many instruments and proficiency levels for 16+ years now, and can say with pride that teaching is my passion, and I anticipate it being a very important part of the rest of my life.

I enjoy reading nonfiction books on science, math, and philosophy, and am building a career as a pop music producer.

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My music lessons
are unique for three main reasons:

1. I have a very deep understanding of music, sound, and theory, and feel music to be one of my native languages.

2. I have devoted considerable amounts of time and energy studying neuroscience, which has greatly improved my understanding of the learning process.

3. I have been blessed with the tremendous amount of patience necessary to guide a student through the necessary steps it takes to learn at whatever pace is optimal, in order to maximize the efficiency of the learning process for each individual.

*** Equipment ***
Students must have their own instrument, and purchase their own materials (books, etc). From time to time I make my way to a local music shop, and am happy to purchase materials for reimbursement.

*** Specialties ***
Classical music is my background, and what I believe to be the most cognitively and emotionally fulfilling style of music to study and play. That said, I'm also a big fan of pop music (as well as other genres), and encourage students to enjoy learning their favorite songs from the radio.

My understanding of music theory is extremely thorough, and I'm happy to incorporate as much or as little of it as the student's interest dictates, nevertheless maintaining the minimal amount of theory necessary to get the most out of learning music and the instrument.

Thanks for checking out my profile! Please contact me with any additional questions you may have, as well as to inquire about day/time availability. I'll do my best to get back to you right away (usually within a few hours).
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Maximus May 31, 2016
· Violin · In home
Awesome!!!!!!!! So sweet! Cool hair : ))
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Eden H. December 21, 2015
· Piano · In home
My daughter is loving her cello lessons with Ray even more than she expected. She feels she is really improving.
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Kelly B. March 28, 2014
· Piano ·
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My son and daughter both take from Ray and they love him!!! My daughter started with him after she had had 2 other teachers and she improved immediately. She loves going to Ray because he teaches her to play the songs that she likes. Now she plays so many songs for memory!! My son loves going to piano and is always excited to see Ray.
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About David P.

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Philadelphia, PA

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I teach various styles of music including, jazz, fusion, funk, latin,and rock. I teach rudiments and classical drum technique utilizing various method books in order to facilitate proper technique, coordination,chart reading, and overall musicianship.

About David
I teach children, adolescents , and adults. I have also worked with special needs populations for many years in a variety of settings. I am very patient adept and compassionate. I am also very skilled at my instrument as I studied music at the University Level. My goals are to combine my experience teaching special education with my experience studying and teaching music performance. I am very enthusiastic about teaching students at advanced levels as well. I teach piano and drumset. I teach various styles of music and hope to engender my students' love for music and the arts. I consider myself a mentor, a Music Therapist, and an educator.
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Jenifer April 5, 2017
· Piano · Online
David explains things in a manner that I could easily understand. He was calm, patient, and respectful of skill level.
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J M. June 16, 2015
· Drum · In home
Awesome teacher! Not just a great drummer, but patient and articulate. He was really able to help me understand and execute in ways I never could before. Seems like he would also be great with kids...super patient and encouraging!
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Janna R. April 1, 2015
· Drum · In studio
David is a very skilled drummer and a very enthusiastic teacher. In lessons, he seems to like to split time between practicing rudiments and learning to play different rhythms on the set. He is also exceptionally patient and supportive with my 9-year-old, highly distractible daughter. David is very positive, pointing out things that are going well and interesting rhythms that they discover. I am really glad we found David--he is an excellent teacher and I love watching my daughter learn so much about music!
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About John S.

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Brooklyn, NY
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I provide drum lessons to students of all ages and levels, specifically tailoring my teaching methods to the students needs and goals. I have many years of professional experience as well as a formal education in music. I understand what it takes to further your skills to be able to play the music that inspires you! I received my BFA in Jazz Studies from The Ohio State University graduating in 2014. I've been very fortunate to travel all around the world playing many different styles of music. My past students have been accepted in the Grammy Band Program as well as many prestigious universities throughout the country. I love all music and I'm well versed in many different styles of playing. Music is my passion, and there are always fun, new and exciting things to learn. Whatever your interests are, we will grow as musicians together!

About John
I provide drum lessons to students of all ages and levels, specifically tailoring my teaching methods to the students needs and goals. I have many years of professional experience as well as a formal education in music. I understand what it takes to further your skills to be able to play the music that inspires you! I received my BFA in Jazz Studies from The Ohio State University graduating in 2014. I'm currently working towards my Master's Degree at Manhattan School of Music. I've been very fortunate to travel all around the world playing music. My past students have been accepted in the Grammy Band as well as many prestigious universities throughout the country. I love all music, and I'm well versed in many different styles of playing. Music is my passion, and there are always fun, new and exciting things to learn. Whatever your int
erests are, we will grow as musicians together!
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Tania September 17, 2018
· Drum · In studio
John is a great teacher!
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Anders July 23, 2018
· Drum · Online
Ever since I've been taking lessons from John, my playing has gotten drastically better. He's incredibly knowledgeable, has access to tons of resources, and is super outgoing and engaging. Lessons with him truly made drumming into my passion, and he played a large part in helping me earn a music scholarship for college. I would recommend him to anyone and everyone.
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Adam July 23, 2018
· Drum · In studio
I love taking lessons with John. I'm definitely a weird case for any instructor - I've been playing for 15 years, but I never worked with any teachers on building out my fundamentals correctly. John pinpointed my ability and exactly where I needed to improve. He didn't need a ramp up period - in only one lesson we hit the ground running.

After just a few months of lessons, I've improved enormously and it feels like there's more potential on the horizon. The exercises he gives me are spot on and for the first time I'm really enjoying practicing. Taking lessons with John is the real deal - he's truly transmitting what it means to play and I can see him easily transitioning between players of any ability with patience. I admire him as a musician, and he's also just an awesome guy. Would recommend to anyone.
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About Ryan L.

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New Orleans, LA
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ALL SKILL LEVELS and all ages are welcome.

READING AND SIGHT-READING STUDIES
DRUM SOLO CONCEPTS
IMPROVISING CONCEPTS
HAND & FOOT INDEPENDENCE EXERCISES
RUDIMENTARY EXERCISES AND WARM UPS
LICKS / GROOVES

I customize each students lesson to their individual needs and the styles of drumming they enjoy. Expect to have a lot of fun on your path of drumming!

About Ryan
Ryan's strong passion for teaching allows him to customize each student's lesson to their individual needs and style. He works with students of all skill levels and all ages.

BIO:

Having been described as a musician “with gut busting solos and dynamic versatility, Ryan continues to push drumming to new levels. With his forward thinking approach, Ryan may be forming an exciting new style of drumming. Lyan has toured across the country in bands covering many different genres of music giving him a unique style that can only be formed through [his] immense experience under his belt.”*

Ryan is proficient in jazz, rock, funk, Latin, hip-hop, and many more styles. Ryan is very tour friendly as he has toured all over the country.

SCHEDULING NOTE:

Ryan's schedule fluctuates depending on upcoming tours and workshops. Please inquir
e via the Ask-A-Question feature to see his current availability. He looks forward to hearing from you!
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Gina April 21, 2016
· Drum · In studio
My teenage son has been taking drum lessons from Ryan for almost two years now. Ryan is the BEST instructor. He is patient with my son and very inspiring. My son enjoys taking lessons from Ryan. Not only is my son learning a lot, he is also gaining more self-confidence. I highly recommend Ryan as a drum instructor.
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K April 14, 2016
· Drum · In studio
great instructor! Ryan has taught and continues to tech me a lot in an entertaining way. Unlike other instructors I have had he teaches diverse methods, techniques, and styles. Overall a great experience!
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Robert Anthony Morales April 14, 2016
· Drum · In home
Ryan uses all his skills to access the best approach to teach student drummers. His insights go way beyond his youth. Said and done look at all the successful drummers he has tutored.
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About Ben E.

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Brooklyn, NY
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My approach to teaching drums will have you playing within the first few weeks of lessons. I teach with the focus on getting students ready to play in any sort of ensemble. Jazz, rock, pop, funk and free styles will all be discussed.

About Ben
I am a drummer, mandolinist, guitarist and banjo player here in the New York music scene. As a drummer, I play in various bands throughout the area, with Cal Folger Day, Wyndham Baird and No Lands. These genres range from pop opera to classic rock covers to indie rock. In addition, I teach percussion to elementary students in public schools. I also teach mandolin in group classes at the Irish Arts Center in Manhattan.

If you are interested in learning the drum-set, mandolin, guitar or banjo you've come to the right place. Any style, any genre, whatever you are looking for, I can help you on your way. Looking forward to hearing from you.
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Danya March 31, 2019
· Mandolin · In studio
Ben is a fun mandolin teacher and very thoughtful! He brings great tunes and gives helpful feedback to improve how you play.
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Henry February 6, 2019
· Banjo · In studio
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Concetta A. January 23, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Ben is a caring and thoughtful teacher. He helped me out at my studio teaching drum lessons for a 5 year old student and they had a great time working together! 5 Stars *****
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About Gus C.

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Portland, OR

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I have 4+ years of experience teaching drummers of all ages. I try my hardest to make learning the fundamentals of drumming fun and accessible. I want all of my students to experience the joy of creative expression on their instrument.

We can go from learning how to read drum notation to playing full songs in any style of music together. I play many instruments, so hopping on any instrument to accompany you is no problem. I'd love to hear from you and together we can find the quickest route to get to grooving!

About Gus
Hello future students! I am a multi-instrumentalist and teacher of many instruments. I love music and teaching equally and strive to make learning music FUN, even if we are just working on rudimental stuff :)

I have taught hundreds students of all ages over the last 4 years and have witnessed a super positive response to my teaching style. I have a talent for adapting to various personalities. I tailor lessons to the individual while using my knowledge and experience to impart the best foundation that I can.
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Dan May 2, 2019
· Banjo · In home
Gus seemed knowledgable and we got right to work on key areas to improve in a fun and friendly way.
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Elaine M. March 19, 2019
· Ukulele · In studio
Gus is great! Super patient and creative in helping me. elaine
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About Machado M.

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Portland, OR

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I am a multi-instrumentalist with 8 years of collegiate education under my belt and coursework in music theory, jazz, composition, and audio engineering.

I perform professionally with groups on a weekly basis and play in a variety of styles.

Percussion was not my first instrument, so I had to work much harder to catch up to my peers. All of my formal education is strictly on auxiliary percussion, so I treat drum kit as an orchestra of percussion instruments, rather than a standard instrument. I am all about fostering growth through creativity and self-evaluation, and I seek to help students grow as musicians from a comprehensive perspective.

I walk students through more than just functional drumming; I enrich their knowledge and facility with studies in music theory, ear training, and composition to avoid training "drummers", but rather: musicians.

About Machado
I am a professional multi-instrumentalist, producer, composer, audio engineer, and educator based out of Portland, OR.

I have 8 years of collegiate experience in performance, composition, theory, and pedagogy from Washington State University, University of Puget Sound, and Whitman College.

I play saxophone, drums, piano, and bass for groups such as Thankusomuch, Integer, Mordecai, Othership Connection, and SARCA.

I have produced, mixed, and mastered for projects by artists like Rob Araujo, Eyelovebrandon, @tlas, and 2uo.

My compositions have been featured in Washington State University's College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research journal in accordance with grant research on contemporary composition methods.

I am a signed artist at Marmoset Music Licensing in Portland, and have independently released six albums that were al
l mixed, mastered, and produced by me.

I love education, and really enjoy passing the skills I've gained along to enthusiastic students. Passion is a very important factor of musicianship to me; don't do it if you don't love it.

My teaching philosophy is to serve as a resource to students, or even, to act as a sounding board for them and their ideas. I evaluate the student's strengths and weaknesses over a few diagnostic lessons, then I determine what the student wants from lessons. The curriculum I build is based entirely on what I feel will help the student thrive most, but while also remaining wary of supporting their desires.

I feel like teaching musical concepts also makes me stronger at them, so I strive to keep myself honest while providing a clear pathway to steady progress with my students.

Nobody becomes a superstar overnight; I'm here to continue to push until my students can achieve new heights.
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Machado M.

Portland, OR 97212
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Average Cost of Drum Lessons in Portland, OR

The average cost of 60-minute drum lessons in Portland is $81. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $67 and $109 per hour.

30-min $34
 
$54 average
$92
45-min $55
 
$73 average
$100
60-min $67
 
$81 average
$109

For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute drum lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute drum lessons are 10% less expensive at $73, and 30-minute lessons cost 34% less at $54.

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