Learn to play snare drum or play on an acoustic or electric drum set. Through the use of method books, learn to play the rudiments and learn to play in various styles. In this class you will learn to play by ear and discover ways to play your own style.
Jill holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Education and has master's work in choral music. For many years she has taught private and group music lessons to all ages and many varying styles of singing and instrumental music. Her lessons are unlike the ones she remembers from childhood; Jill's lessons are full of creativity, fun and excitement. It is amazing how students improve with each lesson. Jill brings more than just technique to the studio, she strives to find the best in each student and then concentrates on improving each individual's strengths and then delves into ways to correct th
Since Jill is a vocal soloist, instrumentalist, accompanist and director, she knows what it takes to prepare and rehearse and therefore she makes it clear which concept the student will be working on during the lesson. With an instrumental and choral background, Jill brings music to life and then shares with the students how to keep music in their lives forever. Many students who had vocal problems have achieved vocal success after taking several lessons with Jill and learning to keep their voices healthy for the rest of their lives.
Jill has worked with children, teens and adults in many schools, churches and after school programs that she designed. Her success with students who are very young or students who come with disabilities or autistic spectrum diagnosis are moved by the music Jill creates. With the help of the ORFF-SCHULWERK certification, Jill has many ways of reaching children through the use of instruments, rhythm activities, games and other fun ways of learning. Breaking barriers is Jill's best asset, she will not quit until the student has an understanding of the instrument or his/her voice.
The young and the older adults find that taking lessons with Jill has brought them to a place of realizing their potential. Successful stories include pre-school age through students who are retired. The length of time one studies depends on the student's practice and diligence. Many students have started with Jill in preschool or elementary school and have continued through high school and college. Several college age students wanted to improve their singing or instrumental skills so goals were set and met through Jill's successful teaching ability.
Many of Jill's students have become better musicians and many have chosen music professions for their careers. Several students have won contests, auditioned for parts in musicals, started local bands and have become songwriters and performers after taking lessons with Jill.
"Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers, plans succeed. " (Proverbs 15:22) It is Jill's belief that with her teaching qualifications and past record of success with student achievement and great experience studying with wonderful advisers, teaching YOU or YOUR CHILD will be one of success!
*** Lesson Details *** Jill's teaching technique is flexible. Some students require a stern and strict approach while others seem to work best with more creative license. Jill is open to each student's needs. When booking lessons with Jill, one will find that the first thing she will do is find out more about the student's needs and desires to succeed in their chosen instrument.
Because of her flexible approach, method books vary depending on the student's need to succeed. Sometimes young students will need to review several beginning methods until their reading skills are achieved. For the young students, Jill teaches theory and gives the young students time during the lesson to explore musical symbols and try their hands at improvisation, rhythms, manuscripts and creativity.
Some students may desire to learn to play "by ear" or through improvisational skills. Jill is very good with improv and her song writing skills are strong. When a student desires to write music, Jill is there to help with questions about time signatures, note values, key signatures and transpositions.
Taking lessons with Jill is a journey that those who have tried have not had regrets. Several parents and past students would be happy to tell you how their talents and gifts improved after working with Jill for a few months. After three months of working together, Jill will know how to pursue the student's musical career. After 6 months the student will be able to play complete songs and have a sense of basic music theory. The hope is for the student to be confident of their instrument's abilities.
Several of Jill's students have taken their skills, gifts and talents to the professional level. Students who have studied with Jill are professional music directors in high schools, middle schools, elementary schools, churches, soloists and some who are in school studying music as their major. Taking lessons with Jill will be something that will add value to the student's life forever because MUSIC is her life! Without music, the world would be a very dull place and individuals would be unhappy and depressed in every walk of life. Music brings out the beauty of creation and man's ability to skillfully play an instrument for pleasure or for one's occupation.
*** Studio Equipment *** Yamaha Conservatory Grand Yamaha keyboard 5 string bass guitar/amp 4 string acoustic bass guitar 5 string banjo small MACKIE mixer with mics CD recording audio recording computer Gibson electric guitar with effects and amp 6 string Takamine e-coustic with amp recorder (the instrument) clarinet violin dulcimer bongos gong cymbals tambourines and many percussion instruments music stands soprano and baritone ukuleles trumpet djembe many amplifiers and sound system accessories I-pad drum set
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide my own equipment, but I expect the student to provide his/her own instruments and music stand.
*** Specialties *** My specialty in voice comes from years of lessons and experience. I use many methods and books to bring out various ideas to learn to sing correctly. I take each individual at his/her level and try to improve breathing technique, posture, enunciation with style and phrasing, depending on the student's aspirations.
Jill plays most instruments including piano, guitar, bass guitar, band instruments, ukulele, banjo, dulcimer, drums and violin. Jill enjoys many styles of music and she has played with many bands and groups throughout her musical career. She is a full time musician, music teacher and music director. Years of experience traveling the U.S. with bands, choirs and ensembles enables Jill to work well with many styles of music including contemporary, rock, Christian, Broadway, classical, country, bluegrass, jazz and blues.
Arvin M. May 26, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Excellent teacher. Has patience with even fumble-fingered me.
larry B. March 24, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Lee S. February 12, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Jill is a wonderful teacher. She is patient and creative in teaching, good at communicating her musical ideas with children. My son progressed a lot under her instruction. We really hate to say goodbye to her because we have to leave America. Her classes are part of our best memories here.
I graduated in 2007 with a degree in Music Education from Florida State University. I have been teaching private lessons here and there in various locations for several years. My primary instruments are French horn and trumpet but I can teach beginning to intermediate level students on most instruments (including percussion!). I am a middle school band director in central Florida and also teach marching band at local high schools. I have lots of performance experience in ensembles from Opera Orchestras to Drum and Bugle Corps. (if you are auditioning for one let me know! I can help!)
sson Details *** I like to bring a positive environment to my teaching but also want to help push you so you can reach your goals! I want to get to know you on a personal level so I can help relate to you. Private lessons should be fun.... not a chore! We will start by making small goals to help reach our bigger ones (something I do frequently with my students at school). No matter what those goals are (making an audition, learning a concerto, performing for an audience).... we can do it together! As long as we are BOTH doing our part! Are you ready to make some music?
*** Studio Equipment *** No drum set or percussion instruments
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide a music stand if they do not have one as well as a metronome and tuner.
SonyaS April 7, 2010
Autumn is a patient and knowledgeable instructor and I have felt fortunate to have her work with my child.
BobB1 August 25, 2009
Autumn is a great teacher. I am learning a lot from her in a very short period of time. When I struggle with things at home during my practice time, she always has the fix during my next lesson. Very patient and supportive. I would highly recommend Autumn.
I can teach everything from how to hold the sticks and hit the drum using proper technique to reading drum charts and understanding notation, (and even some music theory if you like). I have experience playing multiple genres, including rock, jazz, and funk, and I have a wealth of drum books to draw from, from having taking lessons on and off from various teachers since age 10.
I began taking drum lessons at a very early age and continued on and off with various teachers for the better part of twenty years. I will always be grateful to them for the knowledge and wisdom they imparted on me and for the positive influence they have had on my life, especially the ones with whom I really bonded and who were essentially mentors to me while I studied with them.
As a teacher, there is no better feeling than seeing a student make progress and knowing that you helped him or her along the way, while at the same time not taking the credit, as it is always the student who has
the harder job, who must do the real work. I always feel tremendous satisfaction when a student masters a difficult rudimentary exercise for the first time, or is able to execute a challenging rhythm pattern on the drum set. The expression on their faces often conveys pride over their achievement, and I can often sense a boost in their self-esteem. This is why I teach.
I began playing drums when I was around twelve years old, and played throughout grade school, high school and college, in school jazz bands and musical pit bands, as well as playing in many rock bands over the years. I began teaching drums shortly after graduating from college, eventually relocating to New York City, where I lived for 12 years and where I continued playing and teaching, as well as taking lessons on and off. I was very fortunate to study with Joe Morello - famous for his tenure with Dave Brubeck and especially on the classic recording "Take Five." I have also played on several recordings, toured throughout the Northeast and Midwest, and have performed at the South By Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, the Miami Music Festival, and have been overseas a few times for some European dates. Since moving to Orlando in late 2009, I have joined a cover band and played in the orchestras for musical productions at community theaters.
To me, teaching drums is more than simply writing notes on a page of manuscript paper and having students practice and perform exercises. It is about connecting and showing them how expressing themselves musically can be one of the most fulfilling activities one can pursue. It is also about helping them really get in touch with their own sense of rhythm, the foundation of all music. When I take on new students, it is always my goal that I can help foster in them the same passion for and love of learning to play drums as the great teachers who taught me.
*** Lesson Details *** My lesson plan will be based on the student's level and goals. If the student is a beginner, we will start off with basic hand technique, rudiments, reading, etc., before moving on to the drum set. Playing along with a metronome will also be a regular part of lessons and should be with practice as well.
At the drum set, I will give students exercises for developing coordination and independence. They will also learn to play basic beats for different music styles, e.g. rock, jazz, funk, latin, with a focus on execution, time and feel. I have a wide assortment of drum books spanning all levels from which we can work out of or use examples. I also ask my students what songs they want to learn to play on the drums so that together we can figure out the beats to them. I ultimately want them to be able to transcribe the beats to these songs themselves, as well as create their own beats.
I may also talk a little about the history of drumming and the pioneers of the instrument, and we may also listen to records and watch videos of some of the masters in action.
I also occasionally like to "jam" with my students. as I have a piano and a few guitars in my practice room and a modicum of ability on both instruments.
As far as expectations, I assume my students are taking lessons because they want to learn to play the drums. And, as with any learning endeavor, practicing is very important. That said, I won't demand they practice a certain number of hours per week, as they need to decide how much time they have or are willing to put into it, and I expect this will vary from student to student. I realize that everyone has his or her own aptitudes and situations, so we can work together to determine the appropriate pace and amount of material to cover per week. However, if it appears to me that the student has not practiced the lesson, or is not putting in the time necessary to make progress, I will politely point it out and ask how I can help.
I am laid back and very patient. I never want my students to feel pressured or anxious about coming to lessons; I always strive to create a comfortable and relaxed environment in which they can learn and have fun at the same time.
*** Studio Equipment *** A designated music room with an electronic drum set (Roland V Drums), digital piano, and a couple of guitars and amplifiers
*** Travel Equipment *** I can bring a practice pad or snare drum and sticks to the first lesson, if he or she is a beginner, although I prefer them to have these already if possible. After that, I expect the student to buy sticks, a pad and if necessary a stand to mount it, a metronome, music manuscript paper, and have a comfortable seat to sit on, if not a drum stool. If they are at the intermediate level and/or have already started on the drum set, then they need to have their own set in their home.
*** Specialties *** Basic hand technique for beginners, eventually incorporating an extra limb, usually the bass drum first.
Rock and basic funk, jazz, and latin. Also basic musical notation. Ultimately, I would like the student to be able to transcribe the beats from some of their favorite songs, as well as write their own!
LorelleA January 21, 2012
I love working with Paul
Paul isn't just a teacher, he's a collaborator. He allows me to direct where I want to go, but he points me in that direction and works with me to figure out the best way to get there. When I played other instruments, lessons were nerve-wracking and I was always relieved when they were over. Now I look forward to my lessons every week, and I don't want to leave when we're done! Working with Paul is a very positive experience, and I'd recommend him to anyone interested in learning to drum.
I teach primarily how to play drum set. This involves learning how to play different drum beats utilizing coordination between the hands and feet. I provide play along music so students can use this to apply the skills they are practicing. I also teach rudiments which are the building blocks of playing the drums. I teach hand drums such as congas and djembe along with percussion instruments such as shaker and tambourine. I also offer drum tuning services for $25.00. I use techniques taught by a customer drum builder to get the best possible sound from your drum set.
I started playing the drums at the age of ten and have been playing for thirty-four years. I played snare drum and bass drum in symphonic band in junior high and high school. I played in the Drum and Bugle Corps while in the Air Force. We marched in parades and won several awards for excellence. I have played in three Christian bands and one rock band. I have also played drum kit and percussion in church for several years. I completed the Drum Set Fundamentals course with Berklee College of Music in 2012. I am currently playing for a Christian rock band and we play live at different venues in
Central Florida. I am currently enrolled at Valencia Community College working towards my music performance degree.
This real world experience of playing with live musicians in different settings allows me to show students how to sound great and play skillfully when playing the drum kit.Whether you have dreams of playing in a touring rock band, playing in church, or just jam out with your favorite songs, I can help you reach your drumming goals.
*** Lesson Details *** I am very passionate about teaching others how to play the drums. This is why my drum studio is called "Groove With Passion." I take teaching very seriously and I enjoy watching the transition of a beginner go from not knowing how to hold the drumsticks to playing along to music. I am very patient and am able to show students several different approaches to play grooves and fills. I am a very positive person and will get just as excited as my student when they learn what I am teaching them. I work with my students until they "get it." And that is a wonderful feeling. A good teacher inspires their students to learn and grow. That is exactly what I strive to do.
My teaching involves using several different resources that will allow the student to become a well rounded drummer. This involves learning how to read music, playing rudiments, coordination between the hands and feet, proper drumset setup and tuning, and learning to play along to music. All of this while learning proper technique. Some of the different books that might be used include: Drumsense Vol. 1 and 2, Stick Control by George Stone, The Rock Drumming System, and others. Along with these I also utilize DVD's by Jo Jo Mayer, Steve Smith, and Tommy Igoe, and other top drummers.
I am a Drumeo Instructor. Drumeo has a fantastic program for students with many different lessons for learning all aspects of drumming. I am able to connect students with these great resources.
I use the Drumsense teaching method. Drumsense is a structured learning program that teaches students how to start playing basic beats and then continue adding more coordination to advance these beats.
I am also a Hudson TIP (Teachers Integration Program) instructor. Hudson Music produces several teaching DVDs by some of the top drummers in the world. Utilizing this media allows for us to branch out and continue learning and growing as a drummer.
Learning to play an instrument should be fun and at the same time requires practice by the student. Within just a few lessons one should see some progress and as you continue to learn more advanced beats and fills, playing becomes even more fun.
Playing the drums is something that one can do for a lifetime. Whether your are eight or eighty, jamming out on a drumset is healthy, it is a great way to relieve stress, and will do wonders for your self-esteem.
*** Travel Equipment *** I bring drumsticks, a practice pad, a metronome, and applicable teaching materials to each lesson. The student should have a functional drumkit or snare drum, depending on what instrument they are learning. They should also have their own practice pad, drumsticks, and a music stand. It is recommended for students to purchase a metronome or at least have a computer or cell phone with headphones to utilize an online metronome. Various books and other materials will need to be purchased as the student progresses with the curriculum and their playing skills advance.
*** Specialties *** I teach rock, funk, country, basic jazz, and Christian music.
Steve R. May 25, 2015
In home Verified Student
John has been teaching my 12 year old son Cole who is completely new and just starting out playing drums. John took the time to set up Cole's kit and adjust it for him. He has focuses on music that Cole likes and has been extremely patient in teaching him and making the lessons fun. I would highly recommend John as a teach - especially for children.
Steve R. April 27, 2015
In home Verified Student
John was great and my son Cole really like the way he approached teaching the drums. Looking forward to the next lesson.
luisa V. May 29, 2014
In home Verified Student
Mr. John is a great teacher. He has been teaching our son Elias with great passion and commitment. We can truly see he loves music and teaching. Elias is so happy to be learning drums. He looks forward to every class.
I guarantee a fun experience, professional approach, and quality instruction. I customize each student's curriculum to fit their wants and desires, while ensuring to deliver any other instruction crucial to the student's success. I specialize in most styles, so students may choose a specific concentration or a broad study.
I am offering private Drum Kit, Percussion, and Music Theory/Arranging/Composition lessons. Students of all ages and skill-levels welcome! I have 18 years of professional experience with drum kit and percussion performance, a Bachelor's degree in Percussion Performance, 10 years experience teaching private and group lessons, am currently teaching music at a local university, and actively gigging.
I guarantee a fun experience, professional approach, and quality instruction. I customize each student's curriculum to fit their wants and desires, while ensuring to deliver any other instruction c
rucial to the student's success. I specialize in most styles on drum kit, so students may choose a specific concentration or a broad study. For percussion, I specialize in popular/contemporary, jazz, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, orchestral/concert, and marching percussion. For Theory/Arranging/Composition, we could focus on popular, jazz, or orchestral styles.
If you are interested, please contact me. We can hold the lessons in my studio, in your home, or online.
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Ricky has been teaching our young daughter the drums for about 3 months now. He knows how to motivate her, his communications are great and
I am very happy with him as a teacher. Thank you for you professionalism and your patience."
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"Great teacher with a lot of passion!!
I started taking lessons with Casey about 8 months ago. He is the third drum teacher I've had and I definitely won'
t be looking for another one! He has a lot of patience but is always striving to make me work harder and be a better musician. He is passionate about what he does and it shows! I've learned and grown as a musician significantly faster with Casey than any of my previous teachers. He makes the hard work fun! I would absolutely recommend him to beginners and intermediate players as well! He is a lot of fun and he's flexible! Try him out, you'll be rockin' in no time!"
Atlanta, GA teacher:
Review by Sam
"Excellent drum instructor.
David is a great drum instructor .He is really passionate about teaching and cares a lot about students improvement in drummin
g skills. He worked to improve my weakness which was play-along songs ,back beats and timing.He makes the learning beats easy. I am still learning and practicing to be better in drums.I would highly recommend him to anyone who wants to learn the basics of drumming and improve his or her drumming skills."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Dylan
"Harry is a great teacher, who will give you the skills to become a excellent and proficient musician. His focus on competency approach and technique in yo
ur hands and feet gives you the confidence to apply such skills through a variety of styles. After being taught by Harry for many years, I can honestly say I would not be the musician I am today without his guidance."
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Lou
"He is a direct, clear and interactive teacher."
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Review by Malana
Matt is doing lessons with my 6-year old son and from the moment they met it was magic. Matt talks to him at a level he can understa
nd, is so patient with him and really allows for him to have fun while learning at the same time. Matt is our third instructor over the past year and he is by far the best. My son is enthused about picking up the drums again and excited when Friday rolls around."
Sacramento, CA teacher:
Review by Tim
"Alan is a great drum teacher
Alan teaches my 15 year old son drums. He is a real professional player and teacher. I cannot believe how much my son has le
arned in his first 6 months! Alan is patient but also holds my son accountable by not giving him a pass if something is not right. He is a pleasant man too - always smiling. I highly recommend him."
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Melissa
"My son (8 years old) loves taking drum lessons from Carmen. She's been teaching him in group and private lessons since he was 5 years old. She gives him f
un songs to learn and listens to him when he has special requests. She is very skilled, patient and fun and has kid-friendly ways of explaining difficult music theory and structure. He is always excited to go to his lesson (even when he hasn't practiced) because he knows Carmen will give him support and help him to develop better practice skills."