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About Mark S.

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I've been teaching drums for 6 years. My main focus is musicality keeping time while playing with other musicians. I encourage my students to work on their reading skills. In the lessons, my students and I work on meaningful, real-world playing situations.

About Mark
Learning music, especially at a young age, can have a positive impact in life. From simply playing at home to performing for large audiences, the goal I have for my students is the same: the enjoyment of being a proficient musician. I have written a bit about my experience and how I can use this to help you to become a great musician.
I began studying music when I was 8 years old. My early lessons taught me not only about music but about music teaching. Now as a music teacher myself, I vow to construct my lessons in a way that offers my students interesting material, multiple teaching methods, and realistic objectives set in an entertaining meaningful dialogue.
In high school, I played in bands with my friends. Thus, I can never stress how important it is to play with o
ther people. I always encourage my students to form an band, join music groups in school, or just find a friend to jam with. Not only does this raise the level of musicality, it is a great motivational tool.
After high school, I studied music at Colorado State University, where I focused on jazz and classical performance, theory, and pedagogy. I earned a bachelor of arts in music from Colorado State University in 2000. In 2011, I earned a Master's degree in Music Theory form Temple University.
I have been a professional musician for 19 years in diverse genres such as rock, pop, classical, jazz, and electronic. I have performed in the U.S. and Europe, and I have won various awards in performance and academics. Although I enjoy a busy career in music, I am committed to teaching the young and casual learner as well as professionally oriented individuals. I am also enthusiastic towards the education and development of talent.
My home studio is equipped with guitars, basses, keyboards, amplifiers, and digital recording equipment. I am knowledgeable in audio and midi recording through the use of software.
I look forward to sharing these skills with you or a member of your family.

*** Lesson Details ***
Although the procedure can vary depending on the instrument, my lessons often take the following steps:

Warm-up Performance of an assignment Instruction and Practice Performance
Instruction on a new assignment

In a typical lesson, we may take a look at a piece of music through an audio or video recording. After a brief listening, we discuss and examine the music. For example, this could be as simple as asking, "What do think about this part?" or more technical - "What's the time signature?" Next, we focus on a specific part to learn. The student makes attempts, observes demonstrations, ands listens to suggestions and instruction. I try to incorporate many different teaching methods while being mindful of different learning styles to ensure that the student is successful in assimilating and understanding the material. Finally, when the student has become sufficiently proficient on a piece of music, we'll play it together as a team. Sometimes, I accompany a vocalist on guitar instead of piano to get a different feel. For my guitar or bass students, I trade between lead and accompany roles. I may bring percussion instruments into the lesson. The idea is to change things up and have fun playing music.
People often ask if I am strict or laid back. I say I am neither. Through enthusiasm, focus, and motivation, the lesson time whizzes by before we know it!
Lastly, I never ask my students to copy anyone. I encourage my them to be original. The music I give them is only a guide. I want them to do what is in their hearts.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Two 12 x 12 rooms
Piano - Casio CDP 120 weighted
Guitar - Fender Telecaster, Ibanez AX, and Takamine Dreadnought
Bass - Epiphone Thunderbird and EB-0
Amplifiers - Vox AC10, Fender Blues Jr, Ampeg, Acoustic 200,
Computers - Mac Book Pro
Microphones - Blue, Sterling,
Recording software - Cubase, Logic Pro, and Garage Band
Keyboards - Korg Microkorg, Alesis Vortex

*** Travel Equipment ***
If students do not possess the instruments they want to play, I will provide all the necessary equipment for them.

*** Specialties ***
I teach rock, blues, jazz, classical, broadway, Disney (film), and pop music.
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Darina G. June 10, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Very knowledgeable and patient teacher.
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Pamela M. February 28, 2015
· Piano · In home
Mark has been great! I don't fit easily into a student level because I have had some piano training before -- but not in a long time. He has picked up very quickly on my skill level and has been very good about letting me pick my own music and helping me to learn. I feel that I am progressing as fast--or eve faster--than I had hoped. I highly recommend him for piano!
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Nateh September 30, 2011
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Mark you are a excellent singing instructor. I could not ask for a better teacher. I want to thank you for every thing. I know this is getting me ready for bigger and beter things.
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Mark S.

Philadelphia, PA 19148
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About Timothy K.

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About Timothy
Education-
Currently a music performance major at Temple University
Associates in Applied Science
Major- Sound Recording and Music Technology
I can teach all styles from reggae, funk, jazz, rock or blues to heavy metal. I can also introduce students to recording and preparing for the studio. I am currently in TOOL tribute band and working on several recording projects.
Paul Green School of Rock Music, Music Director 2001-2009
Philadelphia/Southampton, PA
Produced and directed 25 concerts of varied genres of music
Responsible for teaching students reading techniques, song form, sound production and drumming fundamentals.
Educated individuals and groups in an extensive variety of musical styles
Instructed students ages 6-18 yrs in drum set and snare studies

St. Martin’s Catholic Elementary, Drum Instructor Feb 2000-Jan 20
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Philadelphia, PA
Taught percussion ensemble
Tutored intensive individual instruction
Facilitated drum and snare studies
Prepared students for school concerts

Lansdale Catholic School, Drum Instructor Sept 1991-June 2000
Lansdale, PA
Taught marching band

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My lessons are laid back and fun. I set short and long term goals for my students. Beginners will learn song form, basic beats, sticking patterns and proper technique as well as a focus on playing the music that is most inspiring to them. As our lessons progress we'll work on reading more advanced music, drum set technique, soloing, playing more difficult songs, music theory and learning about all the great drummers in the world! After a few months you'll be booking yourself gigs!

*** Studio Equipment ***
recording gear, two drum sets, rehearsal space seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have a studio with two drumsets set up

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Rock, Funk, Prog, Reggae, Folk, and Jazz
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Claven October 16, 2016
· Drum · In studio
He is a great teacher he helps you learn it so you can understand, he simplifies what your having a hard time on and then you'll get it
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Yixuan July 26, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Tim is a really nice and patient teacher. I did not have any drum experience before, but Tim arranges the first courses from basic rhythm practice, and also asked me to set up a long goal of playing drum cover of my favorite song. So the drum lesson is always interesting and compact, which makes me want to practice more in my spare time. I hope I could follow up the courses with more improvement and did better with his guidance.
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Lily July 4, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Great for the first lessons. .
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Philadelphia, PA 19123
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About Adam S.

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Do you want to learn drums or piano from a professional touring musician and educator? Take lessons with me and you will learn how to be a better musician, no matter your skill level.

About Adam
Hi,

My name is Adam Shumski. I'm a full time music teacher and performer with a degree in Music from Temple University. I've toured the world playing music and I work at several different schools in the Philadelphia area teaching percussion and piano.

I love music, I love teaching, and I believe that no matter who you are or where you come from I can help you achieve your goals. And if you don't have any goals yet, I can help you with that too.

If you'd like to know more, feel free to send me a message - I'd love to hear from you.

-Adam
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Izzy T. September 24, 2018
· Piano · In home
Our son loved his first lesson!
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Ellen T. July 19, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Adam is an excellent teacher! I have always been intimidated by playing the drum set, but Adam was so good at explaining each step that it felt almost simple. After just a few lessons I was able to figure out some songs on my own, and felt confident enough to play with friends. Thank, Adam!
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Odessa Mitchell July 19, 2018
· Piano · In home
Adam is very patient he works with my child that has a learning disability however my child learning to read notes and he plays well and I wouldn't change him for nothing in the world my child is 7 and I really love the way Adam works with him
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Philadelphia, PA 19104
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About Ed R.

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In my lessons I strive to make the maximum progress possible, while also having as much fun as possible. This is accomplished by imparting the most valuable, useful, and beneficial information in a fun and relaxed, low pressure environment, always with the students goals and priorities first and foremost. I also like to keep the student challenged at their current ability level.

For beginning students I stress basic fundamentals, just as you would in sports. It makes progress come at a much faster clip and avoids making time consuming corrections later. The longer you play with bad habits, the harder they are to break.

For more advanced students, I assess their current abilities, determine if any problems need to be addressed, and with their goals in mind, come up with the proper plan of action.

Having been self taught till entering college I understand all ends of the spectrum. In my career I have come across three separate groups of musicians:

1) Those who have good ...

About Ed
Hi, My name is Ed and listed in the different sections of this page are: a very brief bio, an explanation of my approach, and a description of what I and my studio have to offer. I am extremely enthusiastic and passionate about what I do, and being able to pass that on is a joy. Please read on, and I hope to hear from you soon!

I have 16 years teaching experience as well as extensive playing and touring experience in all styles and genres, which gives me the insight to know what is most important for really playing the instrument.
I attended Bucks County Community College and West Chester University. I also studied privately with
Ken Miller (Philly Pops Orchestra tympanist), John Alberti and Martin Bradfield.

I am currently a member of The Chuck Anderson Trio on the Dreambox Media Label. I am also a member of five other bands an
d freelance and record with many others...everyone from former members of Bon Jovi, to Marvin Hamlisch, and some completely unexpected names like Joe Frazier And The Knockouts. Yes, I know, that's pretty amusing, and Joe couldn't sing...but I wasn't going to tell him!

I have an extensive collection of books and videos that I draw from for my students, and to personally improve at my craft. This is not a sideline, or part-time job for me...this is my life, and my career!

*** Lesson Details ***
In my lessons I strive to make the maximum progress possible, while also having as much fun as possible. This is accomplished by imparting the most valuable, useful, and beneficial information in a fun and relaxed, low pressure environment, always with the students goals and priorities first and foremost. I also like to keep the student challenged at their current ability level.

For beginning students I stress basic fundamentals, just as you would in sports. It makes progress come at a much faster clip and avoids making time consuming corrections later. The longer you play with bad habits, the harder they are to break.

For more advanced students, I assess their current abilities, determine if any problems need to be addressed, and with their goals in mind, come up with the proper plan of action.

Having been self taught till entering college I understand all ends of the spectrum. In my career I have come across three separate groups of musicians:

1) Those who have good ears, but can't read.
2) Those who read well, but can't play without music in front of them.
3) Those with great ears who also read well.

Number 3 is obviously the best of all possible worlds and what I strive to achieve with all my students. Being accomplished in both areas enables them to be prepared for anything they will come across, and gives them a distinct advantage over their peers.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a state of the art drum studio, beyond anything else I have ever seen, with everything from a top of the line V-Drum kit (electronic drums) and several acoustic sets that I rotate occasionally to keep interest level high. As opposed to many stores, schools and homes...there are no sax players in the next studio, no guitars blaring, no kids running around, no distractions! We only hear what we want to hear! It's so much easier to maintain focus on the task at hand.

One of the pluses of the electronic set is when a student is playing along with music, we can just plug an iPod, Kindle, whatever, into the system, dial in the perfect matching volume between music and drums...and not go deaf. No muss, no fuss, no headphones needed, unless the student wants them...I have plenty.

I am in my own building, so unlike many of the shoebox sized studios i have worked in, I have a lot of space (17'x22'), a waiting area for parents, and since it's one open area, if parents come in the building they are sitting in on the lesson. There is ample parking and I am conveniently located near a major intersection, and right next to a major shopping center (Wal-Mart, Staples. Weiss Supermarket, Pep Boys, etc.). In fact many parents go shopping while their children are taking their lessons. Some even walk! I'm that close.

I am also a Certified Plus drum dealer, so if students need some equipment, we can usually handle that too.

*** Specialties ***
I adapt my style to each student and usually hand write everything for quite awhile. There's a lot to cover and it enables me to break from standard procedure when beneficial. I play and teach all styles and genres, so I feel comfortable with pretty much everything.
I use numerous books for many different purposes well beyond the scope of what's listed below.
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Vince S. January 12, 2015
· Drum · In studio
My son has been taking lessons with Ed since he was 5. Ed was very patient dealing with a high energy child who had a limited attention span. Eight years later, we are still seeing Ed weekly for lessons and my son has turned into a well-rounded musician. Ed tailors the lessons to my son's musical interests and takes an interest in what is going on in his life.

We have gone to see Ed perform in several venues and he always takes the time to talk to us during his break. I highly recommend Drum Lessons with Ed for those at any skill level.
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Ellen L. October 29, 2014
· Drum · In studio
Ed is an excellent and the best drum teacher .

My son loves taking drum lessons from Ed since he was 4 ! He is very knowledgeable and super patient . My family enjoyed Ed's performance very much and also very satisfied for the progress my son made from him class .He always pay highly attention to his student

I highly recommend Drum Lessons with Ed!
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Vincent M. May 10, 2013
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Awesome Teacher- 5 Stars!

Ed is pretty cool and an awesome teacher! I've been taking lessons since 7th grade. I'm now in high school and still love playing drums, thanks to Ed. I give him 5 stars!
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Norristown, PA 19401
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About David P.

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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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Wynnewood, PA 19096
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Students can expect to will learn how to play drum set with proper technique, learn how to read music, write music, and transcribe by ear. Lesson curriculums are made to cater to the students goals and needs. My goal is to help my students grow as students, performers, and as people!

About Samuel
Hello potential students, my name is Sam! I would love to be your new music teacher. I received my Master of Music, Performance degree from San Diego State University where I served as a Graduate Assistant.

During this time I conducted the SDSU Percussion Ensemble, performed professionally with the San Diego Symphony and San Diego City Ballet, and had a large private studio of 37 students.

I recently moved to San Luis Obispo to work in arts administration. My experience as a professional performer, educator, and administrator provides my students with a well rounded background to pursue music at a variety of levels in a fun and engaging manner.

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Whether my students are young or old, taking lessons as a hobby or wishing to pursue a career in music, I tailor my lessons to meet each individual student’s nee
ds and expectations.
I want you or your child to have fun during our lessons but I also want you to grow as a musician.

I try to build on what the student already likes, listens to, and has a passion for. I encourage students to bring their favorite songs to learn during lessons. I also use songs by classic artists like The Beatles and other historical standards as they can provide a perfect (fun and familiar) platform to learn many different aspects of drumming and musical performance.

In addition to being a drummer and percussionist, I have a strong background in music theory and I want to make sure my students not only know how to play their instrument, but also become familiar with reading and writing music.

After a few months taking lessons, you or your child can expect to have a better understanding of music and have acquired the basic tools and techniques which will allow you to play your favorite pieces of music.

*** Travel Equipment ***

For drum set lessons, I will provide a practice pad for starter lessons as students learn the basics of drumming. It is highly preferred that the student have a drum set at their location. The student should also supply a location in which to have a private lesson.

*** Specialties ***

All styles of drumming

*** Curriculum ***

My curriculum changes depending on the student's ability level, age, and instrument of choice. I typically use a method book for reinforcement of musical fundamentals, and a supplementary "project" piece of music that the student enjoys playing and learning. I do this so that my students can see direct connections between music fundamentals and playing music that they enjoy. My own personal knowledge and experience as a musician is always added to each lesson as well.
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Jim August 1, 2018
· Drum · In home
In home lessons with Sam are amazing. Sam allowed my son to get excited about drumming while teaching him how to be proactive about how to learn and practice. Great teacher, I highly recommend him!
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Tracey May 7, 2018
· Marimba · In home
I take marimba lessons with Sam. I rented a marimba just for something beautiful to learn and enjoy. I was looking for someone who can show me the basics and Sam has done a great job.
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Stacy May 7, 2018
· Drum · Online
Online lessons with Sam are easy, informational, and fun. I couldn’t ask for a better teacher!
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About Isaiah S.

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Drumset -- Rock, Blues, Funk, Jazz, Gospel, Latin, Fusion and more. Tour the palette of the drumset. Advanced Rudimental and concert drumming as well.

About Isaiah
Former attendee of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston Salem as well as SUNY Purchase School of Music.

I've worked as a professional church choral music director, and have extensive experience teaching (in addition to piano) hand drums, drumset, singing, and beginning guitar -- all in a variety of genres.

I help singers achieve vocal freedom, connecting most directly to songs as well as their natural voice.

I perform around my local area in a variety of venues from upscale wine bars to weddings.

I live, teach, and play with passion -- and look forward to sharing that with every new student I meet.
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Nathan A. September 1, 2018
· Singing · Online
This was my first time trying music lessons. Isaiah Was able to help me feel comfortable singing and acquire more of a natural sounding voice. and over the course of 4 weeks worth of lessons i was able to improve greatly in my abilities to the point where i'm confident now :) would recommend and will be back for more!
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Russell for Bequia May 14, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Isaiah was patient and helpful, a good music teacher who gave my daughter the skills to improve in her instrumental music class.
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Akshada May 13, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Isaiah worked with me to identify my vocal range, and where I fell short in my vocal abilities. Isaiah gave me tailor made exercises to improve my singing . I began to hear the change in just a couple of sessions. He is really patient and individualistic in his approach, which makes him in awesome teacher. I would recommend Isaiah to anyone in a heartbeat.
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About Anthony A.

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With a Master's Degree in this area, this is my wheelhouse. Learn everything from a simple stroke, to nested polyrhythms, with taste. We can discuss all genres, instruments that fit the particular style attached. It is an infinite world that is constantly changing.

About Anthony
Hey! My name's Anthony, I'm a working multi-instrumentalist with a focus on multi-media crafting, with a Masters Degree in percussion performance. I play drums, percussion, (mallets, hand percussion, drum set, orchestral, world etc.) guitar, piano, and bass. I have been a guest conductor, film, dance, and poetic accompanist for six years. I have taught in several schools beginning my teaching career in 2013. I have performed with groups such as Dallas Brass, Silver Synchro Sounds, Jacksonville Civic Orchestra, to name a few. I currently live in Buffalo where I do work with composers, film makers, authors, and architects. I have no bias in genres, and have played in everything from blues, to classical, to metal groups throughout my career. I hope to share some inspiration and knowledge of a working musician with you!
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Anthony A.

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About Theodore N.

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Drums were my first instrument. I can teach you to play whatever style you want on drums. You only have to put in the practice.

About Theodore
I'm a composer, pianist/keyboardist, and drummer who likes to think out-of-the-box, but not without knowing what it's like to have been in the box. Everyone has to figure out what they want for themselves, and everyone has a different journey to figuring out what they want. In teaching composition, piano and drum performance, I'm here to tailor music lessons to the individual, based on what inspires that person most, and what they want to accomplish most musically.

Since age 14, I've played thousands of stages across the US with different gospel artists, was commissioned by the Grand Rapids Symphony of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and the West Michigan Flute Orchestra, scored a film by Symmetry Films, and scored multiple theatre productions. And after all that, my number one goal through music is to help people find what inspires them.
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Ryan November 19, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Theo is a great teacher for piano. He is knowledgeable and adaptable, able to go off script and teach less traditional students as well as traditional students. I highly recommend working with Theo.
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Chris November 17, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Our two sons (10 and 8) had lessons with Theo for two years. Having worked with several music teachers with our older children, I can say with honesty that Theo is the most effective instructor I've known. he's very attentive to students' individual approaches, and structures lessons around specific interests and needs. For instance, one of our kids showed a strong interest in composition, so Theo helped him record his ideas, then they transcribed the music together. Both of our children grew quickly in skill and understanding during their time with Theo. We look forward to connecting with him again on this platform!
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Justin November 15, 2018
· Piano · In studio
My son was studying piano for several years and he wasn't progressing or really finding the passion he needed. That changed when we went with Theo for lessons. Our son really responded to Theo's way of teaching and they developed a great student/teacher relationship with him. Highly Recommended.
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I believe that drumming is a universal practice for joy, health, communication and discipline available for anybody...any age...any brain...any body.

I enjoy helping other people find the groove within them, strive to improve, and adapt their drumming regimen to make "the work" of drum practice feel more like the "play" of sport and meditation ... fun, free, and refreshing

About Patrick
7+ years teaching college-level creative and performance technology as a professor in multiple Philadelphia institutions:
- Temple University: Boyer college of Music and Dance
- Drexel University: Westphal college of media
- Art Institute of Philadelphia: Audio Production program

Drumming for over 25 years.
Performed acoustic and/or electronic drums on over 12 recordings
Rehearsed and performed local or touring in over 10 bands.

Electronic instrument service/customization for 10 years.

Since 2016, I've given drum-lessons my home studio; teaching rock/jazz/metal/rap and more to students 6 and up.

Presently on staff at Philadelphia School of Rock.

Expertise in drum machines for fresh perspectives on kit or computer.

With training in Psychology and Dance, I teach RHYTHM for exercise and meditation as much as for musical empowerment
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Patrick R.

Philadelphia, PA 19139
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