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Rob F.

San Anselmo, CA

About Rob

Rob (aka R.J.): Born in Detroit, Michigan, RJ studied r&b and jazz from Motown drummers and Funk Brothers Benny Benjamin and Uriel Jones. From the age of fifteen he played in rhythm & blues and jazz combos around Detroit. He then studied privately with Berklee School of Music drum maestro, Gene Stuart, mallet studies with Mark Johnson at Michigan State University and earned a Bachelors Degree from Michigan State. He moved to San Francisco where he studied North Indian percussion and tabla with Zakir Hussain, trap set with jazz recording artist George Marsh. He is a consummate producer, perfo
rmer, recording artist and teacher. He plays and teaches all styles of rhythm including jazz, funk, blues, rock, latin, and world fusion. He teaches drumset, congas, djembe, tabla, cajon and hand percussion. In addition to teaching privately, RJ has directed special week-long drum and percussion focused ensemble productions at Drake High School and Marin Academy and was Music Director at Cascade Canyon (K-8) School for two years where he directed variety shows and produced scores for the drama department. In his teaching practice all ages are welcome and all levels including: beginners, intermediate students, advanced players, and professionals.

*** Lesson Details ***
My approach to drum lessons is simple. I want my students to be excited about every stage of the process. I want to be as productive as possible with each student and want the lessons to be fun and focused.
I want beginning students to learn the essentials of good posture, correct hand positions or grips (how to hold the sticks in matched and military grip), how to best use their hands and feet to get around the drumset and to then develop a solid foundation of applicable rudiments, rhythms and patterns. In fact,
I have master drumset rudiments that help facilitate fluid movement around the drums in all directions. My studio is equipped with a top level TAMA drumset with Zildjian cymbals, congas, timbales, hand percussion, piano, vibes, excellent recording and listening equipment and speakers.
I provide the necessary foundations of rudiments, rhythms, patterns and grooves. Then I show how to combine these essentials to the drumset. I combine these developments with essential reading studies so the student learns to read drum music and charts from the very beginning.
I find out what kind of music the student listens to and likes and then I will use some of the more familiar tracks by those artists to help the student apply each pattern stylistically into actual arrangements…like a guitar teacher would teach some scales and chords, then apply them to actual songs. That way the student will remember the different patterns and remained engaged in the process. It’s a “see, say and do” approach.
I have a saying that I use: “FREEDOM follows FUNCTION and function follows FORM.” First you learn the forms (rudiments, rhythms and patterns). Then, with practice, you become functional with the forms, rhythm patterns and combinations. Then you are free to use everything you learn as it relates to the music. Your are “free” to create and improvise both alone and with others.

Within six month my students will have a firm grasp of essential rudiments, rhythms, patterns, sticking, single and double bass drumset techniques and be reading charts for the drumset.
Later on, as part of the student’s development, I will introduce them to different styles of music including jazz, African, Afro-Cuban, Latin and Brazilian rhythms and patterns so that the student becomes a well-rounded player.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My Private Studio is on the first floor of my house: there is a six-piece professional series TAMA drumset and an assortment of K. and A. Zildjian cymbals, a piano, set of vibes, timbales, congas, bongos, djembe and a variety of hand percussion. There are additional chairs to sit on, Parents are welcome to sit in on lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Five and six piece drum sets, hard cases, three congas with cases, bongos in a hard case, timbales in a hard case, trap case for stands, cymbal case and stick bag.

*** Specialties ***
Trapset all styles, African djembe and shekere, Latin congas and timbales, Indian tablas.
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Barbara S. October 29, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
I Got Lucky

A year and a half ago I decided to try to learn how to play an instrument, and chose drums. Learning how to also read and write music for drumming was high on my list. I also needed this to be a fun adventure with no real public performance goals for the first couple of years. It needed to be a stress reducer from the demands of the day job. Finding and working with RJ has been a total kick in the pants. I couldn't ask for a better coach. He hasn't let me get stuck in any one form, I'm learning all of them. It's hard! But I couldn't imagine not drumming now. It's very exciting, and I look forward to learning more over the coming years.
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KatyV January 11, 2012
Rob Franco

You won't find a better teacher than Rob. He obviously knows music, both theory and application. He is concerned about proper technique, but also enjoyment and variety, which means that you get it all. I'm learning tons more than I thought I would.
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Rob F.

Rob F.

San Anselmo, CA 94960
(2)
starting at
$60 / 30-min
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Ben L.

San Rafael, CA

Snare Drum Beginner:
Care and tuning of the instruments
Proper grips
Double strokes and the development of the open stroke rolls
Basic rudiments with proper stick positions; single, double, triple paradiddles, flams, flam taps
Reading basic rhythms on the snare drum, quarters, 8ths, 16ths, and 8ths note triplets
Develop time keeping skills by working with a metronome or click track

Intermediate:
Intermediate snare drum book which includes reading various time signatures, and implementing flams, ruffs, and open and closed rolls as well as dynamics within the text
Continue to develop time-keeping skills while working with metronomes and click tracks
Study of hand positions for the remaining 40 PAS drum rudiments
Hand control exercises – stick control and Masters studies

Advanced:
Advanced reading – including various time signatures, interpretation and rhythmic modulation
Advanced hand control studies
Continued development of time keeping skills while ...

About Ben

Originally from West Virginia, Ben has quickly made a name for himself within the music community since moving to San Francisco in 2009. Having performed in a wide array of musical situations early in his career Ben draws on those initial performances to shape his current music experience.

While earning his degree in philosophy and music from West Virginia University, he had the opportunity to travel to China in the summer of 2008 to perform with the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra. During his time at WVU Ben performed with the €œLittle Big Band€, WVU'€™s premiere jazz ensemble, along
with other Jazz and world music ensembles.

A teacher himself, Ben has had many influential teachers including: Tommy Igoe, George Willis, Tim Adams, Mike Dawson, Al Wrublesky, Scott Amendola, and Chuck Brown.

In addition to his freelance playing and teaching schedule Ben is a music teacher at Marin Catholic High School, the Mt. Tam School, and a guest clinician at Davidson Middle School.

*** Studio Equipment ***
In my studio I have a Roland electronic drum set, practice pads, audio and video recording equipment, and access to my full library of method books and percussion publications.

*** Travel Equipment ***
When traveling for lessons I bring various method books, as well as a practice pad to our lessons. I expect students to have a drum journal to record our lesson notes, sticks, a practice pad, and a drum set if we are focusing on drum set instruction.

*** Specialties ***
I Specialize in many areas of percussion including; Concert percussion repertoire, drum set - jazz, pop, rock, funk, R&B, world - marching percussion, and contemporary marimba.
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Carole C. March 23, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Ben is an awesome teacher. He is patient and kind with my 8 year old and he covers a lot of material during the session. Would definitely recommend him.
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Nathan B. June 3, 2014
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Ben is fabulous. My son is 5, nearly 6, and Ben he loves his drum lessons with Ben. Without much prompting from mom and dad, our boy has decided that he loves rock n' roll and Ben has really channeled that enthusiasm. He's learning notations, theory, and rhythm. And having a great time doing it. Thank you Ben!
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Maggie H. December 2, 2013
Drum
Great teacher in a great environment!

Ben has been teaching my son Jack for the last seven months. Jack leaves each lesson with more excitement for the drums than the previous week. Ben's enthusiasm for music is infectious! Jack has improved tremendously since initially starting lessons with Ben. Each lesson is structured very methodically and he gives a very well rounded approach, covering rudiments, music theory, and drumset studies.
I would recommend Ben for anyone interested in taking drum lessons.
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Ben L.

Ben L.

Novato, CA 94947
(4)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Cameron M.

Santa Rosa, CA

Sight Reading, independence, technique, grooves, fills, exercises

About Cameron

Cameron is a drum instructor currently located in the bay area. He is a professional touring and recording drummer who has traveled nationwide and internationally playing sold out venues all over the states, the UK, Europe, and Australia. Cameron has also worked in Los Angeles with A-list producers famous for producing artists like: Katy Perry, 30h3, Selena Gomez, Kelly Clarkson, Boys Like Girls, Panic At The Disco, Alanis Morrissette, Queens of the stone age, Tool... and many more.... Cameron has albums available for purchase in stores nationwide and all over the world through WEA distributio
n on Roadrunner Records. Before his career in music began, he attended Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California, where he studied with some of the best teachers in the drumming community. It was during this time at MI that he learned all styles of drumming and how to utilize the proper hand/foot technique to play the drums.

Here are some of Cameron's previous teachers and mentors:

Rob Carson- 5 time world champion rudimental drummer

Andy Megna- student of legendary drummer Dave Weckl

Glen Sobel- Alice Cooper

Ray Luzier- Korn

and many other great teachers too.

Cameron is endorsed by Gretsch Drums, Paiste Cymbals, Gibraltar Hardware

*** Lesson Details ***
Students can expect to learn proper hand/foot technique and all of the skills necessary to facilitate independence on the drum-set. Students will be given the tools to expand their vocabulary on the drum-set so that they can begin their own improvisation exercises, which will eventually lead to developing their own unique musical style. The first part of a lesson is spent working on hand technique on a practice pad before moving to the drum-set. From there, students will learn grooves, fills, drum solos, and various exercises to help them become better. Students are also welcome to ask about drum parts to their favorite songs if they want to learn them. The lesson is really tailored to each individual student! Learning how to count is an essential part of learning to play the drums and after a short time students will be able to count as they play and understand what notes they are playing in any given subdivision. Most of all, the lessons are always fun. Learning music should be a joyful and exciting time and something to look forward to!

*** Studio Equipment ***
2 full drum-sets, practice pad set-up, recording equipment, electronic drum- set

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to have a practice pad, drum sticks, and a drum set.

*** Specialties ***
I teach proper technique and am able to teach all styles and genres.

I specialize in Rock Drumming.
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Sawyer B. June 12, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
I came to Cameron having essentially no drumming experience whatsoever. He's a great instructor: relaxed, friendly, comfortable. Very knowledgable and easy to work with. The best part for me is how easily he can transfer from genre to genre; we've gone from alternative to jazz without an issues, and I always feel comfortable approaching him with a problem or new need. Uses positive reinforcement and has so far been able to find a fix and/or exercise for every issues I've had. Obviously a great drummer, as well. Would definitely recommend to any person.
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Katrina B. July 2, 2014
Drum · In home
Cameron is a very encouraging, patient and supportive teacher. He genuinely cares about your desire to improve and creates lessons that not only improve your skills but also push you to a new level. His passion for music is obvious and is quickly recognized by his professional yet relaxed and fun attitude as well as his dedication. Great teacher. Great person. I never thought I'd be able to do what I've done with his support! Girls can drum too!!
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Cameron M.

Cameron M.

Santa Rosa, CA 95401
(2)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Dan G.

Fairfax, CA

the hands they dance.

About dan

Hi!
I have studied, performed and taught the violincello (the cello), electric bass and contra-bass (acoustic, upright or double bass) for over two decades. I have played in symphonies, orchestras, chamber music ensembles, rock , blues , R&B, funk, and bluegrass bands, jazz combos, and Indian kirtan ensembles, performing everything from Beethoven and Tchaikovsky to Stevie Wonder and Miles Davis. Among numerous outstanding players and teachers, I have studied with Cameron Sawzin of the Boston Virtuosi as well as with renowned bassist Victor Wooten at his camp in Tennessee and California.

I take an intuitive approach to my lessons, focusing on the feel and tone of the music. I have found this to be the fastest and most effective way for my students to learn. I also put emphasis on technique, specifically healthy posture and body alignment in relation to your instrument.
You should take lessons with me if you want to realize your dream of becoming a great auditory artist . I never employ pressure tactics with my students. I only facilitate inspiration, knowledge and understanding. I love teaching and sharing the Joy of music with others. Working with music for so many years I have become aware of the fears in our society surrounding playing music and learning a new instrument. I help my students to see through these fear-based thought patterns compassionately and patiently so that they can truly Make Their Musical Dreams Come True. All ages welcome. It is never too early or too late to start!

Cheers, Daniel
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Chengjin Z. May 20, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
I had a great experience learning drum with Dan.I have zero experience with drum, I asked Dan to help me play a song based on the video I like, he figured out how the drummer did it right away and taught me different style of playing it.
He is very patient and professional on what he is teaching. He knows how to help me to process different drum beats on my own pace, and encourage me to try out new things in each lesson. After taking his class, I enjoy playing and practicing drum on my spare time.
I am very happy to learn drum from Dan, and recommend him to people who is interested in learning or improving their music skills.
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Mia R. July 14, 2014
Cello · In studio
I would highly recommend Daniel! He has a true gift for teaching in a way that supports students to blossom in their own unique way. A deep listener with a talent for finding what lights up each person's musical inspiration; Daniel is patient, supportive, and a talented musician. I left lessons feeling inspired to practice instead of obligated to. Best teacher I ever had!
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Ben M. March 28, 2014
Bass Guitar
Finally a teacher I can learn from!

Dan came over to my apt and was very polite and a good listener. I told him what I wanted to learn and the types of music I liked. We talked for a bit and I instantly felt comfortable. After a good laugh we launched right in! I found his teaching style to be invigorating! We "jammed" on the first chord pattern he showed me and it actually sounded good. After a few more tricks I was hooked. I left my first session with Dan feeling not only inspired, but also informed. I had material to practice. Dan is a very fun, smart, broadly trained talent to learn from. I highly recommend him. A true musician!
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Dan G.

Dan G.

Fairfax, CA 94930
(6)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Lisa R.

Bolinas, CA

My first drum teacher, back when I was a teen, told me: "If you can walk, you have rhythm, and never doubt that!"
I've developed my skills as a hand percussionist since, and it's been 15 years!
I've specialized mostly in traditional djembe and dunun techniques and traditional malinke rhythms from West Africa, through my main teacher, Grand Master djembefola Mamady Keita.
Before we touch the drum however, we learn how to feel and sing rhythm within. This is the most important key in rhythmic development. I have various effective exercises to help you develop that.
Once we have that, then it's just a matter of technique...
I so look forward to guiding you on the percussive rhythmic journey!

About Lisa

Hello there!
My name is Lisa and I believe that we are all given gifts to share them with others.
That's why I teach.
I'm a multilingual percussionist; I've taught French, Spanish and ESL for many years in several parts of the world. I've also studied, played and tutored traditional Ghanaan and Malinke percussion for almost 10 years and have acquired strong polyrhythmic foundation.
I love and can teach the art of Calligraphy, including mainly French and Arabic calligraphy.
I earned a BA in Linguistics from UC Berkeley and have acquired and developed a lot more academic skills that I'd b
e happy to transmit (see my list of subjects).
I'm also a mother of 2 little boys, 1 and 4 years old, so I have no time to get bored! I still do my best to remember to take a break and breathe to become a better human being through meditation I'd be happy to teach you what I know.
My motto: LEARNING IS FUN WHEN YOU DECIDE IT!
Very much looking forward to meeting you!
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Jürgen Z. March 21, 2015
French · Online
Verified Student
Lisa is a native speaker, knows well French grammar, adapts to students needs and is a patient and skilled instructor. Highly recommendable.
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Lisa R.

Lisa R.

Bolinas, CA 94924
(1)
starting at
$15 / 30-min

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