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Cyrus Y.

Portland, OR

I live for drumming (33yrs) and teaching drums (19yrs)! I have both adult and children's drum sets for use during lessons, dozens of percussion instruments, and more fun and quality learning than you could ever have expected from a lesson! I've taught more ages, styles and personalities than you could flip sticks at, and couldn't be happier doing it. Drumming's my passion, and I truly enjoy giving back to the community that raised me. Can't wait to meet you and you've come to the right spot.

About Cyrus

My name is Cyrus. I am a husband, a father and a drummer since I was 4. I took my first lessons then and played through school, ultimately joining and playing drums in the US Army for a stint out of high school. I never stopped playing once home. Bands, recordings, productions, teaching etc. I've been assisting in surgery for many years since college to make ends meet, but music and drums have always been there for me. I’m old enough to know now what life wants out of me and I want to give back. I offer a studio atmosphere and curriculum based lessons. I am dedicated to keeping learning
fun while still challenging your child. I've created an open, engaging and positive atmosphere for learning through diversity in study. I aim for structured coursework, but we all know every kid learns differently. The more diverse I can make the learning, the more circular the appreciation which further cultivates my students respect and admiration for the art.
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Jake May 13, 2016
Drum · In studio
Our son expressed interest in learning to play the drums. Rather than just buy him a drum set and let him go to town we wanted to get him some formal training. Sure, many drummers do well teaching themselves, but we wanted our son to learn how to read drum music and learn good drumming "habits" and technique from a pro. Cyrus is that pro. Cyrus connects well with our son and works well with us a parents too, he includes us in everything they talk about and encourages us to hang around during the lesson and ensures that everything he's teaching our son is in line with our values and goals. We highly recommend Little Hands Drum Academy!!
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Cyrus Y.

Cyrus Y.

Portland, OR 97206
(1)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Peter Q.

Portland, OR

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 bachelors 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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Lissa M. August 5, 2015
Flute · Online
Verified Student
My daughter loved her first lesson, and is very excited for more
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Alisa M. October 20, 2014
Flute · In studio
Verified Student
Peter is wonderful with kids, he's empathetic and eager to find the right fit with your child. He is very well versed in multiple methods from Jazz to Classical to Beatbox and he's super fun. I'd highly recommend him.
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Peter Q.

Peter Q.

Portland, OR 97211
(2)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Kyle S.

Portland, OR

I've always drummed as a hobby, and have studied music education enough. I'm not an expert drummer, but I've done my fair amount of playing. Cannot do drum lessons at my location due to noise complaints.

About Kyle

Hey!

My name is Kyle S. and I'm incredibly passionate about music education for all ages. Over twenty years of playing all instruments has taught me there is not one specific way to teach music, so I change my curriculum for every student and completely customize what you learn to how you learn, and what you're interested in. I started teaching music lessons in after school programs when I was eleven and fell totally in love. I continued to do this for many years driving to neighboring towns, volunteering at church youth groups and local Boys and Girls Club all around my hometown.

I we
nt on to study Music Education at Oregon State University and Guitar Performance at the University of Oregon and Jazz Performance on Guitar at Portland State University! At each of these Universities I taught students my age as well as locals in each town and have been supporting myself entirely through music since 2008! Additionally, I work for a Record Label in Portland, "PJCE Records", and have real life experience with production, press releases and booking through the west coast and mid-west.

In Portland I've been gigging, playing on records, recording music for films, and volunteering every week at Nonprofit Music Schools around town to help underprivileged kids, and expose them to the joy of music. Give me a call and we can talk about what you're interested in, and get lessons started.

Look forward to hearing from you!

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm fairly laid back, and teach from a number of different texts depending on the interests of the student. Each student is different, and I vary instruction accordingly. I have a lot of experience songwriting, composing, and playing as a sideman in groups on different instruments. I've been part of bands led by myself and been hired by other people, as well as composing for different groups of instruments from trios to full orchestras.

If there is interest, I can also provide worksheets based on the curriculum and standards held by the University of Oregon, and Portland State University.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Private home studio equipped with a many guitars, a piano, a Wurlitzer, electric bass and amplifier, two drum kits, and a beautiful kitty.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide guitars, amplifiers, and notebooks for all students even if they do not own guitars or amplifiers. I also make copies and email attachments of all homework, and record lessons and send them to students to listen to when practicing.

*** Specialties ***
I've been playing and studying guitar since I was seven years old. I've attended Berklee School of Music summer workshops, camps, seminars, and presented music theory papers at conferences at the University of Oregon. I can and am willing to teach any type of musical style or interest to any skill level!
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Gail February 4, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Kyle was great. Very knowledgeable and engaging. Thinks outside the box and taught me about the underlying structure of music in one lesson that will help me break out of "just taking lessons" to being able to improvise, understand the keyboard and enjoy playing. Just the kind of teacher I was looking for!
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Cameron K. January 8, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Awesome teacher! Skillful at teaching music theory and vocal technique. Easy-going personality. Couldn't give him a higher recommendation.
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Tal R. August 25, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Kyle is an incredible teacher. His lessons are the perfect balance of fun, relaxed, and challenging. His passion is infectious, especially when delving into music theory. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to get a fuller, deeper understanding of music and how it works.
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Kyle S.

Kyle S.

Portland, OR 97217
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Duncan B.

Clackamas, OR

About Duncan

Duncan has studied with Joe Morello, Ed Thigpen, Ray Mosca ,Roy Brooks, Jim Chapin and many more. A graduate of the Advanced School of Contemporary Music, Duncan has played with The Oscar Peterson Trio, Dizzy Gillespie, Pepper Adams, Red Garland, Major Holly, Wilber Ware, Doug Wakins, Barney Kessell, Leroy Vinnegar and many more.
I can help you to learn Jazz and other styles with my knowledge and experience. I teach all styles of Drumming. I teach a easy to learn system called "Hands On".

*** Lesson Details ***
I am very easy to listen to and show you what to learn. I use the "Hands On" a
pproach, which
allows you to learn quickly. Muscle Memory is also used. I will teach you to read and use every bit of information out there. After 3 months you will be a Drummer. After 6 months you will be a pretty good Drummer and so on.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Full Gretsch Drum set, Practice Pads,music stands, CD Player and Video Camera,Sticks, Brushes and Mallets

*** Travel Equipment ***
At my studio, a full Drum Set, Stereo, Practice Pads, Stick, Brushes, Mallets, CD's

*** Specialties ***
I teach all styles. I use the "Hands on " system, which allows the student to learn quickly. I am a Jazz drummer but have played almost every type of music. I also played with The Oscar Peterson Trio and Dizzy Gillespie while in Canada..1990 I recorded Leroy Vinnegars last Album "The last Sessions"
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David L. July 6, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Great teacher and I have a lot to learn
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Becky S. February 28, 2014
Drum
Verified Student
Two thumbs up for Duncan!

I was pretty nervous about taking one on one drum lessons. Duncan assured me it would be fun, and it is! I like how he stretches my comfort zone enough to keep me interested and excited, but not so much that I get frustrated. Two thumbs up:)
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Duncan B.

Duncan B.

Clackamas, OR 97015
(2)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Douglas F.

Portland, OR

Guitar Center Drum Off winner, Douglas F, lays down funky tracks in the studio, while harnessing the capacity to teach novice drummers to professionals new and exciting drum techniques.

Douglas's band, Tragedy Andy, has performed for audiences of students across the age spectrum, helping with fundraising campaigns that have provided three million dollars in funding to organizations including The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale, Arizona.

About Douglas

One area of focus for Douglas is to combine the music world with business and create a harmony between the two. For over 15 years, Douglas has been part of an enormous network of musicians that he has met along the way, including American Idol Winner, Jordin Sparks; professional touring musician and brother, Tommy F; and an outstandingly talented and accomplished member of the rock band Taking Back Sunday, Matt Fazzi.
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Sye B. November 16, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Very personable and great with children.
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Oscar A. September 16, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
So far so good! Oscar is really excited about the drums.
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Scott L. February 2, 2015
Drum · In studio
"I've been producing music full-time for the last 15 years and Doug is one of the best drummers I've ever recorded. If I needed a drummer for any of my recordings he would be one of my top choices."

Scott Llamas
Producer
ScottLlamas.com
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Douglas F.

Douglas F.

Portland, OR 97206
(3)
starting at
$29 / 30-min

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