Ian Harland

Ian H.

Carlsbad, CA

Lesson Details



Ian delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 7 to 65

Teaching since:
June 2009

Ian H. – Drumset/Percussion/Guitar/Bass/Vibraphone/ (Piano)

Educational Performance Experience

• Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Studies from SDSU.
• Percussionist in the SDSU Wind Ensemble.
• Drummer for the SDSU Jazz Combos 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.
• Studied at Berklee College of Music for their 5-week summer performance class, testing in to the top levels of theory, ear-training, ensembles, and master classes.
• Performer in the Gamelan at SDSU – played at the Eastern Asian Music Festival at Canyon Crest Academy, Spring 2011.
• Canyon Crest Academy Rock Band – 2005-6
• Canyon Crest Academy Symphonic Band (1st Chair) – superior ratings: El Camino High School, Point Loma Nazarene University & Heritage Festivals, Chicago Music Competition, 2006-2008
• Canyon Crest Academy Jazz Band 2007-8
• Encinitas School of Music – Sit-in drummer for performances 2006-7

Professional Performance Experience

......Performances with Addicted to the Vibe (2013-14)
• Orchestra pit for Assassins (2013).
• Orchestra pit for Godspell(2012).
• Orchestra pit for Into the Woods(2011).
• Band member of Jeremiah and the Bullfrogs, Lindy Crandall, Riggs Associated, and The Chris Mitchell Jazz Experience, performing at various venues including Anthology, The Turquois, 7 grand, and the La Costa Resort on various instruments.
• MIDI Certified (2006)
• Recorded on EP’s for both Lindy Crandall and Riggs Associated, (2011)
• Performances with Torpedo Betty, local funk band.
• Supporter of the non-profit organization “The Jazz Connection”
• Ho-Asogli, African Drumming Group, directed by John Flood, SDSU, show experience, playing at venues including The Neurosciences Institute and Balboa Park’s World Beat Center, 2006-2009

Teaching Experience

-Recreational Music Center Instructor for Drums/Bass/Guitar (2013-14)
• Rock Band Instructor/Coordinator for children (2011-13)
• Private Guitar/Bass teacher (2010-2012)
• Private Drum-set/Bass teacher (2009)

Community Service

• Temple Solel – Played bass for the band Kavannah, performing funk/soul versions of prayers for monthly services (2005-9).

*** Lesson Details ***
I am laid back personality-wise and easy to get along with. I do expect a lot from my students and hope that my love for music will inspire my students to become passionate about music, too. I like to cater my curriculum to the student's specific goals, but still feel that everyone (including me!) needs to work on certain core curricula: 1. Technique building - this is important because good technique is the foundation of effortless mastery of one's instrument; 2. Repertoire - this is crucial in order to both keep a musician's interest vibrant, as well as to grow musically; 3. Sight-Reading - although some great musicians couldn't read music, being able to read music opens up endless possibilities and opportunities to grow. Imagine what it would be like if you couldn't read English!; and 4. Ear-Training - this is often overlooked by teachers but I find to be incredibly crucial. If you never develop your ear as a musician, you can only learn what people teach you and your growth will be stunted. However, if you develop your ear, you can learn about music wherever you go and whenever you please. I recall a time I once heard a door squeaking, and I thought "that sounds interesting," so I transcribed the sound and put it into one of my songs! I could never have done that if I hadn't worked on my ear.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will have my instrument (except for drums - I will only bring sticks).
They need their own instrument. They should also have their own books, but I have books and can photocopy pages if necessary.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, blues, rock, latin jazz, reggae

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Music Instructor
Jul 2013 - Aug 2014
Recreational Music Center

Taught private and semi-private drum/guitar/bass/(beginner)piano lessons to students of all ages.


Master's of Music in Jazz Studies
Aug 2013 - Dec 2014
San Diego State University
Bachelor's of Music in Jazz Studies
Aug 2009 - May 2013
San Diego State University


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Christine Springston Scholarship
Aug 2013
San Diego State University

Photos & Videos

Playing a Christmas concert at Dizzy's in Pacific Beach!

Playing drums downtown with my band, Addicted to the Vibe!
Performing my graduate recital at 98 Bottles in Little Italy!

7 Reviews

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Jordan M. Apr 23, 2015
Jazz Vibraphone ·

Ian is GREAT to work with. Always a fine drummer, and then I realized this guy tears up the vibes (vibraphone) too. Great musician, great communicator. Can't miss :-)

Jarel P. Jan 27, 2015

Ian is an awesome teacher! He is so understanding and sensitive to what you need as a student, aiming to meet you where you're at. Also, his knowledge of theory is exceptional, particularly in the area of jazz. I've found him to be well-grounded in his musicianship and feel confident in seeking him for instruction and guidance.

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Christopher B. Jan 25, 2015
Drum · In studio

Ian was my combo instructor for 3 semesters at SDSU. If there is one thing I can say about him is that he knows his stuff. I was blown away by the experience and knowledge that he possesses, especially given his age. He knows more about music and how to teach than most instructors I've had. I would recommend him as a teacher in any musical circumstance.

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Aasim S. Jan 17, 2015
Music Theory · In home

Ian is a very solid teacher. He's very well rounded and can teach virtually any instrument. As a jazz guitarist, I found his insight very helpful with developing my musical vocabulary. He's very well studied with his masters degree, and very good with explaining concepts!

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Jose C. Jan 16, 2015
Music Performance · In studio

Ian is an amazing teacher. He always has a fun and positive way of teaching. Playing under his direction was an amazing experience. I learned so much about jazz music and how to play better solos and my improvisational skills have improved greatly because of the work we did. He is also a magnificent player on the drums and vibraphone.

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Milt J. Jan 16, 2015
Jazz Vibraphone · In studio

Ian is one of the best teachers I've ever had. And quite possibly the best musician I've ever seen. His lessons are engaging and productive and he can communicate any concept in a way that a student can understand. He is also an excellent musician and can teach you all about Jazz.

He is the best choice for the money!

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Alicia C. Dec 1, 2014
Drum · In studio

Ian was great! I learned so much and had a fun experience being introduced to playing the drums. He has a vast knowledge of music and it is very apparent that he loves music. Ian was also very flexible about my scheduling needs.

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