Aaron Bland

Aaron B.

Mesa, AZ
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Piano is the perfect instrument for understanding how music works. Learn to read and play melodies, scales, chords, and put them together into songs as quickly as possible. Techniques for strength and coordination, reading music, and theory.
Lay a solid foundation to develop your musical creativity.

About Aaron B.

Teaching drums professionally since 1998, Aaron has influenced hundreds of budding musicians to get the most from their instrument. He has studied privately with Rob Laytham (Modern Drummer columnist), Joe Leroux (marching band guru), Gary Chaffe (legendary drummer) and many others throughout the years. He has taken the best techniques and teaching styles from his influences and molded them together to form what he considers to be the most effective and inspiring method available.

I teach drum set in nearly every style and hybrid imaginable, as well as percussion and drum circle facilitation.

Accomplishments include recording 7 albums with various groups, touring with national acts across the west coast, drumming for the Warner Brothers Television house band, and still actively playing live shows and recording.

*** Lesson Details ***
I put my focus on inspiring students to explore their own creativity with the tools and techniques that I give to them and nurture.
I think it is very important to cover the basic skills that the school districts expect from their music students (sight reading, proper technique, note recognition, rudiments, timing, feel, etc.).
I also feel it is important for a student to find his or her style and an ability to use the fundamentals to create music that they enjoy.
He has written a method book based on the fundamentals of playing a rhythmic instrument with an emphasis on allowing the student to find their niche and lead a group through a piece of music or tastefully support it.

My studios are fully equipped with sound systems, the latest recording gear, acoustic and electric sets, hand drums and dozens of other percussion instruments. I believe that the more resources a person can draw from, be it intellectual or physical, the more fulfilling the learning experience will be.

Each lesson, my students will take at least a page of music that represents the concept that they are focusing on, and a goal set to accomplish by the end of the week so that they can build upon what they already know in an effort to put the big picture together. Ultimately the student will learn when and how to utilize the concepts that they are practicing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
A Yamaha electronic drum set in my Mesa Studio allows me to control volume and dial up any sound imaginable. I have full acoustic drum sets in other studios that I use for recording and private lessons. Often I will integrate guitar, keyboard, or other instruments in to the lessons if needed.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Sticks, Practice Pad, tuning kit, binder and books with teaching supplements.

*** Specialties ***
Music, Drums, Percussion, Theory, Composition, Piano and Guitar.
Drummers should be well versed in all genres of music. Rock, Jazz, Latin, Swing, etc.
Most of my students begin with concert and marching styles on a practice pad, then advance to the drum set.
I teach note recognition and placement, rudiments, linear playing, moeller method, rhythm theory, sub-division of notes and time, and the sight-reading to support these techniques.


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18 Reviews
Patricia M.
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Great instructor! I look forward to my lessons

Posted Oct 22, 2020
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Aaron is so great at meeting me where I am musically and giving helpful guidance to progress. I really appreciate his approach.

Posted Oct 13, 2020
Margo S.
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Aaron was excellet

Posted Mar 19, 2020
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Aaron is very patient, and keeps the classes interesting. My 7 year old son had another instructor for couple months earlier but lost interest in djembe. With Aaron, my son is enjoying the classes and started liking djembe again. Highly recommended.

Posted Jan 7, 2020
Norm R.
Profile-location-online Online

Very patient teacher.

Posted May 19, 2018
Profile-location-online Online

Love aaron

Posted Apr 12, 2018
Profile-location-online Online

Aaron is a good instructor. Luckily I practiced quite a bit before hands to be able to catch up with the speed. The video audio quality are not that great though.

Posted Mar 24, 2018
Sam W.
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Very knowledgeable and a good teacher.

Posted Jan 7, 2017
Dan D.
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Aaron is a good instructor and a great resource for knowledge. Learning alot.

Posted Jun 24, 2016
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Posted Aug 24, 2015
Michelle M.
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Aaron is a great instructor! I've been taking drum lessons with Aaron for over 2 years. He brings enthusiasm and positive energy into each lesson. He is very talented, and his passion for drumming is evident in the way he teaches. Lessons are always fun. Aaron is patient and encouraging. I have a very random work schedule, and Aaron is always willing to accommodate me when scheduling a lesson.

Posted Aug 18, 2014

Good Job! Listens to my feedback and then challenges me with it.

Posted Jul 1, 2011


The kids are ver excited about the lessons - Like Aaron. We can see that the are really learning and able to apply the lessons to their music.

Posted Aug 9, 2009

A+++ Teacher

Aaron is a great teacher! He really knows his material, he's very good at what he does. Thank you Aaron for your knowledge.

Posted Apr 10, 2009
Sachin M.
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Posted Mar 11, 2021
Patricia M.
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Posted Sep 24, 2020
Sachin M.
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Posted Apr 18, 2020
Michael A.
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Posted Feb 25, 2020

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Commercial Music Advisory Committee
May 2012 - Present

Mesa Community College

I am an advisor to the Scottsdale, Mesa, Ahwatukee, and Phoenix school districts to keep their curriculum current and relevant to todays music applications.


Studio Recording and Production
Feb 2001 - Jan 2002

Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences



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