Aaron Bland

Aaron B.

Mesa, AZ
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Djembe

Levels Taught:
Intermediate
Hands on technique on basic tones for a variety of drums, most importantly yours.
Stylistic and traditional rhythms as well as exercises to lay a solid foundation to build your skill on. Personal and fun to play at any level.
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About

Aaron delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 6 to 66

Teaching since:
February 2014

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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Experience

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.

Education

Studio Recording and Production
Feb 2001 - Jan 2002
Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Spanish
Limited Proficiency

Photos & Videos

All 32 permutations of bass drum patterns that can be played on an in between a quarter note punk constant.
A brief description and demonstration on how to hold and play with drumsticks using "traditional" technique.
A demonstration of a duet played by Aaron Bland and Aaron Bland on two different snare drums.
This is a contraption that I came up with to combine some of my percussion toys in to something I can create drum set sounds out of for acoustic gigs.
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7 Reviews

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Sam W. Jan 7, 2017
Drum · In home

Very knowledgeable and a good teacher.

Dan D. Jun 24, 2016
Drum · In studio

Aaron is a good instructor and a great resource for knowledge. Learning alot.

dave Aug 24, 2015
Music Theory · In home

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Michelle M. Aug 18, 2014
Drum · In studio

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.

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ScottB2 Jul 1, 2011
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Good Job! Listens to my feedback and then challenges me with it.

RebeccaB1 Aug 9, 2009
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Gramma

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.

RobertE1 Apr 10, 2009
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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.

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