Al Pahanish, Jr
Phoenix, AZ
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Al Pahanish, Jr

Al P.

Phoenix, AZ
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I am educated in traditional and contemporary harmony and arrangement. Sight reading, music notation. conducting, rhythmic studies, notation/ tab for guitar, piano, bass, voice and drums. all styles

About Al P.

Updated: 2-12-2021

Al P. (Powerman 5000-Martin Sexton-Cypress Hill-Everlast-Lance Lopez-DYS) is a multi instrumentalist, educator, composer, producer, drummer, music director. Widely known as co founder-drummer for DreamWorks recording artist and multi platinum selling rock group Powerman 5000 (1990-01). His rock solid beats are deeply rooted in the long history of the art of drumming.

Hailing from Pittsburgh, Pa. and educated by the prestigious Trinity College of Music, London Program (Pgh. center), Al served as external examiner teaching music theory and drums in private and ensemble settings at the U.S. center in Pittsburgh, Pa. from 1984-86 and further studies at Boston's Berklee College of Music, receiving a BM in Percussion Performance in 1992. Al is also a graduate of The Recording Workshop, Chillicothe, Ohio (music production & engineering program) Protools, Cubase, Reason, analog/digital recording techniques, editing, mixing, programming and sound design.

I have just completed five years at the School of Rock in North Hollywood/Burbank Ca. and seven years at the School of Rock, Scottsdale AZ... Teaching drums, percussion, bass, guitar, keyboards, vocal and Show Direction for ensembles. Live perfomances at local and national venues.

Prior to SOR I was Dean of Curriculum and drum teacher for the percussion department at The M. Gray Music Academy, a state of the art facility founded by Grammy Award winning artist Macy Gray located in North Hollywood Ca.

"The primary goal is to educate students in the art of music, have a general understanding and be able to create your own grooves, songs and develop your musical voice"

Product Endorsements:
TAMA drums/hardware,
Zildjian cymbals,
Vater Percussion(sticks/tape)
Remo drum heads
E-Pad practice pads /accessories
Rhythmtec percussion.


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21 Reviews
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Lessons with Al are always a high point of my week. Learning guitar as an adult is challenging, and he is unfailingly encouraging and motivational. His teaching method - a mix of music theory, exercises, improvisation, and practicing songs - keeps things fresh and challenging every week, and has helped me become better at productive practicing outside of each session. Al is also willing to jump down the rabbit hole with me when I bring him something I can’t figure out on my own. I cannot recommend him highly enough. He is a wonderful teacher.

Posted Feb 14, 2021
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Al is incredibly passionate about passing his expertise to the next generation. My son studied drum set with him for 3 years, and is now a jazz studies major in college. The enthusiasm and knowledge he will impart on your student is invaluable. Highly recommended!

Posted Dec 16, 2020
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Very fun guy, with an extraordinary amount of knowledge, talent, and overall passion for music. I’m really looking forward to my future lessons.

Posted Sep 2, 2019
Steve M.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

I am really lucky to have found Al. I am just learning my instrument as an adult and have tried three different teachers (as well as self-managed lessons) before Al. Why I am enjoying my lessons with Al so much is because he brings energy to the session, he encourages questions, he's ready (even excited) to dig deeper into the why of what I'm learning. He challenges you to get the basics and get them right, but he's also willing to indulge in a student's curiosity and let me take the lesson where I want to do as well. All this means I am developing a lot faster than I did when I tried to learn on my own. I'd highly recommend giving Al a try.

Posted Jul 17, 2019
David L.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

My son enjoyed the first lesson! He is very excited about future lessons and can't wait to mature musically. Al is very easy to talk to and understands what motivates kids.

Posted Jul 5, 2017
Annie H.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

A very enthusiastic teacher!

Posted Jul 26, 2016
Mali Singh
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

We are so happy we found Al. My son really enjoys his lessons (bass, beginner), he is totally engaged & learning. Al is knowledgeable & easy to work with, very highly recommend!

Posted Aug 24, 2015
Matty N.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Al is knowledgeable, flexible

Posted Jul 27, 2015
Debbie R.
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WE LOVE OUR DRUM INSTRUCTOR! My son was an extremely high energy very distracted five year old when we started lessons with Mr. Al. Let's just say that my son is not an easy student, but our son had already developed an obsessive attachment to music, most intensely to drums. We expected someone would be able to teach him drums, but we also got someone who is patient, flexible, understanding, and always respectful and kind to our son. We see Mr. Al in his home studio, and at now at seven years old, Joey's skill has definitely progressed. In fact, his learning has a momentum that our entire family can see. But Mr. Al has given Joey so much more than just that. Joey's love of music has flourished beyond measure. Joey now tells Mr. Al that he loves him after every lesson, WOW! We have been so pleased that my seventeen year old daughter now also takes lessons with Mr. Al too. Mr. Al is the perfect instructor for us. My kids think he's cool, and we think he's just fantastic all the way around!

Posted Apr 17, 2015

One of the Best

I have studied with several instructors, and I found Al to be the best. He not only knows his craft and takes pride in it, but he has a unique way of connecting with his students.

He listens, observes, and then starts to create a curriculum that is specific to the student. He can then convey this material in a manner that is fun, easily understood, and constructive.

I would highly recommend Al as an instructor.

Posted May 14, 2014
Rob S.

MY daughter loves playing!!

I tried to teach my daughter, Rose, how to play the guitar and I couldn't get her to follow through with her lessons. Al has made the guitar fun for her. She'll play AT LEAST an hour a day now, learning songs given to her and playing warm-ups like scales.

Al also teaches music theory so Rose understands music more. Any teacher that gets a student that excited is doing something right.

Posted Jan 17, 2014
Timothy C.

Excellent Instructor!!

Our son has been working with Al for nearly a year and we are very pleased with the growth we have seen in our son’s drumming ability!
Al seeks my son’s input when selecting songs to teach him and encourages my son to apply his knowledge to learn new songs on his own. They go over what he taught himself and then he gives him new beats to incorporate to what he knows. My son truly enjoys learning from a skilled professional like Al. He is an awesome instructor!!!

Posted Dec 15, 2013
Corinne D.

Al is an awesome teacher.

When I was looking for a drumming teacher for my son, I looked at several of the teachers' profiles. I thought that Al's profile was the best fit for my son who had no experience in drumming, and my son has learned so much from Al. Al is a wonderful teacher and very patient. He adjusts to the likes and needs of his students. I like that Al is a professional musician/performer and brings that experience to the table too.

Posted Dec 7, 2013
Juline H.

Al is the best teacher

My son started learning the guitar with NO experience at the age of 9. He is now playing the songs he always wanted to learn, is always excited to go to his weekly lesson, and above all has the upmost respect for AL as do I as Anthony's mom. I couldn't think of anyone I would rather my son learn from. Al's extensive knowledge of musical instruments is nothing short of remarkable! I would recommend AL to anyone looking for a teacher in the musical arts.

Posted Dec 6, 2013
Craig T.

Great Patience

I was a complete beginer and couldn't read a single note. Al showed great patience form day one when i came in with a broken string. Never once in all of my lessons did he hesitate to repeat, redemonstrate, or write it out. He is your choice if this is what you need in an instructor.

Posted Mar 20, 2013
Timothy C.

Al P. is an excellent instructor.

Glad we found him. He is excellent with our eleven year old son. If your child wants to learn to play the drums Al is the man!!!!

Posted Jan 30, 2013

Outside the box

When I made the call to Take Lessons, I was veryhesitant due to the fact that we have had some interesting experiences (via Craigslist) with a few teachers prior to Al. I was looking for someone to come in and help "develop/coach" my teenage boys band. From the initial phone conversation with Al, I was pretty confident that I made the right move. Al not only brings a fresh perspective to music, he lives it. He has helped bring honesty and insight to my boys in regards to basically everything in relation to the world of music. Al teaches them to think, "outside the box." I have seen definite changes in almost every aspect of their attitude and approach to music and creativity. As a parent, I am thrilled my kids are working with Al. They are able to take his constructive criticism or advice to heart because he has done pretty much everything in the music business. Hats off to, Take Lessons. You have a real gem for a teacher and he deserves to be recognized for it! Thank you, Al for going above and beyond for the younger generation in their quest to play and create great music.AngelaParent

Posted Mar 11, 2012

Hello there, Gianna is enjoying her lessons with Al, Thx!! Thought she would once she actually started appreciate how well you work with her, she has said nothing but positive things.

Posted Feb 8, 2012

Skye update

Skye is enjoying her lessons so far. She is excited about learning the new homework that she has.

Posted Jan 18, 2012

Great Guitar Teacher!!!

Al is a fantastic teacher. My nephew of 10 loved the lessons. He had so much fun! Al knows how to make the lessons both fun and very clear and structured. As an adult, I was most impressed by how he can correct the student in a very encouraging manner. He has really mastered the art of teaching to a young person.

Posted Jan 11, 2012

Fantastic introduction to guitar and drum lessons

Amelia is young, so she lacks the patience for a solid 30 minute lesson. Al is patient and works well with her. He has done a fantastic job teaching basic information, skills, theory and application. We are so happy to have found someone so willing to work with our four year old and so willing to break the lesson up with guitar, drums and percussion. It helps with our daughter's focus.

Posted Nov 24, 2011

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Education-Drums-Guitar-Bass-Producer-Arranger-Music Direction
Jan 1996 - Present

Sonic Albonic Music

I have just completed five years at the School of Rock in North Hollywood, teaching drums, guitar, bass and musical direction for ensemble shows. Prior to SOR, I was Dean of Curriculum and drum teacher for the percussion department at The M. Gray Music Academy, a state of the art facility founded by Grammy Award winning artist Macy Gray located in North Hollywood Ca.


BA Percussion Performance
Jan 1986 - May 1992

Berklee College of Music

Traditional Music Studies
Jan 1983 - Jan 1986

Trinity College of Music, London...Pittsburgh, Pa Center/Maxine Shimer



Professional Proficiency


Professional Proficiency


Certification for 1 -5 proficiency levels.
Jan 1984

Trinity College of Music, London

Piano, voice, theory traditional and harmony courses completed.
Certification Music production and engineering
Dec 1982

The Recording Workshop


Gold Sales Award 500,000+
Dec 1999


Platinum Sales Award 1,000,000+
Sep 1999


Gold Sales Award 500.000+
Aug 1999

RIAA/ Recording Industry Association of America

Gold Sales Award 500,000+
Apr 1999


Product Endorsement
Jan 1998

Rhythmtech Percussion

Product Endorsement
Jan 1998


Product Endorsement
Jan 1996


Product Endorsement
Jan 1996

Hoshino U.S.A.-Tama Drums

Product Endorsement
Jan 1996

Zildjian Cymbals

Product Endorsement
Jan 1995

Vater Percussion


American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Jan 1996
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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