Athan Gousios
Los Angeles, CA
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Athan Gousios

Athan G.

Los Angeles, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have been lucky enough to study ear training with many different private teachers and at Cal State University Northridge. I teach based on each students needs, and have the tools and the know how to create the perfect lesson plan just for you. I specialize in harmonization and jazz ear training, with emphasis on transcribing.

About Athan G.

Hello potential students! I have been teaching music for over eight years, and love teaching as much as music itself. As someone who started late (began drumming at age 16), and quickly progressed from complete (i.e. terrible) beginner to studying at nationally ranked CSU Northridge's jazz program, to making a full-time career as a performing and session musician in Los Angeles, I can speak from experience that all of my teachings are focused on rapid, worthwhile, and long-lasting musical skill building. No student deserves exercises for the sake of exercises! All of the information I teach has been battle-tested and proven, by both myself, and my studio of 15-20 weekly students, to help you grow and succeed in your musical pursuits. Every student deserves only the best and most useful information to inspire their musical journey. As a teacher and full-time professional musician, I strive to provide you that experience! Having spent my early career seeking out the world's best teachers and mentors (and continuing to do so), and with performance experience ranging from live television, radio airplay, and multiple tours with Grammy, Tony and Oscar winning talents, I continue to strive to be the best musician I can be, and pass that information on to you!

In 2019, I played drums on over 150 professional recordings, including work with TV networks NBC, E!, MTV, and Discovery, as well as recordings for numerous indie and commercial artists. The lessons I've learned from these great experiences I hope to pass on to you, the student, in order to help you get the most out of our lessons, and to turn you into the best possible musician that you can be. Whether beginner or advanced, any genre from jazz to rock to hip hop to metal, I feel I have the knowledge to take your drumming and music-making to the highest level (and of course, have a blast doing it!) I have a passion for teaching, and would love to have you as my student.

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Sameer Satyam
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he is nice - Vihaan

Posted Sep 1, 2020
Sameer Satyam
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Posted Aug 11, 2020
Vihaan
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Very good first lesson. My 8 year old son was very happy and looking forward to practicing. Athan is very friendly and patient and motivating.

Posted Aug 4, 2020
Laina V.
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Posted Jul 21, 2020
Hanzhe Z.
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Posted Jun 12, 2020
Robert B.
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I'm truly impressed with how effective Athan is at getting my child to progress and to practice. Athan's adapted to my son's learning and communication style, and I'm impressed with his patience. My son feels increasingly comfortable in class with Athan. I wholeheartedly recommend Athan.

Posted Apr 28, 2020
Russ C.
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Athan's awesome! First lesson and my son loved it.

Posted Mar 17, 2020
Dymond
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Athan is the best! So patient and so helpful!

Posted Sep 15, 2019
Jennifer
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awesome

Posted May 14, 2019
Daniel
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Posted Apr 20, 2019
Kanai
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Athan is teaching my 10 year old son. So far we have only done one lesson but it was a great experience and we hope to do many more. He has a very easy to understand, clear way of instructing. He is also very upbeat, and seems to genuinely care about the progress of his students.

Posted Mar 21, 2019
chris harvey
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Posted Mar 19, 2019
Jennifer
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really nice

Posted Feb 19, 2019
Vera
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Always a great experience to work with Athan. He immediately understands my drumming needs. Athan has tremendous focus and is extremely helpful. I come away from my lesson with my questions answered.

Posted Feb 18, 2019
Jennifer
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super nice

Posted Feb 12, 2019
Jennifer
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really good at split second lessons

Posted Jan 31, 2019
Jennifer
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awesome

Posted Jan 29, 2019
Jennifer
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answers all of your questions really well and with more deatail

Posted Jan 22, 2019
Kelley K.
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Very nice person i am glad to have him as a teacher!
:)

Posted Jan 21, 2019
Jennifer
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great song choices

Posted Jan 15, 2019
Jennifer
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gives good feedback. sends videos about how to play that song witch really helps.

Posted Jan 8, 2019
Jennifer
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shares super good information on what you need to work on.

Posted Jan 1, 2019
Jennifer
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gives you good feed back and picks great songs for you to practice.

Posted Dec 18, 2018
Jennifer
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gives good feedback. Really helpful and kind.

Posted Dec 11, 2018
Jennifer
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super great lesson. all lessons are like that.

Posted Dec 4, 2018
Jennifer
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best teacher i have ever had. really nice and really helps you if you need it.

Posted Nov 27, 2018
Pierre
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Great instructor, motivates the student

Posted Sep 4, 2018
Pierre
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Posted Aug 28, 2018
Patricio C.
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Athan is flexible (client focused), rigorous, challenging, focused and a lot of fun. A great combination of qualities in a teacher!! I'm really looking forward to continuing my learning program with him.

Posted Aug 1, 2018
Leo
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Very patient
Sends pdf
Gives homework

Posted Jul 25, 2018
Jean
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Posted Jul 16, 2018
Vera
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I enjoyed my first lesson because Athan is encouraging and I like his approach to learning. Unfortunately, the video quality is not great.

Posted Jul 9, 2018
Paula D.
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Athan is very helpful and informative and knowledgeable, and he teaches me in a way that I can understand. He is also very supportive, and i THINK i AM MAKING A LOT OF PROGRESS WORKING WITH HIM. Definitely several points above average!

Posted Mar 2, 2018
Sanjay T.
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Posted Feb 15, 2018
Christian
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I can’t say enough...Athan is so upbeat, personable and knowledgeable. 👍🏻

Posted Feb 2, 2018
Everett
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My son is loving his time with Athan. He feels encouraged and is having fun.

Posted Jan 25, 2018
Jennifer
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it was awesome and really informative. Athan was really nice.

Posted Jan 7, 2018
Jason Miazza
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Always an awesome lesson with Athan!

Posted Jan 6, 2018
Jason Miazza
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Super easy to work with and looking forward to next week already.

Posted Dec 12, 2017
Leslie S.
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the best one of my faret

Posted Nov 14, 2017
Leslie S.
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athan is the best

Posted Nov 7, 2017
Paula D.
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Athan is very informative and knowledgeable and patient, I learned a lot about arrangement and composition, and I hope to learn more.

Posted Oct 27, 2017
Leslie S.
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Posted Oct 24, 2017
Paula D.
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Athan is very patient, informative, and positive as a composition and arranging teacher. Definitely several points above average! I am learning a lot and have been making significant progress musically with these lessons!

Posted Oct 20, 2017
Paula D.
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Athan is a very helpful and knowledgeable and patient teacher. I feel much more optimistic and hopeful about being able to compose and eventually arrange music. Definitely several points above average!

Posted Sep 29, 2017
Paula D.
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Excellent first session,Reviewed some information I already know and learned new information and skills for writing melodies, Athan was very patient and very professional. Definitely several points above average!

Posted Sep 1, 2017
Paula D.
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Excellent first lesson. Athan helped me review what I knew and helped ma gain some new composing skills. He was patient and professional. Definitely several points above average!

Posted Sep 1, 2017
Julie Price
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Great

Posted Aug 29, 2017
Hayden
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Athan is so great for Hayden. His enthusiasm is so appreciated.

Posted Aug 15, 2017
Sanjay T.
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Posted Aug 1, 2017
Julie Price
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Posted May 18, 2017
Scott
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Athan has a really easy going teaching style and makes it very easy to learn. The exercises were very well applied and tuned into the music I also liked to hear. He was open to hearing my comments and working with my feedback during the lesson. Overall, I'd definitely recommend Athan to others.

A really good guy as well.

Thank you for the experience.

Posted Apr 9, 2017
Hong M.
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Excellent drum teacher. Knows exactly my strengh and weakness and apply his teaching skills to right level of learning scale.
Great personality as well.

Posted Mar 18, 2017
Nevalee M.
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It was our first lesson with Athan, but he made a great impression! He knows his stuff, was personable and friendly. We look forward to working with him!

Posted Mar 1, 2017
Sanjay T.
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Posted Jan 31, 2017
Greg E.
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Athan really knows his instrument. He can quickly find your technical deficiencies and determine how you can overcome them. He's laid back and easy to communicate with. Highly recommended!

Posted Jan 18, 2017
Sanjay
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Awesome teacher. My 10 yr son enjoys his classes with Athan. Thorough and very good with handling kids.

Posted Dec 9, 2016
Julie Price
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Posted Oct 27, 2016
Krish
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Friendly personality and appears very passionate about his music.

Posted Jun 11, 2016
Shai G.
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Athan is a fantastic teacher and drummer! He is patient, encouraging, and very helpful! He is such a wonderful drummer, and is able to convey any concept in any style to a student of any level. Strongly recommended!!

Posted Aug 28, 2015
Judy L.
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Athan is such a patient instructor. With me being an "older" student who doesn't learn as fast as I used to, he is very encouraging and nurturing. He is very talented and overall a great teacher. I hope I will become as good as him as a drummer one day. =)

Posted Jun 6, 2015
Ben M.
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I really enjoy Athan's approach to teaching. He changed my life musically!!!

Posted Feb 9, 2015
Paul S.
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I learned so much! He is a great teacher, super relaxed and friendly. Would recommend to anyone looking to gain some great drum knowledge :)

Posted Feb 2, 2015

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Experience

Session Musician
Jan 2018 - Present

Productions

Currently running a full service production studio, where in 2019 I drummed, performed and collaborated on over 200 recordings! All in a variety of genres and settings, for Indie Artists, as well as commercial artists and media clients including NBC, E!, NatGeo, and MTV.

On Site Studio Drummer
Feb 2017 - Present

NGM Tracks

Providing professional drum tracks (and compositions) for a variety of different musical styles, used in network television as background music. Credits include E! news, National Geographic, A&E and MTV

CSUN Jazz A Band
Jan 2014 - Present

Califonia State University Northridge

One of the top collegiate jazz ensembles in the country, CSUN Jazz A band has toured the wold and won various accolades including Downbeat Magazine's top collegiate big band and multiple wins from jazz festivals across the country.

Orchestrator/Composer
Mar 2016 - Aug 2016

New York Broadway Musical Festival

Education

Jazz Performance
Aug 2013 - May 2016

California State University Northridge

Jazz Performance/Composition
Aug 2013 - May 2016

California State University Northridge

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

German

Limited Proficiency

Awards

Angel City Young Artist Competition Scholarship Award
Sep 2014

Angel City Arts Foundation

Reno Jazz Festival Outstanding Musician Award
Apr 2014

Peter Epstein

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