Charles Weller

Charles W.

La Mesa, CA

Lesson Details



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

Teaching since:
July 2005

A native of San Diego, Charlie Weller has played music professionally since the age of 15. He holds a B.M. from Berklee College of Music, where he had the opportunity to study with such drum greats as Terri Lyne Carrington, Kenwood Dennard, Ralph Peterson Jr., Mark Walker and many others. As an active member of the San Diego music scene, he has performed over the years with such notable musicians as Peter Sprague, Gilbert Castellanos, Mike Wofford, Rob Whitlock, Kamau Kenyatta and Max Bennett to name a few.

In addition to the drum set, Weller teaches privately on piano and trumpet. He has worked as music coach at the San Diego School for Creative and Performing Arts, and held Masterclasses at Palomar College, Cal State San Marcos and Centro De Artes Musicales. Currently, he is a member of the jazz faculty at San Diego State University where he teaches drum set.

Weller maintains a busy teaching and performance schedule. He can be seen playing regularly around the Southern California area with groups such as Gaslamp Quarter Jazz Orchestra, Big Time Operator and HM3.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to provide their instrument and all necessary equipment, along with their music and a quiet space for the lesson. If it is a private lesson on drums or piano, I can provide the instruments.

*** Specialties ***
I have been in a number of professional playing positions, and am comfortable teaching styles such as Jazz, Rock, Latin, Classical, Show Music and more.

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Studio Artist Teacher, Drum Set
Sep 2016 - Present
San Diego State University


Bachelor of Music - Professional Music
Sep 2008 - May 2011
Berklee College of Music


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Summa Cum Laude
May 2011
Berklee College of Music

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9 Reviews

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Jordan M. Apr 23, 2015

Charlie is a fantastic music teacher, and an incredible musician. Just go see this guy play, and see who he plays with. So fun to work with and one of the best drummers around :-)

Steve G. Mar 20, 2015
Piano · In studio

Charlie is exactly what I was looking for. My situation is unique but that didn't phase him. By lesson's end, I felt more like a partner in this process than a student. And that's how I operate the best, and learn the most. I'm excited. After all these years, I'm finally going to learn to play the keys!

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Tyler L. Nov 14, 2014
Drum · In studio

Great teacher, great personalities.

Sean B. Nov 7, 2014
Drum · In studio

Charles does a great job. Easy going and knows what he's doing. Glad to be learning with him.

Cicely S. Oct 3, 2014
Drum · In studio

I started taking lessons with Charles a few months ago and he is a great instructor! He is always accommodating and flexible with his time. He leads me through the exercises slowly and makes sure I get each part down correctly (even though I am not at all coordinated and completely stiff lol). It is kind of intimidating as I awkwardly try to copy his moves, but he always reassures me that I'm doing great. The music he picks for our lessons is perfect! It is quite an experience and I highly recommend him if you want to spice up your life with a new skill.

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Melonie B. Sep 9, 2014
Drum · In studio

My son has been taking drum lessons since January with Mr. Charlie, and he's been a great teacher. He keeps my son focused, yet they have lots of fun during lessons. It's now his favorite activity of the week! Thank you Mr. Charlie!

Hillary W. Feb 17, 2014
Drum ·

Charles is an awesome teacher!

Our 6 year old son looks forward to his drum lesson with Charles every week. He keeps the lesson upbeat and fun, playing different rhythm games and guessing games. I can attest to Charles being great with the little ones. He is a very reliable, professional, upbeat teacher! We are glad our experience has been so positive!

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Heather B. Feb 13, 2014
Piano ·

Definitely recommend Charlie as a piano teacher.

My son takes lessons from Charlie and thoroughly enjoys it. He looks forward every week to his lesson. He has been taking lessons from Charlie for a few months now and I hear a lot of improvement. Charlie is very nice, patient and a great teacher.

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anthony N. Feb 14, 2013
Drum ·

charlie w. overall is a great teacher

Charlie Weller is a great, cool and awsome teacher. I always learn something new when I have a lesson with him. He is flexible with his scheduale and always lets me know if we are going to have a lesson or not. I definatly recommend him for up comming drummers that want to polish their skills.

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