Christian Canalita

Christian C.

Brentwood, CA
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Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Ages 10 to adult, beginners (no experience) to advanced

(Exceptions can be made for younger students but they have to be able to reach the pedals on a full size drum set.)
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Christian teaches



Christian delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 10+

Teaching since:
November 1992

Christian has 20 years of teaching experience and 25 years of performance experience in a myriad of styles. He is currently enrolled at the Berklee School of Music (Boston, MA) through their online Music Production Degree Program.

Christian is also a member in the following organizations:

Vic Firth Education Team

Hudson Music Teacher Integration Program

Professional Drum Teachers Guild. He has studied privately with John Xepoleas, Steve Bowman (Counting Crows), Rob Hart, Alan Hall and currently with Mike Johnston.

Christian is also accepting a limited amount of students from the age of 10 to adult, beginner to advance. He currently has openings at his Brentwood home studio on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.

The air-conditioned studio is equipped with 2 drum sets and professional digital recording equipment to capture each lesson. The latest educational DVD's and play-along/minus-drums CD's are also incorporated in the lessons.

Parents are encouraged to sit in on the lessons or they can relax or do some work in the internet ready waiting room. An annual recital is conducted for family and friends.

Prepare for school auditions, refine hand and foot technique, learn double bass grooves and fills improve reading and transcribing , sharpen your timing, incorporate linear playing, apply rudiments to the drum set.

Styles: Rock / Funk / Country / Blues / Jazz / Latin

*** Lesson Details ***
Sometimes the availability calendar is not updated in a timely manner.

Every student is different. Depending on their age and/or goals, this is the typical curriculum for a beginning (no experience) student.

Beginners (build the foundation)
- Hands: how to hold the sticks correctly
- Feet: heel up or heel down technique

- Explain note values
- Explain drum set notation

Coordination and Timing
- Learn basic beats to play music
- Understand how to practice with a metronome
- How to play along to music

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home room converted with sound absorbing materials with 2 drum sets, acoustic and electronic. Air conditioned living room seating for parents. Audio recordings are provided for every lesson and portions of each lesson are also video recorded.

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Drum Set Instructor
Aug 2007 - Present
Gill's Music

Owner/Drum Set Coach
Aug 2007 - Present
Drum Life Studios


Music Production
Sep 2014 - Present
Berklee College of Music - Boston, MA


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Education Team - Private Drum Teacher Program (PDT)
Feb 2009
Vic Firth

Vic Firth Inc. has collaborated with some of the top educational minds around the globe to support percussion education. As we witness the growth of percussion education, we are encouraged to further develop and diversify our already highly successful program. Started in 1997 as a means to foster dialogue between percussion educators of all levels and strengths, the Vic Firth Education Team remains the industry’s innovating force in providing resources to percussion educators. As we witness the growth of percussion education, we are encouraged to further develop and diversify our already highly successful program.

Private Drum Teacher Program (PDT)
Designed for percussion educators who teach in a private setting, this program is geared to support further growth in percussive studies and product knowledge.

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Photos & Videos

"YYZ" drum cover by Paul Simpson
2015 "Bringing Back the 80s" Drum Recital
"Don't Stop Believing" drum cover by Mikaela C.
2013 Recital - Drum Life Studios
Photo by Christian C.

Pearl EXR Set - Used for Recitals and Lessons

Audience - Getting ready to Start the Show

1st Recital - Snare Drum Duet

Student Set for Lessons

Roland TD-12 V-Drums - Lesson Room

Overhead of Student Set - All Drums are Mic'd - Double Pedal
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3 Reviews

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Dillon S. Jan 5, 2016
Drum · In studio

My son really enjoyed his first lesson. He was excited to start practicing his "assignment" the moment we arrived home.

Noah M. Oct 5, 2015
Drum · In studio

My son is a perfectionist and sanatoria a little...christian is great!

rita W. Jan 30, 2014
Drum ·

Easy to sign up and Great customer service

My 12 yr old decided he wanted drums for Christmas and we knew that would include getting him lessons. Finding Christian through Take lessons was indeed lucky for my son. If you are looking for a teacher who is calm, level headed, knowledgeable and very easy to contact at anytime then Christian is who you are looking for. He has several students and they all come out happy and feeling good about their lessons. My son, even when not feeling great insist that he attend his drum lessons. compliments to the instructor.

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