Cyrus Yates

Cyrus Y.

Portland, OR

About Cyrus Y.

Background check: Last verified 04/28/2016
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Cyrus teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: April 1993
Last sign in: Within two months


My name is Cyrus. I am a husband, a father and a drummer since I was 4. I took my first lessons then and played through school, ultimately joining and playing drums in the US Army for a stint out of high school. I never stopped playing once home. Bands, recordings, productions, teaching etc. I've been assisting in surgery for many years since college to make ends meet, but music and drums have always been there for me. I’m old enough to know now what life wants out of me and I want to give back. I offer a studio atmosphere and curriculum based lessons. I am dedicated to keeping learning fun while still challenging your child. I've created an open, engaging and positive atmosphere for learning through diversity in study. I aim for structured coursework, but we all know every kid learns differently. The more diverse I can make the learning, the more circular the appreciation which further cultivates my students respect and admiration for the art.

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Music Theory, Ear Training, Performance

Sep 1997 - Mar 1998
Armed Forces School of Music - Norfolk, VA
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3 Reviews on Cyrus Y.

Taylor Aug 25, 2016
Drum · In studio
Cy began teaching me the drums almost 15 years ago. I recently got back in touch with him because I had felt like I hit a wall in my personal progression playing the drums. I has been giving me lessons and helped me get to another level. He teaches the right way learning rudiments and reading music but still helps make it fun as playing the drums should be. I would recommend him for drummers of various skill levels and ages!
Sondra Jun 23, 2016
Drum · In studio
My daughter has been taking lessons with Cyrus for several months now and I cannot recommend him enough. We actually have two friends who are drum teachers and we would rather have Cyrus teach our daughter any day. Why? Because his enthusiasm, patience, and kindness is exactly what kids need to fall in love with learning and instrument, and keeping up with the everyday practice necessary for success. The academy program is fantastic - there are ample opportunities for field trips and enrichment that can't be found elsewhere. Thank you, Cyrus, for turning my daughter into a totally rocking drummer girl!
Jake May 13, 2016
Drum · In studio
Our son expressed interest in learning to play the drums. Rather than just buy him a drum set and let him go to town we wanted to get him some formal training. Sure, many drummers do well teaching themselves, but we wanted our son to learn how to read drum music and learn good drumming "habits" and technique from a pro. Cyrus is that pro. Cyrus connects well with our son and works well with us a parents too, he includes us in everything they talk about and encourages us to hang around during the lesson and ensures that everything he's teaching our son is in line with our values and goals. We highly recommend Little Hands Drum Academy!!
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