Danny Smith
Springville, UT
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Danny Smith

Danny S.

Springville, UT
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Teaching students how to play with bands and read music are both important. I've played over 27 years and taught over 17 of those years. Grooves, coordination, reading and soloing are all aspects of what I teach from mostly my own books. I combine having fun with the commitment of practicing into a well rounded learning experience. I have recitals for students to show off their talents 1-2 times yearly. I'm versatile in teaching new drummers or advanced students. I look forward to our lessons.

About Danny S.

I've played drums about 30 years and taught lessons about 20 of those years. Each student is different and I've evolved my lessons to accommodate teaching each student. My background consists of all styles of Drumset, marching band, rock bands, soloing and Troopers drum corps. Also playing in jazz, concert and orchestra bands gave me opportunity to perform and compete many places including P.A.S., scoring a 1 @ state and G.C. drum off. I took private lessons for a few years before leaving to college in Hollywood, CA, attending M.I.(Musicians Institute) with one of my instructors becoming the current drummer for Korn, "Ray Luzier". I now teach mostly out of my own books on how to read music, coordination, grooves, soloing and playing with bands. If you are not local, I offer online lessons too. I have 1-2 recitals each year and make it possible for online students to participate. Accepting beginner to advanced drummers, come check it out.

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Mateo
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Danny is really patient with my 10 year old son and gives detailed notes after each lesson by email. My son loves his lessons.

Posted Jun 26, 2020
Carrie
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Danny was awesome for my first lesson!

Posted Apr 9, 2020
Amna
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Really helpful and comfortable to be around with you. Feels like you would learn drumming in fast

Posted Feb 8, 2020
Austin
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Awesome first lesson with my 16 year old! Looking forward to many more.

Posted Jan 25, 2020
Scott
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Danny is a true professional. He understands that in order to improve your skills, you need to drill and practice.

Posted Aug 11, 2019
Skylar S.
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It was super fun. My son had a great time!

Posted May 29, 2019
Scott
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Danny is Freakin Awesome!!! SO so happy he is my motivator and mentor.

Posted Apr 30, 2019
Luke N.
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Posted Apr 27, 2019
Scott
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Posted Feb 23, 2019
Luke
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Totally awesome cool! Danny teaches kids drums from first time to having fun playing real songs in just a few lessons. Thank you for making learning fun for my son!

Posted Nov 2, 2018
Luke N.
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Professional, kind and patient. Luke enjoyed the lesson. Thank you!

Posted Oct 12, 2018
Jill G.
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Posted Sep 29, 2018
Joel G.
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Joel really enjoyed Danny! He seems like he’s got a lot to offer! Looking forward to more

Posted Aug 11, 2018
Scott
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Danny is awesome, looking forward for continued lessons

Posted Feb 19, 2018
Elizabeth
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Patient, knowledgeable, motivating! Perfect for me!

Posted Jan 6, 2017
David
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Danny is patient with kids, but if you want to be driven to perfect your talent, he has that within himself too. He has the education and passion to help you go as far as you decide to go.

Posted Nov 26, 2016
George
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Danny is the best Drum teacher I have ever met. He is super patient and can get the kids playing really well. He did so good with one of my kids that I added another one and they both love playing the drums. Also his recitals are great and it gets the kids a chance to perform on a stage with an audience. I highly recommend Danny as a drum teacher.

Posted Jun 6, 2016

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Experience

Drum Clinics
Jan 2001 - Present

DS Drum Lessons

Sometimes I'm asked to demonstrate a drum clinic at various school's and music stores. I always bring my gigantic drum kit of 20 drums and 28 cymbals with many accessories and 7 foot pedals. I usually stress coordination, reading and different styles at clinics. Unless I'm asked to demonstrate something else specific. Most clinics are inbetween 1-3 hours.

Drumset Lessons
Apr 1996 - Present

DSDL

Teaching private drumset lessons to students of all ages and skill levels. Each individual is different and needs to be taught in the best way for them to progress quickly. I wrote my own books to break down beats, patterns, rhythms, songs and solos for learning step by step material. I offer every genre of music with coordination and reading notes. I enjoy my job.

Drumline Instruction
Oct 1999 - May 2003

S.F. band

Teaching a drumline of 8 - 16 drummers how to play snare, tenors, bass, and pit instruments. Marching style and formations were included. Every morning and most afternoons we had practice for about 4+ hours daily. The Drumlines took 1st place many years in a row during my instruction.

Education

2 Yr. Degree in Drums/Drumset
Aug 1997 - Aug 1999

M.I.(Musicians Institute)

Marching drums
May 1996 - Aug 1996

Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps

Certifications

2 year in drums/music
Aug 1999

M.I.(Musicians Institute)

Learning from some of the best instructors in L.A., we examined music theory, ear training and keyboarding as well. Each class room had a drumset for music. Each student also had 24 hour access to their own practice room with a drumset inside the school.

Awards

scored 1 on snare drum
Mar 1996

Utah State

Drum Solo 3rd place
Feb 1996

P.A.S.

Best Drumline
Jan 1993

various judges

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