Dave Rodway

Dave R.

Carlsbad, CA

About Dave R.

Background check: Last verified 08/25/2016
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Dave teaches: Ages 10 to 90
Special needs
Teaching since: February 1977
Last sign in: Yesterday



My name is Dave..

I want to help you learn to drum!
You'll learn to play drum grooves, play along with your favorite songs, I'll even help you find a band if you want to!
I've been teaching drums for a really long time, so come on! What have you got to lose! :)

I've been teaching in San Diego since 2006. I teach ALL levels of musicianship. Current student references are available.

I've taught at School of Rock, Hope Elementary school, California Music Studios, TakeLessons and privately since 2006 in San Diego and decades of teaching in New York City, Virginia, New Mexico, and Los Angeles.

I currently perform with several bands in San Diego and LA.

When not drumming with bands, I attend open mic's regularly and sit-in with as many great musicians...I love drumming!

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Private, Mobile drum lessons in your home

Sep 2006 - Present
Dave's Mobile Drum Lessons

I travel to folks homes to teach students of all ages the wonders of drumming and performing~

Drum Instructor

Sep 2006 - Jun 2011
Hope Elementary School - Carlsbad, Ca.

Teach the 5th grade students snare drum parts and drumming, in their classroom and prepare them for seasonal performances.

Drum Instructor

Jan 2008 - Jan 2011
The School of Rock - Vista location

Teaching drummers aged 8-18 all kinds of great tunes and preparing them for large performances every 12 weeks.

Mobile drum lessons

Sep 2006 - Sep 2008
California Music Studio

Teaching drums in folks homes.

Private Drum Instructor, in-studio

Jan 1982 - Sep 2006
Dave's drum lessons

Instructional techniques include allowing the student to: (a) Develop independent four-way coordination; (b) Master sight reading ability and note recognition (c) Left hand (or "weak" hand) ability to play ride patterns (d) Control time keeping through metronome and singing (by singing the quarter note, one always play in time) (e) gaining the ability to play and sing drum melodies written with enhanced creativity and musicianship. If one plays what he/she sings, all playing situations became easier and more professional.


School of Drumming and Hard Knocks

Jun 1977 - Present
The school of life

Master Classes for Drumming Performance

Sep 1977 - Jun 1982
Gary Chester School of Drumming

Languages Spoken

English is the one I know best. I understand and know a few phrases in spanish, french and japanese.

Fluent / Native Proficiency


Shodan - First degree Black Belt

Jul 2016
Goju Karate Center, Carlsbad

I earned my Black Belt!
It took 7 years of dedication and hard work, but I did it! :)


MVD (Most Valuable Drummer Award)

Sep 1982
Gary Chester students


American Federation of Musicians

Apr 2016

A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists

Jun 2014

An American labor union representing over 160,000 film and television principal and background performers, journalists, and radio personalities worldwide.

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6 Reviews on Dave R.

Nina C. P. Aug 17, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
I had a wonderful first lesson with Dave. I can feel his passion and his soul when it comes to music and life. I know we will have a strong connection moving forward and that is an absolute essential ingredient in a teacher student relationship. Thanks Dave!
Mitch D. Jun 12, 2015
Drum · In home
Dave is GREAT, he is full of energy yet patient and has a way to teach kids in a fun manner. My son is autistic and has no problem learning from Dave. I am very glad we found him.
Elizabeth C. Jun 11, 2015
Drum · In home
Dave is an upbeat, caring, encouraging, knowledgeable, and patient instructor. He comes to his lessons prepared with interesting skill-building exercises, but he is also able to go with the flow and improvise if a lesson takes a direction he didn't anticipate.

He keeps his students focused and inspired. He knows many styles and rudiments, and can integrate them into lesson plan suitable for students with all kinds of musical interests.

He can challenge students of all ages and abilities: from beginners who know nothing of music-reading or rudiments to seasoned musicians who want to branch out or tune up their skills.

I recommend Dave highly.
Chris L. Jun 11, 2015
Percussion · In home
Dave is an experienced drummer, fluent in rudiments and familiar with various styles. He tailored the lessons to my skills, experience, and desires. Given a somewhat general idea of what I wanted, he prepared lessons that not only incorporated the skills and techniques I wanted to learn, but applied them to scenarios in which I might use them in the real world. Not only that, but he is willing to travel to his students' locations, instead of expecting them to go to him. Because of this, I was able to learn on my own kit, instead of having to adapt to one that may have been vastly different than what I'm used to. I highly recommend Dave as a drum instructor!
Atsuhiko K. Jun 11, 2015
Dave is the best drummer I've ever played with.
And also as a person he is the one that I can respect.
I always think if you were still in NY.
I highly recommend him to anyone who wants to be a great drummer!
Jaya C. Jun 11, 2015
Drum · In home
Dave is in one word, awesome! He is patient but still pushes you and truly customizes the lesson for you because it's one-on-one. If you are thinking about drum lesson, stop thinking and take the next step. You will not regret it! I Am truly a beginner - cannot read music, never learned music but just love music especially the drums. In the few lessons I have had with Dave, I have made a lot of progress and can see the difference. I was very nervous initially, not sure about how I would be as a music student but Dave makes it fun! No regrets. My goal now is to get both my girls to play drums as well.
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