Dave Rodway

Dave R.

San Marcos, CA
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Dave delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 10 to 90 and special needs

Teaching since:
February 2006

Hello! My name is Dave..Let me help spark your curiosity, your creativity and your inspiration with drumming!

All you'll need to start is a pair of sticks!

Please read my reviews! Students and parents enjoy learning from me and I love teaching them and becoming friends with them too!

Maybe you'd like to get help learning a song, Maybe you'd like someone to work with you through a particular drum book, or maybe you're looking for a complete course in drumming, to help you achieve your drumming goals. Allow me to help!

You'll learn to play drum grooves and rudiments.
You'll learn to read drum music and learn some music theory.
I'll show you how to figure out and play along with your favorite songs too!

I'll even help you find a band if you want to! I have for several of my students...

I've been teaching for years and years, and in San Diego since 2006. I teach ALL levels of musicianship from beginner to working drummers.

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.

My current band I play with is Mr. Growly. Google us!

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

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Professional drum lessons in your home or online!
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.

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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


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 Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
May 2017

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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.

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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.

Photos & Videos

These are some of the things we'll cover.
This is my studio kit. My Roland TD-11 electronic kit.
Let's have some fun!!
Photo by Dave R.


Learn to read starting with the basics. We can play the page on the left 39 DIFFERENT WAYS!!


Playing with The Falling Doves at:


Playing with Falling Doves at The San Diego Beatle Fair Saturday March 26th 2016 at The Queen Bee's Arts and Cultural Center.

Neil Degrasse Tyson and dave on set of Ted 2 movie. Dave was an extra in the movie and NDT was just saying hello!
NYC 2014

New Ludwig 'vintage' kit 11/16

02/18/17 at Atomic with the band Hall Pass
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14 Reviews

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Kai Nov 7, 2017
Drum · In home

Dave was great. Our 7 year old son had a good time and was excited to practice and learn more.

Jared May 19, 2017
Drum · Online

Dave is the perfect match for my son. He is so encouraging and upbeat. This past week my son was discouraged about drumming and Dave went above and beyond to encourage him by sending him a motivational video. This meant a lot to my son and helped to challenge his mindset. We are so happy to have found Dave on Take Lessons!

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Ayanna .. May 5, 2017
Drum · Online

Mark B. Apr 11, 2017
Drum · Online

It was actually really good I learned a lot from Dave

Hunter A. Mar 29, 2017
Drum · In home

I did my research, read reviews, and decided on Dave for my 14 year old's drum lessons. We have not been disappointed! My son just completed his first set of lessons with Dave and I have already signed up for another set of lessons with him. His personality and enthusiasm for the love of music is awesome. He makes it so much fun to drum! This is your guy for drum lessons!

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Patricia L. Mar 24, 2017
Drum · Online

I am so impressed with the level of interaction Dave has had both with my son and with me. We're only a few lessons in and already seeing massive skill level improvement! Dave is a very patient teacher (my son calls him 'cool!') and we're looking forward to working with him for years to come.

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Gabriel Dec 4, 2016
Drum · Online

Dave is very patient when dealing with new students. He has a good sense of humor, which is very relaxing to the tense, first time student.
He thoroughly and easily explains every step and most of all patiently when asked the same question twice.
Dave makes these lessons fun!

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Judy L. Dec 3, 2016
Drum · Online

I was somewhat skeptical about online lessons and the quality but have been pleasantly surprised. Dave is very professional and patient with my son but keeps the lesson organized and productive.

Nina C. P. Aug 17, 2015
Drum · In home

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!

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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.

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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!

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Atsuhiko K. Jun 11, 2015
Drum ·

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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