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Enrique P.

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I truly enjoy teaching and have many years of experience teaching students of all levels and ages.

My studio is base in Escondido but i can teach in San Marcos, San Elijo, Vista, Carlsbad, Encinitas, and Oceanside. I teach my students how important it is to listen and also how to play with other musicians.
I play other Instruments so I’ll bring them to the class for them to learn how to work with other musicians usually I bring a guitar or bass (depending on the student's need) and help the student learn how drums relate to the rest of the music. I want all of my students to enjoy playing and to have music as a tool for life: one that helps them express themselves, think creatively, learn specific and technical skills, and grow musically. I believe all people can benefit from learning to play an instrument. If you or your child believe that music can provide a new way to find meaning and joy in life while learning a valuable skill, please contact me.

In addition, I have successfully taught many students who have had trouble in school due to lack of motivation and/or learning disabilities. Drum/percussion lessons have reawakened these discouraged students' desire to learn and I am happy to adjust my teaching style for any disabilities or difficulties a student may have. I am happy to provide references from parents whose children were struggling in other areas of life and who looked forward to a music lesson when all else seemed to be a chore.

More information: My recent recordings include top-selling Mexican pop artist Yuridia's newest album, Entre Mariposas, produced by his longtime collaborator Javier Calderon, and I have shared credits with Kenny Aronoff and James East.

Winner , San Diego Music Awards with the band Skelpin.

Percussionist of Manolito Gypsy (Gypsy Kings).

*** Lesson Details ***
Classes are 30, 45 or 60 minutes, depending on age and ability. I give lessons at your home or in my home studio.

I will start by talking to the student and/or parent about what the student would like to accomplish from the lessons and what, if any, musical background the student already has. It's OK if you don't have any experience at all.

The first class is when I focus on understanding how the student learns. Everyone learns differently and is motivated differently, so I make it a point to get to know what makes the student tick. During the first lesson, we will do some basic exercises so I can pinpoint where they are, and I'll assign skills to practice for the next class.

If the class is taught at my home studio, I record it for the student to refer to during the week. I assign exercises for every class, so please plan to practice at least 15 minutes per day while you are taking lessons.

Finally, I offer a recording opportunity for students who are writing songs and would like to learn recording skills. This is an option for advanced students, students who are looking to record a demo, or for young students who would like to preserve their new accomplishments on an audio file that can be given as a gift.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Roland TD-6 and Yamaha stage custom and acoustic drums. Full in-home studio. Machudo Cajons (Drum Box) Yamaha acoustic set, Sonar recording software,Box) Yamaha acoustic set, Sonar rec software,

*** Travel Equipment ***
Will bring appropriate lesson materials to your home and we will work together to get the right practice materials for you within your budget.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching Latin percussion instruments including the drum set, cajon (DrumBox), bongos, dumbek and congas.
Spanish Music for kids
Spanish:Lessons for teens and adults, Spanish Music Program(Learn Spanish with songs, music age 8-9)

If you have a group of kids that play instruments but they don't know how to start a band I can guide them I have plenty of experience in this field.

Also I teach how to make and how to play with sequences and loops.

Latin rhythms, rock, world music beats, jazz, Latin Jazz, pop--the style is up to the student.

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Reviews (4)

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JanetD May 1, 2011

drum lessons made fun!

My son is taking drum lessons for the first time with Enrique. Enrique is friendly, relates to teenagers well and has cool ways to make learning fun!

KennethP Mar 21, 2010

Happy dad

Enrique is very good with my son Jordan. He is very patient and keeps Jordan interested and challenged. Jordan is learning quickly thanks to Enrique's ability to explain everything in a very straight forward manor.

PatriciaA Mar 22, 2009

Enrique was very helpful, instructive, and encouraging I would recommend him.

KaryC Oct 15, 2008

Requesed feedback

Enrique has been working with Aren for months now and Aren is excited to go to lessons and tell me about what he has learned. Enrique certainly has an excellent rapport with Aren and cares a great deal in terms of teaching Aren and Aren keeping up with his practice so he can advance to more difficult techniques. I would definitely recommend Enrique for other kids learning the drums as this has been a very positive experience for Aren.Kary

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Lesson Details

Music Recording

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

It is different play live than play in a session. Nobody teach you this until you have usually your first session and sometimes it is very disappointing . It is totally a different to play in a recording studio than on stage.
I teach not just drummers but also bands how to prepare to record.
How to prepare for a recording session.How to rehearse before this important moment and what is really important moment.



Professional Musician and producer.
Apr 2009 - Present

P. Music / Jimmy and Enrique

Guitarist Jimmy Patton and percussionist Enrique P. have combined their talents to form this award-winning duo. Their music can be described as having an international flair as they incorporate flamenco, middle-eastern, salsa, calypso, Brazilian, and other world rhythms into their compositions and arrangements. Jimmy and Enrique's musical collaboration has given creation to their unique, fiery world-music style that has captivated audiences from all over. Listeners will experience virtuosic guitar passages accompanied by exotic percussive rhythms, which together produce a sound that will grab your soul.


Business Admin
Jan 1989 - Dec 1993



English and Spanish

Fluent / Native Proficiency


Music Strategies
May 2004

Tim Sweenie

Pro Drum Certification
Dec 1987

Verkamp Institute


San Diego Music Awards 2009 and 2010
Jun 2010

Skelpin record of the year

Latin American Idol
Jun 2008

Drummer for Yuridia Latin GRammy nominated

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