Erik Huang

Erik H.

Novato, CA

Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Time to achieve your true potential and goals behind the drum set! I am a professional drummer from the Bay Area with a Bachelors degree in performance from the Berklee College of Music and I have spent the last 10 years sharing my art and knowledge with students of all ages and skill levels.

When you sign up for your first lesson with me, my goal is to construct a plan that caters to your specific drumming interests. I highly encourage versatility and creativity in my students, and we will explore a wide range of subjects in the contemporary drumming world including hand and feet technique, groove and fill construction, different world styles, playing and recording along to music, and so much more!

I very much look forward to meeting you and starting our drumming journey together!
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Erik delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5 to 80 and special needs

Teaching since:

I am a professional touring and recording drummer currently playing with the rock band Eyes On The Shore and several other projects and groups. I graduated from the Berklee College of Music in 2016 with a Bachelors degree in drum set performance.

I started my musical journey on the piano at 5 and picked up my first pair of drumsticks when I was 11. I quickly fell in love with the drums as an instrument and dedicated my life to mastering my craft behind the kit ever since. Notable past performances in my drumming journey have included two concerts at Carnegie Hall, the Walt Disney Concert Hall as the lead timpanist, the 2014 Progressive Nation At Sea festival hosted by Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater, the 2014 All Stars Tour, a special performance at the 2016 NAMM show, and SXSW 2016 with my band Eyes On The Shore.

My students tend to be wide-ranging in terms of both ages and skill levels. Beginning drummers can expect to develop a solid foundation on rock beats and fills while playing along to some of their favorite bands/artists and having fun doing it! We will also make sure you are playing with proper technique and staying fluid and relaxed as you get used to the motions required between your limbs.

Intermediate and advanced students will dive into the deep end as we explore a wide range of topics including linear drumming, jazz swing and improvisation, funk and latin grooves, drum soloing, double bass drumming, rudiments and snare drum solos, recording drums, and much more!

The most important aspects of teaching for me are to keep our lessons fun, exciting, and to never lose track of why we picked up this instrument in the first place. I am here to help you achieve your greatest drumming goals and look forward to working towards them together!

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Jun 2016 - Present
Saved By The 90s

Saved By The 90s performs live music from the 1990s at parties and stages across the Bay Area and Northern California. The band is part of a large multi-band franchise under Semi-Charmed Life, LLC based in NYC

Dec 2015 - Present
Eyes On The Shore

Original 5-piece rock band based out of the Bay Area. Notable past performances include SXSW, NAMM 2016, Live 105's BFD Festival, Popscene SF, Oysterfest SF. Recorded on the band's 2016 release "Maestranza" and currently producing new 2017 music.

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Freelance Drum Recording and Programming
Jan 2013 - Present
Self Employed

Provide MIDI programming services for drum parts through Superior Drummer as well as home studio session work for artists and singer-songwriters.

Drum Instructor
May 2017 - Aug 2017
Moderntone Studios

Moderntone Studios is a school for musicians specializing in instructional and recording services to students of all ages and skill levels. Currently employed as the primary drum teacher and produces drum videos and media for the school.

Drum Department Sales
Jan 2016 - Apr 2016
Bananas At Large

Oversaw sales in the drum section of the store. Maintained, cleaned, and tuned drums and other percussion accessories. Repair work services for percussion hardware.

Drum Instructor
Sep 2014 - Dec 2015
Sociedad Latina

Employed by the Berklee Community Affairs and Campus Engagement Department. Worked with the youth center’s Music Clubhouse students on upcoming performances, taught drum lessons to younger students at the facility on weekends.

Percussion/Drum Technician
May 2014 - Dec 2015
Berklee Percussion Department

Set up drums and equipment for performing drummers and teachers, managed the Berklee drum practice rooms, and performed tech services for visiting artists including Antonio Sanchez, Tony “Thunder” Smith, and Dennis Chambers.


Bachelors of Music in Performance
Sep 2012 - Dec 2015
Berklee College of Music
Aug 2008 - Jun 2012
San Marin High School


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Honorary Dean's List
May 2014
Berklee College of Music

Certified for outstanding academic achievement during the first 4 semesters of studying for my Bachelor's. 2012-2014


Most Active Drummer
Apr 2015
Berklee College of Music
SemiFinal Champion
Sep 2012
Roland V-Drums International Competition
Piano Distinction Award Levels 3-8
Jun 2011
British Royal School of Music
Maestro Award For Musical Excellence Recipient
May 2011
Walt Disney Concert Hall
Harmony and Theory Distinction Award
Jun 2007
British Royal School of Music

Photos & Videos

Drum cover of "Inner Assassins" by Animals As Leaders
Recording at Hellam Sound, Oakland CA.

Eyes On The Shore performance at Brick & Mortar Music Hall, SF.

Piano and Drum cover of "Finale" by Polyphia
Photoshoot with Salt, 2016.

Photoshoot with Elle Jaye, 2014.

Music Video of "Washed Away" by Eyes On The Shore
Music Video of "Maestranza" by Eyes On The Shore
Eyes On The Shore: First Friday, June 2016.
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