Gabriel Hammer

Gabriel H.

Milwaukee, WI

About Gabriel H.

Background check: Last verified 10/02/2016
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Gabriel teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: February 2014
Last sign in: Yesterday


I graduated with a BA in jazz studies from Columbia in 2007 and have been teaching since 2005. I have played in many different projects, covering many styles including Rock, Jazz, Latin, Hip hop, classical, orchestral, and country. So, I have a strong understanding on the specifics of each of these styles, and a big part of my lesson plan is to teach my students to be as versatile as possible. Hence they have many options as far as playing music. I also play a wide variety of instruments including Piano, Latin Percussion, Mallets, Drum set, Guitar, and bass, so if at any point a student has an interest in trying something different t they have many options.

*** Lesson Details ***
Gabriel has been drumming professionally for nearly a decade, and teaching for seven years. In 2007 Gabriel received his BA in Jazz Studies/percussion performance from Columbia college Chicago, where he studied Drumset with Chicago legend Tom Hipskind, conga virtuoso's Rubin Alverez, and Giovanni Hildalgo, and studio vibraphonist Rick Embach. Gabriel has a high success rate with his students including the winner of the "Heat Strokes" drum competition 2007, Joey Handley. Gabriel's method of teaching is relaxed, yet enthusiastic he strives for making even the most complex musical ideas as simple as possible, and overall making learning fun.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music, Music Stands, Acoustic Piano, Keyboard, Fender Rhodes, Drum Set, Hand Drums, Guitars, Bass, metronome, amps, computer and more!

*** Travel Equipment ***
When teaching at a student's home I am able to bring: Music, Music Stand, Drum Sticks, Hand Drum, Guitar, Bass, Computer, metronome and more!

*** Specialties ***
I work out of various books for drums: Stick Control, Advanced Bop Drumming, A Funky Primer for The Rock Drummer, and also have an assortment of my own exercises and rudiments.

Photos and Videos

A drum beat demonstration for one of my students.


Music Teacher

Aug 2010 - Present
Brass bell music

I teach drums/percussion/piano/composition half hour lessons once a week.


ESL assistant teaching

Sep 2008 - May 2009
Mchenery County College

BA in Jazz studies, AFA in Music

Sep 2003 - May 2007
Columbia College

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


certified ESL teacher

Jun 2010

I am a certified Literacy volunteer of America.


Louis Lundemo scholarship award, best film score of the 2011 24 hr film fest

Sep 2004
MCC, Milwaukee 24 hr film fest
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9 Reviews on Gabriel H.

Barbara Oct 7, 2016
Drum · In home
Verified Student
I had my first lesson with Gabriel today. He created a relaxed atmosphere. He based the lesson on my needs and goals. He is an excellent teacher. The 45 Min. of lesson time went quickly. I'm ready to practice and improve my drumming skills.
I'm happy I chose to take drum lessons with Gabriel.
William W. Sep 7, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
William LOVED his first lesson with Gabe! He was so patient and put him right to work - which was great! We look forward to next week.
Terrance M. Feb 22, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
He was very patient with my 5 year old
JANISHA Jan 23, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
He is simply awesome
Debbie G. Jan 12, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Very professional and friendly.
Graden Oct 23, 2015
Piano · In studio
Gabe has been my daughter's piano teacher for three years. She loves him. He fosters good technique and makes lessons fun for her. Beyond the lesson books she uses with him, he also encourages creativity, I am constantly treated to new original songs at home.
Matthew N. Aug 8, 2015
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Gabriel's a great instructor!
Becky H. May 14, 2014
Makes lessons fun and educational for students!

Gabe is the kind of teacher who has a lot of knowledge and is able to pass it along to students in a fun and attainable way. He helps tailor lessons to the students interests while maintaining a focus of basic skills.
Becky H. Jan 10, 2014
Great teacher for learning basic to advanced skills!

Gabe is a great teacher to get students started learning their basic skills on piano, drums, guitar or bass. He is really patient and takes the time to make sure the student really learns each specific skill. Gabe picks out exercises that make learning new skills fun and even arranges the students favorite pop tunes to help fit in with the skills being taught. Gabe really makes lessons fun and helps students learn the songs that keep them excited about playing!!
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