Gabriel Hammer

Gabriel H.

Milwaukee, WI
Teaching Locations:
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Teaching Locations:
Profile-location-online Online
Profile-location-home Student's Home
Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Learn the basics up to Chopin and fugues.

About Gabriel H.

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, Hammond A100 Organ, 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.

I also teach Jazz keyboard Chord voicings, advanced Jazz Theory, and how to walk basslines with the left hand on keyboard instruments and can translate bass patterns over to the Electric bass as well.


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13 Reviews
Yishay L.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Gabriel is an amazing music teacher not only is he helping me with bass guitar but also understanding a bit of music theory. He shows me ways to to help maximize the amount of learning I can get out of practicing. Overall he is a great teacher with knowledge of a multitude of instruments and music in general.

Posted Jun 14, 2018
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Elliana really enjoyed her first lesson with Gabriel. She was able to play some new things for me right after he left. I'm excited to see how she grows.

Posted Jan 11, 2018
Josh G.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

He is so friendly and professional. I really enjoy his lesson.

Posted Dec 18, 2017
Patricia S.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Professional, on time and ready to get to work. I am excited to learn and Gabriel's enthusiasm and knowledge are great motivation. Looking forward to my next lesson.

Posted Dec 3, 2017
Profile-location-home Student's Home

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.

Posted Oct 7, 2016
William W.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

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.

Posted Sep 7, 2016
Terrance M.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

He was very patient with my 5 year old

Posted Feb 22, 2016
Profile-location-home Student's Home

He is simply awesome

Posted Jan 23, 2016
Debbie G.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Very professional and friendly.

Posted Jan 12, 2016
Profile-location-studio Teacher's 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.

Posted Oct 23, 2015
Matthew N.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Gabriel's a great instructor!

Posted Aug 8, 2015
Becky H.

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.

Posted May 14, 2014
Becky H.

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!!

Posted Jan 10, 2014

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Piano guitar and Drum instructor
Jan 2005 - Present

private music instruction

Music Teacher
Aug 2010 - Jan 2019

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



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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