Jacob Richards

Jacob R.

Valencia, CA

Lesson Details



Jacob delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 1+ and special needs

Teaching since:
August 2011

I've tutored students in math and have given drum lessons since my second year of college. I've tutored students of all levels of math, from 1st grade mathematics to all college math subjects. I have given drum lessons to all levels of students. I put an emphasis on catering my teaching to a student's method of learning, so that they feel comfortable and so that we get the best results!


Music Program Intern
Sep 2015 - Present

I'm working to develop a pilot program that matches volunteers with elders in an effort to reduce social isolation. We providing elders with friendship and access to music!

Research Assistant
Jan 2013 - Feb 2014
Berkeley Energy and Sustainable Technologies Lab, UC Berkeley

I wrote algorithms in Python for light level prediction in a lighting control system. I was the student lead for the research project and co-wrote a paper on the project with my research mentor.

Research Intern
Jun 2013 - Sep 2013
Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Research in robotic actuation and sensing. Research in computer vision. Implemented algorithms in MATLAB for testing and modeling.

Music Performance Intern
Jun 2012 - May 2013
Chrysalis Foundation

I quickly learned how to play a microtonal instrument called the Diamond Marimba, and learned two pieces written for it by Cris Forster, who also built the instrument. I performed the two pieces at multiple concerts in December 2012 and recorded a professional video performance in May 2013.

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Master of Music in Jazz Performance
Sep 2015 - Present
New England Conservatory
Bachelor of Arts, Math and Music
Aug 2010 - Aug 2014
University of California, Berkeley


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Professional Proficiency


California Arts Scholar
Jul 2009
California State Summer School for the Arts

Received for attending the wonderful month-long program called the California State Summer School for the Arts. This program included exposure to jazz and many different musics from around the world.


Apr 2015
Jazz Search West
Highest Honors
Aug 2014
UC Berkeley


Jazz Education Network
Jan 2015

JEN was formed in 2008 to help bring together the jazz arts community. It hosts an annual conference with concerts presented by students and professionals, a student jazz festival, workshops, research presentations and an exhibition area with manufacturers, retailers, schools and other jazz related organizations. JEN also offers many educational programs, from an outreach program, to mentoring and scholarships.

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Pi Kappa Lambda
Jan 2012

An American honor society for undergraduate students, graduate students, and professors of music. There are currently 205 active chapters and approximately 64,500 individual members.

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5 Reviews

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Alberta C. Nov 11, 2015
Drum · In home

Jacob is a terrific drum instructor. My nine-year old loves learning from him. Jacob is passionate about music and it shows in his teaching. He has great methods to motivate my son to practice. Jacob is reliable and organized. We are glad we found him! Now we're all rocking out to "The Immigrant Song." Yeah!

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Zephyr A. Nov 10, 2015
Ear Training · In home

Jacob has been a part of one of the musical projects I deem most important. We have recorded albums, and toured across the country together.

His sense of time is a true gift, and his enthusiasm for drumming is a joy to be around. I learn new ways of organizing rhythm within various meters which I had never conceived on my own.

He is an extremely insightful composer and arranger as well, and in general a brilliant human being.

I strongly recommend Jacob to students at any level.

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Christy M. Jun 22, 2015
Drum · In home

Jacob has been an awesome teacher for my teenage daughter, Quinn - who started very much from scratch with the drums. He is super patient, and brings an enthusiasm and clear love for music that is contagious and inspiring. He was able to weave in a lot of basic music foundation for her, and helped her progress at a pace that was appropriately challenging without being intimidating or discouraging. He helped her learn the fundamentals, but also let her apply them as patterns to songs and styles that interested her. If he wasn't moving away for school, we would love to continue with him, he's been a wonderful teacher. We'd recommend him in a heartbeat.

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Anya B. May 22, 2015
Drum · In studio

Jacob does a great job teaching drums to my sons, 6 yrs and 8 yrs. He has a great ability to make the lessons both fun and instructional. He allows time for exploration and jamming, and also works in techniques and music reading instruction. He regularly checked in with me to see how I thought things were going, and was responsive to any requests I made. My kids love Jacob, and I would not hesitate to recommend him as an excellent teacher!

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Justin B. Aug 27, 2014
Drum · In studio

Jacob is teaching for his first time, but he knows how to guide his student as he had been a student of many different instructors. Jacob teaches the basics, the rudiments, and postures. I have taken drum lessons from different instructors, so I was confident that I was doing the right thing. However, Jacob helped me figure out bad habits that I've never doubted. Jacob not only understands the pros/cons of different drumming styles, but he also knows how to transition smoothly from one to another. He guides you through how improve your capabilities, because he has been through the same steps that you are about to go into. I am having a very pleasant time learning from Jacob.

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