Jeff Wheeler

Jeff W.

San Mateo, CA
Everything Jeff Teaches

Levels taught:

    Jeff teaches

    5 & Up
    + Special needs

    Teaching since

    September 2009

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    Jeff passed a background check on 08/23/2015 that included the following:
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    Average response time

    21.0 hours

    About Jeff


    Hello Students/Parents:

    I have been drumming for 20 years and currently I am playing professionally in the Bay Area. I am funny, friendly, outgoing, great with kids, , and have been teaching music for 4 years and counting.

    I tend to work mainly as a "For hire" drummer on multiple acts.
    Styles include: Pop/Rock/Funk/Reggae and Hip-hop.
    I currently play with Street Drum Corps ("Percussion ensemble of the Year" from Drum Magazine! -2012) and Out of The Blue. (Hit band)

    *** Lesson Details ***
    During our first lesson we will discuss plans that cater to your needs, and customize them.
    I want to help you reach your goals and make you happy as a drummer, so I am open to teach you anything no matter where your strength or weaknesses may fall.
    Next, we will pick a fun area to work on, and a challenging area to conquer. For example: we will work on a fun song/groove-- then we will work on reading and/or rudiments.
    I am also very patient and Flexible to those students whom have special needs, or want to go slower.

    I teach using a combination of modern, traditional and personal books, and Popular music charts and lead sheets for drums are written by myself, for the student.

    *** Travel Equipment ***
    I will bring the following: my laptop for music purposes and songs, and my curriculum.
    I expect my student to have the following: A pair of sticks, a practice pad/or small sized drum kit, headphones of any kind, and a music stand. I will plan to use one drum set switching off.

    "œWhen the student combines his/her playing with a strong practice, playing, and performance regimen, they are bound to get better and improve to continue making music a concrete hobby in their life."


    Photos and Videos

    Excerpt From Tommy Igoe's Book. For demo use only. (c) 2015 Jeff Is Drums.


    Professional Drummer

    Jan 2012 - Present
    Jeff is drums, Street Drum Corps, (varies)

    I have been fortunate to have toured with great acts such as;

    The Vans Warped Tour, Rise of the Revolution, Collie Buddz, Blood and Water, The Phenomenauts, The Groovie Ghoulies, and many others. Also have shared the stage with: Neon Trees, Linkin Park, Bad Religion, The Limousines, Foster the people, Filter, Snoop Dogg, Sunspot Jonz, The Grouch, Murs, Living Legends, Tech-9, Andre Nickatina, and The Hieroglyphics.
    I like all kinds of music from Classical to Punk rock, and everything in between.


    Bachelors Degree, Liberal Studies and Music Performance

    Apr 2012 - Jan 2014
    California State University, East Bay

    AA Degree, Intercultural Communications

    Jan 2006 - Dec 2009
    Foothill College, Los Altos, Ca.

    Languages Spoken


    Professional Proficiency


    CPR Class 1

    Nov 2014
    American Heart Association Training



    Performance Arts

    Sep 2010
    Foothill College, Los Altos, Ca
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    7 Reviews on Jeff W.

    Adrien P. Feb 8, 2014
    Verified Student
    Great lessons, great teacher

    It's only been 4 lessons but I really appreciate how the lessons are going. Jeff gives good explanations on how to read music and how to execute on the drums.Good pieces of advice too when some parts are hard to play !
    Suparna V. Nov 11, 2013
    Verified Student
    Friendly and great teacher.

    Jeff is a friendly teacher. He gives the right amount of homework to practice and is very understanding. Jeff gives feedback instantly in order to help me improve.
    Blake W. Jan 29, 2013
    Verified Student
    I've gotten so much better!

    So far, with just having three lessons with Jeff, I feel that the amount that I have progressed in three weeks is far greater than the amount I've improved in the two years I've been drumming! I highly recommend Jeff to anybody.
    TheauC Jul 2, 2012
    Great teacher really motivating

    Jeff is always keeping a motivating speech but is also challenging. I like the fact that he really designs the class depending on how much time I had to work during the week and how much progress I am making from one class to another! Thanks!!!
    JenniferA3 Apr 30, 2012

    Hi, I wanted to let you know that we are really impressed with Jeff. I was wary of teaching a 4 year old how to play drums, but Jeff has been unbelievably patient and Mercer is so excited for his lessons each week. We're extremely impressed with Jeff as a teacher and a drummer. I would absolutely recommend him.!
    RobN Oct 5, 2011
    Patient, talented, versatile drumming instructor

    I've never met a music teacher more friendly and laid back than Jeff. I've only done a month of lessons, but as a casual adult drumming student he's a great fit for my needs. He studied at Berklee and plays a lot of local gigs, so he also has a lot of credibility.
    SuparnaV Jun 12, 2011
    Great drum lessons

    My daughter really enjoys her lessons with Jeff and is learning well. She thinks the lessons are fun and likes that he teaches new songs and shows how to get better.