Jeff Wheeler

Jeff W.

Montara, CA
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Lesson Details

Music Performance

Levels Taught:
Intermediate, Advanced
Students will learn how to perform while playing the drum set and not just look like their having fun, but show their audience and peers they are having fun. We learn this in a step-by-step process.
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Jeff delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8+ and special needs

Teaching since:
September 2009

Hello Students/Parents:

I have been drumming for 20 years. I tend to work mainly as a freelance drummer on multiple acts in the San Francisco Bay Area.
My main Styles tend to include; Pop,Rock,Funk,Reggae and Hip-hop. I am funny, friendly, outgoing, great with kids, and have been teaching music for 5 years and counting.

Example of our First Lesson:
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.

"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."

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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.

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Private Drum lesson and Group Class Instructor.
Mar 2014 - Dec 2016
School of Rock, San Jose, CA.

Taught private lessons, Led full band rehearsals, co-directed shows, wrote and formed lesson plans for shows, and "Rookies" music class, of introduction to music. Taught kids how to rock on stage and in life. I left to pursue my private clients more heavily, but still have a good relation with the school.

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Nickelodeon Parade Performer!
Jun 2009 - Oct 2011
Paramounts Great America Theme Park

Performed, sang, and danced in the Nickelodeon Parade @ Great America in Santa Clara, CA. This was the Rugrats crew!


Bachelors Degree, Liberal Studies and Music Performance
Apr 2012 - Jan 2014
California State University, East Bay
Drumset and Percussion
Jan 2010 - Sep 2010
Berklee College of Music
AA Degree, Intercultural Communications
Jan 2006 - Dec 2009
Foothill College, Los Altos, Ca.


Professional Proficiency


CPR Class 1
Nov 2014
American Heart Association Training



Performance Arts
Sep 2010
Foothill College, Los Altos, Ca

Photos & Videos

Jeff is Drums, Promo Reel 2017.
California's Great America Haunt 2011. Blood Drums! A thrill ride of percussion ready to bring the drumming monster out of you!
Street Drum Corps rocks the SJ Sabercats Home Game, and the SJ Sharks Play-Offs! What a great season for hockey and football! !
Teaching at Marin Fair 2013, on a break from our show

Damian catching the crash-hits on the intro to "eye of the tiger"! at Recital #2, May 2015.

In the element with @spaundrumcompany


9 Reviews

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Julia Mar 28, 2016
Drum · In studio

Jeff has been great! I'm an adult student, returning to drumming after at least 15 years. My lessons have been fun, and the instructions have been excellent.

Matthew B. Oct 19, 2015
Drum · In home

Jeff is awesome! He's super kind and patient, as well as talented at the drums. He's definitely invested in his students' success too.

Adrien P. Feb 8, 2014
Drum ·

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
Drum ·

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

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.

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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!!!

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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.!

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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.

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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.

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