John Fleischman

John F.

San Francisco, CA

About John F.

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John teaches: Ages 7 and up
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Teaching since: 1995
Last sign in: 3 days ago


I play a wide variety of musical styles on drums and percussion and have a long history of performance art in live bands, theater and orchestra. I teach drum set, symphonic and marching percussion, electronics in drumming (sampling, loops, midi etc), and general rhythm lessons for beginners. I also enjoy helping students prepare for auditions, studio recording sessions, and live performance opportunities. There's alot to know about what to do and what not to do in these situations, especially if you want to look like a pro and have a positive experience.

I studied percussion performance at Washington State University while developing my set playing and enjoying my employment with the Washington Idaho Symphony as a classical percussionist. I play in rock, funk, pop, metal, EDM, hip-hop, industrial, honky-tonk, and jazz outfits with multiple appearances at SXSW, Sundance Film Festival, TieCon, and various festivals throughout the US.

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Photo shoot at SXSW in Austin TX


Private Music Instructor
Jun 1995 - Present
Rhythm Alchemy Studios

I teach kids and adults of all skill levels the artistry of drumming, and the true magic of musicianship.

Drummer / Live & In-Studio
Mar 1987 - Present

I have played drums with countless groups, organizations and productions for nearly three decades.

Faculty Drum Instructor
Feb 2011 - Jan 2012
Fremont Music School

Private and group drum / percussion instructor at local art school. I taught individual lessons and groups regarding stage performance and studio preparedness.

Jan 1987 - Jun 1990
Washington Idaho Symphony

First and Second chair percussionist in professional orchestra performing a wide variety of history's greatest music including Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Debussy, Copeland, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, and many many more. It was a wonderful experience, I highly recommend it.


Drums / Music Performance
Jan 1993 - Jun 1994
Seattle Drum School
Music Performance
Sep 1987 - Jun 1990
Washington State University


Certified Awesome Instructor!
Jan 2015
ALL of my past students

ok this isn't a "certified" certification, but it's true, my students love their music lessons with me. They get answers, professional focus, tailored instruction, and keys to success. All in a fun, thoughtful environment.


Performing Arts Scholarship Recipient
Sep 1988
Washington State University

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Anna Nov 16, 2016
· Drum · In studio John is a fantastic teacher! I started with no experience at all and now after my fourth lesson I already feel comfortable with my grip, a metronome, sheet music, single stroke rolls, double stroke rolls, and several rock beats. Currently, I’m learning sixteenth note drum fills. He is patient, enthusiastic, fun, and extremely talented. I highly recommend him as a drum teacher (beginner or experienced). You will not regret it!
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