John Fleischman

John F.

San Francisco, CA

Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Whether you are a complete beginner or getting more advanced and need the keys to reach your next level, I love teaching and I am here to get you there.
I started playing drumset and snare drum when I was 12. After spending years in study, classically trained and playing in a professional Symphony Orchestra, while engaged as a gigging rock musician, I spent many years as a live performer and producer of live music, recorded music and theater. i've grown into this craft and feel strongly about conveying it's rudimentary and finer points to students who are interested in exploring and de-mystiifying the process and it's nature.
I teach students to read and write music, to play strong beats and fills, develop natural technique, relaxation and independence, and to think and grow musically. Eventually you will learn to use stylish transitions, interpret song structure, and achieve proficiency in a variety of styles. And most importantly, learn to play drums and percussion *musically*, the most important thing.
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John delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 7+ and special needs

Teaching since:

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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Private Music Instructor
Jun 1995 - Present
Private student

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.

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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

Photos & Videos

Photo shoot at SXSW in Austin TX

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Photo by John F.

Live in Seattle

Promotional Shot (a tad dated :)

Manooghi Hi Promotional Shot

Photo by John F.

Recording at Soundhouse Studios

Gold Minor Promotional 2015
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3 Reviews

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Anamika Aug 24, 2018
Drum · In studio

John was an excellent easy going teacher. My son had an intensive two week session before starting high school again. He learned how to read music and really picked up a lot from John's coaching. Most importantly he kept my son's love for music alive:)

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Max G. Dec 4, 2017
Drum · In home

Lucky to have him teaching my 9 year old.

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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