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John M.
Carlsbad, California
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43 years of Professional experience, over 1200 lessons in 6 yrs w/ TakeLessons.com alone! Private Instruction for 15 yrs teaching by ear, performance & notation. Positive, patient and motivating, with a wealth of music knowledge to share. Lessons are always designed to be educational, engaging & fun, combining a balance of learning notation, playing by ear & performance with other live instruments! We will find out what interests you most and get you on the drum set right away for fast results!
About John M.

43 years of Professional experience, over 1200 lessons in 6 yrs with TakeLessons.com alone! Total Private Instruction over15 yrs teaching by ear, performance & notation. Preforming drums has brought so much enjoyment to my life and has expanded my cognitive and creative mind more than I would have ever realized when I started in 1978. Teaching/sharing my drumming experience is a passion, my students are taught not only how to play drums but also about music structure (verse, chorus, bridge, etc.), how to perform with other musicians and how to dissect a piece of music. Various styles and rhythms are taught and rudiments are covered thoroughly - nothing better than an impressive double stroke roll! I have always been a teacher that I feel can understand each personality and adjust my approach to each lesson as needed and furthermore, I always treat my students with respect, courtesy and patience which I find makes them more apt to relax, listen, learn, feel the music and have fun!

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Teaches all skill levels

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Teaching since 1993

Education

BA in Business Adminstration

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Teaches ages 6+

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Speaks English

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John M.
Carlsbad, California
Student Favorite
Student Favorite
Sound Like a Professional Drummer with Genius Lessons from an Expert
Student Favorite
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43 years of Professional experience, over 1200 lessons in 6 yrs w/ TakeLessons.com alone! Private Instruction for 15 yrs teaching by ear, performance & notation. Positive, patient and motivating, with a wealth of music knowledge to share. Lessons are always designed to be educational, engaging & fun, combining a balance of learning notation, playing by ear & performance with other live instruments! We will find out what interests you most and get you on the drum set right away for fast results!
About John M.

43 years of Professional experience, over 1200 lessons in 6 yrs with TakeLessons.com alone! Total Private Instruction over15 yrs teaching by ear, performance & notation. Preforming drums has brought so much enjoyment to my life and has expanded my cognitive and creative mind more than I would have ever realized when I started in 1978. Teaching/sharing my drumming experience is a passion, my students are taught not only how to play drums but also about music structure (verse, chorus, bridge, etc.), how to perform with other musicians and how to dissect a piece of music. Various styles and rhythms are taught and rudiments are covered thoroughly - nothing better than an impressive double stroke roll! I have always been a teacher that I feel can understand each personality and adjust my approach to each lesson as needed and furthermore, I always treat my students with respect, courtesy and patience which I find makes them more apt to relax, listen, learn, feel the music and have fun!

Levels taught

Teaches all skill levels

Teaching since

Teaching since 1993

Education

BA in Business Adminstration

Teaches ages +

Teaches ages 6+

Speaks

Speaks English

Speaks

Has background check

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John is a great teacher and helped me really get into the drums! Highly recommended!

Posted Feb 10, 2022
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Mr. John is the best! My kids love him and he’s so great at teaching them and patient with my kids as they are learning and young. I recommend him to everyone!

Posted Sep 29, 2021
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John personalized the lesson to focus on the songs my son was interested in while he also covered the important fundamentals to start off right!

Posted Jun 30, 2021
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Drum Instructor
Apr 1993 - Present
Private Lessons
I began teaching drums after college in 1993 in Colorado Springs, CO. I relocated from San Diego on a wing and a prayer, and with quality jobs thin at that time I decided I could start my own business doing something I knew and loved, drum instructor. I transformed my basement to a studio and ran classified ads (no internet then) and the phone started ringing and friends told friends and before long a nice cliental emerged and I landed myself in a great band to boot. I was always looking for new and fun teaching ideas/techniques in the private lessons, and during these years I really learned a lot about customizing each lesson for each personality and ability. This kept (and to this day still keeps) things fun, interesting and makes for a great learning environment. After nearly five years of consistent teaching and performing in Colorado I returned to San Diego County and I picked up where I had left of with bands I performed with prior. I continued my teaching but on a lesser scale do to the demands of performance and recording for the next ten years. The experience gained during this period elevated my drum, music, performance, etc. knowledge to a new level and I began my passion again, and continue now, teaching all ages - with a full arsenal of fun! For beginning students my method of teaching combines a balance of learning the fundamentals such as rudiments with notation, stick control, dynamics, meter, etc. while also teaching the student to play by ear, which is imperative for a drummer perhaps more so than any other instrument. Lessons are always designed to be fun, interactive and engaging -never tedious or mundane. For practicality, drum practice pads are used to learn rudiments, but since the whole idea of learning drums to play a drum set/kit I get the student on the set on day one, and every lesson. I discuss what music styles the student is interested in and work on learning rhythms and songs by performing with the actual recordings. Also, with a practice pad set and a drum set in my studio I am able to play side by side, or I can also step into the role of guitarist or keyboardist and the student can perform songs with a live musician - a very valuable teaching technique I have found. Finally, I often employee computer based programs such as Acid Loops, Sound Forge & Garage Band to assist with fully hearing and dissecting drum beats and rhythms as well as to record the student so they can hear themselves as others do and to chart progress.
Professional Musician/Drummer
Jun 1984 - Present
Bands, Preformances & Recordings
Currently I'm a member of the Americana style band Sunday Morning Sidewalk as well as a 30+ year member of the classic rock band The Standards. Notable Bands I have been a past member of include Crash Carter, Michael Tiernan, Tower 7, The Surf Chiefs, The Late Walter Phobicman (w/ Matt Beckley), Life of Wryley, Tom Yermak's Tomfoolery, Head Full of Zombies plus many others. Notable Musicians I have performed with Live on Stage: Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, Chad Forman & Ryan Fischer of Switchfoot, Surf legend and musician Brad Gerlach, Cella Blue of The Squirrel Nut Zippers, Paul Johnson of the Surfari's (Wipe Out!), Paula Nelson the daughter of Willie Nelson, Ryan Montana of The Ike Turner Band, Matt Beckley son of Jerry Beckley of the 70's super group America as well as a current LA Producer, Doug Allen of the The Mar Dels, Chris Swan of The Tom Curren Band, International Jazz flautist Bradley Leighton and former Frank Sinatra pianist Ron Igarta among others. Notable Bands that I have been on the same bill/opened for: Jack Johnson, Dick Dale, Jason Mraz, Etta James, Macy Gray, Slightly Stoopid, The Heartbreakers, The English Beat, Dread Zeppelin, Venice, Desmond Decker, Tower of Power, Third World, Karl Denson, Mikey Dread,The Tom Curren Band, The White Buffalo, The Mar Dels, Dovavon Frankenreiter, Peter Sprague, Jack Tempchin, Jeremy Kay, Common Sense, +++ Performance Venues: Hollywood's Fonda Theater, N. Hollywood's Palomino Club, The Belly Up, The La Paloma Theater, Rusty's on the Santa Monica Pier, The Casbah, Humphrey's by the Bay, DiPiazza's, The Hard Rock Café, The Del Mar/San Diego County Fair, Festival Del Mar, San Diego Rock n' Roll Marathon, Canes, Fiesta Del Sol, The Sony Art Walk, Winston's, The Bacchanal, The Underground - Colorado Springs, Hansen's/Machado Surf Classic, Lowe's Coronado, St. Regis Resort in Dana Point, Falkner Winery in Temecula, The Calypso and numerous other venues, events, corporate shows as well as live performances, Air Play and/or interviews on Television (NBC, FOX, KPBS, KUSI) and Radio (91X, 94.9, KPBS, KGB, KPRI, KKSM and others in and outside the San Diego area). Recordings: Over 50 recording sessions from Burbank/Los Angeles to San Diego. Crash Carter's release "Red Buttons Blink" and Michael Tiernan's "Jumping In" are available for your review on all digital streaming sites such as iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, etc.as well as current bands on YouTube and Soundcloud.
Drum Instructor
Jun 2016 - Jan 2019
Drum Flip Drums, Vista CA
In House Drum Instructor for Private Lessons
BA in Business Adminstration
Jul 1991 - Mar 1992
National University
Studied Music Production/Engineering
Jun 1989 - Aug 1989
Mira Costa College
Studied Music Appreciation
Aug 1988 - May 1990
San Diego State University
Studied Music Theroy & Music History
Aug 1986 - May 1988
Palomar College
AA in Radio and Television Communications
May 1985 - May 1991
Palomar College
Private Lessons and Clinics
Feb 1976 - May 1982
Professional Drum and Piano Instructors
English
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
Honorable Mention in Billboard Magazine's World Song Contest (Top 1500 Globally)
Jul 2007
Billboard Magazine
Triple A Album of the Year
Aug 2005
Los Angeles Music Awards
National Association of Music Merchants
Mar 2022
NAMM is the not-for-profit association that promotes the pleasures and benefits of making music and strengthens the $17 billion global music products industry. NAMM's activities and programs are designed to promote music making to people of all ages.
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Jan 2005
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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Instructor details
Drums
Teacher's Studio
Teacher's Studio
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Alicante Rd.
Teaches Online
Teaches Online
Work hours
M
T
W
T
F
S
S
Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
30 minutes
$45
45 minutes
$60
60 minutes
$75
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30
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