Keith John

Keith J.

Falls Church, VA
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Keith delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
January 1993

Keith is a seasoned world class drummer, a 3 Time Grammy Award winner as well as an Emmy award winning media producer; with a high degree of artistic and technical experience. He has over forty four years on-stage experience performing, developing and managing international artists. He has performed on stage and worked with world famous groups such as Starland Vocal Band, Billy Idol, Bob Seger, John Mayall, The Ventures, Buffalo Springfield Revisited (including Steve Stills and Neil Young), and many more!! Go to Keith's picture area to see pics of Keith with famous friends such as Van Halen!!

*** Lesson Details ***
You will learn to read drum music and/or write and play drum parts. You will learn snare drum technique and drum set skills. I have experience in the MUSIC BUSINESS, so students will learn not only about the MUSIC, but also about the BUSINESS should they have professional career related questions.

I also teach Studio session recording drumming techniques should you wish to become a top session recording drummer !!!

I have been around the world working with MAJOR famous recording artists touring out of Washington, DC and Los Angeles.

I teach 1/2 hour lessons and/or 1 hour lessons.

During each lesson, I give you plenty of material to practice over a week€™s time. WE WILL HAVE FUN.

Not many teachers in this area have my experience nor credentials. I love the drums more than anything and my enthusiasm should be evident during our lessons. Several of my students have gone on to major music colleges such as Berklee. One of my students is currently touring and working with Linkin Park. Another student is currently touring with Fall Out Boy.

When you take lessons from me, you will develop the skills to play in your school band with confidence, start your own band, or play at an advanced professional level.

I am great with young children as well as students of all ages. Additionally, I have experience with students requiring special needs.

I have all the patience in the world, remember, I was in your shoes years ago when I had a dream of learning how to play the drums !!!!

HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON !!!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Large, private studio with all the equipment you will need to absorb the "pearls of wisdom" I will give you during your private one-on-one private lesson. Comfortable waiting room outside studio. Drum set, practice pad set, PA for playing any song you wish to learn loud enough so you can hear it over the studio drums.

*** Specialties ***
Drum set technique, snare drum technique, reading studies. Rock, Country, Jazz, symphonic, marching band etc., Studio session recording drumming techniques.

I teach both the MUSIC and the BUSINESS, for the aspiring or current professional.

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Experience

Drum Instructor
Jan 1990 - Present
In House Drum Studio

I have taught drum set and snare technique for over 25 years. The majority of students study with me for years. Several of my students have gone on to major music schools such as Berklee College of Music and several are working with major recording acts such as Linkin Park, Adam Lambert, Fall Out Boy, Paul McCartney and others.

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Drummer, Session Musician, Road Manager, Television Producer
Jun 1972 - Present
Starland Vocal Band, The Ventures, WJLA-TV, Bob Seger, MANY others

Over 45 years Experience with World Class Musicians and Production Facilities

Education

Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts degrees
Sep 1969 - Jun 1972
Baldwin Wallace College
Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts degrees
Sep 1969 - Jun 1972
Baldwin Wallace College - Berea, Ohio
Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science
Sep 1969 - May 1972
Baldwin Wallace College

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
English
Professional Proficiency

Certifications

Drumeo Teaching Certification
Jan 2016
Drumeo

98th Point of Light Award
Feb 1995
The Points of Light Foundation

Award presented by George HW Bush for creation of The Magic Mall

Awards

98th Point of Light Award
Jun 1995
The White House
Emmy Award
Oct 1990
WJLA-TV, Washington DC
3 Time Grammy Award Winner
Feb 1977
The Recording Academy

Affiliations

D'Adarrio Education Collective
Mar 2016

a global community of music educators who are committed to inspiring the next generation of lifelong musicians. Our program provides music teachers with access to resources and other tools to help support their role in education. The Education Collective will grow to include opportunities to network with other teachers, share your knowledge and content, and attend special educational events. Our goal is to support those that support the future of music.

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The Sabian Education Network
Feb 2016

Education is a priority at Sabian. Not only do we support hundreds of clinics around the globe each year, we also support education in schools, provide funding for scholarships and are actively involved as sponsors with collegiate ensembles and drum corps.

Professional Drum Teachers Guild
Feb 2016

Professional Drum Teachers Guild’s Mission Statement: To provide a resource for serious drum educators to share, nurture, and be held accountable to a higher standard while also educating the public on what qualities to look for when choosing a drum educator.

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American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Jan 1973

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.

Photos & Videos

Keith J. - drummer for Multi Grammy Award Winning Starland Vocal Band
Keith not only plays drums he also sings !!!
Keith J. - "Nobody's Blues" Intro - keeping steady time
Keith J and Alex Van Halen

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Keith J. - Recording Session Pro

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Keith J. - and friends Van Halen and Sammy Hagar

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Keith J. is endorsed by Alex Van Halen

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Keith J. - and Alex Van Halen with Students !!

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Attack of the Cosmic Ants - Keith J. - Drum Solo

35 Reviews

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Kyle H. Dec 1, 2016
Drum · In studio

Great teacher, great person.

Greg C. Jun 21, 2016
Drum · In studio

Fun! Cool dude with great attitude.

Douglas W. Jun 21, 2016
Drum · In studio

Keith is fantastic!

Donna Jun 14, 2016
Drum · In studio

I always enjoy my drumming lessons with Keith. Aside from being an all around kindhearted and fun individual, he is an extremely knowledgeable, experienced and patient instructor. He has the rare ability to distill his knowledge and experience, and then convey it to the student in a way that is understandable so that the student is able to apply it. As a result, improvement is fast and fun in the process. Additionally, as an adult beginner, time for practice as well as instruction comes at a premium, thereby making his effective teaching style even more valuable. Thanks Keith.

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Vinny Jun 12, 2016
Drum · In studio

I'm an "older" student who picked up the drums again after a many-years absence. Keith made my reintroduction awesome. He's a very talented musician who brings a passion and enthusiasm to the drums and his students. I always looked forward to my weekly lessons with him both because I was eager to learn new techniques, beats, etc. but also because I got a change to hang with Keith for 30 minutes and "talk drums." No matter your skill level, I highly recommend Keith to help guide you on your drumming journey.

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Kirk Jun 10, 2016
Drum · In studio

Keith is a great teacher for my 10 year old son! He's experienced, very talented, and extremely patient. And he knows how to communicate and get through to my son (which I know can be a challenge). We've really enjoyed the lessons!

Chris Jun 10, 2016
Drum · In studio

My son is 9 and has been playing for over four years. Keith has done a great job pointing out some fundamental flaws in his technique that would have plagued my son for years. It's been an invaluable experience to work with a teacher that is so good with kids and has a lifetime of knowledge of professional drumming. The stories about the old "rock days" keep it entertaining.

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Steven C. Feb 20, 2016
Drum · In home

I am an older person starting to learn the drums. Keith has been VERY patient with me and encouraging. He has made the technique and the learning fun.

Natasha and Mark Dec 21, 2015
Drum · In studio

3 months ago our 7 year old daughter decided she wanted to learn how to play the drums, so naturally we (I mean my husband..lol) bought her an electric drum set (early Christmas present). However at this time she had never played and knew nothing about reading music. Fortunately we found Keith online and it has been an amazing experience. Keith was patient and made learning to play and read music fun. My daughter learned so much and more importantly looked forward to her lessons each week. Unfortunately due to military orders we had to leave the area otherwise we would have stayed with Keith as her teach for a very long time.

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Erik Dec 5, 2015
Drum · In studio

Keith is absolutely fantastic. My son began lessons with him when he turned nine and Keith has made the whole learning music process extremely enjoyable for him. Always full of encouragement, patience, and enthusiasm, the lessons show how much Keith loves music and the drums and how much he invests in each student, getting to know them as people more than just as drum students. We thought we might have to try a few teachers out before settling on someone but after one or two lessons, we knew we would be thrilled to have Keith teach our son for years to come.

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Scott Nov 27, 2015
Drum · In studio

Been my drum teacher since I was 4 years old! i would not be where I am today if not what I have learned from Keith, both musically and in life lessons.

DF Nov 10, 2015
Drum · In studio

Keith is fantastic. Our son has been taking drum lessons with him for over a year now and has improved quite a bit. Keith always is extremely friendly and has a positive attitude. In addition to just music lessons, Keith gives you helpful hints and tips, as well as awesome insight about the music industry in general.

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Maxwell S. Sep 26, 2015
Drum · In home

Very friendly and personable teacher. Patient with our son while also encouraging him to learn. He has a great balance of all the attributes to make up a wonderful teacher. Most importantly, he makes lessons fun while at the same time teaching and helping our son learn and grow.

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Sue P. Sep 16, 2015
Drum · In studio

Keith is a great teacher, and I felt like I learned something new every week. He teaches very clearly, and is enthusiastic about music. I would definitely recommend him as a teacher.

Peter K. Sep 5, 2015
Drum · In studio

Great personality. My son is so excited with his first lesson and couldn't wait till next lesson. Right away he practiced at home what he learned today. Keep it up.

Brian E. Sep 4, 2015
Drum · In studio

As an older beginner, I appreciate Keith's patience and attention to detail. It is key to help get good technique early on in the learning process.

Laura Jun 27, 2015
Drum · In studio

Keith has lots of patience and answers all my questions. He's teaching me to read music and play drums and I'm having a great time!

Sue P. Jun 25, 2015
Drum · In studio

Great lesson!

Oldbluecj7@yahoo.com Jun 21, 2015
Drum · In home

Keith is a fantastic personality. My 7 year old son has been studying under him since Santa brought a junior kit to the home. He is patient and strikes just the right tone during the lessons between serious and fun. My son responds well to him and I also enjoy observing the lessons.
Keith's long music background comes through immediately. Doing what he loves for his life is quite an accomplishment that I envy. I don't hesitate to recommend him to anyone looking to learn the Drums.
Thanks
Mike

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Grace W. Mar 24, 2015
Drum · In home

Keith is a wonderful drum teacher full of professional experience. He makes the learning very easy and full of fun. I am a 26 adult with almost no music experience. Keith taught me how to read musical notes as well as how to hold drum sticks. Playing drum with him and learning from him is a very enjoyable experience. Highly recommend!!

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Anant B. Jan 16, 2015
Drum · In studio

I had joined Keith just based on the star ratings here and now I think it is my time to give back to the community. It was not until a month after being his student that I read all the reviews below (I had taken a leap of faith). Until then, I didn't know that Keith has performed/ managed such famous bands. That's what defines Keith- a highly experienced performer, a great teacher, and a very down to earth and extremely humble person. I took some extra time getting used to the musical notes and holding the sticks. Keith was very patient with me and recognized exactly where I was lacking. His method of teaching is wonderful and very adaptive to students' needs. It is a delight to learn from him every week.

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David C. Nov 29, 2014
Drum · In studio

I'm an older student with no ambitions of making drums a career at this stage in my life. I just wanted to learn what I had been putting of for decades and become a respectable amateur. Keith starts with the fundamentals and mixes in a bit of "fun' now and again to keep things interesting. His experience is evident and he tailors the lessons to the student's skill level and goals which is important since no two students are alike. While not directly relevant to me, his industry experience and the stories he shares are fascinating and keeps the lessons interesting. There is more to music then just notes on a page. I highly recommend Keith to anyone who want to learn this wonderfully frustrating instrument.

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Amelia H. Nov 20, 2014
Drum · In studio

Keith is not only incredibly knowledgeable about drumming and music in general, but he is also fun. He has a great sense of humor, so if you're a beginner like I am, you will immediately feel at ease the second you walk in the door of his studio. He also has some really good stories from the days he spent on the road as a successful professional drummer. I highly recommend him to anyone--beginners, experts, and everyone in between.

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Kelly H. Aug 30, 2014
Drum · In studio

Keith is the best! I came in as a beginner and Keith makes everything really easy to follow and understand. With over 40 years of experience, it's clear that Keith really knows what he's talking about. Even as a Grammy-winner, with experience with people like Bob Seger and friends like Eddie and Alex Van Halen, he's still such a down-to-earth guy. I look forward to every one of our lessons! Not only am I learning the dynamics of drumming and starting with techniques that I'll be able to build on forever, but I also learn about the music industry every lesson. His lessons go well beyond just drumming and you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone else in the area who has his kind of experience and skills. Keith goes above and beyond, as an instructor. His love of drumming is infectious and I can't even believe I was able to get lessons with someone of his caliber. Musicians like Keith are usually in LA and NY, we are SO lucky to have him here. Look no further, Keith is your guy. If he has any availability! ;)

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Michael M. May 2, 2014
Drum ·

Excellent drum teacher

I've been playing drums for almost 20 years - bands, tours and recording. I came to Keith to build speed, control and finesse and finally master some of the trickier hybrid rudiments. Keith developed an excellent program with achievable goals week to week and practical ways to apply new skills across the kit. Moving up a level seemed easy in the end - the sign of a quality teacher. Keith also identified and helped me to correct a technique flaw that was holding me back. I recommend Keith to drummers of all experience levels. Maybe one day he'll let me hit that signed, vintage ludwig BB snare too.

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Steven J. Mar 28, 2014
Drum ·

This is the guy!

Well, where to start....As a drummer, he is "virtuoso". I've been a drummer for quite a few year and found out about Keith through a friend. I was looking for a drum instructor/coach/colleague who I could use as a way to tune up, wait for it..............I found so much more in Keith. We spent a session analyzing my technique and Keith was quick to analyze and develop a plan to take me to the next, and next, and next level. As I'm the drummer in a substantial group "DC Stimulus",I often looked forward to meeting with Keith as someone who has been through the trials and tribulations before and was able to offer great advise Like gold this guy is!
Back to the basics. Because of Keith, I (re)discovered the sooooooo important point building a drummers metaphorical castle on a sound foundation. If you're looking for someone to start with on you drummers journey or an experienced drummer who is looking for a coach who is vastly qualified to critique (therefore improve) your technique, Keith is your guy. Keith, I love you man!! I look forward to drumming with you again!!!!!!!!!

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George C. Mar 10, 2014
Drum ·

Outstanding Teacher.

When I first met Keith, or as I call him Coach, he went right to business. Took out my notebook, and in the 30 Minutes, I learned so much about music notes that I could go home and remember without looking at the book. He Is an AWESOME teacher and someone that I will always admire and look up to. He is very patient and gives a lot of similarities to what he went through years past to what I could handle now. The unfortunate part is that I had to cancel some classes because of my A/C and Heating job and he always had extra time during the day to squeeze me in. He will always be in my mind, and there is not a single day that goes by that i tap my fingers while listening to music and measuring the beats in a song. Its fun! And he got me in LOVE with drums even more. Coach, i know you are reading this, and I am glad you are, just want you to know I really appreciate your time with me and give me something to accomplish, which is learn something new in my life. Coach, you are the greatest and I hope new students who come to for training and help realize that it will be the best 30 minutes they can ever receive from any music teacher. GOOD LUCK!!

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Anizza M. Jun 14, 2013
Drum ·

Awesome teacher

My son really enjoys playing the drums under the instruction of Keith. Keith makes it fun and my child learns a lot with the suggested materials given to him.

Keith also helps the parents by helping them understand what is needed for the student to learn.

Keith keeps on top of communication and responds immediately with suggestions and looks out for deals to help support his students.

A wonderful, wonderful man!!

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Teuta W. May 7, 2013
Drum ·

Cool Teacher

Merkur is very happy you are his teacher. He is learning a lot and because of your lessons he feels confident about his senior project coming soon. He looks forward to every week for a new lesson. My personal opinion is that because of you he started playing drums again. Thank you very much! (Merkur's aunt and drum's lessons sponsor).

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Richard C. Feb 20, 2013
Drum ·

Great Teacher!

Keith is an extrodinary drum teacher and most important role model for my son the past 5 years of him taking private lessons. He is my son's favorite and most influential music teacher! Not only has he taught my son drumming but also educates him on the buisness side of music for his future.
I would highly recommend Keith to anyone wanting to learn Drums & Music in general !

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Phil B. Feb 2, 2013
Drum ·

Keith is the best

I've been playing drums for ten years. When I started taking lessons with Keith a year and a half ago, it became a real milestone. Keith helped me go from a mediocre player to a true student of the instrument. His genuine passion for both drums and teaching is palpable and inspiring, and his lessons often even go beyond the practice room. Besides being a great teacher, he is also a great guy and a great friend, and I look forward to seeing him every week.

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Manuel D. Feb 1, 2013
Drum ·

Keith is a true professional who goes above and beyond !!

Keith took my raw drumming son and turned him into a drumming and music lover. Keith not only taught my son how to play drums, he also more importantly taught him how to read music which was priceless for my son's music career and education. My son owes Keith so much for all his extra attention and encouragement which helped my son further his college music learning experience. My son today plays drums at the highest level and has placed number one on drum-set in his college music program. In summary, Keith is the BEST drumming instructor for anyone who truly wants to learn how to play drums.

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Ben D. Feb 1, 2013
Drum ·

Keith is Great!

I have been taking lessons with Keith for over 5 years now, and he's the best instructor i've ever taken from. I originally went to him in High School because I wanted to attend music school. Keith taught me all the essentials and more to obtain a music degree and career in music. We studied all the basics like rudiments, technique, and reading, as well as groove, feel, and equipment. He is very knowledgable on the whole field of music and drums. He is not limited to only one style like most teachers I have scene, but rather is able to expand and open up every students horizons. Every lesson i have taken with Keith was very focused and i left feeling good about myself while wanting to push myself more to become better. In one lesson Keith can teach more than most other drum instructors. Its not just about one thing but rather he gives you the whole spectrum from triplets to making sure you have the right gear for the gig and the attitude. He even touches on little things like having spare heads in the car on gigs which has been a life saver for me, where as most teachers don't brush on the little things that are very important in a professional drummers life. Keith is more than just a teacher but has become a friend and a colleague, and pushes every student to be better and better.

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Dave G. Jan 31, 2013
Drum ·

Solid Groove

I started taking lessons from Keith after a long hiatus from playing the drums. At first my goal was to dust off the cobwebs and get back into playing as a hobby, but after a few months of studying with Keith, he inspired me to work towards gigging with a band. During my first few lessons, Keith evaluated my skill level and together we developed a program that built upon my current knowledge and then challenged me with new ideas and concepts. His positive feedback and enthusiasm eventually gave me the confidence to begin auditioning with bands and start earning money at paying gigs. Keith also provided valuable information from his extensive professional experience that helped me prepare for unplanned mishaps that can occur when gigging, such as knowing what to pack in an emergency tool kit and how to handle equipment failure without losing your cool. However, I have to say that the most important lesson I learned was how to lay down a solid groove and above all have fun.

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Nathan L. Jan 30, 2013
Drum ·

Great teacher, friend and musician

I took lessons for 7 years with Keith and I have never had a better teacher since, throughout high school and college. Keith always knew how to play any written rhythm, or sound out any obscure beat he heard, and he made them sound even better. I recommend him from beginners to very advanced because he will make lessons all the more fun (if that's possible) and always does so with a friendly atmosphere that will make going to lessons a highlight of the week.

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