Kevin Yokota

Kevin Y.

South Pasadena, CA

About Kevin Y.

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Kevin teaches: Ages 5 and up
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Teaching since: 2006
Last sign in: Within two months


Hi there! My name is Kevin Yokota. I am a professional drummer/percussionist and educator living in South Pasadena who wants to share my passion for drumming with YOU! I am available for in-home lessons.

I graduated from USC's Thornton School of Music in 2010 with an emphasis in Jazz Drums. While at USC, I studied with drumming masters Peter Erskine and Ndugu Chancler. Since graduating, I have performed/recorded with Sam Amidon, Eric Reed, May Stallings, Inga, Inc. No World, Hi Fi Honeydrops, Bossa Zuzu and many others.

I look forward to guiding my students in their journey as drummers. Lesson plans are customized based on each student's goals. We will focus on a wide variety of skills necessary to become a great drummer- Time, Groove, Technique, Musicality, Sight-Reading, Audition Preparation and Listening.

I look forward to working with you!

Photos and Videos

Kevin performing with INGA at Blue Whale in Los Angeles, California.


Percussion Advisor
Feb 2015 - Present
Renaissance Arts Academy

Beginner-Advanced group percussion classes for students in 3rd to 12th grade.

Drummer for Hopscotch
Oct 2015 - Dec 2015
The Industry

Drummer in Chapter 25 of the moveable opera "Hopscotch".


Bachelor of Music, Jazz Studies: Drum Set
Sep 2006 - Jun 2010
University of Southern California

Languages Spoken

Fluent / Native Proficiency


Piano Proficiency
Jun 2008
University of Southern California


American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Oct 2007

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.

4 Reviews on Kevin Y.

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Chris Nov 17, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Kevin is an excellent drummer and improviser: I learned a lot about sound, phrasing,listening and time playing from him. His is also extremely kind and very knowledgeable about drumset, particularly in the jazz style.
Brent Nov 16, 2016
· Drum · In home
Kevin is not only a great upcoming jazz drummer, but he also is a wonderful teacher. He has a unique perspective, and really knows how to relate and speak to kids. He is extremely patient and has good ideas on how to make the instruction time enjoyable and productive.
Dan Nov 15, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Kevin is an exceptionally talented drummer and instructor. He's imparted the most important fundamentals in a clear and encouraging way. Most importantly, he makes each lesson a ton of fun. I love every second of my lessons and always come away feeling inspired to practice my butt off during the week. I'd highly recommend him as a teacher for all levels and ages. Super nice guy, too.
Julia Nov 14, 2016
· Percussion · In home
Kevin was exceptional at figuring out my strengths and how to further develop them. His lessons send me home with enthusiasm and that propels me to practice with more frequency. I would recommend him for all stages. My favorite part of the lesson is the jam session when I get improvise...I always feel proud of myself for improving but his malleability on the drums reminds me I still have a long way to go.
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