- Teaches students:
- Ages 7+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
- June 2002
I am a professional drummer, music educator, producer & audio engineer. Who has been playing & teaching drums professionally for over 20 years. I've studied under Joseph D. Mitchell (percussionist for LA Phil Harmonic) at Los Angeles City College. As well as James Bradley Jr. (drummer for Chuck Mangione, Anita Baker & Crazy Town).
I also hold a Music Business degree, issued from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).
Curriculum: The beginning student will learn the four basic drum strokes (natural, down, tap & up) / to read modern drum notation / proper sticking techniques for various applications / all standard rudiments, as recognized by the Percussive Society of America / playing to a click track / creative drum fills / odd meter patterns, and many styles including; jazz, funk, fusion, blues, rock, R&B, hip hop, reggae, world music and orchestral.
The intermediate to advanced student will learn better control & execution of rudiments & grooves he or she may already be familiar with. Introduction to playing patterns in odd time signatures such as 5/4, 7/8 and 9/16. Visual concepts applied to various genres of music. To be used in an effort to capture a particular mood, as it relates directly to the feeling of a song. Similar to the practice of method acting.
Lessons are held at my project recording studio near downtown Los Angeles. On two sets: An acoustic muffled practice kit, used during the Rudiment & Sight Reading portions of the lesson. As well as an 8 piece Roland Electronic virtual drum set, used during the Drum Set Application portion of the session. Which allows for real time play along with lesson material or any of your favorite songs.
I hold a Music Business degree, issued from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).
Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.+ Read More
Khalil is a wonderful drum instructor. He is very thorough and encouraging and patient. I have tried a few other music/instrument teachers, and have not met more talented instructor than Khalil. Khalil makes me feel confident that I can learn quick and thoroughly and play the drum like I would like to in the near future. Highly recommended to any levels!+ Read More
I have had other instructors previously and let me tell you, having a great teacher can really change how you improve, your motivational level and discipline in your practices.
Khalil is a great instructor who always prepares and really thinks about his students improving, He is thoughtful about your level and is always pushing you to get better.
I can’t say a five yet because it was just the first lesson. But, if it’s going to go as I believe it will be five star rated. Khalil was very patient with my 6 year old and engaging. That coupled with a comfortable environment, I believe we made a great choice with Khalil. The fact that my son expressed that he had fun after the session is telling.+ Read More
I have been taking lessons with Khalil for a little over 2 years now and it has been one of the best decisions i've made since landing in L.A. I am a special type of learner and i had never held drum sticks before- Khalil was and still is beyond patient with me and what i appreciate most is that he works with how i learn best. there has been several times he has come up with a couple different ways for me to get certain lessons. he's able to do this because he has soo much experience and such an admirable love for the art.
If you are considering taking drum lessons definitely make sure you take classes with Khalil.
Khalil is amazing! Hands down one of the best drum instructors I've ever had.
He is really thoughtful and has you work on both rudiments and time at the kit. He gives you clear instruction and guidance on material to practice each week.
If you're looking to grow and truly learn the drums I would go with Khalil. Definitely one of the best instructors in LA.