Kris Berry

Kris B.

Anaheim, CA
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Lesson Details

Percussion

Levels Taught:
Beginner
Lessons are tailored to the students style preferences. Styles that can be taught include: hand percussion, conga's, bongoes, timbales, and their use in Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Reggae, and other various styles of contemporary music, including hip hop.
Orchestral percussion including Timpani, orchestral snare drum technique, marimba, vibraphone, orchestra bells, xylophone, and 4 mallet keyboard techniques.
4 mallet keyboard techniques taught include: the Burton grip, the Mainieri grip, the Musser grip, and the Scissors grip.
Music reading is taught, but not a requirement.
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About

Kris delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 1+

Teaching since:
February 2014

Kris B has a Bachelors degree in Music from California State 
University Northridge, and has worked professionally in a variety 
of styles including jazz, Latin, rock, funk, r&b, and classical. He has gotten to work with many of the finest musicians in Southern California, and has teamed up to perform clinic/performances with musicians such as Luis Conte, Richie Gagate Garcia, Taku Hirano, and Roland Gajate Garcia. He’s also performed clinics with Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s great bassist, Tony Franklin,  who was with The Firm, as well as Richard Fortus, guitarist with Guns N’ Roses.
      Kris is also very happy to have gigged with many world class musicians including Michito Sanchez, Kevin Ricard, Clare Fischer, Otmaro Ruiz, Smokey Robinson, Teena Marie, Denice Williams, Stu Goldberg, Art Davis, Doc Severenson, Tim Bogert, Rique Pantoja, Derron Johnson, Doug Lunn, Ron Stout, Rob Whitlock, John Pisano, Fred Katz, Gloria Gaynor, Jeff Kashiwa, Vinnie Falcone, Massamba Diop, Casio Duarte, and Dylan Wilson, among many others. Kris has been hired for many different types of gigs including a variety show where he had the pleasure of performing with the host, actor/comedian Jason Alexander. He currently plays regularly with  John Heussenstamm from The Surf Punks, which is a burning trio that includes Baba Elephante.
      Kris has a mastery and expertise on his instrument that stems from his vast amount of experience. It enables him to enlighten students with instruction that can encompass many styles of music. Because he has great depth and wisdom, a student having difficulty with any aspect of their playing can consult with him, and Kris will instantly produce a methodic strategy to get the student on their way to solving the issues, allowing them to continue to evolve. Kris was on the faculty at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood from 2001 to 2013. There he taught the double bass drumming class, the odd meters class, afro-cuban drumming class, caribbean drumming class, jazz drums class, rhythm section workshops, live playing workshops, applying technique to the drum set class, music reading 1,2,& 3, fill fest (drum fills class), funk, r&b, and hip-hop classes, as well as open counseling, and private instruction.
Kris has studied privately with: Luis Conte, Peter Erskine, Jeff Hamilton , Joey Heredia, Jimmy Branly, Gerry Brown, Wally Snow, Roy Burns, Peter Donald, Joel Leach , Karen Ervin, John Magnussen, Brian Kilgore, Rob Carson, Les De Merle.

*** Lesson Details ***
The lessons are tailored to the goals of the student. Fundamentals are taught within the context of the styles of music that the student prefers. As the students skills and knowledge increase, his exposure to a wider palette of musical styles will increase. Styles taught include: Rock, jazz, funk, r&b, pop, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Caribbean, classical-symphonic.

*** Specialties ***
music, drums, percussion, music theory, voice, song-writing
Rock, Jazz, Pop, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, Caribbean, Classical-Symphonic
Vibraphone, marimba, mallet keyboards, symphonic percussion, Latin percussion-hand percussion, music theory, jazz improvisation, rhythm section workshops, vocal technique, song writing-production.
"I adapt my methods to the student, but I particularly enjoy teaching the Murry Spivak/Wally Snow method, which is a highly specialized method of classical snare drum training which can then be applied to many other styles, including drum set. I can also teach a drum corp. approach".

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Experience

Musician/Educator
Nov 1974 - Present
Freelance

Worked professionally from the age of 15 to the present in a variety
of styles including jazz, Latin, rock, funk, r&b, and classical. He has gotten to work with many of the finest musicians in Southern California, and has teamed up to perform clinic/performances with musicians such as Luis Conte, Richie Gagate Garcia, Taku Hirano, and Roland Gajate Garcia. He’s also performed clinics with Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s great bassist, Tony Franklin, who was with The Firm, as well as Richard Fortus, guitarist with Guns N’ Roses.
Kris is also very happy to have gigged with many world class musicians including Michito Sanchez, Kevin Ricard, Clare Fischer, Otmaro Ruiz, Smokey Robinson, Teena Marie, Denice Williams, Stu Goldberg, Art Davis, Doc Severenson, Tim Bogert, Rique Pantoja, Derron Johnson, Doug Lunn, Ron Stout, Rob Whitlock, John Pisano, Fred Katz, Gloria Gaynor, Jeff Kashiwa, Vinnie Falcone, Massamba Diop, Casio Duarte, and Dylan Wilson, among many others. Kris has been hired for many different types of gigs including a variety show where he had the pleasure of performing with the host, actor/comedian Jason Alexander. He currently plays regularly with John Heussenstamm from The Surf Punks, which is a burning trio that includes Baba Elephante.
Kris has a mastery and expertise on his instrument that stems from his vast amount of experience. It enables him to enlighten students with instruction that can encompass many styles of music. Because he has great depth and wisdom, a student having difficulty with any aspect of their playing can consult with him, and Kris will instantly produce a methodic strategy to get the student on their way to solving the issues, allowing them to continue to evolve. Kris was on the faculty at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood from 2001 to 2013. There he taught the double bass drumming class, the odd meters class, Afro-Cuban drumming class, Caribbean drumming class, jazz drums class, rhythm section workshops, live playing workshops, applying technique to the drum set class, music reading 1,2,& 3, fill fest (drum fills class), funk, r&b, and hip-hop classes, as well as open counseling, and private instruction.

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Education

Bachelors Degree
Feb 1976 - Jun 1980
California State University Northridge

Photos & Videos

Drum Solo Excerpts.
Jazz Drum Solo

9 Reviews

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Jonathon Haley Jul 20, 2017
Singing · In studio

Kris has really improved my singing, both in terms of how I sound and how comfortable it feels for me to sing, and has taught me valuable techniques that I'll continue to use into the future. He pointed out problems in my singing, such as pitch issues as well as a "shaky/nervous" and helped me fix these.

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Rosalin S. Mar 20, 2014
Drum ·

Kris is awesome!

Kris is awesome! You will never meet anyone who loves musicor teaching as much as Kris. I startedwith him almost two years ago, and as an adult, beginning voice student I ampretty inhibited. Kris has an enthusiastic manner about him though, that reallyhelps you relax and feel more confident as he instructs you. When I started outthere was a real tightness in my voice that was probably more psychological thanphysical, but he showed me some important techniques for voice relaxation andamplification. For someone as shy about singing as I am, some of histechniques may seem a little outlandish at first, but they really do work! My karaoke buddies tell me that I sound even better than before! Iwholeheartedly recommend Kris to anyone who is looking for an enthusiastic andknowledgeable teacher.

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LynnP Jul 3, 2012
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My son and I have been looking for a great teacher and we finally found one!

GeorgeL Oct 14, 2011
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Kris is very driven and wants you to do well. I know I did he was very patient and knowledgeable easy to work with. Mahalo nui loa Kris

CollinM Apr 27, 2011
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Kris is a great drumming instructor. He critically analyzes and corrects the students methods by providing professional advice that enhances overall drumming performance. I would recommend this teacher to anyone who is considering drum lessons.

RichardF Feb 13, 2011
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drum lessons

Kris is an awsome teacher with a wealth of knowledge highly recomend him

NiimaR Aug 18, 2009
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I'm learning so much !

I really enjoy having Kris as my music theory and drum instructor. It is obvious that he has a passion for music that is infectious for the student. He has a great balance between encouraging me on what I have already learned and challenging me to improve my skills. I look forward to learning so much more from him.

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ChelseaW May 7, 2009
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great instructor for singing lessons!

i highly recommend Kris. He has a unique technique that really helped release my true inner voice. Also he is very heartwarming person for any one that is timid, he helps you let loose.

CamerynB May 5, 2009
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Amazing

Kris has worked with my daughter Riley for about a year now and she has improved and learned so much. She has performed at school and Kris has been extremely helpful in preparing her for these events. She is enjoying the lessons and the added benefit of her self-esteem improving over the past year has been a bonus.

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