Murray Piper

Murray P.

Baltimore, MD
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Snare Drum
-Proper sitting & standing posture
- Care & tuning of snare drum
- Proper grips and hand placement
- Stone & Moeller technique
-Basic rudiments development single stroke, double stroke, open stroke rolls, single, double, triple paradiddles, flams, flam taps, flamadiddle, flam accent, ruff family
- Reading simple rhythms & notes, whole, half, quarters, 8ths, 16ths, 8ths note triplets and 16ths note triplets
- Develop time keeping skills, working with a metronome or click track

Drum Set
- Intermediate drum set book
- Reading various time signatures
- More style studies such as, reggae, latin, gospel, rock, jazz, blues, samba, r&b etc...
- Enhance time keeping skills, working with a metronome or click track
- Use of brushes, mallets and hot rods on drum set
- Double bass drumming concepts
- Development creativity and endless ideas on the drum set for grooves, solos and drum fills
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Murray teaches



Murray passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Murray delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
June 1999

I received my B.S. & Music Degree with concentration in instrumentalists from Morgan State University. I have been playing since the age of three years old and have been teaching since 2004. In 2016, I was accepted as a member of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM). I am very well rounded in all styles of music such as, Rock, Jazz, Gospel, Christian, Latin, Marching, Classical, Blues and the list goes on. I am a Emmy Nominated drummer for my outstanding role in the 2015 Stage Musical "Oh Gospel" The Evolution of Gospel Music. My drumming & percussion career has launch me into one of the most sought after instructors & drummers of our time. My skill level and personalty has brought about major partnerships with some of the biggest names in the industry such as Vic Furth, Evans Drum Heads, Sabian Cymbals, JamTec USA, Urbann Boards and Kick Strap. I have performed with many Stellers & Grammy artist such as Richard Smallwood, Tamela Mann, Marvin Sapp, Dorinda Clark Cole, Isaiah D Thomas, American Idol contestants and Sunday Best contestants just to name a few. I currently play full time at the New Antioch Baptist Church of Randallstown in Baltimore MD where the congregation is over 10,000 members. I am very proud of the releasing of my latest DVD entitle "Piper's Time 2 Groove" & "Nothing Too Hard" video to inspire all musicians around the World. With the launching of Passionate Drumming & Music Lessons, I am dedicated to equipping all my students with the instructions for reaching students goals. I welcome all students any age, any skill level. Hope to have you as a new student very soon!

*** Lesson Details ***
My students will quickly learn the basics of drumming, including: stick control, technique, rhythms, drum fills, and licks. It does not matter if you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced drummer. The same time and effort will be exercised. We will have a fun and meaningful time playing, both by ear and by reading music. These lessons will really be hands on using teaching methods such as music books, DVD’s, and playing of my own. Students will have a great time also studying music theory, learning how to assemble the drum set, learning the parts of the drums, how to tune the drums, and how to accompany other musical instruments. After 3 to 6 months taking lessons, all students will be well on their way to a very successful musical career having had such fun and learning to play all different styles of music. My motto: Lets play Good, get Better, and be our Best!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Finished Studio: (3) drum sets, recording equipment, hand drums & instruments, seating for students & guest.

***Endorsers & Sponsors***
*Odery Drums
*VicFirth Sticks-
*Sabian Cymbals & Sabian Education Network
*Evans, D'Addario & Company, Inc.-
*NAMM Member
*Low Boy Beaters
*Urbann Boards
*Kick Strap
*JamTec USA

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will bring snare and sticks. For the more advance lesson drum kit if one not provided. For the beginners sticks snare and if they already have a drum kit that is fine too.

*** Specialties ***
Gospel, Christian, jazz, blues, rock, R&B, pop, Latin, reggae, funk, shuffle

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Director & Educator
Jan 2011 - Present
Passionate Drumming & Music Lessons

Murray S. Piper founder & director of Passionate Drumming & Music Lessons is driven by his early passion for drums. Murray has taken that same passion in which he plays and teaches from to motivate, inspire, and encourage each student to perform at their highest level.

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Music Director
Mar 2010 - Present
New Antioch Baptist Church of Randallstown

As the music director & drummer at this ministry, I truly enjoy preparing music on a weekly basics for the congregation. Music range from traditional christian music to contemporary gospel music.


Advance Percussion Achievement
May 2009 - Jun 2011
Psalms of David Music Institute
Aug 2003 - May 2009
Morgan State University


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


Music & Percussion Performance
Jun 2009
Morgan State University


Washington DC Percussion Award
Apr 2014
Washington DC Orchestra


Percussive Arts Society, The
Jun 2017

We offer students and professionals opportunities to grow artistically and professionally. Students can learn have a music industry experience through the PAS Internship program or apply to receive a PAS scholarship or grant. Professionals can create new percussion programs or gain recognition through PAS grants and contests. Many individuals have significantly impacted the world of percussion through the Percussive Arts Society and they are recognized in our Hall of Fame and Awards pages.

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National Association of Music Merchants
Oct 2016

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.

Photos & Videos

Murray S. Piper SHURE Drum Mastery 2019 Contest Video

Hope You Enjoy!
My latest New video!
He's my drum cover to a song that got me through some tough times. Hope you enjoy? *I do not own the rights to this song!
Excited to launch this new video and song entitled “Maria”!
Excited about teaching many more online lessons in my new recording studio. Sign up for some amazing online lessons!

Hand percussion lessons are great in my new online and recording studio!

All my endorsement & sponsor companies. Vic Firth, Evans, Odery Drums, Urban Boards, Sledgepad, Stick Pro, Sabian, Jam Tec, Rhythm Band

I love interacting with my students!

My setup for Donnie McClurkin Concert! Endorsement Companies, Odery Drums Sabian Vic Firth Evans, Sledgepad urbanboards stickpro
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73 Reviews

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Mat Apr 10, 2019
Djembe · Online

Super passionate, knowledgable and a great communicator!

Troy Mar 29, 2019
Christian Gospel · In studio

I couldn't ask for more when looking for an instructor. Murray truly shows what it means to be a passionate and professional musician.

Susan T. Feb 7, 2019
Bongo · Online

I was a little nervous at first but Murray made that all disappear. He’s patient & very talented & makes playing a lot of fun. Can’t wait for my nxt lesson.

Nasir Dec 1, 2018
Drum · In home

Excellent, excellent instructor! Mr. Murray has a great way with children... truly gifted! No need to hesitate if your looking for a drumming instructor...he is the real deal!

Kaden L. Nov 3, 2018
Drum · Online

Murray is wonderful! So happy to have found him.

Jouslyn & Justin K. Oct 11, 2018
Drum · Online

It was great! Looking forward to more sessions! Mr. Murray is talented and patient

Henry Aug 15, 2018
Drum · In studio

Murray has just been excellent, his ability to encourage and still push me to express myself gave me a lot of confidence on the drums. That was exactly what I needed.

Esther Jul 21, 2018
Drum · Online

Murray is encouraging, humorous, and gifted as a teacher. Glad that we found him to teach a kid who tried a few instruments and nothing really clicked until now.

Shanelle Jun 21, 2018
Drum · In studio

Not only does he teach, but he’s also in high-demand for professional music gigs all over the country! Murray is very patient and has a tremendous passion to teach at ALL LEVELS!! Take me for example, I’m not a beginner, but I needed to sharpen my skills and kick a number of bad habits -Murray is perfect for that!

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Russ W. May 22, 2018
Drum · Online

Murray has been our instructor for a few years. He is fantastic. He brings energy and enthusiasm to every lesson. He caters to the needs of our child with caring patience and an pure love for drumming.

Doug Mar 10, 2018
Drum · In studio

Murray is a fantastic instructor. Very laid-back, fun, but also superb at teaching. Highly recommend!

Kelsey L. Feb 28, 2018
Drum · Online

My daughter loves her drum lessons and is progressing very well. We are very satisfied with Murray and with

Kelsey Feb 10, 2018
Drum · Online

Murray is the best instructor I have had. He is super supportive, really nice, and a lot of fun. I really enjoy my lessons with him and I am learning a lot more about drumming from him than the other instructors I have had.

SledgePad Innovations Jan 18, 2018

Murray Piper has been an Artist with SledgePad Innovations for over a year now and we would highly recommend him as a teacher, mentor and artist of his instrument. It is an honor to have such talent part of our company. Thank you for all that you do.

Doug Jan 18, 2018
Drum · In studio

Absolutely fantastic teacher - he was patient, knowledgeable, and very skilled at conveying the principles of drumming in an understandable manner for someone like me, a beginner. He also makes the lessons fun, which is the whole point of doing it!

Tony B. Jan 7, 2018
Drum · In studio

Murray is great instructor implementing the lesson along with fun... Couldn't aak for a better learning situation, benefiting from a top shelf craft. His teaching style is awesome...

Tony Jan 7, 2018
Drum · In studio

Murray is great implementing the lesson along with fun. I enjoyed the time we spent learning all about the ins and outs of drums. I would highly recommend Murray if you are interested in learning while having fun. Great guy!

G-Cholie Sep 11, 2017
Hand Drums · In studio

I have to say again...this man is a true professional...his teaching style will match anyone who has a passion to learn drumming of any second session with him... im able to play and identify and retain styles...patterens...accents...i could not have found a better instructor...not to mention murrays beautiful personality... if you live in the baltimore area..looking for a drum teacher...murray is your man...prices are very reasonable!!

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Erica Sep 2, 2017
Drum · In studio

As a teacher he was pretty good for what my son needed. I can see why he has repeat students. The reason he is getting a one star review is because as a business man he is not honorable. Take lessons, the company he contracts through, made a billing mistake that caused our rate to go up. He did not honor the original price per lesson, and when asked about why he made that decision he lied. He said that it was Takelessons that made that decision. That is not true, it is up to the discretion of the teacher when it comes to billing matters. So if your looking for a good drum instructor, this is your guy. But if you want someone who is a good instructor and honorable you might want to look elsewhere.

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G-Cholie Aug 14, 2017
Hand Drums · In home

I cannot say enough about Murray...from the time of arrival... his personal approach sets the tone to be at ease and confident... I read previously of students who stated of learning on first lesson... I am a testament of the same experience on my first lesson...Murray's teaching style is professional...exact...intricate... he put that little piece/note/etc that you just get it!! I cannot wait for my next lesson!! Please note; I am a real student ..this is not a paid advertisement...

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Gabe Aug 1, 2017
Drum · Online

Murray did a great job interacting with my 9 year old. He has never taken lessons before and had so much fun! I was a little nervous about the online format but it was perfect. He was able to watch and copy everything Murray did and was able to see mistakes and correct my son as needed. I am very impressed with both the instructor and the format.

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Joel May 24, 2017
Drum · In home

Mr Murray is my son's instructor. Very pleasant, knowledgeable, and thorough! My son is learning and enjoys going for lessons. I see the difference in my son's drumming which is actually benefiting our church. Thanks sir

Scott Mar 27, 2017
Drum · In home

Very enthusiastic, teaches in an easy manner that makes it simple to build off of earlier concepts...great with young kids as my son started with him at age 10. My son loves working with him.

Jordan Mar 23, 2017
Drum · In studio

Would recommend to anyone, the most patient and excellent teacher out there, he's also extremely Talented, talks the talk and walks the walk!

Thomas T. Feb 8, 2017
Drum · Online

After a recent lesson with Murray my 9 year old son stated, "That was fun!" When you make the teaching experience enjoyable for children they are eager to learn, and they stick with it; that's what Murray is great at doing. I highly recommend him.

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John Jan 9, 2017
Drum · Online

Very interactive and patient!

Greg Emerson Nov 24, 2016
Drum · Online

Murray is an excellent teacher, musician and all 'round good guy. He is very adept at understanding your deficiencies and giving you the right tools to improve. His positive attitude is contagious!

Sean M. Nov 3, 2016
Drum · In studio

It was a very positive experience. My son is learning so much and have fun in the process.

Moshe B. Oct 16, 2016
Drum · In studio

Just completed the first lesson, everything went great. The instructor is very approachable, knowledgeable, and encouraging.

Douglas Sep 22, 2016
Drum · Online

Really Great for this 8 year old.

Chris T. Aug 12, 2016
Drum · Online

My son really enjoyed his first lesson!!!

Chris T. Aug 12, 2016
Drum · Online

My son really enjoyed his first lesson!!!

Rebecca Jul 16, 2016
Djembe · Online

Friendly teacher! He customizes our lesson according to my needs and really supports me!

Rachel Jun 23, 2016
Drum · In home

Murray has been teaching my 8 year old son for the past 4 months. He is amazing, encouraging, and makes it fun! He is very patient and kind. I would recommend him to every parent who wishes to give her child drum lessons!

Ren'a Morrison Jun 8, 2016
Drum · In home

Very patient, knowledgeable and fun loving individual. My son enjoys learning about the drums and looks forward to sessions with Mr. Murray!.. Within 5 sessions of working with Murray my son was already playing like a professional!

Samantha Thomas Mar 28, 2016
Drum · Online

I love my drum lessons with Murray. I am learning so much. Murray is an awesome instructor. He seems to understand my learning style and is working with me on my level. Which has made my lessons exciting and fun. I will definitely be continuing my lessons.

Mitchell G. Mar 8, 2016
Drum · In studio

This was my first drum lesson and I do not play any other instruments. Murray made the lesson fun and informative and I look forward to my next lesson

D'Juan Chapman Mar 3, 2016
Drum · In home

Murray is awesome!!! Very detailed and organized. He has the right personality for teaching. His patience with students is a great attribute to him being a great instructor. If you want to become a drummer, then Murray Piper is your guy!!!

Alex Feb 15, 2016
Djembe · Online

Excellent experience with my first 2 classes. Murray is patient and dedicated. I look forward to my future classes with him.

Christian G. Jan 20, 2016
Drum · Online

Great first lesson. Murray has patience and knowledge.

Jules C. Dec 16, 2015
Drum · Online

My son was very impressed, asked why we had been taking drum lessons from his local instructor for so long. He was reticent before the lesson saying that he wasn't sure that our internet connection would be good enough, saying that he wasn't sure we could really do a lesson online instead of face to face. He came out of his room after the lesson and said he loved it, and that it worked really well, that our connection was just fine, and that he could hear everything on both sides. He was very happy with the result. He is really happy to have a clear goal of playing snare on the drum line in marching band, and he's very happy about having an instructor who can really help him to get there. Great experience so far!

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Michelle G. Dec 15, 2015
Drum · Online

We had our first lesson this week and it was great!

Christopher M. Dec 9, 2015
Drum · In home

Really amazing teacher.

Anne Nov 3, 2015
Bongo · Online

We have had two lessons with Murray. My 8 year old loves her lessons. We have had other teachers in the past and he is by far the best. My daughter is engaged, excited, and is learning quickly. Murray makes learning fun! He encourages and explains and rewards with clapping and laughing!!! He knows his stuff and can relate and engage even over the internet. We love this teacher!

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Matt B. Sep 30, 2015
Drum · In home

Murray Piper is an excellent, excellent music teacher for kids (and adults too). Unlike some of my past music teachers, who's instrument skills far exceed their ability to teach, Murray is an excellent communicator, super engaging, and keeps lessons really fun. My 7 year old Son is receiving drum lessons from Mr. Piper, and loves interacting with him. Murray is also happy to adjust his teaching style to suit the personality of his students. Most importantly as a Father, Murray is kind, upbeat, and professional with every member of my family, including my two children who aren't (yet) receiving music lessons. Thank you Murray! You are truly excellent at what you do.

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al C. Sep 24, 2015
Drum · In studio

GREAT instructor!

Daniel M. Sep 16, 2015
Hand Drums · In studio

We are still so happy that we chose Mr Murray. We would highly recommend him for any percussion instrument instruction.

Michael Aug 25, 2015
Drum · In studio

Murray is extremely enthusiastic and energetic during his lessons with my son, Noah. He has a great knowledge of the history and origins of music and is teaching my son to become a well rounded musician. I couldn't be happier with my choice of instructor.

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Tiffany S. Aug 25, 2015
Drum · In home

Murray did a great job with my 6 yr old son's first drum lesson. He was able to teach the fundalmentals while making it a fun experience. My son was very excited and enjoyed his first lesson with Murray.

Russ W. Aug 25, 2015
Drum · In home

Murray is great. He comes to our home every week and not only teaches my daughter the different rudiments of drumming, but he also connects with her and gears every lesson toward her musical interests and style. She is having a lot of fun.

Lois Aug 13, 2015
Drum · In studio

Wow...I couldn't believe it. In one lesson Murray had me playing the drums to my favorite song!

Kyechia A. Aug 12, 2015
Drum · In home

Murray's lessons has our son excited about learning his instrument! Murray transfers learning lessons into play and fun. We look forward to more sessions with Murray!

Kareem W. Aug 12, 2015
Drum · In home

Mr. Piper is patient with the speed at which students learn, is incredible at translating complex patterns and phrases into simple teaching styles that students can easily comprehend and adjust to, and builds my daughter's confidence in more than using the drum kit but also in her personal experiences. I say he cares about all his students more than just being a "drum" teacher, but a friend and at times a supporting parent for the youth. I interact with many of his adult students, and we are all very appreciative of his professionalism and individual connection to our styles while teaching each of us individually. He is very astute at the art and mechanics of drumming which translates into a flexible personable teacher.

Oh yes, For all the tangibles and intangibles, his prices are soooo affordable and competitive.

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Bill K. Aug 11, 2015
Drum · In studio

Not only is Murray a good player, but most importantly he is a true teacher, I have been around many good players in my 57 years and few are real teachers, Murray is both and a pleasure to be around...

Ryan Aug 11, 2015
Percussion · In studio

Mr. Piper came to Lake Charles, LA and DeRidder, LA for a FREE drum camp for kids. We went to both locations because that's unheard of in our city. He taught the kids:
*Different techniques
*How to play the drums with different genres of music

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Esther M. Aug 11, 2015
Hand Drums · In studio

Murray is a great teacher! He loves what he does and is very encouraging to his students. We are glad we found him!

Mia Aug 11, 2015
Drum · In studio

Very good with my son (age 11). My son can read music, play different styles of music and knows several drum feels. Very pleased with his progress and with Passionate Drumming as an instructor and business!

Gina J. Aug 11, 2015
Drum · In home

Murray has been teaching my daughter drums for almost 4 years now. He is fabulous and brings his love for the drums and his positive energy to every lesson! Murray is a fantastic drummer and I am thrilled that he is teaching my daughter how to be as amazing as he is! If you are looking for a professional, energetic, kind, passionate man for a teacher, Murray is your man!!!!

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Anquinette Gibson Aug 11, 2015
Drum · In studio

Murray is an exsquisite drum teacher. He teaches my son all of the fundamentals of playing the drums. He ensures that my son knows how to read music, and knows how to play all genres of music. His lessons are always fun and he encourages my son to have fun while playing, but to do so professionally as well. Murray makes sure that my son knows the different drum rudiments that he plays, such as, paradiddles/flamadiddles, so when speaks about a piece that he has played, he can sound educated and professional about his craft. Murray deposits fruitful information about how to conduct business, if you are planning to have a career in the music industry. Thank you for being a great teacher and influence to my child.

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Toya Aug 10, 2015
Drum · In home

Minister Piper is a wonderful teacher, my 9 years old has progressed rapidly under his tutelage. He truly enjoys his time spent with Minister Piper.

Alvin A. Jun 16, 2015
Drum · In studio

This is only my 4th week and I have already decided to continue taking lessons from Murray. His skill, knowledge, teaching style, and enthusiasm has inspired me to practice for SEVERAL hours a week. Murray has not just simply gone through the lesson plan, but has given me some very good suggestions on how to practice more efficiently and gain comfort with new material. I see progress and I look forward to more in the upcoming months.

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Ethan A. Jun 6, 2015
Drum · In home

Murray was awesome! His talent captured our son's eyes and interest. Murray was hands on from the beginning to the end of his lessons. We look forward to our upcoming sessions. Very pleased!!!

Noah S. Jun 3, 2015
Drum · In studio

He loved his first lesson and hasn't stopped with the sticks since. He can't wait for the next lesson.

Alvin A. May 18, 2015
Drum · In studio

Good first class. Nice guy and talented musician.

Jared K. Feb 5, 2015
Drum · In home

Murray is a great teacher who is quick to identify areas for improvement, helpful exercises to make it happen, and keep it fun the whole time. He's also obviously very dedicated and passionate, as any professional musician must be.

Ilan R. Dec 3, 2014
Drum · Online

Murray is a dedicated and a serious teacher. Very enthusiastic and really good with children. He is extremely professional. I highly recommend him as a teacher!

Cathy G. Nov 14, 2014
Drum · In studio

One of many words to describe Murray, AWESOMENESS! Meeting Murray and learning under his instructions has brought a bigger meaning to playing the drums. His love of drums and music shows in how he teaches his students. He never criticizes your mistakes and works along side of you, teaching you, until you learn and understand it all. He is very patient, professional and the best drummer I have ever met. I am truly blessed to have him as an instructor and look forward to many years of his teachings. Not enough stars in the world to rate him!!!!!

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Joe S. Nov 12, 2014
Drum · In home

Mr. Murray is very patient about teaching me all the cool and important techniques I need to play my grooves and he is very helpful on answering all the questions that I encountered during my out and in class practices. I strongly recommend Mr. Murray!

ADESUWA K. Mar 7, 2013
Drum ·

A rare gem!

I am blown away every week with how engaged and enthused my 7 year old is while under Murray's instruction. His style and technique are clearly adapted to the benefit of the individual student and his professionalism is a breath of fresh air. My child is having so much fun and is thriving in his drumming lesson. We recommend Mr Piper 150 % !

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Raymond J. Jan 29, 2013

Overall, being a beginner drummer, it was experience.

Mr. Murray P is a very professional teacher. His teaching method is excellent. The lessons that Mr. Murray P. taught me, as a beginner, was outstanding. I learn so much in a little bit of time. My rudiment, notes, etc. I have never played drums before, but after learning from Mr. Murray P, I know i would have learn more than enough. My hats off to Mr. Murray P, and I would recommend him to everyone.

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Natalie M. Oct 13, 2012
Drum ·

Professional and Fun

Murray does a great job of encouraging the student while he is teaching. He takes the time needed to explain the very basics before moving onto the more difficult concepts. He played for me and my family after my lesson was over! We really enjoyed it! He knows what he's doing and he has the instrument knowledge to back it up!

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Bill K. Sep 8, 2012


Murray has a fun and outgoing personality that he brings to his teaching. I am 54 years young and am excited when it's time for my lesson. He listens and loves to play himself which allows him to love his job. This all translates to a lesson well worth the money

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ReannA May 23, 2011

Mr. Murray is an excellent teacher

He provides a comfortable learning environment. My son loves to go to his class and is very eager to learn. Mr. Murray has been very helpful and has made it easy to find the perfect drum set and other materials needed to practice at home. I'm sure we will be working with him for a very long time.

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