Paul Van de Riet

Paul V.

Lake Arrowhead, CA
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About

Paul delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 8+

Teaching since:
May 1995

First off, my hope for you is that for whatever reason you're on this site looking for a drum teacher is something I can help you fulfill, whether you would like to play in a band, learn better technique to help you play what you want to (but maybe aren't able to yet), record your drums, create beats, learn to read music, or understand and play different styles of music.

With over 20 years of teaching experience, I will help you reach your musical goals, now matter how big or small. We'll work together on uncovering your talents and use them to your advantage while improving on areas that might be holding you back - all while having fun, because let's face it, playing music, and especially the drums, is fun!

About Paul:

Paul V., originally from St. Louis , Missouri, studied drums for several years before becoming interested in classical percussion and piano in college, eventually becoming Principal Timpanist for the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra and also Guest Artist with the nationally acclaimed St. Louis Brass Band. Since moving to Los Angeles in 2002, Paul has played/recorded with WAL (formerly the Jacob and Matthew Band), Jane Lui, Danielle Rose, Warren Charles, Scott Detweiler, Hunter Parrish (from Showtime'€™s Weeds and Godspell on Broadway), Brendan James, Billy Mitchell, Bill Purdy, Don Kirkpatrick (Rod Stewart, Joe Cocker), Jeff Littleton (Herbie Hancock, Stanley Turrentine), John Thomas (Bruce Hornsby), Pete Anderson (Roy Orbison, Dwight Yoakam), and has opened for acts including The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Wailing Souls, Clint Black, Junior Brown, Rodney Crowell, and has also played for members of the Library of Congress. He has performed at numerous venues ranging from Lucas Oil Stadium, the Verizon Center (Washington, DC), and Cowboy Stadium to the Cerritos Performing Arts Center, Hotel Café, the Roxy, and many others. Paul is an active educator and has taught at the Los Angeles College of Music and Music Performance Academy and has also studied with Steve Ferrone, Peter Erskine, Joe Porcaro, and Ralph Humphrey.

*** Studio Equipment ***

Yamaha DTX electronic drums in personal home studio and Pro Tools for recording lesson progress.

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Experience

Director of LACM Online
Jul 2013 - Present
Los Angeles College of Music

Oversee development of online courses and programs

Drum Instructor
Jun 2008 - Aug 2011
Music Performance Academy

Drum Instructor
Oct 2006 - Dec 2009
Waltrip's World of Yamaha

Education

Drum Performance Certificate
Sep 2002 - Oct 2003
Los Angeles College of Music

Languages

Mandarin
Limited Proficiency
Spanish
Limited Proficiency

Certifications

NASM Certified Personal Trainer
May 2016
National Academy of Sports Medicine

AED/CPR
Jan 2016
American Red Cross

Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate
May 2013
eCornell & The T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies

Photos & Videos

Drum Lesson Introduction
"Take Me Out to The Ballgame" - Steve Gadd/Richard Tee Style
Jane Lui - Live @ Lestat's San Diego
Warren Charles @ The Witzend
Brendan James - "The Lucky Ones"
Aijia - "Good Cry"
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4 Reviews

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Ara D. May 10, 2015
Drum · In studio

Paul does a great job of balancing the theoretical and applied. He focuses on developing strong fundamentals and good habits but also delves into songs that apply new skills learned along the way at the appropriate pace. As a beginner, Paul has helped me get off to a good start where I'm learning a lot but also having a lot of fun.

A big plus is that he's got a real down-to-earth personality that makes the lessons even more enjoyable and really interesting to talk to about all things drums and otherwise.

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cindi G. Nov 9, 2014
Drum · In home

My son has taken lessons with Paul for over 5 years. Not only is Paul an accomplished musician, he's a great teacher. His teaching style is positive and supportive. He has modified my son's lessons through the years, as his goals and needs have changed. Paul has always been professional, reliable and enthusiastic. He genuinely seems to enjoy what he does, and as a bonus, Paul is also a really nice guy, who has had a positive influence on my teenage son's life.

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Alex D. Sep 18, 2014
Drum · In home

Paul is an awesome teacher! He is super positive, friendly, joyful, and professional. He was always on time and always adequately prepared for the lesson. He is not only a fantastic musician, but also very supportive in helping you accomplish whatever your goals are as he cares about you as a person. I highly recommend Paul!

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C C. Aug 11, 2014
Drum · In home

Paul is a great teacher! He is very professional and is clearly a very experienced musician. He helped me find the most efficient and effective way to learn and practice, which is just as useful in everyday life. He really cared about my musical interests, which made my lessons much more fun. He made it easy for me to stay motivated and engaged in playing drums!

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