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Ray R.

Valley Village, CA

About Ray R.

Background check: Last verified 10/23/2016
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Ray teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: March 2011
Last sign in: Within a month

Overview

Hello! My name is Ray R. and I'm a professional drummer and drum instructor.

I have been teaching private lessons for over four years and I'm currently accepting new students at my home studio, the studio is fully sound proofed and sound treated to make the lessons more enjoyable. I count with two drum sets, which allows me and the student to play together, making the lessons more fun and efficient. I'm also available to travel to your place if that's your preference. I've taught students ranging from 3 years old to 60 years old.

I have a Bachelor's Degree in Performance of Contemporary Music from Musicians Institute, where I have also been a private tutor in subjects including technique, reading, and overall drum set playing. Currently a drum instructor in Cornel School of Contemporary Music, teaching reading classes and contemporary styles, and at Modern Music School, where most of my students are kids. I'm also a published author with 6 educational drum books available in Amazon that are perfect for a beginner drummer who is first learning how to play, or for intermediate players who are looking to strengthen their foundations as drummers.

I'm a huge fan of teaching and take the opportunity to help you improve at something you love very seriously. I look forward to helping you accomplish all of your drumming goals!

Photos and Videos

Live video performance with guitar player Felix Martin.

Experience

Drum Teacher

Jan 2016 - Present
Cornel School of Contemporary Music

I teach the Certificate program, currently teaching reading classes and contemporary styles.

Drum Teacher

Mar 2013 - Present
Modern Music School

I teach private lessons, as well as group lessons for all levels and ages. I have also been in charge of a "band class", or ensemble.

Education

Bachelor's Degree in Performance of Contemporary Music

Mar 2009 - Mar 2012
Musicians Institute

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Fluent / Native Proficiency
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5 Reviews on Ray R.

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Felipe Oliveira Oct 31, 2016
Drum · In studio
A good musician is not necessarily a good teacher. Most musicians do not know how to teach, period.

A good music teacher not only knows how to perform on his/instrument well but knows the art and technique of imparting the knowledge. Those are two totally different skills.

Ray is one of those rare guys to come around who has both skill well developed: he is a great musician, a great pro drummer who knows how to put himself in the student's shoes and thus can impart to the student exactly what the student needs in order to make progress.

Add to that a great positive personality and passion to boot and you have a great teacher and mentor.

I took "Advanced Drum Chart Reading" lessons and "Group Performance Workshops" classes from Ray at Cornel School of Contemporary Music and I am continuing studying with him after my graduation. I highly recommend him.
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Marcelo a.k.a Matx The Drummer Oct 24, 2016
Drum · In studio
I took lessons from Ray for about 4 months because I wanted to take my drumming skills to the next level. Ray's teaching method is unique and effective. It's simple as that!. After 2 lessons my band mates started noticing better chops, more control on the drum set (as far as dynamics) and tasteful fills. My hand/foot coordination has improved radically thanks to those exercises customized and developed by Ray that target the weak areas. At my first lesson, Ray and I discussed my short but demanding list of concepts that I wanted to work. He was able to understand all my concerns in a heartbeat and put together a teaching plan that covered more than what I was expecting. Needless to say that Ray is a humble person and a great drummer ( I stole a of of licks from him!). The studio is very neat and organized. It has technology and equipment that as a student you can use for free. Another advantage is that Ray's studio has two drum sets so the theory and the actual practice happen in real time. Also, the studio location is very convenience. If you are a drummer looking for effective drum lessons, any style, any level don't hesitate to contact Ray. You won't regret it!. He is an A+ drum instructor.
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Carina Oct 24, 2016
Drum · In studio
Ray is my favorite music teacher I have ever had! He is extremely patient and just wants his students to love the drums. He always makes the lessons interesting and caters to what the students want. He is very encouraging and knows how to teach in a supportive matter. I have learned so much from Ray and would recommend him to any student!
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Max R. Oct 19, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
We Love Love Love Ray. My son is 8 years old. He is a beginner at drums and had his first lesson today at Rays (wonderful!) little studio with two drum sets in it. Ray started with a simple rhythm that my son had to copy and they practiced it together a couple of times. Then Ray showed him what that rhythm looked like, written down on paper and how you can read the notes so you can play it (anything) again. Then they both put headphones on and played the same rhythm along with a song of (in this case) Michael Jackson, picking up the tempo. This made it all the more fun, because my son felt like he was already actually making some real music!
My son loved his first class with Ray and I am very happy too. Ray is structured, has loads and loads of enthusiasm and is very skilled. On top of that he knows how to teach! We can’t wait untill his next class.
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Stephanie Oct 8, 2015
Drum · In studio
I've been taking drum lessons from Ray for about 3 years now. It's been a great experience, and I've learned so much from him. He makes sure to focus on what I specifically want to learn, which makes the lessons super fun. He's also knowledgable about all aspects of drumming, and he's really helpful whenever I have a question about anything. Without Ray, I never would have been able to come as far as I have these last few years.
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