Ron-Jay Gage

Ron-Jay G.

Portland, OR

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Ron-Jay delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
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Ages 5+ and special needs

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Hello! I'm Ron-Jay Gage, and I can teach you to play the drums. I have about 22 years of experience; I actively write, record and perform live music in three bands, and I am proficient in many musical styles including Rock and Metal.

Whether you want to play in school band, orchestra, marching, jazz, rock, or play with your friends at home, I can show you the tools to becoming really good. Some of my teachers include multi-time world rudimental snare drum champion Rob Carson, Chuck Silverman (The Latin/Funk Connection), Fred Dinkins (It's About Time), Gary Hess (The Encyclopedia of Reading Rhythms), Jeff Bowders (Double Bass Drumming), and dozens of other professionals with decades of experience in all styles of music including rock, funk, r&b, jazz, latin. I have also studied classical percussion at Indiana University with Braham Dembar, Principal Percussionist of the Indianapolis Philharmonic Orchestra, and also have a Music Performance degree from The Musician's Institute.

I have decades of experience, I am organized, enthusiastic and well-rounded, and I've been teaching since 2012. My comprehensive lesson plan leads students to an understanding of hand and foot techniques, rudiments, patterns, coordination, 4-limb interdependence, grooving, filling, song structure, odd meters, theory and ear-training all while having fun and applying it how you hear it. My curriculum derives largely from the curricula of the best instructors in the country, and your lessons will be tailored to meet your personal needs.

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English Composition Tutor
Mar 2015 - Present
Portland Community College, Cascade

Private and Group Percussion Instructor
Jun 2012 - Present
Ron-Jay Gage

Science Educator, Chemistry and Physics
Jan 2014 - Jan 2015

Tutor / Disability Services
Mar 2004 - Aug 2005
IVY Tech Community College


AA Applied Sciences, Chemistry
Mar 2013 - Jul 2015
Portland Community College
AA Percussion Performance
Mar 2007 - Jul 2009
The Musician's Institute
Percussion Performance
Sep 2004 - Jul 2005


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

One of my bands live in concert


2 Reviews

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Anthony C. Aug 5, 2017
Drum · In studio

Very good first lesson.
The lesson was less structured than I thought it would be.
More open flow and flexible.
I look forward to future lessons.

Kayla D. Aug 3, 2016
Drum · In studio

Ron-Jay is an amazing teacher. So knowledgeable and patient. He's the best teacher I've ever had and I plan on studying with him for many years.

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