Timothy Karsten

Timothy K.

Philadelphia, PA

Lesson Details

Music Performance

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Timothy delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
March 1997

Currently a music performance major at Temple University
Associates in Applied Science
Major- Sound Recording and Music Technology
I can teach all styles from reggae, funk, jazz, rock or blues to heavy metal. I can also introduce students to recording and preparing for the studio. I am currently in TOOL tribute band and working on several recording projects.
Paul Green School of Rock Music, Music Director 2001-2009
Philadelphia/Southampton, PA
Produced and directed 25 concerts of varied genres of music
Responsible for teaching students reading techniques, song form, sound production and drumming fundamentals.
Educated individuals and groups in an extensive variety of musical styles
Instructed students ages 6-18 yrs in drum set and snare studies

St. Martin’s Catholic Elementary, Drum Instructor Feb 2000-Jan 2011
Philadelphia, PA
Taught percussion ensemble
Tutored intensive individual instruction
Facilitated drum and snare studies
Prepared students for school concerts

Lansdale Catholic School, Drum Instructor Sept 1991-June 2000
Lansdale, PA
Taught marching band

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are laid back and fun. I set short and long term goals for my students. Beginners will learn song form, basic beats, sticking patterns and proper technique as well as a focus on playing the music that is most inspiring to them. As our lessons progress we'll work on reading more advanced music, drum set technique, soloing, playing more difficult songs, music theory and learning about all the great drummers in the world! After a few months you'll be booking yourself gigs!

*** Studio Equipment ***
recording gear, two drum sets, rehearsal space seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have a studio with two drumsets set up

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Rock, Funk, Prog, Reggae, Folk, and Jazz

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Photos & Videos

This a cover of theTOOL song "The Grudge"
Photo by Timothy K.


10 Reviews

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Claven Oct 16, 2016
Drum · In studio

He is a great teacher he helps you learn it so you can understand, he simplifies what your having a hard time on and then you'll get it

Yixuan Jul 26, 2016
Drum · In studio

Tim is a really nice and patient teacher. I did not have any drum experience before, but Tim arranges the first courses from basic rhythm practice, and also asked me to set up a long goal of playing drum cover of my favorite song. So the drum lesson is always interesting and compact, which makes me want to practice more in my spare time. I hope I could follow up the courses with more improvement and did better with his guidance.

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Lily Jul 4, 2016
Drum · In studio

Great for the first lessons. .

Fred K. Jun 19, 2016
Drum · In studio

Tim was open to listening to what my goals are.he helped me to see how to understand different areas that i want to achieve in my drumming.Gave me solid instruction on how to accent my drumming and personalized home work to help me improve my technique...

Lauren M. Mar 2, 2016
Drum · In studio

Tim is awesome!

Bradford Stadler` Dec 11, 2015
Drum · In studio

Great first lesson. Tim was patient and helpful.

Jesse F. Oct 7, 2015
Drum · In studio

great lesson

Julia W. Dec 3, 2013
Drum ·

Tim's great

Tim is knowledgable, patient, and tuned in to my child's needs. He has an easygoing nature and teaches around my child's musical interests. I would highly recommend him!

Maria T. May 4, 2013
Drum ·


Tim is great, he is teaching my son so much, he loves going to his lessons and learns so much from Tim, he taught him how to read music and the different types of drums and the different sounds they make, He tells everyone he is taking drum lessons. Tim answers any questions we may have and knows the drums very well, he is also very flexible and outgoing, Tirstan has lots of fun and enjoys his lessons very much. I will recommend Tim to anyone who is looking for a drum instructor.

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FitziaJ Jul 24, 2012

Mother of Teddy J

Tim is a great teacher. He introduced Teddy to the different types of drums and cymbals. He allowed Teddy to play the different drums so that he could hear that each drum has a different sound. He also showed him how could change the pitch of the drum. Teddy really enjoys his lessons.

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