Tony Capko

Tony C.

Lancaster, CA

About Tony C.

Tony teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: June 1981
Last sign in: More than two months

Overview

Tony teaches.. All Ages, All Skill Levels, All Styles ,One on One instruction. Over 30 years teaching experience focusing on Drum set, Drum Line, Rudiments, Reading, Counting, Technique, Coordination, Independence and Musicianship. Including annual performance opportunities and recitals.

Tony's Teaching approach is upbeat, enthusiastic and motivational with emphasis on ease of motion, relaxation and a natural physical approach to drum set. He also specializes in teaching Rudimental Snare Technique for modern Drum and Bugle Corps.

Tony is a graduate of Musicians Institute of Technology in Hollywood CA and was the Percussive Arts Society Rudimental Drum Champion. Versatility being Tony's strong point, he has performed with various artist such as: Gina Eckstine, Allen Rich (Son of Charlie Rich), The Convertibles, Fabian, Johnny Paycheck, Neil McCoy, Steve Warner, The Drifters, Jim Lauderdale, The Tony C Orchestra and Jazz Quintets.

Tony's credits include countless commercials, music demos, theater and various local and national television. He has taught at Simi Valley High School, El Camino High School, Royal High School, Palmdale High School, Lancaster High School, Rosamond High School. He was the Senior Drum Instructor/Workshop Clinician at both Mario's Music in Lancaster CA from 1990 to 2012 and World Music in Simi Valley CA from 1983 to 1990.

Tony is a Jazz Historian, Lecturer and Clinician.

Endorsements Include: Capella Drum Sticks, Percussion Drum Hardware and Accessories and Rhythm Tech Percussion Instruments.

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Introduction to the The Tony Capko School of Drumming

Experience

School Owner/Director

Nov 1986 - Present
Tony C. Drum Instruction

I have been teaching for 30 years and have a reputation of producing students that have made careers from the foundation that I provide. I also cater to the player that just enjoys drums as a hobby taking all ages from beginners to advanced level players.
My students create a constant learning process in me, such as keeping up with current musical trends, technique ideas and drum set styleings.

Music Instructor and Professional Performer

Jun 1978 - Present
Acclaim Music Services and Tony's Drum Instruction

All ages, All levels, All styles
Tony is a graduate of Musicians Institute of Technology in Hollywood CA and was the Percussive Arts Society Rudimental Drum Champion. Versatility being Tony's strong point, he has performed with various artist such as: Gina Eckstine, Allen Rich (Son of Charlie Rich), The Convertibles, Fabian, Johnny Paycheck, Neil McCoy, Steve Warner, The Drifters, Jim Lauderdale, The Tony C. Orchestra and Jazz Quintets.

Tony's credits include countless commercials, music demos, theater and various local and national television. He has taught at Simi Valley High School, El Camino High School, Royal High School, Palmdale High School, Lancaster High School, Rosamond High School. He was the Senior Drum Instructor/Workshop Clinician at both Mario's Music in Lancaster CA from 1990 to 2012 and World Music in Simi Valley CA from 1983 to 1990.

Education

Drums and percussion

Jan 1986 - Jan 1987
Musicians Institute of Technology

Certifications

Musicians Institute of Technology

Sep 1988
MIT

Musicians Institute provides the official map for you to become the artist & music industry professional you want to be.
Musicians Institute is right in the heart of Hollywood, a dynamic location that’s buzzing with culture & creativity around the clock. At this College of Contemporary Music, you can learn all the skills you need—from performing in every genre and using cutting-edge technology, to handling all the business of building your own artistic brand.

MI's selective programs are designed to help you launch a successful career in music by teaching you the wide array of tools and skill sets required to meet the demands of a highly competitive industry. Through focused and rigorous study, enhanced by close mentoring relationships with exceptional faculty, your graduate studies at MI will prepare you to excel musically, artistically, and professionally.

MI

Jun 1988
Musicians Institute Of technology

Studied All Areas of Music Styles and Performance with World Renown Instructors and Artists.

Awards

CCMA Drummer of the Year 1998

Aug 1998
California Country Music Association

PASIC Rudimentary Drum Champion

Apr 1991
Percussive Arts Society International Drum Contest

Affiliations

Music Teachers National Association

Sep 1999
MTNA

The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

Percussive Arts Society, The

Sep 1978
PAS

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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10 Reviews on Tony C.

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Diana Jun 28, 2016
Drum · In studio
I started taking lessons from Tony about 15 years ago. I started taking them from Tony when he was teaching at Marios Music. The guy is an awesome teacher. He taught me how to hold my Drumsticks right, how to read Music, how to do perididdles, how to hit the snare the right way. How to relax my hand and work my wrist. He is an awesome drummer himself. He showed me the right way to be a professional Drummer. I told him when I first went in there I wanted to just play for my Church. I've never stopped and have been in 3 Bands. I'm always playing at Church as well as Bands. I love it. I am female. So ladies in f you want to be a working or just having fun drummer this is the guy that will hook you up. He is an awesome Drum Instructor as well as a drummer who goes everywhere to play. I'd you want a great Teacher call Tony. You won't be sorry. Also guys you too. Tony is easy to get along with and always helpful if you don't understand.
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Erica Sep 8, 2015
Drum · In studio
Tony did an amazing job with drum lessons for my son! Works well with children and my son progressed rapidly. I highly recommend Tony!
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Terry Sep 2, 2015
Drum · In studio
Many, many years ago, I was lucky enough to have a math professor at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo who found a way to make mathematics an exciting area of study for me and all of his other students.

Many years ago, I was lucky enough to have a professor in the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department at UCLA who had the ability to provide the perfect amount of background, not too much, not too little, in his graduate courses so that no matter what the student’s undergraduate degree was in, there was never a problem with them understanding the newly introduced graduate level concepts.

And now, I am lucky enough that I found a drum instructor who was willing to take on an old guy (remember the many, many years ago stuff above <g>) and work around my problems with arthritis, senior moments, bad vision, and an occasional decrease in motivation.

While I am probably his oldest student (a distinction I could have lived without), I have listened to him work with several younger, in some cases way younger, students and he is another one of those special people who can teach. Not everybody can teach. Of those that can, many don’t teach well. And, of those that can teach well, not all of them can teach well to people with a broad range of backgrounds, skill sets, motivations, and ages.

Tony has the ability to teach well, no matter what your circumstances.
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Willie B. Sep 2, 2015
Drum · In studio
Tony is a great drums teacher. The drums recitals that he conducts are very exciting for all the musicians and fun for the parents. Good job!
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Lisa Aug 30, 2015
Drum · In studio
Tony is a great teacher. He has taught my son timing, technique, and to enjoy music. Tony's drum recitals are incredible as he organizes musicians to play along with our kids at each recital giving them a true musical experience. We love Tony!
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Chuck Aug 29, 2015
Drum · In studio
Tony is an excellent instructor. Our grandson has taken lessons from Tony for a little over a year and sets the pace to challenge him while maintaining an awareness of his level. Our grandson enjoys the lessons as he can see the improvement in playing the drums....
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Adam Aug 29, 2015
Drum · In studio
Great instructor, really takes the time to ensure you have a good grasp on what he is teaching
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David Aug 29, 2015
Drum · In studio
Tony is a great teacher, I would highly recommend.
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Tom Aug 29, 2015
Drum · In studio
Tony was my drum coach many years ago. now my son goes to Tony. He was the best 13 years ago and still is!
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Kristen Aug 29, 2015
Drum · In studio
My son took drum lessons with Tony for about two years. Tony always put everything into his teaching, and made his students and parents feel important. He also kept everyone well informed on what was going to be happening. Not only does he represent class and style, he is warm, kind, caring and enthusiastic about what he does. Locations to hold the concerts were always great. He taught my son so much for the time that he worked with him. We will remember those times fondly! Thanks Tony
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