Travis Blum

Travis B.

Mesa, AZ
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About

Travis delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
January 2002

Travis is a music educator that enjoys teaching and performing. He has a lot of patience and feels proud that all of his students can say they have excelled at their instrument throughout the duration of his instruction. With much experience teaching students of all ages,needs and skill levels he focuses specifically on the most important skills and concepts a student needs to be able to play proficiently and musically. This is accomplished through the use of proper technique and providing clear information of the fundamentals.

Travis has been involved in numerous playing situations throughout his schooled training. Studying under great industry professionals has helped him to be well versed in all styles of music and make him a well rounded player and an exceptional teacher. He has performed in a number of different groups that include many diverse styles of music and has performed, toured and recorded with various artist in the mid-west and on the west coast. Now, settled in Arizona, he enjoys teaching at Blackbird Music and Art Center where he gives private lessons Monday through Saturday. He has dedicated his time to teaching piano and drum lessons, along with any other percussion instrument. In his teachings he improves the students technique and creativity while introducing many important concepts that have influenced modern music as we know it. He continues playing with various artist and is involved in many community events.

"I love to meet the needs of my student to enhance their growth through music." -Travis




*** Lesson Details ***
Piano students will focus specifically on the most important skills and concepts they need to be able to play proficiently and musically. This will be through the use of proper technique and providing clear explanation of music theory. Scales, progression, harmonizing, improvising and sight reading will all be demonstrated and explained thoroughly. Also creative exercises to help the students build chops and play parts that they can call their own will be encouraged.

Drum lessons will improve the students technique and creativity while introducing many diverse styles. I will introduce (or reinforce) the rudiments and how they might be applied to any beats or fills. Linear patterns and four way coordination patterns will be applied for developing good coordination skills and ambidextrous discipline. Styles will be covered to grasp a feel of straight 8th and 16th note patterns. Blues shuffle and swing rhythms will be covered so that the student can get a feel of grooves that are based on triplets. Students can also learn about music and rhythms from all over the world. (Latin, Jamaican, Afro Cuban etc...) After the basis of various rhythmic concepts are applied then we can reach into the field of playing over the bar line, playing in odd meters, and soloing.

Lessons with me will focus on the following:
 Students of all ages and skill levels
 Improve your technique and creativity
 Play in any style of music you are interested
 Drum set and hand percussion
 Learn through fun exercises

• Understanding rhythm
• Rudiments
• Sight reading
• Stick control
• Accent and rebounds
• Double bass
• Soloing
• Studio drumming



*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio Upright Piano, Hammer weighted Digital Piano,  Drum practice pads, Drum kits, Congs, Other percussion instruments .

*** Travel Equipment ***
Practice pads.
A full library of exercises and instructional materials. Books, videos, laptop...

*** Specialties ***
Drums, Percussion, Piano, Music Theory, Voice and Ear training
Drum set, Snare Drum, Concert Snare, Hand Drums.

I try to meet the needs of my student in the styles they are interested in. I will use the proper teaching methods to help them to become efficient in styling of there choice.

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5 Reviews

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Lesley W. Mar 20, 2013
Piano ·

Working with Take Lessons is easy and convenient

My son and I had a positive experience with both Take Lessons and the instructor, Travis Bloom.

MarlysG Jan 11, 2012
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Great! Patient with questions being asked of him.

Lessons are to the point and fast moving. He is willing to review the past lessons for confirmation of students doubts or questions.

JessicaB Mar 17, 2011
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Knowledgeable and helpful

He is responsive to our needs, patient, energetic, and positive. He makes lessons enjoyable and engaging for our 9-year-old son.

ScottB2 Mar 1, 2011
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thanks, you keep me plenty busy.

PhilG Sep 30, 2008
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Good experience

Travis is a great instructor. Sets challenging yet attainable goals for each session, a provides a conformable environment to learn in. I recently had to discontinue my lessons with him due to a work constraints, but would definitely resume with him in the future.

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