Travis Blum

Travis B.

Mesa, AZ

Lesson Details



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 1997

Travis Blum is a music educator who enjoys instructing in multiple disciplines and performing for live audiences. Over the span of 20 years in music education, Travis is proud to have worked with students of all ages, abilities and skill levels achieve their musical goals. Lessons taught with patience and consistency have provided his students with the most important skills and concepts to play with confidence and proficiency through the use of proper technique and a direct model of fundamentals.

Travis has been involved in numerous playing situations throughout his career. Studying under great industry professionals has helped him become proficient in all styles of popular music and makes 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 toured and recorded with various artists in the United States. Now, settled on music education, he enjoys teaching at an academy for the arts where he gives private lessons, clinics and group classes. He has dedicated his time to teaching piano, drum set, hand drums and key percussion, along with other percussion instruments. In his teachings he improves the student's technique and creativity while introducing many important concepts that have influenced modern music. He continues playing with various artists and is involved in many community events.

“I assist my students with playing like their musical idols by using proper teaching methods to help them become well versed in the musical styling of their choice.” -Travis Blum

"I love meeting the needs of my students to enhance their musical growth." -Travis Blum

Piano students will focus 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 a clear explanation of music theory, scales, progressions, harmonizing, improvising, ear training, sight reading and understanding lead sheets. All will be in the best interest of the student in order to focus them toward playing the songs and styles they wish to play. Everything will be demonstrated and explained thoroughly with clarity and patience. Exercises to help the students build confidence to play parts that they can call their own will be encouraged.

Drum lessons will improve the students technique and creativity while introducing the many diverse styles. Students will implement the use of the rudiments and see how they might be applied to beats or fills on the drum set. Linear patterns and four way coordination patterns will be applied for developing good coordination skills and ambidextrous discipline in advanced players. Beginners will learn to grasp a feel of straight quarter, eighth and sixteenth note beats. Shuffle and swing rhythms will be covered so the student can get a feel of grooves that are based on these concepts. Students may also learn about music and rhythms from all over the world, as they apply to all of the styles of modern music as we know it. After the basis of various rhythmic concepts are applied, then the student can reach into the field of playing over the bar line, playing in odd meters, and soloing.

Students of all ages and skill levels
Improve your technique and creativity
Play in any style of music of your choice
Drum set and hand percussion
Learn through fun exercises
Understanding rhythm
Sight reading
Stick control
Accent and rebounds
Double bass
Studio drumming
*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio Upright Piano, Hammer weighted Digital Piano, Drum practice pads, Acoustic and Electric
Drum Kits, Congs, Other percussion instruments, A full library of instructional materials, Books,
Videos, laptop...
*** Specialties ***
Drums, Percussion, Piano, Music Theory, Ear training, Drum set, Snare Drum, Concert Snare, Hand

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Photo by Travis B.

Photo by Travis B.

Photo by Travis B.

Photo by Travis B.

Photo by Travis B.

Photo by Travis B.


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

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

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

thanks, you keep me plenty busy.

PhilG Sep 30, 2008

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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