Zachary Larmer

Zachary L.

Miami, FL
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I've been teaching drums and percussion for 10 years and my students have gone on to be accepted into top ensembles, record and produce tracks of their own, and have performance careers. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to play basic rhythms on the drum set, and start recognizing different stylistic patterns. You'll also develop a strong sense of time. As time goes on you'll be able to play along to any song just by listening, and even create your own drum groove to new music! I specialize in rock, pop, and funk styles, typically use Joel Rothman's drum books as well as my own PDFs. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!
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Zachary delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
January 2006

My name is Zach L. I am a professional musician in the Miami area. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Guitar Performance from the University of Miami. I am a multiple Downbeat-award-winning guitarist and have been drumming for the past 13 years. I have headlined multiple international tours and received both the Duncan Nelson Scholarship and the Davidson Scholarship at the University of Miami. Furthermore, I am also an accomplished composer and arranger with my works featured by groups such as the Steve Miller Band and the Henry Mancini Orchestra. Lastly, I have held a teaching position as the Professor of Improvised Music at the Narnia Arts Academy International Summer Course in Central Italy.

*** Lesson Details ***
Students' lessons are tailored to their individual needs. I don't teach out of a book (though I do use books to supplement material when helpful), so students will only be learning what *they* need to be learning next, based on their unique blend of skill, experience, and curiosity. With that in mind, here are some topics on which we tend to focus.

Guitar Lessons:
-Proper Technique. (How to hold a pick. Proper ways to apply pressure to the strings with the left hand. Tension-free technique to prevent injury and strain.)
-Chord Formations. (Bar chords, Power chords, Open chords, Triads and inversions, CAGED system chords, Seventh chords, Advanced jazz voicing, Chords in alternate tuning.)
-Scales/Arpeggios. (Proper fingering to build technical skill. Three note per string scale forms. Conventional scale forms. Cross-fretboard patterns. Seeing arpeggios from different scale degrees. Pattern manipulation.)
-Reading Music. (One position reading. Multi-position reading. Sight reading practice. Understanding rhythmic variation. Ledger line studies. Dollahon 10th position method for sight reading.)
-Repertoire. (Songs in genre(s) of preference. Learning to play songs from favorite artists. Learn to accompany yourself if you sing.)
-Ear Training. (Hearing melodic phrases. Identifying chords. Transcription projects. Learning to "play by ear".)
-Rhythm Training. (Differentiate between different rhythms. Metronome work. Keeping solid time. Develop ability to clap/strum/pick a variety of rhythms with good time.)

*** Studio Equipment ***
Two small jazz amplifiers, five guitars ranging from acoustic to electric to archtops, and an 88-key electric piano for music theory lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Two small jazz amplifiers and five guitars ranging from acoustic to electric to archtops.

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Music Director
Jan 2014 - Sep 2017
Live Modern School Of Music

Teaching music theory, private lessons, and group band instruction for 40-70 kids per week.


Bachelor's Of Music
Aug 2010 - Dec 2013
University of Miami
Studio Music & Jazz Performance
Aug 2010 - Dec 2013
University of Miami


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency

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6 Reviews

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Jacob & Malikai H. Sep 24, 2018
Drum · In home

Zach was great! My sons (9&11) are beginners and he was very patient and knowledgeable. He really engaged them and they are excited to continue.

Akiva Jun 18, 2018
Guitar · In studio

Zach is an excellent teacher! He has such a thorough understanding of music, and plenty of experience teaching it. Taking lessons with him are both super fun and super informative. He's got a knack for making complex things seem simple and is really easy to work with. I highly recommend taking lessons with Zach for anyone wanting to take their playing to the next level.

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Guille Jun 12, 2018
Guitar · In home

Zachary is great! Having some experience in playing guitar I was looking to gain some knowledge on the theory side of things. Lucky for me Zachary love to talk theory and was able to clearly explain things to me. I look forward to the classes every week. Highly recommend.

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Will Jun 6, 2018
Guitar · In studio

Zach takes the time to understand precisely what I want to accomplish with my playing, and why, and I feel that the lessons have progressed logically and quickly. Most importantly, he is a wonderful listener and patient with my ceaseless questions of 'why' and 'how'. I leave each session with greater enthusiasm and a genuine sense of accomplishment.

This is how learning should work.

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mary lura W. Sep 14, 2014
Guitar · In home

Zach has been giving guitar lessons to my eleven-year-old daughter in our home for the past few weeks and we have been so pleased with his instruction. He is punctual, professional, and best of all extremely patient. I would recommend Zach to anyone I know looking for music lessons, especially children, his patience and passion is a gift. Not to even mention how talented he is himself as a musician!!!

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alan S. Sep 8, 2014
Guitar · In home

If you need a guitar teacher, I highly recommend Zack. He has been my teacher for 3 years and we never run out of lessons. Zack is an expert in music theory, critiquing songs, rhythm and melody. From a novice I have improved to a good player under his instruction. Give him a try I am sure you will be pleased.
Alan Sirkin

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