Zen Raynor

Zen R.

Redlands, CA
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DJing

Levels Taught:
Beginner
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About

Zen passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Zen delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
2015

Trying to learn or get better on the drums? Want to produce, mix, master, record, or perform with Ableton Live? Set up a lesson time to learn and collaborate right away!

Bio:

Starting with percussion and drum set in the styles of Classical and Jazz at Cuesta College for his A.A. in Music Performance. He then moved to the Inland Empire (Southern California), attending Cal State San Bernardino focusing on his B.A. in Music and Minor in Music Technology. Co-Founding his own Record Label called, MASS Productions, he now works with many artists for live performances, music production, recording, mixing, etc. Still, actively playing in a Jazz Fusion Quintet (“Half-Past”) and Orchestra. Drum lessons taken with Mike Raynor, Darrel Voss, Todd Johnson, Justin Scott, and Joel Taylor. Tech lessons taken with Scott Vance.
Zen continues his study’s as an instrumentalist with Ableton Live 10 and the Push II, using the Push as a musical instrument.

Hardware:
-Push II
-Launchpad
-Maschine Mikro MK2
-M-Audio Keystation Mini32
-Pioneer DJ DDJ-SX2

Instruments:
-Gretch Catalina Club Drum Set
-15" Zildjian Kerope Hi Hats
-20" Zildjian Kerope Ride
-21" Sabian Cross Vault Ride
-8" Zildjian A Splash
-Late 70's Ludwig Acrolite Snare Drum (14" x 4")
-Tama Swingstar Snare Drum (14" x 6")
-Nord Stage 2 (88)
-Electric Guitar
-Makala Ukulele
-Aux Percussion

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Experience

Music Instructor (Program Specialist)
Jan 2019 - Present
Richardson PREP HI Middle School (YMCA East Valley)

Instructor for CAPS after school programs (Recording Class, Rock Band and Private Drum Lessons) for grades 6th-8th.

Creative Director
Jan 2018 - Present
Elektric Souls

Manages the collective's vision for future networking and business plans.

Drummer
Jan 2018 - Present
Half-Past

"Half-Past" is a Jazz Fusion Quintet consisting of Sax (x2), Guitar, Electric-Bass, and Drums. @halfpastjazz

Drummer
Dec 2018 - Dec 2018
Richardson PREP HI Middle School

Ringer for the after school program choir Winter concert.

Percussionist
Jun 2018 - Jun 2018
CSUSB Music Dept

Ringer for CSUSB Orchestra.

Jazz Drum Set
Jun 2018 - Jun 2018
Loma Linda University Health

Performed in a jazz combo setting for the Loma Linda University Health Drayson Center Employee Recognition Banquet.

Percussionist
Dec 2017 - Jun 2018
Loma Linda Academy

Ringer for the LLA Symphony

Jazz Drum Set
May 2018 - May 2018
CSUSB Music Dept

Ringer for CSUSB Jazz Combo.

Assistant Music Technician
Nov 2016 - May 2018
CSUSB Music Department

Operate and maintain technical equipment to amplify, enhance, record, mix, or reproduce sound. Stage hand set-up and tear-down of mics, music equipment, and gear. Help guide performers onto stage. Performance program features a wide range of ensembles such as, but not limited to Jazz, Orchestra, Symphonic, and Choral.

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President
Sep 2016 - Mar 2018
MASS Productions

Organize, manage, and perform live music events. Write and produce original electronic music. Weekly studio meetings are used for educational workshops, recording, mxing, mastering, and production. DAWs used are Ableton Live, Protools, Logic, FLstudio, and more.

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Percussionist
Apr 2015 - May 2015
Central Coast Childrens Choir

Recording Studio Intern
Jul 2013 - Aug 2014
Fast Trax Recording Studio

Used Protools for recording, mixing, and mastering purposes. Set-up and tear-down of microphones and instruments for performers.

Education

Music Production
Mar 2018 - Present
1500 Sound Academy
B.A. in Music - Minor in Music Technology
Sep 2015 - Mar 2018
CSUSB
A.A in Music Performance
Sep 2012 - Mar 2015
Cuesta College

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Spanish
Limited Proficiency

Certifications

CPR/First-Aid/AED
Mar 2019
Red Cross

Completed online and class training.

Campus Leaders
Jan 2018
CSUSB - Student Success

Stop Sexual Harassment Training for MASS Production Leaders.

Background Check
Dec 2017
Takelessons

12/12/2017 - 12/12/2018

Awards

Superior Rank
Apr 2018
Reno Jazz Festival
Top Five Jazz Combo
May 2014
Cuesta College Jazz Program

Affiliations

Golden Key International Honor Society
Mar 2018

Golden Key is the world's largest collegiate honor society. Membership into the Society is by invitation only and applies to the top 15% of college and university sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as top-performing graduate students in all fields of study, based solely on their academic achievements. As an international honor society with more than 400 chapters at colleges and universities around the world, Golden Key is committed to a high standard of scholastic achievement, and an ethos of integrity, innovation, respect, collaboration and diversity

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National Association of Music Merchants
Jan 2018

NAMM is the not-for-profit association that promotes the pleasures and benefits of making music and strengthens the $17 billion global music products industry. NAMM's activities and programs are designed to promote music making to people of all ages.

Percussive Arts Society, The
May 2017

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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Photos & Videos

A live performance of my band called, Half-Past. "Kind of Green" written by Shane Hughes & Kris Sveen.

Recorded by Little Mountain Music.
A live performance of my band called, Half-Past. Recorded by Little Mountain Music.

"Dusk" written by Loren Acosta.
Drumming for Half-Past in Pomona, CA

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Jazz performance at the Drayson Center Employee Recognition Banquet in Loma Linda.

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Jazz Set Featuring Zen Raynor on Drums
Recording Session

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Drums

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Drums

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Mass Productions Showcase 2017
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10 Reviews

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Jack M. Jan 22, 2019
DJing · Online

Knowledgable guy with solid gig experence. Very worth it.

Akshans Oct 11, 2018
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Chill and helpful instructor! He gives you a good structure on where to spend your time and energy as efficiently as possible

Shane Aug 31, 2018
Percussion · In studio

Zen is a great teacher. He has taught me polyrhythms, timing, and playing subdivisions with different note groupings in jazz styles. He also shows up on time and prepared to get to business. Id recommend him to anyone looking to learn drums or Ableton!

Adam Jun 4, 2018
Ableton · Online

Zen is a great teacher and makes online lessons worth your time and money. I appreciate his patience and knowledge in ableton and look forward to more training from him.

Luke May 1, 2018
Audio Engineering · Online

Learned some great mixing tips on Ableton.

Donna Feb 24, 2018
Drum · In home

Awesome teacher very respectful and knowledgeable

Alex Jan 20, 2018
Ableton · Online

Zen knows everything there is to know about Ableton Live production, and from what I can tell he is an excellent percussionist and songwriter as well. Our lessons are thorough and professional, and fun too. He is very passionate about music and art. Definitely recommend!

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Garry Jan 18, 2018
Percussion · In studio

Zen is on my Tech staff at CSUSB. He is proficient in everything he does. He is prompt and follows through.

Loren Jan 17, 2018
Ableton · Online

When it comes to Ableton, Zen is incredibly knowledgable and has much to offer on the subject. Highly recommended!

Jane Dec 12, 2017
Drum · In studio

Excellent instructor for my child. Highly recommend.

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