Zen Raynor
Redlands, CA
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Zen Raynor

Zen R.

Redlands, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Let’s get started using the resources you already have available for your lessons in recording techniques! Over 11 years experience using Ableton Live, Logic Pro X and Pro Tools. We can start with one mic or ten. Let's start recording! Feel free to ask me any questions.

About Zen R.

Want to produce, mix, master and perform with Ableton Live? Want to play the drums? Want to be able to DJ? 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 California State University San Bernardino focusing on his B.A. in Music and Minor in Music Technology. Currently, enrolled in the M.M. in Music Technology at Southern Utah University. Founder of his own Record Label called, MASS Productions, Elektric Souls, and Listen Zen. He now works with many artists for live performances, music production, recording, mixing, and mastering. Still, actively playing in a Jazz Fusion Group called, “Half-Past." 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:
-Drum Set
-Piano
-Guitar
-Ukulele
-Percussion

Reviews

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Michael M.
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Yo, Zen is the best in the game. Gettin' groovy on the drums as well as in the virtual world. Much obliged!

Posted Dec 18, 2020
Jason R.
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Dj zen is an excellent teacher for someone like me.. He was patient and understanding when it came to the speed at which I pick up things. (Slowly) He was extremely versatile when it came to the types of music i wanted to mix and very knowledgeable about the equipment i had in front of me. I would recommend him to extreme beginners to people looking to polish their skill sets and add even more. Im very happy with what I am learning!

Posted Dec 12, 2020
Lorelei M.
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Zen has done such an amazing job teaching me how to operate Ableton. I was extremely overwhelmed and had no idea where to start and Zen really broke everything down for me and provided me with the resources I needed to get started.

Posted Aug 30, 2020
Jessica
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Zen is a wonderful teacher. I appreciate the calm way things are explained & there are no dumb questions! I had trouble navigating my new Mac & even that was okay with Zen. Thank you & looking forward to next week

Posted Jun 16, 2020
Jessica
Profile-location-online Online

Calm and thorough.

Posted Jun 2, 2020
Keith
Profile-location-online Online

Zen was amazing. He gave lessons to my 8 year old and was extremely patient, generous with his time, and on top of things during the lesson.

Would highly recommend.

Posted May 12, 2020
Marianna
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Zen is a true professional! He’s the kind of teacher I’ve been hunting for. He’s so knowledgeable and patient and he makes every lesson fun! He has a great personality and I feel he would be a great teacher no matter what your age,

Posted May 7, 2020
Nicole
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Awesome!!

Posted Apr 4, 2020
Nicole
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Super patient and understands the level of the student!!! Amazing:)

Posted Mar 29, 2020
Deonte
Profile-location-online Online

Zen takes his time to walk me through the basics of song creation and ableton. He matches your pace while knowing great segway points into new subjects

Posted Nov 3, 2019
Jack M.
Profile-location-online Online

Knowledgable guy with solid gig experence. Very worth it.

Posted Jan 22, 2019
Akshans

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

Posted Oct 11, 2018
Shane
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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!

Posted Aug 31, 2018
Adam
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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.

Posted Jun 4, 2018
Luke
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Learned some great mixing tips on Ableton.

Posted May 1, 2018
Donna
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Awesome teacher very respectful and knowledgeable

Posted Feb 24, 2018
Alex
Profile-location-online 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!

Posted Jan 20, 2018
Garry
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Zen is on my Tech staff at CSUSB. He is proficient in everything he does. He is prompt and follows through.

Posted Jan 18, 2018
Loren
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When it comes to Ableton, Zen is incredibly knowledgable and has much to offer on the subject. Highly recommended!

Posted Jan 17, 2018
Jane
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Excellent instructor for my child. Highly recommend.

Posted Dec 12, 2017
Deonte M.
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Posted Jan 25, 2020

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Experience

Music Instructor
Jan 2019 - Present

SBCUSD - San Bernardino Teen Music Workshop

Audio Recording, Drum and Percussion Classes.

Music Instructor
Jan 2018 - Present

Takelessons

I teach Ableton, Drum, Piano and DJ lessons in-person and online.

Music Instructor
Jan 2019 - Sep 2020

Richardson PREP HI Middle School (YMCA East Valley)

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

Drummer
Jan 2018 - Jan 2020

Half-Past

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

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

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.

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.

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

M.M. in Music Technology - Studio Technology
Sep 2020 - Present

Southern Utah University

Music Production
Mar 2018 - Apr 2019

1500 Sound Academy

B.A. in Music, Percussion - Minor in Music Technology
Sep 2015 - Mar 2018

California State University San Bernardino

A.A. in Music Performance, Percussion
Sep 2012 - Mar 2015

Cuesta College

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Exploring Ethics in School-Age Care: Focus on a Professional Code of Ethics
Apr 2020

San Bernardino Unified School District

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.

Awards

Superior Rank
Apr 2018

Reno Jazz Festival

Top Five Jazz Combo
May 2014

Cuesta College Jazz Program

Affiliations

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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