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Jason K.

Medway, MA

About Jason

Hello, my name is Jason! I have been surrounded by music for my entire life. My father, a Berklee School of Music graduate, is an accomplished guitarist who introduced me to many forms of music as a child. At age seven he introduced me to Ringo Starr’s drum solo in “The End” by The Beatles and I knew that I wanted to learn to play percussion. Since that time, I have studied percussion theory and technique extensively with Shawn Green and Kevin Fortunato, both Berklee graduates. I studied film scoring, music theory, music history, and electronic composition at the Cambridge School of Westo
n under Gustavo-Assis Brasil (another Berklee graduate) and Michael Weinstein (the school’s music director and Berklee professor with an extensive list of degrees and credits). I also performed in many Rock/Pop and Jazz Ensemble classes under Gustavo’s direction where I got great performance experience as a teenager. My senior Capstone project at the Cambridge School was the performance of a drum clinic when I performed a drum solo improvisation as well as various contemporary songs. I then gave a lecture of the artistry and history of the drum solo in concert performance and the evolution of modern drum set equipment as well.

After study at the University of Connecticut, I returned to Massachusetts where I have since headed up the Percussion department at a local performing arts program for five years, teaching privately as well. I have recorded and performed with local bands The Movie: The Ride, Shiva Lingam, and Black Trip. Furthermore, I am working on the composition and production of an original album of music influenced by progressive rock, cinematic orchestral, industrial, world/ethnic, and classical symphonic music as well as other styles. My hopes for the future include the release of this material, the opening of a teaching/recording studio, and the publication of instructional percussion material.

Some of my biggest musical influences include (not just drummers): Ludwig Van Beethoven, Dream Theater (Mike Portnoy/Mike Mangini), Tool (Danny Carey), Thomas Lang, Zakir Hussein, Hans Zimmer, Jeremy Soule, Blind Guardian, Ellis Paul, Porcupine Tree (Gavin Harrison), and Mark Knopfler… this is by no means a complete list, just a snapshot!

*** Lesson Details ***
My students will gain the ability to play styles of music that inspire them through both sight reading and ear training. Through the reading of sheet music, band charts, and aural instrument recognition, my students will develop the tools necessary to play and compose music of any nature. It is my belief that all genres and styles of music can be a vehicle for the facilitation of solid physical technique as well as intuitive and cathartic emotional expression. It has been my experience that students will be more engrossed and motivated to practice when their curriculum involves music that they already listen to for enjoyment.

I use “Snare Drum Method” by Vic Firth as well as “Stick Control: For the Snare Drummer” by George Lawrence Stone with my beginning students to introduce written drum notation along with proper wrist and finger technique. My favorite book to use with students of any level is “Drum Set Warm-Ups” by Rod Morgenstein. This book has exercises that will consistently be appropriate for and challenge percussionists of all levels. It has worked wonders for my own development of speed, coordination, stamina, and limb independence; I use this book frequently in the way an athlete might go through stretches and the like before a game or tournament. Furthermore, I use Dave Weckl’s “Ultimate Play-Along: Drum Trax” series of books to introduce students to various styles of music (rock, funk, jazz, blues, etc.) from a drummer’s perspective. These books contain full-band charts for each song as well as versions of the songs with and without a recorded drum track. From here, I work with my students to choose songs from artists ranging from Tom Petty to Rush to Pat Metheney Group to further their development within a style that they enjoy. I often ask students to practice a few songs from their repertoire in one sitting if they want to prepare for a live concert situation.

In addition to my primary focus, I am well versed in the techniques and culture of many world instruments such as the djembe, doumbek, and cajon. I can teach my students tips and tricks for percussion instrument tuning, maintenance, and placement. I also offer drum set recording assistance and have a full array of microphone, cables, and recoding interfaces for audio production of your performances!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide headphones, media playback devices, paper worksheets, and small hand percussion. I expect my student to have sticks, a metronome (or equivalent app), and at least one of the following: snare drum, drum kit, hand drum (bongos, conga, djembe, doumbek, cajon, etc.).

*** Specialties ***
I can teach a broad range of methods, styles, and genres for either drum set or percussion. On the drum set the bulk of my recording and performance experience resides in rock/metal, electronic/breakbeat, funk, and progressive music. I also have experience arranging film score/video game music for adaptation to the drum set. I teach coordination/stamina methods developed by Rod Morgenstein, and limb independence exercises designed by Thomas Lang. I teach both open and crossed hi-hat playing with a focus on matched grip for symmetrical drum arrangement and limb movement. I am also proficient in the Moeller wrist technique. My percussion focus has been primarily on African and Middle-Eastern styles and techniques recently (with instruments such as the djembe and the doumbek). I also specialize in translating these techniques to cajon, an instrument I build in my workshop.
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Sean M. June 8, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
I’m a 25-year-old beginner-level drummer. I highly recommend Jason as a drum set instructor. He is very patient, helpful, passionate, and reasonable. He is an accomplished drummer, but more importantly, an experienced teacher. He listened to my interest in drums, assessed my skill level, and customized my lesson plans around my goals. He uses materials and music that are engaging.
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Jason K.

Jason K.

Medway, MA 02053
(1)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Daniel D.

Leicester, MA

About Daniel

I am 25 years old, who has a strong desire to teach, I have the ability to explain music in many different ways, I work well with people, I have a lot of patience, ability to communicate, highly adaptable, always look at the positives, and very energetic. I have a Bachelors Degree in Media Communications with a Minor in Music from Anna Maria College. Over the past 14 years I've played drums/percussion for every type of band from concert bands, to jazz ensembles, to christian rock bands, etc. Also for the past 3 years I've taught private lessons to students of all ages.

*** Lesson Details *
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I am a laid back teacher, who focuses on having fun while teaching drums and/or percussion. After learning what the goals of the student are I will help them to reach those goals along with teaching them basics of snare drum, because it is basis for reading all percussion music.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I would provide books and music that I would exspect them to practice, I would only ask them to supply the instrument and a notebook.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Rock, Funk
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Jessie C. April 10, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
My grandson had a great drum lesson and cant wait till the next class Thank You so much
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Gail S. May 7, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
Great teacher

My son loves his lessons with Dan. He comments on how easy it is to understand him and he makes playing the drums fun.
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Daniel D.

Daniel D.

Leicester, MA 01524
(2)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Aaron M.

Franklin, MA

I love all things percussion! Drums set, Piano, Timpani, Marimba, Tambourine, Triangle, Congas, Bongos, Djembe, Dumbek, Frame Drums, Shekere, Glockenspiel, shakers, bells, block, and more!
I've played them all!

About Aaron

Berklee College of Music graduate, Aaron M., has been teaching students of all ages for over 12 years.
"I love watching young musicians grow into seasoned players and have had tremendous success with all my students. I believe that learning songs and playing music is a critical element in the learning process of becoming a good drummer/pianist, and musician. This is why I bring a powered PA speaker, mp3 player, and (sometimes) a guitar to my lessons for the student to play along with and learn familiar songs. Over the years I've learned to strike a balance between Reading/Rudiments and P
laying/having fun, so as to maintain students interests and growth."

*** Lesson Details ***
Music lessons in the comfort of your home! All ages welcome, beginner to advanced. Servicing Metro West and more!
Currently teaching in home drum lessons and piano lessons within a 40 mile radius of Franklin MA (anywhere between Providence RI and Boston MA) - including: Natick, Framingham, Wellesley, Weston, Newton, Dedham, Needham, Canton, Sharon, Wrentham, Millis, Hopkinton, Plainville, Mansfield, Franklin, Stow, Sudbury, Foxboro, Sherborn, etc)

*** Studio Equipment ***
PIANO
Fender Rhodes
Casio PX-150

DRUMS
Pearl Masters, Yamaha, DW, Roland TD-6

CYMBALS
Zildjian, Sabian, Wuhan, Paiste,

HARDWARE
Pearl, Yamaha, DW, Axis, Tama

STICKS / BRUSHES / MALLETS
Vic Firth, Vater, Regal Tip

PA
QSC - K8

MICROPHONES
SURE, Rhodes

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide handouts, transcriptions, and a PA speaker to play music.
Students should have a Piano, drum set, or percussion instrument.

*** Specialties ***
PIANO / DRUMS / PERCUSSION

Traditional / Suzuki Method

Rock, FunK, Jazz, World, Classical, Orchestral

Note reading and writing, Harmony, Music Theory, Scales, Ear Training, Arranging

Rudiments, Technique, Brushes, Mallets, Double Bass Drumming, Odd Meters, Reading, Soloing

Timpani, Marimba, Bells, Chimes, Xylophone, Vibraphone, Percussion, Congas, Bongos, Djembe, Frame Drums
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Sheryl V. November 25, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My boys, ages 7 & 5, started piano lessons with Aaron a year ago. He has taught them technique & theory all while using songs they boys love. There are days that the boys are not the most cooperative. Aaron is amazingly patient and persistent in getting the boys to do their lessons. I really appreciate and have learned from this patience when it comes to the nightly practicing. I am pleased that the boys have been working with a male teacher and I think it really helps them relate to the music and the lessons. If you are looking for a patient yet knowledgeable piano teacher, I would definitely recommend Aaron.
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Aaron M.

Aaron M.

Franklin, MA 02038
(1)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Robert E.

Winthrop, MA

About Robert

Rob. E has over 20 years of professional experience as a drum teacher, and is a veteran U.S Army Musician.

Rob. E teaches students of all ages and backgrounds: children to adults, beginners to advanced. I have over twenty-five years professional experience encompassing rock, funk, blues ,classical, theater, jazz and everything in-between.

Teaching for me is sharing my love of drums with my students. With that in mind, I strive to make learning fun and full of the excitement of discovery! I encourage questions and making mistakes as you learn. Why? Because playing an instrument is one o
f the most rewarding experiences you’ll ever have!

*** Lesson Details ***
All drum set students studying with Rob, children and adults, are offered a comprehensive curriculum that combines the study of classical, jazz, rock and pop music and is tailored to each students individual interests and abilities. The snare drum and drum set are rich with excellent performance repertoire, including music from classical, rock, pop, funk, Big Band and modern jazz.

During my lessons I incorporate music fundamentals such as sight-reading, rudiments, rhythms, practicing techniques and performance skills into all of my private drum lessons. I also include elementary and advanced music theory studies in my lessons to help each student feel more comfortable and confident when playing the drum set in any musical environment.
Developing a loose grip and stable fulcrum.
Using natural stick rebound to achieve effortless playing.
Free stroke Technique- the secret to relaxed control and speed.
Moeller Technique- the key to power and blazing speed.
Open hand playing- greater freedom with no more crossed arms.
Coordinating the limbs into a relaxed, balanced whole.
Reading music without sacrificing a relaxed approach to playing.
Developing good time.
Learning songs from your favorite bands.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Magstar Custom Drums/Zildjian cymbals

*** Travel Equipment ***
Teacher/ practice pad set Student- drum set or pad set

*** Specialties ***
Drum Set - Rock-Jazz-Latin jazz

Snare Drum -Rudimental - classical
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Domenic M. March 26, 2013
Drum
My official drum guru!

I started taking lessons from Rob about 2003. I have found him to be a wealth of knowledge and inspiration. Believe it or not, not every good musician can both play AND teach with competence. Rob can do both. He has vast technical skills but he also plays "music" with passion and musicality. I have also found Rob to be extremely sharing and generous beyond expectations.
What are you waiting for? Take some lessons!
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James H. March 18, 2013
Drum
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The single most important influence on my musical career has unquestionably been the great Rob Eagan. Unlike many teachers out there, Rob teaches you how to be an all around musician and not just a drummer. He then encourages you to take your skills out into the real world by introducing you to people in your age group and beyond.

Without Rob I would not have been able to come out of my shell to pursue music in the way that I did. I cannot recommend him enough.
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Robert E. February 20, 2013
Drum
Great lesson

Fun and the info was rewarding! I would recommend any drum student who is ready to start learning to check Rob out!!
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Robert E.

Robert E.

North Weymouth, MA 02191
(3)
starting at
$45 / 30-min
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Dr. Jonathan U.

Franklin, MA

My particular area of specialization, students interested in studying within this broad range of instruments can study with me on drumset, hand percussion (and stick percussion including timbales, cowbells and agogo), mallet instruments, and classical percussion. We will study technique, time, tone, tuning, authentic performance within a range of genres, sight-reading, functioning within an ensemble (including orchestrating parts, musical support of the piece being performed, and working within a rhythm section), and improvisation.

About Dr. Jonathan

I have extensive training (including a doctorate) and experience as a performing musician, ensemble director, and teacher including 13 years of private instrumental instruction. My primary instruments are drumset, mallet percussion, and hand percussion, and I have additional experience teaching piano, bass guitar, and jazz harmony and improvisation.
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Tracy N. January 5, 2015
Drumset · In studio
I took drum lessons from Jon U. for a little over a year, and loved it. The only reason our lessons stopped is because he moved.

On our first day, Jon's first question to me was, "What do you hope to learn from me and these lessons?" I couldn't read music and I had no rhythm, and that's all I hoped to learn. I was in my forties, and wanted this to be a hobby; it was never going to be anymore than that, but Jon didn't treat this as boring or a waste of his time.

Jon was patient, professional, fun. And he was a *teacher.* Each time I mastered an assignment, he'd write me a more difficult one, and I learned more about music and became a better player than I ever thought I would.

Jon isn't just qualified to teach the mechanics. He has a Ph.D., and my favorite part of our lessons was simply discussing what's "behind" the playing: the theory behind it; what it means; viewing and contemplating what music is and what it means to us. How it changes us.

Good musicians don't always make the best instructors, but Jon U. is one of the rare ones. I can't recommend him highly enough.
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Sam O. December 17, 2014
Drumset · In studio
I took lessons with Jonathan for about 2 years. I had never played the drums before and he did a great job of teaching me. His teaching style is great. He manages to make the dry stuff fun and keep your attention, and he is very willing to change up his plans to help you get to your goals.

The atmosphere during lessons is great as well. Taking lessons with Jon is very comfortable and relaxing, so it becomes very easy to open up and really get into the drumming.

Couldn't recommend lessons with him any more.
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Dr. Jonathan U.

Dr. Jonathan U.

Franklin, MA 02038
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starting at
$30 / 30-min

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