I played drums my whole life as a professional drummer as well as in a successful internationally known rock band. I have been playing and teaching drums for well over 30 years. I can teach from the beginner's stage to advanced. I was classically trained by renown drum teachers which allows me to teach most styles of drumming as well as known techniques.
I grew up in Quebec City Canada, where I only spoke French during those growing years. From a very young age, I was always attracted to music and particularly playing drums. My mom has told me that before I could even walk, I was already banging away on whatever I could put my hands on. I would sit down with pots, pans, and spoons and bang away. My parents bought my first “real” drum kit when I was about five years old. It was a Mickey Mouse drum set that they ordered from the Sears catalog. I was ecstatic. Unfortunately, because of the poor quality of the drum, this particular kit only lasted
a couple months, but it was on that very drum kit that I gave my first live performance. The concert took place in the basement of my house. This memorable concert included one song, a French version of California dreaming, with me on drums, my brother on guitar and my sister as a singer. The crowd (one uncle and our mom) loved it and saw the potential in what could be a career someday!
My next significant concert was when I was 15 years old. My brother and I put a Beatles tribute band together and did an all Beatles song concert. We were able to convince about 300 of our friends and schoolmates that the $3 dollar ticket would be worth it. During my teenage years, I got really serious about drumming and joined a Drum and Bugle Corp band. I probably learned the most during those 5 years. We had several incredible professional drum teachers that spent countless hours teaching us everything from every single rudiment in the book, drum theory to several techniques on how to play drums. Those years were foundational for me as a drummer.
Fast-forward a couple years and you end up in the glamour rock days: the 80’s. It was a time where it was irrelevant if you knew how to play an instrument well, but the main thing that mattered had to do with the “hairdo” that would sit on top of your head. Still, it was during those years that I started to play regularly. I had a couple different bands and we played around quite a bit as well as spend a lot of time writing our own music. Through it all, even the glamour rock days provided an opportunity for me to grow as a drummer and overall musician. In 1986 we founded our own original rock band. We started writing our own music and found a name that would stick to us like glue once we moved to the US. Our band name was “One Way” and we did eventually to the US in order to pursue our dream.
One Way only lasted a couple years and in 1991, my brother and I started another band. This one lasted for almost 20 years. The Kry was born as we continued writing songs & playing around Albuquerque New Mexico where we had moved in 1988. In 1992, we launched our first album “I’ll find You There” with Asaph Records in Costa Mesa California. My brother and I became Christians while living in Albuquerque and so everything we wrote had to do with our beliefs as Christians. Throughout the years, The Kry released ten albums with sales of over half a million records. We toured extensively from 1992 through 2002 in over 25 countries as well as numerous times in the US.
In 2010 I stopped playing music on a professional lever for a living in order to travel less and be with my children more. I am still involved with music writing as well as teaching. I did not get a music degree but was trained professionally during my teenage years by different professional drummers with private lessons.
I teach music to school aged children from 5 years old to more advance students of all ages. I track their personal progress, collaborate with parents, and work with students to prepare for school band, contests, and special concerts. I also specialize in advanced development for already established drummers. No matter what, it is always a blast to be able to pour out to other aspiring and younger drummers what I have learn from the many years of playing and touring.
*** Lesson Details *** Having been a drummer all my life and having been able to earn a living from it for well over 25 years has been one of the biggest blessings for me. I want to be able to impart the joy of playing drums to you. Because of the thousands of shows played during my career, I have acquired a solid knowledge of playing live which helps me impart to young musicians live drumming skills that will be beneficial when playing in front of a crowd. Also, having recorded 10 albums in various studios as well as having been hired to record for other artists, studio drumming will also be taught carefully and with expertise.
The topics that we will be going through together are endless. With younger drummers who are just starting, we will go through basic topics like how to purchase a drum kit. Where and what kind of drum kit to buy. How to set up a drum kit, general glossary, tuning, and maintenance. What size and what brand of drumsticks you should use, how to warm up and practice, as well as stick, bass drum, snare, cymbals and overall techniques. I will teach you all the main rudiments, go through basic and more advanced quarter notes, eighth, sixteenth note drum beats. We will learn some cool grooves, and drum fills. We will make sure that you understand drum dynamics, and independence. I can teach you any songs of your choice or any styles you wish to focus on. Learn to do drum solos and if desired, complete drum theory.
Each lessons and curriculum will be tailor made for every student. I will provide every exercises and practice plan for the student to take home and practice during the week. Every student will be given the chance to understand every aspect of drumming as well as discover the fun and pleasure drumming comes with.
Because every student learns at his or her own pace, there will not be any pressure or unreachable expectation that would make learning drum a drag. (pun intended = drag is a rudiment) but over the period of 6 months, there will be noticeable progress.
*** Studio Equipment *** Living room w/ electronic drum set and seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment *** Usually the student will have his own instrument which we will use for lessons. Otherwise, I can bring my own equipment.
*** Specialties *** *Teachers marked as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.Since I was heavily trained with using proper techniques (I can play both match or conventional grip on drums) I spend a lot of time focusing on my students developing the proper technique to play with. I was mainly a rock drummer and so my genre is definitely rock drumming but have experience with many styles of music. I also teach percussion, guitar and music theory
Nathaniel W. May 16, 2015
In studio Verified Student
He was great . And teaches it the fun way. Thank you.
Luis P. March 11, 2013
Drum Verified Student
Yves truly qualified in experience and teaching ability
Selected Yves as a drum teacher for my son based on his profile. Yves is an experienced, patient and fun instructor that has been effective making drumming fun and interesting to my five year old. Yves is good at making sure parents understand how to help their child in the learning process. Yves is a bit further out from me but I am not disappointed. Thank you Yves.
GinnyL July 1, 2012
Yves is THE BEST instructor!
My son is 5-years-old and quite an active little guy! When he said he was interested in learning to play guitar, I wasn't sure we would be able to find a teacher for his age. We did; Yves is the best! Yves is always patient with him and understanding of his age/ ability. He instructs him with kindness and holds his attention. Yves also has a wonderful home studio in a nice home/area. He is flexible with scheduling as well. He goes above and beyond with extra help and recommendations for helpful materials. My son looks forward to seeing him every week and sharing with him 'how much I practiced'. We would highly recommend Yves to anyone.
I started taking guitar lessons at 12 years old. At 17 I began studying classical guitar. To prepare for musical studies in college I began advanced theory and composition lessons with Dr. Simon Andrews at the Pennsylvania Academy of Music. I decided to stay near home for college and I was admitted and graduated from Millersville University in Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Music Performance. I auditioned at the University of Redlands here in Redlands, CA, and in 2012 I began my Master in Music degree at the U of R. My experience with music at the University of Redlands was phenomenal. I studied
classical and jazz guitar, assisted in guitar ensemble rehearsals, sang in the University Choir, and did extensive research of 20th century music. I now attend Claremont Graduate University pursuing my PhD in Musicology while performing and teaching guitar all over the IE and beyond. Check out my bandcamp page: (kennycotich.bandcamp.com) and my Facebook page: (facebook.com/kennycotich).
Rene M. March 6, 2014 Verified Student
Learning from Kenny has been an awesome experience. Not only is he extremely knowledgeable in both a variety of singing and guitar styles, but his down-to-earth personality creates a really comfortable environment. I've never been a singer in any shape or form, so the stress-free atmosphere has been key to me opening up and becoming confident in my ability. I've only been taking lessons for a couple months now and can already hear a huge difference in the pitch and strength of my singing. With the guitar, our focus has been learning music theory and correct playing positions. Before the lessons I had been playing guitar for a while, but I still feel like I've learned more in the past two months then I have in the past few years. I'm really looking forward to starting the new year with this teacher, and moving closer to my goal of being a singer/songwriter.
I grew up playing and listening to jazz and rock music. That is my main focus in the beginning. We will start simple rudiments and beats for snare and drumset and grow from there. Technique, control and passion.
I am an audio engineer student at Art Institute of California- Inland Empire in San Bernardino. While going to school, I have been doing "gigs" in LA off and on with connections in the industry. I have access to extremely nice studios! I have been playing guitar and drums since the 6th grade and continue to perform and play off and on!
BIO ON MUSIC:
Biography Jacob P. was born and raised in Palm Springs; California. Growing up with parents who had very different musical backgrounds, which led him to want to live in world full of music. At the age 10, he picked up his first guitar and
began to take his first piano lessons and a year later then picking up the first pair of drumsticks. He developed a self-taught technique for drum set, while being mentored by his older brother, Sean, (endorsed by Soultone Cymbals, and former student of LA Music Academy and University of Oregon) traditional jazz artist, Allen Goodman. (Goodman has performed with many famous jazz artists in his during his drumming career and was mentored by Buddy Rich. He wrote the intro to the George of the Jungle cartoon series, and is now playing with many jazz artists at Vickys of Santa Fe in Indian Wells, California, with the Desert Cities Jazz Band) Gregory Whitmore, Band Director at Cathedral City High School, has also been a mentor to Jacob.
In 2009, he performed Ron Nelsons Danza Capriccio with the Cathedral City High School Symphonic Band and world renowned saxophonist Kenneth Tse at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. That event was followed by a performance tour of the United Kingdom with the Cathedral City High School Symphonic Band.
In 2011, he ventured off to France and Germany with the CCHS symphonic band for his second performance tour with the group. Playing at many venues including, Heidelberg Castle in Germany and Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte, outside of Paris, France. He has been on national television performing at the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl in 2007 and in the Hollywood Christmas parade in 2010 with the CCHS Marching Band. He has performed with various groups within the community throughout the years.
Over the years, music has grown into a passion for him and provided solace while dealing with a rare medical condition, Chiari 1 Malformation. Jacob attends The Art Institute of California Inland Empire, studying Audio Production.
*** Lesson Details *** Beginner to intermediate for Guitar and Drum Lessons
Professional Style Studio Recording
*** Studio Equipment *** Fender Stratocastor HSS Ovation Acoustic Guitars Epiphone EJ-200 CE DanElectro NOS '59
Grestch Custom Set 10", 12", 14",20" Grestch Energy 10' 12', 16', 22' Tama Snare Artwood All Maple 14" Sabin SR2 Crash 16" Sabian Hi-Hats 14" Sabian Dry Bell Ride 21" Paiste Rock Crash 14" Paiste Thin Crash 12" and 14" Vator Drumsticks
SoundGear: Alesis Multimix8/iO4 PreSonus FireStudio ART TPS II ART VLA II MXL 604 Pencil Condenser Blue Spark SSL Condenser SM 57's MXL A-55 Kicker Dynamic Audio Technica ATH-M45 Headphones M-Audio BX5 Monitars Alto Professional PA Speakers M-Audio 49 Venom Synth VA/Midi Arturia MicroBrute Yamaha 88 Key Grand Electric
Software: Logic Pro 9, X Main Stage 3 Protools 10 Max MSP Macbook Pro 2.3 8Gb of Ram
*** Travel Equipment *** Epiphone EJ-200 CE MacBook Pro
*** Specialties *** Recording Services! All genres of music!
ken W. August 24, 2015
In home Verified Student
Great relationship. Really good patience with an old guy like me who takes a little time to figure things out. Highest recommendation.
Arnold S. November 28, 2013
Guitar Verified Student
First two lessons
Jacob is a very professional person. He is very patient. We have a great understanding of what I want to achieve and he makes it happen. I am looking forward to more lessons with Jacob.
Rock Pop Blues Funk Jazz Fusion Afro-Cuban Brazilian
Whether you would like to play in a band, record your drums (professionally and affordably), create beats, learn to read music, or understand and play different styles of music, I will help to get you started on your way to achieving your dreams.
With almost 20 years of teaching experience, I can help you reach your musical goals, now matter how big or small. We'll work together on uncovering your talents and use them to your advantage while improving on areas that might be holding you back from reaching your full musical potential.
Paul V., originally from St. Louis , Mis
souri, studied drums for several years before becoming interested in classical percussion and piano in college, eventually becoming Principal Timpanist for the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra and also Guest Artist with the nationally acclaimed St. Louis Brass Band. Since moving to Los Angeles in 2002, Paul has played/recorded with the Jacob and Matthew Band, Jane Lui, Danielle Rose, Warren Charles, Scott Detweiler, Hunter Parrish (from Showtime's Weeds and Godspell on Broadway), Brendan James, Billy Mitchell, Bill Purdy, Don Kirkpatrick (Rod Stewart, Joe Cocker), Jeff Littleton (Herbie Hancock, Stanley Turrentine), John Thomas (Bruce Hornsby), Pete Anderson (Roy Orbison, Dwight Yoakam), and has opened for acts including The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Wailing Souls, Clint Black, Junior Brown, Rodney Crowell, and has also played for members of the Library of Congress. He has performed at numerous venues ranging from Lucas Oil Stadium, the Verizon Center (Washington, DC), and Cowboy Stadium to the Cerritos Performing Arts Center, Hotel Café, the Roxy, and many others. Paul is an active educator and has taught at the Los Angeles College of Music and Music Performance Academy and has also studied with Steve Ferrone, Peter Erskine, Joe Porcaro, and Ralph Humphrey.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Yamaha DTX electronic drums in personal home studio and Pro Tools for recording lesson progress.
Ara D. May 10, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Paul does a great job of balancing the theoretical and applied. He focuses on developing strong fundamentals and good habits but also delves into songs that apply new skills learned along the way at the appropriate pace. As a beginner, Paul has helped me get off to a good start where I'm learning a lot but also having a lot of fun.
A big plus is that he's got a real down-to-earth personality that makes the lessons even more enjoyable and really interesting to talk to about all things drums and otherwise.
cindi G. November 9, 2014
My son has taken lessons with Paul for over 5 years. Not only is Paul an accomplished musician, he's a great teacher. His teaching style is positive and supportive. He has modified my son's lessons through the years, as his goals and needs have changed. Paul has always been professional, reliable and enthusiastic. He genuinely seems to enjoy what he does, and as a bonus, Paul is also a really nice guy, who has had a positive influence on my teenage son's life.
Alex D. September 18, 2014
Paul is an awesome teacher! He is super positive, friendly, joyful, and professional. He was always on time and always adequately prepared for the lesson. He is not only a fantastic musician, but also very supportive in helping you accomplish whatever your goals are as he cares about you as a person. I highly recommend Paul!
Teaching drums would be customized per student. Goals depend on how fast the student moves and practices. I will start off teaching just a little bit of snare drum from books and gradually ad everything in. Rock will be the first style we will start off with and may work our ways towards jazz, Latin, shuffle, blues, and so on. The key concepts will be to develop syncopation and rhythm.
Hi my name is Vincent O. and I am a 21 year old Music Industries Major at California State University Pomona. I am committed to creating a space for love in the music industry as a singer-songwriter and providing music education. I have been involved in music for over 17 years and have had experience being in over 20 bands. Such bands were drumlines, marching bands, play pits, jazz combos, jazz bands, wind ensembles, and symphonic band, I play drums, piano, guitar, sing, bass, percussion, write, record and produce music videos. I have been trained by an AVID certified instructor and have exper
ience with reasons, protools, logic, melodyne, and final cut pro video editing software.
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Dave is able to work with me, a beginner, and provide me with enough challenge so that I keep learning and also keep interested in drum
s. He has a great sense of humor along with patience which is important with a teacher whom is teaching a beginner. At times he will also take out a guitar and play along which adds to the fun."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Gerry
"To the point...
Matthew is very good at knowing where you should start. Instead of pulling out basic rudiments from the start, Matthew had me play my set
first. It was then he got a good understanding where I needed to start.
Matthew is very laid back, allows you to progress at your own speed, and always makes sure you got your lesson(s) before he leaves...
I would recommend Matthew to any drummer wanting professional instruction."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Lisa
"Best Drum Instructor North County
We couldn't be happier with Matt. He has taken a shy, not-so-confident young boy and turned him into a proud, musically
knowledgeable and darn good drummer !!! Matt is extremely patient, positive,reliable, FUN and a skilled drummer to boot. My son states, "Matt explains things clearly" . I would highly recommend him."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Jacquelene
"David is personable and professional. He has eased my son into his drum lessons after he took some time away from playing them. David relates to the stude
nt in the comfort of our home, has met him at his current level of playing drums and is flexible when coordinating schedules. I highly recommend him for teaching instruments, and as an in-home teacher."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Michael
"Excellent drum teacher
I've been playing drums for almost 20 years - bands, tours and recording. I came to Keith to build speed, control and finesse and
finally master some of the trickier hybrid rudiments. Keith developed an excellent program with achievable goals week to week and practical ways to apply new skills across the kit. Moving up a level seemed easy in the end - the sign of a quality teacher. Keith also identified and helped me to correct a technique flaw that was holding me back. I recommend Keith to drummers of all experience levels. Maybe one day he'll let me hit that signed, vintage ludwig BB snare too."
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Theo A
"Joe is not only an incredible person and an all-around great guy, but he's also the best drummer I've ever had the pleasure of playing in bands with over
the years. And his skills don't stop there - he is a very talented and patient teacher. And he's great with kids too! My daughter just had her first lesson with him and she loved it! Joe's great sense of humor and positive reinforcement really engaged my daughter (who is a hyper-active toddler) and she learned a lot in just her first lesson. I'm looking forward to her becoming a rockstar under Joe's guidance and to many more lessons. Thanks Joe!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Pragya B
Cincinnati, OH teacher:
Review by DJ
"My son is really inspired by Andrew. He makes it so much fun, and DJ is progressing well under his guidance and encouragement. Andrew has been very good a
bout making sure that DJ is learning the stuff he wants to focus on, not just being a slave to an instruction book. We highly recommend him."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Joshua
"Both of my boys like him , he is very professional and has a lot of patience to teach my oldest son who has learning disability."