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San Diego: A Great Place to Teach Drums

By David W. – San Diego Drums Instructor

Although I was born in San Diego in 1981, my family moved to Wisconsin when I was very young. Since that time, I have been fortunate to enjoy a successful career as an orchestral percussionist, a jazz and rock musician, a scholar, and a teacher of all things drum and percussion. I moved back to the West coast in September of 2010 to write my (now completed) dissertation.

I love teaching percussion and drum lessons in San Diego. The weather is beautiful, there are many excellent venues for live music, great orchestras, and no shortage of people interested in learning to play! San Diego also serves as a fine base of operations for my career as a performer. Although I'm in San Diego today, yesterday I was playing xylophone in Mississippi at a symphony concert with violin virtuoso Isaac Perlman; a day earlier I was rocking-out at the Soundwave, Mission Beach's top-notch venue for great original rock 'n' roll; the day before that I was performing a solo concert of tabla music and North Indian classical music on drum set; and next week I will share my passion for percussion, drum set, and music to mass audiences of elementary through high school aged youth.

The core of my daily activity revolves around the students in my San Diego percussion studio. I never leave town for very long because being a drum instructor is top priority. Watching kids become inspired and beginners learn valuable life skills brings me great joy, and I hope to be teaching music lessons for many years to come.

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David A.

Bonita, CA

Drum lessons consist of a mix of learning fundamental drills, drum ergonomics, kit set up and care, drum etiquette, technique and style. Among my favorite drummers are Carter Beauford, Stewart Copeland, J Dilla, John Bonham and others. Whether they are just beginning or not, I try to get my students learning fun stuff pretty quickly.

About David

Hi, there! My name is David and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2010 and have loved helping my students learn their favorite songs, be able to teach themselves, and start writing their own songs. I went to UC Santa Cruz and earned a degree in Literature/Electronic Music in 2010. I'm an attentive and easy going person and my teaching style is helpful, encouraging, and patient. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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andrea A. March 31, 2015
Guitar · In home
I am a rhythm guitarist but have always struggled with branching out to soloing. After one lesson with David, I immediately felt like I had a better handle on playing scales. He gave me some great feedback on how to play more efficiently. He's also an amazing guitarist and very inspirational!
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Jacquelene G. February 28, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
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 student 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.
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Abby R. November 20, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
David is very flexible with scheduling and is always punctual. My son, who is 13 yrs. old, quickly connected with David on the first day of piano lesson. I highly recommend David. My son enjoys learning from him and has developed a love in playing piano.
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David A.

David A.

Bonita, CA 91902
(6)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Charles W.

La Mesa, CA

I have been teaching drumset to students of all ages and levels for over 5 years. My students are commonly surprised to see how quickly they progress - often within the first couple of lessons, we are playing along to their favorite songs! My approach is very straightforward, fun, and can be applied to whichever style(s) the student is interested in. Having studied with some of the top percussion educators from around the world at Berklee College of Music (including Grammy award winners Mark Walker and Terri Lyne Carrington), I use a culmination of methods along with my own personal experiences to help the student progress.

The drumset student can expect to learn very quickly about the following topics, which can be tailored to their particular needs/goals:

-Proper stick technique/control and posture
-Rudimental studies
-Drumset coordination and independence
-Development of speed and efficiency of motion
-Grooves and various styles of drumming
-Reading music
-Study of ...

About Charles

As far back as I can remember, music has been a central part of my life. I grew up in a musical family; my father a drummer and pianist, my mother a woodwinds player, and my brother a bassist, I have been surrounded by music as far back as I can recall.

Upon graduating from San Diego SCPA, I became interested in recording and audio engineering, eventually working as 2nd engineer at Signature Sound in Clairemont, and main engineer at Proxy Music in Oceanside. This afforded me invaluable experience working with some of San Diego's finest musicians and recording artists.

In 2008, I atten
ded Berklee College of Music on scholarship - majoring in Professional Music with an emphasis on performance and composition. In 2011, I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor's degree in Music.

Currently, I am an active music performer and teacher in the San Diego area. I often encourage my students to come out and see my concerts, or any other concerts of interest. I believe live music is the best source of musical inspiration!

*** Studio Equipment ***
The home studio lessons take place in a music room in the home. The room includes a drum set, keyboard, amps, guitars, bass guitars and seating is available. Parking is on the street and driveway.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to provide their instrument and all necessary equipment, along with their music and a quiet space for the lesson. If it is a private lesson on drums or piano at my house, I can provide the instruments.

*** Specialties ***
I have been in a number of professional playing positions, and am comfortable teaching styles such as Jazz, Rock, Latin, Classical, Show Music and more.
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Jordan M. April 23, 2015
Charlie is a fantastic music teacher, and an incredible musician. Just go see this guy play, and see who he plays with. So fun to work with and one of the best drummers around :-)
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Steve G. March 20, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Charlie is exactly what I was looking for. My situation is unique but that didn't phase him. By lesson's end, I felt more like a partner in this process than a student. And that's how I operate the best, and learn the most. I'm excited. After all these years, I'm finally going to learn to play the keys!
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Tyler L. November 14, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Great teacher, great personalities.
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Charles W.

Charles W.

El Cajon, CA 92019
(9)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Dennis B.

Chula Vista, CA

About Dennis

I have been playing drums professionally for over 15 years. My styles range from traditional jazz, to jazz/fusion, Latin, Brazilian, rock and funk. I have studied music at Diablo Valley College, Southwestern College, and UCSD. I am a founding member of the critically acclaimed James Abbuhl band where I drummed and co-produced the CD "Voyages and Homecomings". My focus will be to get you to play musically. The drums should fit the music, meaning that as a drummer, one should play what makes sense for the music.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lesson plans for the beginner will start with the basics:
stick technique, rudiments of drumming, reading drum notation. For the intermediate to advanced we'll focus on what you want to learn while filling in the blanks with all styles of modern drumming. I am a very patient instructor that will make sure that you are comfortable and excited about drumming. My goal is to make you a solid musician that has strong timing, groove, and phrasing. Ultimately, you should sound like a drummer that you'd hear on a professional recording. Your progress will depend on your drive and dedication to your instrument. Let's make it happen today!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room...open space...for several people...drum kit... metronome

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide a basic drum kit if needed. Students should have sticks,practice pad, snare drum, and the desire to get a full drum set if they don't have one already.

*** Specialties ***
I teach jazz: traditional, be-bop, Brazilian, Latin, and fusion. I also teach rock, funk, and metal. I teach primarily match grip, but can instruct on traditional grip if necessary. My specialty would be jazz/fusion and rock/fusion as these styles allow for the most creativity and freedom.
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Lisa F. April 29, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
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With our teacher my daughter has learned how to play her own rock beat in just a few lessons! He is nice, friendly and listens to her. She feels comfortable with him. Thanks for being our teacher! :)
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Deborah H. April 19, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
A great teacher!

I love how Dennis has customized my lessons for my taste in music and my goals with the drums. This makes the lessons fun and productive--and it keeps the practicing at home enticing, too. I definitely see great progress in my drumming since I started working with him.
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DeborahH1 March 14, 2012
A great teacher!

I've wanted to take drum lessons my whole life and finally got up the courage. Figured I'd be two left feet and two left hands! This made me self-conscious. But Dennis totally put me at ease, and I'm having a great time learning with him. He tailors each lesson for me and the progress I've made on my own while I practiced, and he had me playing my favorite songs right away. I've even learned how to read a piece of sheet after just a few lessons! I was always so intimidated by that part. Dennis is so clear in explaining, and so patient in working through nuances, and careful to get me going on the rudiments right away. He is thorough, responsive, encouraging, and just plain nice. I highly recommend him as a teacher of any age student.
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Dennis B.

Dennis B.

Chula Vista, CA 91913
(5)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Trevor H.

El Cajon, CA

Learn how to play the drum set.

About Trevor

Every musician was first and foremost a fan of music. My love of
music began when my mother took me to a performance of Beethoven's
fifth symphony when, coincidentally, I was five. From that point, I
started fervently listening to my mother's records (those are the
huge, black monstrosities that people in the pre-historic used in
place of iPods), followed closely by my father's CD collection.
After a while, this ravenous desire of to know and feel music moved
me to play an instrument. After a couple of false starts with the
drums and violin, I found my true musical calling: the gui
tar.

On January 25th 1995, on a whim, I began playing the
guitar, and I have yet to put it down. Along the way I've picked up
a number of friends for my guitar, including the bass, the lute, the
sitar and, once again, the drums. After only a few years of
practice, I started playing professionally, in bands and solo guitar.
Live playing experience, I believe, is the most important experience
that any musician can have, in that, the most important part of music
is how it sounds, and playing in front of people is the quickest way
to learn how to play effectively. And this is what I teach; how to
be a musician, not just a technician.

*** Lesson Details ***
A student can expect a curriculum tailor-made to their needs and personality. Every person learns differently and this is an important distinction in my teaching style. Some students need a strong hand to keep them working, others need to find many different ways to the same conclusion to keep them focused, while still others need a laid-back friend in order to accept knowledge.

I stress rhythmic literacy, for, as my jazz teacher always said, "rhythm is king." If composition is important to you, then we'll focus on music theory, but if you're just wanting to learn how to play some fun rock tunes with your friends on the weekends, we can do that as well. As I stated before, we'll get you playing in front of people in no time.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide an amplifier, a loner guitar (if needed), staff and/or tablature paper, metronome, pens and paper for the lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Music theory and composition, guitar, bass, lute, beginner to intermediate piano
Classical, shred, blues, and rock guitar; renaissance lute; blues, rock and slap bass; composition of many styles; world music.
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Bobby O. July 11, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Trevor is an amazing teacher. He is one of the best teachers I have come across for music, and I've had several. He has a near encyclopedic knowledge on almost all things music from composition to theory with a genuine interest in the material as well as teaching it. He is extremely patient, friendly, and kind of a nerd on several fronts, in the best, most awesome way possible I mean. If you want a truly comprehensive understanding of music from someone who knows what he is talking about and is fun to learn from, I'd say go with Trevor.
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Christina Frangos April 30, 2015
Drum · In home
Trevor has been my 12 year-old daughter's drum teacher for over a year and has started teaching my 14 year-old daughter and me the guitar. Above all, Trevor instills his love of music into every lesson...and to every student. He custom-tailors each lesson to the student's style, needs and goals. Lessons are always fun, positive and productive. He is responsible, always on time and communicates well. Trevor has been a great find. He is an amazing teacher.
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Christopher R. January 3, 2015
Blues Guitar · In home
Trevor is a knowledgeable and capable teacher. I am not a beginning student, I have a degree in music and I have played guitar for many years. I was looking for someone to help take my playing in a different more refined direction. Trevor is excellent. He knew I had an understanding of music already and came to me with a nuanced and exciting curriculum.

He is personable, professional, and most of all, an excellent teacher.
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Trevor H.

Trevor H.

El Cajon, CA 92020
(6)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Batuhan K.

San Diego, CA

I'm a devoted drummer who spent hours and hours studying technique, coordination, feel and worked on countless exercises (which I will provide for you also). I am completely in love with this instrument. If you also share a passion for drums and would like to start learning the instrument seriously, I'm the right guy for you.

About Batuhan

I'm a devoted and a passionate teacher, my goal is to motivate and help you to learn what you desire. Even though I'm teaching a wide variety of subjects I'm passionate to teach every one of them. I love teaching and learning in the process

Lessons

Lessons are generally in a relaxed setting and designed to work towards accomplishing student determined goals. While all students will study similar fundamentals, every lesson is as different as every person. What are your goals? I'll tell you what you need to do to get there, and help you take the steps to achieve your aspirations.

As a
teacher, my goal is to provide a positive hands-on experience. I strive to create an environment where learning is enjoyed and explored, teaching in an exciting, fun, and passionate mode. I am not strict, although I do expect the students to practice. I have an extremely optimistic, energetic disposition and use positive reinforcement to encourage my students! This has always served me very well in working with students. Give it a try, you will be satisfied!
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Zach W. June 26, 2015
Chess · Online
Verified Student
Very happy, looking forward to future lessons!
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Anthony C. June 8, 2015
Drum · In studio
I have had the privilege of playing and learning music with Batu. He is passionate about all of the subjects that he teaches and gives more than one would expect.
Look no further! You have found your next teacher.
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santosh K. June 2, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
I took Drum lessons from Batuhan and I find him to be very meticulous in teaching. He ensures that the student learns fundamentals correctly and effectively . The classes are well organized and he motivates his students. The homeworks are designed to constantly challenge you and keep you focused. Also, Batuhan is very approachable. You needn't wait all the way up to the next class to ask him questions. He immediately replies with suggestions.
If you are serious about learning drums the right way, look no further. You've found the right teacher!
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Batuhan K.

Batuhan K.

San Diego, CA 92123
(12)
starting at
$27 / 30-min

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