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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 B.

Lakeside, CA

About David

After graduating from Salford University, England with a Bachelors degree (Honors) in Music and Composing I worked for a short time as a commercial "jingle" writer, before moving to San Diego, marrying my dream girl, and opening my own music recording, teaching and production studio. From there I have been teaching lessons, recording bands and writing music for independent film ad video games for the last 6 years. Throughout this time I've been continually performing live in venues all over California.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach both from a privately rented studio in Santee and from my ho
me studio in La Mesa. Both are fully equipped for guitar, bass and drum lessons and even have recording facilities! In my lesson plans I try to combine theory and technique with practical application (that is, playing music and rocking out!).

A typical lesson begins with a warm up and review of last weeks' lesson, and then moves to a new concept or technique. Once this new idea is understood, we give it a practical application by using it a song the student is familiar with. We finish up by setting some homework and answering any questions the student my have.

My lessons are structured and goal orientated (I want my students playing songs they love as soon as possible to keep the inspiration and excitement going!) but I adapt each lesson plan to suit the student, accommodating different musical tastes and learning styles. Most important I keep the lessons fun and engaging - it's the best way to learn!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Fulling equipped, professional teaching studio.
Guitars, drums, amps, PAs, Pianos, Mandolins and much more!

*** Specialties ***
Very versatile both in preferred styles and my ability to adapt to students requests. Can cover anything from jazz to metal, or pop to blues, on guitar, bass or drums.
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Tim S. May 12, 2016
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Love the way David breaks down skill development. I feel like I'm making great progress and I enjoy the lessons provided.
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Erika April 8, 2016
Mandolin · In studio
I absolutely LOVE taking lessons with David! It is the best part of my week!
Being a somewhat shy individual and an adult student, I was really nervous to begin music lessons with a stranger.. David put me at ease from day one. Each thirty minute session is packed with just enough material to keep me occupied during practice through the week and eager for more by the time our next lesson comes around. His instrument knowledge is phenomenal, and it makes the experience so much more fun to have David accompany my mandolin playing with banjo or guitar. He is also great for giving advice on buying a new instrument. Best-Instructor-Ever! I can't recommend David enough
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Sunny E. December 29, 2015
Banjo · In studio
Verified Student
David works really well with children. He keeps my daughter motivated and makes it fun. He is really knowledgeable and overall a great teacher. Recommend!
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David B.

David B.

La Mesa, CA 91941
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starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Nana Yaw Obrafo A.

San Diego, CA

Many people that want to drum of course want to start with the drums. But to drum correctly you have to have a good ear to listen. You have to feel the rhythm in your body. Most of all awesome timing. I call it a human metronome. So I start all students with percussions first and foremost. Claves, Ago-go bells, Cencerro bells, Shekere (beaded gourds) etc. This exercise deals with all the above issues. Then we go to the drums that perfect your right and left brain. Left and right hand drumming.

About Nana Yaw Obrafo

I am the Founder and Director of the Ile Ayan Cultural Institution of Higher Learning. Drums balance out the right and left brain, and stimulate endorphins, which facilitate learning
I currently give ongoing African drumming and music instruction for all ages (toddlers to adults) at the World Beat Center in Balboa Park, San Diego, where I have taught for the last fifteen years. I instructed 10,000 5th grade students each year from 2004 to 2010, as part of the San Diego City Schools’ “Balboa Park Integration Program”. I have also brought my program into the elementary schools, working both
as a music teacher during the school day (seeing K-6th grade classes, one after the other, one day a week), as well as After-School programs twice a week for various school districts. I have been very successful in working with “At-Risk” teens, both in alternative schools and juvenile hall settings, as well as working with blind and deaf students. I specialize in teaching drumming via mathematics for all ages. For toddlers and parents it's math, storytelling, alphabet, and vowels.
Respectfully,
Nana
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Stavon S. March 15, 2016
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Awesome teacher - teaches more than just how to drum.
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May January 18, 2016
Drum
For 5+ years, I have brought college students to Nana’s drumming classes. Nana is a fantastic and experienced teacher who guides students into the sounds and stories of the drum. His knowledge of African drumming, culture and storytelling transforms simple drumming classes into wonderful opportunities for reflection, growth and community building. By the end of the class, students are drumming and smiling together in an unspoken connection that continues long after we leave. Thank you, Nana, for an always educational, grounding and memorable experience!
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Jason November 16, 2015
Drum · In studio
I took lessons with Nana, it not only brought out the best musicianship in me, but taught me life lessons which are with me to this day. My son who is 10 years old also takes lessons from Nana and loves to learn from him. Nana is a great teacher.
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Nana Yaw Obrafo A.

Nana Yaw Obrafo A.

San Diego, CA 92101
(19)
starting at
$15 / 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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Dan F. March 25, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
had a great first lesson
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Cooper W. November 15, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Looking forward to the next one!
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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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Trevor H.

Trevor H.

El Cajon, CA 92021
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$25 / 30-min
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Andy R.

San Diego, CA

I've played/taught drums for 40+ years! If you have experience I will listen to you play during your first lesson and create a custom practice routine to help sharpen your skills. If you are a total beginner I'll cover all the basics in a few lessons and get you playing songs quickly. I specialize in rock but teach most styles. I use "Stick Control for the Snare Drummer" and other books as needed, and we will use my electronic drum kit. Your lessons will be fun, challenging, and inspiring!

About Andy

I have been playing drums and mountain dulcimer since the late sixties. My musical background is in rock but I am comfortable playing and teaching most styles of popular music. I've done a fair amount of recording and have performed in every kind of venue, from private parties to concert situations where the band I was in opened for national touring acts. I'm an encouraging teacher, and I especially like working with beginners (of any age - you are never too old to learn to play an instrument). If you have played before, I can listen to you play and suggest a custom practice routine to addres
s and strengthen any weaknesses. Learning should be fun, so I encourage my students to begin playing songs they like as soon as possible in addition to building their skills. Click the green button to request a lesson!
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Gabriel Z. September 22, 2016
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
My son had a great first lesson! We can't wait to continue with Andy!
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Ming June 1, 2016
Drum · In studio
I started taking drumming lessons from Andy in February and I am just having a blast. I am 57 years old and I had absolutely no musical training. I grew up in the 70’s and I enjoy listening to classic rock. I have many friends that play music and they often get together and jam in a garage. A few months ago, I decided that I would pick up drumming so I could participate. I found Andy online and he has since shown me a wonderful world that I can now begin to break down and understand.

Andy explained to me the different types of music from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s to the present. He also showed me the different drumming styles from the different genres and culture. It is so much fun to listen to him. I often feel like a kindergarten kid that is not taking full advantage of a college professor’s vast knowledge. Most of all, Andy is a very nice and cool guy. He is patient and he takes time to explain everything to me. Andy is very precise in the drumming techniques. I remember a couple of months ago at a jamming session, I was able to see certain drummers’ bad habits and limitations. That was exciting to me because I knew that I was on the right track. My goal is that when I retire, I can jam with my friends and have garage jamming be one of my regular activities. I am confident that with Andy’s help, I can achieve that.

Andy is experienced and knowledgeable. I think he has done pretty much all the things that a drummer could dream of doing, and he is there to help me. I really enjoy my lessons. It is a good way to relax and decompress. If you are thinking of picking up drumming or improving your existing techniques, you ought to give Andy a call. Take it from me, you are never too old to learn!
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Aubrey May 25, 2016
Drum · In home
I have been going to Andy for about 5 lessons now and am already feeling really comfortable on the drums. I have gone home with great assignments Andy created based on my progress on lessons. He is a talented musician and definitely knows a lot about how to teach beginners (like myself). Music seems to come naturally to him and he is personable, helpful, and encouraging. Not only are the in-person lessons progressive at a good rate, he utilizes email to send other helpful videos, links, and sound recordings that help students correct and further work on their techniques. I highly recommend for anyone who wants to pick up the drums or improve their current skills!
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Andy R.

Andy R.

San Diego, CA 92115
(19)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Matt J.

San Diego, CA

Drum Set - All styles, fundamentals, and reading
Concert Snare Drum and percussion
Drumline Techniques

About Matt

Hello!

My name is Matt, originally from Los Angeles, I now live in beautiful San Diego with my wife.

I am a professional drummer & percussionist. I have a bachelors degree in music. I have traveled the world playing drums, worked with the Grammy's, and mentored hundreds of students.

Contact me for lessons on drum set, snare drum only, hand drums, marching drums, and concert percussion.

I am new to Take Lessons, but you can see more about me at my personal website www.mattjonesdrums.com

I look forward to hearing from you :-)
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Art August 30, 2016
Drum · In home
I did a fair amount of research for my 12-year-old daughter and Matt exceeded my expectations. Personable, professional, quirky and an excellent teacher. Highly recommended!
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Kathy H. August 18, 2016
Drum · In home
Matt is a fantastic teacher. He's knows what he's talking about, my daughter loves him, and he's very friendly. I highly recommend Matt.
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Charles August 17, 2016
Drum · In home
Great teacher and did a great job inspiring my son to play.
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Matt J.

Matt J.

San Diego, CA 92120
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starting at
$45 / 30-min

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