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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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Francisco P.

North Hollywood, CA

Drums is my primary instrument, the one I chose to follow as a career in music. Drums make us dance, make us smile, and they are simply extremely fun to play. The most important thing I focus on is in playing music with the drums. There is nothing more rewarding and fun than playing with and for other people. Whether you are interested in learning how to play your favorite pop or rock song or a jazz standard, I can teach you what makes drumming unique in each style, and what you will need to know to express yourself in the instrument.

About Francisco

I was born in Argentina. I began playing bass when I was ten years old, while my younger brother began playing drums. I started taking bass classes, and also formed several bands as a bass player, although the drums had always been sounding in the back of my head. After listening to Tool’s Danny Carey and Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater, at the age of 17, I realized the drums were my true love, and began studying the instrument. I continued playing bass in several bands, until I joined the band The Evenfall as a drummer, in 2009. At this time, my family was considering moving to the U.S, and tha
t's when I got the chance to apply to the Berklee College of Music. I graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2012 with a degree in Drumset Performance. There I studied with the most respected drummers and teachers in the world, and learned not only from their way of playing, but also from their style of teaching. I have a curriculum which includes material learned from all my years as Berklee, as well as material I acquired in my own experience performing and recording with many acts and in many different genres, ranging from Rock and Metal, to Latin and Jazz, and even Musical Theater.

*** Lesson Details ***
I custom make my lessons to fit each of my student's needs and goals. If you want to study Metal drumming, I won't aim my lessons to teach the same material I teach to a student who wants to learn Latin music, or Jazz. Music is never ending, and different music affects each person differently. Also, every person has a different voice in their instrument. That's why what works for what some people doesn't do it for others. I focus on what is important to YOU, and what better suits your interests.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I could provide the students with sticks and the materials to work on. I would expect the students to provide the necessary books when needed. A drumset is not required for beginners, although it will be for more advanced students.

*** Specialties ***
My teaching method focuses on the interest of the student. I try to have my classes follow each student's own interest and goals, and guide them on the best possible ways to help them achieve those. I try to present short term goals for my students, to ensure that they can experience a feeling on success that will keep them motivated. I specialize in Rock and Pop music, as well as Latin music (Brazilian and Afro-Caribbean in particular).
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Molly M. March 20, 2015
Drum · In studio
Francisco is such a great teacher. He tailors his lessons to your needs and challenges you just enough. I took lessons with him for about 8 months, which ended when he moved to the west coast. Otherwise I would still be with him. But he taught me so much and still checks in to make sure I'm sticking with it months after our sessions have ended. He genuinely cares about his students and their love of music and he enjoys teaching and motivating others to play. I highly recommend Francisco as a teacher as he will get you where you want to be.
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Derek B. February 23, 2015
Drum · In studio
I took up drums 2 years ago in my early 40's. Francisco was my first drum teacher, and he patiently introduced me to the instrument, exposed me to many different musical concepts and traditions, and really increased my interest in music and drumming. He is an amazing player, and I learned much from watching him play in lessons and also live. Unfortunately he moved from Boston to CA, which was my loss.I reccommend him without reservation.
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Peter E. February 7, 2015
Drum · In studio
I took many lessons with Francisco after a period of relative inactivity from playing drums on a consistent basis. I had been playing for years, but had unfortunately become rusty and out of practice at the time. Francisco helped me build my chops back up, and introduced me to new unique concepts in phrasing, approaching grooves, technique, and much more. Francisco's down-to-earth and very friendly personality, combined with his obvious passion for drums and percussion, made every lesson an event I looked forward to. He gave me a lot to think about each lesson, providing me with great musical concepts that can be studied for life. Francisco isn't a teacher who only thrives teaching beginners. As a drummer for several years with lots of performing experience, he still managed to significantly help improve my playing and reignite my spark in drumming. Thanks, dude
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Francisco P.

Francisco P.

San Diego, CA 92129
(3)
starting at
$50 / 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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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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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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Peter D. May 20, 2016
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Andy is a great teacher. Our daughter wanted to learn to play snare for marching band, and he gave her a solid grounding in the fundamentals. He came up with a customized learning plan, which allowed our daughter to learn a lot in a short period of time. Highly recommended.
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Andy R.

Andy R.

San Diego, CA 92115
(18)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Phil W.

San Diego, CA

Learn from a working drummer with over 18 years of teaching experience. From the basic fundamentals to advanced concepts and techniques, I can help you reach your goals. Many of my students have gone on to be professional musicians and music teachers themselves.

About Phil

I’ve been a drummer almost my entire life and I began teaching drum lessons in 1998. Musically I have fairly eclectic taste both as a listener and a player – My roots are in jazz and funk, but I’ve spent many years playing with singer-songwriters, reggae bands, rock bands… I also play percussion in a few different duo situations playing mostly top 40 covers.

I find that my jazz background tends to creep into pretty much everything that I play and as a result my approach to drumming tends to favor subtlety and dynamics. In addition to playing the drums I’ve also been composing music for ove
r twenty years.

I play several other instruments and have written and produced music that has appeared on major network TV shows. I believe that having this understanding of music and songwriting that goes deeper than just the drums allows me to explain the more conceptual aspects of drumming within a broader context. Understanding the drums comes from understanding music as a whole.

***Specialties***
Some of my strengths as a teacher & drummer include:
Stick control & Hand technique
Music Reading
Funk, Jazz, Rock, Reggae, World music
Rudiments
Playing with dynamics
Odd time signatures
Improvisation, phrasing, and comping
Identifying and transcribing drum parts in songs

***In-Studio Lessons***
I have a 300 square foot sound-treated studio in my home with a vast library of resources. In additional to a drumset and various hand drums, there are tons of other musical instruments and sound/recording equipment to make learning fun and efficient.

***In-Home Lessons***
Ideally students would have a drumset (acoustic or electronic), and a space with minimal distractions. If you’re eager to get started and don’t yet have any drums, a pillow and a pair of sticks can go a long way (seriously! Just ask Buddy Rich!)

***Policies***
I have a limited number of evening spots available due to my gig schedule. Daytime slots are a little more flexible. I try to schedule lessons back-to-back so it’s important to be punctual, prepared and ready to learn/rock.

Sometimes cancellations need to happen – try to give me as much notice as possible and I will do the same. No-shows are no-good. “Not having had time to practice” is my least favorite reason for cancelling a lesson and you will be chided accordingly.
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Rusty June 10, 2016
Drum · In studio
I have taken many lessons with Phil. Mostly in his studio, and a few at mine. Phil took the time to find out what I really needed to get out of lessons. We focused on rudiments, then applied them to the songs I was interested in learning. I was really impressed with how he was able to make these drum parts accessible by breaking them down into simpler parts, then progressively filling them in. Every song I brought to Phil, he was able to translate for me. More than the drums, we discussed music and what it means to support a song with percussion. I strongly recommend Phil as a drum teacher and musical guide. Rusty the V, Fly Like Venus
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Drew June 9, 2016
Drum · In studio
Phil is a great musician as well as a caring and wonderful teacher. When looking for a drum teacher it can be tough to find the whole package. Phil fits the bill. Patient and knowledgable, Phil really has a knack for presenting material in a way that is easily digestible and crucial to becoming a better drummer and musician. If you put in the time and effort of good solid practice, Phil will help get you where ya wanna be on your instrument!

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Ryan June 9, 2016
Drum · In home
I took lessons with Phil for many years, and every show I've played and every tour I've been on has been thanks to his instruction. He is patient, knowledgable, and a highly skilled drummer in his own right. Most importantly, he has control over many genres and stresses the importance of rudiments, practice, stick control, and technique. I know no drummer, however experienced to the craft, that could not benefit from lessons with Phil.
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Phil W.

San Diego, CA 92104
(4)
starting at
$30 / 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 and I was born in Los Angeles, but live in San Diego now. 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. I now live in beautiful San Diego with my wife (a professional singer). 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 persona website www.mattjonesdrums.com

Below is a bio from my website:

Out of highschoo
l Matt received a $50,000 music scholarship from the Friends of the Philharmonic Foundation. Matthew then went on to study music at California State University Long Beach where he received a Bachelors Degree in Music Performance. His vast music studies as a drumset player, hand drum player, and concert percussionist have led him to travel to over 100 cities in over 40 different countries around the world on every continent. He's worked with the Grammy's, 21st Century Fox Film Orchestra, and some of the best international artists around the world. This includes Broadway's best, U.K.'s The Voice Toni Warne, Australia's Patrick McMahon, South America's Salvatore Hasard, Chinese instrumental virtuoso Pingxin Xu, and many many more across all generes of music. Matt currently lives in San Diego with his Wife Nicky (a professional singer) where he freelances as a professional performer and teacher.
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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
(2)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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