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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 Isa
ac 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

I've been teaching drums for 4 years. My student's have gone on to learn drums from bands such as Led Zeppelin, Van Halen and have taken what they've learned from me to their other musical outlets like marching band. I typically teach out of the funky primer which allows the student to learn to read drum notation. Within the first few lessons the student can expect to play a simple 4/4 rhythm and read the notes on a piece of paper. After a while, the student can expect to read much more complicated forms of rhythm and be able to play them in time. I teach to the book but I am also flexible and I encourage all forms of creative learning.

About David

Hi, Hi, there! My name is David and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2011 and have loved helping my students learn their favorite songs, become confident on their instrument, and impressive their friends with their music chops. I went to UC Santa Cruz and earned a degree in Literature with a minor in music in 2010. I'm a laid back and easy going person and my teaching style is laid back, personable, and low stress. I look forward to helping you reach your goals! *** Travel Equipment *** Electric guitar, acoustic guitar, electric bass *** Specialties *** Piano, Drums, Electric/Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Music Theory, Recording

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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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Catherine G. December 20, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Nalani's Piano Teacher

Hi I'm Nalani. I appreciate David teaching me basic piano theory and technique. I am learning fast under his guidance and look forward to developing my piano skills with him.
David W. San Diego, CA

About David

Not only do I love chess and running marathons, but I also have three degrees in drums and percussion (Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate). I have ten years experience as a performer (including playing drums on a Grammy nominated album) with orchestras, touring big bands (Jimmy Dorsey, Five-By-Design), professional productions (Carnival Cruise Lines, amusement parks), jazz artists, and rock bands. I have also toured solo as a classical marimbist. Although I have a strong foundation in rudimental and jazz drumming, I also have roots in West African drumming, Cuban and Brazilian styles, and polka. I have taught percussion lessons, percussion classes for band directors, jazz ensembles, percussion ensembles, and drum lines at Kansas State University, The University of Southern ...

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Kathy S. December 28, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Happy New Year, Dave! In June 2015 it will be 4 years that I have had a weekly drum lesson with David W. I will have been playing for 5 years altogether. I could take lessons from him for the next 20 years and never learn all that he knows about percussion and drumming. If you or your child are planning to learn to play drums, look no further. Dave is the best there is. He will teach you what you need and what is appropriate for your level. For example, I have now reached the point where I am playing in a rock band. Great, but my transitions are not smooth, my strokes are not always rebounding like they should etc. So Dave gives me assignments and works together with me to do coordination drills and fundamental practices that will make the quality of my drumming better. He then pushes me to challenge areas where I have become too comfortable. All of this while learning so much and having a lot of fun. So even if you, too, have been playing drums for years you could greatly benefit from and improve with his instruction. He is very versatile, and is not limited to one type of percussion. He can do marching band, orchestral/concert, jazz, rock band style, Latin, ...you name it. And he doesn't overlook precision. If I try to slink by with playing something half way, he will make me do it over until it is right. David W. gets 10 stars in my book!
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Mert C. November 27, 2013
Percussion
Verified Student
Great experience...

I really enjoyed taking lessons from David. Unfortunately I had to take short break as we are expecting a new baby, but I will go back to taking percussion lessons from him as soon as I get a chance...He is very professional, very patient, and truly invests in you. He also adjusts his teaching approach based on your learning style to make the lessons much more efficient. Thank you David...
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kevin W. July 24, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
david whitman is an excellent teacher

I took lessons from David for several months. In a few words, David is legit. He knows what he is talking about. Note that the 5 star ratings across the board are not because of my laziness, but are an accurate representation. His knowledge about drumming and percussion in general, both in theory and practice, is so vast. He has a lot of academic and real-life experience. He teaches at SDSU, and I've seen one of his recitals there, which was pretty awesome.

I had wanted to learn the fundamentals of drumming, and how to practice. He fully appreciated this, and gave me good approaches for establishing a good foundation and developing good technique. He also stresses the importance of musicality and of feeling the music and letting that come out in your playing. He knows this, and he strikes a good balance between having fundamentals and having a good time.

One little cool thing is that he also encourages his students to record their lessons (e.g., on their cell phones) and review them. This has helped me a lot because I don't always remember things later. He sometimes also plays during the lesson, which helps to guide and inspire.

I have met at least 5 of his students, and they represent a range of ages and skills.

David is good-natured, friendly, and forthright. Last but not least, he's got dope beats on lock, if you're into that.

Do not hesitate to take lesssons from David.
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. ...

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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.
Bill W. San Diego, CA

About William

Playing With Sticks! I was introduced to the drums at age three by my dad, who was also a drummer. Dad would put on Buddy Rich records, sit me on his knee, and play away. Thanks to my parents' support, I started taking lessons in fourth grade and at age thirteen I was playing gigs on weekends with local rock and country bands. While attending Quakertown High School in Pennsylvania, I participated in the award-winning marching, concert, and jazz bands. At 17, I toured Europe with the American Youth Jazz Band in Wilmington, Delaware, and performed at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. After graduating from high school, I auditioned for the United States Navy in Washington D.C., and was accepted into the Navy music program. Following graduation from the Armed Forces

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Mike L. May 14, 2014
Top notch teacher!

I took my son to Billy for two years worth of drum lessons. During that time, my son enjoyed learning from Billy very much. Billy likes to find out what interests the student, then he tailors the lessons around that. In the two years, my son studied under Billy he made great strides in not only drums and percussion, but in music as well. The atmosphere in Billy's classroom is always laid back and relaxed, and Billy's musical expertise is second to none. Additionally, Billy always makes sure the parent understands the lesson plan for the week, and is able to break it down into layman's terms - this was valuable to me and helped me keep my son on track. I highly recommend Billy as a teacher for all things percussion.
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James M. May 14, 2014
He's got it.

Billy has the experience and the know how to help any developing drummer reach his/her potential. He is a professional in playing and well as in teaching. Highly recommended.
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GD, W May 14, 2014
Excellent!

A schooled player with feel. Love your playing BW.
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 guitar. 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 ...

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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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paul B. July 21, 2014
In studio
Great teacher & guitar player. Probably the finest teacher the School of Rock & Electric Music Studios ever had. Very patient and knowledgeable about many different types of music. The kids here all LOVED Trevor!!! Highly recommended !!!!
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EdwardG May 19, 2012
\Trevor is a great teacher--and I hope to pick up the lessons later on after I get done with my doctors. When I started all I knew for sure was that the piano had white and black keys. It's always nice to learn something new. Thanks to Trevor. ED
Batuhan K. Chula Vista, 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've spend the first years of my drumming practicing 8 hours a day, and 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 ...

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Deborah V. March 24, 2015
Pre Calculus · In home
Verified Student
Batu has been a wonderful teacher for our daughter, age 16, in pre-calculus. He is calm and focused and just the perfect balance for a 16 year old girl! Our daughter's grade has gone from a D to a B in the class! We could not be more pleased with the results and with Batu.
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alexandra P. January 11, 2015
Chess · Online
Verified Student
Batu has been teaching my two girls, 5 and 7 year old, chess. The lessons have been great, not only he teaches them the fundamentals, he also changes his teaching methods to match their needs. He relates them and makes the lessons fun and exciting. I'd suggest everybody to try his lessons out, not only chess.
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Donna M. October 15, 2014
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Excellent! Excellent! Excellent! Batuhan is gifted at teaching drums to students no matter what the age. I learned more in three months from him than I did from my previous instructor in 18 months.

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