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Joanna M.

San Diego, CA

I have been teaching elementary / middle school band for the past 13 years. In my experience, I have found that taking a play-based approach to music education, helps young beginners remain engaged and excited throughout their lessons and home practice. In lessons, I custom, teaching materials which have been proven to accelerate the process of learning to read music, and am familiar with popular band methods used by school band directors. I look forward to working in partnership with both you and your child!

About Joanna

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in young beginning music students and emergent readers. I like to create play-based lesson plans that align with student goals, and provide customized materials that are tailored to each student's individual progress. I have taught elementary school music and beginning band for the past 13 years, and have provided reading intervention in a 1:1 setting for 8 years.
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Abigail H. April 13, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Joanna was so patient with our 4 year old daughter. The 30 minutes few by so quickly. She really knows how to connect with the little ones. So glad we found her. Our daughter really enjoyed her first lesson with her.
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Moana P. January 4, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
so good with my daughter Moana. She loves every session and has learned so much!
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Blake N. October 15, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
First lesson was awesome!!!
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Joanna M.

Joanna M.

San Diego, CA 92107
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starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Matthew G.

Carlsbad, CA

I can offer introductory lessons to the basics of hand percussion: Congas, Cajon, Djembe.

About Matthew

A drum instructor since 1988, I'm a graduate of Musicians Institutes Percussion Institute of Technology (P.I.T.) and hold a Bachelor of Arts from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo.

I teach beginning to advanced drums to students of all ages. Before relocating in San Diego, I was a full-time instructor for The Drum Circuit Drum School in San Luis Obispo where I was teaching 200 lessons a month. Originally, I'm a native of the Los Angeles area where I taught for the Van Nuys and Alamany High School music programs.

I've been lucky enough to study with
some of the music industry's very best educators including: Steve Houghton, Jeff Porcaro (Toto), Joe Porcaro, Casey Schurell (Frank Zappa) Efrin Torres (Latin and World), Chuck Flores (Jazz Legend), and Ralph Humphrey. These professionals provided me with the foundation for a teaching career that is now into its 25th year.

Outside the practice rooms, I'm an on-call, independent performer / contractor and clinician. Some of my credits include performances/recordings with Jon Anderson of Yes, Award winning songwriter Maia Sharp, (Bonnie Raitt, The Dixie Chicks), nationally recognized blues band Pryor Baird and the Deacons, and many other noteworthy talents. I've also performed for various stage productions in the Los Angeles area, such as Little Shop of Horrors, How to Succeed in Business, and Once Upon A Mattress.

Currently, Matt can be found performing with what many call "the ultimate Santa cover band" Santana Ways as well as a number of other musical projects.

I work hard to implement teaching techniques that encompass all styles of drumming and performance. Sight reading, rudiments, chart interpretation, soloing, hand/foot control, independence, and working in a band are just a few areas of focus. It may sound like it's difficult - but you can do it all and I'll prove it to you. 25 years of teaching experience has not only taught me patience but has given me the tools to encourage, develop and refine the abilities of any student. (And that means you :)

*** Lesson Details ***
Don't worry. First things first, you're going to make mistakes so don't be afraid to. If you don't make any mistakes during a lesson, you can go ahead and teach me. I'm really laid back with my approach to lessons: we'll talk, we'll play, I'll explain a few things and boom - you're playing' drums better than ever.
If experience has taught me anything, it's that a student can not be forced to practice. However, even the younger students understand the idea of "you get out of it, what you put into it". I pride myself in being able to make lessons enjoyable and thereby the student is going to want to learn more and in turn, practice more. I will give you all you can handle - when you're ready.
Playing to music is essential - it's what we're going to strive to do right? Students should try to have an MP3 player of some sort: Ipod, ipad, smart phone etc.. I'll bring one just in case so we can plug in, listen to your jams and play.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students should have their own drums. Minimum of a practice pad and Drum Sticks. (Available if needed). Music paper and a folder or binder.

*** Specialties ***
Drummers need to be versatile and more often than not, versatility is limited by two factors: physical independence and music interpretation. Out of the gate, I focus on these two hugely important aspects of modern drumming so that the student may better pursue their desired style with as much freedom and knowledge as possible.
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Curtis W. September 17, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Very knowledgeable and patient. My son has learned a lot in a short amount of time.
Highly recommend!
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Tim Y. July 28, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
I had my first lesson with Matthew and it exceeded my expectations! Matthew was professional yet really down to earth and he made me feel comfortable from the get go. I look forward to taking my drumming to the next level with Matthew as my teacher.
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Ronald C. March 4, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Awesome teacher! I am a self-taught drummer and he showed me exactly what I needed to do to improve myself.
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Matthew G.

Encinitas, CA 92024
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Dave R.

Carlsbad, CA

More cowbell!

Learn the cajon, bongos, congas, djembe, tambourine and more to help you support the band and the tune!

About Dave

Hello!

Hi guys ~ My name is dave and I teach a very unique type of drum lessons. The New Breed by Gary Chester. I'll introduce you to drumming concepts like creativity, improvisation, four-limb independence, ambidexterity and more ~ You'll actually "SING" your drum parts to help you learn to drum better.

You'll be learning about solid time, alignment of limbs, and making an independent contribution to the song while playing to match the song rather than playing to show off.

I've been teaching in San Diego since 2006. I teach ALL levels of musicianship. Current student references are a
vailable.

I've taught at School of Rock, Hope Elementary school, California Music Studios, TakeLessons and privately since 2006 in San Diego and decades of teaching in New York City, Virginia, New Mexico, and Los Angeles.

I currently perform with several bands in San Diego and LA.

When not drumming with bands, I attend open mic's regularly and sit-in with as many great musicians as time allows!

I will ask you, as a new drummer to learn some songs and join me! We'll go to the open mic's together and YOU CAN PLAY SOME TUNES! It's great fun
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Nina C. P. August 17, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
I had a wonderful first lesson with Dave. I can feel his passion and his soul when it comes to music and life. I know we will have a strong connection moving forward and that is an absolute essential ingredient in a teacher student relationship. Thanks Dave!
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Mitch D. June 12, 2015
Drum · In home
Dave is GREAT, he is full of energy yet patient and has a way to teach kids in a fun manner. My son is autistic and has no problem learning from Dave. I am very glad we found him.
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Elizabeth C. June 11, 2015
Drum · In home
Dave is an upbeat, caring, encouraging, knowledgeable, and patient instructor. He comes to his lessons prepared with interesting skill-building exercises, but he is also able to go with the flow and improvise if a lesson takes a direction he didn't anticipate.

He keeps his students focused and inspired. He knows many styles and rudiments, and can integrate them into lesson plan suitable for students with all kinds of musical interests.

He can challenge students of all ages and abilities: from beginners who know nothing of music-reading or rudiments to seasoned musicians who want to branch out or tune up their skills.

I recommend Dave highly.
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Dave R.

Carlsbad, CA 92008
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Charles W.

La Mesa, CA

I have been teaching drumset/percussion 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
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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 always been surrounded by music.

A little about me:

I attended high school at San Diego School for Creative and Performing Arts, where I was involved with a number of nationally award winning music groups. Upon graduating in 2005, I became interested in recording and audio engineering. Eventually I was able to engineer and assist sessions at some of San Diego's top studios. This afforded m
e the opportunity to work with some really great musicians and recording artists.

In 2008, I attended Berklee College of Music - majoring in Professional Music with an emphasis on performance and composition, eventually graduating 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 recently began teaching at San Diego School for Creative and Performing Arts as a music coach, where I work with students in the high school jazz program.

*** 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
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Bruce H.

El Cajon, CA

About Bruce

I drum for Grammy Award winner Lenny Rankins better known as Fuzzy and the Bluesman. I have been playing drums for 40 years and have been singing for just as long.Playing professionally for 30+ years.Also teach songwriting and I teach how to use recording software (Protools, Logic Pro and Reason. I have produced Jacob Lusk top ten American Idol contestant and written and produced San Diego's own Step

*** Lesson Details ***
My students can expect lots of energy. What I teach my students can use and apply write away.I am a very patient teacher.I use instructional books and music CDs of well
know artist from the past to the present.By month 3 my students are proficient in the basics by month 6 my students are really ready to jam and even perform in shows.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Two drum sets, acoustic and electronic.I have a professional home studio Mac and PC platforms.I have electric guitars, acoustic guitars and bass guitars.

*** Travel Equipment ***
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*** Specialties ***
Drumming any style.I use just about any method that works each student is different I teach with excitement.
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SulyeH April 23, 2012
If I had to put what I've experience with Mr. Bruce H. it would be excellent, magnificent, superb, and outrageously good. He is very professional and is very attentive. I did not think I could learn to sing because of my strong Caribbean accent, but the training I received from Bruce- my son said "mummy your voice sound sweet." At that moment I know I had to finish what I had started. If Bruce can make a frog sing and sound sweet- the only word to describe him would be- Genius.
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ElenaR April 21, 2012
MOM

Bruce is an excellent instructor
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Bruce H.

Bruce H.

El Cajon, CA 92020
(2)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

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