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Popular Percussion Teachers Near San Diego

Mike M.

San Diego, CA
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Francisco P.

North Hollywood, CA
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Charles W.

La Mesa, CA
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Mike M. San Diego, CA

My teaching style is individualized to meet the goals and expectations of the student. I am aware that often times study materials and interests change over time and that everybody learns best in slightly different way. Because of this I focus on remaining flexible and continually making adjustments to the road map, while making sure to still be headed toward a specific destination. I like to push a student when i know they can grow faster or work a little harder and I am also well versed in multiple techniques to encourage and inspire those who have the will to learn, especially younger children who sometimes benefit from a bit of extra patience or sharper attention to why they might be struggling. I am by nature a person who believes in the value of hard work and perseverance and I personally enjoy the satisfaction of mastering a skill that I didn't think I initially could. I do my best to inspire the same dedication in my students,

About Mike

This year (2015), I am celebrating my 27th year of playing drums professionally and my 17th year of teaching. I have loved playing the drums and making music from the first time I picked up a stick and connected with a drum. I have never wanted to do anything else with my life and I love sharing my knowledge about the power of making music and all the different ways that investing the time to learn an instrument can pay off in a person's life. After playing in Jazz, Marching and Symphonic Bands in high school and studying privately for 2 1/2 years, I attended Grove School of Music in Los Angeles, CA where I earned my certificate in Percussion Performance. My time there expanded both my abilities and understanding of drumming but also gave me an understanding of the range of ...

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Donna A. March 6, 2014
Verified Student
Jesse' alford drum lessons

mike was GREAT he was really good with my son even gave him homework to do. he even added things so jesse' could learn better without intruptions such as wearing headphones.
he even asked me if we could go to the high school and practice there with the quads and went out of his way to rearrange his schedule for jesse to do this.

mike went way above and beyond what we even expected.

du to his teaching jesse' got most improved player in his marching band section.
Francisco P. North Hollywood, CA

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 that'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 ...

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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
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 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 attended 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.

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Tyler L. November 14, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Great teacher, great personalities.
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Sean B. November 7, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Charles does a great job. Easy going and knows what he's doing. Glad to be learning with him.
Thanks,
Sean
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Cicely S. October 3, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
I started taking lessons with Charles a few months ago and he is a great instructor! He is always accommodating and flexible with his time. He leads me through the exercises slowly and makes sure I get each part down correctly (even though I am not at all coordinated and completely stiff lol). It is kind of intimidating as I awkwardly try to copy his moves, but he always reassures me that I'm doing great. The music he picks for our lessons is perfect! It is quite an experience and I highly recommend him if you want to spice up your life with a new skill.

David W.

San Diego, CA
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Bruce H.

El Cajon, CA
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Tim M.

Poway, CA
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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.
Bruce H. El Cajon, CA

About Bruce

I drum for Lenny Fuzzy Rankins Band 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. *** 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 ...

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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
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Bruce is an excellent instructor
Tim M. Poway, CA

I teach mallets(xylophone and vibraphone, marimba) and hand percussion like congas and small accessory instruments.
I also have written a book published by Hal Leonard music("Jazz Standards for Vibraphone") which is currently available for online order and in music stores worldwide.

About Tim

Since graduating from San Diego State University in 1986 (where I received my Bachelors degree in music and was the recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Award in music for that year), I have been able to be involved in so many areas of drumming, percussion(including mallet instruments like vibes and xylophone) and teaching. This includes being an adjunct professor in the music dept. at SDSU (1994-1998) and currently at Grossmont College. From performing with international jazz giants like Art Farmer and Hank Jones, and local legends Hollis Gentry and L.A. guitarist Ron Eschete- to performing in pop settings with my own top 40/classic rock band and backing bands like the Drifters or pop singer Peter Cetera, my experience is broad. I've played in successful pop groups. ...

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robin E. November 10, 2014
Drum · In studio
My son Brian started taking lessons with Tim about 5 months ago. He can never wait for lesson day! I also never have to remind him to practice :-) He plays several other instruments and Tim has been able to advise him in some way on all of them, though Brian says the drums are his favorite. Brian feels very comfortable with him and says he is very supportive. He even helped me find Brian a new drum set! My son has nothing but good things to say about him, as do I :-)
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priscilla L. November 9, 2014
Drum · In studio
My name is Chazdan Lane. I started taking lessons from Tim while I was in middle school and I am still taking lessons while in high school. The lessons have been great. I have improved my playing a lot and I have learned things I would have never though I would have learned. The lessons are fun and they help me improve a lot.
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Amy S. November 8, 2014
Drum · In studio
I have been taking lessons from Tim for about two years, and have enjoyed every minute of them. Tim's approach to teaching is effective, yet easy-going and engaging. I look forward to every lesson each week.

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