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Drum Lessons in San Jose: Your Guide to Music in the South Bay

Want to take drum lessons in San Jose? You're in a great city to pursue your passion. There are lots of awesome drum teachers in the city, and San Jose is a great place for aspiring drummers!

The first thing you will need for your drum lessons is the right gear. You can buy new and used gear at the San Jose Pro Drum shop, which is owned and operated by Paul Batres and Jimmy DeGrasso. Batres teaches drum lessons, and is very helpful and knowledgeable, and DeGrasso has played with famous musicians and bands like Ozzy Osbourne, Y&T, and Suicidal Tendencies. Stop by the store and these guys will help you find everything you need to get started.

If you're not quite ready to shell out the cash to buy new drum gear, you can get rent-to-own equipment from Music Village. There are two locations in the San Jose area, so you can definitely find a store near you.

When you’re taking drum lessons in San Jose, you have to check out the live music scene. Watching other performers will not only give you inspiration to help you practice, you will be exposed to all different types of music. Plus, live shows are a lot of fun!

Hedley Club Lounge

The Hedley Club lounge is located inside the Hotel De Anza, and it’s one of the best places to see live jazz in the San Jose area. Grab some friends and head to the Hedley Club Jazz Jam. This event happens on the first and third Wednesday of each month, and features some of the South Bay’s best local artists.

The Quarter Note You can see local bands perform live every Friday and Saturday at the Quarter Note in San Jose. There are also pro jams on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday, so once you progress in your drum lessons, you can jump on stage and jam out with other musicians.

JJ’s Blues

This is a smaller venue, but a good spot to see local talent. As the name implies, it’s most well-known for blues performances, but live bands also play rock, reggae, and Latin music.

If you’re interested in learning different types of drumming, which can make for a greater overall learning experience, look into some of the drum circle Meetup groups in your area. Meetup groups are a great way to meet other aspiring musicians, practice buddies, and new friends. The Bay Area Drum Circle (http://www.meetup.com/BAdrumcircle/) and Global Drum Circles (http://www.meetup.com/GlobalDrumCircles/) are two groups you may want to check out between drum lessons.

One of the best things about taking drum lessons in San Jose is the opportunity to explore everything your city has to offer. From drum shops to live music, there are countless ways to have fun and expand your knowledge while you learn your craft.

Happy drumming!

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Anna C.

Emeryville, CA

I tailor lessons to the needs and interests of each individual student, doing my best to ensure that all students gain enjoyment and appreciation not only for drums, but also for music as a whole. In general, I focuses on teaching technique and efficiency, reading music, and developing listening skills.

To improve music reading skills, I often use the classic books Syncopation and The Funky Primer (aka the bible of rock and funk drumming). For younger beginners, the Alfred's Kid's Drum Course is one of my favorite methods for learning to read music and for learning general music concepts that the kids can apply to any instrument they may choose to pursue in the future.

For building technique, speed, and endurance, I like to introduce students to standard rudiments (they are like the scales for drummers). I also like to encourage students to try to play a rudiments and other exercises along to their favorite songs, since this is a fun way to not only keep a steady tempo, but ...

About Anna

Anna is a San Francisco Bay Area native. A professional drummer for over ten years, Anna has performed, recorded and toured with countless groups of various music styles. Her education includes a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley (where she was a member of the Cal Band for four years), and Certificates in Commercial Music and Recording Arts from Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, CA.

Anna is not only known throughout the United States as a drummer, but also as a concert producer, live sound engineer, record producer, booking agent, tour manager, web designer, graphic de
signer and instructor. Her teaching experience ranges from preschool education to private instruction to high school drum line. Anna is the director of Music Time Academy, a music lessons/recording studio and retail store in Livermore, CA. Anna is also the owner of Smiling Politely Presents (a production company that has produced hundreds of local shows in the Bay Area) and Hella Buttons (a button manufacturing company that has pressed tens of thousands of buttons for bands).

Anna can currently be seen performing with many groups including: Muncie (American Rock), West Grand Blvd (Motown/R&B/Soul), Seth Chapla Band (Rock/Blues), and Jump Back (50s covers).

*** Lesson Details ***
I tailor lessons to the needs and interests of each individual student, doing my best to ensure that all students gain enjoyment and appreciation not only for drums, but also for music as a whole. In general, I focuses on teaching technique and efficiency, reading music, and developing listening skills.

To improve music reading skills, I often use the classic books Syncopation and The Funky Primer (aka the bible of rock and funk drumming). For younger beginners, the Alfred's Kid's Drum Course is one of my favorite methods for learning to read music and for learning general music concepts that the kids can apply to any instrument they may choose to pursue in the future.

For building technique, speed, and endurance, I like to introduce students to standard rudiments (they are like the scales for drummers). I also like to encourage students to try to play a rudiments and other exercises along to their favorite songs, since this is a fun way to not only keep a steady tempo, but also to make the repetitive practice less monotonous.

I try to balance out the sometimes dry and mathematical reading and rudiment work with more artistic and musical ideas, making sure that no matter how much you study and learn from books, you still always remember that you are practicing the art of music making. This includes working on songs of the student's choosing (which I can pull up on online, in case the student does not own the recordings) and working on improvisation.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music Time Academy: Large, sound-treated room with one drum set for the student, with practice drum pads for me to play along with.
Home Music Studio: One set of drums in a room of the house dedicated entirely to music

Parents are always welcome to sit in on lessons at either location.

*** Travel Equipment ***
For in-home lessons, I would expect the student to have their own drums and preferably a music stand. I can bring in books and other teaching materials, however it is best if students purchase their own copies of the books we use regularly.

*** Specialties ***
I teach all styles of drumming. My performing and teaching experience mainly falls in the categories of rock, funk, blues, pop, R&B, soul and jazz. I have 8+ years of experience with marching drum line (tenor drums/quads, snare, cymbals) and have training in classical percussion as well.
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Anna C.

Anna C.

Livermore, CA 94551
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Jesse M.

Palo Alto, CA

Beginner
I'm not currently taking beginner students, but I can refer you to my studio partner, Melissa. Please see her TakeLessons page here:
https://takelessons.com/profile/melissa-m62

Intermediate
Start to learn about polyrhythms as well as developing your ears and body to play songs more accurately. Start to spice up your playing with ways that are interesting, but not intrusive.

Advanced
Really push your polyrhythms and add asymmetrical meters to your repertoire to expand your grasp of complex rhythms. Also learn to use dynamics, cymbal work, and fills to effectively communicate and lead a band without words.

About Jesse

My Background

I've been playing with classical ensembles and rock bands since 2001. Even though I started on classical trombone and rock guitar, I have come to expand my repertoire to a variety of instruments and genres. During my time in college I performed with the University choir, orchestra, and band. I also have organized, wrote/arranged for, and performed with a variety of bands in my home state of New Mexico, as well as Japan, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Since 2006 I have been an active teacher. This profession has taken me everywhere from working with classical guitar class
es in New Mexico high schools to Elementary students in Japan to a variety of private students of various musical instruments and genres everywhere I've been. Since relocating to the Bay Area in 2010, I've had the pleasure of working with lots of great students from kids to adults with a wide range of ambitions. Since 2012 I've been running my own full time studio along with my wife, Melissa. We're very happy to be developing our own business, and are ready to help you any way we can. She specializes in beginning piano lessons for children. Please check her account on TakeLessons if that's what you're looking for:
https://takelessons.com/profile/melissa-m62

Philosophy of Learning

Lessons are generally in a relaxed setting and designed to work towards accomplishing student determined goals. While all students will study similar fundamentals regarding technique, theory, and performance, every lesson is as different as every person. What kind of music do you want to make? I'll tell you what you need to do to get there, and help you take the steps to achieve your aspirations.

I also love to help students put together a song, record, and produce it for them so that they can have a recording to share with their friends and family.

Lessons with small children are more focused on just having fun while developing a good musical foundation, but I prefer for them to have as much personal ownership of their lesson as possible like my older students as well.

I also hold events for my students. (Check out our pictures and videos below!)
Younger students have the "Young Musicians Showcase" every few months where individual students and band classes have a chance to perform and celebrate their accomplishments with friends and family.
Adult students occasionally have events where they get a chance to get together and play music as well.

Aside from in-studio lessons, students also have the option to sign up for online lessons via Skype.
(*Online lessons offered during different times than in-studio lessons.)

*Unfortunately due to scheduling issues, I'm not currently accepting students for bi-weekly lessons. I can do regular weekly lessons, or occasional drop-in lessons, but bi-weekly appointments make it really hard for me to give the best scheduled times to my existing weekly students. I'm sorry for the inconvenience.

My studio is equipped with:

*Multiple Music Stands

*P.A. System

*Vocal and instrument microphones

*Guitars, Basses, and a Banjo

*Two guitar amps and a bass amp

*Various percussion including a fully equipped drum set

*An electric piano console

*A Trombone, Cornet, and Flute

*An extensive physical and virtual music library

*A recording system that students are not only welcome to use but encouraged to

*HD Webcam and condenser microphone for high fidelity online lessons via Skype
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Ajeenkya B. December 11, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
My first class with Jesse was great! He was really patient with me considering this was my first music class ever. The pace of the class was really good. Not too overwhelming, not too easy, but very balanced. I'm really excited for my second class and to learn more with Jesse :)
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Lily November 13, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Jesse is a great teacher, I would recommend him to everyone!
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Jenni October 13, 2015
Trombone · In studio
Jesse is great. He is teaching my son trombone and he is kind, patient and knowledgable.
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Jesse M.

Jesse M.

Palo Alto, CA 94303
(55)
starting at
$55 / 30-min
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Matthew F.

San Jose, CA

About Matthew

I recently completed my Master of Arts in Jazz Studies from San Jose State with an emphasis in drum set performance and jazz composition. I also completed my Bachelor of Music in Music Education from San Jose State where I mainly studied snare drum, timpani, and mallet percussion, but also studied the fundamentals in brass, woodwinds, strings, and voice. Additionally, I took private jazz drum set lessons to focus on becoming a versatile musician and teacher.

As an undergraduate student I had the opportunity to teach percussion courses at a music camp to students between the ages of 6 and
17 that had no prior music experience. I developed daily music lessons to help all the students understand musical concepts and performance techniques. This opportunity helped me understand the importance of teaching music to children and how every student has a different way of learning. I always strive to shape my teaching style to my students needs.

As a drummer, I love to perform many different styles such as Rock, Jazz, Latin, R&B, Funk, Blues, and Pop. I had the opportunity to play in the following ensembles while attending San Jose State University: Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble, directed by Three-time Grammy Nominee Wayne Wallace; Symphonic Band; Marching Band; Jazz Combos; and Percussion Ensemble. I have also played in various musicals throughout the Central Valley and Bay Area. Playing in all of these different ensembles has not only exposed me to variety of musical styles but also made me as comfortable playing in a group setting as in a solo context.

*** Lesson Details ***
In my lessons I like to help students achieve their musical goals and also make it fun. Lessons will be tailored to the needs and interests of each individual student. I will teach students proper technique and warm-up exercises that will provide them the skills required for the instrument. We will also work on various musical exercises to help strengthen the student's music vocabulary. Students will learn drum grooves from different musical styles such as Rock, Funk, Blues, R&B, Latin, and Jazz according to their area of interest. I also like to have students play along with musical recordings to have them actively listening and exposed to different kinds of music. My goal is ensure that students enjoy every lesson but also that they take away a better understanding of playing the instrument and have fun.

*** Studio Equipment ***
practice rooms w/ piano, drum set room, seating for parents. Parents are always welcome to sit in on the lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Drum students should have drum sticks, drum pad, and a binder to hold all music that is given during a lesson.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in drum set and orchestral percussion. Styles include: Rock, Jazz, Latin, R&B, Funk, Blues, and Pop.

I had the opportunity to play in the following ensembles while attending San Jose State University: Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble, directed by Three-time Grammy Nominee, Wayne Wallace, Symphonic Band, Marching Band, Jazz Combos, and Percussion Ensemble. I have also played in various musicals.
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Mark D. February 25, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
Best instructor I could have ever hoped for!

Matt is professional and courteous, friendly and patient.
He will tailor his instruction to your needs and level. He is not just an instructor to me anymore; he is now also a friend!
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Tera N. November 27, 2012
Verified Student
Great teacher!

Matt is very pacient with my son, and he has learned a lot in only 3 lessons. Having the lessons at SJSU has also got him talking about college. My son is loving learning from Matt.
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Matthew F.

Matthew F.

San Jose, CA 95112
(2)
starting at
$55 / 30-min
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Sheri L.

Palo Alto, CA

Over 15 years of Music teaching experience!
Drums, percussion, keyboards, woodwinds, singing, songwriting, music theory.

About Sheri

Playing music is so much fun! I have enjoyed music my whole life and being able teach music makes me very happy. Here is what one parent says about my teaching style... "Sheri, Is a lot of fun to work with. Her positive attitude on life flows from her which then helps others to have the same feelings. She is very encouraging and thoughtful of others needs. Her talents in music are un-measurable." May 31, 2011

Currently I am working on my Master's Degree in Music Education and I especially love to teach drums!

I have many years of experience teaching music and I am extremely
patient with those who may need a little extra encouragement or need a creative approach to learning.

If you have a talent show, performance, contest, or just want to have fun playing the drums, come and learn with me.

I'™m looking forward to working with you soon!
-Sheri

*** Lesson Details ***
With extensive experience in classical and contemporary (pop, rock, funk, R&B) music, I put equal focus on technique and fostering a musician'™s personal style and passion for music. I understand that every student learns in a way that is unique to them, and I will do my best to discover each student's learning style. I like to combine technical work with fun time playing duets together, improvising, and exploring a wide variety of styles and genres of music. I will train you for recitals, competitions, a music career, or just for fun!

For beginners, within 3-6 months, we'll begin discovering how to read notes and rhythms and understand the language of music. We'll learn how to play some of your favorite songs and learn some that you might not know. We'll discover what you really want to learn and achieve while taking lessons, and we'll work toward those goals!

For the intermediate student, we will begin to discover how to get you more comfortable on your instrument, building a great foundation and understanding of music reading and basic music theory. We'll also learn performance techniques and how to have a great stage presence in front of a live audience! For all my students, it's a journey that is exciting, unique to each individual.

My studio is in a safe, family-friendly, smoke-free environment. We have no pets and are careful about allergies. Parents are always welcome, and encouraged to attend lessons, or just sit and relax in the waiting area.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My music studio has two drum kits, PA system, recording equipment, microphones, keyboards, and lots of other fun instruments!

A comfortable waiting area is also provided.

*** Specialties ***
I play drums in a band. I specialize in rock, R&B, funk and taught drum line at a local high school. I also play flute, Irish whistle, recorder and can teach music theory up through the college level. I have lots of experience with performance.
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Gary W. July 20, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Fun playing along and fine suggestions. Expected a bit more "testing" on the first visit. Buying the book, so expect more homework on the second visit.
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Susie B. October 29, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
My Daughter started taking lessons with Sheri in the Spring and is LOVING the drums! Sheri is SO enthusiastic and has a real connections with kids. She has sparked a passion in my daughter and I think she is Fantastic!
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Divya S. September 27, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
Sheri is an awesome teacher!

Sheri is a natural and amazing teacher. She is so positive and encouraging and I always look forward to her lessons. It is evident that she gets a lot of joy out of teaching music and working with students and that enthusiasm transfer to you and makes you enjoy the lessons and motivates you to learn. She is patient and she understand your strengths and weaknesses and breaks down complex pieces such that you can pick it up easily. I was probably her last student for the day and yet she has always been bubbling with energy and enthusiasm every single time I walk in for my lessons.
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Sheri L.

Sheri L.

Palo Alto, CA 94306
(11)
starting at
$50 / 30-min
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Melissa M.

Palo Alto, CA

Beginning drum students will be taught the basics in a fun but productive way. I will teach a strong foundation so a student can move forward with confidence. Lessons would be individualized to focus on areas that need the most guidance.

Students will learn to feel rhythms from whole notes up to sixteenth notes and become fluent in simple, compound, and swing rhythm families. You will gain the skills for simple time keeping as well as playing simple songs.

About Melissa

I have been teaching since 2006 on a variety of topics. I graduated with an BA from the University of Wisconsin. My degree is in History with and emphasis on East Asian history.

I've taught all age groups from age 2 up to retirees. My teaching experience includes one-on-one and group classes in a variety of settings. I've taught corporate classes, private lessons, small groups, and traditional classroom lessons.
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Mason E. January 25, 2016
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Melissa was great. Thank you Melissa.
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Nina K. January 22, 2016
Online
Verified Student
I thought it was a great first lesson and we really look forward to more! I can already tell Melissa has immense insight into the game and my daughter enjoyed every minute of it. Thanks Melissa!
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Elisa December 22, 2015
Chess · Online
Verified Student
Excellent chess instructor. Very patient and experienced teaching my children 6 and 7 years of age. Always on time.
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Melissa M.

Melissa M.

Palo Alto, CA 94303
(9)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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