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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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Linda C.

Campbell, CA

About Linda

I have been a public school music teacher for 30+ years. I am an optimistic, enthusiastic person, who will help you learn music reading in addition to music playing. I started on piano as a young child, and studied clarinet from elementary school through college, where I focused on french horn. I have a BA in Music Education from Humboldt State University, where I also earned my teaching credential. I have taught beginning, intermediate and advanced band and orchestra, in addition to choir and jazz band. I have been music director for over 10 middle school musicals. In my spare time I enjoy my
two dogs, going horseback riding, and reading.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am very friendly, and encouraging to new students. I have a lot of patience for those who are new to the study of music. I can also be more demanding for those who have learned the basics and want to improve their playing. I am a proponent of teaching the basics of music reading and common musical terms. I can teach music through a variety of curricula, and will work with my students to choose a method that best suits their goals. I have a large music studio in my home that has a separate entrance,which is conducive to music making (with it's own bathroom). I accept students 8 years of age and older.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Has a keyboard, but no drum set

*** Travel Equipment ***
I prefer to teach in my home studio.

*** Specialties ***
I have been teaching band, orchestra & choir in public schools for 30+ years.
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Rachel W. October 12, 2014
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
I have absolutely been delighted with my teacher Linda. At almost 50 years old, I was apprehensive about learning to play a new instrument, but she is so welcoming and encouraging. I have been taking lesson since the summer, and I look forward to seeing her every week. Even if I don't get in as much practice as I would like, She is understanding of life's commitments and never makes me feel bad. And despite my MANY questions, she takes the time to explain in detail so I can understand and incorporate the lesson in my playing. I never feel rushed during my lesson and can't wait to surprise her the next week to show her how much I've learned..
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Katy B. December 16, 2013
French Horn
Verified Student
Wonderful Teacher

Linda has been a wonderful teacher for my daughter as she learns the french horn. She is very kind and encouraging and gives great specific tips and suggestions. We love her!
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KarenC1 November 10, 2011
Linda is most encouraging! I'm not the best of students but each lesson, she acknowledges even the slightest improvements, which this old gal appreciates.
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Linda C.

Linda C.

Campbell, CA 95008
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$40 / 30-min
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Jeff W.

San Mateo, CA

Please see details Below***

Thanks!

About Jeff

Hello Students/Parents:

I have been drumming for 20 years and currently I am playing professionally in the Bay Area. I am funny, friendly, outgoing, great with kids, , and have been teaching music for 4 years and counting.

I tend to work mainly as a "For hire" drummer on multiple acts.
Styles include: Pop/Rock/Funk/Reggae and Hip-hop.
I currently play with Street Drum Corps ("Percussion ensemble of the Year" from Drum Magazine! -2012) and Out of The Blue. (Hit band)

*** Lesson Details ***
During our first lesson we will discuss plans that cater to your needs, and customize th
em.
I want to help you reach your goals and make you happy as a drummer, so I am open to teach you anything no matter where your strength or weaknesses may fall.
Next, we will pick a fun area to work on, and a challenging area to conquer. For example: we will work on a fun song/groove-- then we will work on reading and/or rudiments.
I am also very patient and Flexible to those students whom have special needs, or want to go slower.

I teach using a combination of modern, traditional and personal books, and Popular music charts and lead sheets for drums are written by myself, for the student.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will bring the following: my laptop for music purposes and songs, and my curriculum.
I expect my student to have the following: A pair of sticks, a practice pad/or small sized drum kit, headphones of any kind, and a music stand. I will plan to use one drum set switching off.

"œWhen the student combines his/her playing with a strong practice, playing, and performance regimen, they are bound to get better and improve to continue making music a concrete hobby in their life."

Thanks!
-Jeff
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Adrien P. February 8, 2014
Drum
Verified Student
Great lessons, great teacher

It's only been 4 lessons but I really appreciate how the lessons are going. Jeff gives good explanations on how to read music and how to execute on the drums.Good pieces of advice too when some parts are hard to play !
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Suparna V. November 11, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
Friendly and great teacher.

Jeff is a friendly teacher. He gives the right amount of homework to practice and is very understanding. Jeff gives feedback instantly in order to help me improve.
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Blake W. January 29, 2013
Verified Student
I've gotten so much better!

So far, with just having three lessons with Jeff, I feel that the amount that I have progressed in three weeks is far greater than the amount I've improved in the two years I've been drumming! I highly recommend Jeff to anybody.
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Jeff W.

San Jose, CA 95129
(7)
starting at
$45 / 35-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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Brandon W.

San Jose, CA

Drum Set studies focus on learning stick technique, different musical styles, applying drum rudiments to the set, and being able to play from music notation. I can help students find an ergonomic way to play around the conventional drum kit while learning the art of musical expression.

About Brandon

I am an aspiring musician and drum set artist who has previously taught private and group lessons in Southern California. I have several years of live performance experience involving a myriad of musical styles and would love to spread my knowledge and love of drums and music to new students. Currently, I am about to complete a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies at San Jose State University, and have studied with several world class private instructors (including Trey O'Toole, Matthew Talmage, and Jason Lewis), lending to a unique approach to the instrument and teaching. Focus on the dru
m set involves the ability to get students counting, reading, and playing in a musical and dynamic way while having fun and working towards the student's individual goal. Interested students of any age are welcome.
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Christine C. September 24, 2014
Drum · In studio
I've had a few lessons with Brandon and he is AWESOME! I teach voice and have wanted to learn drums for a while, and have had a very fun and educational time learning from Brandon. He is patient, nurturing, and extremely gifted at his craft! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!!!!
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Brandon W.

San Jose, CA 95126
(1)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Khanh N.

Fremont, CA

I have played orchestral percussion for three years and have taken percussion methods classes at the Eastman School of Music.

About Khanh

As a student of the Eastman School of Music, I receive some of the best training in music education and saxophone performance in the world. I have performed as a soloist with youth orchestras and in many Eastman ensembles.

I have taught privately and in classroom settings, and am comfortable with both.
I teach beginning-advanced saxophone, beginning-intermediate clarinet, beginning voice, entry-level percussion, and entry-level trumpet. I also tutor music theory and ear training at a high school-college level.

I am very energetic and enthusiastic, and I love nothing other than to help m
y students discover the gift of music: the gift that keeps giving. I almost never get frustrated with my students and will always do my best to help them succeed in whatever they need.

IMPORTANT: I am only in California until July 31; any lessons after that will be through Skype.
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Steve M. June 23, 2014
Verified Student
Khanh is a good teacher, and is easy to work with, I am learning.
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Laurie M. June 22, 2014
Verified Student
Kahn is an amazing teacher. My 5th grade son really enjoys him and his saxophone lessons....and my son is not the "student" type. Kahn is very professional and very pleasant to work with. My son is loving saxophone, and I think it's all because of Kahn!
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Khanh N.

Khanh N.

Fremont, CA 94539
(2)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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