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Kendra M.

Federal Way, WA

I majored in Percussion Performance for each of my degrees: Doctorate of Musical Arts, Master of Music, and Bachelor of Music. I love teaching percussion and look forward to helping you reach your musical goals!

About Kendra

I have been teaching percussion lessons since 1994. Outside of my home studio, I have also taught within the Auburn (WA) and Tucson (AZ) public schools as a percussion and music specialist, at The University of Rio Grande (OH) as an affiliate faculty member, at Ohio University and The University of Arizona as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, at Interlochen Arts Camp (MI) as the All-State percussion instructor, and at New England Music Camp (ME) as a faculty member.

I have performed with numerous professional orchestras including the Tucson, Phoenix, and Juneau (AK) symphonies and was the prin
cipal percussionist and timpanist for the Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra in Arizona. My volunteer performances have included churches, adult care facilities, children's museums, universities, public schools, bookstores, and farmer's markets.

I have a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance with a minor in Ethnomusicology. I have a strong interest in percussion instruments of many cultures including Trinidad, where I studied steel drums in 2005, and Ghana, West Africa where I studied drumming, dance, and the Gyil (Ghanaian xylophone) in 2006.

In 2009, I was awarded a grant from the University of Arizona to travel to Appleton, Wisconsin for the Zeltsman Marimba Festival. Other awards I have earned include the Concerto Competition from Western Washington University, the Music Advisory Board Scholarship from The University of Arizona, and the Graduate Achievement Award in Service from Ohio University.

*** Lesson Details ***
In your first lesson we will discuss your musical goals and interests. If applicable, you should bring along any music that you are currently practicing, have played most recently, and/or would like to perform. If you are learning a new instrument, we will go over the basic technique and I will give you some exercises to practice at home.

Whether you are new to percussion or have been playing for years, your lessons will be tailored to help you reach your full potential and get the most out of your musical experiences. If you are interested in solo performance, we can perform together within the community. (I especially enjoy performing at care centers, farmers markets and in church services.) If you are interested in performing in ensembles, competing in solo/ensemble competitions, or studying music in college, I can help you prepare a successful audition. If you are interested in playing drums or marimba because they are fun, I can introduce you to new opportunities and impart knowledge that will inspire you and continue to open your mind.

I am patient and creative in my approach to tackling challenges in improving technique, sight-reading, and musicality. I believe that music performance should be an enjoyable and energizing experience for the performer and the listener. My life has been deeply touched by the art of sound and I hope to pass on this passion.

I have a large library of method books, solos and CDs available to check out and peruse between lessons. You are expected to purchase method books and solos that you will be using long-term. Spending quality time with your instrument between lessons should be enjoyable; I will provide you with direction on how to effectively use your at-home practice time while still having fun playing music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
In my studio, I have a drum set, marimba, timpani, snare drums, practice pads, a tenor (lead) steel drum, auxiliary percussion instruments, Ghanaian (African) drums and gyili (African xylophones).

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in orchestral percussion (snare drum, timpani, xylophone, cymbals, triangle, etc.), marimba, African drumming (especially Ghanaian drumming) and drum set. I also play steel drums and guitar.
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Miho T. June 4, 2015
Music Performance · In studio
Kendra is an effective educator because she is very detail oriented without being uptight or too picky. She has great ideas for teaching, knows how to develop them, and offers them to students and the community. In addition, she creates fun learning opportunities open to the pubic, where anyone can come and enjoy drumming. This shows that she is a good leader and wants to share her passion for music with other people. To me, these are two of Kendra's greatest strengths. We are lucky to have her in the Puget Sound area.
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Michael F. June 2, 2015
Hand Drums · In studio
Kendra has provided lessons on the African drum for a year. In that time I stumbled from basic novice to something far beyond that. As my technique improved Kendra gently continued to move the bar and set high expectations, all the while offering encouragement and understanding my learning style. I looked forward to the lessons, knowing each one would offer another challenge. I now have a much better sense of what the hand drum is all about and look forward to learning even more.
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Raphael H. May 27, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
I've been taking lessons from Kendra for about three months now. She is a gifted teacher with credentials second to none. She has amazing patience and makes you feel comfortable regardless of your skill level. And most importantly can teach to any style or skill level. Highly recommended!
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Kendra M.

Kendra M.

Federal Way, WA 98023
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starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Andre E.

Seattle, WA

hand percussion technique on tabla, doumbek, djembe, congas
traditional compositions and improvisational technique

About Andre

Multi-Instrumentalist, Andre teaches with an emphasis on traditional styles, cultural context and technique. Very friendly, multi-lingual English/Spanish/Hindi/Bengali, safe learning environment, experience with solo, orchestra, band and drum ensembles.

*** Lesson Details ***
30-60 min online or in-home lessons. Crafts curricula to each student with experience. Homework is encouraged, practicing strategies are discussed. Progress will be mapped and accomplishments celebrated!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Classical, Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Sitar, Slide-guitar, Guitar Amps, Doumbek,
Djembe, Tabla.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Handouts provided. Student must have instrument and notebooks to track progress, or use take lessons web supplements

*** Specialties ***
Guitar technique, flamenco, fingerpicking, metal, blues and latin. Indian Classical music on both the sitar and tabla. Percussion (djembe, doumbek) at intermediate to advanced levels.
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Andre E.

Andre E.

Seattle, WA 98109
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Brett R.

Seattle, WA

About Brett

MUSIC INSTRUCTION AND
ENJOYMENT OFFERED. Very enthusiastic and
experienced musician available for instruction offering the following:

# In-depth written music theory coupled with an equivalent of ear training and tone
recognition

# Introduction to performance skills with instruments that include:

Guitar - electric & acoustic
Drum Kit and percussion rhythms
Piano/Keyboard

# Group lessons or private instruction, depending on personal preferences and age
groups

Personal
experience includes:

1) 15 years of GUITAR: professional perfor
mance
and composition. Styles include rock, folk, blues, chord
progressions, and alternate tuning.

2) 15 years of DRUMS and PERCUSSION: Latin, swing, blues, as well as rock, funk, punk, and reduced top forty beats.

3) 15 years of PIANO: which utilize
several years of personal instruction in classical, popular, and some ragtime,
in addition to an intimate knowledge of Piano Proficiency (scales & modes,
chord structures & inversions, common chord progressions, intervals, circle
of 5th, and finger exercises)

4) 2 years of MUSIC THEORY and COMPOSITION at college level.

Lessons will include additional materials to the primary instrument such as sheet music for
sight reading, rhythm patterns, tabletures, and chord charts.

***Above all, I encourage students to select those pieces, tunes, or songs that have appealed to them the most; perhaps even inspiring them to learn a musical instrument in the first place. Adaptations are a common and enjoyable part of the teaching process.

*** Lesson Details ***
Expect efforts, on my part, to steer learning into areas of the students particular interest as well as conventional genres such as classical, popular, folk, blues, etc...

Moreover, I rely on ear training as a strong complement to written music theory and sight-reading; often using recorded music samples or simple patterns on a piano.

I try to balance method-type published lesson books with beginner, intermediate, or original composition sheet music to specifically selected pieces.

Ideally, with a reasonable practice schedule each week, full comprehension of the written music grand staff and an ear to catch a false note will become second nature. By then, more opportunities to learn actual pieces and styles become greater, having got the initial learning curve under the students belt.

*** Studio Equipment ***
*snare drum
*electronic keyboard/piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
lesson material/music media samples can be provided for copy
student would have own instrument

*** Specialties ***
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Drums, Percussion, Music Theory
finger picking styles and chord progressions - guitar
lead and rhythm patterns - electric guitar
latin, blues, rock, jazz styles - drum kit & percussion
classical & popular tunes - piano/keyboard
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Nirav P. April 16, 2015
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Charlie E. May 24, 2014
Verified Student
What a terrible experience. I signed up for lessons for my wife from Brett as a gift because he listed times that would work for my wife given that we have a young daughter, and have a hard time making time for lessons. Brett told us 3 days before the lesson that the time wouldn't work, then simply never showed for the rescheduled first lesson. Worse, he simply refused to do scheduling via email (he would leave voicemails and failed to return my wife's call when she called back as they were playing phone tag), and then told us he had another commitment during the slot we had supposedly reserved for him. Worse, he failed to update the site as he continually cancelled lessons and never showed up for scheduled times. I now have a huge hassle of getting a refund on the money I paid for lessons as opposed to a lovely gift for my wife. Life's too short and we're too busy for such an awful experience.
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Scott P. March 12, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
Great teacher for my young daughter

Brett has been a great teacher for my 5 year old daughter. She is just learning the basics of piano and Brett has been great at expanding her skill sets. She really enjoys practicing with him and actually looks forward to when he comes over every week!
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Brett R.

Brett R.

Seattle, WA 98122
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starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Nicholas M.

Seattle, WA

See 'About'.

About Nicholas

*** General Bio ***
Hi! My name is Nick and I was born and raised in the pacific northwest. Initially from the Olympia, WA area, I have lived in Seattle for the past 13 years and received my education at UW in music performance.

I am perhaps most known in the northwest marching percussion community from a recent 7-year stint instructing and coordinating the University of Washington Husky Drumline. During my time with UW, I helped propel the UW drumline from regional to national prominence. In the summer of 2013, I also led the Cascades Drum & Bugle Corps to their highest percussion scorin
g in 6 years. Last but not least, I have also been involved with both the Seahawks Blue Thunder Drumline & Sounders Sound Wave.

Outside of marching percussion, I currently tour with cinematic-electro-pop band HARPS (fb.com/thesoundofharps) and maintain a busy private lesson studio.

I proudly endorse Pearl Drums, Remo Drumheads, and Vic Firth Drumsticks.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that good teaching revolves around finding the right balance of three things: what the student wants, what the student needs, and what the student can handle.

As your teacher, I will do my very best in making you a more complete and well-rounded musician while helping guide you toward your goals. Whether you're just starting out, or an experienced pro wanting to brush up on a few new skills, I can help you. Over the past decade, I have successfully instructed folks from every age range and skill level. I'd love to have the opportunity to help you, too!

One thing I pride myself on is the ability to go at the students pace. I will teach in whatever way gets you the best results. In my experience, some people respond well to strict, regimented curriculum while others prefer a more laid back approach. I let everyone of my students know up front the amount of work it's going to take before X, Y and Z are going to happen.

My curriculum utilizes recordings, videos, demonstrations, transcriptions, books, play alongs, etc. I focus a great deal on maintaining great posture with relaxed playing technique, as well as reading and ear training. As a big influence of mine, Dave Weckl, once said: "Technique is a means to an end, and hopefully that end is good feeling and sounding music."

One thing I love about drums is that no matter how good you get, there's always a laundry list of things that you could still improve upon!

How do you eat an elephant?

Easy, one bite at a time.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Sound panels, two drum kits, sound equipment, practice pad station (w/mirror setup).

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Rudimental, Drum Corps, R&B, Rock, Funk, Pop
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Dana C. June 7, 2013
Percussion
Way Beyond Excellent

Have you ever had something so amazing that you did not want to share it? Well, that is how I've felt about Nick's lessons. Nick has inspired and challenged my son to become a well rounded percussionist. Nick's professionalism, punctuality, and teaching skills far exceeds five stars. After each lesson, you will receive through notes on what was covered and what needs to be worked on. With all the different learning styles it usually pretty easy to note and area where an instructor could use improvement. This is absolutely not the case with Nick. If you a searching for an outstanding instructor, you've discovered him. My secret is out.
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Morgan B. February 15, 2013
Drum
Well-rounded lessons that are worth your time.

I feel a little bit ridiculous for writing 5/5 stars for everything, but I have got to admit, Nick is an excellent teacher. I have been taking lessons on the marching snare with him, and have seen improvement over even the shortest periods of time. Nick can be quite serious when it comes to putting in a good effort, but he is very laid-back and makes the lessons fun, too. He has many approaches to teaching techniques in order to ensure that the student understands, and has helped me discover some of my true potential. I highly recommend Nick, whether you're a beginner, or trying to make the Husky Drumline.
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David C. February 15, 2013
Drum
Solid Teacher

Nick does a great job in all respects. He's well-versed in a lot of styles and is capable of teaching pretty much anything you want to learn on drum set. One thing that's set him apart from other teachers I've had is how he's able to precisely identify flaws in your playing while offering specific and direct ways to eliminate those flaws. If you take lessons from Nick and follow his instructions you're definitely going to become a better player.
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Nicholas M.

Nicholas M.

Seattle, WA 98125
(3)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Mason L.

Seattle, WA

Percussion performance and instruction has been my main focus for more than 5 years. I started playing the drums when I was ten, taking lessons at the local drum shop. Since then I've studied with musicians and professors at the top of their field, performed in stadiums, conventions and music festivals, and taught award-winning groups and motivated, talented individuals.

Percussion is a very multi-faceted instrument, and I have curriculum and methods to teach any instrument in the family. My general teaching philosophy is that the instruction should always be geared towards the student's goals.

About Mason

Hey there, my name is Mason L and I'm a musician and educator based in Seattle, WA. I've been teaching private lessons since 2011 and I've had success teaching at private music studios, public schools, and in my own home. I'm currently available to teach lessons at your home, at my own studio, and online.

I attended the University of North Texas and earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Percussion Performance; I really enjoyed all of the performances opportunities at the School of Music and I had the chance to work with a lot of talented professors and fellow students. I feel comfortable whe
n I'm performing on stage or rehearsing with some friends. I believe that music is a gift, whatever you listen to and however you enjoy it, so it makes me happy when I can work with people to become better musicians.
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Brandon September 1, 2015
Marimba · In studio
Mason is an incredible performer, teacher, and musician. He is wonderfully talented at breaking down advanced drum and keyboard techniques in ways that players of any skill level will understand. Furthermore, he has a terrific ear for dynamics, musicality, musicianship, and composition. I'd highly recommend him!
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Mason L.

Mason L.

Seattle, WA 98119
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starting at
$25 / 30-min

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