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John S.

Lancaster, OH

About John

I have been interested in drums for as long as I can remember. When I was very young I remember trying to imitate drummers from the bands I was listening to at the time. I had a toy field goal kicker that would kick a ball through the goal posts when I pressed down on the player's helmet. I remember taking the goal posts apart and using them as drumsticks. I would use those "drumsticks" to play on the side of my bed when listening to my favorite drummers. My interest in drumming hasn't diminished at all since those days.

I joined the school band program when I was in the fifth grade an
d I have played the drums for over 30 years in a variety of musical settings such as marching band, symphonic band, jazz band, worship team and home recording. A group of neighbors and schoolmates that I kept in touch with over the years contacted me sometime ago and asked me to record drum tracks for them. I'm privileged to have the opportunity to play on some of their albums.

I'm very thankful for the great drum instruction I have received over the years. In high school I studied with a drummer who played with musicians and bands such as The Ohio State University Jazz Ensemble, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Woody Herman, Diane Schuur, Maynard Ferguson and Tony Bennett. I have no doubt that these lessons played a big role in me winning the 1987 Louis Armstrong Jazz Award in high school. I have also attended Capital University’s Summer Drumset Workshop and a Drum Fantasy Camp at Seton Hall University. Some of the instructors involved at these university events were performers/educators such as Steve Houghton, Ed Soph, Steve Smith and Dave Weckl.

Drum lessons really helped advance my understanding of music and drumming. I improved my reading, listening and technical skills and even began transcribing drum parts. I now use Sibelius software for transcriptions. I enjoy passing along to students what I've learned from my excellent teachers and would be happy to help with just about any style of music (Rock, Blues, Country, Jazz, Latin, etc.).

*** Lesson Details ***
My goal is to help each student realize their personal goals in drumming. I help them do that by building a good foundation and then adding to that foundation. Building the foundation can include method books, rudiments, playing with a metronome and developing reading skills. After this foundation has been built we then use these skills to, most importantly, make some music. We will listen to and analyze the drumming of many important players and incorporate their innovations into our own musical personalities.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a drum set in a finished basement with seating for parents available.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring method books, but the student will need to have everything else (instrument, sticks, stereo with headphones, etc.). A smoke-free environment will also need to be available.

*** Specialties ***
I grew up with rock music for the most part but over the years I've tried to develop competency with as many musical styles as possible (Rock, Blues, Jazz, Latin, Country, R&B, Reggae, Motown, etc.).

Please see my latest article on the TakeLessons blog: http://takelessons.com/blog/used-drum-kits.
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shawn B. April 3, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
First thing,John and his family are very nice people.Being a little older person looking to play as a hobby. I still knew that in order to even be a decent drummer, you have to learn the fundamentals first.John in my opinion is like a professor of the drums.Like anything worth anything in life,it takes lots of hard work and practice in order to come close to perfection.John has the knowledge to give you all the tools that you need to strive towards that perfection.
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Mario F. October 2, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
John is a wonderful drum instructor. I was very interested in learning the underlying drum structure and rudiments before progressing on into other complicated drum techniques. His teaching style is perfect for everyone from a beginner to an advanced player. He has an in depth knowledge of the drumming industry from his own personal experiences and from teaching as well. He is able to communicate in such a way that is very easy to understand for both the lessons and the practice homework. I highly recommend John!
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Jennifer M. July 24, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
John is great! He has a lot of patience with my son. My son is eight and a beginner.
Nice clean house, with a good learning environment. My son looks forward to his lessons and practice because of John's enthusiasm.
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John S.

John S.

Lancaster, OH 43130
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Blaze J.

Reynoldsburg, OH

About Blaze

Hello my Name is Blaze, I am 23 years old. I have been singing for 18 years , I have experience and success in the music industry. I have been on season 8 of The Voice "team Adam" as you can see my accomplishments. I specialize in vocal training, stage performance, singing and Gospel singing. I want to take what I have learned and share with others so they can be successful in there music endeavors. I promise you will learn and grow from our time together.
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Blaze J.

Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
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$30 / 30-min
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Edward S.

Pleasantville, OH

About Edward

Hi! My name is Ed. As a lifelong lover of music, it has become my passion in life to teach others how to play an isntrument, excel at that instrument and instill a love of music for a lifetime of musical adventure.

I started on my journey at age seven on the piano. When fifth grade came, I knew that I had to learn something new. I decided on the trumpet. Through school I played trumpet and later euphonium in concert bands, brass choirs, and of course the marching band. After high school, I played music in college. Attending Ohio University, I joined The Most Exciting Band In The Land, T
he Ohio University Marching 110. After college, I took up the guitar and bass guitar. I soon began writing and performing my own songs. I have spent over twenty years performing in bands and as a worship leader in church. It has become my mission to help others learn at their own pace, choosing music that lights a spark within them. I will teach to my student's needs.
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Jill August 7, 2015
Piano · In home
Ed has not only been a music teacher to my kids, but someone they look up to and talk to. They look forward to their time with him every week!
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Jill August 7, 2015
Piano · In home
Ed has not only been a music teacher to my kids, but someone they look up to and talk to. They look forward to their time with him every week!
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Elizabeth August 3, 2015
Piano · In studio
Ed is a wonderful teacher! Very patient and helpful to students of all ages. He is able to help with a variety of styles of music. Highly recommend.
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Edward S.

Edward S.

Pleasantville, OH 43148
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$25 / 30-min
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Jonathan C.

Pickerington, OH

About Jonathan

Hi! I'm Jonathan, and I am a recent graduate of Morehead State University earning my Bachelor of Music Education degree with emphasis on the euphonium. I have over 10 + years experience playing the euphonium for various performing groups while at Morehead State University. My main teacher that I studied under is Dr. Stacy Baker. While at Morehead State University, for three years I studied trombone under Dr. Nathan Dishman. I have a passion of helping students achieve everything they want in music helping their musicianship grow so they can have the best possible experience. Some things about
me is I'm an easy-going teacher, I care about your students success and will try anything to help them achieve their dreams while making them become a better person in society. I look forward to helping your students grow and achieving their own goals, musicianship, and dreams through music.
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Jonathan C.

Jonathan C.

Pickerington, OH 43147
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$20 / 30-min
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Austin V.

Nelsonville, OH

About Austin

Hey, I'm Austin Valentyne and I'm currently the guitarist for a local metalcore band by the name To See A Star Die. I have been playing guitar for over 6 years and now I wish to share my talents with anyone who has a strong passion for music. I am currently taking audio recording classes at Hocking Technical College, so more types of music related lessons other than guitar will be offered in the future for any of my students looking for further knowledge of music production.
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Austin V.

Nelsonville, OH 45764
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$20 / 30-min

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