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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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Eugene W.

Newark, OH

About Eugene

College educated musician with two degrees in music. I am currently in graduate school for a masters degree in music education. I am a licensed music teacher in the state of Ohio. I have played in many bands throughout my music career. I am familiar with classical, rock, country, pop, church music, and many other types of music.
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Deb T. October 15, 2014
Accordion · In studio
Verified Student
Eugene is an excellent teacher. He knowledge of music is excellent and he works hard to help his students learn. I would highly recommend him for music or voice lessons. He is patient and kind.
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Eugene W.

Eugene W.

Newark, OH 43055
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Steve S.

Zanesville, OH

About Steve

I have been teaching 16 years. My father taught music lessons for over 55 years. I teach over 5 instruments, also songwriting and recording. I have great retention of students, most have taken many years. I make things personal, fun, and relaxing. While still making progress. I teach by ear and by music, so the student gets the best of both worlds. I know how to get you playing. I look forward to working with you!
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jessica H. August 19, 2014
Piano
AMAZING TEACHER!!!

I was already very accomplished as a classical pianist before finding Steve, but wanted to give playing by ear a try. I never dreamed I would learn so much.... Steve is amazing!!!! If he can teach so much to someone at my level, just imagine what he can do for all other levels and other instruments........he is limitless!!!!

What's even better is that you can tell he truly loves what he does and that is VERY important in a teacher!!!! Finding Steve is finding the best of everything in a music teacher......I can't say enough good things about him!!!!!!! My only regret is that I didn't start sooner!!!!! HIGHEST RECOMMENDATIONS!!!!!!!!
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Steve S.

Steve S.

Zanesville, OH 43701
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$17.50 / 30-min
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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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Nathan D.

Granville, OH

About Nathan

I am currently new to the area. I majored music technology in college and have been playing piano since I was 7 years old. I was hooked on it from the start and have never looked back. I have played with several different bands, choirs, and theater groups in the past. I was highly active in the theatre community throughout the end of High School and all through College. I love to pass on my knowledge to others and show that piano is not something that can be learned only by a select few. I believe that anyone can learn to play and I can adapt the curriculum around any student's ability.
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Nathan D.

Nathan D.

Granville, OH 43023
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$20 / 30-min

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