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Henri B. Phoenix, AZ

Learn basic skills such as sticking, proper technique, timing signatures, rudiments, drum beats, world grooves, sight reading, and just all around fun on drum kit. Find your groove :)

About Henri

Aside from being mostly self-taught and playing drums since he could hold the pots and pans, Henri is an experienced, focused teacher and musician who really enjoys seeing students achieve their goals and desires musically. He has also studied privately with former Berklee Graduate Al Pahanish Jr (Powerman 5000), and former Capitol Records recording artist Morrison Moon.  He is a goal-oriented individual with a versatile background and a relaxed, "let's have fun while we learn" attitude. Henri believes music should always be fun and inspiring for everyone, no matter what skill level. FUN is always the focus, because if you are not having fun, why are you doing it?  Henri also has years of experience touring both nationally and internationally with several award-winning Arizona-based ...

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jeanne M. March 10, 2015
Drum · In home
Henri is a gem. He is the perfect combination of cool and a serious musician. He is able to win over the respect of kids and truly teach them! There is no need to look any further for a music teacher!
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Shane S. March 9, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
To start with, Henri is fun to be around, DO NOT underestimate this. I have had the strict authoritarian and the the wallflower and in both cases, I ended up not showing up so often than I just quit. It took me a few times of going to my lesson to realize what it was that made this time so different, and it is quite simply that I like being there for more than just the lesson.
In terms of his lesson quality and knowledge of the subject, I can only speak to his guitar knowledge. I guess before I begin, I should say that I am a beginner, and spend most of my time in life doing the things I have to do rather than the things I want to do. (kids) Anyhow, once again, Henri hit the mark. He asked me my goals and then challenged me to get there while not pressuring me too much to practice. (like I said, not a wallflower, and not an authoritarian) Some lessons were theory, scales, and or chords, and some were just me learning a song, which is essentially the fun way of learning chords and picking techniques.
At the end of the day, the entire experience has exceeded my expectations, and while my practice between lessons is certainly lacking, I am making serious progress. One fine day, I will play that coffee house and my decent singing and average guitar will fill the air and with any luck will only turn heads in a good way!
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Karla L. December 31, 2014
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Henri is an excellent teacher! I have been a teacher myself for more than 15 years and I recommend him without reservation. He works with my daughter who is five years old and she is always excited about her lessons. She is making excellent progress and is eager to do more. She feels well-supported by Henri who encourages her to take risks with her playing while making her feel that she is doing a great job. Music lessons with this teacher are well worth the money and an excellent investment. We are lucky to have found him!
Lou S. Surprise, AZ

I've taught countless students of all ages and levels. I teach in a curriculum based program unlike any other that I've seen in books, or DVD’s combining technique, music theory, groove essentials, fill study, and unique exercises, games, and patterns. All combining to create fundamentally sound musical drummers who can play any genre of music with groove & chops! I've played and been around drumming my entire life. I learned how to play and teach from one of the best. It is a gift that I am very passionate about and I never take lightly.

About Louis

My name is Lou S., and I come from a family of Drummers. My Father was a Master Drum Instructor and taught my Uncle, Brother, me and over 2800 other students in a teaching career that spanned more than 40 years. As the youngest in the family I had the opportunity to learn from my Dad as well as my other family members. My structured lessons started at the age of 5 and by the time I reached high school I was booking my own band and performing weekly at local clubs and events. There was a certain amount of pressure growing up in this environment. After all, if you’re the teacher’s kid, you’re expected to be good, right? This is true, but the way my Father taught and how he inspired me was to be sure I had my own identity. He was not making clones, he was teaching the ART of ...

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Ted B. June 6, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Alek really Likes Lou and wants to continue with lessons and will get better and wants to learn
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Justin F. April 10, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
Passionate about drums; reflected in his teaching

Lou took me by surprise after the first few lessons. His preference is to teach the foundation and basically build up from there. This sort of put me off at first because I wanted to learn a specific genre without all the extras that I thought I didn't need. Fortunately, he was able to help me understand that by learning all of the simple rudiments, I can play anything I want. Now, I haven't reached that stage yet, but I have no doubt that I can get there with Lou's help.
Al P. Phoenix, AZ

Through my work with the M Gray Music Academy (Macy Gray) and my tenure at the Hollywood School of Rock as teacher and Show Director, I have developed successful programs for students ranging in age from 5 years old and beyond. I have mentored numerous young musical groups in beneficial rehearsal techniques, live performance and basically all the things you need to know about being in a band that wants to be great!

As we explore the exciting world of music, guitars, drums and percussion, we will cover all aspects of music theory, music history and ear training through video, audio and text examples.

Students will be provided with all the necessary tools to fully understand musical concepts and have the ability to play for recreation or at a professional level.

You won't need any books to start but I do suggest a small 3 ring binder for notes, literature, weekly hand outs and homework .

For drum students: we will start by evaluating your current level of ability and ...

About Al

Al P. (Powerman 5000-Martin Sexton-Cypress Hill-Everlast-Lance Lopez-DYS) is a multi instrumentalist, educator, composer, producer, drummer-music director. Widely known as co founder-drummer for DreamWorks recording artist and multi platinum selling rock group Powerman 5000 (1990-02). His rock solid beats are deeply rooted in the long history of the art of drumming. Bio: Hailing from Pittsburgh, Pa. and educated by the prestigious Trinity College of Music, London Program (Pgh. center), Al served as external examiner teaching music theory and drums in private and ensemble settings at the U.S. center in Pittsburgh, Pa. from 1984-86 and further studies at Boston's Berklee College of Music, receiving a BM in Percussion Performance in 1992. Al is also a graduate of The Recording Workshop,

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Debbie R. April 17, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
WE LOVE OUR DRUM INSTRUCTOR! My son was an extremely high energy very distracted five year old when we started lessons with Mr. Al. Let's just say that my son is not an easy student, but our son had already developed an obsessive attachment to music, most intensely to drums. We expected someone would be able to teach him drums, but we also got someone who is patient, flexible, understanding, and always respectful and kind to our son. We see Mr. Al in his home studio, and at now at seven years old, Joey's skill has definitely progressed. In fact, his learning has a momentum that our entire family can see. But Mr. Al has given Joey so much more than just that. Joey's love of music has flourished beyond measure. Joey now tells Mr. Al that he loves him after every lesson, WOW! We have been so pleased that my seventeen year old daughter now also takes lessons with Mr. Al too. Mr. Al is the perfect instructor for us. My kids think he's cool, and we think he's just fantastic all the way around!
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RJ G May 14, 2014
One of the Best

I have studied with several instructors, and I found Al to be the best. He not only knows his craft and takes pride in it, but he has a unique way of connecting with his students.

He listens, observes, and then starts to create a curriculum that is specific to the student. He can then convey this material in a manner that is fun, easily understood, and constructive.

I would highly recommend Al as an instructor.
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Rob S. January 17, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
MY daughter loves playing!!

I tried to teach my daughter, Rose, how to play the guitar and I couldn't get her to follow through with her lessons. Al has made the guitar fun for her. She'll play AT LEAST an hour a day now, learning songs given to her and playing warm-ups like scales.

Al also teaches music theory so Rose understands music more. Any teacher that gets a student that excited is doing something right.
Leslie (Ron) L. Glendale, AZ

About Leslie (Ron)

L. J. has more than 25 years experience as a drummer. He started playing in the high school Jazz and marching band. Over the years, he has played for various choirs and church bands. In 2000, he decided to pursue his passion and teach drumming. It’s important to him that all potential drummers identify their gift and develop it. Some of Ron’s accomplishments include:  Education Team member with ‘Vic Firth’ which is the number one drumstick in the world  Drummer for a children’s Caribbean steel drum band with performances at Orpheum theater, college drumline finals at Bank One ballpark, News Channel 3 Sonora Living, and Garvin School of International Management Cultural Festival  Academic school year curriculum for toddlers at ‘Abundant Love Child Development Center  Featured

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JamieW March 16, 2011
Alex only went to two lessons, but I thought Leslie was a great instructor. He always had encouraging words for Alex and has a passion for teaching. If Alex decided to take on drums again, we will be sure to visit him again.
PERRY S. Phoenix, AZ

As well as having a Bachelor's Degree from a prominently known Jazz school. Perry has taken from some of the top "name" drummers in the business. This is essentially part of lesson time-but worth mentioning. Well over twenty years of gigging and still doing it. Five years of around 270 dates a year on tour (yes on a tour bus-and planes).He specializes in getting students to sound good and be confident on their instruments- so they can- have fun, and make music, and play with other musicians and record their own music.

About PERRY

An accomplished and gifted Musician and Educator, in any genre, with more than 15 years’ experience playing local, national and international tours, (concert events and venues for audiences of up to 100,000 including Country Thunder, world premiere of movie “Cars,” Spain Cordova Blues Festival, Nottoden Norway Blues Festival, and Academy of Motion Picture Sci-Tech Awards in LA. Performed with Blues and Rock legends Chuck Berry, Alex Ligertwood (Santana) and other renowned jazz artists including Jack Sheldon, and David Garfield). An outstanding music teacher and private instrumental instructor.

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Don M. September 10, 2014
Drum · In studio
As a colleague of Perry, we often discussed the psychological aspects of programming the subconscious in order to bring the most out of ourselves and our students. Perry is a world class pro player, and his ability to articulate ideas is profound. Students could greatly benefit from studying under him.

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Chad E. August 22, 2014
Drum · In home
I studied with Perry back in high school and cannot overstate the value of the information he taught me. If you are serious about getting it together, and learning those much needed skills to stand out from the vast drumming herd, start studying Perry today!
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Scott R. August 22, 2014
Drum · In studio
Perry is solid player and a solid teacher, and he's a fun dude to hang out with!
Keith H. Peoria, AZ

The first lesson is to assess what skill level you are and the lesson plan will be based on that and what you want to learn.I have played in many projects, have many years live and studio experience and have had many students over the years. My goal is to help you get to where you want to be, and give you the tools and show you techniques that will get you there as quickly as possible. I specialize in rudimental studies and drumset as well as odd time signatures covering many styles.

About Keith

I have over 30 years of playing and 10 years of teaching experience. I teach all levels of drummers; beginner to advanced. I have taught privately, as well as through at Amy K's Music School in Phoenix. I believe in building a solid foundation by teaching fundamentals and warm up techniques. Beginning lessons are planned with a focus on rudiments, their application, their relationship to hand and foot technique, and how to apply those patterns to the drum set. Music theory and sight reading are also taught. Beyond learning the basics, students are encouraged to have fun. *** Studio Equipment *** Gretsch Catalina Birch 7-piece kit with 6", 8", 10", 12", and 14" toms, 12" snare, and 22" base drum with a Tama Speed Cobra double pedal. Paiste 14" Signature Hi-hat, 16" and 18" Paiste

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