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By Nicole C. - Tampa Drum Teacher

Greetings from Tampa! As a teacher of drum lessons in Tampa, I have been fortunate to find others who share my passion all over the state of Florida. In the Tampa Bay Area, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, and other parts of Florida, there are many drum circles, live performances, and even classes that use drumming as a therapeutic technique! This area is absolutely fertile with talented musicians from all walks of life. Dunedin Brewery is one of Tampa's most engaging music venues that has drum circles every Tuesday night as well as open mic nights every Wednesday, which are welcoming to all new original artists and always entertaining. If you happen to be in Tampa, go check it out!

As both a teacher and a female drummer, I think it is vital to connect with those that have the same passion. The more we connect, the more we can learn to create at our optimum level, right? However, my search for others like me led me to a very interesting dilemma. Where are all the female drummers and what does a lady have to do to find some inspiring female drummers to either teach or learn from? This question leads me to the challenge that I am proposing today: if you are inspiring musician, female or male, contact me and tell me your story. What inspires you? How long have you been playing? Tell me your musical journey or the journey you would perhaps like to have with music one day. I love teaching music as much as I love to hear how people got to where they are today through music. If you are a student ready to begin your musical journey, sign up for drum lessons in Tampa today and join the fun!

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Joshua G.

Apollo Beach, FL

I am a working musician with several Local Professionals in the area. I am pretty open to taking to students. You can call for a interview to talk to me if you would like to get to know me before hand.

About Joshua

Joshua picked up his first set of sticks at 10 years old, beginning lessons with his father; this seemingly young interest took a turn for devoted passion and appreciation of rhythm and music. He is versatile drummer with more than 15 years of experience in different styles.

Joshua attended Florida State University and studied Jazz under Leon Anderson as well as advanced studies at The University of South Florida under Dave Via. He has had the opportunity to play with several local musicians such as Marcus Hampton, Mike Gibilsco, Kevin Wilder and many others.

Joshua brings something u
nique to the table with a background in Jazz and passion for teaching!

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe drums and music should be fun! You should enjoy learning and practicing on your own time as well as having fun in private lessons. I can tailor the lessons to your interests while integrating several tools to help you learn the basics.

I will also teach from a few different books to help with independence of hands and feet. After 3-6 months you will have learned basic rudiments, how to apply them, and how to play several different drum beats and patterns.

Honestly, the more you practice the more you gain confidence in your abilities to play. But more importantly Drums is Challenging so it can get frustrating its important to have FUN!!!

*** Studio Equipment ***
The In-Studio lessons are in a separate music room w drum sets (2), PA system, seating for parents. 2 dogs kept separate during lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
The student is expected to provide a drum kit

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Latin, Funk, Rock, Hip-Hop
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Brian February 1, 2016
Drum · In home
Joshua is extremely talented in reaching the student at his/her level. He is extremely positive and looks to connect with his students to give them a panoramic view of music in general and then drills down to how that would relate to the drums.
My son is always excite to see Joshua and looks forward to each lesson. Joshua takes the work out of the lesson and lets the student have fun and explore, all the while teaching basics without it being apparent to the student!

Just a really awesome person and instructor!

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Peter December 9, 2015
Drum · In home
Joshua has been excellent with my son Max (10 years old). He's very patient and positive. His calm demeanor is great for instructing. He keeps Max interested and enthusiastic. Max enjoys taking lessons from Joshua, and I would highly recommend him to anyone of any age.
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Meredith Z. February 12, 2014
Drum
Verified Student
Great teacher!!!

My 7 year old son had his first drumming lesson this week with Joshua and he loved it! He learned so much on his lesson and was intrigued with what Joshua was teaching him. What a great teacher!!!! Patient, reliable and extremely skilled! We can't wait for our lesson next week!!
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Joshua G.

Joshua G.

Apollo Beach, FL 33572
(3)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Rufus S.

Brandon, FL

I have taught students from beginner to intermediate.

About Rufus

My name is Rufus and I am eager to share my 43 + years of drum experience to help you reach your desired playing goals, you will learn the basics and begin to find your own rhythm as a drummer...let me show you how you can be the best drummer possible!

Performing Experience:
* Play with Local Group - Tropical Heat
* Recently played with National Recording Artist Michael Anthony at Cork and Olive in Brandon
• Musician in Mystic Sheiks of Morocco, Rock a Doo Whop, Christmas Show at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
• Tutored in South America, Europe and Canada over 20 yrs.
• Drummer for New Salem
M.B Church for last 20 yrs.
• 4 yrs marching in the Florida A&M University Marching Band & Percussion Ensemble
• 43 + yrs of rudimentary drumming

Audio: Specialize in digital audio work station software – Cubase 7 – Wavelab 8 and Waves plug-ins.

Recording Background:
Owner of a home based recording studio.

Titles released:

Seasoned with Latin(2014)

The Bottom Line featuring the vocals of Ms. Amella "D"(2013)

True Love- collection of pop music (2012)

Lift Off - A high energy dance song.(2012)

The Spencer Project - a Gospel collaboration with various artists.(2010)

Master Works - variety of different styles of music.(2009)

Lift Off- a high energy dance song (2010)

Iron-man Marathon Music - (1983)

*** Lesson Details ***
We will cover from the basics to the flashiness in drum playing and cover techniques in studio drumming.

If you are looking to venture into song writing,studio recording ,gear and software I have a studio complete with all the tools you will need to help carry you to the next level.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Drum room with seating for parents. 5 piece Yamaha drum set, hi- hat cymbal, ride cymbal, music stand.

Recording studio:

Digital audio work station software:
Cubase 7.5 – Wavelab 8 and Waves plug-ins

Soft synths:
Omnishere,Trilian,Native Instruments,korg legacy collection, Steinberg, Sample tank
host of loops

Controllers:

Axiom 25, Alesis Q61

Outboard gear:
Steinberg MR28M D-Pre mic preamp, Rodes NT-2a mic, Symetrix 525

Samson headphone box

Speakers:

Samson Resolv 65a and sub, Equator D5 speakers

Computer:

Pudget system custom built computer (PC)

*** Travel Equipment ***
Lap top with earphones so student can experience playing along
with music.

*** Specialties ***
R&b, Gospel, Hip Hop, Jazz
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Nick P. December 23, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Rufus was fantastic. Arrived early and got right into the lesson. Lots of energy and enthusiasm. My 13 yr old got a lot out of it and can't wait until his next lesson!
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Timothy A. April 4, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Great teacher. Teaching in steps and then adding more to it and repeating is the best way to go and Rufus is doing just that with me. All ready in 3rd lesson as a beginner and im getting the hand of it pretty quick. I will learn this song in no time and perhaps a few more just for the fun of it.
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Tracy T. October 7, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
Terrific teacher and studio.

Rufus is an outstanding teacher. He is passionate about music and enthusiastic during lessons. He caters to a variety of learning styles, offering studio work and music tracks as well as traditional beats. Rufus has been a working musician for many, many years and provides real world experience and insight into the music industry. My son and I highly recommend him.
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Rufus S.

Rufus S.

Brandon, FL 33511
(4)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Nicole C.

Clearwater, FL

Able to teach hand percussion(Congas, Bongos, Djembe, etc.) to full drum kit. Also can teach drum notation. All genres. Full drum kit supplied when lessons are performed in teacher's studio.

About Nicole

Nicole began her musical journey in Long Island, New York when she began piano lessons at age five. While receiving training on piano, she joined her elementary school orchestra in the 3rd grade and quickly soared with violin. During this period, Nicole began learning music theory and the art of reading music. As a fourth grader, Nicole would go on to conduct and tune every instrument in her orchestra during rehearsal. She always competed and won many NYSMA competitions for violin while attending music seminars and workshops. It was then that her teacher realized she had a gift. Nicole c
ontinued with piano lessons and began teaching herself guitar. Later, after college, she bought herself a drum set and began to teach herself drums.
As an adult, Nicole studied to become an elementary teacher and worked in the New York State School Districts for over five years. Shortly after receiving her master€™s degree for Literacy Education, Nicole decided to attempt to share her passion for music. In 2007, Nicole opened a music studio in Holbrook, New York. Here, she refined her music teaching skills while establishing Nicolex Inc. Music Island as a leading source of quality music education. Her summer traveling music program allowed her students to experience live performances as well as create music groups with peers with the same passion for music.
Nicole now resides in Clearwater, Florida with hopes to spread her business as well as the joy of music to children and adults. She currently is the drummer for a local original rock band. In this band, Nicole writes songs, sings, plays piano, and drums (not all at the same time). Needless to say, she understands the importance that music has had in her life and wishes to ignite that passion in other music lovers.

*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching style is best labeled as kind but firm. I take my job very seriously and want wholeheartedly for my students to have music as a part of their life, not just a part of their day. I love to laugh and have fun but I will definitely expect my students to practice and complete any homework I assign and be prepared for the following lesson. Simply stated, music is fun and the love of my life, but if I still practice, you will as well. Otherwise, I always believe in teaching songs my students are interested in and will expand their musical skills. My experience as a public school teacher had enhanced my sense of finding individual needs of every student. Therefore, I always differentiate lessons to suit my students interest while teaching them the foundations every musician needs in order to be successful. My specialty is teaching a variety of instruments. I play drums, guitar, bass, piano, and sing as well. So, if one instrument is not for you, I can teach you something different without a problem. Long story short, friends, you are in good hands.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Full Service music room: Keyboard, Full drum kit, Electric Guitar with 30 watts Amp and Microphone/ vocal monitor.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring a 61 key Casio Keyboard for household to use for lessons for a small monthly rental fee. I have an Epiphone Electric Guitar with 30w amplifier. Can also bring microphone and monitor for vocal lessons.

*** Specialties ***
I have taught mostly Rock, Blues, and Classical genres for Piano, Guitar, Drums. Vocally, I specialize in R&B, Broadway, Pop, Top 100 and alternative/Hard Rock. I will adapt to your needs.
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Monica Jenniges March 2, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
My daughter looks forward to her lessons with Nicole all week! She loves her and has gained so much confidence with her singing!
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Lori Ludick February 29, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
So far I have had a handful of lessons and I think Nicole is excellent. Before we started I told her that I have no vocal training or skills. After a handful of lessons I was signing without the lyrics to carry me.

She makes it fun and relaxing with good pointers for improvement.

I highly recommend her to anyone - especially a novice like myself.
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MArtin February 29, 2016
Guitar · In studio
very patient and knows a great deal about music in general. Would highly recommend to anyone looking to learn or expand their knowledge of music theory and playing abilities.
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Nicole C.

Clearwater, FL 33760
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Malik H.

Tampa, FL

I have been playing drums for over 6 years and experienced in several genres including Gospel, Jazz, R&B, Hip-hop, Reggae, Soul, Oldschool, and more. In my lessons, I will begin by teaching the basics of reading music, and how to apply reading concepts onto the drum set. In later lessons, I will demonstrate rudimentary concepts, and introduce students to different genres of music, ensuring that they become versatile and balanced players.

About Malik

My name is Malik H. and I am currently a drum teacher. I learned how to play in the church and as I continued to thrive, I've studied other genres of music including Pop, Rock, Jazz, R&B, Hip-hip, and Reggae. I have played around the city and tristate area with several artists. I love my craft, and it gives me joy to share my knowledge with others.
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Malik H.

Malik H.

Tampa, FL 33606
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Michael P.

Plant City, FL

Play a drum beat on your very first lesson, guaranteed! I teach you what YOU want to learn: any style, anything. I am a professional musician who's played in bands, orchestras, and drumlines. If you want to learn from someone who's fun, upbeat, and can show you how to be a musician and an amazing drummer then I'm the one.

About Michael

I am a Florida State University graduate who minored in music and was a member of the Big 8 drumline in the world renowned Marching Chiefs from 2000-2004. I've been teaching drums/percussion since freshman year in high school and I started playing drumset in fourth grade. I also was a member of the Imperial Symphony Orchestra from 1995-2000 which is based in Lakeland, FL. I've played and taught every genre of music from heavy metal to orchestral and I believe in being a musician first, and a drummer second. If you want to learn how to play drums/percussion from someone who has had a well round
ed career in music and can teach you anything you want to learn then I am the teacher you want. Happy Practicing!
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Nicholas Langenkamp February 15, 2016
Drum · Online
Verified Student
Great lessons! Really works with your goals.
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Nicholas February 5, 2016
Drum · Online
Great instructor! Very willing to work with your specific goals and specific level. Highly recommended!
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Taffan J. August 17, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
I've learned about different notes on my first lesson and he even encouraged me when I messed up..I'm excited for my next lesson
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Michael P.

Michael P.

Plant City, FL 33563
(3)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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