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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 with several teachers.
Joshua brings something unique 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. I also teach out of serval books students will be eventually required to purchase.
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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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KD D. August 22, 2016
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Hi, I just started taking lessons and I absolutely love it! I have an excellent teacher that takes his time to show me the right techniques and fundamentals to achieve the goal of playing professional. He has great expertise and pushes me to be the best. He makes sure I understand why I need to do certain things such as rudiments and learning to read notes. I couldn't have asked for a better teacher. He's always full of energy and ready to teach me so I can go far in drumming. If your looking for a fun cool teacher full of energy who loves teaching the art of drumming Mr. Rufus is your guy! He has the passion and love for it and that motivates me and gives me that drive to keep pushing to go further in music!
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KD D. August 5, 2016
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Best instructor ever! Took the time to show me what I need to work on and what I need to do to get to where I am trying to be with drumming!
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Belle July 27, 2016
Drum · In home
Verified Student
My daughter loved her first lesson...she had fun and learned a LOT. I've never seen her this enthusiastic about practicing before. Thank you Rufus!
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Rufus S.

Rufus S.

Brandon, FL 33511
(7)
starting at
$30 / 45-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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Vicky B. September 28, 2016
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Nicole rocks! (Literally) Awesome teacher, makes learning fun and inspires confidence. Knows how to introduce new concepts really well and makes sure you are progressing. So glad to be taking lessons with her!
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Trisha September 15, 2016
Ukulele · In home
My daughter is 13 and recently started taking Ukulele lessons with Nicole. She just LOVES her. Nicole has a terrific connection with kids and is very patient, but at the same time is able to keep pushing them ahead and doesn't allow them to stagnate. We couldn't be more pleased with the training and guidance that she has provided. Also, she has been very flexible with us when we have had to change practice times due to hectic schedules and she has NEVER been late.
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Elizabeth September 12, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
She was very welcoming and my daughter really enjoyed the class.
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Nicole C.

Nicole C.

Clearwater, FL 33760
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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John N.

Clearwater, FL

Everything from basic stick control to understanding orchestral markings, tempo and styles. Students will learn to read, plays in time and interpert etudes and charts.

About john

I began studies at the age of five. My first instrument was Piano then Guitar and after a few years of Guitar, I started studying drums. My studies were always in classical technique but my love of rock, blues and jazz led me to perform and learn many styles. I studied with Abe Marcus at the Metropolitan opera in New York and I have performed on numerous records as both a drummer and vocalist with many of todays most successful artists. I worked as a studio musician at the Record Plant in NYC with producer Jack Douglas of John Lennon and Aerosmith fame. I hold a Bachelor of science degree in m
usic performance and composition from Empire State college. I can be heard in various performances as vocalist, drummer, producer and writer on Reverbnation under Jay Neenan and friends original material. I hope this gives you some idea of who I am and how through my experience, we can work together in securing your success in understanding and performing music.
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John N.

John N.

Clearwater, FL 33763
starting at
$45 / 45-min
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Glenn M.

Palm Harbor, FL

Teach beginner, intermediate and advanced drum set.

About Glenn

B.M. degree in Percussion from Juilliard School of Music.
Studied at The Drummers Collective in N.Y.C.
Performed with The Caracas Philharmonic Orchestra and Vermont Symphony.
Authored seven Mel Bay drum method books.
Teaching drums,djembe and classical percussion for over 24 years.
Lessons individually tailored to meet students musical goals.
Study with the most highly regarded drum/percussion teacher in the Clearwater, East Lake, Dunedin, Tarpon, Seminole and Palm Harbor areas.

*** Lesson Details ***
Study Rock,Blues, Latin, Funk,Jazz, Fusion and African drum styles. Each lesson
is individually tailored to meet the musical goals of the student.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Drum Set.
Djembe.
Xylophone
Timpani
Sound System

*** Specialties ***
Teach drum students to read music.
Teach students to play "by ear".
Also teach the African Djembe instrument.
Play to and create drum/bass/percussion loops.
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Greg T. July 23, 2016
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Very enthusiastic, easy to connect with. Very skilled in all types of music including my choice, Contemporary Christian.
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Greg T. July 20, 2016
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Very enthusiastic, easy to connect with. Very skilled in all types of music including my choice, Contemporary Christian.
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Anne M S. April 13, 2016
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Great guy and awesome teacher! He will help you in whatever you want to accomplish and give you ideas if you aren't sure what you're looking for. Glenn will modify his teaching strategies to whatever makes you most comfortable and facilitates your learning style. He teaches the basics down to the intricacies of general percussion and will keep you motivated by sharing his adventures and projects with you! Very knowledgeable!
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Glenn M.

Glenn M.

Palm Harbor, FL 34683
(5)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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