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Murray P.

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Private Percussion Teacher

In these lessons our focus is mainly on hand drumming, teaching the student techniques and styles for various styles of hand drums from around the world including; Cajon, Bongos, Congas, Djembe, etc...

- Develop good time keeping skills by playing with a metronome or click track or all ready recorded music
- Study basic hand strokes specific to the student’s type of drum
- Learn proper hand position
- Gain knowledge of the origins and history of various types of hand drums
- Play and read rhythms specific to the student’s type of drum
- Learn the proper way to hold and position drums

About Murray

I received my B.S. & Music Degree with concentration in instrumentalists from Morgan State University. I have been playing since the age of three years old and have been teaching since 2004. In 2016, I was accepted as a member of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM). I am very well rounded in all styles of music such as, Rock, Jazz, Gospel, Christian, Latin, Marching, Classical, Blues and the list goes on. I am a Emmy Nominated drummer for my outstanding role in the 2015 Stage Musical "Oh Gospel" The Evolution of Gospel Music. My drumming & percussion career has launch me into one of the most sought after instructors & drummers of our time. My skill level and personalty has brought about major partnerships with some of the biggest names in the industry such as Vic Furth, Evans Drum Heads, Sabian Cymbals, JamTec USA, Urbann

Boards and Kick Strap. I have performed with many Stellers & Grammy artist such as Richard Smallwood, Tamela Mann, Marvin Sapp, Dorinda Clark Cole, Isaiah D Thomas, American Idol contestants and Sunday Best contestants just to name a few. I currently play full time at the New Antioch Baptist Church of Randallstown in Baltimore MD where the congregation is over 10,000 members. I am very proud of the releasing of my latest DVD entitle "Piper's Time 2 Groove" & "Nothing Too Hard" video to inspire all musicians around the World. With the launching of Passionate Drumming & Music Lessons, I am dedicated to equipping all my students with the instructions for reaching students goals. I welcome all students any age, any skill level. Hope to have you as a new student very soon!

*** Lesson Details ***
My students will quickly learn the basics of drumming, including: stick control, technique, rhythms, drum fills, and licks. It does not matter if you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced drummer. The same time and effort will be exercised. We will have a fun and meaningful time playing, both by ear and by reading music. These lessons will really be hands on using teaching methods such as music books, DVD’s, and playing of my own. Students will have a great time also studying music theory, learning how to assemble the drum set, learning the parts of the drums, how to tune the drums, and how to accompany other musical instruments. After 3 to 6 months taking lessons, all students will be well on their way to a very successful musical career having had such fun and learning to play all different styles of music. My motto: Lets play Good, get Better, and be our Best!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Finished Studio: (3) drum sets, recording equipment, hand drums & instruments, seating for students & guest.

***Endorsers & Sponsors***
*Odery Drums
*RBimusic
*VicFirth Sticks-http://vicfirth.com/artist/Murray_Piper/
*Sabian Cymbals & Sabian Education Network
*StickTwirl
*Evans, D'Addario & Company, Inc.- http://www.daddario.com/education/murrayspiper
*NAMM Member
*Low Boy Beaters
*Urbann Boards
*SledgePad
*Kick Strap
*JamTec USA

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will bring snare and sticks. For the more advance lesson drum kit if one not provided. For the beginners sticks snare and if they already have a drum kit that is fine too.

*** Specialties ***
Gospel, Christian, jazz, blues, rock, R&B, pop, Latin, reggae, funk, shuffle
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October 17, 2019
Sonya
He’s an excellent instructor
Just one lesson he has already given me the stronger motivation to precede further
I can confidently say that he is the best teacher by far!!!
July 11, 2019
Michael B.
Murray is patient, encouraging, and obviously very knowledgeable about his subject area. He is also flexible and creative in unpredictable technology related situations. Looking forward to more lessons. I believe I can learn a lot.
July 9, 2019
Matt
Great teacher, very patient.

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Murray P.

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I can help students who are wanting to be in marching band and symphonic/orchestra. I have hand drums and various auxiliary percussion instruments, including tambourines, triangle, shakers, maracas, claves, a cabasa, etc. I also have a xylophone for students who want to learn mallet instruments, and I am well familiar with both the Burton and Stevens grips. I can help those who are wishing to compete in band contests, as well.

About Tracy

I have been playing the drum set in various bands since 2001. I have also been playing with the OKC Community Orchestra since 2009. I have played in symphonic and jazz bands and a percussion ensemble. I have taught a percussion class, private lessons, and I have been a full time music teacher in the OKC district. I have recorded in the studio also, and I enjoy doing a bit of my own production. Rocking on stage is my favorite activity! I can teach you how to be an integral part of a band and play along to your favorites. I enjoy bringing out the best in a student and teaching to his/her strengths. Let's run!

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a very easygoing and patient teacher. I fully understand that the drum set requires a high level of coordination, and I am mindful of this while working with students. I will begin with proper gr

ip and stroke technique as well as the use of a metronome. I will teach the student to read rhythms and drum set notation. I know how to isolate difficult patterns, break them down into understandable parts, and reintegrate them into a piece. I like to use the music that a student enjoys to relate to the written music. I have found YouTube to be an indispensable tool for this, and my students have responded very well. I will work on snare drum technique as well, because it is the primary voice on the set, and the touch and nuance required to play it well relate to the set as well. I will tailor my instruction to suit the student's learning style and preferences. I want to make the learning fun, so I will help the student quickly gain the basic skills to play along with their favorite bands. This promotes musicality as well as solid time. It will also aid in transcription, which will come with development and is a valuable tool. I will use this in tandem with technique-building exercises to form a well rounded musician. I believe that a student should have a familiarity with his/her instrument, so we will also go over the anatomy and tuning of the set. Above all, music should be fun!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room w/ drum set, hand drums, and seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have a practice pad, snare drum, and sticks. If a student wishes to have drum set lessons in his/her home, that instrument should be there.
**Please note** I do have a drum set in my home.

*** Specialties ***
For the drum set, I am the most experienced in rock, country, and bluegrass styles. I am comfortable with both Stevens and Burton grips for mallet instruments.

1. *** See my article on drum set tips! ***
http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-read-drum-sheet-music
2. ***See my article about the benefits of learning drums as an adult.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/learning-to-drum-as-an-adult
3. *** See my article on Efficient Practice Methods. ***
http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-practice-drums-z07
4. *** See my article on Coordination Exercises. ***
http://takelessons.com/blog/hand-eye-coordination-exercises-for-drummers-z07
5. *** See my article on Snare Drum Basics. ***
http://takelessons.com/blog/5-exercises-to-master-snare-drum-basics-z07
6. *** See my Gear Guide article on drum sticks. ***
http://takelessons.com/blog/which-drum-sticks-are-the-best-z07
7. *** See my Gear Guide article on Drum Sets. ***
http://takelessons.com/blog/best-drum-set-brands-z07
8. *** See my Gear Guide article on cymbals. ***
http://takelessons.com/blog/drum-cymbals-z07
9. ***See my article about different grips.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-hold-drum-sticks-z07
10. **See my article about drum apps. ***
http://takelessons.com/blog/apps-for-drummers-z07
11. **See my article about drum thrones. ***
http://takelessons.com/blog/drum-thrones-gear-for-drummers-z07
12. **See my article about nailing performances.**
http://takelessons.com/blog/drum-performance-tips-z07
13. ***See my article about rudiments.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/7-essential-drum-rudiments-z07
14. ***See my article about tuning your drums.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/drum-tuning-z07
15. ***See my article about reading drum charts/tabs.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/drum-charts-for-beginners-z07
16. ***See my article about different types of sticks/effects.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/types-of-drum-sticks-z07#comment-910418
17. ***See my article about Bass Drum Technique.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/bass-drum-technique-z07
18. ***See my article on Snare Drum Technique.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-play-snare-drum-z07
19. ***See my article on Fills.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/drum-fills-z07
20.*** See my article on Different Drum Types.***
http://takelessons.com/blog/guide_to_different_types_of_drums_z07

Recording Credits: "The Mary Rose" and "Normandie" from the album, Demos and Premiers, by Callen Clarke and Kyle Dillingham
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March 1, 2019
Logan
Looking forward to learning more with Tracy!
September 2, 2018
Leah
My daughter has really been enjoying her lessons with Tracy! Many thanks!
June 24, 2018
Journey L.
Grand daughter was very impressed with Tracy; said she was very nice and is very excited to continue lessons with her.

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Tracy D.

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Wesley A.

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Private Percussion Teacher

We will explore classical snare drum and beginning marimba

About Wesley

I'm Wesley A. I have been drumming and playing percussion for about 17 years. I am 29 years old. I have graduated with a B.A in Music from North Greenville University near Greenville, SC under the tutelage of Dr. Chris Davis, President of the SC Chapter of PAS (Percussion Arts Society). I am laid back as a teacher and I will try to make the experience fun for anyone.

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October 2, 2019
Traci
This was our first online lesson experience. Wesley was very patient and willing to help us with any issues that came up. During the lesson, Wesley is always communicating and making sure the student is understanding what is being taught.
September 16, 2019
Traci H.
February 10, 2017
Jacque
Thank you Wesley!! you did teach Jacque a lot.

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Wesley A.

Online

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Experienced Music teacher of 8 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of their instrument and theory skills. I specialize in all styles. Typically, I use a variety of method books to pick from to meet the needs of the students. I also have many tools available to use during lessons.
My students have gone on to NYSSMA and on to college auditions successfully!

About Amber

I have been teaching private lessons since 2008, but have been studying music since I was only 4 with non stop private and in school lessons. I now have my Bachelor's degree in Music education and am working toward my Masters in Music performance and Instruction.

I love working with my students. Watching them succeed at what they do is what makes my day great. I always love to have a fun atmosphere around me and enjoy every minute it. Music is great for self expression a great Escape or an easy pass-time. It's nothing that should be stressful, but the opposite and that is what my lessons aim to do. Provide an educational, but fun and expressive learning experience to carry with you or your child throughout your lives.

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September 12, 2019
Adrita M.
Amber was very nice.. she knew how to jump in right where my daughter had left her last teacher and became a favorite on the first day. :)
August 21, 2019
Donna
Amber makes lessons challenging and fun. She's got a great teaching style, develops student's confidence, and knows what a student needs to work on to become their best.
June 20, 2019
Alec
She’s wonderful & patient. My son, Alec, is enjoying his lessons.
She also gives good advice on practicing and taking care of the sax.

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Amber W.

Online

(19)
Private Percussion Teacher

I am a professional drummer and educator with 26 years experience teaching and performing. My background includes live/session experience in multiple styles and musical genres, including pop, rock, jazz, funk, fusion, latin and electronic, in additional to compositional study and theory.

About Jason

I am a professional drummer, recording artist, and educator, with over 26 years performing and teaching.

I graduated from Stony Brook University with a minor is Jazz, and as a founding member of the university's big band, the "SBU Blowage," under the direction of legendary trombonist, Ray Anderson.

Drum students will see immediate positive results from lessons, including improved technical abilities and the confidence to explore new musical pathways on their journey to find their own sound and style.

I teach symphonic snare drum, orchestral percussion, drum set, rudimental percussion, hand percussion with associated NYSSMA requirements.

I have experience with students of all different ages, abilities and experience levels. I've studied percussion and drum set since 1990, and rudimental and hand drums since 1999. I can teach students

to read music, as well as transcribe arrangements and transpose by ear. With consistent lessons, students can learn to play along to their favorite music, and develop confidence to practice and perform with other musicians in a group setting.

As a professional touring and recording artist, I am happy to share my knowledge of playing in multiple musical settings, and the "business" of playing music. My passion is for live performance, and it is essential to help students feel confident while playing for an audience.

Our focus will be on developing proper technique, listening carefully and critically to recordings, and building a foundational music vocabulary via reading and writing.

I look forward to sharing my knowledge and expertise with you!
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November 1, 2018
Travis V.
He continues to be extremely patient and awesome. My boys are learning so much and really enjoy playing with Jason.
October 3, 2018
Griffin V.
Jason was unbelievable patient and nice. This was my boys first ever lesson and they absolutely loved it!! They can't wait till their next lesson. He was awesome!!!
March 7, 2018
Donna
Jason is a very talented musician and an excellent instructor. He is has been a patient, kind and effective teacher for my son. Can't say enough about him!

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Jason T.

Online

(5)
Private Percussion Teacher

Wide variety of percussive voices

About Blaire

My name is Blaire and I’ve been drumming for 20 years. I was trained in a traditional fashion in Kansas where I grew up, and decided I wanted to teach this passion to others. I can teach you to read music and equally to let loose and fly around the drums with ease. My strengths are rock drumming, jazz, marching snare, and countless smaller percussive voices. My experiences in performing and teaching have taken me all over this country in the form of touring with different bands. Let me teach you to find your voice on this amazing instrument.

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Blaire G.

Online

Private Percussion Teacher

I have studied percussion with a variety of instructors and hope to pass the passion they instilled in me to my students.

I know what it is like to struggle learning this instrument, which is why i feel confident preparing you for everything you need to be successful. Whether it is learning a timpani part in concert band, planning an audition for honors band/college, or preparing for a recital I will do my best to ensure you are ready for whatever comes your way.

About Kenneth

Thanks so much for your interest in starting music lessons with me. I’m so excited to share my passion for music with you!

Lesson details:
My main goal as a teacher is to help my students reach their goals. Whether that is playing in a rock band or auditioning for a college music scholarship, your goal is my #1 priority.

For students that are primarily interested in drum set, I will start off with the fundamentals on snare drum. This will help you develop your vocabulary on the drum set and improve your hand technique.

For those who are in school band I will work on the fundamentals of keyboard percussion (scales, reading treble & bass clef etc). This also will help you understand how to play timpani. In short, you will come out of your lessons being a complete musician, not just a drummer.

I also music theory/ear traini

ng, so piano will be integrated in for students who are in school bands. Even for those who aren't in school band, I will still introduce the basics of reading clefs/rhythms and counting rhythms/time signatures.

What students should have:
All students should (but don't have to) have a 3-ring binder to organize handouts in as well as a willingness to learn + positive attitude.

Items that percussion students should have:
*drum sticks: Vic Firth SD1 Generals
*drum pad: there are various options. I would recommend real feel by D Adarrio (12 inch) or the Sabian Quiet Tone Pads.
*music stand

Recommended books for a beginning percussion student:
*Fundamentals for Snare Drum by Garwood Whaley
*Fresh Approach to Snare Drum by Mark Wessels
*Fresh Approach to Keyboard Percussion by Mark Wessels
*Complete Snare Drum Book by Dr. Mario Gaetano
*Elementary Snare Drum by Mitchell Peters
*Encyclopedia for Reading Rhythms by Gary Hess
*Basics in Rhythm by Garwood Whaley
*Hal Leonard Pocket Music Theory: A Comprehensive and Convenient Source for All Musicians

Items that piano students should have::
*Fundamentals of Piano Theory: Level 1 by Keith Snell
*Piano Adventures: Level 1 by Randall Faber
*Hal Leonard Pocket Music Theory: A Comprehensive and Convenient Source for All Musicians
*Basics in Rhythm by Garwood Whaley

Items music theory/ear training students should have:
Beginning-
*Music Theory for Dummies by Holly Day
*Hal Leonard Pocket Music Theory: A Comprehensive and Convenient Source for All Musicians
*Encyclopedia for Reading Rhythms by Gary Hess
*Basics in Rhythm by Garwood Whaley
Intermediate/Advanced-
*Techniques and Materials of Music: From the Common Practice Period Through the Twentieth Century, Enhanced Edition 7th Edition by Thomas Benjamin
*Ear Training for the Contemporary Musician by Joe Elliot
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Kevin R.

Grapevine, TX 76051

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Kevin Rank is a percussionist and occasionally bearded contemporary music advocate with a divers musical background. He has studied with international soloists, the principal percussionist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and also has experience in both WGI and DCI.

As an educator, Kevin has a habit of creating opportunities for students to grow and over a decade of experience working with students grades 6-12. He offers private lessons in fundamentals (counting rhythm & reading pitches), concert snare drum, keyboard percussion, classical percussion, audition preparation, beginning drum set, etc.

Kevin has helped dozens of students to audition successfully into select ensembles at the district, region, and state level. Students have also placed as finalists or even winners of such solo events as the Great Plains Marimba Competition.

His students studying music in college have been collectively offered over $780,000 in performance-based scholarship. The average scholarship offer in ...

About Kevin

Hello, my name is Kevin and I'd love to work with your student (and/or you)! I have taught classical percussion within nationally recognized, public school programs for over a decade. I help students buckle down for auditions, train to become 4-mallet super heroes, and get in to some of the most exclusive music schools in the country.

Studying music in a more exploratory way is fulfilling too! So I'm glad to work on fundamentals of music or experiment with sound. Everyone can have a life long connection to music, so let's start building one.

Primary lesson subjects include classical percussion, snare drum, marimba/keyboard percussion, beginning drum set, audition preparation, and beginning ukulele.

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September 17, 2019
Naomi
When you are looking for a good music instructor, these are the things you have to consider. 1. Price, 2. Location, 3. Teacher's experiences (resume), and 4. Characters of the instructor. The first three are easy to recognize from online information. The last one is hard to get, and yet , for us, the most important factor. Many instructors teach lessons only as a job (for money). They do things only during their "paid time." However, taking music lessons need more than that. A true music educator takes every opportunity to see the potentials of the student, knows how to coach individuals, and build up each student with encouragement and sometimes, discipline. He not only teach weekly lesson to help improved my son's skills, he also do extra to encourage students to go to concert, summer camp and perform at the nursing home. Every year, he arranged every details of a free concert with flyer, communications, equipment and even a professional cameraman! He did all those to encourage students to get out there to perform. We are forever grateful for his help for our son's college and scholarship applications. Mr. Rank is a "student oriented" teacher with a servant heart. If anybody is looking for an "all inclusive teacher, Mr. Rank is the best percussion teacher in DFW area. I can never thank enough for what he has done for my son. I hope my son will one day grow and become a teacher like Mr. Rank who care so much for his students.
September 16, 2019
Wendy
Kevin is an outstanding music teacher! He taught our child marimba lessons throughout middle school and high school. The benefits of his teachings were amazing. We highly recommend Kevin!
September 14, 2019
Bonnie
Kevin Rank is an outstanding teacher.! My son is just beginning his 5th year of lessons with Kevin Rank. In the last 5 years, my son has grown from a shy, unsure, extremely quite young man into a confident, 3 time all region percussion player. My boy has grown not only in his musical ability, but in his overall development. I am a strong believer that music is quintessential for all individuals. I am happy to have Kevin Rank helping my son to achieve his full potential as a percussionist and as a leader. He has made impressive advancements in his marimba playing, and Mr. Rank is instrumental in helping him achieve these goals.

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"When you are looking for a good music instructor, these are the things you have to consider. 1. Price, 2. Location, 3. Teacher's experiences (resume), a
nd 4. Characters of the instructor. The first three are easy to recognize from online information. The last one is hard to get, and yet , for us, the most important factor. Many instructors teach lessons only as a job (for money). They do things only during their "paid time." However, taking music lessons need more than that. A true music educator takes every opportunity to see the potentials of the student, knows how to coach individuals, and build up each student with encouragement and sometimes, discipline. He not only teach weekly lesson to help improved my son's skills, he also do extra to encourage students to go to concert, summer camp and perform at the nursing home. Every year, he arranged every details of a free concert with flyer, communications, equipment and even a professional cameraman! He did all those to encourage students to get out there to perform. We are forever grateful for his help for our son's college and scholarship applications. Mr. Rank is a "student oriented" teacher with a servant heart. If anybody is looking for an "all inclusive teacher, Mr. Rank is the best percussion teacher in DFW area. I can never thank enough for what he has done for my son. I hope my son will one day grow and become a teacher like Mr. Rank who care so much for his students."
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d, world touring professional that really knows his stuff! Whether you are new to drumming, a pro drummer who needs to tighten up your chops, or strictly a drummer who wants to learn how to approach and play percussion properly, Mike is the guy who can help YOU reach your musical goals and aspirations.

I've had the pleasure getting to know Mike while touring, drumming, marching in Drum Corps drumlines throughout the years. I have learned so much from his extensive musical knowledge and he continues to inspire me to be a better drummer and percussionist today. Mike Washinton is a great teacher, with a giant personality and most importantly a great friend! Book a lesson with him today and you will grow into the great drummer you aspire to be!"
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Erasmo has been my instructor and has taught me mallet percussion for the past year, and over that year I have improved unbelievably.
He is an amazing instructor, very patient and helps explain so the student can fully understand. I have gotten very far within such little time thanks to him. I have become such a better musician from the time I started learning from Erasmo, and I have gotten many great opportunities to become an even better musician thanks to the instruction I have learned. I would highly recommend him for anyone of any age."
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