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Rufus S.

Brandon, FL

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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KeriAnne N. J.

Brandon, FL

About KeriAnne N.

KeriAnne has been teaching private lessons since 1995 and is currently available to teach lessons at my home studio, the Brandon School of Music. Mrs. Jelinek has helped students prepare for musical performance, become proficient musicians, prepare for university level entrance auditions, scholarship auditions, musical theatre auditions, university level voice/piano juries, professional performances, America's Got Talent Auditions/Finals, etc.

Mrs. J. received her training at California State University, Fullerton in 2007 where she received a Bachelor Degree in Voice Performance and Yuba Co
llege in 2002 where she received an Associate Degree in Music Performance. As an expert in Piano Performance, Classical Vocal Training and Operatic Training fields, KeriAnne looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. KeriAnne's teaching style is fun, energetic, and educationally based.
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Melissa G. January 24, 2016
Piano · Online
Verified Student
I appreciate the patience Kerianne has with my teenager. She is gentle and knows exactly what to have my daughter work on. She is positive and gives a lot of praise for work well done!
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PJ G. January 20, 2016
Classical Voice · Online
Verified Student
Very cool and willing to adapt to any style you fit
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PJ January 6, 2016
Singing · Online
Very Hands-on and knowledgable. After only three sessions my voice has come a long way and I can't wait to continue the lessons. Kerianne is highly recommended if you want to really learn.
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KeriAnne N. J.

Brandon, FL 33511
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starting at
$15 / 30-min
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Chip D.

Tampa, FL

About Chip

Faculty Member at The University of Tampa, FL

Member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

Active Professional.

Familiar with Alexander Technique, Estill Method, Voice Science, Vocal Acoustics.

A NOTE TO STUDENTS

I've received a lot of questions that go something to the extent of: "I'm not an opera singer, can you help me?" The answer is YES! My personal specialty is a classical style, but you should think of me as a "technician." I'm a university professor, trained to spot pitfalls in vocal production. I guarantee I can offer you strategies to improve your voi
ce.

LESSON DETAILS

Voice lessons addressing the personal needs of each student.

Flexible scheduling!

Well versed in contemporary styles - music theater, belt, rock and pop.

My focus is to get you comfortable with your voice and producing a sound that you think is beautiful.

From foundation building for beginners to the diagnosis and correction of vocal faults in advanced singers, my goal is to strengthen and improve the student's understanding of the voice and ensure safe and consistent technical growth.

Please, no students under 14.

STUDIO DETAILS

Music Studio with piano and guitar; seating for parents or guests. Plenty of free parking. Both the downtown studio and home studio are convenient locations near cafes and shops.

SPECIALTY

Correction of Vocal Faults for Professional and Amateur Singers (I clean up what other teachers don't know how to fix).
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Thomas R. January 21, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Chip is very knowledgeable and teaches in a way my son easily understands. He is the best!
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Aleksandra January 15, 2016
Opera Voice
Aleksandra
Vocal Training
I am a professional singer, voice teacher and professor at Valencia college. Chip has been a colleague of mine since we were both graduate students at Florida State University. Chip is an extraordinary singer with an incredible command of his voice. He is able to impart his knowledge of vocal technique to his students in an engaging and accessible way. I have tremendous respect for Chip both as a singer and a voice teacher. He is the kind of teacher that teaches to a student's individual needs. I highly recommend Chip to anyone who is serious about studying voice.
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Hector January 3, 2016
Singing · In studio
Was looking for a teacher to guide me in a different direction vocally and Chip did that and then some. Not only did he work with me he really taught me how my voice worked. Its obvious chip knows his stuff and it shows when hes teaching.

Chip was able to explain complex vocal techniques in a simple to understand format. Only reason I stopped using Chip was because I needed to relocated to a different state for work. To those of you reading this..book a lesson asap!
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Chip D.

Tampa, FL 33605
(19)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Jennifer S.

Gibsonton, FL

About Jennifer

I graduated with my associates degree from musicians institute in Hollywood, California for vocal performance. I have been singing since the young age of 4 and was always in the school choir. I have experience in singing, song writing, piano and studio recording. I have always believed that music is a great outlet to escape from life's everyday stresses or worries, therefor music should always remain fun.
They say home is where the heart is...well.music is my home!!!

*** Lesson Details ***
When taking lessons with me you can expect a laid back environment. I believe music should always re
main fun to keep a creative flow. You can expect to broaden your vocal range and and learn the creativity of music performance and writing.

"You know what what music is God's little reminder that there is something else in the universe besides us; harmonic connection between all living beings; everywhere, even the stars!" Robin williams

*** Studio Equipment ***
Electric piano, korgd1600 mixing station, microphone

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide music and keyboard. Student must just provide themselves

*** Specialties ***
Pop, folk..really I can conform to any style
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Destinee G. September 7, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
(This is Kari's daughter writing the review as I am the one receiving the lessons) Jennifer is honestly the best instructor I have ever had. She's so understanding about having to reschedule due to personal issues. She teaches in a way that's very focused for your individual learning style and she's also very honest which is always nice when you're learning a skill. I love Jennifer and I would definitely recommend using her for your child.
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Kyla T. August 21, 2014
I've know Jennifer for most of my life and music has always been one of her greatest passions. Her love of all types of genres of music allows her to be open to different styles and techniques. If your looking for a great music teacher, then she's your best pick! Talented with patience and a great musical ear! : )
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LaVonna R. August 12, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Jennifer worked hard with my daughter every minute. She worked on correcting her with positive feedback and encouraging words. She has been fantastic!
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Jennifer S.

Jennifer S.

Gibsonton, FL 33534
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Michael P.

Plant City, FL

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 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
(2)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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