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Mike S.

Sherman Oaks, CA

I teach reading rhythms, playing with a bend and how to groove!

About Mike

I have taught private guitar, piano, bass and drum lessons since the late 70s in Salt Lake City, where I majored in jazz guitar performance, and since 1980 in Los Angeles. I make the lessons fun. Some of my students have received college scholarships and won cash prizes for music contests. All of them had fun while learning and improving on their instruments.

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I am very enthusiastic and can teach students how to read. If they do not want to read music, they can learn to play by ear. I can also show them where to put their fingers. During piano lessons, I often accompa
ny students on guitar and suggest a scale for improvisation, so they can play the blues. During drum lessons, I often play bass so they can learn to groove.

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They should have their own instrument and a music stand.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in jazz improvisation on piano and guitar.
I also teach recreational guitar and piano for adults, including classical and blues styles.
I coach bass players and drummers in playing stylistically correct grooves for jazz, rock and latin music.
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Richard G. April 11, 2016
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Great teacher, makes learning a lot of fun and his passion for music is awesome!
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Lynn K. January 18, 2016
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
My first lesson was great! Looking forward to my second!
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Bob November 10, 2015
Piano · In studio
I developed a desire later in life to learn how to play jazz and blues piano. I was very fortunate to start learning from Mike. He started me out with basic blues and over time I progressed into many of the jazz standards. Because he is also an accomplished guitar player, at all his lessons, he would accompany me while I played the new piece of music I was learning. He also does this if you are learning the guitar. This was very helpful in giving me a more complete musical experience, as I also learned to hear and play with other musicians. He is an extremely patient and upbeat instructor, constantly giving me positive reinforcement. I would get a new tune to practice as I became more proficient with the previous one. Each new tune became progressively more challenging. Having taken lessons from Mike for many years, I also witnessed his teaching and developing of younger kids. He really works with them in a positive way giving them as much time as they need to turn the corner on each tune and progress forward. They seem to enjoy it and he has developed some great musicians. As part of his instruction, he gives all his students an opportunity to participate in a Jazz Band he puts together. In this Jazz Band he leads all the players in working together though a jam session. Other players may include guitarists, brass players and keyboardists, young and older. Frankly I am forever grateful to Mike for helping me create the foundation to play jazz and blues piano both alone and with a group of other musicians.
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Mike S.

Mike S.

Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
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$35 / 30-min
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Teresa Y.

Northridge, CA

I prepare young beginners who have an interest in drum set with the fundamentals of this fascinating instrument that is a BLAST to play. Drumming is particularly good for kinesthetic learners who thrive on the physicality and challenge of it.

With two adult drummer sons, I've been "schooled" in drumming forever. I use rhythm instruments and movement to work with students who need some preparation before they are ready to tackle the drum set. Then we get to it!

About Teresa

A musician since age 4, Teresa's dad took her early passion for music seriously. So she respects the power that parents have to foster their children's musical lives! She notes the many stories she has heard over the years: "If someone had just supported my interest"... "If my teacher had listened to what I wanted to learn."

These stories and her own passion for music-making inform her approach. A degreed music educator and multi-instrumentalist, she celebrates and uses the musical interests of her students to move them forward. She has three grown sons, including two touring musicians. Th
eir musical lives also influence her work with children, young people, and adults. The point is to celebrate and develop each student's unique, interest-based musical self-expression.

In her home teaching studio in Sherwood Forest, CA, 30 minutes is the perfect lesson time for most purposes. Options include piano, voice, ukulele, beginning guitar, music reading/theory, and preparation for auditions. Teresa also conducts early childhood music sessions for 3 to 5 year-olds. 45-minute and 60-minute sessions are also available as needed, and Teresa recommends 45 minutes to an hour for audition preparation.
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Ethan C. December 9, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
We had a great first lesson! Teresa's home is a warm and welcoming environment. My son is looking forward to his next lesson!
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Dylan December 4, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My 5 year old son told me that he really like her and wants to learn from her. We can't wait for the next lesson with Teresa.
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Mehak November 14, 2016
Piano · In studio
Working with Teresa has been an absolute pleasure that I know will pay off in the long term. Thanks to her, my life and my home has been filled with music that I love to play and share with others. It is rare to find a teacher willing to listen to what the student desires to learn and then take the right steps for them to achieve their musical goals. The best thing I can say about Teresa is her ability to not only teach children but adults like myself, in a manner where based upon one's age and learning ability, they are able to become successful.
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Teresa Y.

Teresa Y.

Northridge, CA 91325
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Athan G.

North Hills, CA

Athan G has taught drums for eight years, and strives to provide each student with exactly what they need to excel. He has extensive training, both from CSUN as a Jazz Performance major and performing around the world in various groups. From basic technique, to advanced technical and musical studies, his wealth of knowledge and experience will help you improve immensely. He teaches based on each individual student in order to provide you with the best and most fun learning experience.

About Athan

Hello potential students, my name is Athan G. and I would love to be your new teacher! I have been teaching for over eight years, and love it as much as I love music itself. I have extensive experience in helping students reach their goals, becoming the best drummers and musicians that they can be. As a musician, I have been fortunate to study and play with some of L.A.'s top musicians, participating in the country's top student groups and receiving honors at many music festivals and competitions. The lessons I've learned from these great experiences I hope to pass on to you, the student, in o
rder to help you get the most out of our lessons and to turn you into the best musician that you can be. Whether beginner or advanced, and any genre from jazz to rock to hip hop, I feel I have the knowledge to take your drumming and music-making to the highest level (and of course, have a blast doing it!) I have a passion for teaching, and would love to have you as my student!
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Sanjay December 9, 2016
Drum · Online
Awesome teacher. My 10 yr son enjoys his classes with Athan. Thorough and very good with handling kids.
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Julie Price October 27, 2016
Drum · Online
Verified Student
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Krish June 11, 2016
Drum · Online
Verified Student
Friendly personality and appears very passionate about his music.
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Athan G.

Athan G.

North Hills, CA 91343
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$25 / 30-min
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Lenny V.

North Hollywood, CA

Hi, there! My name is Lenny and I’m excited to meet you and help you achieve YOUR musical and drumming goals by making lessons truly about YOU!

Unlike many music teachers who quickly jump into tedious exercises; my first goal is to find out which bands YOU like, who YOUR drumming heroes are, and what YOUR drumming goals are.

Then we can have fun with exercises, learn cool techniques, or jam out in my awesome studio based on your favorite music! My goal as the teacher is to have you playing as much as possible during the lessons so you have fun and learn something important EVERY SINGLE LESSON. You should walk away from every lesson smiling and feeling confident!!!

All you have to do is show up and have fun, I take care of every else.

If you are curious as to playing ability or background, click on the videos below. Quick background is I’ve been a busy private teacher for about 12 years. Have taught literally thousands of drums, bass, guitar, piano, music recording ...

About Lenny

Hi, there! My name is Lenny and I’m excited to meet you and help you achieve your musical and drumming goals by making lessons truly about YOU!

Unlike many music teachers who quickly jump into tedious exercises; my first goal is to find out which bands YOU like, who YOUR drumming heroes are, and what YOUR drumming goals are.

Then we can have fun with exercises, learn cool techniques, or jam out in my awesome studio (it's a recording studio with TWO drumkits!!!!) based on your favorite music! My goal as the teacher is to have you playing as much as possible during the lessons so you have
fun and learn something important EVERY SINGLE LESSON. You should walk away from every lesson smiling and feeling confident!!!

All you have to do is show up and have fun, I take care of every else.

If you are curious as to playing ability or background, click on the videos below. Quick background is I’ve been a busy private teacher for about 12 years. Have taught literally thousands of drums, bass, guitar, piano, music recording software, and DJ lessons. I have seen it all, and can help you with anything.
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Marisa November 13, 2015
Drum · In studio
Lenny is an amazing drummer, teacher, and person. He is so patient, understanding, and intuitive. I couldn't be happier.
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David November 12, 2015
Drum · In studio
Lenny is an amazing drummer and performer. He really improved my drum playing skills after just one session! As a guitarist, I have been messing around with drums for years but I really feel like these lessons are going to take me to the next level. Lenny is awesome!
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Rhonda November 12, 2015
Drum
Lenny taught my son drums for about two years. It was great seeing Brandon learn and grow on a consistent basis and Lenny is great with kids. I sat in on most of the lessons and actually learned a lot myself!!! 5 Stars!!!
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Lenny V.

Lenny V.

North Hollywood, CA 91605
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$25 / 30-min
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Ray R.

Valley Village, CA

I'm an experienced drum teacher, my main focus is to find out what your goals are and help you achieve them! The lessons will be tailored to your specific needs in a fun, and always musical way. You'll learn rudiments, technique, and reading while playing along to your favorite songs.

About Ray

Hello! My name is Ray R. and I'm a professional drummer and drum instructor.

I have been teaching private lessons for over four years and I'm currently accepting new students at my home studio, the studio is fully sound proofed and sound treated to make the lessons more enjoyable. I count with two drum sets, which allows me and the student to play together, making the lessons more fun and efficient. I'm also available to travel to your place if that's your preference. I've taught students ranging from 3 years old to 60 years old.

I have a Bachelor's Degree in Performance of Contemporary
Music from Musicians Institute, where I have also been a private tutor in subjects including technique, reading, and overall drum set playing. Currently a drum instructor in Cornel School of Contemporary Music, teaching reading classes and contemporary styles, and at Modern Music School, where most of my students are kids. I'm also a published author with 6 educational drum books available in Amazon that are perfect for a beginner drummer who is first learning how to play, or for intermediate players who are looking to strengthen their foundations as drummers.

I'm a huge fan of teaching and take the opportunity to help you improve at something you love very seriously. I look forward to helping you accomplish all of your drumming goals!
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Felipe Oliveira October 31, 2016
Drum · In studio
A good musician is not necessarily a good teacher. Most musicians do not know how to teach, period.

A good music teacher not only knows how to perform on his/instrument well but knows the art and technique of imparting the knowledge. Those are two totally different skills.

Ray is one of those rare guys to come around who has both skill well developed: he is a great musician, a great pro drummer who knows how to put himself in the student's shoes and thus can impart to the student exactly what the student needs in order to make progress.

Add to that a great positive personality and passion to boot and you have a great teacher and mentor.

I took "Advanced Drum Chart Reading" lessons and "Group Performance Workshops" classes from Ray at Cornel School of Contemporary Music and I am continuing studying with him after my graduation. I highly recommend him.
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Marcelo a.k.a Matx The Drummer October 24, 2016
Drum · In studio
I took lessons from Ray for about 4 months because I wanted to take my drumming skills to the next level. Ray's teaching method is unique and effective. It's simple as that!. After 2 lessons my band mates started noticing better chops, more control on the drum set (as far as dynamics) and tasteful fills. My hand/foot coordination has improved radically thanks to those exercises customized and developed by Ray that target the weak areas. At my first lesson, Ray and I discussed my short but demanding list of concepts that I wanted to work. He was able to understand all my concerns in a heartbeat and put together a teaching plan that covered more than what I was expecting. Needless to say that Ray is a humble person and a great drummer ( I stole a of of licks from him!). The studio is very neat and organized. It has technology and equipment that as a student you can use for free. Another advantage is that Ray's studio has two drum sets so the theory and the actual practice happen in real time. Also, the studio location is very convenience. If you are a drummer looking for effective drum lessons, any style, any level don't hesitate to contact Ray. You won't regret it!. He is an A+ drum instructor.
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Carina October 24, 2016
Drum · In studio
Ray is my favorite music teacher I have ever had! He is extremely patient and just wants his students to love the drums. He always makes the lessons interesting and caters to what the students want. He is very encouraging and knows how to teach in a supportive matter. I have learned so much from Ray and would recommend him to any student!
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Ray R.

Ray R.

Valley Village, CA 91607
(5)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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