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About Emerson W.

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Seattle, WA

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I want to make sure my students have a good time learning drums but I also want to make sure they learn a lot..! I always make sure to ask my students what they want to learn and what their favorite music is... after that, I figure out what type of lessons to plan out.

About Emerson
Thanks so much for your interest in starting music lessons with me. I’m so excited to share my passion for music with you! As Lao Tzu said: “Music in the soul can be heard by the universe."

Lesson details:
My main goal as a teacher is to help my students reach their goals. If my student wants to learn how to play rock, hip-hop, and jazz drums I believe that it's my job to teach them how to play those styles..! If my student wants to get accepted into a music school I will make sure that they are prepared for an audition whether it be for orchestral percussion, jazz drums, rock drums, etc.

What students should have:
All students should (but don't have to) have a 3-ring binder to organize handouts in...!

Things that drum students should have: A drum set, drum sticks, a drum pad, and a music stand.

Recommended
books for a beginning drum student:
Fundamentals for Snare Drum by Garwood Whaley
Elementary Snare Drum by Mitchell Peters
Encyclopedia for Reading Rhythms by Gary Hess

Things that guitar students should have: A guitar, a guitar tuner, and a music stand.

Recommended book: Hal Leonard Guitar Method (Complete Edition) by Schmid and Koch.

My specialties:

Drum specialties: Jazz, Latin (Brazilian, Cuban), African, Rock, Funk, Metal, Pop, Hip-hop, R&B, Blues, Country, Reggae, and Marching. I am proficient in drum reading, drum transcription, practice techniques, and drum rudiments and their application on the drum set.

Orchestral percussion specialties: keyboard percussion (marimba, xylophone, glockenspiel, vibraphone, chimes), snare drum, timpani, bass drum, cymbals, tambourine, triangle, orchestral excerpts, etudes, technique, important literature, and practice techniques.

Guitar specialties: reading music, tablature, chords, scales, improvisation, and technique.
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Rob S. March 2, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
Emerson is awesome! The first lesson was great and I look forward to working with him on improving my guitar technique.
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Eoghan October 16, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Emerson is super patient and a great teacher!
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Marla Robbins March 4, 2016
· Guitar · In home
I enjoyed the learning process; I just hope my short fingers will stretch & curve in order to play the strings properly!
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Emerson W.

Seattle, WA 98105
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About Brett R.

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Wide variety of styles/genres:
e.g. Rock, Swing, Latin, etc.
Includes all snare rudiments, as well as full trap-kit exercises.
Familiarization of multiple time signatures.

About Brett
MUSIC INSTRUCTION AND
ENJOYMENT OFFERED. Very enthusiastic and
experienced musician available for instruction offering the following:

# In-depth written music theory coupled with an equivalent of ear training and tone
recognition

# Introduction to performance skills with instruments that include:

Guitar - electric & acoustic
Drum Kit and percussion rhythms
Piano/Keyboard

# Group lessons or private instruction, depending on personal preferences and age
groups

Personal
experience includes:

1) 15 years of GUITAR: professional performance
and composition. Styles include rock, folk, blues, chord
progressions, and alternate tuning.

2) 15 years of DRUMS and PERCUSSION: Latin, swing, blues, as well as rock, funk, punk, and reduced to
p forty beats.

3) 15 years of PIANO: which utilize
several years of personal instruction in classical, popular, and some ragtime,
in addition to an intimate knowledge of Piano Proficiency (scales & modes,
chord structures & inversions, common chord progressions, intervals, circle
of 5th, and finger exercises)

4) 2 years of MUSIC THEORY and COMPOSITION at college level.

Lessons will include additional materials to the primary instrument such as sheet music for
sight reading, rhythm patterns, tabletures, and chord charts.

***Above all, I encourage students to select those pieces, tunes, or songs that have appealed to them the most; perhaps even inspiring them to learn a musical instrument in the first place. Adaptations are a common and enjoyable part of the teaching process.

*** Lesson Details ***
Expect efforts, on my part, to steer learning into areas of the students particular interest as well as conventional genres such as classical, popular, folk, blues, etc...

Moreover, I rely on ear training as a strong complement to written music theory and sight-reading; often using recorded music samples or simple patterns on a piano.

I try to balance method-type published lesson books with beginner, intermediate, or original composition sheet music to specifically selected pieces.

Ideally, with a reasonable practice schedule each week, full comprehension of the written music grand staff and an ear to catch a false note will become second nature. By then, more opportunities to learn actual pieces and styles become greater, having got the initial learning curve under the students belt.

*** Studio Equipment ***
*snare drum
*electronic keyboard/piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
lesson material/music media samples can be provided for copy
student would have own instrument

*** Specialties ***
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Drums, Percussion, Music Theory
finger picking styles and chord progressions - guitar
lead and rhythm patterns - electric guitar
latin, blues, rock, jazz styles - drum kit & percussion
classical & popular tunes - piano/keyboard
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Julie November 8, 2017
· Guitar · In home
I'm into my second month of weekly guitar lessons with Brett and can't believe how well I am playing already!! I've had some basic guitar lessons in the past but still very much a beginner. Brett knew precisely where to start and what I needed next to advance my playing, and broke it down into attainable steps. So far I've learned a good handful of strum patterns; I can finally play two songs pretty well and sing along; and I am in the rudimentary stage of learning to finger pick. Really love the fact that beautiful sounds are coming from my instrument! Highly recommend if you're ready to make the commitment to becoming a capable player.
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Charlie E. May 24, 2014
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What a terrible experience. I signed up for lessons for my wife from Brett as a gift because he listed times that would work for my wife given that we have a young daughter, and have a hard time making time for lessons. Brett told us 3 days before the lesson that the time wouldn't work, then simply never showed for the rescheduled first lesson. Worse, he simply refused to do scheduling via email (he would leave voicemails and failed to return my wife's call when she called back as they were playing phone tag), and then told us he had another commitment during the slot we had supposedly reserved for him. Worse, he failed to update the site as he continually cancelled lessons and never showed up for scheduled times. I now have a huge hassle of getting a refund on the money I paid for lessons as opposed to a lovely gift for my wife. Life's too short and we're too busy for such an awful experience.
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Scott P. March 12, 2014
· Piano ·
Great teacher for my young daughter

Brett has been a great teacher for my 5 year old daughter. She is just learning the basics of piano and Brett has been great at expanding her skill sets. She really enjoys practicing with him and actually looks forward to when he comes over every week!
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Brett R.

Seattle, WA 98106
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About Evan W.

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Professional teacher since 2008. Started with a snare drum in fourth grade and never stopped! Alumnus of University of Washington (BM, cum laude, Jazz Studies) + Roosevelt High School. I make sure to teach students what they are most interested in while also providing them with a strong musical foundation they can apply to any path.

About Evan
I love playing drums, and I love teaching others how to play drums. As a recent graduate from the University of Washington's acclaimed jazz program as well as an alumnus of the prestigious Roosevelt High School Jazz Band, I am a professional drummer and teacher with an extensive and unique set of experiences. Since middle school, I have been lucky enough to perform and tour all over the US and Europe, playing everything from house shows to esteemed competitions and festivals. In addition to being a member of several active local projects, I have performed with the Seattle Symphony; UW faculty members Bill Frisell, Cuong Vu, Luke Bergman, Ted Poor, and Marc Seales; several Cornish faculty members including Jim Knapp, Jovino Santos Neto, and Wayne Horvitz; and celebrated NYC-based players Wynton Marsalis, Tim Berne, Ralph Alessi, and Andrew
D'Angelo. Aside from that, I am a co-founder of Table & Chairs, a new Seattle-based record label, as well as a co-founder of the Racer Sessions, a weekly forum and performance outlet for new and improvised music.

I began teaching in 2008, shortly after beginning my studies at the University of Washington. My private students have ranged from total beginners to advanced, each one presenting a unique set of interests and abilities to work with. In addition to teaching my own students, I have much experience as a substitute percussion teacher at Northshore Junior High School (Kingsgate, WA) and Spotlight Studios (Woodinville, WA). I have also presented many clinics and workshops at local schools including Garfield High School, Edmonds-Woodway High School, Ballard High School, Eckstein Middle School, and Holy Names Academy, as well as for Seattle JazzED. For these, the topics covered have ranged from free improvisation to straight-ahead and big band jazz.

*** Lesson Details ***
For beginning players, I like to start with the books "A Fresh Approach to the Snare Drum" and "A Fresh Approach to the Drum Set," both by Mark Wessels. These books do a great job of laying down the fundamentals that all drummers should learn at the outset of their education. Beyond that, what I teach depends largely on any specific path(s) the student may wish to pursue, though of course it is totally fine if the student doesn't immediately know what they would like to study beyond the basics. In that case, I would do my best to construct a rough curriculum that I think would work well for the student. The following books are all ones I have worked with and have found to be excellent at improving unique things: "Syncopation" (Ted Reed), "Stick Control" (G.L. Stone), "The Drummer's Complete Vocabulary As Taught By Alan Dawson" (John Ramsay), "Patterns" (Gary Chaffee), and "Portraits in Rhythm" (Anthony Cirone).

I prefer lessons to be focused on a curriculum, however customized it may be, as I have found that approach to be the most efficient, especially with younger players. While I believe that it is very important to learn the fundamentals of drumming, I also believe that some of the most rewarding experiences a student can have may be achieved through realizing their own unique creative potential. Thus, I find it great to set the curriculum aside for part of the lesson, either to allow the student some time to show me what else they've been working on, listening to, watching, thinking about, or perhaps to just jam and have fun. I also expect students to make progress on their own between lessons, though I understand fully from my teaching experience that the amount of progress I can expect is different for each student.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Two full drum kits

*** Travel Equipment ***
Sticks, practice pad, books

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, rock, pop, many Latin and African styles, free improvisation
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Colin April 19, 2018
· Drum · In home
Super prepared and ontime. Awesome!
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Phoenix M. February 1, 2016
· Drum · In home
Evan has knowledge, is friendly and my son has been enjoying his lessons.
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Tino H. January 24, 2016
· Drum · In studio
I gave these lessons to my husband as a gift and he really enjoyed meeting Evan and is looking forward to learning more from him.
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Evan W.

Seattle, WA 98108
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$30 / 30-min

About David L.

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My teaching technique is learner-centered. I work with students to help them build a strong vocabulary of drum rudiments and have them apply their newly acquired drumming knowledge to the songs and genres that interest them most. I have found this to be ideal for those at the beginning and intermediate levels. For the advanced drummers out there, I may be able to assist with some minor application of technique or perhaps deviate from standard drumming practices to acquire a fuller awareness of the body's interaction with not only the drumsticks and drum set, but how to maintain total postural awareness.

For those interested in flamenco, I have a lifetime of experience with the rhythms of flamenco, am a professional cajón player, and study/perform flamenco guitar.

About David
Many years of drum instruction with students who have learned best with alternative learner-centered approaches including: extreme patience, slow to fast repetition of patterns and exercises, focused breathing, as well as sight-reading, rhythm and ear training. Students with: Asperger's, Autism, Dyslexia and related states have benefited greatly.
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mike January 27, 2019
· Spanish · In home
DAVID IS AN OUTSTANDING TEACHER IN EVERY RESPECT. HIS KNOWLEDGE OF SPANISH SEEMS EXCELLENT, AND HIS INTEREST IN THIS LANGUAGE IS CLEARLY VERY STRONG. THIS ALLOWS CLOSE ANALYSIS OF SPANISH, AND STANDS AS A SIGNIFICANT BENEFIT TO THE DIDACTIC PROCESS. IN TURN THIS PROMOTES A SPIRIT OF LEARNING IN CLASS WHICH IS INFORMATIVE AND GOOD FUN. FINALLY HIS KNOWLEDGE OF SPANISH/ENGLISH COGNATES AND INDO-EUROPEAN ROOTS IS UNUSUALLY BROAD, WHICH MAKES LEARNING SPANISH WITH HIM EASY AND ENTERTAINING. I BELIEVE DAVID HAS A TRUE VOCATION FOR TEACHING, AND I HOPE I CAN GO ON WITH LESSONS WITH HIM FOR SOME TIME TO COME.
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Jacob February 26, 2016
· Drum · In home
David is a great instructor. My son is 9 and a beginner and David is very good with him.
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Eric September 21, 2015
· Drum · In home
David is a good and patient teacher. He really helped me with honing the fundamentals.
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David L.

Seattle, WA 98103
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$42.50 / 30-min

About Daniel R.

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Nashville, TN

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My lessons are both fun and educational, with flexibility to honor each student's needs and goals. During my time as a drummer, I have had the pleasure of studying music with Dr. Richard Ripani, Eddie Bell, and renowned big band drummer Duffy Jackson in Nashville, TN. I graduated in May 2017 with a degree in Studio Music/Jazz Performance at UT Knoxville, studying with Professor Keith Brown. I want to pass on all the knowledge I gained from them to you! See you soon!

About Daniel
Hey there! My name is Daniel and I am a local drummer and private teacher recently graduated from UT Knoxville, having studied with Prof. Keith Brown. In May 2017, I earned a BM in Studio Music/Jazz Performance (drum set) and a minor in music business. I started teaching kids ages 7-14 when I was a senior in high school, and I am now looking for new students! I have experience in multiple drumming styles: big band jazz, combo jazz, rock/blues, church/CCM, folk, funk, and R&B. I look forward to meeting you and helping you towards your drumming goals!
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Shayla July 20, 2018
· Drum · In home
Daniel was an awesome instructor. My son loved playing the drums wth Daniel and progressed significantly in his skill level. Unfortunately, we have to discontinue lessons because Daniel is relocating.
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Damien July 12, 2017
· Drum · In home
First lesson was tonight, with my 3yr old son. His attention span was 20 minutes max, but Daniel was very patient with him!
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Sam December 26, 2016
· Drum · In studio
great drummer, great person!
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About Patrick H.

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Brooklyn, NY

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I have been playing drums for over 10 years and have a bachelor's of music from NYU. I am experienced in many styles of music including Rock, Jazz, Pop, Classical, Dance and more. My goal as a teacher is to help you reach your drumming goals, whatever they are. My lessons will offer the best of both worlds: the foundational and advanced knowledge I gained from music school, set in a relaxed and friendly environment where the main goal is to have fun! This is, in my view, the best and fastest way to improve.

About Patrick
I am a professional drummer and composer with a bachelor's of music from New York University. I have been playing drums for over 10 years and have a ton of experience playing and writing all kinds of music from Rock, Jazz, Pop, Classical, Electronic and more.

I also studied music theory and composition in college and would love to help with any general or specific music theory questions you might have!

I am here to help you reach your musical goals, whatever they are! I am a friendly, casual guy who will make sure that you will improve and have as much fun as possible.
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Boruch S. February 5, 2019
· Drum · In home
Very good and awesome teacher
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Logan June 3, 2018
· Music Theory · In home
Thanks to Patrick, I finally have a basic understanding of the II-V-I progression. He managed to explain it patiently and effectively. I cant recommend him highly enough. A rare combination of technical mastery and effective communication...
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Cécile Michelle June 3, 2018
· Drum · In home
Great teacher with a lot of patience and a very creative way of communicating. The best part was that as a french person, I was to take the lesson in French! Patrick is bilingual.
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Patrick H.

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About Alyssa W.

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Experienced music teacher of 3 years that has taught students ages 3-55 with different backgrounds and varying abilities, including those with special needs. I am also a public school special educator and believe in anyone's capability to learn. Music is a language; you must be able to speak it, listen to it, read it and write it in order to be "fluent". I work on all of these skills with my students to help them succeed in meeting their musical potential and achieve their goals while having fun!

About Alyssa
I am an experienced private music instructor in drums and piano. I have been playing piano since age 8, violin since age 13, and drums since age 15. Music has always been a passion of mine, and it was my intention to pursue a music degree upon entering university. After discovering my passion forteaching children with disabilities and switching my major to special education, I decided to continue sharing my love of music with others by teaching private music lessons.

I have taught students from ages 3 to 55 with different backgrounds and varying abilities, including those with special needs. I believe in everyone's potential to learn and have lots of experience with meeting students where they're at, personalizing and differentiating lessons for their level. Music is a language; you must be able to speak it, listen to it, read it and wri
te it in order to be "fluent". I work on all of these skills with my students to help them succeed in meeting their musical potential and achieve their goals while having fun!
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Alyssa W.

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About Rj O.

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Buena Park, CA
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Great with kids and young adults! I love teaching my passion and will work with students schedule. I've been teaching drums and music for about 10 years and graduated with a music degree from the Biola University Conservatory of Music in December 2018.

About Rj
I'm a recent college graduate with a Bachelors of Science in Music. My primary instrument is Drum set but do teach various other music lessons like keyboard, guitar, and music technology. I'm a studio and live drummer, worship leader, music director, and AVL (Audio, Visual, and Lighting Tech). I grew up playing music in my church and learned most of the basics from there. Currently, I play around the LA area in various churches and bands with friends from school. Then I went onto college to get a degree in music specifically for drums and loved what I learned and figured I can pass down my knowledge to the next generation of musicians.
I'm always willing to work around your schedule and would love to share my experiences through music and life with you.
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Rj O.

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