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About Emerson W.

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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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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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azalin R. June 10, 2015
· · In home
Me. Emerson is the best instructor I've ever met! He really tries to keep the lessons fun and light. Plus he can always motivate his students to really learn and understand their instrument.
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Emerson W.

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
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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 98125
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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.

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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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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Steven July 8, 2015
· Drum · In home
Great teacher! David is a talented drummer, teacher, & he is great with kids! My 10 year old loves David and has been steadily improving since beginning. I have also noticed a big improvement in my son's confidence. Priceless!
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David L.

Seattle, WA 98103
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About Alex C.

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I believe teaching needs to be tailor-fit to the individual. There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to private instruction. Our lessons will begin by me getting to know who you are as a student and as a musician. We will determine what you want out of music and your instrument, then we will set goals to get there. All of this will be a collaboration between me and you. I believe that music must be a self-driven endeavor. It is a vehicle for self-discovery.

That being said, I do believe in having a solid technical foundation, and I will push you to develop a daily practice routine. I try to begin every lesson with a rudimental warmup, regardless of age or experience. I also try to include free-play time, playing together, or playing along to music with every session to have fun and develop creativity. I believe fun, creativity, and human-connection is what music is all about, and technique is the work you put in to make those things happen. We will always end on a positive note ...

About Alex
Alex began his drumming career at age 11, and it quickly became his number one passion. Graduating from the snare drum to the drum set in high school, he learned to love the excitement of the stage with his rock band, Ghost Animals, and dove deep into the world of jazz while playing in his high school jazz band. He pushed himself to be well-rounded by participating in any ensemble he could, from the drum line to the pit orchestra, even winning the local solo & ensemble competition on timpani. He continued to study music in college where he was exposed to composition and music theory. Today Alex continues to share his passion by making a career in music as a performer and teacher. He loves the unique opportunity teaching gives to inspire both children and adults to discover themselves through music.
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Alex C.

Seattle, WA 98118
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About Remy M.

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My goal as an instructor is to create excited, focused, and skilled MUSICIANS, not just drummers.

When I started the drums at 8 years old, I've been a dedicated and passionate learner and explorer of all kinds of music, and I believe it has made me a great all-around musician. I believe this positively affects my teaching style, as I approach the concept of drumming through the window of music-making and practical application, rather than only technical drumming execution. Instead, I want to cater my lessons to the interests of my students, and help them build the tools to explore their musical aspirations with me. This will be done by studying songs, genres, performers on the instrument, as well as practicing listening and playing. Music theory will play a role in a helpful way, not as a burden.

I have a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Drum Set from the University of Washington, and I am well-connected in the Seattle area with other skilled musicians with whom I connect my ...

About Remy
I am a drum instructor that focuses on musicianship. I’ve been passionate about music since I was born, and have devoted my life to it since I was eight years old. This passion is one I intend to convey to students to help them figure out their own skills and interests.

As your instructor, I like to dive into what it is you like, and help you create that same happiness for yourself through the art of drumming and musicianship. I have a wide range of experience playing and writing music, all the way from jazz and rock, to improvised music, and I use the skills I've acquired from personal events and studying music in college to help interpret the world of music we live in.

From a drumming perspective, we will be focusing on technical skill and drum sound crafting as a base for our training. Meanwhile, we will also be tackling basic
and advanced concepts of musical thinking, music playing, and music listening. Drummers have to be both versatile musically and physically comfortable on their instrument, so the end goal is for us to be able to apply both concepts (musicality and technique) to our drumming lives freely.

I look forward to hearing from you and continuing your musical journey!
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Kendra March 11, 2018
· Drum · In home
I took lessons with Remy for a few years and honestly it was one of the best experiences. He is a really nice guy, was super patient with my pace of learning, and really knows his stuff. Probably the best part was that he knows a bunch of different styles so I could kind of pick up the specific tools I needed to play whatever kind of music I wanted. Highly recommend.
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Remy M.

Seattle, WA 98115
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About Zachary K.

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I have been teaching private drum lessons and band clinics for 9 years. I specialize in drum set, but I also teach hand drumming and concert percussion. I have been playing professionally since the age of 16 in musical theater, pop, jazz, rock, and metal bands. I have a master’s degree in drum set performance from New England Conservatory, and an undergraduate degree in music education from University of New Hampshire.

About Zachary
I am a professional drummer, composer, and educator. I received a Bachelors of Music in education from the University of New Hampshire, and a Masters of Music in jazz performance from the New England Conservatory.

I have extensive experience in musical theater, collaborate with a number of area jazz and metal ensembles, and work in the wedding band circuit as well. I am well versed in almost any style, and I have been teaching large ensemble clinics and private lessons for the past 10 years.
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Devon September 14, 2018
· Drum · Online
Knowledgable and personable! Zak is a fantastic player and teacher.
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About John S.

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To learn the instrument the right way in a fun and rewarding fashion.

About John
I'm an extremely passionate educator and performer with over 20 years playing experience and 17 years teaching experience. I have toured and recorded with national acts who's music was showcased and featured in major motion picture and video game soundtracks. Recently; I just recorded with the former original lead singer of "Toto": Bobby Kimball ("Africa", "Rosanna", "Hold the Line").

For the past 15 years, I have a built a reputation of instructing the best "up and coming" drummers in the area. Recently, my guitar program has created a huge buzz throughout the local communities as well. Hence, my impact on the local music scene has been a tremendous one. I'm educated in all styles of music, and my teaching program has been admired and awarded by producing students who now teach and perform professionally. In addition, I managed every
music studio I taught at until I opened up my own where I managed and taught for 7 years before relocating to Las Vegas. I currently am now accepting new clients in Las Vegas for drums and guitar and globally on-line, I AM background check verified.
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John S.

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About Kai S.

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I enjoy teaching drums and music, and I look forward to sharing that excitement with you! I have 25 years experience playing drums. I play live shows regularly in several bands, and I have recorded several albums. I will work with you toward your goals, from just having fun to learning hand technique to learning a song to learning music theory concepts. I'll make sure you're seeing progress and having fun!

About Kai
I’ve been performing, touring, and recording as a drummer and percussionist for 25 years. My background in trumpet also provided me with ear training and music theory that I use as a composer. I’ve recently taken up theremin–a fretless and touchless instrument that challenges my intonation abilities. Through these experiences, I have a broad perspective on instrumentation, texture, and the integration of percussion and music.

I always tailor my private lessons to the goals of my students. As we work toward your goals, I weave in core concepts while encouraging each student’s own voice or style. My primary philosophy is that music should be rewarding, so I want to help you have fun today, see progress tomorrow, and also build a foundation to set you up for success in future challenges.

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My focus as a performer and recordin
g artist is on the drum kit, which is a superset of the core snare drum. Within customized lesson plans, I typically include the following key concepts: Hand technique, relaxation, time-keeping, sight-reading, rudiments, music styles, listening/watching, dynamics, phrasing, rhythmic feel, creativity, performance, and more. These concepts are learned in context of your personal needs, and I always make sure we’re having tons of fun!

I also specialize in snare drum concepts, as well as electronic drums. I have a strong background in music theory, and can show you how to use the theory to help you be productive and creative.

Whatever we’re working on–I approach it holistically as music education, not just percussion technique.

Additional music topics
For other musical instrumentalists and songwriters, I can help you take your playing to the next level by teaching percussion concepts in context of your chosen musical instrument. Understanding how to integrate this often overlooked aspect of performance and composition can dramatically improve the rhythmic feel of your portfolio. Learn how to take advantage of rhythmic concepts and elements to improve your sense of time, note placement within each measure, sight reading, push and pull time across phrases, rhythmic feel, pragmatic use of a metronome, and more. As a composer, I can work with you to understand how a percussionist approaches a score or lead sheet, how we think, what we find useful, and so on.
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Kai S.

Seattle, WA 98144
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About Trevor S.

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I have a background in fundamental rhythm, rather than teaching the student to simply play, I teach them to read and write their own rhythms and drum beats in a fun and hands-on manner using methods that music teachers around the country use in their classrooms. Furthermore, I have years of experience teaching children as young as 4 years old from their very first lesson. I’ve developed my own method for children to read drum music using simple and an easy to understand rhythmic language.

About Trevor
My name is Trevor and I’m excited to help you learn to play drums and percussion. I have over 12+ years of experience playing and 5 years teaching. I hold a Bachelors in Music Business with a focus on percussion and drum set. I’ve taught students from ages 4 to 50 and I enjoy giving every person the opportunity to pick up some sticks and learn. I’ve played styles from jazz to heavy rock, orchestral to country and everything in between, there’s no style that I’m uncomfortable teaching. I look forward to meeting you and having fun while learning the fundamentals of rhythm, drums, and percussion.
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Stephanie September 3, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Trevor is an incredibly motivating teacher. He allows students to reach instant success right from the beginning through various instructional strategies. He allows for student choice on repertoire which informs his instruction. Trevor is highly educated and knowledgeable about his subject area and it shows. He is wonderful all around and would recommend anyone to study with Trevor!
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John September 3, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Trevor is very knowledgeable and skilled and can play many styles of music. He loves playing and teaching and does both very passionately. I recommend Trevor very highly!
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Trevor S.

Tacoma, WA 98405
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