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Percussion and Drum Lessons in Washington, DC

By Dan T. - DC Drums Teacher

Percussion has always fascinated me. During snack time as a child, I would trade rhythms with friends on table benches. When running laps for soccer practice, I would churn my body’s energy to the texture of wind through the trees; rhythms defined by awareness of immediate surroundings. This isn’t a specialized skill. As individuals, each person has a unique understanding of the world, and therefore, everyone has a personal background that can be brought to a collective foreground. That foreground is rhythm. The expression of that rhythm is percussion.

There isn’t a right or wrong way to express one’s rhythms; there is only expression. As a percussion instructor teaching drum lessons in Washington, DC, I find common ground on which I can communicate and exchange ideas with my students. The next time that you notice your own footsteps, scrape a pot on the stove, or turn on the shower, think of this concept. How do these sounds make you feel? How would you communicate these feelings? How would the communication of these feelings translate to rhythm? What instruments would you choose?

Regardless of your answers, the idea is that when you communicate, you are percussive. When you communicate, you are playing music. This is what I share with the world when I play and when I teach drum lessons in Washington, DC. Join the fun and let’s all share together – sign up for drum lessons in Washington, DC today!

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Keith J.

Falls Church, VA

45 years in the Music Business Students learn -
Drum Set/Snare Drum Technique and Music Performance,
Music Recording Techniques,
The Music Business - The Music AND the Business of Music
Endorsed by Hal Blaine - The most recorded Musician in HISTORY
Endorsed by Alex Van Halen and many others

About Keith

Keith is a seasoned world class drummer, a 3 Time Grammy Award winner as well as an Emmy award winning media producer; with a high degree of artistic and technical experience. He has over forty four years on-stage experience performing, developing and managing international artists. He has performed on stage and worked with world famous groups such as Starland Vocal Band, Billy Idol, Bob Seger, John Mayall, The Ventures, Buffalo Springfield Revisited (including Steve Stills and Neil Young), and many more!! Go to Keith's picture area to see pics of Keith with famous friends such as Van Halen!!


*** Lesson Details ***
You will learn to read drum music and/or write and play drum parts. You will learn snare drum technique and drum set skills. I have experience in the MUSIC BUSINESS, so students will learn not only about the MUSIC, but also about the BUSINESS should they have professional career related questions.

I also teach Studio session recording drumming techniques should you wish to become a top session recording drummer !!!

I have been around the world working with MAJOR famous recording artists touring out of Washington, DC and Los Angeles.

I teach 1/2 hour lessons and/or 1 hour lessons.

During each lesson, I give you plenty of material to practice over a week€™s time. WE WILL HAVE FUN.

Not many teachers in this area have my experience nor credentials. I love the drums more than anything and my enthusiasm should be evident during our lessons. Several of my students have gone on to major music colleges such as Berklee. One of my students is currently touring and working with Linkin Park. Another student is currently touring with Fall Out Boy.

When you take lessons from me, you will develop the skills to play in your school band with confidence, start your own band, or play at an advanced professional level.

I am great with young children as well as students of all ages. Additionally, I have experience with students requiring special needs.

I have all the patience in the world, remember, I was in your shoes years ago when I had a dream of learning how to play the drums !!!!

HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON !!!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Large, private studio with all the equipment you will need to absorb the "pearls of wisdom" I will give you during your private one-on-one private lesson. Comfortable waiting room outside studio. Drum set, practice pad set, PA for playing any song you wish to learn loud enough so you can hear it over the studio drums.

*** Specialties ***
Drum set technique, snare drum technique, reading studies. Rock, Country, Jazz, symphonic, marching band etc., Studio session recording drumming techniques.

I teach both the MUSIC and the BUSINESS, for the aspiring or current professional.
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Greg C. June 21, 2016
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Fun! Cool dude with great attitude.
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Douglas W. June 21, 2016
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Keith is fantastic!
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Donna June 14, 2016
Drum · In studio
I always enjoy my drumming lessons with Keith. Aside from being an all around kindhearted and fun individual, he is an extremely knowledgeable, experienced and patient instructor. He has the rare ability to distill his knowledge and experience, and then convey it to the student in a way that is understandable so that the student is able to apply it. As a result, improvement is fast and fun in the process. Additionally, as an adult beginner, time for practice as well as instruction comes at a premium, thereby making his effective teaching style even more valuable. Thanks Keith.
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Keith J.

Keith J.

Falls Church, VA 22043
(34)
starting at
$38 / 30-min
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Fabio T.

Springfield, VA

Most genres of modern music can be taught; rock, metal, funk, blues, ect. There are several different books the student can choose to use to supplement the lessons.

For beginning drummers, I like to start with fundamentals and light theory, and certain physical exercises (which help make the limbs independent of each other). I also like to get the student to familiarize themselves with the instrument. I start of with easy rhythms on a drum pad (usually from a beginners percussion book), and slowly work up to working with a high-hat, snare, bass drum configuration. Once you're ready for the fun stuff, we can start incorporating easy songs you've always wanted to play, and then start moving the difficulty level up and up. All in all I try to combine the fun that comes with playing along to the songs you love, with a strong foundation of fundamentals and theory which will help you progress faster but with ease. For students that have already had some experience either percussive or ...

About Fabio

Fabio is an accomplished and experienced musician. Beginning with percussion at the age of 9, he has over 15 years rocking out behind the kit. He has played in many local bands and as well as some internationally. He is sought after for his wide variety of styles: Classic rock, Modern Rock, Alternative, Punk, Metal, Blues, Funk, and Latin. He is currently working on a Hard Rock project whom are finishing up some demos before they start gigging around the area.
Aside from drumming, Fabio has also been trained in classical and electric guitar, as well as Music theory, which he acquired whil
e obtaining a BS Mechanical Eng/ and Acoustics.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe it is important for a student to feel he/she is in a comfortable environment, which is why I tailor each lesson based on the student. I take into account not only natural talent and level of experience, but also progression and devotion. Whether the student is an adult looking to start a new and fun hobby, or a child with major aspirations to be come one of the greats, I can make sure either one gets the necessary instruction at a comfortable pace. Se Habla Español!

For beginning drummers, I like to start with fundamentals and light theory, and certain physical exercises (which help make the limbs independent of each other). I also like to get the student to familiarize themselves with the instrument. I start of with easy rhythms on a drum pad (usually from a beginners percussion book), and slowly work up to working with a high-hat, snare, bass drum configuration. Once you're ready for the fun stuff, we can start incorporating easy songs you've always wanted to play, and then start moving the difficulty level up and up. All in all I try to combine the fun that comes with playing along to the songs you love, with a strong foundation of fundamentals and theory which will help you progress faster but with ease. For students that have already had some experience either percussive or behind the kit, we can assess your level of experience and move from there.

For beginning guitarist, I begin by familiarizing the student with the instrument, and some very basic theory and tuning. We then move on to simple patterns to get those calluses on those finger tips. Then we start with chord charts and strumming rhythms. Followed by the fun stuff, which is actually playing a song. I am very open to my student's tastes and encourage them to bring in songs they would like to learn, because I when someone is familiar with a particular song, it can be almost as if your fingers naturally know what to do. I can teach both electric, classical acoustic, and steel acoustic guitars. For students who are further along, I like to assess their particular level first, and go on from there.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Drums: I provide a full kit, with necessary extras to for accompaniment. A stereo for playback, some recording equipment if needed. Books and necessary copies, although I encourage students to purchase their own instruction books. practice pad and extra sticks, music stand
Guitar: Amps, pics, stereo for playback, recording equipment, mics for non electric/acoustics, music stand.

*** Specialties ***
modern rock, classic rock, blues, metal, punk, alternative
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Linda June 27, 2016
Drum · In studio
Fabio worked very well with my 9 yr grandson at his first drum lesson. Fabio was positive, encouraging, and patient with my grandson who does not always have a very long attention span. And my grandson wants to go back for more, which is a good sign.
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Kailyn, Jaylen, Lamar J. May 24, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Awesome instructor. Patient and professional delivery. Kids were ecstatic to learn as much as they did and they look forward to practicing.
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Kailyn, Jaylen, Lamar J. May 24, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Awesome instructor. Patient and professional delivery. Kids were ecstatic to learn as much as they did and they look forward to practicing.
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Fabio T.

Fabio T.

Springfield, VA 22153
(10)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Wilma Evangeline B.

Bowie, MD

I was exposed to music right from childhood. I have been in a Music Band for 6 years. I'll be available for eager students who wants to learn Rhythm. In this drum lesson, you will learn to feel the flow of rhythm in your body. You will also know the hand-drumming basics, how to create all notes, and to develop hand and foot independence and most importantly how to RELAX while drumming, and learning how to play MUSICALLY.

About Wilma Evangeline

*** Studio Equipment ***
Upright Piano
Yamaha Electric Keyboard, Guitar, Violin, Flute & Drums

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar, Keyboard,

*** Specialties ***
Early Childhood Music, General Music Education, Music Therapy & Special Education Services
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Dayanara E. August 24, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Things are going well so far and school had started so I'm going to continue and see.
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Soloman O. July 5, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Solomon enjoyed his lesson and he is excited to continue.
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Kendall D. June 6, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Ms. Wilma is absolutely amazing! My children have learned more in their first three lessons then they have for the past 3 years with someone different!
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Wilma Evangeline B.

Bowie, MD 20721
(22)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Austin G.

Rockville, MD

I like to start my students off with a solid rudimentary and technique based foundation, to ensure the development of fluidity as they progress. I give recommend listening, and try to expose students to various styles of music as we also learn to play all their favorites. Now teaching online lessons!

About Austin

Music is something that everyone can share and express themselves through, and i want to help everyone to find that avenue of expression! I studied drums at the Drummers Collective in New York City, where i studied several genres of music. I play everything from rock, jazz, soul, R&B, Caribbean, and Latin music. If a student is interested in a certain style of music i would be happy to dive into that further, or explore other genres that may peek interest. The difference between me and many other teachers is that i genuinely love teaching and watching my students grow as players and music
ians. I am excited to say that I am now set up to teach online! If you have Skype or FaceTime and live anywhere in the continental United States, I am available for drum lessons!

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm here to motivate students to be the best they can be, and to answer any questions or concerns they may have about their instrument. I teach out of several books that will help develop and improve, technique, reading, and listening skills. Unlike some, i don't just "go through the motions" when teaching. I like to adapt to the students specific style of learning, so they have fun while developing a solid understanding of the material as well as practice habits. I also distribute recommended listening and encourage students to create their own rhythms and/or songs to develop musical creativity. My goal as a teacher is to cater to the wants and needs of the student, as well as create a solid foundation of rhythm and music history.

*** Studio Equipment ***
2 drum sets. One electric and one acoustic. Congas and bongos. Piano, bass guitar, and webcam. Open and comfortable space with plenty of room for a parent to sit in on lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
metronome, and practice pads

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Jazz, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and Caribbean
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Seynan C. February 18, 2016
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Austin is really a great teacher! He is so patient and have a lot of funny ways to help my son enjoys playing drums!
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Andrew O. November 25, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Very good teacher. He definitely knows music
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Lethe L. May 14, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Great teacher! :)
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Austin G.

Austin G.

Rockville, MD 20853
(14)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Jeff N.

Silver Spring, MD

I've been teaching drums for the past 10 years, nine of those as the Director Of Drum Set Studies at Dale Music, Co. I will teach you how to read musical notation and I specialize in how to play using proper technique with solid timing. Two of the many areas that we'll cover are, The Rudiments as well as a variety of musical styles. A few of the instructional materials that we will work from are: "Elementary Drum Method" and "Realistic Rock" for the beginning student, "Stick Control" and "Syncopation" for the intermediate on into, "New Breed" and Alan Dawson's "...Complete Vocabulary" for the advanced student.

While my teaching style is relaxed, you will have to put in the work to achieve a level of proficiency. Keep in mind, "you can't get a full result with half an effort" and "the best shortcut is hard work." So, let's get to work!

About Jeff

Hi, I’m Jeff and I have been playing the drums for over 40 years and an instructor for the past 10 years. I began my teaching career at The School of Rock where I spent one (1) year helping the drum students learn to play along to songs from various rock groups such as The Rolling Stones, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Rush, Kiss and Led Zeppelin. We also covered funk artist Sly & The Family Stone, Stevie Wonder, Parliament Funkadelic and James Brown, to name a few. From there, I started teaching at Dale Music, Co., where I served as the Director of Drum Set Studies for the past nine (9) years with a
concentration on performing jazz. My personal drumming style has been influenced by Steve Gadd, William Kennedy, Jimmy Cobb, Art Blakey, Steve Smith and Ndugu Chancler to name a few. Utilizing my combined experiences has lead me in creating a course curriculum to help my students develop a full command of the essential skills every master drummer needs, what I call... “The 3 T’s” – Timing, Touch & Taste.

My following course outline was designed to work for students as young as 7 years old up to adults and will cover from the beginner to intermediate and also advanced students. It will provide a solid foundation in drumming, allowing the student to confidently play whatever musical style they choose.

• The Basics (grip, posture)
• Rhythmic Notation and Timing (reading music, working with a metronome)
• Stick Control (rudiments, etc.)
• Coordination (synchronizing hands & feet)
• Musical Styles & Rhythms
• Endurance
• Advanced Rhythms & Odd Meters
• Improving Your Sound (touch)
• Drum Tuning
• Handle Your Business (musically prepared, proper dress, arrive early)

You will be expected to be on time for your lessons and with the proper materials. While my teaching method is relaxed and without pressure, you the student must be willing to do consistent daily practice to achieve results. “Practice Is the Key to Progress”! The question is, how good do you want to be? Take ownership of the results you want to achieve but keep in mind; “you can’t get a full result with half an effort” and “the best shortcut is hard work”. My desire as an instructor is to help you achieve your musical goals and become the best drummer you can be.

EDUCATION:

My musical training as a beginning drummer started with The DC Youth Orchestra Program and lasted for three (3) years.

Later in life, I continued my educational experiences by attending yearly conferences (2 yrs.) of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS), and (3 yrs.) of the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) as well as (5 yrs.) of the KoSA Percussion Workshop where I attended master classes and private lessons with some of the industry’s top professionals; Elvin Jones, Ndugu Chancler, Jim Chapin, Joe Morello, Ed Shaughnesy, Steve Smith, Ed Thigpen and Ralph Peterson, Jr., to name a few.

By following their lead, I’m determined to practice, explore and seek different training materials as well as teaching methods to continually sharpen my skills as a drummer and educator.
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Mike N. December 7, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Off to a good start
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Jeff N. January 23, 2015
Drum Set · In studio
If you are looking for a percussion instructor I can recommend Jeff Neal with complete confidence. I am the mother of a student who has studied with Jeff for over 6 years, from about age 11 to age 18. Jeff is a talented professional percussionist who starts the student with the fundamentals and takes them as far as they want to go. He is patient and helps the student progress at their own speed. Jeff is a left-handed drummer which was perfect for my son who is left-handed. He is kind, reliable, and dedicated. He has a genuine concern for his students. His lessons are well prepared and enjoyable. As a parent it has been a pleasure to watch my child grow through the instructions of Jeff. Therefore, I can highly recommend Jeff as a drum teacher.
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Damian H. October 17, 2014
Drum Set · In studio
My son has been Jeff's student for almost 2 years. We are very grateful for the knowledge and skills that Jeff has. He has taught my son how to play the drums the correct way, and it shows! Jeff is easy to work with, and always willing to help whenever and however he can.
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Jeff N.

Jeff N.

Silver Spring, MD 20910
(8)
starting at
$35 / 30-min

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