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Rufus S.

Brandon, FL

Over 30 yrs of composing songs with over 40 songs copy written
under my name.

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


Axiom 25, Alesis Q61

Outboard gear:
Steinberg MR28M D-Pre mic preamp, Rodes NT-2a mic, Symetrix 525

Samson headphone box


Samson Resolv 65a and sub, Equator D5 speakers


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


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.
Tracy T. October 7, 2013
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.
ChristinaS1 March 16, 2012
Awesome teacher!

My son loves to write lyrics and beats and Rufus is teaching him how to record his music digitally. Enthusiatic, high energy, patient, encouraging, knowledgeable, and an accomplished musician. My son is fully engaged in learning with this teacher.
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Rufus S.

Rufus S.

Brandon, FL 33511
starting at
$25 / 30-min

Matthew K.

Clearwater, FL

About Matthew

Espanol / Spanish (lee abajo):

In the nutshell, besides the best price and a perfect, clean record (in FL that's big! lol), Kopi has toured Japan and Colombia with over 21 years guitar/drum/Spanish-speaking experience, teaching American and Japanese children in American and Japanese public schools; holding a Bachelors Degree, Kopi is multi-lingual and he even drives to you for lessons if needed. Uber flexible schedule, able to shift time slots for parents and students alike. It's a tough economy, so let's get your children (and/or YOU?!) playing at a rate you can exhale about, and with a t
eacher who is a scholar well beyond just music, a world traveler, and an uncle himself (no kids of his own yet! ;-) Parent references available upon request.


Todos los Generos; Japones, Espanol, Ingles, y Portugues. He aprendia y ensenaba en Japon, Colombia, Norte America, y mas. Puedo ensenarle a todo (Jazz, Salsa, Punk Rock, Metal, Bossa Nova, Funk, etc.) Tengo muchisimas referencias. Mateo / Kopi Kopenhagen.

Buenas. Me llamo Mateo Koechlin y enseno la guitarra y la bateria. Hablo en ingles primeramente, pero hablo en japones, espanol y portugues tambien. Ensenaba en japon para 4 anos, y hace 15 anos que enseno la guitarra. Puedo ensenarle a todo, pero me encanta la salsa, jazz, punk rock / metal, bossa nova y mas. Yo se todas las escalas (i.e. minor, hijaz/gypsy, persian, etc.) y he estudiado con maestros japoneses, colombianos, norte americanos y mas. Vamos a estudiar!


Marty D. October 29, 2014
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Matthew is a laid back instructor who really knows what he is teaching. I am learning Jazz on the bass and I enjoy it very much. In just a short time i learned more with him than I did with my previous instructor . Would recommend him to anyone wanting to learn jazz.
Dwight M. February 28, 2013
Bass Guitar
Verified Student
Best instructor I had so far.

Matt definitely knows his stuff. I had 4 classes with him and I'm shocked at the things I've learn with him. Great schedule flexibility and makes you feel comfortable from the time you meet him. Has a great and spacious place to teach compared to other I had. Hes willing to help anytime with questions. I decided to keep him as instructor for now on. Thanks!
SandraM1 April 30, 2011
Guitar lessons

I think he was to scared to teach my daughter. I also think he needs a better place to teach, and he needs to make the classes more fun for kids. Our first lesson wasn't a good experience.
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Matthew K.

Matthew K.

Clearwater, FL 33765
starting at
$25 / 30-min

Jennifer S.

Gibsonton, FL

Its good to get the creative flow going with my songwriting exercises.

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


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.
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! : )
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
starting at
$30 / 30-min

Mary H.

Tampa, FL

I have written many songs myself but have only recently found time to begin recording them. I applaud anyone pursuing this self expression and will be happy to assist them.

About Mary

About You for Take Lessons

Teaching music students for over 30 years has enriched my life. My relationship with my students is a two-way street. I create a course of study to fit their individual interests and needs and often learn from them as we explore their interest in God's wonderful gift of music!

After teaching elementary music in public schools for 10 years and training university interns, it was a thrill to become a vocal graduate assistant at the University of South Florida where I earned both a B.A.in Music Education and an M.A. in Vocal Performance with Voice, Choral, Music E
ducation and Piano Pedagogy emphasis.

I help singers of ALL styles of singing and ALL kinds of literature/repertoire. Students are usually amazed that I can do this. My classical training is enhanced by my participation in Broadway, contemporary, folk, pop music and sacred music styles and love for jazz and gospel,too. Did I leave anything out?

Teaching at various private schools™, including theater school and directing both contemporary praise bands and traditional church choirs has provided enjoyable contrasts for me.

I have adjudicated for the Florida Vocal Association Solo and Ensemble Festivals and the National Association of Teachers of Singing Student Auditions. Former students are pursuing careers as performers, composers, music teachers and music ministers ..........and singing to their babies!

*** Lesson Details ***

Piano Study

I provide a variety of instruction: Classical, Traditional and Worship Chords/Chord Chart approach with Improvisation.

Lessons and curriculum are tailored to the students abilities and interests. Traditional note reading and/or chord chart playing, classical or popular music with improvisation skills can be pursued.
However, beginners should understand that there are skills everyone needs to begin with to progress.

I incorporate duet playing to enhance beginner songs and to teach ensemble playing at all levels.
Most of my students pursue piano for their own enjoyment or for ensemble,church and social gatherings. However, because of 2 years of piano study at the University level, I am very comfortable with those who wish to prepare for competition and advanced study.

I prefer to teach students ages 7 & up.
For Younger Students: I offer Music Enrichment Piano lessons in the summer, with a more play-like approach to music readiness activities; such as movement songs developing steady beat, rhythm awareness, finger dexterity and form.

Vocal Study

Vocal students can concentrate on a single style to study or a mix of Classical, Broadway, Pop, Folk, Traditional Sacred or Contemporary Christian Styles.

We are beautifully and wonderfully made in such a way that certain foundational, physical aspects of singing will help everyone. I teach the foundations for a physiologically correct technique that enhances every style. This has helped all singers, including those who are experiencing discomfort when they sing.

Singing is as natural to me as speaking but I wasn't always this way. That's why I love to help anyone become comfortable or better at expressing themselves through singing. Vocal students of all levels, beginning to advanced, are welcome.

Singing is a very individual thing and I approach each student uniquely. I have multiple experiences and styles to draw from.

I prefer to teach lessons to age 11 & up but will work with younger students if they are ready.

Vocal students can receive music reading training if they desire it, but since 30 minutes is a minimum for developing physical foundational techniques and music selections, lessons would need to be 45 minutes or an hour to include vocal sight reading.
I love helping students expand their ability, whatever their starting point. Musicality is even more important than a display of difficult music, so I take time to encourage expressiveness.

Our initial session,
I am interested in learning about each student's personal tastes, and any past experiences and goals. Then we will proceed to explore their instrument, whether it is their own voice or the piano.
A student's goals and resources will influence my choices from a wide variety of curriculum that are beneficial for steady progress. I will collaborate with them to choose musical selections, incorporating their goals and tastes.


Enjoying the ability to express oneself through music is of primary importance. While challenging my students to steadily grow in their capability, their appreciation of compositions and ability to communicate them; I also encourage their feedback to assess what works best for them.

I love helping students expand their ability, whatever their starting point. Musicality is even more important than a display of difficult music, so I take time to encourage expressiveness.

Older students need to be able to focus on developing technique and accept the home practice involved to learn ( and in the case of piano "read" ) and expressively sing/ play their selections.

Adult students are self directed and I accept their self pacing for home practice. But where parents are involved, I discuss a practice plan and encourage it. However, a student should never skip a lesson because they didn't practice. We all need a jump start sometimes.

Materials: I will discuss the need for curriculum with students before purchasing items.
Curriculum is chosen based on the students goals. There is a $2 monthly fee for piano students who will benefit from the sequential music games offered online through my teacher account.


Wendy W. September 16, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
We really like her a lot. We are very happy. Definitely recommend!
Katie McLeod August 21, 2015
Broadway Singing · In home
Verified Student
My daughter has only had one lesson, but we were both very impressed by what Mary was able to teach her in just 45 minutes. Mary isn't just trying to improve my daughter's voice, but also her expression of emotions when she sings. Mary is obviously very experienced!
Kristen May 21, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Pretty excited to start this journey and I couldn't have found a better instructor!
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Mary H.

Mary H.

Tampa, FL 33618
starting at
$25 / 30-min

Tony M.

Seminole, FL

Tony Mitri has worked with contestants and music industry professionals and producers from American Idol, America's Most Talented Kids, and America's Got Talent, as well as industry insiders, A&R reps, TV networks, and many venues across the U.S. Let him help you achieve your personal and/or professional goals.

Quotes from tampabaymusiclessons.com in the about is page....
Our music instruction program is spearheaded by music industry veteran, Tony Mitri, who has a reputation for the ability to work with a wide range of students of all levels, and getting amazing results. Students frustrated with traditional teaching methods and slow results who come to Solfege are amazed at the progress and results they are able to obtain under Mr. Mitri's direction. Enhanced breathing technique, expanded octave ranges and overall increased vocal ability are just some of what you can expect from the instruction you will receive. Mr. Mitri is able to get results where other instructors have ...

About Tony

If you want to be the best, learn from the best. Talent, skill, confidence- priceless. Our expert instructor Tony M. has worked with

contestants and music industry professionals and producers

from American Idol, America's Most Talented Kids, and

America's Got Talent, as well as industry insiders, AR reps,

TV networks, and many venues across the U.S.

*** Lesson Details ***
Guitar: Learning to properly handle the guitar, left and right hand techniques. learn to tune the instrument. read notes, and lean all major, minor, and seven chords by the end of book 1

Piano: learning all
12 scales by heart, proper fingers technique for both hands, reading both left and right hand notation by end of book 1.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Tascam D8000 40 Ch. Digital mixer
Alesus quad Reverb,
Yamaha EX5
Korg Sound module
Digitech Vocalist II Harmony...
Pro Tools 10
D Drums,
7 Pianos
5 Guitars,
2 Saxophones

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar, Keyboard, Saxophone, Mic, Laptop, Amplifier, Karaoke hard drive, and software.

*** Specialties ***
Advanced Vocal Coaching, for professionals,
Pop, R&B, JAZZ, Classical, Broadway.

Composition for pro artists, 256 mix tracks, 48 khz,
Top of the line recording gear.

Classical guitar, Music Theory and Composition for writers.


Christa R. January 12, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
When you first meet Tony you sense immediately his passion and love for music; this comes through in his teaching style and attitude. Our 2 daughters (ages 13 and 11) have been taking lessons from Tony for about 3 months and we are definitely seeing improvements in their abilities. He has a knack for challenging them without them really knowing that's what he's doing--he pushes (gently) on them to reach their potential. Our girls enjoy taking lessons from Tony and look forward to seeing him each week, they practice without being asked (most days) and look forward to learning more interesting and challenging music. I would absolutely recommend Tony as an instructor for children or adults.
Phil B. August 28, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Tony has been teaching my 8 year old grand-daughter, Nevea, for about 6 months. Tony knows how to effectively teach younger children and has the patience needed to know the correct learning pace that each student can deal with. Nevea loves it when Tony will occasionally accompany her with the guitar. I sit in on most of the lessons and enjoy listening to the interaction between teacher and student.
I would recommend Tony as a teacher for students of any age.
Cynthia B. August 20, 2014
Singing · In home
Tony is great! He helped expand my range and over come the enormous amount of stage fright I battled for years in just a small amount of time. His lessons helped establish my music on a more professional level and broadened my picture of the music industry. I wouldn't recommend anybody else! He is very motivating and inspirational, and you will definitely grow through his lessons.
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Tony M.

Tony M.

Seminole, FL 33772
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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