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I am a 14 yr professional musician/educator that has performed in the US, Canada, and Europe. I hold a B.S. from MTSU in the Liberal Arts ( music, theater, production). I am a passionate Educator who pays strict attention to each student's personal interests and my main goal is to keep the musical experience for each student FUN. Not only do I facilitate a program for each student that caters to their growing interests, I also seek to curate more interest by offering new paths of discovery. I want to share and nuture a growing love for music in each student's life. After all, music is FUN! I have gained inexplicable amounts of joy, self-discipline, self confidence, and fulfillment, not only from music itself, but from learning, teaching, and sharing the experience with others. I have been with Musika for 5 years and have had great experiences teaching students through their services. "A great musician has found the courage to practice what he/she COULD NOT DO, and a great music educator has found the path that makes that very practice of COULD NOT'S a FUN one!"
I believe music is one of the most important things you can have in life. Guitar is the instrument that I feel most connected to. I started playing about six years ago, but playing music has been a part of my life going back 16 years, when I was learning drumset. I've also become quite fluent with piano. As a songwriter, I use all three instruments to express myself in different ways. No matter the instrument, however, music has gotten me through life, and I am eternally indebted to it. I want to share my knowledge with anyone who wants to learn!
I am a recent graduate of Berklee College of music in Boston with 10 years of teaching experience, and 17 years playing experience. I have won multiple drum competitions and have experience performing in all styles from jazz (Phil Woods) to folk (Jay Ungar and Molly Mason). I first got excited about the drums from watching local bands play in my hometown of Ithaca, NY. From there I began to play in the jazz band at a community music school, and soon after that began playing in elementary school concert and jazz band. Soon after, I started playing in cover bands and expanding my repertoire. In high school I won two downbeat awards for best pop/rock drummer (2004) and outstanding performance for jazz drumming (2005). In high school I played in various touring groups, and started Berklee in 2009. Since Berklee, I have worked on Celebrity Cruise lines as a drummer for jazz and rock bands, as well as playing for the theatrical performances and musical reviews. I am happy to have my teaching studio up and running in Nashville! My influences are many, but if I were to break them into categories: Rock: John Bonham, Abe Cunningham, Abe Laboriel Jr Funk: Chris Dave, Ziggy Modeliste, Dave Weckl Jazz: Tony Williams, Max Roach, Art Blakey.
My name is Tom and I'm a young professional drummer living in Nashville. I'm originally from Iowa, went to the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and have lived in Nashville for a little over two years. I have been playing drums all my life, starting on pots and pans and eventually graduating to bigger and better things. I was brought up on a heavy dose of classic rock and The Beatles, and later got into jazz, concert percussion, and a myriad of other styles and genres. Aside from teaching, I spend most of my time playing both in Nashville and all over the country with multiple bands and artists and also recording new music in the studio.
Hi! My name is Eric DeVaughn. Originally from Baltimore, Maryland drumming has been my passion for over 15 years. I attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music on scholarship where I studied with some of the best teachers in the world including John Ramsay (Jazz Messengers) and Mike Mangini (Dream Theater, Steve Vai). I have since taught students in many cities across America and toured the world as a porfessional drummer. I now wish to share my passion for teaching and learning with the Nashville community!
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We suggest children start drum lessons at age 7 or 8. The drums require increased physicality in the hands and fingers, so a younger student may find drumming very difficult. Students studying on a drum kit should at the very least be able to reach the pedals of the drums.
Taking in-home drum lessons is a great way to perfect the art of drumming. Teachers can travel to students as long as they have the instrument available. Lessons are usually once a week, and the majority of students notice significant progress in a very short time. We suggest practicing every day between your lessons to achieve your drumming goals.
Typical drum kits usually come with a high hat, crash, ride cymbal, and a pair of drum sticks. Students who are studying other types of drumming can us a snare drum, bongos, conga, or djembe for their lessons. Another option for the beginning level player is purchase a drum practice pad, which are found at almost every music store.
Drum lessons will cover drumming techniques, learning to read music, and music theory. The teachers in our network will usually suggest specific method books for the student to use during their drum lessons.
Taking drum lessons as an adult can help you improve your rhythm and increase your musical appreciation! Whether you want to play rock style drums, Latin percussion, or African drums, the teachers in our network are here to help you reach your music goals on the instrument.
Review by Queen Natalia
Lara is highly intelligent and knowledgeable in her profession. She is cheerful and personable, and has established a good rapport with students and staff alike. I have found Lara to be a highly competent, personable, patient, kind-hearted, and deeply caring person who is skilled professionally and interpersonally.
Review by Brooklyn
Laura is a fabulous teacher. She explains concepts to me using concrete examples so that I can understand changes that I need to make to my posture, breathing, phrasing, etc. She makes warm-up exercises fun, and she's got a great sense of humor over all. Her teaching style is collaborative, more egalitarian (she respects what I already know and meets me at my level), tailored to my particular interests and strengths, and I always look forward to our lessons!
Review by Natalie Kretcher
I really like her. And as an adult student, a good teacher who keeps the pace up but still keeps it reasonable in terms of difficulty is really hard to find. She does a great job of explaining little detail things in terms I (as a musically challenged human) can understand. I'm having a blast! 10/10 would recommend!
Review by Marlo
Danette is a delightful instructor. She always brings a wealth of knowledge, excitement, and enthusiasm to piano lessons with my daughter. She is not only skilled at piano, but she has a wonderful voice quality that she uses to help convey certain techniques and to highlight various points where she intends to draw the students attention.
Review by Nancy Fritsch
I honestly cannot say enough positive things about Rachel. We met her through CYT where my daughter took theater classes from Rachel and was directed by Rachel in several musicals. Because Rachel was so wonderful to work with and so clearly talented at teaching and directing, several years ago, my daughter started private vocal lesson with her and I have seen my daughter's vocal abilities grow in leaps and bounds. Rachel is an ace at picking music to work on that stretches abilities while at the same time, keeps vocal lessons fun. I highly recommend her as a voice and theater coach.
Review by Alex A.
Travis rocks. My 7-year-old son and I both take lessons with him. Travis has moved me off the plateau I was on with lessons that focus on theory and technique. And for my son, he's been able to instill a desire and interest that were missing when he previously took piano lessons. With Travis teaching us, the limits are the ones we impose on ourselves. Needless to say, Travis himself plays a mean guitar to boot!
Review by Richardpoplawski
I feel she is a very professional teacher and I have already recommended your company and her to my friends who have children that play musical instruments. My 8 year old son has never been so enthusiastic to play his violin. His skills have improved almost exponentially since we have began lessons with Lauren. Your company has exceeded my expectations and I am very happy to have found it online.
Review by Marcia Hecht
Karleen has really turned it around for me. My previous teacher (not from Musika) had me feeling anxious, upset, and incapable...NOT the desired result! Karleen's method is clear, appropriate for my beginning level, and (best of all) actually lets me achieve some progress! I'm actually looking forward to my lessons now!
Review by Jacob Solomon
Ileen is a very attentive instuctor. she is patient and works hard to see her student succeed. if a concept is unclear she expains it in other ways to ensure understanding. I would highly recommend ileen to students of all levels who want to learn guitar and music theory to thoroughly enjoy the instrument and music