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My teaching style is that for every student has a unique learning style. I believe strongly to implement their learning style while providing a safe and nurturing learning environment for all students to be successful.
As I have a cool studio to teach out of, this is where my students usually come. It happens that I go to their house occasionally, in case the student is young. Otherwise, I believe the student would benefit out of being in my music studio. It's a step into the real world. The vibe is good and there are 2 drum sets ready to go! I am easy-going compared to some other teaching approaches. I am not following any style of system, other than the best of what I have picked up myself, along the way. And I have explored many different systems of drumming, both theoretically and practically, in professional situations. I usually don't refer to any specific published drum books and use my own photo copied exercises and material I have collected over the years. I will normally find just the right exercise and pass it on to my students and spend some time with them working it out. Introduce something new each lesson, and juggle the "lessons" a little, until they settle. We sometimes work on grooves that are on songs the student likes, and would like to learn to play. I will break the groove apart and go over it together with the students. Rudiments and hand technique are important to have. There is a metronome & PA sound system, we can work in any tempos, with snare drums. Bass drum technique is popular and I teach my own approach to my students. It's important to find the balance.
I began teaching 15 years ago and as one drum student grew to two, then to the occasional piano and guitar student, I eventually was teaching 35 students weekly. I've been lucky in that I have taught such a wide variety of ages and skills. I've taught actors to drum for roles, writers the lingo of the jobbing musician, and family bands pop songs for the school talent show. I've always been open to scheduling whatever is easiest for the student, and I'm happy to do in-home lessons but since I began teaching the technology has advanced substantially. I'm very open to online lessons and have actually had nothing but great experience with these, utilizing Skype to keep some nice consistency in this busy modern world.
I like to use a varied method for every individual student. I like to take the first lesson to feel out what they may already know or not know, their personalities, what learning methods may or may not work with them, etc. One thing that I teach to all of my students is music theory, no matter what level they may be at musically. After the first lesson, I put together a lesson plan that will work for the student that will include worksheets, exercises from a book for their instrument that I will pick out, and a piece for them to practice that either I will pick based on their level of playing, or that we pick together. No matter the level they are at, I like to keep things open and fun. Different musical activities, stickers or little prizes will be given out to acknowledge their achievements. I would also like to film the students playing the piece(s) they have been practicing to post on the website to showcase their progress, with the permission of the parent or guardian of course.
I am a passionate instructor that has love and experience for music performance. In 2007, I graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a Music Performance degree. Shortly there after, I moved to Los Angeles and attended the LA music academy on a scholarship. Perfroming all over the country and the world has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. Opening up for Jason Mraz in front of twelve thousand people at the Olympic stadium in South Korea was incredible! If you love something enough and are willing to fight for it, anything is possible...
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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.
The teachers in our network create a customized lesson plan for every student. Topics covered during Musika's drum lessons may include, but are not limited to: how to hold drum sticks, traditional or matched grip, where to strike the drums and cymbals, how to read music, including rhythms and drum/percussion notation, how to assemble a drum kit, how to change and tune drum heads, both traditional and modern marching band drum rudiments, music theory, basic form and analysis, and most importantly, how to have fun playing the drums!
Since drums are a very physical instrument, requiring long periods of dexterity in the hands and fingers, we suggest students start drum lessons at age 7 or 8. Additionally, a drum student learning from a drum kit should at the very least be able to reach the pedals on the drums.
Drum lessons are a wonderful way to learn a new skill as an adult. Many of our adult drum students have never played the drums before, and they remark about just how fun it is! Our adult drum lessons are tailor-made for you skill level and desired musical style.
Musika offers customized one-on-one music lessons at your home - a time saving solution for busy parents and students. The convenience of in-home lessons allows you to save time without having to transport your child to class, allows your child to maximize their busy schedule, and provides a safe and familiar environment in which to learn.
Review by Jennifer
Lindsey has been coming to our house to give saxophone lessons to our 12 year old daughter for about a month. She is an absolute joy. She is extremely knowledgeable, flexible with her schedule, and my daughter thinks she is "fun" and "cool". We would highly recommend her to anyone wanting music lessons. A+
Review by PJ Williams
My daughter, Valarie is one of the original members of the Enrichment Center Percussion Ensemble under the guidance of Aaron. He patiently worked with Valarie as well as the other five members individually and as a group to produce music that has been shared and enjoyed locally as well as nationally. He has the ability to seek out the strengths of each student while building confidence. Through his teachings, not only had Valarie learned how to produce and enjoy music, but also responsibility and so many life skills for everyday living.
Review by Anita
Our daughter has only been playing the piano since March. Tony replaced our other teacher who had a job transfer and could no longer teach. Tony is fun and encouraging. My daughter is playing Taylor Swift and Christmas songs and is playing the piano more than ever before. Very happy so far with Mr Tony
Review by Ericcharlton
Rahsaan is an extremely talented player who relates really well with my teenagers. He has them both interested in learning. Given Rahsaan's expertise, it's clear that even though they are beginners now, they can learn from him for a long time to come. He's a real nice laid-back guy and both the boys really enjoy their time with him. I've been very impressed and pleased with the experience.
Review by Maria
My daughter has been taking piano lessons through her school district program for the last two years. She had learned a lot in that class but I noticed that she needed advanced classes at this point. After reviewing several websites I decided to enroll my daughter for the trial at MUSIKA. We got Mrs. Veronica B., and I am more than happy we got her as my daughter's teacher. Mrs. Veronica B. was very professional and very knowledgeable at the trial day. She was able to assess my daughter skill's level, and then she was able to give suggestions about how to improve those skills. My daughter has taken 5 classes with Mrs. Barker, and I can see she enjoys each class and she's improved a lot since day one. I can picture my daughter playing her favorites songs on the piano very soon!!! :-)
Review by Stan
My two daughters wanted to study piano fore some time now and just recently I found Musikalessons website and teacher Milica. I can only say that my daughters are very happy with their piano lessons and simply adore Milica. They already made a great progress and we're all happy with what they learned in this short period. Thank you Musikalessons and Milica.
Review by Chrystal
I was skeptical at first not knowing what I was getting my self into.. I am very happy that I forced myself to get into voice lessons because Eli is an awsome voice coach.. Very skillful and he helps you reach the goal you are trying to reach.. He is also very helpful with getting you to open up and come out of your shell and being heard.. I would and I already have recommended friends and family to sign up with Eli if they're serious about singing..
Review by Claudiaaustin
Our kids love Mr. Lynwood. Mr. Lynwood is very patient and skillful teaching our kids both music theory and guitar/piano. He keeps them engaged and motivated during their lessons and we are seeing -or rather hearing- fast improvement in the kids' dexterity playing their respective instruments. We would recommend this good natured instructor to anybody.
Review by Robert Stallone
I am in my 60s and decided to get back into playing my guitar. I thought taking lessons would be a good way to formalize the endeavor. I did have some concern about whether working with a teacher would work out as I've behave only played for my own enjoyment for a long time. Peter and I have had a few lessons together and I am truly enjoying the experience. He is very supportive and flexible. We arrived at a three gold approach that is really working for me. We focus on developing a playlist, learning some of the more iconic tunes from leading artist that I would have a hard time learning on my own and developing some technical skills related to style and music theory. Now I look forward to my next lesson and am already playing better and enjoying the journey. Peter is a great teacher I'm lucky to have the opportunity to work with him.
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