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My teaching experience goes back to my early/mid-teens, when I used to secretly be asked to sub for my drum teacher at the music school I was attending. I had his students, all older than me! We had such a great time and I am very lucky to have had such great teachers myself. All along my professional career, I have always had private students from time to time. In later years, I came to appreciate teaching more, because I learn a lot from my students as well. I teach drums out of my home studio in Van Nuys, CA. It is a private studio space in a friendly environment. Here I have 2 drum sets I can play with. I have happy students and we work on all kinds of different things. One of my drum students didn't even know how to play when she started! And now she is playing along with a Led Zeppelin track like it's no one's business. This encourages me to keep going and we have a great time working parts and fills out. Other students come to me with a specific question in mind and might was to learn some new technique they've heard about. I can explain in the simplest way the best lesson to work on, for just about anything, for any level of student, from beginner to advanced.
Combine equal parts listening, observing, evaluating, communicating, and demonstrating. Season with patience, encouragement, and a dash of empathy. Let simmer. Serve with enthusiasm and praise!
I have been playing and teaching drums for many years, and as a drum teacher I strive to quickly identify aspirations and potentials of my students so I can be supportive and a positive influence on their endeavors, also keeping their motivation high so they can always expand and improve their skills in what they love to do, which is playing the drums!!So, each student have his own customized drum class!
I'm a passionate and motivated instructor that loves to share the passion for music. I was always taught having fun and motivation to learn more and that's the only way I teach. In March 2015 I graduated from Los Angeles College of Music in Drums Performance and in August 2015 I got my artist visa for the U.S. due to my experience as a performer and my current projects in Los Angeles. I also teach piano for beginners since I've received classes of classical piano since I was 7 years old until I was 14. Touring, studio, little acoustic sets, radio performances, teaching...all counts to make a better player/performer. And that's what I also share with my students: experience.
I was recently hired for the upcoming tour with the band MYCAH one of the fastest rising bands in the country, the band´s first single "Hanging On" debuted at N6 on Billboard. My experiences include tours around Ecuador, Peru Chile, and Argentina with the blues/rock band Brok. I'm currently in the book and photographic archive of the Ecuadorian rock project “Rock Testimonia 2007”. I have performed with artists such as Daniel Betancourt, Nata Cassette , Instinto Animal, Perla Negra, Dionisio Bakko, 3.3.3, Narcosis, Tarkus, Vultures of Cydonia, Rossis Chiquinquira, Anima Inside, and Mr. Jekyll. Additionally, I have shared the stage with international bands like Andrés Cepeda (Colombia) Kreator (Germany) , Exodus (USA ), Dismember (Sweden), Krokus (Switzerland) etc. I have also recorded with artists such as 3.3.3, Narcosis, Nata Cassete, Dionisio Bakko, Perla Negra, Rossis Chiquinquira, Brok, Mr. Jekyll, UDLA (production department), Wasted, Amazon, Real Fiction. National TV performances with Perla Negra, Amazon and Nata Cassete round out my experience as a professional drummer in every aspect.
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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.
Drum lessons in your home are a very convenient option for many students. All students would need is to have an instrument available for their lessons in home. Teachers can instruct lessons in home, usually once a week, and students can notice significant progress in just a few short weeks of lessons if they practice daily!
We love adult students! We have adults who are complete beginners, some who haven't played their instrument in 10 years, and some who are more advanced students looking to take their skills to the next level. The teachers in our network have proven methods to get you the results you desire.
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!
Most children should begin drum lessons at around 7 or 8 years old. The drums are a very physical instrument and require a lot of dexterity on the part of the player. Drum students who are learning on a full drum kit should be big enough to reach the pedals, and should be prepared to use their arms and hands for extended periods of time.
Review by Nicole V.
"My daughter is 10 years old and has been taking piano lessons with Mr. Dale J. for almost 4 years now. She is progressing nicely. His kind and gentle way make for a very positive learning experience. Mr. Dale J. is encouraging without being harsh or belittling. He is patient and the ideal instructor for my daughter."
Review by Roberta
My 4 year old son is quite energetic. Another piano teacher tried to teach him before Peter and could not get my son to listen to him at all. That teacher told me that my son had no interest and that we needed to wait before having my son take lessons. Peter started teaching my son a few weeks later. He quickly developed a great rapport with my son. I was astounded when my son sat down and listened to Peter during the first lesson. Peter has remarkable patience and is a natural working with children. He knows when to follow the child's lead. My son is very interested in how the piano works, so Peter takes the time to teach him about this. He is able to use my son's interests (superheroes, Lego, Star Wars, etc.) to refocus him back to playing the piano. Between lessons, he brainstorms on how he can teach my son better. For example, my son was playing the notes, but not understanding rhythm, so Peter looked into it and came back the next week with a new plan which helped. My son looks forward to his lesson every week. When he hears the doorbell ring on lesson day, he exclaims, "Yay! Peter's here!"
Review by Howard
We value Chelsea for the quality of her lessons, but also for the flexibility of her schedule. She has worked around family vacations, impromptu summer camps and the upcoming school year. Emily is better prepared to start middle school band this year due to flute lessons from Chelsea and we plan to continue the lessons for the foreseeable future.
Review by Steve Newman
My daughter began learning sax in her school band, but she didn't begin PLAYING sax until she started lessons with Debra. From scales and exercises to actual pieces, Debra coached my daughter with real insight, sensitivity, and patience. Her knowledge of the instrument and feeling for music - along with her easy-going,"kid friendly" personality - make Debra the ideal teacher and musical mentor.
Review by Karl B
“My son and I have been taking lessons with Lynn for 5 or 6 years now. She is very patient with younger students (& older students having "senior moments"). She is also flexible in her lessons in that if we want to work on theory, jazz, rock, blues, she will cater to our requests.” – Karl B., C.P.A., Aug 2015
Review by Heather Berest
I started my 5 yr old daughter with Karleen this Fall. Karleen has a calm and honest disposition. My daughter adores her and cannot wait for her arrival. I was concerned because my daughter is not so willing to "practice" during the week. Karleen advised me to allow her habits of practicing to evolve naturally as her love and understanding of piano increases. She emphasized how nurturing my daughter's love of music is most important. This was music to my ears :)
Review by Clinton Poskozim
Martina has been a great teacher. Our son is 8 and had taken some piano lessons before starting with Martina. She came right in and got him to improve. She does a great job of giving him just enough of a challenge to make him work and learn but not any pieces that are so overwhelming he can't get them. She has helped him through a lot of early music theory so that he not only can play the piano but understands the music he is reading in all of its complexity.
Review by Venessea Gilbert
Rebecca has been super with my son! He is 8yrs old and has mild aspergers. He has never played an instrument before but after one lesson with his teacher he could keep a beat on his drums. She is able to keep his attention and really makes it fun! She is flexible and easy going. I highly recommend her for any lessons. Very nice teacher! Thank you Rebecca for your outstanding service!!
Review by James F.
After my first piano lesson, Polina is easily the best teacher I could have hoped for. Extremely charismatic and excited to help YOU learn the piano. She puts a lot of effort into evaluation your learning style and will no doubt help you make tremendous strides! I'm stoked to continue taking lessons!
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