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You are here on this website, which means you or someone you know wants to learn music and I am here to make that happen! Our first lesson will be me figuring out what you want out of lessons. Some questions and us talking for a bit will lead to the necessary information I need to develop a personal lesson curriculum for you. My goal is to seamlessly intertwine all the fun and beautiful aspects of music with the theory and knowledge that has been around for hundreds of years. I believe in having fun at lessons because music is supposed to be fun! I also like looking at music as a whole. It may just be a guitar or bass lesson on the outside, but it is really a MUSIC lesson as a whole. Music has always been more than one instrument and our lessons will reflect that. It is not uncommon for us to be learning a song or an idea and take a minute to reflect on another aspect of what's going on if it is of musical importance/relevance. This will help you become not just an excellent instrumentalist, but an amazing musician. In the end, I can guarantee the lessons to be fun, informative, and unique to you!
I began the study of trumpet in 1965 under the instruction of Les Beigle, noted Seattle trumpeter. In 1969, I graduated from Snohomish (WA) High School, where he played solo trumpet in the high school band under the direction of Edward Peterson. I received his Bachelor of Music degree with honors from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle in 1980. Instructors included Gary Peacock, Jim Knapp, Butch Nordal, Art Lande, and Julian Priester.
I often ask my students to bring in a song that they have been listening to and want to learn the drum beat for. We then deconstruct what the drummer is doing and figure out the best way to replicate the drum beat. I then address any technique or coordination issues that the student may run into and we work on exercises to comfortably perform the drum beat. This style of reverse-engineering is very helpful in teaching students how to figure out drum beats on their own by using their ears. I also have two drum kits in my studio which allows me to quickly demonstrate exercises and also drum along with my students.
My love for teaching stems from my desire to pass on my knowledge of music to others. Helping others develop a passion for music is something I feel is necessary to cope in a world that can often be overwhelming without an outlet for expressions, such as music. I have been instructing students in percussion since I was a Junior in high school and taught at the Denny Way Music School on Capital Hill from 2013-2015. I have instructed students, from elementary school to adulthood, in areas including music theory, ear training and drum performance. I have led Afro-Cuban percussion workshops at the Dusty Strings in Wallingford and currently teach weekly lessons. I am currently available to instruct students in beginning piano, guitar and bass, as well as beginning through advanced lessons in percussion, drums, music theory and composition.
No matter where the student starts from, I always spend a significant amount of time in the first lesson discussing with them what they want to gain, what they are interested in, and how much time and effort they want to put into this endevor. It is important to me to understand the student so that I can cater to their needs and desires, and hopefully encourage them to continue playing music. From there, we will evaluate which books, songs, and styles to teach so that the student will get the most out of each lesson.
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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.
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.
Adult drum lessons are a great way to learn a new skill, or perfect your drumming. Our adult students notice significant progress in a very short time, and have fun in the process! The lessons are structured to work with your skill level and musical goals in mind.
Most students would ideally start with a 5 piece drum kit complete with a high-hat, crash, and ride cymbal, but any student can start with as little as a drum practice pad and a pair of drum sticks. A student can learn to read and play rhythms using both hands using any type of drum, including snare, bongos, conga, or djembe.
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.
Review by Kate Thomas
My son enjoys his viola lesson each week with Martina. She is disciplined in her approach to teaching but always makes my son's learning experience enjoyable. She knows how to challenge him and develop excellent form. Martina is always punctual and professional. We both highly recommend her as an instructor.
Review by Brad Schimmer
I have been playing the drums for about 5 years and I have to say that Alvaro is very patient. He has opened me up to new styles of music and I can now play a Songo groove! What I liked most was that he was flexible in what I wanted him to teach me and would also bring in new material specifically to what I wanted him to show me. Overall, great patient teacher and would highly recommend! Thanks Alvaro!
Review by Paula Chacon
I've always said, "It's all about the teacher." That skillful, effective teacher who can reach that child and ignite her passion, is truly a gift. Ric does that for my daughter. As a former music teacher myself, the most challenging thing in working with children is how to build their fundamental musical skills while letting them have fun and be expressive. The teacher must create a safe, supportive environment, and Ric does that. Ric immediately focuses on fundamentals of tone and technique, giving my daughter succinct instruction on how to improve, thus she can sense the improvement immediately. Ric seems extremely easy going; even when lighting a fire under her sometimes under-achieving butt, Ric never criticizes, judges or blames. He works with my child, understanding her, helping her problem solve, and even giving her the quick answer sometimes so she can move quickly and stay motivated. Ric balances fundamentals with fun and expressiveness, so my child feels as though she can 'play' and they truly make music in every lesson. I am thankful we found a good match with Ric.
Review by Bradford Putt
Angela has been a perfect match-up for me. She is warm and welcoming, and also serious about teaching - she keeps our time focused and on track. What I truly appreciate, as a new singer anxiously preparing for an event, is the confidence she gives me. Angela is very encouraging. I enjoy coming to class.
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 Travis Dalenberg
Travis is the greatest. He knows his music and how to teach it. He gives you time to learn, but will not allow student time to get lazy. I know he teaches all age groups. Young pre-teens to us old folks 78 years young. I have been taking lessons from him since early December 2014. He is a true professional. You can't go wrong with him.
Review by Elsahatzipavlou
Erin has been a wonderful voice/piano teacher for our 7 year old daughter. She is talented, patient, and has a wonderful demeanor. She has been consistent with her teaching in piano and voice. She keeps record of where the students leave off so that they know what to expect the following week. I would definitely recommend Erin to anyone looking for a skilled piano/voice teacher.
Review by Jaima Woodiwiss
Having taken 6 years of piano lessons myself when I was young, I am very happy with Osmond teaching my daughter. He is very personable and helping her to enjoy piano. My daughter loves the fun songs she gets to play and I really appreciate how he is integrating even in the first month fingering, chords, beats, and hearing the music. She's getting a very well rounded training and she's loving it!
Review by Ashley S.
Ali was an amazing voice coach! She taught in a way that made sense to me, and helped me find the voice placements I needed. I didn't know I could sound like that! My development with her was leaps and bounds rather than tiny dreadful steps that happen when you don't know what's going on! Ali was dedicated to helping me work on an audition for a music scholarship and I nailed it all thanks to her, seriously. I can't thank her enough! She helped me with the tools and confidence I needed to sing in the real world alone rather than just back row in a large choir.
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