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Steven L In HomeHome In StudioStudio
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Instruments: Drums, Mallet Percussion, Orchestral Percussion
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Rock, Blues

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Steven L In Home In Studio
Instruments: Drums, Mallet Percussion, Orchestral Percussion
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Rock, Blues

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 7-79
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MM, San Francisco State University, Percussion Performance BM, San Francisco State University, Percussion Performance
Overview:
I have been playing drums since I was twelve years old and have performed in many rock and jazz bands.  I studied music in college and graduated with a Master of Music Degree in Percussion Performance from San Francisco State University in 1992.  Since then I have continued to perform in local rock, jazz and blues groups as well performing with the Berkeley Symphony, The Santa Rosa Symphony and others. 
EXPERIENCE
I've been teaching since 1998 and sincerely enjoy helping kids of all ages learn and excel playing drums and percussion.  In 2000 I opened a drum studio in central California where I gave drum and percussion lessons to children as young as three years old to adult retired hobbyists.  While running my own drum studio I also taught for Connecting Waters Charter School.  Teaching drums for me is very rewarding and I take pride in giving the student all the benefit of my experience.  I consider myself very patient and willing to help the student achieve their goals.  
METHODS USED
Most of my students have never played drums before studying with me.  With beginners I believe it's most important to learn a good technique for striking the drums as well as introducing the student to fundamental rhythms and musical practices.  Many students want to learn to jam immediately and that's great.  I suggest learning some basic reading as well as playing by memory and improvising.  It is also fun and beneficial for beginners or advanced players to play drums to recorded music. I do often bring in new custom written material for the student as a supplement to their etude book.
LESSON STYLE
My personal approach to teaching drums and percussion is to offer the student a good foundation in the basics from which to study.  Drums are a very easy instrument to get started on and take consistent amounts of practice to really succeed at being good.  Nothing is more rewarding for me that to see a student work through a trouble spot and become proficient in the style he or she is trying to develop.  My basic approach is to help the student study in sound fundamental technique, musicianship and improvisation – all so important to be a great drummer!  
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