Bettencourt Drumming
Bettencourt Drumming

Bettencourt Drumming

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Offers remote services
Discounts available
Offers remote services
Discounts available
$65/hour
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Introduction: I am teaching in person lessons in Cupertino, California at Play Music Studios, as well as doing remote lessons for students all over the country! Please note that I am not doing in person lessons anywhere other than Cupertino. Lessons are $40.00 per half hour, $55.00for 45 minutes, or $65.00 per hour. Currently, I teach 45 students each week. Both remote, and in person. I have 51 years of drumming experience, most as a professional. I love playing, but my passion is teaching others which I have been doing for the past 35 years. I am great with kids, and I have taught many adults. I have numerous students who developed into pro drummers. My first 6 years drumming, I studied with a member of the San Francisco Symphony who was also the house drummer at Bimbos in SF. Under his tutelage I developed a mastery of classical drums while also gaining an understanding of the modern approach to the drum set. I have had the honor to play with some top-notch musicians over the years. My teaching method includes: - Reading all levels in both snare drum and full drum set - Focused snare drum and sticking technique - Focused drum set and “feet techniques” - How to “groove” - Dynamics - Fills, posture and relaxation techniques for greater speed and endurance -Now teaching GADDIMENTS, The new book by legendary Steve Gadd. (In addition to many other great books) One hour lessons include learning to “groove” with a bass player (via accompaniment on the Chapman stick). This is basically a bass and guitar on one neck. I also play bass guitar for accompaniment too. All levels are welcome and all styles are covered - rock, jazz, funk, swing, reggae, fusion, ska and more -- just ask! Professional experience includes drumming with The Square Roots, The Road Hogs, The Room Shakers, The Gravity, and many others. There has to be a future of great drummers! Without teachers, there aren't students! I love helping to create future great drummers!
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Serves Cupertino, CA

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32 years in business

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This pro indicated that they reviewed CDC safety guidelines for COVID-19 and pledged to do the following:

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Customers rated this pro highly for professionalism, work quality, and responsiveness.

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Elido J.
Mar 9, 2022
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Neil is very professional and knowledgeable instructor. His responsiveness and level of engagement has made taking lessons online a very rewarding experience. I am a complete beginner and Neil has been supportive not just on lesson day but everyday in between which has made the journey so far, a true joy. I highly recommend taking lessons with Bettencourt drumming.

Details: 26 - 44 years old • No formal training • Can't read music • What the teacher recommends • Traditional drum kit • Rock • Blues • Jazz • No, but the student is planning to purchase drums and would like the teacher's advice on it • 30 minutes • Remotely (phone or internet)

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Randy R.
Jan 27, 2022
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We had contacted Neil for drumming lessons for our 8 year old and he was super responsive. He gave us assistance to prepare the drums setup and learning materials. For the first lesson, Neil hit it off with our child right away. He made him feel at ease and encouraged him throughtout the lesson. We look forward to our child continuing his drumming lessons with Neil.

Details: 6 - 9 years old • No formal training • Can't read music • Traditional drum kit • What the teacher recommends • Yes, the student already has drums • 30 minutes • Remotely (phone or internet)

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Zhongling J.
Aug 12, 2022
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Neil is a super professional, experienced and patient drum teacher. His drum class is well designed and full of fun! What I appreciate the most is his own passion about drumming and the whole culture lasts over 50 years. My experience couldn’t have been better! Thanks Neil!

Details: 18 - 25 years old • No formal training • Can read sheet music • What the teacher recommends • Rock • Blues • Folk • What the teacher recommends • Country • No, but the student is planning to purchase drums and would like the teacher's advice on it • 45 minutes • Remotely (phone or internet)

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Eric L.
Aug 6, 2022
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Excellent experience. He is an excellent teacher. He knows exactly what you need, he addresses problems you have quickly. I already feel myself progressing! He inspires me to LOVE drumming!

Details: 65 years or older • No formal training; some self-taught experience • Can read percussion notation • Traditional drum kit • Rock • Yes, the student already has drums • 60 minutes • Remotely (phone or internet)

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Kristen K.
Oct 7, 2021
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I just had my first lesson with Neil and I can already tell he is a FANTASTIC teacher! I can honestly say I immediately felt like he was the perfect instructor for me. He is incredibly kind and encouraging and has a strong desire to see you succeed in your drumming journey. I really appreciate his structured curriculum and I think it really makes him stand apart from other teachers. I’m confident that I will make a lot of progress working with him! Can’t recommend him more highly!!

Details: 18 - 25 years old • 0 - 2 yrs of formal training • Can read percussion notation • Traditional drum kit • Rock • Blues • Jazz • Yes, the student already has drums • 60 minutes • Remotely (phone or internet)

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Neil Bettencourt

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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    Yes, $62.50 per hour, $52.50 for 45 minutes, and $37.50 for 30 minutes.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    Work out scheduling, and what level the student is at so I can provide proper materials.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    Started with 6 years studying with the drummer percussionist with the San Francisco symphony. I have been actively playing for 46 years, and have studied many styles. I can sight read, improvise, and play in just about any setting.

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