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Bettencourt Drumming
Bettencourt Drumming

Bettencourt Drumming

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Introduction: Due to Covid, I am doing all lessons via Video Chat. Normally I teach full time at Play Music Studios in Cupertino. I am really looking forward to Covid being done, and being able to get back to the studio, but I love teaching online, and welcome students from anywhere in the country for lessons! Lessons are $35per half hour, $50 for 45 minutes, or $60.00 per hour. Currently, I teach about 46 students each week. (Everything remote with Covid) I have 49 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 28 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 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. 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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Beverly K.

Drum Lessons

Mr. Bettencourt is an amazing teacher! I can tell from just one lesson with him that he is a pro. I learned more in that one lesson than I did in months of lessons with my prior teacher. I’m excited to continue this adventure in drumming!
Apr 20, 2021
Joshua D.

Drum Lessons

I have been taking weekly lessons from Neil for about 3 months now, and I have to say I couldn't be happier. He has a great way of getting things to stick in your head by being patient and making sure that you've played the measure correctly at least once, but usually twice, so that you're fine to practice without mistakes when the lesson is over. He's teaching my to read 4 different styles of classic drum notation and after 3 months it's working out wonderfully. I'm cruising through drumming books rather quickly whereas before I started taking lessons it was like looking at hieroglyphs. Super nice guy and he makes the lessons fun, and he absolutely knows his stuff. I highly suggest training with him if you're passionate about drumming.
Nov 21, 2020
Christina z.

Drum Lessons

He is very nice guy to my son and teach the drum. my son not ready for the lesson. I hope when my son ready to learn. He can teach him again!
Jun 22, 2020
Arjun P.

If you're looking to improve your drumming skills drastically, Neil is the man to go to. Period. I've been taking lessons from Neil for about two years now and I can say that I've learnt a lot of things from him. Reading music, playing different styles, keeping proper time, improving speed, buying a good drum kit, you name it. Neil is a very patient teacher. I remember when I was starting, I wasn't able to hit two consecutive notes in time but Neil never saw that as a problem. He was very patient and made sure I understood the technique around it and even taught me shortcuts to remember things properly. Neil is also very responsive. If that's anything that I find difficult while I'm practicing, I just reach out to him and he usually gets back to me pretty quickly! Overall, I'd say that it's one of the best decisions in my life to start taking lessons from Neil. I'd say he's the best place to start drums with.
Apr 22, 2021
Patrick B.

Drum Lessons

So far my 7 year old has only had 2 lessons with Neil and it’s been great. He really tailored his plan to her skill set and beginner level, and is able to keep her motivated ! Will keep going with lessons!
Jul 30, 2020
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Neil Bettencourt


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

    Yes, $60 per hour, $50 for 45 minutes, and $35 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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