Drum Lessons Los Angeles by Thanasi
Drum Lessons Los Angeles by Thanasi

Drum Lessons Los Angeles by Thanasi

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Offers remote services
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Introduction: Hello friends! Please check out my drum lessons on youtube to get an idea of me and my studio and also my students' performance videos. I can say I use the easiest and most fun ways to help you play immediately. My background is versatile so I can cover most of music genres on the drum set and levels from beginner to college preparation and professional players. I accept students 9 years old and up. Let's set up a free phone consultation. Credits: Disney, Marty Friedman(Megadeth), nicotheowl, Warner Bros, aika (J-Pop Top 10), Ayaka Hirahara, Chris Christodoulou, Shahkar Bineshpajooh etc. Education: Masters Degree - Jazz Performance BA - Jazz Studies Harmony of Music Diploma Counterponit Diploma Bio etc: Thanasi is an experienced drum instructor servicing the Los Angeles, CA area. His passion for teaching comes from his personal joy of playing, inspiring, and developing new generations of talents. Thanasi is a patient and fun teacher who can balance the excitement of playing an instrument with the discipline of learning. During the drum lessons, Thanasi focuses on musicality, musicianship, improvisation, creativity, groove, time, technique and style development. Once the necessary musical level is accomplished, Thanasi customizes a lesson plan to help you achieve your goals and success. His teaching technique is designed around actual performance, in which you will learn to develop a fun and creative practice routine. Thanasi has been collaborating with award-winning producer Nicolas Farmakalidis of NeilaProductions Studios for various recording projects with aika (J-pop top 10), Marty Friedman (Megadeth), Ayaka Hirahara, Daniel Powter and more. Some projects include the recording with aika for the trailer of Warner Brothers’ movie “Ironclad” (Paul Giamatti, Brian Cox), and aika’s album “No Mo Games!" Collaborating with producer Aris Archontis at Archon Studios, he has recorded the soundtracks for hit Disney movies “Teen Beach Movie” (2013) and “Teen Beach Movie 2” (2015). Thanasi studied at Columbia College in Chicago with many prominent drum instructors and educators such as Frank Donaldson (Bill Withers), Dana Hall (Ray Charles), and Tom Hipskind (Kick The Cat). Later, he graduated with a specialization in Jazz studies. Furthermore, he received a Masters Degree in Jazz Performance at N.I.U. having studied with recognized drummer Rodrigo Villanueva (Eddie Gomez Trio). Thanasi has performed with artists such as aika (J-pop top 10), Alexia (Chick Corea, 25 gold and platinum albums), Laura Rizzotto, Shahkar Bineshpajooh and has shared the stage with artists such as Stevie Wonder and Chaka Khan. Some other projects include the recordings of Ayaka Hirahara’s single “Boy I Wish You Were Here,” Laura Rizzotto’s single “Love It” for The World Cup 2014 in Brazil and Hiroaki Tagawa's single "Sky" for the 2021 Olympics in Japan.
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Michelle A.
Jun 6, 2022
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Thanasi is great to work with. I love his enthusiasm! He makes each lesson fun and is also very patient, which I appreciate as a beginner. I've already learned so much from him and look forward to more lessons!

Details: 45 - 64 years old • No formal training; some self-taught experience • Can't read music • Traditional drum kit • Rock • Blues • Classical • Country • Jazz • Folk • What the teacher recommends • No, but the student is planning to purchase drums and would like the teacher's advice on it • 60 minutes • At the pro’s location

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Thank you Michelle! Our lessons are always fun for me too! You are very respectful and great to teach! I can't wait to see you Rock on more songs!!!
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Emily H.
May 4, 2021
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I have been looking to take drum lessons ever since I moved to Los Angeles. After 6 years, I finally decided to try it out... and I'm so glad I did! I ​had no idea that I would find such a great drum instructor on the first try. Thanasi is a really talented drummer, and makes me feel comfortable when playing as well. The studio set up is great, and best of all, there is parking available — a must-have for any LA location, in my opinion! I sort of had a musical background coming into drums, as I've played a few instruments in the past. But it seems like Thanasi is able to adapt to all skill levels, and sort of tailor the learning experience towards each individual student, which is something I love. Can't wait to continue rocking out for months to come!!! 🥁

Details: 26 - 44 years old • No formal training • Can read sheet music • Understands note durations and rests • Traditional drum kit • What the teacher recommends • Rock • Country • Blues • No, but the student is planning to purchase drums and would like the teacher's advice on it • 60 minutes • At the pro’s location

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Thanks Emily! Teaching you is really easy to me because you are a natural and you are consistent with our lessons. I can't wait to see you perform all of your favorite songs!!! See you in class!
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Ivy O.
Oct 8, 2021
I started my drum lessons with Thanasi a few weeks ago! I could not be happier! I already play some cool drum beats and also jammed on a few songs! His methods are easy and our lessons are always fun! I totally recommend Thanasi if you are looking for a knowledgeable drum teacher!
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Jessica e.
Jan 1, 2021
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My 7 year old son has been taking drum lessons with Thannasi since October. So many wonderful things to say about him. He’s extremely responsive and communicative, always on time and is very patient. My son is not always the most focused and tends to want to do his own thing but Thannasi has been able to reel him in and give him the foundations to become a really good drummer. I highly recommend Thanassi as a teacher, but also he is an exceptional drummer!! Always enjoy him showing us all his tricks!!

Details: 6 - 9 years old • No formal training • Can't read music • Understands note durations and rests • Traditional drum kit • Rock • Yes, the student already has drums • 45 minutes • My home, venue, etc. • At the pro’s location

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Thank you Jessica! Our lessons are always fun. I'm impressed to see a talented drummer in such a young age and your help with his homework makes my job easier. I am looking forward to seeing him perform all his Rock favorites! See you guys soon!
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Ana P.
Jul 20, 2021
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Thanasi is a true veteran musician that is very passionate about passing his knowledge along and help others in the field. He will never refuse to stay a few extra minutes if the lesson requires it so and he always comes to his job with a smile, something very important these days. I am a big fun of his teaching style and I believe not only in music, but in all subjects we need more teachers like Thanasi. Thank you maestro :)

Details: 26 - 44 years old • 4+ yrs of formal training • Can read percussion notation • Traditional drum kit • What the teacher recommends • Yes, the student already has drums • 60 minutes • At the pro’s location

Drum Lessons Los Angeles by Thanasi's reply
Thank you Ana! It is great to see you also being passionate about music. We are definitely on the same page. You came determined to improve your drum skills and respecting the process will make you move in giant steps. See you soon!!!
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  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    According to the student's age and availability, we choose a monthly package - set of lessons. Usually we meet for a first lesson to see how it feels. Then we are ready to start. Even before our first lesson, students can call, so we can discuss details about our lessons.

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

    Masters Degree - Jazz Performance BA - Jazz Studies Harmony of Music Diploma Counterponit Diploma

  • How did you get started doing this type of work?

    After years of performing live and at the studio, I finally wanted to share my knowledge and passion for music with others. I love being a versatile musician playing different types of music, and meeting different types of students makes teaching also interesting and exciting for me!

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