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Top Pro
  • 26 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Adrian W.
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Art gave drum lessons to my then 9 year old daughter. He was great! He was always punctual, came prepared, was patient with her, kept it fun and gave good, clear homework assignments. I highly recommend him.

  • 12 years in business
Ibis V.
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I strongly recommend Diego as an excellent professor of piano, who really motivates students to develop their ability. He gave piano lessons to my older daughter for more than 5 years since she was in high school, until some months ago. I am very grateful to Diego for encouraging Almudena, my daughter, to find a way of expressing herself through music.

Laura D.
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Matthias has been giving my son drum lessons for almost 5 years. He is an outstanding teacher and knows just the way to relate to young people and keep them interested. He is also a terrific drummer.

  • 6 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Lauren D.
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Henry's been really helpful in showing me the basics of percussion. I wanted to learn more so I could play in my community band and Henry's been teaching me snare, marimba, timpani and drum set. He's super sweet and really patient, I totally recommend him to all my musical friends!

Drum and Guitar Lessons
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Ping H.
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I had my first drum lesson with Mike Hoffmann today. He is a very professional and I had also fun learning from him. He is excellent and I am happy. Ping Haas

Step Up Music Vallejo
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 9 years in business
Dan C.
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Ariane is rare combination of a great player as well as a great teacher. She has mastery of a variety of styles, and can teach you what you want to learn. She organizes jam sessions with other musicians, and although I've never participated myself, this is a great service for jazz musicians look for people to play with.

Warren Huegel drum lessons
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Janet S.
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I was in a restaurant a couple of years ago and recognized Warren as the drummer in a Black Sabbath cover band I had seen a couple of times. He mentioned he is teaching and initially I thought I'd ask him to help me with a couple of their songs. The lessons evolved into very helpful instruction on counting, rudiments, syncopation and general skills to improve my playing. He is an enthusiastic teacher and is very flexible with what we cover from lesson to lesson. I have definitely seen an improvement in my skills in the time we have worked together.

Brent Elberg
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Talyn I.
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I have been taking jazz piano lessons from Brent for the past 8 months and I've really enjoyed getting to work with him. He is very knowledgeable on the topic of jazz. Every week we practice improvising over jazz standards and he plays along with me on the piano or sometimes drums of there is a kit in the room. Brent if friendly and cares about his students. Would recommend to anyone wanting to take drum or piano lessons!

  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Julia G.
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Ward is fantastic! My 7 year old son was interested in learning to play drums- Ward gave him the space to explore his studio and all of the percussion instruments in there, as well as the structure to start to learn. We are thrilled!

  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Manny G.
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I am manny and he was drum teacher and my advisory and he’s good got great timing , good rythym and has many great teaching lessons that won’t make you forget of those lessons

Drums n' Divas
5.0
from 3 reviews
    Dan K.
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    Mike is one of the best drummers I've worked with, and I've worked with many. We played both rock and jazz styles. A sensitive player and easygoing so easy to work with.

    Mark D.
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    Thomas is an experienced professional with insights into a variety of training styles. I utilized Thomas for lessons on the drum kit. He is comprehensive in his overall approach to teaching music (both theory and practice) and is great at communicating where students need to be headed towards advancement. I was impressed by his ability to ascertain my needs from day one and customizing a plan to build on my skills. I also appreciated his flexibility in working around a difficult schedule.

    • 5 years in business
    • 10 hires on Thumbtack
    Michelle G.
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    Steve is a skilled drummer and heartfelt teacher. Each lesson has taken me around the world in music and given me a chance to try a variety of drums. Steve encourages self expression and has a vast knowledge of music theory. I recommend him highly

    Mozart Drum Studio
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Jan T.
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    I have been with Otto for 2 months and an delighted with my progress. He is clearly a knowledgeable and skilled musician and teacher. He is building my drumming skills layer by layer. Each week I learn new techniques starting with the basics. As well, he shows patience and if I am puzzled he uses a different method to get the point across. I hold a master's degree and play another instrument so understand and recognize a good teacher.

    La Playa Music School
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 8 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Alyse C.
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    Alex is one in a million! He teaches music through a structural perspective rather than by the more traditional method of learn a note here, learn a note there (I haven't played the piano since I was a child, but I still cringe at the memory of the tedious and monotonous scales, finger exercises and simplified classical pieces I used to have to play). Alex's lessons are anything but tedious, and, even though I am essentially a beginner (having forgotten everything I learned as a child), I feel like I am well on my way to having a deeper understanding of what I am playing because I have a developing understanding how it works. I feel like I am learning the language of music through total immersion rather than by the textbook method of learning how to read the notes. I now listen to and hear music differently, and there is much I am learning on my own. I am especially pleased with the way Alex tailors my lessons around what I want to do rather than what he thinks I should do. As a result, I am learning to play jazz piano rather the stuff I was forced to play as a child (unless I want to, of course, in which case he would teach me that). And the best part (as if it could get better)? Alex is so enthusiastic about what he does that it is contagious and makes working with him a sheer joy. There is not much I look forward to and enjoy more than my lessons with Alex. Needless to say, I highly recommend Alex Balmaceda for anyone who is interested in learning more about music than simply reading and playing the notes.

    Benson Music
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 18 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Cat P.
    Verified review

    Great instructor. Thorough and knowledgable. I played two drum beats on my first drum lesson and I had never played drums before. I progressed rapidly and after 6 months can comfortably play with a band.

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    Have drum lessons with Bob Danielson, a seasoned teacher-performer. I've been teaching privately, beginners through professionals, for over 25 years. I am a professional drummer with a music studio in San Francisco. I'm well-versed in a wide variety of musical styles, have a long history in the music business, and a strong understanding of music theory, all of which serve me well as a drum instructor. Your lesson can be a half hour or one hour in length, it's up to you. For a beginner, for the first several lessons, I'll show you how to practice without a drum set, as you decide if drumming is for you. I have excellent references, gladly provided upon request. Thanks for considering me, Bob

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    I am a drummer with over 10-plus years of experience in all music types. I have experiences in several bands and can teach all levels (beginners to advanced).

    • 7 years in business
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    Tom Metropoulos, drum instructor in San Mateo, Bay Area, California, is offering lessons at San Mateo Piano,

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    Hey, folks! I'm Nick, a touring and recording drummer from Oakland who has played and still plays all around the world. Drumming is my favorite thing to do. Check out my super extensive music resume at my website. I teach drums privately in my Oakland studio, at some of my students' homes, at the School of Rock at both of the Bay Area locations in San Francisco and San Mateo (these kids are amazing!), I teach as a substitute at the Academy of Language and Music Arts in Orinda, CA, and is exploring music in San Jose. I don't believe in one-size-fits-all music teaching. With that in mind, I tailor my lessons to each individual student's needs and interests. We start with the kind of music that you love most, and we slowly work outward from there, expanding the concepts. I've played and taught jazz (everything, from swing to seriously advanced Elvin Jones and Tony Williams' jazz drumming), hip-hop, R&B, indie rock, metal (blast beats and double bass), Afro-Beat (Gnawa rhythms, etc.), Southern Indian music, experimental and improvised playing, etc. We'll work on whatever you really want to do. Do you want to just learn the basics? Okay! Do you want to learn to play for fun in a garage band? Great! Do you want to be the next drummer for Slayer? Awesome! Do you want to learn drums, so you can produce better hip-hop beats on your MPC? Let's do it!

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