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Bettencourt Drumming
5.0
from 42 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 50 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Steve H.
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Neil has been awesome and I have learned so much since I started taking drum lessons with Neil about a year ago. I had been a recreational drummer for many years but was lacking guidance to take my drumming to the next level. Neil has a great program that focuses on reading music, playing rudiments and learning various drum beats for rock, funk and more. Neil also play bass, which has been a great accompaniment for practice sessions. In addition, Neil has given me great insights into practicing better with my band, tips for playing live and how to become a better musician in general. Very highly recommended!!

Dynamic Drumming
4.6
from 16 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Brian J.
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I'm an intermediate level drummer who was seeking lessons to help bring my playing to the next level and I found Brian Fruechtenicht here on thumbtack. I have to say, having taken drum lessons before that this experience has been unlike any other. Brian's novel approach may seem unorthodox if you come into lessons with any preconceived notion of what drum lessons should be like, however his unique take on them (not to mention his enthusiasm) really conveys a lot of the practical knowledge that helps change good drummers into great drummers. In my own drumming, I feel like my style had become rote, but Brian helped me find more creativity behind the kit. I play for a band and I have to say even that sounds leagues better since beginning lessons with Brian Fruechtenicht, and those lessons tend to be some of the most fun I have all week. Brian Fruechtenicht gets a high recommendation from me!

  • 12 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
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.

  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Rosemary Y.
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It is my first time learning drum, and I am very glad that I met Andre, a very professional and experienced drum teacher. He is very patient, observant, and friendly. Each class he makes sure you understand the materials from previous lessons, and he also shows you the best way to approach new materials. Each week I can feel that I make actual progress step by step. No matter if you are a beginner or an experienced drummer, Andre would be an excellent choice for you!

  • New on Thumbtack
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.

  • 26 years in business
  • 10 hires 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.

DeRose Drums
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Isabella L.
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Joe is a great teacher and a wonderful mentor. I have taken lessons from him since 2014 and he has taught me many lessons about drumming but also lessons about life and how to become a better musician. He is very kind and willing to help you in any way he can. If you are searching to start drumset for the very first time or you are looking to fine-tune your skills, he is the person to go to. Each lesson I learn something new and they can be structured around something I need to improve on or something brand new that I would like to learn. I truly believe that he is THE BEST drum teacher I have ever had.

  • 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!

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

Drums n' Divas
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • New on Thumbtack
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.

  • 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!

  • 3 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

  • 21 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Sarah K.
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I highly recommend music lessons with Leonid at Percussion Player. He is a dedicated and skilled teacher with an extremely impressive professional resume. You can tell that Leonid is passionate about both music and teaching. He brings his insight and humor to his teaching style, and he makes sure to keep me challenged, but never discouraged. He can teach every musical style imaginable, but especially encourages me to learn music that I personally enjoy. His teaching style incorporates a perfect balance of technique, theory, and performance. Whenever he models an excerpt from the piece we are working on, I am inspired by his artistry and expressivity. The studio is another bonus. I've been to other studios, and compared with them, this one is seriously impressive! There are two drum sets, a xylophone, assorted hand drums, and a piano -- all of which Leonid is equally qualified to teach.

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.

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.

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

  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
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I am offering drum lessons to kids and adults in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area. Fun, flexible and affordable. Please contact me for more details. Have a great day!

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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

  • New on Thumbtack
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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).

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