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Bettencourt Drumming
5.0
from 42 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 49 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!!

  • 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.

Jeff is Drums
4.6
from 5 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Wellida L.
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Jeff is a very professional and nice person. he is training my 3 year old son, and he uses a teaching method that is fun and very effective. My son and I are loving having him as drum teacher. So I highly recommend him..

  • New on Thumbtack
Edmundo O.
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Thomas is the best music teacher ever. He's giving our whole family lessons at this point and we couldn't be happier with his approach and with our progress. The great thing about Thomas is that he understands music so well, so inside and out, that he can magically see what you need, and how you need to learn, and then teach you that way. He does not bring a one-size-fits-all approach. Take my family for example... he sees that I enjoy abstract thinking and theory... so we talk about the mathematics of music and song structure and why John Williams sucks. My wife on the other hand is more naturally talented, so he has her composing melodies and learning complicated fingering techniques. My daughter is learning how to read music and keep time, and my mother-in-law is starting with simple versions of Vivaldi. We're all roughly at the same level, but he's helping us each approach music in our own way so that we LOVE it. It's difficult to overstate what a truly gifted teacher Thomas is. He's also just a warm, wonderful person. Good luck finding someone better.

  • 29 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Jeffrey D.
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Craig is fantastic! He's patient, friendly, funny, and very knowledgeable. I would recommend him to anyone wanting drum lessons.

Brian Andres
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Ray R.
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I was skeptical initially when going online to seek a professional drum instructor for my son. Thumbtack made this process an experience parallel to buying an item from Amazon online. It was easy and I got immediate results.

Wally Schnalle Drum Lessons
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Jim L.
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I first saw Wally at a San Jose drum workshop and was speechless after seeing his playing and explanation of odd meter. Being a guitarist, I wondered if Wally would teach me. Six + years later, my lessons have evolved from scratching the surface of odd meter, learning how jazz chords and related elements work, to employing and using what I've learned in composition. I get excited and look forward to my lesson every week. Wally is one of the nicest people you could ever meet. I highly recommend him as an instructor.

  • 6 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Korie L.
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Henry Reed is a very good drum teacher. He has been working with my son for 6 months now and we have seen incredible progress. He is patience and very informative in his lessons. I highly recommend using him.

  • 43 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Rebecca C.
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Drum teacher is very busy but was able to help get my daughter in right away. Vast knowledge and experience.

The Jam Center
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Annaliese N.
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I was looking for a guitar teacher for my 10 year old son who is a beginner. Mario and the staff are friendly and helpful. We were able to pick a teacher and a time slot that worked for us. My son loves going to his lesson and his band practice. The bands are a great add on to enhance what is being taught in the lessons and its a fun way for the kids to practice their skills. We would recommend the Jam Center to anyone looking for a guitar or drum teacher.

Mike Shannon
5.0
from 1 review
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Tam H.
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My young son, who has some learning challenges and anxiety, has been working with Mike for a couple of months now. When I initially contacted Mike I was concerned he may be put off by these challenges but he did not miss a beat (pun intended ;) and responded right away to his needs without hesitation. Mike's expertise and easy going patient manner make him a perfect instructor. He has lit a fire in my son and made him see that he too can be a drummer. For this I am so grateful! If you're considering drum lessons for yourself or a family member, I highly recommend Mike Shannon!

Shieh Percussion Studio
5.0
from 1 review
  • 8 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Senhor E.
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Megan is teh awesome! She is detail oriented, has high musical standards and the experience to back it up. Her teaching has helped me to grow musically while still having fun and enjoying the lessons. She is flexible on timing, easy to schedule and great to work with! Her large studio is filled with instruments (even a five-octave marimba plus two drum sets) but spacious enough to spread out. Highly recommended.

  • 3 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
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My work stands out from others because I focus less on formal training and discipline by centering lessons around what students really want to play. If your goal is to learn how to accompany a big band, I can teach you how to "set up" licks and accents. If your goal is to learn how to "jam" with a rock band, I will teach you. If you simply want to learn how to play your favorite songs, we will break those down and learn section by section.

  • New on Thumbtack
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I have a very unique and complicated style that I would like to share with others, also my previous teaching experience gives me an advantage.

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Hello everyone! I am a local drummer and drum teacher, I teach from beginner to intermediate drummers. I have been playing the drums for a number of years as well as teaching. I travel to houses as well as offer lessons at my house. Students are not required to have their own drum set! My rate is $25/half hour.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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The type of work that I do is drum set lessons. I am also a marching band/pit instructor for Los Altos High School, and I teach the zero/morning jazz band at Los Altos High school. I am also a Yamaha regional endorsed drummer. I have been drumming for the past 48+ years. I do drum repairs and drum maintenance. I play in bands around the Bay area. I love playing, but I love teaching drums the most.

  • New on Thumbtack
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I offer professional drum instructions. My lessons are for ages 2 years old to 100 years of age. I have many years of experience in teaching in the Monterey Peninsula. Learn to play mechanics, stick techniques, music and rhythm theories, sight readings, ear training and lots of songs.

  • 37 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
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listen to the website if ya want to play!

  • 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).

  • 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,

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Hello, my name is Colin Mitchell, and I have been studying music for the past 12 years. I come from a very musical family. My personal musical background starts with jazz and Latin drumming, both on the drum set and other forms of percussion (djembe, bongos, etc.) It's where I built a foundation to learn and grow with all other styles of music, such as fusion, rock, blues, salsa, bossa nova, reggae, metal, indie, folk, trip hop, and basically all styles of music I have strongly adapted to, and I would love to spread the knowledge and gift of all music. I not only teach the dynamics and fundamentals of the drums, but also the theory of music. That would include how to read music and the analysis of music (analyzing music scores or pieces or even just audio), but if that is not part of your goal or is not in your plans, that's okay, too! Anything that has to do with teaching music and even how to just play your favorite songs is definitely something I am strong at. It doesn't matter what style or what it is; I believe that teaching music will always better myself as a person and musician, too! If you are someone who would like help with only theory practice that is 20 dollars an hour, I prefer not to do less than an hour of theory work. I am located in Berkeley. I look forward to hearing and meeting you!

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