Keith Erickson Music

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About Keith Erickson Music

Keith E., originally from St. Louis, MO, Currently resides in Santa Monica, California. He is an innovative and dynamic musician who continues everyday to work on, educate and study various genres including rock, funk, blues, classical, jazz, reggae, hip hop, Latin, country and Afro-Cuban, (among others).

Keith earned a B.A in Music from Florida State University where he studied with Gary Werdesheim, John R. Beck, Leon Anderson, Brian Gaber and others. His focus was in classical percussion and commercial music which focused on engineering, composition and business)Studies. During his college years, Keith played with many original bands, cover bands, church and school ensembles. He also spent much of his free time interning at George Clinton's studio in Tallahassee, learning pro tools from head engineer Gary Wright.

Today, Keith is most noted for his diverse and inspired percussive abilities. From a simple mainline groove to high speed, complicated poly-rhythms; he is in a class by himself on the drum set, congas, Djembe, timbales, or just about any other percussion instrument.

Keith currently plays drums for The Harbingers, Quactus, Rich Sheldon, and The Basement Band. In addition, Keith freelances with various professional organizations linked to the theater, churches, schools and even plays along side Hollywood Dj's! Keith also gives private lessons and teaches clinics to students of all ages and skill levels, promotes and books several local music events, Composes original music using various digital audio workstations and produces demos for singer/songwriters.

Keith is also Available for Beginning Piano and Music Theory Lessons!


1036 1/2 Hill Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405

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Question and answer

Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

A. * I have played in many different musical situations, so I can teach you to be a sensitive, quiet player or a loud rocker.

* I have experience performing in all types of ensembles: professional orchestras, chamber ensembles, musical theatre, opera, big band jazz, small group jazz, latin, rock, reggae, etc

* I teach techniques and concepts applicable to any area of percussion you wish to study. I teach students of all ages, and I have taught in an accredited University music department.

Beginners and advanced lessons for students of all ages

Play for fun or to become a serious drummer.


Take advantage of my experience playing, recording, and touring.

* Learn a variety of styles most used in today’s music.

* Learn speed, independence, groove, lock in with rhythm section, fills, etc.

* Learn how to set up, tune, and maintain your drum set.

* Learn how to read and write music.

* Gain practical WORKING knowledge about playing music and being in a band.


Stop guessing and study proven methods. Did you know that musicians study their craft just as long or even longer than Doctors and Lawyers do? You'd never think on picking up Cardiology on your own? So why think that you could become a great drummer by yourself. Not to say it's impossible but you could definitely enjoy your success sooner with the help of a seasoned professional drummer who has been teaching for many years.

Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.

A. Being a musician means I have all sorts of outlets to make money and have fun. Last week I was the drummer for a choir in Irvine. We had 2 days of rehearsals and two days of shows. It was very professional, reading charts, conductor and the whole deal. I also taught my students, hosted the night I run at a local night club and played a gig with my cover band! This was last week. This week will be similar but slightly different. Every week is always a little different. But I enjoy that, it keeps me on my toes.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. I love connecting with students. It's amazing watching someone improve at their skill while also creating a personal friendship that will last for years. My students and I have a lot of fun together but they also know that it takes hard work and discipline to learn a new skill.

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