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Thompson Drums
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Sergio R.
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I've been taking lessons from Matthew for about a year now. The amount I have progressed is crazy. Last year I was playing 4/4 beats along to weezer and now I can play Tom Sawyer from start to finish. What's really cool about Matthew is that he concentrates on technique rather than fancy fills, although he is capable of teaching both. The technique is what's ultimately going to get me work in the long run though. He is constantly improving himself as well as teaching me things he learns along the way. Very easy to work with and easily the most hilarious person I know. If you're looking for drum lessons, look no further. He's not cheap but has worked with me on his hourly rate. Remember, you get what you pay for.

Drum Lessons - John James
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Richard K.
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Prior to taking drum lessons with John, I had taken about 7 long gruesome years of piano lessons. My interest in music was at an all time low and I was looking for a new experience with drums. Luckily, for me, I was able to find John James, possibly the best person for the job. Right from the start, John was a positive and patient teacher. He came into every lesson with enthusiasm and encouragement and helped me to feel comfortable. His 19+ years of experience with drums and a major in percussion assured me that he knew what he was doing. John really makes an effort to make sure that all of his students know the absolute basics of drumming such as counting, reading, and technique, which will all greatly benefit you later on. His undying patience astounds me to this day and I greatly appreciate how he never yells at his students. I often have to ask for constructive criticism because he is always so positive and encouraging. However, just because he is patient does not mean that he will slow you down. He is always aware of his student's skill level and capabilities and works to constantly challenge you to a point. As a result, the rate of progression with him is pretty high. I have been taking lessons with John for about 6 months now. Although I was bad with rhythm at first (due to the piano), he helped me to progress at a very high pace. In about a month or two, I was already practicing on the drums and reading notes at a proficient level. As a college student, I naturally do not have too much time to invest in drumming but amazingly, with John's help, I am able to consistently advance further and further every week. If I hadn't met John, I would have given up drumming by now. With every lesson, John makes me feel more and more confident that someday I will become a BEAST at the drums.

  • 10 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Kelly F.
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Michael has a very straight forward approach to teaching. Whether it was answering a technique question or developing new ways to manuever around the set, each lesson consisted of my thoroughly learning new information in a practical and very efficient manner. Being a percussionist myself, we naturally have good rapport with the language we communicate with. Michael's way of personal interaction alongside his instrument is certainly one of the best forays into any practice and study of music, for those just starting or already proficient.

David's Drum Lessons
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Dani S.
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I took drum lessons for quite some time and was absolutely amazed at how well david teaches. I was able to acquire many unique drum skills that David taught me. Definitely recommend him!!! 10/10!!!

Colin Jensen
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Ying L.
Verified review

Perfect drum teacher ever! Very skillful and patient. I have zero learning of drum before but I think I'm making big improvement right now after taking Colin's class :)

  • 17 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Mimi K.
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He focuses on making you a better musician and not just a stick spinning rock star- but he can do that if that's what you are going for. Great lessons to keep your mind and body in rhythm.

Henry Newmark
5.0
from 5 reviews
    Julie R.
    Verified review

    Henry Newmark is an INCREDIBLE drum set teacher and mentor. Henry attended the Berklee School of Music, Henry's approach is precise and professional. Henry is the REAL deal and his instruction is phenomenal. You or your child will absolutely be learning proper technique as well as music theory. Henry is a perfectionist in the best way possible. My son took lessons once or twice a week with Henry for 5 years straight. Not only did my son look forward to his lessons every week, but he went from being a beginning student to now being a freshman percussion major at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. Henry taught my son drum set, orchestral and snare drumming, and jazz drum set. There is NO WAY my son would be where he is today without Henry. Henry is also very kind and has a great sense of humor. There is no better drum teacher then Henry Newmark. If you want to learn how to play the drums, he is your guy without a doubt.

    Lindsay Artkop Drum Lessons
    5.0
    from 5 reviews
    • 5 years in business
    • 3 hires on Thumbtack
    Chris S.
    Verified review

    My son began taking drum lessons with Lindsay via skype at 6 years old. He will be 9 next month and is still loving his drum lessons. He has learned so much in such a short period of time. Not only is Lindsay clearly a skilled drummer but is also an apt teacher. She is patient while pushing my son to improve his skills. I know from personal experience that learning an instrument can be frustrating to the point that the student will want to give up. This is especially true for a kid. Lindsay understands this and has the ability to balance progress with patience. I highly recommend Lindsay as a drum teacher!

    • 12 years in business
    Andrea W.
    Verified review

    We love having Brian Griffin as a drum/percussion teacher. My son began lessons as a young elementary student, and Brian was able to engage him immediately by creating lessons around the music he was drawn to. Over the years Brian's teaching continually evolved with my son's interests and focus. There has always been an excellent rapport between them, while maintaining the dynamic of student/teacher relationship. Brian has always shown a high level of professionalism, he's always engaged and enthusiastic, and my son has developed not only in the mechanics of percussion but also what it means to be part of an ensemble and just an overall well-rounded musician. We are grateful for his years of instruction and support.

    • 7 hires on Thumbtack
    Garrison M.
    Verified review

    I have been taking lessons from Austin for a year now and I am more than pleased with the results. Austin has a well rounded understanding of the drums and is well versed in many different styles. Austin has given me the practices I need to take my drumming to the next level. I have seen a great improvement in my abilities in just one year of lessons.But more importantly Austin's main point is to make drumming fun and he definitely does that. I plan on taking lessons from Austin for a long time.

    Jacob Bell
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Sam M.
    Verified review

    Coach Jake is a wonderful, creative teacher who has as much fun learning as his students do. My daughter has been taking drum lessons with him for two years and loves it. She says he's silly and playful and makes learning drums so much fun. While she's having fun, she's also learning technique, rhythm and how to read music. I absolutely recommend Coach Jake if you're looking to learn to play drums. Having a blast as you do is a great bonus too in my book!

    Ventura Drum School
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 13 years in business
    Mary R.
    Verified review

    If you're searching for a drum instructor, go no further and call Tony. He teaches based on each individual's personal goals and ability and is extremely knowledgeable about different types of music - I'm enjoying every minute of each lesson. He's also a great guy - relaxed, fun & affordable! You rock, Tony - thanks!!!

    GoDpsMusic
    3.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 9 years in business
    • 6 hires on Thumbtack
    John H.
    Verified review

    Every Friday I'm at GoDpsMusic for my drum lesson. Definitely my favorite day of the week! The atmosphere is excellent! The acoustic and electronic drum kits in the lesson studios are the best. If you want to schedule a lesson or purchase equipment, I strongly recommend GoDpsMusic. Kevin, Brendan, Bryan, Steve and Robbie are the "go-to" guys at GoDpsMusic.

    • 13 years in business
    About

    I have real experience as a paid professional musician and teacher as well as a degree in music and years of private lessons. Besides my ability to play any style of music proficiently I also know how to play jazz and classical music which are much less commonly known these days.

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    I teach drum and percussion lessons in West Los Angeles. I have over a decade of teaching experience and have played in everything, from rock bands to the Los Angeles Philharmonic. I am currently pursuing a doctorate in percussion performance and would love to share my education with others.

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    I can teach rock and roll drumming beginner through intermediate levels. I can teach on my set at home, or I can travel within the Santa Barbara area for lessons. Maximum distance will vary as travel arrangements dictate. I have worked with students at SBCC since 2009 helping walk them through the enrollment processs so patience is a strong suite of mine. I am also an experienced nanny (or manny to those who find it funny), so all age ranges work well for me. But most importantly, I can drum! I still have a lot of work to do on my own skills, so beginners would be best for me,

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    My teaching career began in high school when I would teach other high school and middle school students drum lessons. Upon graduating, I continued my music studies at two different institutions. I have a B.A. in jazz studies from Florida State University and an M.F.A. in jazz studies from the California Institute of the Arts. Total, I have over seven years of experience as a private instructor. I am able to teach drum set, classical and rudimental snare drum and Latin percussion lessons. I have had experience in teaching students with ages ranging from 5-56. In addition to teaching percussion, I can teach music theory, jazz keyboard theory, composition and beginning piano and guitar students. Some of my former students have gone on to study music performance at colleges, such as Florida State University, The University of Miami, Louisiana State University and The University of Alabama.

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    Learn to play drums like a rock star. I'm a Musicians Institute graduate and can help you take your drumming to the next level. I offer tons of curriculum and lots of fun.

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    Living in Beverly Hills, I am looking to teach all ages. I am free on weekends from morning till late. I specialize in jazz and funk.

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    Steve Vai, a Billy Idol drummer, is giving drum lessons in the greater Los Angeles area. I have a studio in North Hollywood and can also travel. I have many years of being a touring working drummer. I have developed an emphasis on what is important to be able to make it in the music business.

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    Drum lessons for all ages and levels. Beginners: I will teach you the fundamentals of drumming and all the necessary rudiments and exercises needed to build a strong musical foundation on the drum set. Intermediate to advanced students: I will teach you new styles, drum fills and overall philosophy of music and drumming. I work well with children and people of all ages. I will patiently guide you in the right direction for musical satisfaction.

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