Alex's Drum Lessons And Jazz Entertainment Events
Alex's Drum Lessons And Jazz Entertainment Events

Alex's Drum Lessons And Jazz Entertainment Events

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$200/hour
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Introduction: I have been teaching drum set lessons for 20 years and have had students go on to prestigious music schools, as well as be lifelong hobbyists. I teach all styles and specialize in jazz. I love to empower students of all ages, even as young as 3, learn to internalize how to grow while having fun with their instruments. I have had students stick with me for more than 12 years regardless of where I have moved (I am available for Skype lessons and they work just as well.). I'm always willing to work something out financially, so I use a sliding-scale method of payment where appropriate.
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Current Top Pro

Hired 75 times

Serves Meridian, ID

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1 employee

20 years in business

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2023

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Customers rated this pro highly for work quality, professionalism, and value.

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Patrick M.
Dec 4, 2023
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Being almost 56 years old with no musical instrument training, I was not sure how learning to play the drums(virtually, no less) would go. Alex put me at ease immediately. He is a very patient and skilled instructor. His love of music and passion for the drums shines through with his enthusiasm as he cheers me on even the smallest of triumphs. I highly recommend Alex as a drumming instructor. He has been willing to work around my schedule 3000 miles away. He has his virtual studio running without a hitch. It is a great and convenient way to learn(especially for an old guy like me, LOL). 10 out of 10!!

Details: 45 - 64 years old • No formal training • Can't read music • What the teacher recommends • Jazz • What the teacher recommends • No, but the student is planning to purchase drums and would like the teacher's advice on it • 60 minutes • Remotely (phone or internet)

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Paradox F.
Aug 9, 2023
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Alex is an awesome drum teacher! He's absolutely incredible. I have been drumming for about 5 years now and am mostly self taught. I decided I wanted to take my drumming to the next level as well as branch into a new genre of music while I was at it. I had been searching for a drum teacher for a while and came across Alex. I decided to give him a shot and ohhh boy, was it the best decision I could have made. Off the bat he was willing to work with me on price which was super nice of him. When we met in person I could tell right away that he has a burning passion for teaching drums. Even though we were meeting each other for the first time it felt like I was interacting with a long time friend. We just clicked so well. He is super friendly, enthusiastic, and patient. After my first drum lesson, I was honestly mind blown. I had learned more from Alex in 1 lesson than I had from my past drumming teacher who I had taken 2 months of classes with. If you are new drummer or drummer with experience Alex is the man! I highly recommend him if you are looking to learn or want to improve and push the limits of your drumming skills 💯

Details: 18 - 25 years old • No formal training; some self-taught experience • Can't read music • Traditional drum kit • Snare drum • Bass drum • What the teacher recommends • Rock • Jazz • What the teacher recommends • Yes, the student already has drums • 60 minutes • At the pro’s location

Drum Lessons
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Adriana R.
May 14, 2023
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Alex and his group offered an upscaled, sophisticated and relaxing experience .Music in perfect harmony with our event. Right vibe, right volume, right everything! Just professional and knowledgeable!

Details: Birthday party • 26 - 50 guests • 51 or older • Band • 3 - 5 • Jazz / Blues • Outdoors

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Suzanne C.
Apr 8, 2023
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Alex is in a league of his own when it comes to teaching the drums. He has TONS of experience, and in growing so much ! I wasn’t sure if learning the drums virtually would work, but Alex has an eye for even the smallest of details. He has refined my hand position and taught me so many tricks as to how to feel more confident, flexible, fluid, and skilled on the drums. I’m also playing more rhythmically and evenly! I look forward to seeing him each week~ it’s a highlight and he leaves me feeling more excited about not only the drums but life in general. I find myself dreaming about the drums and playing the air drums when I hear a good song with a groovy drum beat. My ears are changing what they hear. Life is more musical. Alex is a true gem. I highly recommend him for his expertise, passion, dedication to his students, and strength of character!!

Details: 26 - 44 years old • 0 - 2 yrs of formal training • Can read sheet music • Snare drum • Bass drum • Traditional drum kit • Hand drums (bongo, conga, etc.) • What the teacher recommends • What the teacher recommends • Yes, the student already has drums • 30 minutes • My home, venue, etc. • Remotely (phone or internet)

Drum Lessons
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Rebekah M.
Apr 3, 2023
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Alex is a great teacher! For reference, I have a degree in music performance and have worked with many teachers through my decades-long education. Alex is definitely one of the great ones. My family has been really happy with our experience. If you’re considering him for a drum teacher I highly recommend him, regardless of whether you are just starting out or already have experience.

Details: 6 - 9 years old • No formal training • Can't read music • Traditional drum kit • Rock • Country • Classical • Yes, the student already has drums • 30 minutes • At the pro’s location • My home, venue, etc. • Remotely (phone or internet)

Drum Lessons
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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    I do have a sliding scale but my general rate is $60/hour. However, If I come to you then I need to charge for gas as well as travel time. For example, when I teach a student in Burbank they pay $100 for a 60min lesson (sometimes we go longer). This is because it takes me about 25min each way to travel and there is a gas cost as well.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    I try to assess exactly what level a student is at. Then I proceed to try and find any "holes" in their knowledge. Then I devise an organized approach to build the holes into strengths while turning the strengths into GREAT strengths:) I also need to know both how much the student is willing to practice and what styles they are truly interested in. Beyond that, I spend a great deal of lesson time trying to coach the student and reveal to them what excellent practicing ACTUALLY looks like. This process really helps people develop great practice habits.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    Outside of receiving my Master's in Jazz Performance at The California Institute of the Arts, I have studied with some of the greatest teachers in the world. This includes John Riley, Eric Harland, Bill Stewart, Bob Gullotti, Joe LaBarbera, Damion Reid, Gregory Hutchinson and more. I have a very earnest desire to understand the best way to teach concepts that a lot of teachers insists "can't be taught". I disagree and have created systems to codify aspects of drumming language to simplify this process so the student can truly learn to internalize vocabulary to express his or herself.

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