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  • 14 years in business
  • 151 hires on Thumbtack
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Allyson P.
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"Bulent is a fun loving teacher who loves music, and is wonderful with children of all ages. He has taught our daughter for both voice and piano lessons and our son for drum lessons. His technical knowledge is wonderful, he is exact with the students in regard to technique, breathing and stretching exercises, and body alignment. His lessons are fun and he is full of enthusiasm which rubs off on the students. He helps make younger students feel at ease, and has a gentle manner, which makes lessons very enjoyable. We would recommend Bulent to anyone, regardless of musical ability." Allyson P. and Jason E.

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Josh Weinberg Music
4.8
from 15 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 54 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Julieta H.
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Josh is a fantastic drum instructor. He's got talent galore, enthusiasm to burn, and the ability to teach at whatever level the student is at. He combines a passion for music with a natural ability to communicate clearly, which translates into lessons that are super fun and productive. He trained at Berkley won awards for teaching, and is highly sought after as a performer He's truly a gem, as a person and as a drum instructor. Could not be happier!

Reverb Lessons - Boston
4.1
from 25 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 117 hires on Thumbtack
Joanne B.
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Great lessons. Very knowledgeable about music. Patient and kind

Laura Jordan
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Courtney E.
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I have never touched a drum until I started working with Laura and she has taught me so much in as little as 3 weeks. She is very enthusatic about drumming and sets goals for me to follow and work towards. I always look forward to my lessons with her as she makes it fun and a great learning experience! Thanks Laura!!

Drum Lessons
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Rita N.
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Justin is intelligent, organized, responsible, and accountable. He works well with our child when providing drum lessons. He reviews orchestra homework from the school and incorporates that into his lesson. His lessons are thorough and our child has learned a large amount of content in the months he has worked with Justin. He is professional and answers calls and emails promptly. He is personable and kind when interacting with our child and our entire family. He is a talented drummer and we have been pleased with his work and highly recommend him. (Our child is in 5th Grade and attends Newton Public Schools)

  • 3 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Nick H.
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I took lessons from John for seven years. In those seven years, I learned more from him than I could have learned from any other tutor. For the first four years, I took lessons directly from John, in person. Unfortunately, I needed to move and could no longer take lessons from him. We decided to give skype lessons a try and stuck with it for three more years with little difference. From drum-set, to piano, to snare drum, to djembe, he knows it all. Heck, if you're desperate, he'll show you some of his belly beats. If it wasn't for a busy schedule, I'd most certainly still be taking lessons from him. His lessons are very fun and laid-back! John is truly a phenomenal teacher!

Tim Carman
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Danny H.
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I couldn’t have asked for anything more In a drum teacher, lessons have been really fun and he helps me learn what I need to learn in a very time efficient way. Couldn’t recommend him more!

Greg's Music Lessons
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Christopher K.
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I'm 40 years old and, though I have played several musical instruments formally and informally in my past, the last time I played orchestral or rock-n-roll instruments was 20 years ago. When I recently mentioned to my wife that I'd really like to learn to play guitar "right" sometime (having dabbled in teaching myself a long time ago), she got lessons with Greg for my birthday. I've been to around 10 lessons with Greg so far, and I have to say that I'm really impressed with his teaching skills. First off, he adapts very quickly to your skill level; he'll give you things to challenge you while not overwhelming you. Second, he doesn't only teach you scales and musical theory without application like some music teachers do. Third, he listens to what *you* want to do. For example, I told him that I always wanted to learn finger picking, and mentioned a few songs I liked that used that technique; he learned them on his own and the began teaching them to me. Fourth, in a good balance between my second and third points, he will always sneak in some theory into your lessons but always teach you how the theory can help you in practical situations. For example, in my very first lesson he taught me the simple minor pentatonic scale and showed me how I can use it to solo in any 12-bar blues song. Finally, he's someone that makes you feel comfortable at all times -- someone you aren't afraid to screw up in front of, and someone you can bring questions to. I really enjoy our lessons, feel like I'm learning a lot, and plan to continue. When my kids are old enough to start learning an instrument, I'll send them to Greg too. Please consider using Greg as your teacher. I think you'll be very satisfied.

Drum Lessons with Sam Ward
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Alyssa F.
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Sam teaches drums to students within our after-school program and they absolutely love their experience with him! He really knows how to connect with children to help understand the skills needed to play. Highly recommend Sam working teaching lessons to children!

Hilltop Studios
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Mike U.
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Rick is a drum instructor, and I've been taking weekly, hour-long lessons with him for 6 months. After trying out a few instructors in Boston who had no methodology, no go-to books, no handouts, and generally no system or materials for teaching, I found Rick via much googling. Rick is a Berklee trained, practicing musician & drum instructor. His facilities are great: a treated room with 2 side-by-side kits, 2 practice pads, metronomes, etc. Rick has an endless supply of ideas, handouts, and also, a great book (that he authored) that's kept me busy for longer than any other books I've worked with (this is a good thing). He teaches in local schools, as well as private lessons, and I'm glad to have found an instructor that's thinking about drumming & instruction at the professional level he's engaged in. I enjoy Rick on a personal level (I'm near him in age), but would consider him a good role model for kids, showing patience & flexibility in his approach, as well as espousing a strong work ethic.

  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Juan C.
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Cool drum lessons

Juan Mejia
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Christopher P.
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I have had an excellent experience taking drum lessons from juan. He is extremely good at assessing the skill level of the student and presenting challenging material that will allow the student to grow quickly. Juan has taught me not only very applicable grooves but also concepts that have both transformed my practice time and opened up my mind to the creative possiblities on my instrument. He has shown me several ways to maximize my practice time and ways in which I can most effectively integrate what I am learning into my natural playing. Juan is an extremely knowledgeable musician and I myself have grown as a musician after just over a month of taking lessons from him.

Matt Burwell
5.0
from 1 review
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Bonie W.
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My 11 year old has been learning from Matt for more than a year now. Matt is a fantastic teacher. He has instilled a love of music and drums in my son. Matt is not only a great drummer, but also knows how to relate to young folk and keep the sessions interesting with humor. My kid loves his jokes and thinks Matt is way cool! Matt can teach both at his studio or at your home. My kid likes to go to his studio, since he has drumsets, guitars and a piano there. Matt will often teach a lesson and then intersperse it with jamming on the guitar and singing, while my kid drums. It is very motivating to see how all the pieces work together. Matt is also flexible, easygoing and friendly. It is difficult to find a teacher who is excellent at what he does AND can keep kids motivated with humor AND is an overall great guy! Matt also teaches adults. I strongly recommend Matt as a teacher for you or your kid!

Music Lessons with Dennis
4.0
from 4 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Elizabeth V.
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We have known Dennis Shafer for almost two years, in that time he has taught my now 10 year old son to play the clarinet and more recently the saxophone. He also managed and led a small group of students to form a band; all of which were beginners in their instruments. Dennis is a fantastic teacher, he is passionate and enthused and very much an inspiration for my son. His lessons are fun and he introduces different types of music. Thomas has developed well with Dennis and accomplished much. I would highly recommend him to others.

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  • 21 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
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I am a professional drummer with over 20 years of teaching experience. House calls are available for all levels, from beginner to professional. I am patient. I have a fun and relaxed approach.

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I am a Boston based graduate of Berklee College of Music, with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Performance. I create fun and engaging lessons for all ages that are tailored to your specific personalities and needs! I have worked with a wide range of age levels from 7 year olds to adults in their 40’s. The skill levels were anywhere from kids just wanting to try drums out, to students wanting an advanced method and perspective on drums and music. I try to cater to the student’s specific needs and preferences, and find great rewards in the various styles of teaching from beginner to advanced. I love to incorporate listening and transcribing famous beats or songs, as well as songs the students might want to learn. I use a mix of learning from notation and reading, with hearing things by ear as well, to develop a balanced connection between the limbs and ears. I use drum method books for things like 4-way independence in the limbs, and having good technique and control. I also think improvisation is an essential part of music, and I allow students to be free in expressing their musical ideas within the context of a song or groove. This is the most fun for me! One fun method I use is a “Call and Response” method, to work on memory and critical listening as well. It all depends on the pace that the student is most comfortable with, and maybe if they only want to learn their favorite pop/rock songs, that’s fine as well. I just might try incorporating the methods above in a more suitable way for that specific individual.

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I am a Berklee College of Music graduate and a professional musician. I offer professional drum set, percussion, and music lessons. I teach students ages 10 and up. I create comprehensive lesson plans that cater to each student's individual needs. We will work on the material you want to work on. I want to help you learn an instrument.

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My name is Alex Melcher, and I am a private drum instructor with 7 years of teaching experience. I have taught young beginners the basics of hand techniques and percussion studies to advanced drum set concepts and improvisation. I have spent my musical career exploring many styles of playing, genres of music, and different ways of creating soundscapes for each particular musical situation. Styles I specialize in include rock, jazz, funk, R&B, Latin, blues, and classical. Finding a teacher who you can relate with makes all the difference. With teaching, I strive to relate with students in new ways, basing my lessons on the student's strengths and personal interests.

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I am Berklee student giving lessons in the north shore area. I will travel to your place. I am specializing in new students but I can handle all levels and styles of playing. I will teach rock, jazz, latin rhythms, rudiments, reading and solo construction.

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I have been playing the drums for over 10 years, including performance and recording experience with professional musicians. I recently played drums on an album that has just been signed to Ropeadope Records Label in New York City. I have studied and played at Jazz Workshops at the New York University Steinhardt School of Music and the Conservatorium Van Amsterdam in the Netherlands. I have also been studying with some of the best drummers of their time, including Billy Hart and Bob Moses. I took classes, ensembles, and lessons at the New England Conservatory pre-college, and received the highest level of the jazz certificate at the program when I graduated. I went on to get accepted into New England Conservatory of Music with scholarship to pursue a Bachelors Degree in Jazz Performance. I have performed at many venues such as the Boston Public Library Courtyard, The Hatch Memorial Shell Boston, Symphony Hall, Wally's Jazz Cafe, Renaissance Boston, Smalls Jazz Club NYC, Woodstock Opera House in Chicago and many more. I am an experienced musician with integrity and determination.

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