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Dennis W.
Palo Alto, California
Learn the drums with a passion from a professional musician and instructor
Music is a subject that anyone can relate to. Playing and performing music is a dream that many people aspire. I have watched my students grow from complete beginners to taking stages in front of a large audience. I am always thorough about teaching my students the basics: understanding proper technique, dynamics, rhythm, and timing. I teach my students to play to a metronome, read music and rhythms, play songs, and play along with other live musicians. I specialize in many various genres of music including funk, rock, pop, hip-hop, jazz, Latin, prog, and metal. Over time, you will learn to play like the professionals that inspire you.
About Dennis W.

Hey there! My name is Dennis, and I have been playing the drums for most of my life, and have taught for nearly 10 years. Music has become my greatest passion, and I love to share it with anyone who wants to learn. Music is a very special artform in which everyone can relate, feel, and understand, and creating that nostalgia is an incredible virtue. Over the years, I have the opportunity to share stages with many bands, record drums for artists, and watch my students grow into professionals. If you would like to see me perform, you can find me on Friday nights near Pizza My Heart in Downtown Palo Alto. I can teach lessons to students of any age, skill level, or versatility. If you are willing to learn, I am here to help you reach your goals. Some fundamentals that I teach include proper technique, reading and playing rhythms, ear training, dynamics, ambidexterity, improvisation, feel, and of course any song you'd like to learn.

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Teaches all skill levels

Teaching since

Teaching since 2013

Education

Industrial Design

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Teaches ages 5+

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Speaks English

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Avatar of the tutor
Dennis W.
Palo Alto, California
Learn the drums with a passion from a professional musician and instructor
Music is a subject that anyone can relate to. Playing and performing music is a dream that many people aspire. I have watched my students grow from complete beginners to taking stages in front of a large audience. I am always thorough about teaching my students the basics: understanding proper technique, dynamics, rhythm, and timing. I teach my students to play to a metronome, read music and rhythms, play songs, and play along with other live musicians. I specialize in many various genres of music including funk, rock, pop, hip-hop, jazz, Latin, prog, and metal. Over time, you will learn to play like the professionals that inspire you.
About Dennis W.

Hey there! My name is Dennis, and I have been playing the drums for most of my life, and have taught for nearly 10 years. Music has become my greatest passion, and I love to share it with anyone who wants to learn. Music is a very special artform in which everyone can relate, feel, and understand, and creating that nostalgia is an incredible virtue. Over the years, I have the opportunity to share stages with many bands, record drums for artists, and watch my students grow into professionals. If you would like to see me perform, you can find me on Friday nights near Pizza My Heart in Downtown Palo Alto. I can teach lessons to students of any age, skill level, or versatility. If you are willing to learn, I am here to help you reach your goals. Some fundamentals that I teach include proper technique, reading and playing rhythms, ear training, dynamics, ambidexterity, improvisation, feel, and of course any song you'd like to learn.

Levels taught

Teaches all skill levels

Teaching since

Teaching since 2013

Education

Industrial Design

Teaches ages +

Teaches ages 5+

Speaks

Speaks English

Speaks

Has background check

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Bryant St, Palo Alto
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Dennis is a fantastic teacher.

Posted Jul 6, 2019
Teacher's Studio

Really understanding and patient teacher with a clear passion for drums.

Posted May 23, 2019
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My daughter loved her lesson. Superb drawing and shading instruction! Definitely scheduling more lessons.

Posted Jan 2, 2019
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Recording Drummer
Jan 2015 - Present
Self-Employed
I have recorded drums for various artists from my own bands and projects to commissioned artists that needed drums in their songs. Recording is a completely different skillset from performing, as it requires special attention to the little details such as precise timing, dynamics, composition, consistency, and lots of patience.
Performing Musician
Mar 2014 - Present
Self-Employed
I have performed with various bands and musicians for many years in a wide range of venues including street performances, restaurants, private events, concert halls, and festivals. Each venue brings its own flavor to the table, and adapting to the circumstances is a challenge within itself.
Private & Group Instructor
Feb 2015 - Dec 2018
School of Rock, Palo Alto
I taught students to play the songs they know and love with other musicians as they learn how to play in a group setting. These songs were rehearsed for multiple months overtime, ending with a stage performance for all their parents and friends.
Industrial Design
Feb 2019
Academy of Art University
Art & Music
Sep 2015 - Dec 2017
Foothill College
English
Professional Proficiency

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Instructor details
Drums
Teacher's Studio
Teacher's Studio
SEE MAP
Bryant St, Palo Alto
Student's Home
Student's Home
Teaches Online
Teaches Online
Work hours
M
T
W
T
F
S
S
Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
30 minutes
$70
45 minutes
$80
60 minutes
$100
90 minutes
$120
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30