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John S.
Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Professional gigging drummer for 10+ years - Highly experienced with creating/running backing tracks & clicks - Comfortable across a wide range of genres
About John S.

Hi, I'm John! I'm a full-time musician, currently splitting my time between teaching drums and touring with indie rock band Step Rockets. I've been fortunate enough to spend the past 12 years teaching, recording, and performing across North America. I started drumming at the age of 10, honing my chops under the tutelage of drummer/vibraphonist Steve Roehm, member of the acclaimed Twin Cities jazz trio, The New Standards. I continued my musical education at St. Olaf College, where I played drums in the college's nationally accredited Jazz One ensemble while studying percussion with jazz veterans Phil Hey and Dave Hagedorn. I then spent three years teaching students in St. Paul Public Schools while developing a strong base of private drum students in the Twin Cities. I love sharing my passion for drums with people of all ages and musical backgrounds. I provide a fun and stimulating learning environment in which students can foster their drum skills and grow their love of music. I have a thorough understanding of drumming technique coupled with an in-depth knowledge of different styles and genres, which I've accumulated through playing with a wide variety of bands and ensembles. *** Lesson Details *** I provide a laid back atmosphere, ensuring that lessons are equal parts fun and education. I tailor my curriculum based on my students' skill level and interests. I can teach any number of drum set skills, from technique and music reading to advanced coordination and improvisation. *** Studio Equipment *** Sound-Proof Studio w/ 2 Full Drum Kits and Speakers *** Specialties *** Sight-Reading; Rudiments; Improvisation; Technique; 4-limb coordination; Genres: Funk, Hip-Hop, Rock, Jazz, Latin (Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Latin-Jazz), Pop, Country, etc.

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Teaches all skill levels

Teaching since

Teaching since 2008

Education

Music Studies Professional Certificate

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Teaches ages 5+

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Speaks English

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John S.
Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Professional gigging drummer for 10+ years - Highly experienced with creating/running backing tracks & clicks - Comfortable across a wide range of genres
About John S.

Hi, I'm John! I'm a full-time musician, currently splitting my time between teaching drums and touring with indie rock band Step Rockets. I've been fortunate enough to spend the past 12 years teaching, recording, and performing across North America. I started drumming at the age of 10, honing my chops under the tutelage of drummer/vibraphonist Steve Roehm, member of the acclaimed Twin Cities jazz trio, The New Standards. I continued my musical education at St. Olaf College, where I played drums in the college's nationally accredited Jazz One ensemble while studying percussion with jazz veterans Phil Hey and Dave Hagedorn. I then spent three years teaching students in St. Paul Public Schools while developing a strong base of private drum students in the Twin Cities. I love sharing my passion for drums with people of all ages and musical backgrounds. I provide a fun and stimulating learning environment in which students can foster their drum skills and grow their love of music. I have a thorough understanding of drumming technique coupled with an in-depth knowledge of different styles and genres, which I've accumulated through playing with a wide variety of bands and ensembles. *** Lesson Details *** I provide a laid back atmosphere, ensuring that lessons are equal parts fun and education. I tailor my curriculum based on my students' skill level and interests. I can teach any number of drum set skills, from technique and music reading to advanced coordination and improvisation. *** Studio Equipment *** Sound-Proof Studio w/ 2 Full Drum Kits and Speakers *** Specialties *** Sight-Reading; Rudiments; Improvisation; Technique; 4-limb coordination; Genres: Funk, Hip-Hop, Rock, Jazz, Latin (Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Latin-Jazz), Pop, Country, etc.

Levels taught

Teaches all skill levels

Teaching since

Teaching since 2008

Education

Music Studies Professional Certificate

Teaches ages +

Teaches ages 5+

Speaks

Speaks English

Speaks

Has background check

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Excellent instructor! Positive, patient and great mix of focus on fundamentals vs. fun and challenging exercises to keep me engaged.

Posted Jan 6, 2020
Teacher's Studio

The first week is awesome. I had taken a class at a college for a quarter. I did very well and learned a lot. With that, John knew right where to start with me. Looking forward to getting the best sound I can. Thanks, John.

Posted Aug 19, 2019
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John is THE BEST. He is as knowledgeable as they come, inspires my daughter to become her best self, is communicative and flexible. Honestly, I am scared he will become too popular — he's OURS! <3

Posted Apr 25, 2019
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Jan 2006 - Present
Drum Instructor & Performing Artist
Music Studies Professional Certificate
Sep 2017 - Apr 2018
Berklee School of Music
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Sep 2006 - May 2010
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B.A. Psychology
May 2010
St. Olaf College

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Music Performance
Teacher's Studio
Teacher's Studio
SEE MAP
Murray Ave
Teacher's Studio
Teacher's Studio
SEE MAP
Quincy St.
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
$50
45 minutes
$75
60 minutes
$100
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30
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