Drum/Percussion Lessons By Joe Santoro
I teach a technique and style that will serve young students through adults. It is a method whereby kids can play in their school bands, marching bands, concert bands and drum set without radically changing the fundamental technical skills that can cause confusion in their school bands. I have two drum set in my studio for drum set lessons as well as 3 iPads as teaching tools, plus a computer. I also teach percussion at Cupertino Middle School. Before that I taught at Miller Middle School for 6 years and previous to that, 20 years at Milpitas High School. I want my students to have 'fun' while working hard to improve their skills. Drumming has also been proven to be effective on the part of the brain used for developing math skills. This is true for music in general. I would be glad to offer you a trial lesson at our mutual convenience.
I have been teaching for decades, literally. I love it and I teach 7 days a week. I went to San Jose State and studied Percussion with Hall of Fame percussionist, Anthony Cirone. I have been voted Best Teacher, Best Music Teacher, Person of the Year for Marching, Commendations from the City where I teach, as well as other awards.
My students are stand outs in their band programs. Currently I feed students to Homestead and Fremont High School. My younger students particiate in Honor Ensembles. My drum set players are always being asked to perform at their School's Talent shows and musical productions.
But, these lessons are about YOU or your child and what I can do to help them achieve their goals and drumming dreams
I love working with kids. Their enthusiasm for learning our instrument inspires me to be a better teacher. Seeing my kids progress while having fun is a joy. Helping them to become better players, especially in their school programs, always makes me proud. To me teaching is not what I do but it is who I am.
Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
First, I want to student to get comfortable with me and my sense of humor. If they are a beginner we start on fundamentals using a metronome. If they have experience then I ask them to play for me and then we will proceed from there.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Lots and lots and lots of experience and the ability to 'listen' to students when they talk and respect their opinions. I want to get to know my students and to be of value to them in areas other than music, if they need or want that. I have received awards for my teaching. I currently teach at Miller Middle School and Cupertino Middle School. Before that I had spent many years at Milpitas High. I have been able to build solid percussion sections at all of those Schools.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
There is a $15 registration fee. My tuition is $150 per month for one private lesson per week or 4 per month. Each lesson is 30 minutes.
How did you get started teaching?
I was recommended to tutor a young drummer and then it took off from there. I started when I was 17.