I am the percussion professor at Cal State San Bernardino. I have 30 years of professional percussion performing and teaching experience, including my own study with world renowned experts on marimba, drum set, congas, and orchestral percussion.
Dr. Johnson is an excellent instructor, and I studied under him for several years. It's been some time since our last lesson, but the techniques, and aspects of musicianship that I've learned from him, still apply to my playing. He'll let you know when you're slacking, and that I appreciated. If you take your lessons seriously, and practice diligently, you will improve.
- Docotor Musical Arts Degree, University of Oklahoma
- Masters of Music, Northwestern University
- Bachelors of Music, Central Michigan University
- My teachers: Joe Morello (Dave Brubeck Quartet), Bob Hohner (Bob Hohner Percussion Ensemble), Richard Gipson (University of Oklahoma), Henry Okstel (University of North Texas), Angel Figueroa (Latin percussionist for Sting, Herbie Hancock)
$25 for 30 minutes
$35 for 45 minutes
$45 for 60 minutes
Lower rates are possible for middle and high school students.
I started studying percusssion in middle school band at age 11. In high school, I had a remarkable private teacher (Robert Hohner) and band director (Don Flickinger) who inspired me to pursue a career in music. Later on, I discovered I enjoyed teaching percussion as much as I enjoyed performing.
I have taught and enjoy teaching all ages from middle school to senior citizen, and I teach both individual and group lessons.
Find a teacher who is an active performer and continues to study new percussion instruments and musical styles.
Percussion playing is expensive because instruments and playing implements cost money. It's also quite time intensive to study multiple instruments at once. You have to practice!
What musical goals do you have, both short- and long-term?
What resources can you commit to purusing your study, not just in terms of money but also time?