Trent Garner, Piano And Percussion Lessons

Trent Garner, Piano And Percussion Lessons

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About this pro

Trent Garner performs with a variety of ensembles, from church drumming and pit percussion, to marching in DCI and performances with local groups including the San Francisco Symphony @ Sound Box, the Prometheus Symphony, and SFJazz.  

His professional experience encompasses many styles and settings, including Drum Corps International with a top ten corps, jazz bands, musical theatres, and concerto soloist. 

Trent was awarded his BM in Percussion Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, studying with 30 year San Francisco Symphony principal percussionist Jack Van Geem, and capping over twenty years of instruction, performance, and teaching. 

I love music, and I live for the privilage of making this art my main supporting profession. I work well with people of all ages, and my personal goal with every student is show how fun and fulfilling music can be. Let's work together to find out what your goals are and make them a reality! And always, good luck and have FUN on your musical journey! 

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San Francisco, CA 94121
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  • Katharina Schmidt

    Trent is a great teacher! His didactics are very constructive, he engages both my sons in their own learning process, makes it fun, is demanding when it is needed and adapts to each child individually depending on his needs.


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Simply put, we first discuss goals, then assess your skill level, find the optimal material to study, and finally work towards your goals week to week!

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have been taking private lessons or performing as a professional musician for over 20 years. I earned my BM in Percussion Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Spring '16. Currently, I play drums for local churchs weekly, percussion in pits for musicals, provide piano lessons to a healthy studio, and occasionally perform with larger ensembles. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

My teaching rates are based on divisions of $50/hr. 1.5hr = $75, 30min = $25, etc. These rates are negotiable to a degree; if you'd really love to learn, reach out to me and we can work it out. I also offer a free, thirty minute, in-home studio lesson/assessment, for those looking for the right fit.

If I am traveling to your home/school, a $5 travel fee will be added, unless the lesson is an hour or longer.

I have a 24 hour lesson cancellation policy. If you cannot make a planned lesson, we must tell me at least 24 hours in advance or the you will be charged for 50% of the lesson. I hold myself to the same professional standard; if I cancel less than 24 hours away from our lesson, I reduce the cost of your next lesson by 50%. In the case of sickness or scheduling conflict on short notice (less than 24hrs), most students find rescheduling the lesson for a different time during the week usually works best. 

What types of students have you worked with?

I'm grateful to have worked with students of all ages and backgrounds, from retired adults to children as young as six. 

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Remember, come prepared to work, you get out what you put in, and find a teacher you enjoy working with!