Become The Drum

Become The Drum

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About

I am a Certified Professional Coach and drum teacher with 35 years of playing experience in an organizational structure. I've been teaching drums to beginner students of all ages since 2018. My goal is to teach beginners (kids and adults alike) how to play the drums and percussion with the purpose of extending creative concepts to the student that allows them to use their natural abilities and talents to learn, practice, and play to progress at their personal pace. I offer drumset lessons, percussion, bucket drums, Cajon, and other types of percussion. I take the rhythmic approach of "hear, feel, practice, play" with an emphasis on learning how to practice with intent.

You can use drumming to relax, breathe, and as a meditative tool, and truly enjoy what drumming can bring you. Whether as a hobby for yourself, for live performance, for fun, for health, or whatever it is you hear in your head. I am also available for family drum/percussion circles, and small groups. I have experience with autistic spectrum and dyslexic kids and teens.

I like seeing the change in students and their growth in knowledge as they learn more and become comfortable with the physical and ear training of drumming mechanics. Not just what I see alone, but what the student tells me the learning is doing for them. Not just in music or playing, but in everyday life. Observing how a student plays and applies concepts with their own style is as important as anything a teacher can introduce on their own.


Highlights

Current Top Pro
Hired 5 times
1 employee
6 years in business
Serves Waltham , MA
Offers online services

Payment methods

Cash, Venmo

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Details

Able to read music

Student can read sheet music, Student can read percussion notation, Student understands note durations and rests, Student can't read music

Musical styles

I can make recommendations, Classical, Blues, Jazz, Rock, Folk, Country

Years experience

No formal training, No formal training; some self-taught experience, 0 – 2 years experience, 2 – 4 years experience, 4+ years of experience

Types of drums

I can provide recommendations, Traditional drum kit, Snare drum, Bass drum, Hand drums (bongo, conga, etc.)

Lesson length

30 minutes, 45 minutes, 60 minutes

Student's age

Under 5 years old, 5 – 10 years old, 11 – 13 years old, 14 – 18 years old, 19 – 25 years old, 26 – 45 years old, 46 – 65 years old, Over 65 years old

Student have drums

Student already has drums, Student is planning to purchase drums and would advice

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    shiri S.

    A great and talented teacher! He is doing great with my 11 years old son!
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    October 18, 2022
    Hired on Lessons

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    John B.

    I am a 74 year old drummer who took lessons in high school and never played for 50 years until 3 years ago. Even though it instantly came back to me I felt that something was missing. When I contacted Tony on the first lesson he asked me what I would like to accomplish if he were to teach me. I asked him to start with the basics as though I had never played before. He did, he not only had me doing basic rudiments he coached me on bringing my confidence level up, taught me how to tune my drums properly, and to this date im playing with much more confidence and my playing ability has greatly improved because of Tonys ability to teach and recognize my playing problems. Even though I now play in a band I will be staying with tony for drum lessons and I highly recommend him to anyone who is either a beginner or accomplished drummer. Hes great and his personalty and demeanor is that of a professional.
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    June 15, 2022

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    Josh I.

    Toni seems very knowledgeable and is very easy to understand while explaining different techniques. I feel like I’ve learned more in 2 lessons with him more than I did in 6 with my previous instructor. Looking forward to learning more - thanks!
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    September 21, 2021
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    Brenda G.

    Only one lesson so far but Tony is very knowledgeable and is very organized for his lesson plans. He is a pleasure to learn from showing patience and kindness in correctness. Very easy to talk to and I feel a connection already with him as my teacher. I look forward to my journey with Tony to learn to play the drums. Highly recommend. Meant to give 5 stars but I hit the wrong star by accident and could not change it.
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    January 22, 2021
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    Frequently asked questions

    Jumping right in with what experience the new student has already, their desires, goals, and what they are looking to accomplish), What does the student find fun and interesting about the drums?

    From there, we simply start with the basics. Portions of the lesson devoted to how, why, and when they should practice, coaching the victories of the lesson, with the last portion of the lesson dedicated to new skills and collaborative drumming jams.

    - Drumming from 1985
    - Teaching from 2018
    - Coaching, mentoring and collaborating since 2017 (as a CPC, ELI-MP. (Certified Professional Coach, Energy Leadership Master Practitioner) 

    I offer 30, 45, and 60 minutes classes. The typical lesson fee is $30, $45, and $60 respectively aligned with lesson length.  Since I am traveling to student/client homes, travel cost may increase session fee depending on distance.

    I play several instruments (for fun) and was asked by my bass/guitar and music theory teacher if I would be interested in teaching drums to kids. That's where it all started and it has been a rewarding and exciting experience since day one!

    I have had both boys and girls, children and adults of all ages ranging from 5 years to 70+ years young! I have experience with autistic spectrum. dyslexic and ADHD children and teens.  Since I travel to homes, other family members have wanted to participate and so group/family plans are also available. I have even had students' pets enjoy the process!

    * * I am also available to jam along with non-drummers/percussionists with you playing your instrument. This is great for people who need a tempo and percussive rhythm behind their own instruments practice, and prefer to jam along with another person rather than with machines or software. This is also a great way for you to hammer our songs that need a live organic drum/percussion groove.

    Have fun doing it and take your practice seriously. Enjoy where the rhythms take you and feel the music and beat of the drums deeply. Even with no experience at all, I am confident you can learn drums, percussion, or both with a relative dedication to your goals. We can and will do this together!


    Services offered

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