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Drum Lessons

Drum lessons are available 7 days a week. Sign up here!

Brandon Bermudez

Brandon is a working musician, producer, and engineer in the Seattle/Tacoma area for the past decade. He regularly plays in and around town, sometimes tours countries, and frequently collaborates with many professional musicians in the area. Recently, he’s played bass with prog-rock band Bone Cave Ballet and alt-rock band Starry-Eyed Samurai, and drums with both new-wavers Trick Candles and pop-fusion band Nitrogen Lion Society.

Brandon believes that consistency, versatility, and attitude are the traits that make great musicians. With his interactive-guidance teaching approach, the student controls the pacing of each lesson, which alleviates classroom anxiety and helps the lesson material become more comprehensible. With a heavy emphasis on creativity and technique, Brandon will improve the understanding of rhythm and ability to perform in many styles of music by sharing from his 20+ years of composition and performance experience.

Brandon teaches drums, bass, ukulele and guitar.

James Squires

James has been playing music since the age of six, starting with the piano. A Seattle local, he participated in the renowned Garfield High School Jazz Ensemble and continued to study music privately. James attended Berkeley School of Music and studied drum performance. He plays locally with Maiah Manser (a favorite Mode Music alum), blues-rock band C-Leb & The Kettle Black, psych-rock band Supermother and local country acts. James also has been working as a producer and engineer for the last five years and teaches production using Ableton Live and other programs.

James teaches drums, piano and audio production.

Pat Mckenna

Patrick Mckenna is a native Washingtonian that has been studying and performing live for over 20 years.  He has extensive experience in a number of genres including Jazz, Latin, Rock, Punk, Metal Country, Blue Grass,  Hip-Hop and several styles of EDM.  After studying performance percussion in the classical music department at Pepperdine University, he shifted his focus to his life long love of Jazz.  After studying and developing his playing to a new level of proficiency under the tutelage of local jazz pillar Mark Ivester, he was offered a full time playing position with Montana country legend Rob Quist.  Rob Quist and Great Northern is an Electric Blue Grass outfit that gave Patrick the opportunity to tour the whole west coast and opened the door for supporting performances with acts like Chuck Negron (Three Dog Night), The Marshall Tucker Band, Dennis Quaid and the Sharks and The Doobie Brothers.  Patrick is also proficient in Audio Engineering and Music Production.  He has experience with multiple DAWs including Pro Tools, Logic, Digital Performer, Ableton Live and Reason.  Recently, he has performed with the local band La Fonda and played drums on their debut album.  Patrick has an intense passion for teaching which is fueled by seeing others learn and express themselves through percussion.  This genuine love for music education resonates with everyone from first-day students learning to play their first basic rock beat, to advanced players looking for expertise and technical/theoretical development at a professional level.  

Jeremy Shanok

Jeremy Shanok is a multi-instrumentalist, specializing in piano, guitar, bass, and drums. Currently he is the songwriter and leader of Seattle band The Winter Shakers, but has worked with numerous bands in the past. Lizzy Rose, Honey Moon Tree, Buxter Hoot’n, The Justin Purtill Band, Busta Groove, The Dismal Tide, and Sandi Fernandez to name a few. As a teacher he has been leading group ensembles and doing one on one lessons for about twenty years. He graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2003 and has since lived in NY and San Francisco before making Seattle his home 5 years ago. He is a prominent member of the Seattle music community and can constantly be found playing local shows.

Eva Walker

Eva Walker is a Seattle born rock n roll musician. She is the lead guitarist and vocalist for The Black Tones, which she co-founded with her twin brother in 2011. Her band has played venues such as the Paramount Theatre, the Crocodile, Tractor Tavern and notable festivals such as the first annual Upstream Music Festival, Capital Hill Block Party, Doe Bay, Timber Festival and many more. Opening for acts such as Death Cab for Cutie,Tacocat, Love Battery, have appeared on the Spud Goodman Show and featured on the televised show Band in Seattle on CW 11. Eva as herself and with the band, has been featured multiple times in AFROPUNK, KEXP and many other notable outlets.

Eva teaches beginning guitar, drums, piano, vocals and ukulele.

Matt Moore

Matt Moore is from Austin, Texas. He picked up guitar at the age of 7. In middle school, he began with the saxophone. During high school, Matt learned piano and drums. Through college, he learned to play the clarinet and flute as well as perfected the rest of his instruments. Matt graduated cum laude from the University of North Texas at the Music School with a B.A. in Jazz Studies. From then, he has performed in many professional bands and formed his own groups, such as Circling Drones. Matt has a lot of experience in all the instruments he teaches.

Matt likes to combine what the students wants to learn with his knowledge of that particular style of music. He likes to integrate music theory lessons as well as teaching to read and write. Matt gives homework to allow the students to practice on their own at home. Most importantly, he wants the student(s) to enjoy learning everything they can about music.

Matt teaches saxophone (baritone,tenor and alto), clarinet, flute, drums, guitar, piano, ukulele and beginning bass.

Matt teaches saxophone, clarinet, flute, drums, guitar, piano, ukulele and beginning bass.

 

Paul Davis

A south Seattle local, Paul grew up and went to school in Burien where he began, like most students, playing in school band and taking private lessons. After catching the music bug that led him to organizing and performing in his own bands, he attended Washington State University where he earned his Music Performance degree. Since returning from school, Paul has played with a diverse collection of bands and recorded and toured both domestically and internationally. You can catch him performing in clubs all over the PNW, including next door at the Skylark Cafe! Paul also recently opened his own recording studio and sync licensing company called Hazy Bay Music where he composes and produces music for bands and multimedia purposes.

Paul brings a relaxed and focused atmosphere to the lessons, encouraging his kids to be enthusiastic about music education. He believes technique and fundamentals are important in helping students grow so they have the tools to collaborate with others and thrive in musical settings. Most importantly, he helps students to see how fun music is and how valuable music skills can be in everyday life.

Paul teaches drums, guitar, piano, ukulele and bass.

 

Vox/Scott Porter

Hello, my name is Scot but I go by Vox. I’m 33 years old and I’ve been playing and performing drums for over 20 years and almost as long producing electronic music, my electronic project is called Vox Mod. I’ve been involved in the Seattle music scene since 2004 playing with bands like Nazca Lines, Exohxo, Wild Orchid Children, and Lazer Kitty to name a few. As a drum teacher, I’ll help your students refine the feeling they have when playing, guiding them to find their drum ‘voice’ and style while developing essentials and technique.

Drum lessons are available 7 days a week. Sign up here!

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