San Francisco Bay Area Drum Teachers
Cooper Grant is a 23-year-old musician and composer living in Berkeley. He plays and teaches piano and percussion for all ages and skill levels. He has played, taught and performed a variety of genres, from classical to jazz, folk, R&B, pop, and gospel. He has taught privately, through Henderson and Golden Key Schools of music, as well as through various programs like the Chico Theater Ensemble and Chico Country Day/Blue Oak Elementary Schools.
Cooper's pedagogical approach is to connect the student with their love for music, emphasizing musicality and ear training. By developing a strong practice routine, the student is able to cultivate the technique required to express themselves musically, forming a relationship between improvement and the joy of playing.
Ever since 8 years old, Ben Esposito has felt a strong passion towards playing the drums and causing others to enjoy themselves through the art of making music. Whether it is with a symphony, his high school big band, or a jazz combo with his friends, Ben is always striving to be the best he can be through music. Along with his passion for playing, Ben loves working with others and helping them experience the joy and memories he has gained through the world of music. He believes everyone deserves to have the resources they need to explore their craft, and through his music lessons, he works with students to make sure they are playing and progressing at the rate they wish to be, as well as enjoying themselves through it all.
Through all skill levels, genres and ages, Ben approaches his lessons with three basic goals. First, he talks with the students and learns about their experience with music and where they wish to go with their playing. He then assesses their drumming and finally, he prescribes the student with exercises and ways to progress with their playing. This includes educational books, worksheets he makes, and tips on how to maximize their practice time. His approach to teaching has proven to work with a variety of ages, including elementary school and high school students, and his care to each and every musician is something that is beneficial for students to look forward to making music.