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Maxwell R. - Piano, Drums, Bass Teacher
$60per hour

Jazz Piano Lessons

Maxwell's lessons:

Piano, Drums, Bass

Piano Lessons

Students will find a fun and easy way to approach reading music and understanding music theory. I like to make sure every student reaches monthly benchmarks by testing understanding, understanding how they think, and developing solutions to make sure they don't plateau.

Levels
Beg
Specialties
Classical
Pop
Ages
5 and Up

Drums Lessons

Students can expect a unique and personally tailored experience. I like to understand my students, their pacing when learning, and always making the lessons fun. My goal is to make sure there is a constant string of progress and benchmarks being made. I like to teach the "why" behind drums.

They can expect to know how to read drum notation, learn how to listen to and tab songs by ear, and feel progress being made.

Levels
Beg
Int
Adv
Specialties
Jazz
Ages
8 and Up

Bass Lessons

Reading tabs and learning scales can be boring on a bass guitar. I love developing ways to keep a student engaged with the instrument and turning the monotonous into fun exercises. I can teach a student to play from tabs, understand technique, and develop their abilities.

Levels
Beg
Int
Specialties
Jazz
Metal
Rock
Ages
8 and Up

Overview

Thank you for clicking on my profile! My name is Maxwell Reed.

I'm a mostly self-taught instrumentalist who obsesses with technique and playing instruments efficiently. I started playing music at the age of 10 (14 years ago) and drums at the age of 16 (about 8 years ago now) and found that I had a real knack for the instrument. I've had the privilege to play venues like the Whiskey A-Go-Go, The Roxy, Viper Room, the Mint, as well as many others in addition to touring the U.S. I currently teach and sub at two music schools.

My favorite part about teaching is understanding my students. Being able to craft a unique lesson plan for everyone is a challenge I love because everyone has a different vision for where they want to be and when they want to be there. For Bass, Piano, and drums, I can teach any style a student would be interested in.

I pride myself on being able to break things down for everyone. What differentiates me from other teachers is my ability to teach a student to not be frustrated, to look at what they're learning, and how to break things apart so that they can play it; to be self-sufficient. All of my students have found value because I make sure that you stay or leave with a tangible skill set that will benefit you in any instrument that you play.

If you don't have an instrument, I have a studio where all of my gear is located that all of my students are welcome to use.

Where did you learn music?

A super commonly asked question I receive. To start, I bought my own drum kit at the age of 16. Drums never really struck me as an important instrument, but my prior experience with music teachers in the past made me feel like I wasn't good enough to pursue melodic instruments like Guitar and Violin. Whenever I would listen to a song, the vocals and electric guitar would always stick out. It wasn't until I took lessons at Alhambra School of Music and having an instructor tell me I had a natural affinity for drums that I began to pursue music more seriously. I took lessons at Alhambra School of Music for three months before I realized I wanted to take a faster approach to learning. I met one of my mentors Luis Campos (Chocs Drummer) here. In addition, I got into Colburn School of Music but also decided I didn't like the pacing of learning there. I felt like a lot of instructors were too rigid with their programs and didn't give me room to exercise creativity or to teach me what I wanted to learn. I spent a lot of time after quitting Colburn looking up youtube tutorials, reading music articles, listening to all kinds of music, and furthering my understanding of music theory. I always had an idea in mind of what I liked in music and took every path I could possibly think of to get to where I am today.

https://soundcloud.com/allsignspointto/tell-me-you-love-me-mastered

"Tell me you love me" was a benchmark for me when I wrote it with my band. It incorporates a lot of what I love in music, especially fringe concepts. It has a lot of speed, different time signatures, polyrhythm and polymeter, varying use of space and shows a lot of influence that I pull from.

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Education

Communications Studies

Aug 2014 - May 2016Chapman University

Languages Spoken

  • EnglishFluent/Native Proficiency
  • MandarinProfessional Proficiency

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Teacher's Home Studio
La Canada, CA
Near YMCA
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Maxwell travels up to 10 miles to a student's home
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