PRIVATE DRUM LESSONS
with Andrew Tyler
Andrew is a professional drummer in Van Nuys, CA with over 16 years of teaching experience. He has traveled all over the US and overseas with bands playing blues and jazz to indie rock and pop. Andrew provides customized lessons for students of all ages based off their ability and interests to help them to reach their musical goals.
With years of teaching experience, Andrew has learned the most effective ways to help each each student reach their goals. Every lesson is customized to keep the student engaged and motivated to work hard to grow as a musician. Andrew focuses on the fundamentals to aid in learning anything from rock and pop music to complex jazz tunes. He is currently offering in-home and online lessons.
“I make my living as a musician so I am fully aware of the importance of the fundamentals of musicianship. Andrew kept my son engaged and challenged from the first lesson, which started when he was 13 years old. When it was time for my son to start high school, I requested that Andrew attempt to prepare him for his audition at LACSHA (The Los Angeles County High School For The Arts, the second most difficult high school in which to be accepted in America). As it turned out, my son was not only accepted but was in the top jazz combo by his sophomore year. I know none of this would have been possible without Andrew's keen abilities as a teacher. I’ve seen him at work during lesson' and was thoroughly impressed with his professionalism. He takes pride in his work and the results speak more than I can express. I would never hesitate to recommend him to a drum student of any age or ability... he’s fantastic!"
Brian Simpson (Jazz Pianist)
I was born and raised in Lincoln, NE and have had a passion for percussion instruments for as long as I can remember. I loved sitting on my kitchen floor and banging on pots and pans. My parents would also take me to watch the neighboring high school's drumline practice. In 5th grade I began playing the snare drum in school and by 7th grade I bought my first full drum set (for $20) that my family dubbed, "crap set." I started teaching myself how to play along to songs and would spend hours each day drumming.
After joining every band offered through high school and playing in a few successful local bands, I decided to attend the University of Nebraska to study classical percussion with a focus in Music Education. After college I found an incredible drummer and instructor, Dana Murray, who had me study any style of music that I could gain new skills from. Under his instruction, I studied anything from pop and rock to world music and jazz. From the first lesson, I knew I was going to change my passion of drumming from a hobby into my career. In a few months he convinced me to quit my full-time job at State Farm to focus my energy toward my passion. Three months after quitting the cubicle job and practicing six to eight hours every day, I picked up my first touring gig that took me all over the country and overseas. I learned so much on these tours and they even led to sharing the stage with blues legend, Buddy Guy.
A couple years into being a professional drummer, I moved to LA for a change of scenery into one of the best music hubs in the country. Since then, I've toured with many major label acts and continue to play in some incredible bands. I also wanted to pass on the knowledge and inspiration that was given to me from Dana through teaching. Being a drum instructor never feels like work for me and I truly enjoy watching my students gain new skills and confidence through our lessons.
If I'm not drumming, I'm most likely running on local trails training for anything from a 50k to 100 mile ultra marathon. I also created a program called TRAIL KIDZ to help get kids out onto LA's beautiful local trails to hike or run and to encourage a healthy lifestyle.