Victor has been teaching drum lessons professionally since 2007. He has experience teaching all ages, levels, and styles and strives to instill in his students the same love and passion for drums and music that he has.
Victor’s teaching method combines technical exercises with the study of specific method books. The students will also learn songs, chosen by both Victor and themselves, so that they can learn to apply their new skills in different musical situations.
Everyone learns differently, so Victor will adapt his lessons to best fit the personality of the student. He strongly believes that drumming, and music in general, should be fun.
Victor is the perfect teacher for our 11 year old son. He is encouraging, patient and fun. He is an excellent instructor, teaching techniques necessary for becoming a musician, while keeping it entertaining for our son’s age group. Victor takes songs that our son wants to learn, even if there is no sheet music for it, and designs it to meet both his needs for learning technical elements and giving him a sense of accomplishment. We’ve had three drum instructors, both in Seattle and Bellevue, private and through drum schools, and Victor is by far the best!
Our son loves taking drum lessons from Victor! In eight months he’s learned to read drum tablature, play complicated beats, and rock out to some of his favorite songs. Victor’s instruction is professional, relevant, and fun. We appreciate his musicianship and ability to relate well to kids. Whether you’re a beginning drummer or have some experience, Victor will surely take your playing to the next level.
Our 13 year old son has taken lessons from Victor for several years. He always looks forward to his lessons, and he continues to learn and improve every week. Victor has done a great job connecting with our son on a personal level, which has been fun to watch. His teaching style is rooted in fundamentals and great technique, but he also mixes in current songs to keep things fun and interesting. Victor’s patience and ability to motivate make him a great teacher.
My 8 year old son has been taking drum lessons from Victor for nearly a year now. He really loves it-and still looks forward to seeing Victor every week. It’s fun, but it’s not just “banging around” on the drums. Victor teaches solid age-appropriate music theory and communicates it in a way that relates well to the individual student. Last year, I invited Victor to come teach drumming at our public local elementary school. He taught a range of kids from kindergarten to fifth grade-and they all loved it! The school would welcome him back anytime. I highly recommend Victor as a wonderful teacher with a true gift of working with all levels of musical talent.
Victor has been coaching the Juanita High School Drumline for the last few years and it has been a fantastic experience. Not only is Victor an excellent technician, he is also an excellent teacher. The students respect him and it’s easy to see that they genuinely enjoy working with him. I’ve watched the quality of the group grow, along with their pride in themselves and their playing. He is teaching all of the right things!
Victor’s teaching style can be summed up with D.R.U.M.
Direction: He gives very detailed instruction and constructive feedback. He provides lesson plans and assignments that build on each other over time. This results in a large vocabulary of techniques you can call on anytime in your playing.
Results: He has a structured approach that works. I never thought I would get this good so quickly, and I have Victor’s guidance and confidence in me to thank. I often get comments like “Who is your teacher? They must be very good!”
Unique: Victor not only has a vast range of experience in drumming, but also in teaching. He is always prepared, makes it fun to learn, and is clearly dedicated to his work and his students.
Mastery: We are the same age but it feels like he is 20 years ahead of me in drumming! At the same time he is very humble and reminds us that he was once having the same struggles that we do. He is a partner in the process, rather than an overseer.
I highly recommend Victor to anyone who truly wants to master the drums!
I watched Victor’s YouTube videos and I told myself I wish I could play like him. With no music experience at all, I started taking lessons from him about eighteen months ago. He has been a true mentor. He is not only patient with me but also makes me get better each day by showing me how to improve in all of my drumming aspects. Each time I become demotivated, he helps me rejuvenate my spirits and gets me working harder. If you ever thought about playing drums, Victor is the guy you want.
I decided I wanted to get into drumming after playing the Rock Band video game, but I didn’t realize how much I loved playing until I started having lessons with Victor. Before the first class he called me to make sure he understood my preferred style of music, and by the second lesson he had transcribed one of my favorite songs and started teaching me how to play it, along with basic exercises to focus on technique. I still have a lot to learn, but I find in Victor the perfect teacher that always knows how to improve my weaknesses. It’s been so productive that I’ve recently doubled the number of lessons I’m taking a month; it’s been really fun!
Victor is a phenomenal drum teacher- he’s much more than just a drummer teaching on the side. Having learned with a multitude of music educators, I can say that Victor is one of the best at what he does. He genuinely cares about your progress, and will go the extra mile to help you succeed. Victor explains the techniques you need to know in a fully intuitive and simple manner, and will structure the lessons in a focused way to help you learn, but also customized to cater to your learning interests. However, he also keeps the lessons fun, relaxing, and encouraging, so you’ll want to keep playing and improve. If you want to learn drums, and you want to learn it right, Victor is the teacher you want.