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Teaches Drum Set

  1. “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ― Plato
  2. "Don't just learn how to play drums - learn how to play the MUSIC!" - Julian Pena

Interested in taking lessons with Julian

Teaches at:
Areas of Instruction

Drum Set

Levels Taught


Musical Interests

My musical influences are so broad and extensive I wouldn't know where to begin

Specialties / Genres Taught

Rock, Classical, Jazz, Funk, Country, Latin (Hand and misc. Percussion), Hip Hop, Electronic

About Julian

I've been playing drums for over seventeen years now but have been singing, dancing, and beating on things since i was a baby. I played in band and jazz band since grade school, and would come home to my mothers garage and play classic rock songs with my brother on rhythm/shredding lead guitar! I now have a Bachelors Degree in Drum/Percussion Performance.

Teaching experience includes:

-Eight years of private and group instruction (Rock, Jazz, Classical, Latin, Country, Funk, Hip-Hop/Electronic)

-Experience teaching ages seven to adults

-Experience with autism/special needs students

I teach PRACTICALITY and MUSIC! While I do feel that learning music theory and traditional techniques for any instrument is important, I feel that there is often a disconnect from private instruction where students aren't shown how to play within a musical/group context ESPECIALLY in a modern musical context. I speak from personal experience as well as my students telling me that performing and playing with others has been the most cathartic and rewarding experience of their life. My student's learn the usually "boring" music theory and techniques in a practical and fun way which usually entails learning through their favorite songs.*

My performance experience includes playing in prestigious venues such as The Musical Instrument Museum, Orpheum Theater, Mesa/Tempe/Chandler Center for the Arts, as well as hundreds of clubs/bars that cater to more "informal" musical acts such as The Marquee Theater, Crescent Ballroom, and Valley Bar. Moreover, I have played many private wedding, birthday, and political gatherings.



Gilbert Music & Arts 480-898-1499 Gilbert AZ