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Surya Music Lessons Services: Music Lessons, Voice Lessons, Drum Lessons, Piano Lessons, Voice Instruction, Drum Instruction, Piano Instruction


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Hours: Monday - Thursday 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM / Friday 10:00 - 5:00 PM / Saturday 9:30 - 5:00 PM / Sunday: Closed

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***** Surya Music Lessons is rated 5.0 out of 5 stars, based on 22 reviews!

  • *****

    Cool person teaching some great vocal lessons for my 6year old. He builds a good rapport with the kid so that the kid can feel comfortable and rest is all focused learning using fun ways. Definitely recommend anyone who wants to get into the world of music and singing.

  • *****

    I loved and miss my drum lessons with Surya. Hoping to go back soon. He is a professional, skilled, warm, patient man. Our first lesson he assessed what I wanted to work on and what my skill level was, and tailored my lessons thoughtfully in a methodical way. He was always prepared and is a very experienced teacher. I have taken drum lessons with others and none had the teaching chops or were as professional, thoughtful and organized as Surya. I give him the highest recommendation.

  • *****

    I highly recommend Surya. At our first lesson he assessed what I wanted to work on and my current skill level and then tailored my lessons methodically to help me reach my goals. He is patient, warm, and a very experienced teacher. He was always prepared and thoughtful and present. I've taken drum lessons with other teachers and none had the teaching chops of Surya. Our lessons which always simultaneously pushed and supported me. I'm an adult drummer, but I can see how Surya's humor and patience and skill would be a great fit for young drummers as well.

  • *****

    As a professional music teacher myself, I have to say that it is extremely rare to find a music educator who is as well rounded, talented, and profoundly kind as Surya. Whether he is teaching voice, drums, or piano, he brings great joy AND precision to the lesson. When I'm learning from Surya I feel totally comfortable and supported. I highly recommend Surya Music Lessons!

  • *****

    Surya is a thoughtful, terrific teacher and wonderful human being. He was
    well prepared for the lesson, and ready to meet me exactly where I was at.
    I left my lesson feeling inspired, excited, and ready for more!

  • *****

    I've known Surya for some time and I've found him to be kind, patient, and
    passionate. He is a talented teacher that cares about his students; not
    only their progress in exploring themselves as musicians but also in simply
    who they are. Encouragement and empowerment are powerful tools to the
    teacher of any subject or skill; Surya understands this and lives it.

  • *****

    My 13 year old son has taken drums with Surya for a year. He describes
    Surya as "patient, fun and helpful." He has the perfect balance of
    professionalism and "coolness" that kids (and their parents!) appreciate.
    I highly recommend Surya.

  • *****

    Surya is an amazing drum teacher! It is obvious that he loves drumming,
    music, and teaching and it shows in his positive presence and excitement
    about what I am learning. He is encouraging, incredibly patient and
    supportive. I can feel that Surya is tuned into me, what I want out of the
    lessons, and always working to meet me where I am with the music that I
    will most enjoy. He challenges me to play longer and faster than I would on
    my own but is also sensitive to when I want to slow down. He is also able
    to explain the theory behind the beats and rythyms that I am learning in a
    way that I can understand and put into practice. He teaches in a way that
    makes sense in my mind and physically in my hands and body when I play. I
    appreciate Surya's laughter and lightness and that he always makes the
    lessons fun. I look forward to every lesson. Oh, and he also has a
    non-profit that plays music for disabled people. I mention this because I
    appreciate supporting people that are giving back to the community!

  • *****

    Our 11 year old daughter has been taking drum lessons from Surya since
    August. She thinks he is a great drum teacher and she is learning a lot. He
    is very supportive and encouraging. He really fosters a sense of
    accomplishment and passion which shines through to our daughter. She is
    eager to practice and looks forward to her hour long lesson each week.
    Surya is affordable and very flexible with the schedule. He does require 24
    hours cancellation or change notice (which is fair), but when we need to
    change times week to week he is as accommodating as he can be. We like that
    he offers 1/2 hour and 1 hour lessons (our daughter goes for one hour each
    week). I can't recommend him enough -- he is a real treasure and is great
    with our daughter in terms of fostering creativity and passion for the
    drums. If you get the chance, sign up with Micha, you won't regret it.

  • *****

    I selected Surya as my drum set instructor because he was affordable, had
    a welcoming personality and gave me a very organized and fun lesson right
    from the start. I would recommend him to any one wanting to learn the
    drums. I've taken lessons from many different teachers (piano, woodwind,
    mallet instruments etc) but I have to say that I find Surya to be the best
    teacher that I've ever had. He is a very kind individual, very excited
    about music and teaching, driven but also relaxed and knows how to keep
    things light. I have fun at each lesson, I couldn't say that for all the
    years that I took music lessons in the past (15+ years) so to me, this
    means a lot! You won't regret it if you try instruction from Surya Patri,
    what are you waiting for? Do it!

  • *****

    Surya is an amazingly patient drum teacher!!
    Not only is he a djembe drum teacher but traditional drums as well - he can
    do it all! After having had a few traditional drum lessons, I wasn't sure
    I'd like the djembe. I was hooked after the first lesson, he makes it fun
    while still challenging you. If you want a really talented, patient
    teacher - look no further.

  • *****

    Surya is a super laid-back, flexible, and fun teacher, and an all around
    cool and pleasant person. I took lessons from him at Community Music Center
    in SF and decided to stick with him when I left CMC. He tailors the
    lessons to what the student wants and needs, and has a great sense of humor
    which makes every lesson fun! Definitely not the old lady piano teacher
    from your childhood that smelled like moth-balls and scolded you for not
    sitting up straight! Highly recommended for all music styles and definitely
    for beginners!

  • *****

    I really enjoy my lessons with Surya Prakasha. He is relaxed, organized,
    and a good communicator. He is well versed in many different kinds of
    drumming, including drum set and djembe, and has proven to be an excellent
    teacher of all things I've learned from him. I highly recommend him!

  • *****

    Surya is a great teacher! I'm in my mid-thirties, and learning drumming
    for the first time. Surya is very patient with me. He is able to meet me
    exactly where I'm at, and then help me take one step further. He always
    finds just the right rhythm and pace for me to feel challenged but not
    frustrated. After every session, I feel empowered and excited about
    learning more. I go home with a few simple things to practice that feel
    manageable. Surya also includes some deeper aspects of drumming. I'm a yoga
    teacher and somatic therapist. I appreciate the way Surya invites me to
    feel the rhythm in my body: feeling the bass in my legs and trunk, the
    mid-tones in my torso, the higher tones in my upper chest and head, for
    example. I'm learning to sing and drum at the same time, and he always has
    great activities to break it down and make it feel possible. Overall, I
    highly recommend Surya for drum lessons of all types!

  • *****

    Surya is a great drum teacher and a great player. Well versed in many
    styles and techniques. Highly recommended!

  • *****

    Surya is a great teacher! I'm in my mid-thirties, and learning drumming for the first time. Surya is very patient with me. He is able to meet me exactly where I'm at, and then help me take one step further. He always finds just the right rhythm and pace for me to feel challenged but not frustrated. After every session, I feel empowered and excited about learning more. I go home with a few simple things to practice that feel manageable.

    Surya also includes some deeper aspects of drumming. I'm a yoga teacher and somatic therapist. I appreciate the way Surya invites me to feel the rhythm in my body: feeling the bass in my legs and trunk, the mid-tones in my torso, the higher tones in my upper chest and head, for example. I'm learning to sing and drum at the same time, and he always has great activities to break it down and make it feel possible.

    Overall, I highly recommend Surya for drum lessons of all types!

  • *****

    This guy is an amazing drum teacher. I have been drumming with friends and taking lessons here and there for more than ten years and I learned more in one lesson with him than I had that whole time. He is patient and yet helps push you along. He is also an amazing drummer. I go to watch him play sometimes at Pizzailo with a jazz band. He is fun to hang out with and a great teacher. I highly recommend him.

  • *****

    I selected Surya as my drum set instructor because he was affordable, had a welcoming personality and gave me a very organized and fun lesson right from the start.

    I would recommend him to any one wanting to learn the drums.  

    I've taken lessons from many different teachers (piano, woodwind, mallet instruments etc) but I have to say that I find Surya to be the best teacher that I've ever had. He is a very kind individual, very excited about music and teaching, driven but also relaxed and knows how to keep things light. I have fun at each lesson, I couldn't say that for all the years that I took music lessons in the past (15+ years) so to me, this means a lot!

    You won't regret it if you try instruction from Surya Patri, what are you waiting for? Do it!

  • *****

    Surya (Micha) is a great teacher! I'm in my mid-thirties, and learning drumming for the first time. Surya is very patient with me. He is able to meet me exactly where I'm at, and then help me take one step further. He always finds just the right rhythm and pace for me to feel challenged but not frustrated. After every session, I feel empowered and excited about learning more. I go home with a few simple things to practice that feel manageable.

    Surya also includes some deeper aspects of drumming. I'm a yoga teacher and somatic therapist. I appreciate the way Surya invites me to feel the rhythm in my body: feeling the bass in my legs and trunk, the mid-tones in my torso, the higher tones in my upper chest and head, for example. I'm learning to sing and drum at the same time, and he always has great activities to break it down and make it feel possible.

    Overall, I highly recommend Surya for drum lessons of all types!

  • *****

    My 13 year old son has taken drums with Surya for a year. He describes Surya as "patient, fun and helpful." He has the perfect balance of professionalism and "coolness" that kids (and their parents!) appreciate.
    I highly recommend Surya.

  • *****

    I've known Surya for some time and I've found him to be kind, patient, and passionate.  He is a talented teacher that cares about his students; not only their progress in exploring themselves as musicians but also in simply who they are.  Encouragement and empowerment are powerful tools to the teacher of any subject or skill; Surya understands this and lives it.

  • *****

    Micha's warm and easygoing attitude creates a comfortable environment for drum set exploration. He allows me to find my own space in the rhythm while consistently pushing me to expand my boundaries and move outside my comfort zone. An all-around excellent teacher!

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