Bio

Tim DeCillis is a professional session drummer experienced in rock, pop and jazz drums, as well as classical percussion and a variety of world music styles. He has a Master’s degree in music and is a very active performing drummer, playing shows regularly all over the Bay Area.

Tim was born and raised in Rochester, NY, where he began playing drums and guitar in garage bands with his friends, and eventually took up some drum lessons. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in music performance from the State University of New York at Fredonia, where he studied classical percussion, jazz drum set and vibraphone, mallet music of Central America, and West African drumming.

From there he went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he also worked as an instructor, teaching lecture courses and private lessons.

After maintaining an active playing schedule for several years in Chicago, where he performed with artists such as Frank Rosaly, Nu Directions Chamber Brass, the Jarvis Raymond Trio, Lionel O, and Project Film – Tim relocated to Oakland in 2014 and has since forged working relationships with many members of the vibrant Bay Area music scene, including Phillip Greenlief, Karl Evangelista, Jordan Glenn, William Winant, and Nathan Clevenger. Tim also plays in various rock and pop groups including Rachel Lark and the Damaged Goods, Repeater Pan, and Catch Prichard, to name a few.

As a teacher, Tim strives to create a unique lesson plan based on each student’s individual goals and abilities. Areas such as reading, rhythm studies, rudiments, limb independence, time feel, and improvisation are stressed, while always seeking to maintain the passion and inspiration to keep students motivated and, most importantly, having fun!

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STEP 2

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STEP 3

PLAY

We will text you a couple of days before your lesson to remind you that it’s almost music time.

On lesson day you arrive at our newly renovated studios. Your instructor will meet you in one of our lesson rooms which are all equipped with hi-quality instruments and amps that were individually handpicked. Before our time together is up, we ensure that you fully understand your practicing assignments and double-check that we provided you with all the music charts you need.

Have questions during practice? We’re here to help! Hit us up and we’ll figure it out together.

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More Info

ModernTone is located in the heart of downtown Lafayette at 1018-B Almanor Ln, Lafayette, CA 94549. We have a private parking lot and street parking is easy and plentiful. The studio’s location is right off the freeway so getting here from Walnut Creek, Orinda, Moraga, Martinez, Danville, San Ramon, Pleasant Hill and Concord is a fast and simple.

Lessons are $80 for a full hour and $50 for half-hour sessions. We recommend weekly lessons, but you are free to set the lesson frequency as you wish. We also offer monthly lesson plans designed for committed students who take lessons regularly. We respectfully request at least 24 hours notice for cancellations. No-shows and lessons cancelled less than 24 hours in advance will be charged in full.

Music is our love, our passion, and our trade. We have spent decades studying, practicing, and mastering this craft, eventually turning it into our livelihood. We rehearse regularly to stay on top of our game, follow industry trends and fashions, exchange ideas with other musicians constantly and strive to get better every single day.

  • We believe in pushing our students to their full potential, but doing so in a positive, nurturing and encouraging way
  • We believe that matching students with the right instructors help to form a better human connection between them and leads to better, happier students
  • We believe that music should be learned in a soulful, inspiring, and comfortable environment
  • We believe in using high-quality musical instruments and equipment

Our teaching and recording studios have been built from the ground up with acoustics and soundproofing in mind. We designed the spaces to be ideal for music teaching and recording. We handpick all of our amps, instruments, and accessories, and pride ourselves with using high-quality equipment that is made in the USA.

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ModernTone Studios
1018-B Almanor Ln.
Lafayette, CA 94549

7 days a week, 10am-8pm