• "Phil has the gift of teaching in that he knows just the right exercise to show you that makes you sound 10 times better. Also, Phil taught me how to teach myself; how to become an educated, independent musician with all the tools I need to enjoy music as a lifelong journey." Jason Edwards (former student - currently working as a professional instructor and performer)

"Phil is one of the nicest and most professional guys I've ever met. I can always tell when I'm teaching one of Phil's students in our rock band class. They're the one's that I can talk to on a musical level without having to worry that they don't know what I mean. The one's with the well-taught technique that allows their own personal style to come through. Phil's students not only have fun with him but they learn to play in a way that will give them the best chance for whatever amount of success they may strive for." ----Dace Anderson (President of Dace's Rock-n-More Music Academy)

"I was looking for a drum instructor for my daughter when I stopped in at Hi Ho Music. The lady behind the counter told me you were a great instructor and that your students liked you. I was happy to hear this, so I signed my daughter up for a few lessons thinking we would give this a try and she stayed with you for nearly three wonderful years. My daughter feels strongly that your lessons gave her the ability to interview and get into the Tacoma School of the Arts. She thanks you and I thank you for all you have done for her. I truly believe my daughter is a better musician and person because of you." ----Mike Stocke (parent)

"First great impression, just meeting Phil. He is very patient with students and understands how to reach out for the youngsters to practice and learn their music. Phil knows how to spark the interest in learning by criticizing and praising at the right time. We are very glad to have found Phil as a drumming teacher for our grandson Tyler..." ----Darte and Oma-Else (grandparent & great grand parents)

"After taking lessons from Phil for approximately five years, my son Taylor has been compensated for drumming for a number of different venues. Most recently, he was hired by Tacoma Little Theater and required to create the drum accompaniment to 40 different songs in a musical revue. Phil's training in jazz, swing, rock and other styles was very valuable and Taylor received rave reviews from the Musical Director for his expertise. Thanks," Phil & Carol Richmond (parent)

What can I say. Phil is a great teacher and friend. Being someone whom Phil literally watched grow up, I can say I truly know this guy and I loved his teaching. He taught me as much as he could and pushed me to push myself especially when not under his supervision. He really knows his stuff and really knows how to pass his knowledge and skill onto others, while still letting the student develop his or her own playing style. Great teacher, and great guy. Am proud to say he taught me for 7 years.” ----Dan Klapstein (former student)