Piano/Drum lessons and rehearsal, recital and video recording services. Craig Dukes Music are specialists in affordable Piano & Drums lessons specializing in beginners of all ages. We own a vast library of books, CD's and DVD's available to students for study purposes. We also provide Audio Engineering services.
Highlights, Specialties & Features
- Drum and Piano lessons Audio Engineering Services
Professional Associations & Certifications
- SAE Audio Engineering Diploma SFSU Multimedia Studies Program
- El Cerrito, Albany, Berkeley, San Francisco, Oakland, Piedmnot, Kennsington, San Pablo, Richmond, Walnut Creek
|City||El Cerrito , CA|
|Phone Number||(510) 517-6987|
Craig Dukes began playing drums at 3 years old. By the age of 6 he was playing to records of the Jackson 5, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Elton John, Tower of Power and many others. Formal training began in the 3rd grade and continued on through High school. Studies included Jazz, Symphonic, Concert and Marching band, Piano, Guitar, Music Theory and appreciation. Craig performed in High School Jazz band with Jeff Chimenti (Keyboardist with The Dead, En Vouge, Les Claypool) Study and live performance continued after high school on Bay Area TV and radio. Private study on drum set in many styles; Rock, Pop, Punk, Funk, Heavy /Speed Metal Rap, Hip Hop, Soul, R&B, Jazz, Fusion, Reggae, World Beat, Latin, Afro-Cuban and Brazilian.Craig studied drums with Steve Smith (Journey, Mariah Carey,Vital Information) Joe Morello (Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey) Jim Chapin (Woody Herman, Tommy Dorsey. Author of Advanced Techniques for the Modern Drummer) Dave Black (Author, Drummer, Composer) Craig has performed at drum clinics with drummers like Sandy Gennaro ( with Cyndi Lauper, Joan Jett, Michael Bolton, Bo Diddley) and Ivan Conti (with Azymuth)
In 1986 Classical Piano study began with the music of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Mozart, Schubert and Schumann. Private instruction was with Lillian Wilson Wu Graduate of the Royal College of Music in London and with William Corbett Jones Professor of Music at San Francisco State University.The 90's included more Classical piano studies and collaborations with Dial 911 Productions, Professor Brannon Beliso and up and coming rappers from Hunter's Point San Francisco. In 2002 Craig began working with Mark Stichman, aka The Stikman. Former Stikman drummer included Jim Bogis (with Sheryl Crow, Counting Crows) and Andy Borger(with Norah Jones) Stikman and Craig formed My Hero a band with four other members all from Oberlin School of Music. My Hero fused many different styles into single compositions mostly composed by the Stikman. After My Hero Craig went on to release a CD on iTunes of his Classical Piano performances by the music of Beethoven, Scriabin, Chopin, Bach and Schumann. Through You Tube Craig met the Great Grandson of Scriabin who's Grand Father was the great Concert Pianist Vladimir Sofronitsky and studied with him for a short time.