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After over twenty five years of teaching, I have combined the use of numerous books into my own method. Much of what I have learned also comes from on the job training. I use audio tracks I record in my studio to give students the experience of playing with other musicians. They practice with their instrument in the track, and I also give them a track without their instrument so they get the feel of being the drummer, or the keyboard player, or the guitarist. No matter what instrument they are studying, they learn music theory, and how to read.
I am a highly motivated, well-qualified music educators with experience ranging from private lesson instruction to teaching in public schools, grades K-12. I currently teach private lessons on drumset and percussion instruments (marimba, timpani, snare drum, marching percussion), and have directed middle and high school concert bands, steel drum bands, percussion ensembles, and drumlines.
For kids, I'll start with easy but basic notes and chords. I try to make it fun like learning songs they might know. For young adults to adults, I'll do the same but on their level and the expectation is much higher than kids.
I enjoy using a method of Suzuki method for drums. I start the student off with a very basic drum beat, gradually moving on to more advanced drum beats. With an even mix of reading sheet music and playing drum beats, I work in little bits of technique. If the student is eager enough, I encourage them to play to a song. I have been planning on creating my own lesson plans for students to take home to use as supplemental materials. Also part of that plan is developing lesson plans for other teachers to use for their teaching as well.
I have been a learner of music since 1996 and an educator since 2004. My primary focus includes drumset, drumline, classical percussion, hand percussion, mallet percussion, keyboard percussion, music theory, and music composition. I have done a lot of traveling and have been fortunate to have taught private drum/percussion lessons throughout New York, Washington, California, Japan, and now here in Texas. While attending Pierce College in Tacoma, Washington, I formed the campus Percussion Ensemble; performed with the Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Choir; and also tutored Music Theory. While attending the University Of Southern California in Los Angeles, California, I performed with the USC Trojan Marching Band and the Afro-Latin American Jazz Ensemble. As a professional performer, I have had so many amazing experiences playing with the NFL Seattle Seahawks' Blue Thunder Drumline and the NFL Dallas Cowboys' Rhythm & Blue Drumline. As a director I have had led the Parish Episcopal Camp Drumline in Dallas, Texas; the Dallas ISD performance group Medrano Rock!; the Seattle Lecture Arts Program (SLAP) in Seattle, Washington; and the Pierce College Percussion Ensemble in Tacoma, Washington. Most recently, I earned my Texas Educator Certificate for Music (EC-12) while teaching Pre-K through 5th grade General Music for Dallas ISD in Dallas, Texas.
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Drum lessons in your home are a very convenient option for many students. All students would need is to have an instrument available for their lessons in home. Teachers can instruct lessons in home, usually once a week, and students can notice significant progress in just a few short weeks of lessons if they practice daily!
Teachers will focus on learning rhythms, drum patterns, techniques and will help expose the student to various types of drumming styles. You will be recommended various types of drumming method books which will help you improve on the instrument.
Adult drum lessons are a great way to learn a new skill, or perfect your drumming. Our adult students notice significant progress in a very short time, and have fun in the process! The lessons are structured to work with your skill level and musical goals in mind.
Most students would ideally start with a 5 piece drum kit complete with a high-hat, crash, and ride cymbal, but any student can start with as little as a drum practice pad and a pair of drum sticks. A student can learn to read and play rhythms using both hands using any type of drum, including snare, bongos, conga, or djembe.
Our recommended starting age for drums is around 8 for students wishing to play a drum kit. For the snare drum, the youngest recommended age is 5 or 6, as playing can prove tiresome on younger hands. The drum is an instrument that is great for all ages and skill levels, whether it's a complete beginner at age 5 or an experienced musician who wishes to study rhythm firsthand.
Review by Linda
I am a beginning guitar player that has now taken five lessons with Jeff. I cannot speak highly enough of Jeff has a guitar teacher! I have learned more in five lessons than the months I spent trying to learn on my own. Jeff has introduced me to music apps that I can use during my practice sessions, followed up our lessons with comments and/or music, is very encouraging - yet holds high standards. During my lessons I feel that Jeff is very observant and tuned in to your positioning when playing - whether it be your wrist, your arm, or your fingers. He always offers recommendations on ways to try to fix something that I might be struggling with. He really pays attention. As an aside, Jeff is a very talented songwriter and musician. Check him out on YouTube. His songs are very beautiful and inspirational. I'm honored to be his student! - Linda
Review by Queen Natalia
Lara is highly intelligent and knowledgeable in her profession. She is cheerful and personable, and has established a good rapport with students and staff alike. I have found Lara to be a highly competent, personable, patient, kind-hearted, and deeply caring person who is skilled professionally and interpersonally.
Review by Scott
David is not only a great musician and educator but also a delightful human. We began using David six years ago as a piano teacher for my two boys. Since then my eldest moved on to acoustic and electric guitar and my youngest electric and stand up bass. Somewhere along the way I began to take guitar lessons also (I was David's most bearded student at age 48). David always came prepared to lead but also to follow, he often asked what we were listening to and taught us how to play it. His ability to listen to a piece of music and transcribe it always left me amazed, we have several notebooks full of songs we learned individually or played as a group. After a shoulder injury David continued to impress by teaching me music theory instead of our usual lesson. I could go on forever, David made a positive impact on my family and feel fortunate to have met him.
Review by Terri
Caitlyn is friendly, helpful and still holds my high-school aged daughter accountable for practicing. She also makes sure the music technique is mastered correctly during the lessons - they work hard and still have a good time together. I can highly recommend her as a flute teacher. My daughter is very happy & grateful to have found Caitlyn as a teacher.
Review by Jon
Michael is exactly what I was looking for in a teacher. The first thing he did was to determine what I wanted to get out of lessons, and what my existing skill level is. He is now aiming me in the right direction - and he is clearly skilled, experienced and knowledgeable, in addition to being very easy to get along with. I'm very happy.
Review by Ericcharlton
Rahsaan is an extremely talented player who relates really well with my teenagers. He has them both interested in learning. Given Rahsaan's expertise, it's clear that even though they are beginners now, they can learn from him for a long time to come. He's a real nice laid-back guy and both the boys really enjoy their time with him. I've been very impressed and pleased with the experience.
Review by Christopher Perrone
Mike has been working with my son Robert for over a year and has just started working with my daughter Kate. Mike is both a great musician and a good teacher. He connects with the kids and keeps them engaged. He is able to tailor the lesson to focus on music that is interesting to each child. He also encourages the students to participate in a public setting which is great. I would highly recommend Mike.
Review by Marcia Hecht
Karleen has really turned it around for me. My previous teacher (not from Musika) had me feeling anxious, upset, and incapable...NOT the desired result! Karleen's method is clear, appropriate for my beginning level, and (best of all) actually lets me achieve some progress! I'm actually looking forward to my lessons now!
Review by Venessea Gilbert
Rebecca has been super with my son! He is 8yrs old and has mild aspergers. He has never played an instrument before but after one lesson with his teacher he could keep a beat on his drums. She is able to keep his attention and really makes it fun! She is flexible and easy going. I highly recommend her for any lessons. Very nice teacher! Thank you Rebecca for your outstanding service!!
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