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Music is my life and teaching drums and percussion is something I live for. I love sharing my passion with the rest of the world. I have been playing drums since I was 5 years old and teaching privately since my high school days. I have travelled internationally with prestigious groups such as the Children of Uganda, Spirit of Uganda, Richland Percussion Group and Santa Fe University of Art and Design's Contemporary Music Program. I have been there, done it and taught it to thousands of people that share the same passion as I do.
For beginning students I typically start with fundamentals and basic sticking or chording. For experienced students I begin with what they know and look for areas of strength.
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.
I have a classical background with percussion training. Now I am a few years out of college, ready to pass on my knowledge to eager students ready to learn. I have taught off and on for the past four years, with my students being anywhere from 6 to 60. I started privately with only one student, and that grew to several at the same time. I then started teaching at Guitar Center and my teaching career really took off. I hope to grow my clientele and build a studio of my own so I can one day teach from home.
It is important that students take ownership of their education. To encourage this, I provide maximum opportunities for freethought, creativity, and critical thinking. It is also equally important that educators take ownership of their teaching. And so, I typically will refrain from teaching out of a textbook and will guide my students in creating their very own personalized textbook(s). The bulk of the content inside such personalized textbook(s) may derive from engaging activities, discussion, games, self-exploration, creative assignments, repertoire, warm-ups, breakdown exercises, rudiments/scales, pop culture, history, music theory, philosophy, and so much more!
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In home drum lessons are a convenient option for improving your musical skills. In home lessons are virtually the same in every aspect as lessons taught in a studio. Lessons are taught once a week and significant progress can be made in a short time, especially if students are practicing every day.
Taking drum lessons as an adult can help you improve your rhythm and increase your musical appreciation! Whether you want to play rock style drums, Latin percussion, or African drums, the teachers in our network are here to help you reach your music goals on the instrument.
Drum lessons will cover drumming techniques, learning to read music, and music theory. The teachers in our network will usually suggest specific method books for the student to use during their drum lessons.
Most students would ideally start with a 5 piece drum kit in addition to 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 on 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 Natalie Kretcher
I really like her. And as an adult student, a good teacher who keeps the pace up but still keeps it reasonable in terms of difficulty is really hard to find. She does a great job of explaining little detail things in terms I (as a musically challenged human) can understand. I'm having a blast! 10/10 would recommend!
Review by Andy Snyder
Giorgi has made learning cello even more fun. From the sympathetic, "It is hard" to the precise, "Be careful about the curve of the thumb" he has strengthened learning in every lesson, without being overwhelming. He started playing a little duet on only the 3rd lesson or so, which made me feel, even as a beginner, that I'm already starting to make (occasionally screachy) music. He has suggested a variety of drills and practice techniques which have also sped up the process a lot. And he has a good sense of humor and surprising amount of patience.
Review by Shilpa
"Richard is a very talented and a patient teacher. He teaches my 6 year old daughter in the comfort of our home and he is very regular. He follows a learning book and mixes his lessons to bring difficulty and technicality while keeping it interesting for my daughter. My daughter was difficult to work with at the beginning but he was able motivate her in every possible way. As a parent I make an effort to learn with my daughter so that when my daughter practices I am able to guide and correct her and Richard is very generous to take the time to give provide me concepts. I am extremely happy with Richard and his ability to teach children."
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 Jennifer
Lindsey has been coming to our house to give saxophone lessons to our 12 year old daughter for about a month. She is an absolute joy. She is extremely knowledgeable, flexible with her schedule, and my daughter thinks she is "fun" and "cool". We would highly recommend her to anyone wanting music lessons. A+
Review by Robert Stallone
I am in my 60s and decided to get back into playing my guitar. I thought taking lessons would be a good way to formalize the endeavor. I did have some concern about whether working with a teacher would work out as I've behave only played for my own enjoyment for a long time. Peter and I have had a few lessons together and I am truly enjoying the experience. He is very supportive and flexible. We arrived at a three gold approach that is really working for me. We focus on developing a playlist, learning some of the more iconic tunes from leading artist that I would have a hard time learning on my own and developing some technical skills related to style and music theory. Now I look forward to my next lesson and am already playing better and enjoying the journey. Peter is a great teacher I'm lucky to have the opportunity to work with him.
Review by John
When I started with Darrell, I didn't know anything bout music. Nothing. We started with basic music theory & moved into scales and reading. It hasn't been very long at all, but my confidence is growing quickly. He does ask a lot from you and he expects you to keep up. But I can honestly say that if you are willing to work hard and spend the time at home doing what he asks, you will see the results. He wants you to succeed and takes pride in watching you grow. If you want it as bad as he does, you will see the result very quickly.
Review by William Klepatsky
Very knowledgeable on every aspect of music theory. I listen to recording artists playing various classical pieces, Dan's playing is much like a recording artist's playing. Always on time. Winning happy personality, a great role model. Puts me at ease when I am playing. Have two friends who hold music degrees, I count him a third, something special about the minds and personalities of good pianists. Thanks Dan.
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.
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