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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 try to make my lessons as much fun as possible incorporating listening to music, clapping, body drumming, even dancing. I want my begginer students to develop a good sense of rhythm. We then go on to fundamentals and progress slowly until we get to play alongs.
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.
My love of teaching comes directly from my passion for music. I have been playing music regularly since I was 12 and I haven't slowed down a beat ever since. I have played in several bands/groups throughout my musical career. I now play regularly in the worship band at my church, so that keeps my passion growing. I’ve always wanted to teach professionally so I can pass on my knowledge of music to other people. Many people think drummers aren't musicians, but I am out to change that stigma.
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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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.
Drum lessons are a wonderful way to learn a new skill as an adult. Many of our adult drum students have never played the drums before, and they remark about just how fun it is! Our adult drum lessons are tailor-made for you skill level and desired musical style.
The teachers in our network create a customized lesson plan for every student. Topics covered during Musika's drum lessons may include, but are not limited to: how to hold drum sticks, traditional or matched grip, where to strike the drums and cymbals, how to read music, including rhythms and drum/percussion notation, how to assemble a drum kit, how to change and tune drum heads, both traditional and modern marching band drum rudiments, music theory, basic form and analysis, and most importantly, how to have fun playing the drums!
Taking in-home drum lessons is a great way to perfect the art of drumming. Teachers can travel to students as long as they have the instrument available. Lessons are usually once a week, and the majority of students notice significant progress in a very short time. We suggest practicing every day between your lessons to achieve your drumming goals.
Standard pieces of a drum kit include the high hat, crash, ride cymbal, and drum sticks. If a student is at the very beginning stages of their learning, they can also start with basic drum practice pad, which are quieter and less expensive. Other drums taught include the snare, bongos, conga, or djembe.
Review by Jacob Solomon
Ileen is a very attentive instuctor. she is patient and works hard to see her student succeed. if a concept is unclear she expains it in other ways to ensure understanding. I would highly recommend ileen to students of all levels who want to learn guitar and music theory to thoroughly enjoy the instrument and music
Review by Ryan Piveteau
Amber is personal and cares about her students. She is flexible in her schedule and maintains a professional attitude in her lessons. Her want for her students to succeed makes her excel as a teacher. She is very knowledgeable about music and extremely experienced. Additionally, she includes external activities aside from lessons for the students who wish to advance themselves externally. Really a great teacher who offers great opportunity.
Review by Timothyfullard
We've only had a few lessons with Elisa, but so far we really like her. She has a lot of great suggestions for solo pieces as well as orchestral music that involves all 3 of my boys, while also including some Christian music that we can play at church. She is very patient in explaining the lessons and encouraging!
Review by Teri Romano
Being I'm a woman, I was a little apprehensive having a male teacher (he knew this), however, after my trial lesson I realized he knows what he's doing and I had nothing to worry about!! He is very knowledgable on the piano and vocal techniques. He has a big vocal range so he is able to hit the high notes to be able to show me how I need to sing it. He is also phenomenal on the piano. I would highly recommend him for vocal and piano. Also, I don't know how to sight read music and he is teaching how to. I've been taking lessons with him for a month (my trial lesson was on 1/11) and I have already seen a huge improvement. I am an intermediate level singer looking to improve my vocal technique, breathing and improve my confidence in my singing abilities, Alex is definitely helping me do that.
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 Mythili Lahiri
My son is truly enjoying his lessons with Chris. He looks forward to them and is motivated to practice. Chris is conscientious and shows up on time and whenever he is supposed to. He communicates clearly if rescheduling is ever required and is accommodating when we need to change the day. I would recommend Chris to anyone.
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 Suzette
She is amazing! My daughter, Isabella (7 yrs) is totally engaged in the lesson. Lilly's definitely has a gift with teaching young children!!! A great talent of hers is making the content interesting, current to today's music and most of all fun! She has a knack for taking the material and translating it in a way that is relatable to Isabella. My daughter really enjoys her lesson's and has moved along rather quickly with the material. Thanks Lilly!
Review by Stevengournay
There are only a handful of people I count in my life who were great teachers, and Laura is one of them. Her musicianship is so secure as are her technique and personality that she zeros in on my weaknesses and devises exercises to strengthen them, and during the lesson it is not "Do this, no, do that" which is unnerving to a novice. She understands the most important part of study is relaxation, so that is easy to achieve with such a confident and compassionate human. Music is her life and she is eager to share her talent with everyone. A rare find, indeed!
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