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For percussion, I have performed with many star attractions like Aretha Franklin, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Jr. and Joni Mitchell, to name a few.
I teach children and adults from beginner to intermediate and advance. When teaching college I work with a roster of 45 students per class. I am very open-minded, warm and patient, reliable, flexible and responsible. I am a very passionate to the art of teaching. I am a freelance independent contractor, musician who plays anything from world music, classical percussion, jazz drum set to name a few.
I truly believe that all learning, while serious in nature, should be fun and exciting in methodology. Living in the age of technology, there are so many ways to make learning fun and interesting for students. Whether it be sharing information from Youtube, educational sites such as The Teaching Channel, using digital music apps such as "Smart Music" for assessment, showing a student how to record themselves on their smartphones, all of these things can be brought in to the instructional experience. The most important part of teaching is knowing your students, what they want to learn, and divising curriculums to fit their needs.
During my time teaching at Victor Litz Music, where I taught for 12 years, I was lucky to work with one student who had severe dyslexia. Though he had difficulty in a classroom setting, this student’s general reading and musical skills blossomed over the course of several years of instruction. Through patience and a customized approach I was able to reach him in ways that, according to his parents, no other teacher was able to do. The individual lessons, as opposed to a classroom dynamic, were imperative to this student’s growth because of the close attention paid to his individual behavior and learning style. This is just one example of the individualized attention I give to all of my students.
I focus mostly on song-drumming. In popular music, the best drummers in the world are song-drummers. It's the most musical and effective way to play popular music (Rock, Pop, R&B, Country, etc.). I teach song drumming via two primary methods: 1) I use a 'music-first' approach. This means we focus on playing songs right out of the gate. As soon as my students can play the most basic beat (boom-bap, boom-bap...bass drum-snare drum, bass drum-snare drum...almost always in their first lesson with me) we start working on songs. Yes, we work on technique also, but the technique is ALWAYS in service of the song, of the music--not the other way around (I use all of the best techniques books, most notably "You Can Teach Yourself Drums" by James Morton, and "Groove Essentials" by Tommy Igoe.) 2) I bring a guitar, a mic and mini PA to all of my lessons and, along with my drumming students, we play as a band in almost all of our lessons. This is not just accompaniment, this is band--there's a drummer, a guitarist and a singer in the room...we're a BAND. This is critically important. Not only is playing in a band MUCH more fun than playing alone at home (I mean, yeah...RIGHT?), there are so many things about music you can never learn until you play in a band or ensemble. If you're only going to a teaching studio, playing that weeks lessons, getting feedback from your teacher, going back the next week, etc., there's just so much information that you're not getting. And my students and I take care of that by playing as a band as much as possible. This also deepens the skill development of all of my students. Your music skills will develop more quickly and more deeply, but also the LIFE skills you get from playing an instrument develop more deeply and quickly. Things like building confidence, listening and collaboration (playing well with others, in music and outside of music), these skills also develop at a much more rapid rate because we play as a band all the time. Compared to just playing drums alone at home, playing in band just activates your brain at a much higher level--there is just SO MUCH gong on that you have to be aware of, that you have to react to--in real time. It's hard, yes, but it's also...SO. MUCH. FUN!
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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.
In home lessons are a great choice for busy families and students. The only thing necessary for in home lessons is the instrument! Teachers can travel to students homes usually once a week for lessons, and students should practice their drums every day to make the most progress.
Since drums are a very physical instrument, requiring long periods of dexterity in the hands and fingers, we suggest students start drum lessons at age 7 or 8. Additionally, a drum student learning from a drum kit should at the very least be able to reach the pedals on the drums.
A drum kit usually includes a high hat, crash, ride cymbal, and a pair of drum sticks. If you are taking another style of drumming, you may purchase a snare, bongos, conga, or djembe. Most students will also purchase a drum practice pad at a music store, which is a portable way to practice the beats and techniques of drumming at a lower volume.
Many adults of all skill levels take drum lessons. Your teacher will develop an individualized lesson plan based on your musical needs and goals. Adults taking drum lessons for the first time can expect to learn a lot of new things about rhythm and music, and have fun in the process!
Review by Karl B
“My son and I have been taking lessons with Lynn for 5 or 6 years now. She is very patient with younger students (& older students having "senior moments"). She is also flexible in her lessons in that if we want to work on theory, jazz, rock, blues, she will cater to our requests.” – Karl B., C.P.A., Aug 2015
Review by Kristin
Ted S. is teaching clarinet to one of my children, and piano to two others. He is extremely knowledgeable, and very encouraging. His teaching methods are keeping my children enthused about their lessons, and without that, you have nothing. Two of my children were taking piano lesson from another teacher for the past year, and not progressing. Ted has been able to evaluate their skills individually, determine what was missing in their music education, and begin again with some early basics they seem to have missed. I am convinced we are finally moving forward, and am very happy about that. I wish I would have made this change much earlier.
Review by Clinton Poskozim
Martina has been a great teacher. Our son is 8 and had taken some piano lessons before starting with Martina. She came right in and got him to improve. She does a great job of giving him just enough of a challenge to make him work and learn but not any pieces that are so overwhelming he can't get them. She has helped him through a lot of early music theory so that he not only can play the piano but understands the music he is reading in all of its complexity.
Review by Leslyn
Steve is an excellent instructor. My son has really connected with him and he is learning the guitar quickly. Steve is patient and never rushes through a lesson in order to make it fit within the session time limit. In addition, before he leaves, he writes notes and instructions for my son to follow. By the next lesson, my son is confident in what Steve has taught him. Most importantly, Steve builds my son's confidence in his own own ability and progress after each lesson.
Review by Gillian
Vince is a great drum teacher for my 8 year old son. We go to his house where he has a studio setup with a huge drum set. He has been very patient but really holds my son responsible for learning the right way to play. After about 5 lessons, my son is playing some rhythms on the drums and reading music. He looks forward to his lessons with Vince.
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 Howard
We value Chelsea for the quality of her lessons, but also for the flexibility of her schedule. She has worked around family vacations, impromptu summer camps and the upcoming school year. Emily is better prepared to start middle school band this year due to flute lessons from Chelsea and we plan to continue the lessons for the foreseeable future.
Review by Ro J.
“My son has been instructed by Mark for almost four years. Mark is an outstanding teacher. His credentials are by themselves impressive, but his ability to relate his knowledge to kids is even more so. Connor's ability to understand and read music is fantastic. Mark also knows the performance side of playing drums and has encouraged Connor to actually incorporate his knowledge to play alone and in a band. He is patient and encouraging which is what motivates Connor to work and practice. He is a mentor as well as a teacher. He is superior at what he does and we highly recommend him.” Ro J.
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.
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