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Robert S

Robert S

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For beginner students I have a study guide that I go off of that we will talk about at our first meeting. To give a glimpse, I start off by teaching about the rudiments, and I can't stress this enough. Using a metronome is best in all playing. If you want to play drums in a band, or what have you, you have to learn to play with a click. Timing is everything with drums. Students will learn the basic beats while learning how to add in appropriate fills to make what they're playing sound whole and professional. For intermediate students I will assess where they are in their playing and style they want to go for. I will then take that and teach them new ways to get to where they want to go. Being a drummer is a very fun activity, but being a great drummer takes patience and work.      

Colin S

Colin S

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All students are different, and all people learn differently.  That being said, I make sure to teach all of my students in a unique way. Many students want to learn piano for instance, but if the student has a problem with rhythm, I would move away from the piano and play exercises that involve clapping, singing, or anything the student needs to first understand rhythm.  The foundations must first be grasped and the students performance will only get better.  Though I teach to the student's needs, I am open to ideas if it benefits the student.  As for lesson books and materials, I tend to wait until the second lesson so I can evaluate the student's level.

Stephen L

Stephen L

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I always want my students to strive, as I do, toward an ideal, without an attachment to the result.  For example, if a student wants to play like Jimi Hendrix and become a Rock Star, we will talk about what it takes to reach that goal and work (and play) diligently and enthusiastically toward it, and when difficulties inevitably arise, that's OK.  Keep up the practice and you will most likely reach your goal.  If the student does not reach his/her goal and they put in genuine effort and most importantly, heart, then undoubtedly they have gained from it and I am never one to harshly criticize a student.  If I think they can do better I will tell them how, but for me, music is made primarily for enjoyment and self improvement and not for the approval of others or to be better than others.  I would rather a student enjoy making music and be proud of their accomplishments than to diminish their self-worth against impossible standards.  I find that those who are encouraged to reach higher standards for their own sake rather than the approval of others are much more likely to succeed and actually achieve objectively impressive musical heights

Donovan D

Donovan D

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Hello! My name is Donovan, and I am an instructor who specializes in ear training and technique. Originally being a self-taught musician, I began with piano and harmonica, then eventually branched out to guitar, bass, banjo, among several others. I have ran sound equipment from an early age as well, learning how to set rigs for full bands and how to mix and master tracks for recording purposes. I have met and played with many famous and unfamous musicians, and find that the highest amount of talent is undiscovered and uncultivated. That's where I can come in to help you hone your craft!

Keith J

Keith J

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I have taught drum set and snare technique for over 25 years. The majority of students study with me for years. Several of my students have gone on to major music schools such as Berklee College of Music and several are working with major recording acts such as Linkin Park, Adam Lambert, Fall Out Boy, Paul McCartney and others. Drummer,Session Musician, Road Manager, Television Producer Jun 1972 - Present Starland Vocal Band, The Ventures, WJLA-TV, Bob Seger, MANY others   Over 45 years Experience with World Class Musicians and Production Facilities

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