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I currently teach music part-time at two Montessori elementary schools in the Southeast Valley which include after-school music classes and private lessons. I am the Worship Pastor at RPFChurch in Tempe, AZ where I play guitar and direct the worship team. I love to share my passion for music with every student and encourage them to enjoy playing their chosen instrument. I am also involved in reforming music education by writing methods and curriculum which make music fun, accessible and relevant to all ages.
Having studied music at Indiana University under George Gaber, The American Conservatory of Music in Chicago under James Dutton, and famed Ludwig Drum Company Clinician and National Champion Frank Arsenault, he received his Bachelor of Music Degree from Fort Hays State University. His unique approach to teaching drum set and snare drum,combines amazing speed, precision, power, passion, musicianship, emotion and melodic/harmonic innovations that stem from his life-long composing/arranging experience. Mitch’s former students include university department heads, and professional players, teachers, and performers including internationally known U. of Kentucky professor James Campbell (former PAS president and caption head of the Cavaliers), Classical/Innovative Percussionist Mike Lorenz, Mike Mann (former caption head of the Phantom Regiment) Rob Carson (National Snare Drum Champion), Steve Fagiano, (IL State Snare Drum Champion), Rick Beckham (National Senior Snare Drum Champion), Dean Kranzler (Ft. Hays State U.), Mark Schnose and Jeff Sallee, Inventors of the LP “Cube” Shakers, Chris Crockarell of Row-Loff Publications and others. Mitch first developed his international reputation in percussion, as a clinician and educational representative for the Ludwig Drum Company. He has taught and performed at major universities throughout the United States including Indiana University, Ohio State University, the University of Southern California, the University of Texas, the University of Missouri at Kansas City Conservatory of Music, the University of Wisconsin, and Northwestern University. He was also a featured clinician at the Percussive Arts Society International Conventions in Columbus Ohio & Nashville Tennessee. A "Teacher’s Teacher", he loves to help students lay the musical and technical foundations that will let them reach their full potential. He headed the percussion department at FortHaysState University in Kansas for eight years. Mitch performed and taught at the International Festival of Percussive Arts and lectured at the International Percussion Congress in Warsaw Poland. He was a guest lecturer at the Fredrick Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw and did an exciting multi-city tour as featured soloist with the Polish National Military Band and Performed for the Polish/U.S. Embassy. While in Poland he also performed concerts, clinics and taught master classes at the Jelania-Gora Philharmonia Complex and Warsaw. In the drum & bugle corps field, he marched with the National Champion Chicago Cavaliers,and has taught, written, or consulted for the National Champion Chicago Cavaliers, the National Champion Chicago Royal Airs, the National Champion Argonne Rebels From Great Bend Kansas, the Santa Clara Vanguard, the 2002 Royal Air Reunion corps and many others.
25 years in classroom, 20 years private lessons and lots of performance experience. Teaching is a skill that requires patience, as well as a fundamental way of breaking down steps so that the student can understand how something is done and make them successful.
I am dedicated, persistent, and reliable. I am willing to learn and keep learning for the advancement of myself and my students. A well-rounded appreciation for music as well as critical listening and ear-training skills will be taught. I also maintain a pretty fast paced lesson enabling the student to have plenty of practice material, tasks to accomplish, and goals to meet. I will record the student's progress electronically so that the student may better understand and realize their progression. I want to inspire my students through my positive influence and encouragement through each lesson of musical discovery.
I have taken lessons on piano first, then drums through grammar school, High School, and College. I majored in Music at Lane Tech High School in Chicago and have a Bachelors Degree in Applied Music from De Paul University. I studied with Al Payson who is a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for 4 years. I am familiar with all types of percussion including marimba, vibes, tympani, snare drum, etc. I have been playing drums my whole life in all styles including classical, jazz, rock, soul, latin, and country. I have also taught piano and drums for a number of years. I can teach any style at any level from beginners to advanced on snare drum or the entire drum set.
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Typical drum kits usually come with a high hat, crash, ride cymbal, and a pair of drum sticks. Students who are studying other types of drumming can us a snare drum, bongos, conga, or djembe for their lessons. Another option for the beginning level player is purchase a drum practice pad, which are found at almost every music store.
Drum lessons will focus on learning to read music, rhythms, patterns, and the specific drumming techniques relevant to your musical styles and goals. Most teachers suggest specific drum method books for students to use during their lessons.
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.
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.
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.
Review by Michelle S.
"My daughter has been a student with Mark for over a year. She has come so far and has learned so much in such a short time. Mark is extremely talented and knowledgeable. He is very serious, patient and super nice. If your child or if you really WANT to learn the drums, then I highly recommend Mark. He is our third instructor and the best one yet! You will not be disappointed." Michelle S.
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 Svea Bryan
Brett is an accomplished musician, who shared his knowledge at a level that my five year old understands. He is polite and relaxed in his mannerisms but take a serious approach to focusing on the lesson. He is very patient and engaging with the attention span you'd expect from a kindergartener. His motto ever is "sometime you learn faster by going slow"
Review by Stan
My two daughters wanted to study piano fore some time now and just recently I found Musikalessons website and teacher Milica. I can only say that my daughters are very happy with their piano lessons and simply adore Milica. They already made a great progress and we're all happy with what they learned in this short period. Thank you Musikalessons and Milica.
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!
Review by Justin
I've been taking lessons from Michael once a week for eight weeks now, and with his help I have made dramatic improvements with my sax. Michael is a funny, nice, patient and all around great instructor. I'd recommend Michael, as an instructor, to anyone who wants to improve their skills and have fun while doing it.
Review by Vanessa
Eduard is an amazing teacher. (Coming from someone who previously knew the basics of playing and music.) He is not to harsh with his words and is extremely nice. Eduard has a great amout of experience and displays it through his teachings. Specifically by making it easy to follow along with his words to actions. As a person with a wondering mind whom is distracted easily, it is easy to pay attention.
Review by Chrystal
I was skeptical at first not knowing what I was getting my self into.. I am very happy that I forced myself to get into voice lessons because Eli is an awsome voice coach.. Very skillful and he helps you reach the goal you are trying to reach.. He is also very helpful with getting you to open up and come out of your shell and being heard.. I would and I already have recommended friends and family to sign up with Eli if they're serious about singing..
Review by Maureen Young
“Lynn has taught my daughter guitar for 9 years. She has always managed to keep her engaged and provide an exceptional learning experience. She tailors the lesson specifically to the student’s interests and abilities. She provides many opportunities for students to showcase their talents outside of lessons. We love working with Lynn.” Maureen Young, Dir. of Finance, Aug 2015
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