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I have taught at The Center For Musical Advancement in Huntington, New York for 5 years. I have experience teaching all ages of both male and female students. I teach all students of all skill levels from beginner to early advanced. Musical styles I have experience in teaching is mostly Rock, Blues, and Metal, but recently began teaching Classical.
For beginning students of all ages, I typically start of with a fun play along drum notations book with the Seven Essential Rudiments out of the drum rudiment book. Once the student has a solid foundation, I will begin to introduce play along fun music for their first recital performance. For advance players, I find out the students interest and weakness. I would grauduate them to more advance rudiments and drum notations, guiding them to become relax and affective in their technique keeping it fun and exciting, no matter the level their at.
I begin all students on snare drum. This allows for the proper development of hand technique that is the base of percussion. I teach the original 26 rudiments along with the Breeze Easy method books for beginners, or students that do not read music. With the drum kit I encourage students to become familiar with as many styles of music they can. I use the blending of styles to help mold the student from a drummer to a musician, and help create an individual sound; I believe that the drummer is not just the timekeeper, but just as much a musician as the rest of the ensemble.
My teaching style is characterized by quiet confidence, progressive challenges, and realistic expectations. I do require my students to make a determined effort to practice every day. Beginning students should strive for 30-minutes of practice time daily; advancing students progressively more. Each student grows to learn what is easier for them, and what is more challenging. In this sense, I help each student learn to become 'their own best teacher'...maximizing their progress and their enjoyment. We all want to have fun in this challenging business of music, and we should remember, when we make music with our instrument we don't call it 'working'...we call it 'playing'!
We will and can do any or all of the following: Drums : pad rudiments , playing position training , speed and technique Drumset : rock folk and blues style drumming, some swing/jazz and funk and such. Handdrums: ocasionally i may bring over handdrums for a 15 minute session on how to play them! Guitar: scales, chords, bar chords, "riffing/riffs", songwriting, arpeggios, fret hand technique, reading tabs/charts * I teach electric and acoustic styles on guitar , no classical unless u wanna just be learning steel-string techniques on a classical guitar ! i teach fingerstyle per-say, but not like the Classical guitarists are supposed to be doing it ...
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