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I am a musician, songwriter, and author the of "Crash Course: Drumming Manual." When I'm not teaching, I spend my time working on a Christian music project.
I've always loved the power of music and sharing my knowledge and experience of it with others. I've been playing the piano and guitar since I was in high school, either with friends or just playing solo pieces. I've been reading music since middle school, when I picked up the trombone in the school band and was introduced to what music can do you for you as well as whatever group you're in. I took many music classes at IADT that reinvigorated my passion for music and I graduated there with a Bachelor's. Lately i've been helping my little brother and my friends get into the piano by teaching them mini-lessons, as well as jamming with friends on the guitar. I am ready to bring this knowledge to whoever is curious!
I grew up in the West Indies. This explains my easy -going, "no problem" attitude. I have performed as a piano soloist at various venues around the world ( churches,hotels, cruiseships, concert halls )
I'm currently a new transplant to the Gulf Coast, Originally from NY I've taught in NYC, Boston and Atlanta. I've been a drum teacher for 28 years and my personal students read like a whos who of drumming. For many years I have taught and still teach many of the top professionals and biggest names in drumming. Many professionals fly in to see me, or have me fly out to coach them on their tours or in studio. See my Zildjian Artist Link. I was privileged to have studied with Jim Chapin (who I filled in for and played in NYC with his own personal band when he went on tour for several years). I was the only drummer he picked to do so. I also studied with Dom Famularo, Gary Chaffee, Gary Chester, Franke Malabe. I've been playing professionally since I was in HS. Some of the artists I've toured and/or recorded with: Idina Menzel (Frozen, Rent, Wicked), Sheryl Crow, Jacob Dylan, Lisa Loeb. As a performer I have traveled around the world on tours. I have also played and recorded in studios around the globe as well.
I started playing guitar at age 5. I have found out that dreams can come true in music. My experiences playing guitar and bass have opened doors I could never imagined and all my dreams came true. I have had the thrill of being successful as a teen, playing lead guitar for 8 years in the St. Louis area. Moving to L.A. the group I was in made a guest appearance on The Merv Griffen Show, and being a studio musician, recording sound tracks for T.V. variety shows, films, The MGM Studios, AND THE THRILL OF PLAYING WITH FABOULIS MUSICIANS. I love both instruments guitar and bass.I am a 3rd generation guitar player.A book is written about the first 30 years of my life called "From Rock to Rock of Ages", in it's 2nd printing, publisher is Pacific Press. My father played on the Grand Ol Opry , including his own weekly radio show, in the St. Louis area,since I can remember, music has been my life. I want to share my experience with you so you can discover that your dreams can come true as my dreams did.
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The main benefit of taking music lessons is that they help instill a love of music! Students who take music lessons are much more likely to enjoy many different types of music, because greater understanding increases musical appreciation. Music lessons also have been shown to improve students academic performance, resulting in higher test scores in maths, sciences, and linguistics.
Live performing is a great asset to any musician. Musika offers recitals every year in the Spring where students of all ages and levels can come together to show off their hard work! Teachers help the students to choose and prepare their material, and Musika provides the venue and a piano accompanist if the student should need one.
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In home lessons are a convenient option for improving your musical skills, and are virtually the same in every aspect as lessons taught in a studio. Lessons are usually taught once a week and significant progress can be made in a short time. Of course, teachers will suggest that students practice every day for the best results.
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 Queen Natalia
Lara is highly intelligent and knowledgeable in her profession. She is cheerful and personable, and has established a good rapport with students and staff alike. I have found Lara to be a highly competent, personable, patient, kind-hearted, and deeply caring person who is skilled professionally and interpersonally.
Review by Debbie E.
I had always wanted to take vocal lessons, but was very nervous about it until I had the opportunity to have Ali as my instructor. She made me feel very comfortable and helped me realize my strengths while giving me other areas to work on and strengthen. I liked how Ali had me sing out of my "comfort" zone to realize my vocal range. It is obvious that Ali loves music and sharing that love with her students. She is very good at what she does and works well with both male and female voices. I highly recommend Ali and give her solid 5 stars
Review by Susan
My daughter is extremely happy and comfortable with Rachel, and looks forward to her piano lessons every week. She is a very kind and patient teacher, always using positive reenforcement with my daughter, which makes all the difference in the world to children. We definitely are looking forward to continued piano lessons with her. So glad we found her.
Review by William Klepatsky
Very knowledgeable on every aspect of music theory. I listen to recording artists playing various classical pieces, Dan's playing is much like a recording artist's playing. Always on time. Winning happy personality, a great role model. Puts me at ease when I am playing. Have two friends who hold music degrees, I count him a third, something special about the minds and personalities of good pianists. Thanks Dan.
Review by Jeff N.
Travis is an extremely knowledgeable guitarist and teacher. Travis is equally comfortable in playing/teaching jazz, rock, blues, or classical styles. I really like the way he explains things and he has the ability to make difficult material seem simpler. Travis is very likeable, enthusiastic, and always very professional. I think Travis would be great teaching either children or adults because he's very patient. My learning experience with Travis has been outstanding. He taught me some great techniques for chord substitution and for soloing. I'll continue to work with Travis because he inspires me to be a better guitarist. I think he could really help me with composing because he writes some great songs too! Thanks Travis!
Review by Richardpoplawski
I feel she is a very professional teacher and I have already recommended your company and her to my friends who have children that play musical instruments. My 8 year old son has never been so enthusiastic to play his violin. His skills have improved almost exponentially since we have began lessons with Lauren. Your company has exceeded my expectations and I am very happy to have found it online.
Review by Sarah M
Dan gave private clarinet lessons to my daughter, Annie, for two years. During that time, she excelled as a member of the middle school band, and maintained first-chair. Dan is an excellent teacher, and Annie looked forward to having one-on-one time with him. In addition to practicing pieces with her, he helped her with scales and greatly improved her tone quality.
Review by PJ Williams
My daughter, Valarie is one of the original members of the Enrichment Center Percussion Ensemble under the guidance of Aaron. He patiently worked with Valarie as well as the other five members individually and as a group to produce music that has been shared and enjoyed locally as well as nationally. He has the ability to seek out the strengths of each student while building confidence. Through his teachings, not only had Valarie learned how to produce and enjoy music, but also responsibility and so many life skills for everyday living.
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