BM, Azusa Pacific University, Commercial Drumset/Percussion Performance
I'm a passionate and motivated instructor who is interested in working with students who share my love of music. I recently graduated from Azusa Pacific University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Commercial Drumset and Percussion Performance. I enjoy performing and have been fortunate in being able to perform at places including Washington D.C. for government officials, Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee and various locations around the Southern California Area. I currently perform with several groups on a regular basis around the Los Angeles, Orange County and Inland Empire area.
I have a few years teaching experience and I am always excited to begin working with young students who are interested in becoming musicians themselves. I focus a lot on the technical aspects of musicianship because I believe everyone has their own feeling that they bring to music and I want to give my students the tools to be able to express themselves in their own musical way. Practice is definitely important in order for students to get familiar with the instrument and different styles and I also believe that learning different styles of music tends to help students to get better at the ones they like to play. I would love to see students who are motivated to perform and who bring questions into lessons about different things they would like to learn about. Most of all, I want to see students have fun and who are excited about music!
For the majority of students, I have several books that I use to zero in on what level of proficiency they currently hold and then I begin to adapt from there. For beginning or younger students, I use several books that focus of basic techniques that are effective for any style of music; I use books such as Collin Bailey's Bass Drum Techniques and Mitchell Peters and Stick Control for snare drum and genral techniques. As students progress or are already of a certain proficiency, I utilize several style books that help keep students engaged and interested in what they are learning as well as working with students on things that they are interested in learning.
Ultimately my goal is for my students to develop a love and lifestyle that is grounded in music. With that in mind, each student determines their own progress by how much time and effort they put into what they learn. I set goals that encourage students to reach their full potential if they put forth the effort. Students should be acknowledged when they accomplish something, and they should also be told when they need to improve. I want to be honest with students who are honest with me and I want to help them get better at this craft that they are pursuing.
He s awesome. Kids friendly and lot of patience
Connects great with my 13 yr old son. Encouraging, clear instruction, challenging, organized, takes time to answer questions.