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Aaron B In StudioStudio
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Instruments: Drums
Styles: Jazz, Rock, Country, Funk, Latin Jazz, Punk, Avant-Garde

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Aaron B In Studio
Instruments: Drums
Styles: Jazz, Rock, Country, Funk, Latin Jazz, Punk, Avant-Garde

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 6-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:

HS UNCSA, percussion; UNCSA, composition, Brevard Music Center, Eastern Music Festival

Awards:

1997-2015 Founded and directed the Enrichment Center Percussion Ensemble (ECPE), one of the world's few professional performing groups whose members have developmental disabilities

1996-present multiple recordings and performances, including a European tour

2013 Winston-Salem Foundation's ECHO Award

2014 NC ARC Teacher of the Year Award

2015 Co-produced MicroFEST Winston-Salem, the state's first festival of Microtonal Music

Overview:
Hi everyone! I have been involved in performing and recording music my entire life, primarily as drummer and percussionist, but also as composer/ songwriter/ multi-instrumentalist. After eighteen years as director of the Enrichment Center Percussion Ensemble, I am devoting myself full time to music creation and private music instruction. While I have extensive experience teaching music to individuals with disabilities, and won awards for my success in doing so, I have taught many others along the way, from children to adults. I have a comfortable home teaching studio with a beautiful vintage drumset, a marimba, various percussion, and too many other instruments to list. I also have a comfortable waiting area for parents and/ or siblings (where you can hear the lesson in session, if you wish), as well as comfortable porch seating for nice days.
EXPERIENCE
I have been teaching music full-time for eighteen years. Primarily, I founded and led the Enrichment Center Percussion Ensemble (ECPE), a truly unique and acclaimed group. Our focus was on active music-making, performance, and recording. The group made three professional recordings, performed widely, and challenged audience expectations everywhere they did. Privately, I have taught drumming to many individuals, from young students just starting out, to professional musicians looking to add drums to their instrumental repertoire, to people needing help overcoming sensory issues. I believe that music, and drumming in particular, is inherently therapeutic, and can benefit everyone!
METHODS USED
My philosophy is that everyone benefits from music instruction, especially percussion. No matter whether one's goal is to be a professional musician, or one simply wants to try something new, almost everyone enjoys the act of music-making! Having said that, every individual is unique, and I work with each person to determine what works best for his or her desires and abilities. While one student may dive right into rudiments and reading, another may benefit best from relaxed, organic, and gradual activities that lead to a greater comfort with the learning experience. Every student is different, and every student will receive instruction tailored for his or her needs.
LESSON STYLE
Music is, and should be fun! It is also hard work, but when done right, these two go hand in hand. No one should leave a lesson feeling discouraged, personally or musically. This is why I work hard to understand what each individual student's goals are, and quickly assess how he or she may achieve those goals. Additionally, not every student learns the same way, and I strive to ascertain and respond to each individual's needs. I am laid back, but I am not without expectation: each student will progress at a pace that is right for him or her.
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Paul Whan

5

We have had an awesome experience with Mr. Aaron. He is great with the kids and they enjoy learning from him.

Review posted on Aug 08, 2019

Natalie De La Cruz

5

We have been very pleased with Aaron thus far. He is patient and respectful with my son, yet has a good way of redirecting him to keep him focused on learning when he gets started talking (he's 6--has lots to say!). He is motivating and good at pacing learning to keep my son excited and engaged. His experience is evident--very good teacher.

Review posted on Feb 14, 2017

Tricia Watkins

5

Thoughtful and engaging instructor. Our daughter gets more excited each week.

Review posted on Dec 10, 2016

Tricia Watkins

5

Aaron is talented, unique, and gentle

Review posted on Nov 27, 2016

Tricia Watkins

5

Aaron is a talented and gentle soul. My daughter is so comfortable learning from him. He is a wonderful instructor offering AAA+ lessons. We lucked out.

Review posted on Nov 22, 2016

Brooke Juneau

5

Aaron has been extremely patient and creative in supporting my son's special needs. His lessons provide a perfect balance of structured teaching and time to simply engage in the joy of playing. My son really looks forward to his lessons every week & is learning so much!

Review posted on Jul 27, 2016

PJ Williams

5

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.

Review posted on Dec 04, 2015

Steve & Brigitte Lindsay

5

We met Aaron 12 years ago when our son, Jonathan began at the Enrichment Center. Jonathan had been taking music lesson for 8 years, but had never played with a group. Aaron taught him how to play with a group. But let me tell you about the group – the Enrichment Center Percussion Ensemble (ECPE). The ECPE consists of 6 individuals with differing abilities. Aaron had a creative system that he used to teach music to those who could not read music. With the God given talents and abilities that the ECPE had, Aaron was able to create a unique genre of music. Aaron’s gentle hard working nature enabled the group to produce several CDs, perform at numerous locations throughout Forsyth County as well as in various parts of North Carolina, and perform at several venues in New York.

Review posted on Nov 08, 2015

Liz Simmons

5

Aaron is an Amazing teacher and person. So patient and encouraging!! I have learned so much in such a short time. I am so lucky to take lessons with him. I can not reccomend him enough as a brilliant teacher!!!

Review posted on Oct 29, 2015
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