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Westmar univ. bachelor.
I'm a passionate and motivated instructor who loves working with students and sharing my love of music. In 1997, I graduated from Westmar University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Percussion Performance. Performing all over the world has been one of the greater experiences of my life as a musician, and I've had the opportunity to play in New York, as well as touring all over the world. I was fortunate to record with Mr. Clark Terry on my first album "Stars Fell on Alabama" Now I m settled in Houston Tx where I continue to perform in local clubs.
I have been teaching for 25+ years in schools and privately. The crucial part of my teaching method is an individual approach. We all are different and that makes teaching more fun but it also makes it challenging and at times very difficult. It takes a lot of patience and experience to unlock one's individuality in learning and performing. I do use books at the same time I try to develop student's ears. I give encouragement and I also know how to be firm and ask for results. With the little ones I super careful and always try to get them involved in the fun part of learning through whatever that may be. Singing and dancing and tapping and clapping. Being rhythmical and musical after all is super natural to the most.
There are many books on drums and piano or voice. I have to get to know the student to determine what I will use to get better results. It will depend on their age and attitude and initial talent. Also, a lot of kids are busy at school and don't have much time for practice. It means I need to get a lot done during the actual lesson and make sure that the info I m giving is settling in and there are no gray areas and questions of what to do until next lesson. Once determined I tend to stay on the chosen material for as long as it is working and giving results. Everything has to be well balanced. Lessons should not be either boring nor should they be solely a pass time.
Nothing is more rewarding than seeing one of my students develop a passion for music! Therefore, it's important that each student progresses at his or her own pace. I encourage this by setting realistic goals for my students at each lesson. Acknowledging accomplishments helps fuel a students desire to progress, and makes students eager to learn more. By trying to find out what inspires the student, I can successfully tailor my instruction to their wants and needs.. Most importantly after each lesson the student should have a sense of belonging to our wonderful community of musicians.
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