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BM, Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music, Orchestral Percussion Performance
2010 - Brass and Percussion Medal, Class of 2010
Hi there, my name is Andres. I have been playing drums and percussion for 13 years. I studied music at Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music, initially studying Drums and Latin Percussion, and eventually majoring in Orchestral Percussion. I have performed with most of Puerto Rico’s major orchestras as well as with smaller percussion, jazz, latin and rock ensembles. I enjoy teaching a lot, and have been doing so for the last 6 years.Weather you like orchestral music, jazz, latin music, rock, funk, or any other style, I can help you get there on your drums, congas, timbales, marimba, vibraphone or timpani. I’m perfectly fluent in spanish, so if you need a spanish speaking teacher, look no further! Thanks for stopping by, and I hope we get to work together soon!
I've been teaching for some 6 years now. I started teaching drums when I was in college and have never stopped since. Since then I have worked with students of all age groups, and I have learned that the key to keep a student is to help them have fun in class and to challenge them with new and exciting things to do on their instrument. A good balance between strict practice discipline and fun is the perfect combo, and thats what you'll get with me!
I use a variety of methods, depending on the music style covered (jazz, rock, latin, etc) and your skill level. Once we get to know each other on that first lesson we will decide which method suits you best. Some of these are: Syncopation, by George L Stone Stick Control, by George L Stone Modern Reading Text, by Louis Belson Realistic Rock, by Carmine Appice The Drummer’s Complete Vocabulary, by John Ramsey Essence of Afro-Cuban Percussion & Drumset, by Ed Uribe Primary Handbook for Mallets, by Garwood Whaley
On the first lesson you will set short and long term goals you would like to achieve on your playing, and I will then design a lesson plan to achieve those goals. From there on each lesson will be a fun and challenging workshop in which I will help you gain technique and musicality in your favorite music styles, always working toward your goals. Each lesson generally starts off with some assigned work from the previous lesson and then we move on to technique/reading skills exercises. We then work on some new material (rudiments, rhythmic patterns, time signatures, etc.) and we finish off doing some fun stuff like learning new grooves or playing your favorite songs. I will always be stressing out throughout lessons the right way to practice. The keys to get as much as you can from each lesson are these: COMMIT to your goals. PRACTICE as much as you can. ALWAYS HAVE FUN while playing. Do that and you will be surprising yourself with great achievements in no time.
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