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BM, Berklee College of Music, Musical Performance.
Graduated Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music in 2016. Started a Masters Degree in the Arts and Teaching (Music Education) at Montclair State University in January 2018.
Hello there! My name is Benjamin, and I am a dedicated, and energetic instructor who loves working with students and sharing my love of music. In the Spring of 2016, I graduated Cum Laude from the Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree in Drum Set Performance. From a young age, I have had the pleasure of performing at Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, Rose Theater at Lincoln Center, the Hark Rock Cafe in Boston with organizations like, The New York Pops, The American Composer's Orchestra, and The New York Jazzharmonic Trio to name a few.
My teaching experience dates back to my days growing up in Northern New Jersey where I started to give drum lessons to other kids in my neighborhood. Since then, I have been teaching consistent private lessons inside and outside of my University studio. I have always made encouraging regular practice on a structured schedule one of my key points I emphasize with my younger students, as it tends to help the student progress and gain a passion for the instrument. I have also found that a combination of classical and modern music can go a long way in helping students enjoy the drum set and motivate them to practice and continue to learn. If a student is not having fun in their lessons, then I am not doing my job! My students are urged to enter competitions and recitals, as well as work on composing their own original music, so they can feel good about their accomplishments and stay driven to learn. I am always looking to bring new students of all ages!
For beginning students who are children, I typically start with teaching them how to sit at the drum set properly, and hold their stick correctly. Once the student has progressed to have a grasp of the fundamentals, I will begin to introduce beginner reading methods, and different playing styles behind the set. For adults, I try to find out what the student is interested in, and guide my instruction accordingly to keep the lessons engaging and fun, no matter their ability level. It has always been my goal to ensure that the learning environment I create around my students is safe, and motivational.
Nothing is more rewarding than seeing one of my students develop a passion for the drum set! Therefore, it is important that each student progresses at his or her own pace. I do 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. I try to keep the relationships with my students friendly and open, while still maintaining an appropriate position of authority!
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