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Brandon W In StudioStudio
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Instruments: Drums
Styles: Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Funk, Salsa, Reggae, Latin Jazz, Swing, Samba, Bossa Nova, Soul

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Brandon W In Studio
Instruments: Drums
Styles: Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Funk, Salsa, Reggae, Latin Jazz, Swing, Samba, Bossa Nova, Soul

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 8-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:
BM, San Jose State University, Jazz Studies
Overview:
I am a drum set artist hailing from Southern California where I began my career in music playing throughout the Ventura County and LA areas. I began playing drums in middle school as a hobby, but after playing in the marching band, concert band, and jazz band throughout High School I fell in love with drums and music and knew I wanted to pursue it as a career. After teaching a weekly hand drumming group class and gaining several private students in addition to teaching in an after school music program, I became increasingly interested in privately teaching drums. I eventually moved up to San Jose to pursue a music degree and began playing in the area. Through studying rock, jazz, and many other genres on the instrument, I learned a universal approach to practicing and learning new material and techniques, which I pass on to my students. 
EXPERIENCE
I began teaching when I substituted for one of my previous drum instructors while he was gone on a short vacation, and I instantly loved the whole process. Shortly after, I began teaching a couple of weekly beginning African drumming classes, as well as teaching through the Boys & Girls Club. My experience with both of these positions was invaluable, and helped me realize that I love helping students find that moment where everything clicks! Playing with many talented musicians in both Southern and Northern California, I have developed a unique style and approach to how I play with others, and I apply this to my lessons as well.
METHODS USED
I approach lessons by striking a balance between what the student wants to work on and instilling the fundamental skills that are needed to approach whatever they want to learn. Students will learn stick technique, rudiments, reading, and limb independence/coordination. I also focus on Moeller technique and ergonomics around the drum kit, while helping students find a setup that works for them as they find their own voice. 
LESSON STYLE
I take each student's personal goal and gear their lessons toward this goal. By giving each student a realistic short term goal that feeds into their ultimate aspiration on the drums, they will get to see the progress they are making and are encouraged to keep practicing and improving. I use a mix of different instructional texts depending on what we are working on, and will sometimes provide custom made exercises for a student if needed. Ultimately, I want my students to have fun throughout their whole experience playing music!
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