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Instruments: Piano, Drums
Styles: Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Latin, Funk, Hip Hop, Salsa, Reggae, Latin Jazz, Swing, Bossa Nova, Soul, Punk

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Brendan G In Home In Studio Teaches Online
Instruments: Piano, Drums
Styles: Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Latin, Funk, Hip Hop, Salsa, Reggae, Latin Jazz, Swing, Bossa Nova, Soul, Punk

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 7-80
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B.A, English, University of Connecticut

Overview:

I have been a student of music for over 20 years, and have made it one of my life's goals to continue to grow as an artist as well as to share my knowledge and passion with others seeking to benefit from the world of music. I have played in orchestras and jazz bands, toured the country with an indie rock band, and write and record music with collaborators in the greater New Haven area. I have several years of private instruction experience and have also led ensembles and music camps. Playing music is a lifelong gift and I can't wait for the next adventure it shall provide me!

EXPERIENCE

I began teaching private drum and piano lessons in 2015. I was able to draw on the lessons and methods I experienced with several incredible teachers I studied with, and have developed a teaching style that seeks to emphasize the strengths and interests of a student. I have taught dozens of students in one on one instruction, and have also led performance ensembles of 10-20 students. Musicianship is a lifelong journey and my main goal as a teacher is to maintain the curiosity, creativity and passion of the student. There is a balance to strike between technical fluency and artistic drive, and my job as a teacher is to find that balance for each and every student. Finding out what makes music matter to a new student is my starting point, and I customize the emphasis on technique and creativity from there. Whether a student's goal is to perform with other musicians someday or simply to rock out at home, I consider it my job to create a fun, focused atmosphere in which to learn.

METHODS USED

For brand new students of music, approaching the drums can be daunting. Establishing proper technique is essential to steady progress and overcoming the initial potential barrier to more advanced playing. Proper stick grip and posture is established, and from there I introduce the basic language of music notation and counting. Fortunately there are very approachable rock beats to include at the same time, so my goal is to make the initial lessons educational as well as fun. I will help new students establish a practice regiment that works for them. I believe it is what a student is practicing rather than how much a student is practicing that determines effective progress, although establishing a regular practice routine always works the best. As students advance, I strive to illustrate new techniques and challenges through music that the student may be interested in. For example, finding and learning songs the student likes that require certain technical elements we are attempting to master.

LESSON STYLE

Watching someone begin to understand how to play an instrument and realize their potential is an incredibly powerful thing, and I strive to create a helpful and artistically nourishing atmosphere in which a student can grow at their own pace. I match this with the belief that a certain amount discipline and plain work is required to access the rewards of musicianship. I value patience and clear communication, and always do my best to adapt to a student's learning style. The path to musical fulfillment is different for everyone and I enjoy helping each and every student find their way. Establishing clear and realistic goals, maintaining a fun and collaborative environment, and creating productive habits and routines are my steadfast methods towards success.

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