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HSD, New School for the Arts, Drum-set Performance AM, Phoenix College, Composition
2017 - Music Director, Drum-set and Band Leader for LTWSE the First Phoenix Comedy Show with a Live Band 2017 - Winner of Best Comedy Show, Phoenix New Times 2017 - Drum-set Instructor at School of Rock, Gilbert AZ 2017 - Performed and Composed with Max Knouse, Josh Hill, Max Beckman, Greg Diarra, Alan Acosta, Jayson Owen Davies, Emmet LeFave, Jacob Lauxman and Dempsey Payne for LTWSE Live Band Original Soundtrack
I am a student at Phoenix College for Music Composition and I have been playing the drum-set for my entire life. My siblings taught me the fundamentals of listening or "building your ear" to create music as we grew up together in Athens, OH - I am now writing and performing my own work at local venues which have been a great privilege for me. I am now the music director for the largest comedy show in Phoenix! - Cam
Growing up with siblings that played music taught me the fundamentals of cooperation and listening as I now have been teaching and learning from students since 2012 in my home studio. As a musician and teacher, your goals are my goals. When we are in a lesson I will be rigorously keeping your technique in check while we tackle the projects you want to work on plus implement my own agenda to keep you challenged and depending on your want for a challenge I can make it vary from easy breezy to insanity. When we get out of our lesson you will have a personally tailored exercise emailed or printed out for you to practice until the next lesson. These are usually pretty short for beginners where you'll be learning the basics of limb independence through poly-rhythm exercises, the basics of stick dynamics to sound good fast, a song to learn or practice to and sight reading to understand why everything is the way it is. Intermediate and advanced students "homework" will be even more personally tailored to their playing where I would teach whole broken down songs, advanced rhythms, advanced solos, how to actually tune your drums, recording and a lot more. I also encourage and can help with writing your own music. Composition plays a huge part in how we learn music because if we can't figure out how to be creative with our instrument sooner rather than later we sometimes lose interest. Bringing out your own voice in the drum-set is what I aim to do for every student and I will always be taking on students of all ages!
The first lesson I will assess the students playing to get to know them and their goals so we can get started right away. For beginners we'll be focusing heavily on Syncopation and Stick Control, two excellent books. When the student has a grasp on the basics we will work on dynamic control, limb independence, sense of time and ear training. Intermediate lessons include advanced poly-rhythms, trading fours together in different time signatures, fine tuning the drums and advanced sight reading. Advanced lessons include longer poly-rhythm exercises, advanced fills and solos, how to record drums, how to improvise better, professionalism's to get hired and constant critique.
I have spent 5 years honing beginning, intermediate and advanced lessons for my students in my home studio because I will always love teaching and will continue to grow with new and old students alike. - For beginning students I will always teach Syncopation and Stick Control, two excellent books to replace the bad habits with the best habits. When the student has a grasp on the fundamentals we work in poly-rhythmic exercises to strengthen limb independence, sense of time and relaxed playing. It's important to have a balance between what a student should be learning and what a student wants to be learning at the beginning level. After all music is fun and infinitely creative so while implementing these fundamentals we will tackle any project, song or technique the student would like to learn until the next lesson. - For intermediate students we will be playing advanced poly-rhythms together at the start of every lesson then trade fours in different time signatures until we feel warmed up. From there we will be working on projects the student may have or the student may tackle my agenda to fine tuned playing and add a plethora of chops to their arsenal. We finish every lesson with rudiment drills, ear training and learning a new song to add to your "music library". - For advanced students we will be trading fours in every time signature, playing my most complex poly-rhythm exercises and extensive ear training until we feel almost worn out. We will then go over any project, solo, song or technique you want to learn for the remainder of the lesson. * We will always re tune the drum-sets at the end of a lesson as force of habit and a great practice for you. * I will always keep an eye out for what interests you musically. * I am fully engaged in lessons. No phone and no distractions. * Full page print out or email to you of "homework" for next lesson. * Let me know if you have a recital or show coming up so we can heavily focus on performance!
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