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Drummer for Phantogram BS, Champlain College, Psychology
I was born and raised in Basking Ridge, NJ and I've lived in Vermont, New York City and now Los Angeles. I actually started my college career as a music major at Rutgers University before transferring and finishing my studies with a degree in Psychology at Champlain College in Burlington, VT. I've been able to tour all over the world, perform on national television and play at some of the greatest music venues in America all while teaching whenever I can. I look forward to hearing from you!!
I have been playing and teaching drums for over 20 years. I've taught private and group lessons and also was employed at BANG! the drum school in NYC while I was still living there. In high school I was the section leader of the orchestra while also playing in the jazz band and pit orchestra. I've had the pleasure of taking lessons from some incredible teachers and have gained my own experience playing all of the world with Phantogram. I look forward to sharing my real world experience with you.
My teaching method involves a no pressure environment while tailoring lessons to each individual students' goals. I have a stack of classic books I teach from and I like to incorporate proper technique along the way to develop proper habits. But I also like to have fun and enjoy playing drum games with young students and teaching adults how to play along with their favorite songs. Watching students learn a new song and accomplish goals is a real gift and just goes to show how fun drumming really is.
Tracking a students goals and creating a plan to reach them is so important so I always make sure to do that. I am very easy going and create a no pressure environment. It's all about having fun! But the fun also involves teaching proper techniques and habits so I always keep an eye on that. Students can have fun while still learning the basic fundamentals so that's always the ultimate goal. Students can always stop me if they're not enjoying something or be as direct as necessary to get out of the lessons what they want.
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