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Bachelor of Arts, Communications, Patten University, Oakland CA Associates of Arts, General Education, San Joaquin Delta College, Stockton CA
1st Place winner, Band Category, 2010 Northern California Apollo Night (Talent Showcase Competition)
I'm a passionate and motivated instructor who looks forward to teaching an instrument that I grew up to love. I've been playing the drums for about 20 years and have played in many church events, band gigs, and teaching opportunities. I've always loved to perform and play for different bands and I've even had an opportunity to form a band called Third Street where we won 1st place at the 2010 Northern California Apollo Night competition. Unfortunately that band has retired as we all have embarked on our different ventures. My venture seeks to impart the knowledge and experience that I've learned through the years to the next generation of drummers. Young or older I would love to be your teacher.
My experience dates back to age 14 at a youth group function. I was inspired by a drummer I seen play on the drum kit and I immediately asked if I can learn. From there I started playing at a church called Bethany Christian Center as a back up drummer and eventually as the main drummer. I learned more about drumming through various teachers and on stage performing. I formed a garage band, played at various gigs and produced an amateur album as a project of mine. In 2009 I taught basic drum lessons for a private school in Stockton CA to elementary aged students. I look forward to teaching again and sharing the knowledge of drumming to you and anybody interested in learning.
For beginning learners I will focus on drum stick hand placement, grip, and control. This will fundamentally give the student more comfort in rhythm later on in the lessons. A proper hand grip and finding a comfortable position is key to starting the foundation of being a great drummer. We will also focus on the nomenclature of the drum kit. We don't just want to hit the drum kit, but we want to learn what it is we are hitting. We will learn rhythm and timing as we progress in through the basics. Once we progress through the fundamentals, I will begin to implement the click, drum fills, and drum rudiments. We can only get better with practice learning more and more each day.
It is vitally important that the environment of learning the drums be fun and comfortable. Nobody likes to come to a lesson stressed and nervous. This is not an audition, trust me, I've been in many of those and those are really stressful. Learning drums is going to be exciting, repertoire, and addicting, a good type of addict. Not only do I look forward to teaching a student how to play drums with me, but also learning at home with their own kit or practicing on a drum pad. It's so much more productive than video games and other vices that can attract their attention. I hope you agree :)
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