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BM, University of the Arts, Drum Performance
I am a passionate and motivated instructor who loves to make music and share it with anyone. I attended the University of the Arts from 2014 to 2018 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Drum Performance. I have performed with a number of musicians in and around the Philadelphia area and have developed a strong foundation on which to build on. My main focus is in Jazz, but I also have experience in a number of different styles. I have spent some years playing Sunday morning services and some musicals and that has helped me become a more well rounded musician.
I have taught a few of my own students while I was living in the suburbs. I encouraged my students to bring music in that they liked to try to draw a connection between what they already like and the instrument they are trying to learn. I emphasize technique and consistent practice, and while that can be a drag for younger students I like to balance out technique with improvisation. The most important thing for me is that my students are asking questions and have a genuine interest in drums. That helps make my job a little easier.
I like to emphasize a few important things when teaching drums. First and foremost is relaxation. Relaxation comes from working on technique and focusing on a few things happening in the body. This can be the most frustrating thing to learn at first, but it is immensely helpful in the long run. The next most important thing for a drummer is having good time. I can teach students a few tricks to use with a metronome to help develop their sense of time and pulse. The last thing that I emphasize in lessons is four way coordination. There are a lot of different ways to work on four way coordination and I can help show them as many different exercises I can to develop their coordination.
The most important thing I want to see from my students is curiosity. I can tailor my lessons to an individual student much easier if they are asking me their own questions about what we may be working on in lessons or about what they are working on by themselves. I move as slow or as fast as a student is ready to move, but is always best to sit with an exercise or set of exercises for longer than they may want. Most importantly, I want students to take these exercises and apply them to music that they like to play.
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