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Derek B In HomeHome In StudioStudio
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Instruments: Drums
Styles: Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Latin, Funk, Reggae, Merengue, Latin Jazz, Swing, New Age, Samba, Bossa Nova, Soul, Marching Band, Avant-Garde

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Derek B In Home In Studio
Instruments: Drums
Styles: Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Latin, Funk, Reggae, Merengue, Latin Jazz, Swing, New Age, Samba, Bossa Nova, Soul, Marching Band, Avant-Garde

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In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 8-80
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Private Lessons with Bobby Christain: Jazz, Swing, Latin, Funk Private Lessons with Prof. Johnny Lee Lane , Eastern Illinois University. Snare drum Technique P.A.S.I.C. Masterclasses/Clinics with Steve Gadd, Dave Weckl, Vinnie Colaiuta, William Kennedy, Ed Shaughnessy, Gregg Bissonette, Dennis Chambers, Louie Bellson, Ed Thigpen, Omar Hakim, Steve Smith, Marvin "Smitty" Smith, Paul Wertico, Clayton Cameron, Gary Chaffee, Jim Chapin, Alex Acuna, Walfredo Reyes Jr., Sheila E, Terry Bozzio, Chad Wackerman, Reuben Alvarez, Cindy Blackman, Jeff "Tain" Watts,  Simon Phillips, Jonathan Moffet, Billy Cobham   

Awards:

Guitar Center Drumoff Finalist 1993 through 1999

Performed with Andy West (Dixie Dregs) 1996

Toured the US from 2010 through 2014 on the National Country Music Circuit Performing 165+ shows per year. 

Overview:

I come from a family of natural musicians. Meaning Ive been blessed with a good ear for music . I started playing at the age of 4 and was performing professionally by the age of 15. I grew up exposed to several styles of music from all my family members. Everything from Rock, Jazz, Funk, Latin, Motown, R&B, Country, Eastern Music, and Pop. Learning multiple styles of music before I was formally trained was a big help when It came time to learn proper techniques and feels as well as reading and writing . Attending the PASIC Conventions for several years as well as the Modern Drummer Weekend Festivals was and is an absolute cherished experience. Being able to have several masterclasses with lots of my drumming idols really taught me alot and absorbing everything each player had to offer is something Ill be forever grateful. Ive also had the fortune of touring the US on the National Country Music Circuit from 2010 through 2014.

EXPERIENCE

My teaching experience has had alot of learning experiences for myself as well. Every student is different. You tend to learn things about other students playing that in some ways helps your own. Ive always emphasized listening to as many styles of music as possible. The more youre comfortable with as a listener, the easier it usually is to learn. The idea is to have a vast musical vocabulary so as not to limit yourself when it comes time to look for work either as a performer, a teacher, or a session player. Ive found that the combination of different styles music and the techniques to play that music will make any student that much better. I get a great sense of self satisfaction in turning on new music to other musicians that they might not have otherwise came across. It has a way of lighting an inspirational spark and motivating them to get to higher levels of where theyre trying to be musically. Im a passionate player, and bringing that passion out of others is what I stive for as a teacher.     

METHODS USED

My methods are pretty simple. The basic fundamentals are something every student needs to have a firm grasp of. Even when youre advanced, practicing these things is something that never stops. So a healthy dose of stick control exercises, as well as covering different hand positioning, grips, your setup in relation to your height and reach, foot exercises, dynamics, drum tuning, and how to utilize your practice time effectively is something Ill cover with all beginner to intermediate students. Two books every student should have in their arsenal Is "Stick Control" by George Stone and  "Progressive Steps to Syncopation" by Ted Reed. I also want to guage each students likes so as to keep the lessons engaging and fun, but at the same time instilling a level of discipline. For more advanced students, id simply guage their abilities and tailor the lessons to challenge and get them to those next levels.

LESSON STYLE

My teaching style again is pretty simple. They want to learn , and Im there to help them. Setting goals and acknowledging the accomplishments. Teaching the student vital necessities to help them expand their own vocabulary with drumming, as well as introducing them to new music styles is a very good way for any student to excel in a rapid fashion. Inspiration comes from learning new things, so tailoring the lessons to get that inspiration out is what Im stiving for.       

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