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Dylan R In StudioStudio Teaches OnlineOnline
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Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Drums, Mallet Percussion
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk

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Dylan R In Studio Teaches Online
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Drums, Mallet Percussion
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 7-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:

-BA, Depaul University -Composition/Percussion Performance Bloom School of Jazz -Private Lessons with: Paul Wertico (Pat Metheny) Joel Spencer (Barbara Streisand)  

Awards:

-NTHS Woody Herman Award

-College Of Wooster Percussion Performance Scholarship

-Appeared on over 30 recordings

-Performed internationally with bands such as:

Cursive

Man Man

Chicago Jazz Members Big Band

Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra

 

 

Overview:
  Growing up in Chicago there was no shortage of great music. Rock, jazz, the symphony; I tried to soak it all up, and it's that approach that I bring to lessons. With 15 years of teaching experience, I tailor lesson plans to the student's intrests and goals.  I aim to balance reading and playing by ear, learning technique, and nurturing the student's individual playing style.  Most importantly, I always encourage students to notice when they sound great. As a pro drummer, I've toured all over the world and encountered all kinds of musicians from a Katy Perry cover band in New Jersey to traditional Street Samba bands in Rio. At the end of the day, I'm still learning just like my students.  
EXPERIENCE
I began teaching 19 years ago and as one drum student grew to two, then to the occasional piano and guitar student, I eventually was teaching 35 students weekly.  I've been lucky in that I have taught such a wide variety of ages and skills.  I've taught actors to drum for roles, writers the lingo of the jobbing musician, and family bands pop songs for the school talent show.   I've always been open to scheduling whatever is easiest for the student, and I'm happy to do in-home lessons but since I began teaching the technology has advanced substantially.  I'm very open to online lessons and have actually had nothing but great experience with these, utilizing Skype and Zoom to keep some nice consistency in this busy modern world.  
METHODS USED
I really work hard to customize the lessons to each student, discussing with them (or their parent) what their goals are.  For beginning students who are children, I use a few great books, some of which I even learned out of when I took my first lessons at age 6. For older students, I try to be open to any material they're intrested in.  If a student  is set on learning to play Beach Boys songs, we don't spend so much time on the classic technique and rudiments BUT over the last 15 years I've developed a system of incorporating fundamentals into practical application that gets my students playing real songs right away while improving technique.  Conversley, if a student has a marching band audition coming up, time is spent on preparing that material.  I love the variety of this method.     Some specifics: Alfred Drum Method The Bastien Series Mel Bay book 1 Stick Control Jim Chapin, Advancing Drummer
LESSON STYLE
I cannot stress enough the respect I have for each student's learning style and play, and I put a lot of effort into understanding each students individuality.  We're not making fast food, here! That said, I have some basic books I've been working out of for years.  For younger students I work with a couple things including the Alfred Drum Method and the Bastien books, as well as very simple ear training games and things like 5 finger scales. For older students, I integrate a more disciplined routine and, as earlier mentioned, allow their goals and intrests to inform the lesson plan, writing out excercises personally.  Generally the first third of the lesson is spent on fundamentals and warm up, the middle on the material we are working on, and something fun and/or new at the end (kind of like the scrimmage at the end of soccer practice).
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