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BM, SUNY New Paltz, Jazz Performance - Drums Long Island High School for the Arts Graduate 2005
2001-2005 - Member of Commack High School Stage Band, Jazz Band, and Tri-M Music Honor Society
2004-2005 - Commack High School Marching Band Section Leader - Drums
2005 - Completed NYSSMA through levels 1-5 snare drum, level 2-6 Drumset, Perfect score
2009 - Organized and performed with Senior Jazz Ensemble at SUNY New Paltz
I have had a lifelong passion for music as far back as I can ever remember. I was exposed to a wide variety of different musical genres from a very young age, and developed an interest in percussion when I was 3 years old. Drumset is my main instrument, but I am also proficient in classical percussion, marching percussion, and mallets. in 2005, I studied at the BOCES Long Island High School for the Arts in Syosset, and in 2009 I received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Performance from SUNY New Paltz. I was a member of my High School Stage Band, Jazz Band, and was section leader/head snare drummer of the Commack High School Marching Band. I have also participated in NYSSMA on all levels for both snare drum and drumset. I have also performed live at venues across Long Island with various bands.
My teaching experience began after I graduated from college 5 years ago. I discovered a talented young drummer while working at a music store, cultivating and channeling his talent. I like to take the time and learn from my students what inspired them to want to learn drums, and what they wish to learn from the lessons. This information helps me to develop a unique lesson plan for each student. I have had experience working with both children and adults at all levels, and I highly encourage my students to enter any competitions, bands, or recital opportunities that are availbable to them, especially NYSSMA.
My two favorite books for all my beginning drum students are George Lawrence Stone's Stick Control and Ted Reeds Syncopation. These books, and the rudiments are a great place to develop the basics of the instrument. After learning the foundations, I develop an individual program to meet the students needs and desires, making the instruction both educational and fun. I learn from them what techniques, styles, and other drummers interest them, and tailor the lesson towards helping them learn the skills that will keep them interested.
The most rewarding part of teaching is watching the student master something they have worked hard on. I feel it is important for each student to develop his or her own musical identity. Having confidence in their ability, and reaching a level of comfort with the instrument I feel helps them develop both as a musician and in other parts of their lives. The lessons are designed to meet their individual needs so i can help each student progress at their own pace.
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