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BA, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, Audio Recording/Percussion
2010 - Bloomsburg University Outstanding Student Award
I am an enthusiastic and fun instructor with over ten years of experience teaching. I love teaching students of all ages and skill levels. I have been playing the drums for over 20 years and playing professionally since 2006. I currently perform as a professional drummer on a regular basis and have played all over the east coast from Boston to Key West, Fl. In college I studied the drum set as well as classical percussion. In addition I also learned the art of recording which I find to be very useful in my home studio to help create backing tracks and sometimes recording students to track progress.
I have been teaching since I was 18 towards the end of High School. I taught lessons part time through college and since graduating college have maintained a steady roster of students. I focus on getting to know and understand each student and their goals to customize lesson plans for that individual, all while covering the essential and important fundamentals. I encourage students to give me a list of their favorite songs so we can learn them, play along to them and work towards possible recitals and/or situations where they can play the songs with other musicians!
For all students, I start off with the basic fundamentals. Proper setup, posture, stick position, and technique. I then will hand write some examples and assess the student. From there I usually will use Alfred's Beginning Drum Set Method. Once the student has a grasp on that, I will focus on rudimental drumming and snare rhythms to accompany the drum fill portion of the Alfred's book. From there we move into more advanced books that include jazz drumming and complex rock beats as well as learning popular songs of the student's choice.
Every drum student is different so I customize each lesson to fit the particular students needs and goals. I always start out with fundamentals and rudiments on the snare drum, Focusing on stick position posture and proper technique. Once these basics are established we move onto a basic drum set method book covering notation, basic drumbeats and drum fills. From there we branch out into various styles of drumming, very often we move to jazz drumming from there as that is usually the first time students are offered to play drum set in their school music program. I also love to incorporate popular music that I help pick with the student.
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