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Instruments: Drums
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Gospel, Musical Theater, Latin, Funk, Hip Hop, Electronic, Flamenco, Salsa, Showtunes, Spirituals, Reggae, Merengue, Latin Jazz, Swing, New Age, Samba, Bossa Nova, Soul, Marching Band, Punk, Mariachi, Avant-Garde

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Frank P In Home
Instruments: Drums
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Gospel, Musical Theater, Latin, Funk, Hip Hop, Electronic, Flamenco, Salsa, Showtunes, Spirituals, Reggae, Merengue, Latin Jazz, Swing, New Age, Samba, Bossa Nova, Soul, Marching Band, Punk, Mariachi, Avant-Garde

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 5-80
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ABOUT
Degrees / Training / Special Info:
  The Chicago Drum School  Chicago, IL.  1971-1975,   The Bobby Christian School of Music and Percussion  Oak Park, IL.  1976-1980
Overview:
    I started playing drums at the very young age of 5 and by the age of 13 I began to take the drums very serious. I first studied drums from a local teacher by the name of Steve Sacher who was a former student of the famous Chicago Drum “Guru” Roy Knapp. He was a very knowledgeable instructor and was hip to the new styles as well as the old styles and gave me a solid foundation to build the rest of my future studying upon. In 1971 at the age of 14 I began to study at the Chicago Drum School on Wabash Avenue in Downtown Chicago. I studied under Ernie Gadzos who was a great drummer and teacher. Ernie taught me advanced techniques along with a musical approach to playing Drumset which was very interesting to me. In later years Ernie accepted a prominent Clinical Services position with the Gretsch Drum Company in Georgia. In 1976 I was accepted to study with world famous percussionist Bobby Christian. Bobby also was a former student of the famous Chicago Drum “Guru” Roy Knapp. Bobby performed with many big name stars, was a guest performer for Symphony Orchestras around the world, was a first call studio musician, a staff musician for Chicago radio stations and was a Clinician for The Ludwig Drum Company. The instruction I received from Bobby Christian was exactly what I needed to be a truly accomplished drummer, musician and instructor. While still studying at the Chicago Drum School in 1973 I decided to tryout to become a member of The Chicago Federation of Musicians Union and passed the test and was accepted at age 15. I then began to work as a professional musician performing locally in all types of musical situations. I continued performing Drumset both locally and on the road. Some of the venues included The Newport in Miami Beach, The Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas, The Park West in Chicago, The Bop-Shop in Chicago, Joe’s Be-Bop Café on Navy Pier in Chicago, The Green Dolphin Street in Chicago, Frankie’s Blue Room in Naperville, IL., Fitzgerald’s in Berwyn, IL,  Pete Miller's in Wheeling, IL. and numerous Festivals and Concerts in the Park Series in Chicago and the surrounding Suburbs. After 40+ years of performing I’m happy to say I’m still at it!!
EXPERIENCE
    My first teaching job was in 1977 at Glendale Music Center in Glendale Heights, IL. I taught there for a couple of years and when my performance schedule became too busy I decided to leave and start to teach privately so I would have a more flexible teaching schedule. I have continued to teach privately for 35 years and I am proud to say that with all my experience as a performer and instructor I can teach all ages, all levels and all styles. I also contributed to the educational world of drumming with articles published in the Jazz Drummer’s Workshop section of Modern Drummer Magazine on the Stick-Shot technique and on the style and analysis of the famous jazz drummer Shelly Manne.
METHODS USED
    I believe in teaching solid fundamentals, proper technique and good music sight reading skills. Some of the methods and method books I use are as follows: The Moeller Technique, The Gladstone Technique, The Speed Stroke (Finger Control), Alfred’s Drum Method Book 1, Alfred’s Beginner Drumset Method, Stick Control, Accents and Rebounds, Master Studies, Charley Wilcoxon Rudimental Solos, Syncopation, Advanced Techniques for the Modern Drummer, Rudimental Jazz, The Art of Bop Drumming, Bop and Beyond, The New Breed, 1001 Drum Grooves, Realistic Rock, Mini-Monster Book of Rock Drumming, Joe Franco’s Double Bass Drumming, Mike Clark’s Funk Drumming, The Total Blues Drummer and The Art of Latin Drumming for the Drumset. In addition I like to teach my own exercise studies and technique ideas that I’ve developed from my studies and 40+ years of performing.
LESSON STYLE
    I like to teach in a relaxed and fun style. I believe if a student enjoys the lessons then the hard work that it takes to learn music won’t seem like such a chore. At the beginning I access the student and then discuss with the student and or the parents which direction they want to go with the lessons. One direction is a generalized lesson plan learning all styles of drumming and music. Another direction may be a more focused lesson plan learning a certain style or certain technique. In any event I like to accommodate the student but also give the student the opportunity to be exposed to other directions they can go if they desire.
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