Evans Music City, Drum Studies 2013-2014 Sessions Music, Drum Studies 2015 University of Edinburgh, open courses, Fundamentals of Music Theory 2017 Berklee College of Music, open courses, Songwriting: Writing the Lyrics 2017
2014- Performed graduation solo at Evans Music City 2015- Placed first in Gorilla Music Battle of the Bands Competition 2015-2016 Placed in several bookings by a Gorilla Music talent agency
I've always felt a calling to music; as a child I took choir for three years and then hand bells for another three years in high school. Finally, sitting for the first time at a drum kit in 2013, I discovered my true love for percussion. I began taking up to three lessons a week with a blast beat and heavy metal emphasis for the next year and a half. During this time I had the opportunity to begin assisting as a drum tech for a local band. I continued setting up and breaking down kits until a band I had formed in 2014 began to dedicate more time to composing originals. In 2015 we won a battle of the bands contest and received several bookings as a result. I still play with my band and continue independent music study.
As drum instructor, I taught beats, fills, song structure, technique, and kit-setup, to a group between the ages of 7 and 14 in the summer of 2016 with the "Girls Rock Camp Houston", a non-profit organization. I volunteered to an additional guidance position as a "Band Coach" in 2016 to a group of young teen students. Both groups of students performed at a private and public recital where they all created songs based on the techniques taught during the course. Following the 2016 season I wanted to continue teaching and held courses for a co-worker. I look forward to developing young musicians at the camp again this year.
I teach beginner to beginning intermediate drum students. The student will learn some of the most popular rock beats and rhythms and practical sticking techniques in the course. They will develop the "weak" hand and foot, limb independence coordination, and rudimentary skills. I teach a student to be completely independent on the kit by teaching them how to set-up and tune themselves. The first lesson will cover basic notation, as it applies to the drum kit, as well as a satisfactory play of a simple groove utilizing quarters and eighth notes. From then on I will begin a "project" song that the student has interest in to incorporate in following lessons.
I construct lessons from a variety of resources, including reference texts and modern independent instructional apps, but do not follow one source for direction of lessons. I find the interests of a student and construct exercises that will allow them to play closer to what they most enjoy, while also disciplining in drumming fundamentals. I assign realistic homework practices that can be modified for use on a practice pad or full drum kit. From the first lesson I try to get a student playing a portion of a memorable song and build a foundation of reading music at the same time.