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MBA, Long Island University, Marketing, Management BA, Stony Brook University, History, Jazz Performance
I'm passionate about music, and playing and teaching the drums brings me great joy. I have experience with students of all different ages, abilities and experience levels. I've studied percussion and drum set since 1990, and rudimental and hand drums since 1999. I can teach students to read music, as well as transcribe arrangements and transpose by ear. With consistent lessons, students can learn to play along to their favorite music, and develop confidence to practice and perform with other musicians in a group setting.
As a professional touring and recording artist, I am happy to share my knowledge of playing in multiple musical settings, and the "business" of playing music. My passion is for live performance, and it is essential to help students feel confident while playing for an audience. Our focus will be on developing proper technique, listening carefully and critically to recordings, and building a foundational music vocabulary via reading and writing. I look forward to sharing my knowledge and expertise with you!
I offer a personalized approach to learning the drums, and customize the layout of my curriculum to meet each student's specific needs. I use many traditional teaching methods, and incorporate them into lessons, including: • Bower System • Moeller Stroke • Stone Method (Stick Control) • Reed Method (Syncopation) • Chapin Method In lessons, we focus on technique, fundamentals, and grasping the basic elements of the instructional material. It is up to students to continue practicing diligently and consistently between lessons to advance their skills.
I love teaching drums. As an educator, my greatest joy is sharing in the success of my students, whether it be grasping a new concept, or mastering a particularly difficult technique. I believe in positive reinforcement, and acknowledging success. It is important for me to develop a trusting, encouraging relationship with my students, and I am often inspired to improve my skills and teaching techniques to better serve their needs. My students are given clear expectations, and we set attainable goals for their drumming.
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