BM, Temple University, Jazz Drum Performance
2012 Louis Armstrong Jazz Achievement Award
Music performance and teaching are my passions and I love sharing that with my students! In 2016 I graduated Temple University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Jazz Drum Performance. During this time and following I have had the opportunity of playing and studying with some of the best musicians in and from Philadelphia and have been gigging throughout the tristate area. I’ve had the opportunity to perform and study in a variety of genres including Jazz Rock Gospel HipHop Funk R&B Folk Pop CCM and more.
Ever since I began studying drum set and percussion 9 years ago, I have been eager to share my knowledge with others and have offered lessons. In the past couple years I have had the opportunity to substitute teach and Ambler Music. Through this program I have thought all ages and levels,3-30, beginners to advanced. Throughout all these lessons I always stress scheduled practice. These are the students that do the best. In my lessons I teach a combination of sight reading and learning by ear. Often times I will play along with the student or as example but always want to hear where the student is at with the selection.
For beginner students I’ll usually start with George Lawrence’s Stick Control and Ted Reed’s Syncopation. Once I know they have a grasp of the fundamentals, I’ll usually see what their interests are or what they are working on personally and help them improve and build upon those things. This could be repertoire for school or auditions or simply a song they have been trying to learn for a while. Once I understand the student’s interests and goals I try and tailor my curriculum to that. For example if they want to be a HipHop drummer we’ll work on those records and live recordings and get them clean and feeling good.
One of the cool things about teaching is that every student is different and learns differently! I am usually able to assess each student’s level and pace within the first couple lessons. At the end of each lesson I will give them a realistic goal to achieve for the next lesson. Any improvement is improvement and I try and always recognize that. I try to inspire by example as well, showing the student where their practicing and hard work can take them if they keep working at it diligently. Seeing my students get better and use their talents is very rewarding for me!