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Instruments: Drums
Styles: Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Gospel, Latin, Funk, Hip Hop, Electronic, Flamenco, Salsa, Reggae, Latin Jazz, Swing, Samba, Bossa Nova, Soul, Punk

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John K In Home In Studio Teaches Online
Instruments: Drums
Styles: Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Gospel, Latin, Funk, Hip Hop, Electronic, Flamenco, Salsa, Reggae, Latin Jazz, Swing, Samba, Bossa Nova, Soul, Punk

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In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 10-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:
Studied at Berklee College of Music in the Fall of 2006. Studied music at Marian University in Indianapolis from 2007-2010. A member of Marian University Jazz Band from 2007 -2010.
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Received the Fellowship Award from the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation in the Fall of 2008.

Overview:
I have been playing drums for over 10 years and I am passionate about teaching and playing music. I have studied at Berklee College of Music and at Marian University in Indianapolis. In the Fall of 2008 I received the Fellowship Award from the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation. I have also spent time performing around the Indianapolis area, most notably at the Jazz Kitchen. I consider myself more of a Jazz fusion player but love to play Jazz, Rock, Funk, Latin, Pop, R & B and many other styles of music.
EXPERIENCE
My teaching experience goes back to my days in college. I would give lessons every week and teach students different grooves and techniques around the set. When teaching, I stress the basics so that students have a good foundation that they can build on. I also expose students to different musical styles and approaches to the drums. When teaching, I want to make sure the student has enough tools to survive in any musical situation. Most importantly when teaching, I've found that humor and lightheartedness is paramount to success. It's important the student doesn't feel stressed when learning. Music is fun!
METHODS USED
When teaching children or beginners I like to start out by introducing the 26 drum rudiments. I'll then introduce beginner drum books such as Joel Rothman's Basic Drumming. These important tools will set the stage for success in drumming. I'll also introduce music styles and beats they might not be familiar with. The goal is to introduce as many different music styles and beats as possible. For adults and intermediate to advanced players, we will work out of Charlie Wilcoxon's "The All-American Drummer" for snare drum solo's and Gary Chester's "The New Breed" for challenging drum beat exercises. But most importantly, I gauge what the student is interested in and tailor my lesson's according to their tastes to keep it interesting.
LESSON STYLE
I feel the most important thing when teaching is making sure the student is relaxed and having fun while playing. While I stress setting goals, I also feel it's important the student is learning at a pace that's comfortable. Positivity is very important as I feel a positive atmosphere can help fuel a student's drive for success. But most importantly, I feel that humor is very important when teaching. If a student comes across a beat or method that's particularly challenging, humor can help melt away any frustration or tension the student is feeling.
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