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BA - University of Southern California, Jazz Studies (Drums)
2005 - Awarded Top Undiscovered Drummer Internationally by Modern Drummer Magazine
2005 - Performed at the Modern Drummer Festival at NJPAC Opera House
Currently endorsing Sabian Cymbals and Evans Drumheads
I started playing drums in 5th grade and graduated from the University of Southern California in May 2008 with a degree in Music and a Business Minor. I studied privately under the direction of Peter Erskine, Will Kennedy, Terri Lyne Carrington, Ndugu Chancler, Gordon Campbell, Aaron Sefaty and Craig Thatcher. I have received awards from Modern Drummer Magazine as the top Undiscovered Drummer in the 18 and over category. In addition, I have placed nationally in the Guitar Center Drum Off multiple times. In Los Angeles, I was gigging and recording with my own band Vajra as well as stints with My Chemical Romance and Ashley Tisdale while touring nationally with other pop acts.
I have been a drum teacher since I was in junior high school and have been comfortable teaching students of all age ranges and abilities. I have had students as young as 7 years old who are just starting out, all the way up to a 75 year old who wanted to get back into playing the drums. I have a lot of experience teaching high school students and also have taught experienced professional drummers who want to learn new techniques and styles.
I like to make sure my students use proper technique and posture while playing and I have a number of technique and independence exercises for all ability levels. I also emphasize the importance of recording my students and allowing them to listen to their own drumming with quality recording gear. I find this is one of the most beneficial ways to learn because the student can listen back and critique their own sound objectively. I also email my students an mp3 of each lesson so they can have recording examples of the different beats and fills that were worked on that day.
I often ask my students to bring in a song that they have been listening to and want to learn the drum beat for. We then deconstruct what the drummer is doing and figure out the best way to replicate the drum beat. I then address any technique or coordination issues that the student may run into and we work on exercises to comfortably perform the drum beat. This style of reverse-engineering is very helpful in teaching students how to figure out drum beats on their own by using their ears. I also have two drum kits in my studio which allows me to quickly demonstrate exercises and also drum along with my students.
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