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Instruments: Drums
Styles: Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Country, R&b, Latin, Funk, Hip Hop, Electronic, Reggae, Swing, Samba, Bossa Nova, Punk, Avant-Garde

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Josh M In Home In Studio
Instruments: Drums
Styles: Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Country, R&b, Latin, Funk, Hip Hop, Electronic, Reggae, Swing, Samba, Bossa Nova, Punk, Avant-Garde

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In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 10-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:
BM, Berklee College of Music, Music Business and Drum Set Performance
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2014 - Graduated Berklee College of Music summa cum laude

2012-2014 - Dean's list every semester at Berklee College of Music

Overview:
After seeing an unforgettable performance by the Blue Man Group, I became inspired to start playing the drums at 10 years old. I participated in every school ensemble possible throughout elementary school, middle school, and high school including jazz band, marching band, pit orchestra, jazz combo, concert band, and a blues/rock band outside of school that regularly performed around southern New Jersey and Philadelphia. Since 2008, I have performed live on over 200 occasions around the mid Atlantic and New England regions. In 2014, I graduated from Berklee College of Music summa cum laude with focuses on Music Business and Drum Set Performance. I currently play drums with Vitamin Sun, a progressive/alternative/indie band located in Boston, and GEPH, a progressive/metal/jazz instrumental trio also located in Boston. I love experimenting with new concepts and trying to push the barriers of drumming. I firmly believe learning never ends and everybody has something meaningful to offer. 
EXPERIENCE
I began teaching over the summer of 2010. While attending Berklee, I had countless one-on-one and small group sessions with fellow drummers where we would bounce ideas off one another and give each other "mini lessons," breaking down specific grooves and licks. In October, 2014, I led an hour-long master class for other Berklee percussion students about advanced polyrhythmic concepts and applications. In addition to teaching out of my rehearsal space in Allston, MA, I also make lesson videos that I share online. It's important that students practice correctly and regularly, but it's just as essential to make sure students have fun. I keep students focused and motivated by demonstrating how the fundamentals apply to the music they love. I encourage students to set their own goals and bring me materials they wish to learn. I hope my students learn to love drumming as much as I do!
METHODS USED
For beginning students, I begin by introducing proper technique and the most basic rudiments, start George Lawrence Stone's Stick Control, and introduce basic rock beats. When the student has the fundamentals mastered, we'll begin working on more advanced rudiments and work from Ted Reed's Syncopation. For more advanced students, we will cover odd time signatures, latin grooves, jazz concepts, improvisation, and ways to compose grooves and fills. I encourage students of all skill levels to set goals and bring me materials they would like to learn. While studying exclusively from books isn't the most fun thing in the world, it's pointless if the knowledge isn't applied to anything! 
LESSON STYLE
It's a well known fact that few things are as fun as playing the drums. My goal is to make the learning process as fun as actually playing. I encourage students to learn by demonstrating how even the most basic concepts function in the most complex settings. I find students have the most fun when they present me with something specific they wish to learn. By training students how to set goals, they stay inspired and motivated, which inspires and motivates me to challenge them!
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