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I have dedicated the last 15 years of my life to learning both how to play the drums, as well as the history of the drumset. Since a young age, I have been obsessed with gathering as much knowledge on the subject as possible. This includes everything from vintage equipment, different playing techniques, drum and cymbal construction and their effect on sound, and many others. Now, my main focus is on spreading this information, education other musicians, and most importantly, helping to extend my passion for music and the drumset to everyone interested in learning to play the instrument.
In my many years of drumming, I have acquired a wide array of first hand experience. I have toured throughout the Midwest as well as Florida. I have participated in, and won, numerous solo competitions, and been an instructor of Summer Band Camps.
I studied Jazz Drum Set Performance at North Central College. While there, I learned composition, improvisation, music theory, music history, ear training, and many other useful tools.
I have an extensive performing career in the following areas: Small Ensembles, Duets, Trios, Big Bands, Orchestral Percussion, Musical Pit Ensembles, Drum Line and Marching Band, and Band Leading.
For beginning students, I generally start with basic fundamentals and technique exercise to create a foundation to build off of. Because the drum set is such a physical instrument, we need to make sure that all motions used to play are correct, and not detrimental to both the students playing and growth, but also to prevent injuries due to muscle stress and fatigue.
More advanced students' lessons are very individualized. I revolve my material and teaching around the goals and interests of the student. My goal is to help a student reach their individual goals, while continuing to grow and master the instrument. I do not believe that there is a specific teaching method or course material that is best for all students. Rather, each student deserves their own personalized lessons to better them on their musical journey.
My main goal as an educator is to first and foremost teach to the personal goals of the student. Lessons are planned and taught around both fundamentals and technique, as well as material surrounding the students preferred musical styles, goals they want to reach, and music they are working on in groups outside of our private lessons.
Music is such a personal and influential aspect of many peoples' lives. There is no one genre or song that will necessarily speak to everyone, and I believe that this should also translate to private lessons. No two students learn the same way, or want to learn the same material. As their instructor, I believe that each student deserves a creative environment to grow their particular skills, as well as individualized lessons tailored to this.
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