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Instruments: Drums, Mallet Percussion, Orchestral Percussion, Djembe
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, Gospel, Musical Theater, Opera, Latin, Funk, Showtunes, Latin Jazz, Swing, Samba, Bossa Nova, Marching Band, Avant-Garde

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Kendra M In Studio
Instruments: Drums, Mallet Percussion, Orchestral Percussion, Djembe
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, Gospel, Musical Theater, Opera, Latin, Funk, Showtunes, Latin Jazz, Swing, Samba, Bossa Nova, Marching Band, Avant-Garde

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In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 5-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:
DMA, The University of Arizona, Percussion Performance, minor in Ethnomusicology MMus, Ohio University, Percussion Performance BMus, Western Washington University, Percussion Performance
Awards:
2014 - Guest Clinician and Performer at Western Washington University, Pacific Lutheran University, and University of Puget Sound 2009-2011 - Principal Percussionist/Timpanist for Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra (AZ) 2005, 2009 - Performances with Phoenix Symphony Orchestra 2009 - Attended the Zeltsman Marimba Festival in Wisconsin, funded by grant awards 2006 - Studied drumming in Ghana, West Africa for five weeks, funded by grant awards
Overview:
I love teaching percussion and I am interested in music of many cultures. I specialize in drum set, African drumming, keyboard percussion, and orchestral percussion. I also play steel drums and guitar. I have performed with numerous professional orchestras including the Tacoma, Federal Way, Tucson, Phoenix, and Juneau symphonies and was the principal percussionist and timpanist for the Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra in Arizona. I have a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance with a minor in Ethnomusicology.
EXPERIENCE
I have been teaching percussion lessons since 1994. Along with my full teaching studio, I also perform regularly and coach the Tacoma Youth Symphonies and Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestras. I have also taught within the Auburn (WA) and Tucson (AZ) public schools as a percussion and music specialist, at The University of Rio Grande (OH) as an affiliate faculty member, at Ohio University and The University of Arizona as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, at Interlochen Arts Camp (MI) as the All-State percussion instructor, and at New England Music Camp (ME) as a faculty member.
METHODS USED
Whether you are new to percussion or have been playing for years, your lessons will be tailored to help you reach your full potential and get the most out of your musical experiences. We will explore percussion technique and musicality through method books, play-along CDs, solo and ensemble repertoire, and technical exercises specially chosen for you. I have a large library of method books, solos, and CDs for you to check out and peruse between lessons. Depending on the age and goals of the student, students are expected to practice 15 minutes to 2 hours daily.
LESSON STYLE
I am patient and creative in my approach to teaching technique, sight-reading, and musicality. I believe that music performance should be an enjoyable and energizing experience for the performer and listener. I assign practicing material based on the goals, interests, and performance level of each student. While learning individual pieces can be fun, I also focus on giving the student the right tools to become a life-long musician in whatever capacity they choose. My life has been deeply touched by the art of sound and I hope to pass on this passion to my students.
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