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BM, DePaul University, Percussion Performance
2008 - Performed "Dead Elvis" with grammy award winning composer Michael Daugherty
2009 - Opened for Lupe Fiasco at Summerfest, performing with grammy winning artist Malik Yusef
2009 - Graduated Cum Laude from DePaul University
2009 - Drum Set on G.O.O.D. Morning, G.O.O.D. Night by Malik Yusef
I have been playing drum set and percussion since 1997 in many different bands, orchestras, and ensembles. Since receiving a B.M. in percussion performance from DePaul University (’09), I've played in a wide variety of groups from the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra to hip hop artist Malik Yusef’s band. With my original band Polarcode, I played around the US, had songs used by Victoria’s Secret, the NCAA Basketball Tournament on TNT, and had my music video played on E! News. Having played for Norwegian Cruise Lines and Spirit Productions, I can add playing in revues, cabarets, and production shows to my list of expertise.
I have a strong connection to music education. I was significantly affected by music teachers at a young age and benefited greatly from strong music education programs. I have taught lessons to many students over the past 9 years and have a great appreciation for the art of teaching. Variety is important to me, and I will introduce as many different styles and genres as possible. Introducing people to musical instruments is very important to me, for the educational and communicative skills inherent in performing music can translate to any facet of life.
For beginners, I will start with no sticks in the hands at all! Just tapping on your legs with your hands and getting all of the limbs to work together is hard enough! Then we will put sticks in your hands and learn technique, and finally introduce reading music. One step at a time is the best as to not overwhelm the student. Reading music is an essential element to my teaching style and is a huge advantage when learning an instrument. I start with the books "Stick Control for the Snare Drummer" by George Lawrence Stone, "Progressive Steps to Syncopation for the Modern Drummer" by Ted Reed, and "Drum Set Etudes: Book 1" by Joe Holmquist.
I am a huge advocate of using differentiated instruction. Each student progresses at their own pace, and I completely cater my lesson plans to each students' wants and needs. I use a system of short term and long term goals, so you will see immediate results while simultaneously working towards a more difficult long term goal. One of my main goals as a teacher is to make the student excellent at practicing. Becoming a good practicer is a skill on it's own and when achieved, the student becomes more self-sufficient and becomes a good problem solver!
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