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AA in Drum Performance, Musicians Institute, 2012.
Music makes life awesome! Sharing my passion and love for music is what I do. I graduated from the Musicians Institute in 2012 with a degree in drum performance. There I was able to immerse myself in music, get hands-on training and learn from world-class instructors. Through the school, I met bandmates, recorded for different artists and learned how to be an educator. My musical journey has brought me to "The Live Music Capitol of the World", Austin, TX. where I make a living playing music professionally.
I’ve been teaching drums from 7 years. When I was in music school, I started teaching family members and friends the material I was taught because I was so excited about it. This eventually progressed to me using online classified ads and posting flyers around town in hope to get more students. Through this, I discovered how much I love sharing what I know with others. It's fulfilling to see students have those moments where things are clicking for them musically and to help them get there means a lot.
I like to use custom lesson plans. I evaluate the student's playing and ask what they want to improve on and/or want to learn. Based off of this, I might use rhythmic study exercises from Ted Reed's "Syncopation" or hand patterns from the book "Stick Control", playing on both a practice pad and the kit. I like to have students play a simple 8th note groove, backbeat on 2 & 4 and incorporate bass drum precision exercises, eventually using different hi hat patterns. I like to use dynamic exercises, click drop outs, exploring different feels, ghost note patterns, and creative fills.
My approach to teaching is to make it a fun and positive learning experience that they look forward to and stay inspired. Patience, encouragement and understanding of where the student is musically are crucial. I like to emphasize the idea that nothing happens overnight, only through effective practice and repetition. Having this mindset, they will no doubt see results in no time. I always like to establish a goal for each lesson, suggest cool drum videos on Youtube and make sure the student feels like they are free to ask a lot of questions if they aren't understanding something. Ultimately, I want them to feel like they are able to get valuable bits of information from each lesson.
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