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BA, Berklee College Of Music, Drums Performance
Avedis Zildjian Endowed Scholarship (2016) Berklee Achievement Scholarship (2015) "Prix des Neiges“ Scholarship, Savoiexpo Foundation, France (2014) “Bourse de la Vocation“ Scholarship, Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet Foundation, France (2015)
I am a professional drummer originally from France. I teach to students from all backgrounds and ages and love sharing my passion for music with them. I want to give everyone a chance to find their inner sense of rhythm, and challenge it to develop their abilities on the instrument. I graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2016, I have since toured in US, China, France and India, as well as playing shows in multiple venues on the East Coast. I played a multitude of different genres, from musical theater, rock, funk, indian folk music, blues, jazz, pop, R&B, Middle-Eastern and more..
I started teaching drums back when I was in High School, in France. Since then, I have had the chance to teach students from all ages and background. I love to adapt the different goals that different people can have. As long as my students are willing to have fun and open their ears, everything is achievable. I really encourage students to find out which songs/genre they enjoy and make them play along with music to recreate a live band playing experience. Practicing is always necessary if a student wants to progress quickly and really dive into the intricacies of drumming, but it's always possible to have fun and learn how to play songs, even for someone busy with a full time job and kids!
For beginners, I always start with very basic technique elements such as the proper way of holding the drumsticks, how to position the drum set and having a proper posture while playing to build good habits right from the beginning. From there, I like to work on simple rudiments, and connect this with how to use the rudiments to play simple grooves. I will also bring charts with written grooves of popular songs and we will start playing along with songs, to get used to the feeling of playing in a musical context. Writing grooves, sight reading, improvising, creating drum parts, playing with a metronome, analyse songs are all part of the skill set that I teach.
My teaching style is based on few important axioms such as getting a proper technique and posture, expanding musical awareness and creativity, and having an open mind to different music and cultures. From that, I love to set goals with the student and work towards it. I will usually bring some work each lesson, and always leave space for something that the student wants to explore. I really want the student to be engaged and to be inspired. Nothing is about perfection, but more about discovery and removing the ego from the performing aspect of music. It's about creating something, not judging one self.
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