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Associate in Occupational Studies with a major in Illustration Pratt Institute
I have been playing drums for over 40 years, it is truly my passion. I have performed in several bands over the years with a main focus on the rock genre. I did play for two seasons with a local jazz band as well. I consider myself to be versatile as far as music styles, however, my main experience is with rock drumming. A few years ago I considered the idea of teaching what I know to others. I have always had the ability to coach and train individuals, it is something I do professionally in work life. I get a great sense of satisfaction from helping others discover what talents they may possess.
I began teaching drums in 2014. I decided to look into giving lessons because of my passion for drumming. I wanted to provide an opportunity for others to discover that same passion. I learned how to play on my own. I listened to songs and studied what the drummer was doing. I would try to replicate what I heard. I developed the ability to listen to a song and play the drum part after only a few sessions. My experience is in primarily rock music but I do play other styles. My goal is to start by determining what the student wants to get of drumming and go from there.
I am self-taught so my method is my own. The result is the same, you become a drummer! I employ what I know and the process that I went through to achieve the playing level I am at currently. First and foremost, I want the student to have fun! Drumming is a great way to relieve stress and feel a sense of accomplishment as well. Depending on what a student wants to do, how far they want to take it, I cater my plan to those criteria. No everyone wants to be a rock star and I'm happy to go as far as they want.
Patience is the most important element! It is not easy to try to get another person to understand something you have been doing for 40 years. It takes time. Starting slowly and methodically and keeping things simple in most crucial. I will change speed and difficulty based on the skill level that I notice. Another important factor is to determine what drove the student to want to learn how to play drums. What do they hope to get out of it? I believe I can display why I love drumming and I can get them to do the same if they want.
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