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Instruments: Drums, Conga
Styles: Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Latin, Funk, Hip Hop, Electronic, Salsa, Reggae, Latin Jazz, Swing, New Age, Samba, Bossa Nova, Soul, Punk, Avant-Garde

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Michael P In Home In Studio Teaches Online
Instruments: Drums, Conga
Styles: Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Latin, Funk, Hip Hop, Electronic, Salsa, Reggae, Latin Jazz, Swing, New Age, Samba, Bossa Nova, Soul, Punk, Avant-Garde

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 12-50
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:

AA, Northern Virginia Community College, Jazz Studies BS, Virginia Commonwealth University, Psychology

Awards:

2016- Winner of the Northern Virginia Music Competition 2007- Traveled internationally to perform Jazz in the Dominican Republic

Overview:
I am a dedicated and motivational instructor who loves working with students interested in the American tradition of playing the drum set and the many styles of music it is applied to. While receiving my Bachelor's of science in Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University I took instruction from the Jazz faculty and became passionate in how to effectively manage cognition in the physical motions necessary to play the drums. I have devoted my years of instruction to as many genres of music possible, and I enjoy opening students minds to all possibilities.
EXPERIENCE
I have been teaching for three years as a part time instructor out of the Music Stores network in Reston, Chantilly, and Lorton. My approach includes teaching from current artists, historically significant artists, and lessons built from drum books in a way that builds fundamentals through cognitive development and positive reinforcement. One of the most important aspects of my teaching is to make playing the drums a fun, and enjoyable experience for the student in a way that enables them to carry an enjoyable experience to whoever they may play with in the future.
METHODS USED
For beginning students I usually show them a simple song and teach them how it relates to standard notation and drum set coordination through Ted Reed's Syncopation. Once the student can understand how each of the limbs work and how I will communicate it on a page, we can go over more songs and include other books which detail various beats that are recognizable as well as functional. After fundamental coordination is grasped we can begin to focus on rudiments and the application of certain hand exercises to the drum set to explore possibilities.
LESSON STYLE
Teaching an individual how to play drums is a very rewarding process for both the teacher and the student, and I find it ineffective to demand anything with unrealistic expectations. I introduce the student to simple and relevant information in a step by step way to ensure a comfortable learning environment that gives the student their own motivation to progress and get better. It is also very important for me to understand my student in a way that helps me better suite what they enjoy so they can get the most out of the learning experience.
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