BA, Newcastle University, Music (Major Drum Performance) Certificate, Musicians Institute, Independent Artist Certificate, Berklee College of Music, Drum Performance
2016- Newcastle University Major Drum Performance with First Class Honours 2014- Performed with Newcastle University Symphony Orchestra at Kings Hall
I'm a friendly and passionate instructor who loves working with students of all ages. In 2016, I graduated from Newcastle University with a Bachelor of Arts degree with in Drum Performance. Between 2014-16, I led a funk/fusion and salsa ensemble each consisting of 10-12 members and toured the UK and America's East Coast. In 2016, I did the Independent Artist programme from Musician's Institute where I learnt more about Music Business, Recording and Production, which helped me understand how to make it as a drummer in real life once you attain a certain skill level.
My teaching experience dates back to when I was in high school, as I began teaching private lessons 5 years ago, and have been consistently teaching students in my home studio. Like people have fitness plans to achieve their goals, I like to create a learning plan with the student. This ensures that the students know the direction they are going in and can make the most of every lesson. Fun and learning are connected in my lessons, when the student is able to play that cool fill because of that rudiment they just learnt a minute ago, they get a motivation boost. I love working with people of all ages and go the extra mile to make sure that every lesson is productive.
For beginning students, I start with the Drummers Complete Vocabulary, which establishes good technique. Simultaneously, based on the students interests, I pick two styles that the student would like to begin working on. Once they've learnt a specific rudiment, I show them how to use that in everyday performance and get creative with it by applying that in beats, fills etc. If the student has a specific song or style that they want to learn, I help them break it down into simple parts so that they can understand and perfect it really easily. Drumming is a form of art and I motivate my students to become creators rather than followers.
I believe that if a student seems to be loosing interest in the instrument or doesn't feel like practising, it's because the teacher is not making enough efforts to teach that student. I try to understand the personality of each student and give them instruction based on their interests and learning pace. I balance technique and performance on a daily basis so that the student can see results and feel motivated. I'm really patient and never give up on any student. Nothing makes me happier than watching my students develop a passion for their instrument and become excellent, creative drummers.