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Berklee College of Music - Summa Cum Laude with a Diploma in Professional Music
Loyola University in New Orleans - Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in History
Berklee College of Music - North American Tour Scholarship, the Outstanding Scholar Award, the Professional Music Achievement Award, and the Most Improved Drummer Award
Hello, my name is Patrick. I am a professional drummer, percussionist and educator in the Boston Metro area. I received a B.A. in History from Loyola University in New Orleans (class of '08). While in New Orleans I studied under the Louisiana Philharmonic's premier timpanist, Jim Atwood. I also studied with New Orleans drumming legends Johnny Vidacovich, Wayne Moreau, and Stanton Moore. Here in Boston I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music. I have had the honor of studying under Terri Lyne Carrington (Herbie Hancock), Joe Hunt (Bill Evans), Yoron Israel (Sonny Rollins), Bob Gullotti (Dave Liebman), Kim Plainfield (Bill Connors), and Mark Walker (Paquito d'Rivera). I have performed and helped teach in clinics with Steve Bailey and John Patitucci, Carol Robbins, Vadim Neselovsky, Joanne Brackeen, Dave Limina, Ross Ramsay, Francesca Tanksley, Mark White and Alain Mallet.
My path as an educator began during my time studying history and philosphy in New Orleans, LA. I was playing live music almost six nights a week, and started helping out as an assistent at Tipitina's Sunday Workshop for young musicians. There I helped and watched the great Johnny Vidacovich teach young aspiring musicians the art of playing in an ensemble. While at Berklee College of Music I have helped teach in classrooms and clinics alongside many of the world's greatest musicians, including John Patitucci, Steve Bailey, Joanne Brackeen, Vadim Neselovsky, Carol Robbins, and Alain Mallet.
I use a wide range of teaching materials for my lessons, and customize my lesson plans based on the skill level of the student, instrument of choice and areas of interest. I prefer a multi-faceted curriculum of method books, reading materials, listening assignments, stylistic studies, and live performance. This kind of balanced diet will help the student develop rudimental, technical, and reading ability, along with creativity and musicality.
My goal is to help my student evolve into a creative, critically thinking, and fundamentally strong musician. I want my student to find his/her own creative voice through music. Even if the student does not pursue a career in music, through this process he/she will have developed invaluable skills and confidence. Seeing students acquire that self-confidence and creative voice is what makes teaching worthwhile.
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