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Westchester Conservatory of Music/Mercy College Music Permformance Major DrumSet Secondary Piano Began Professional Studies on the instrument at age 7.
Who's Who Award 1988 High School Music Students Performed in venues with upwards of 2500 seats theatre's with various Musical Acts across the USA
Hello, I am a lifelong student and instructor of the Drum Set. I began studying intensely at the age of seven and til this day, still I seek out even more learning. The learning process is infinite. You have never PEAKED,…EVER. The instrument and the music, will never leave me. One thing to keep in mind, especially for younger students, is to always remember " do it for you !" As for older more mature student that have careers in other fields, you already usually know that the desire to learn is for you, yourself, and no other reason. Keeping younger, less mature student FOCUSED on this is something I strive to instill in their core being. The learning should be passionate, becasue of how it makes the youngste feel…..Not fame, not fortune, not recognition from peers,….but simply becasue it makes the younger, less mature student,..FEEL GOOD.
My experience has run the gamut. I have taught youngsters, and adults alike…. My strategy is to find out where the students passions lie, musically and personally. I then incorporate a protocol of sorts, that caters to each individual's passions….both behind the drums and in front. I gain a great deal of pleasure from seeing the hearing the student conquer a challenge, and I strive to make my students and colleagues in the industry, LIFELONG students students and colleagues. Music has NEVER failed me. They say a dog is a man's best friend because he does not talk back….I say an instrument is a man's best friend to a higher degree, because when it speaks, it speaks what you are telling it to say. The instrument can NOT speak with out the musician's direction. To this day, my childhood teacher is a lifelong mentor in many facets of life and I strive for this relationship with my students as well.
For Beginners, the rudiments are essential. We start with that and don not even concentrate on learning how to read drum charts. We concentrate on STICKING and coordination and proper grip, without paying too much attention to a " proper grip". Everything is evaluated from stick size to hand size to hand form to posture. Posture is essential in this instrument as one is typically SITTING. We move onto the student's musical preference, so as to keep interest at its peak. I am not believer in FORCE FEEDING standard THEORY or BOOK BASICS….We start on an individual level.
A…..Get to know the student personally B…..Get to know the student's musical tastes C…..Get to know the student's goals D…..Get to know the student's passion's E……Get to know the student's obstacles or difficulties in LIFE and MUSICALLY F…..Incorporate a rudiment agenda and a stamina agenda. ( Dru,s require STAMINA). G…..Identify weaknesses or struggles or challenges musically. I……Engage myself in the students musical preferences…..WHAT MAKES THEM TICK J……Bring their preferences into the class so as to keep interest peaked and exciting and enthusiastic.
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