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

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Rio K In Home In Studio
Instruments: Drums
Styles: Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Country, R&b, Latin, Funk, Hip Hop, Electronic, Reggae, Latin Jazz, Swing, Samba, Bossa Nova, Soul, Punk, Avant-Garde

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In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 9-30
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BM, Mcnally Smith College of Music, Drum Performance
Overview:
I've been drumming for 15 years now. All the lessons I've had have been through professional instructors. I took lessons from teachers based in St. Louis, New York and Saint Paul. I partook in concert band and Orchestra from elementary to high school. I really love the work of Dave King, a Twin Cities based drummer. I graduated last year with a Bachelors degree in drum performance. I'm always looking to collaborate with other musicians. A fan of odd meters and grooves, anything involving 4-way coordination is right up my alley. 
EXPERIENCE
I learned a lot from the dozens of teachers I took private lesons with growing up. In 2010 I was a counselor for a music camp in Upstate New York. I worked with young kids and helped teach them pop/classic songs. I've had a Diaspora class in college on teaching drumset to beginngers. I learned quite a lot from that class- specifically teaching new beginners to drums.  Since February 2016 I've been teaching drums to a handful of students through Musika. It's been a rewarding experience teaching up and coming drummers as well as learning different ways to approach teaching.
METHODS USED
Through my years of lessons and practice, I've narrowed down the fundamentals into two books based around Rock and Jazz: Ultimate Realistic Rock by Carmine Appice and Advanced Techniques for the modern drummer by Jim Chapin. I also teach rudiments through the practice pad to sharpen control and speed when playing drumset. Through these books and rudiments you'll build a solid foundation that will make learning more advanced grooves or fills easier to play. I also try to find what you enjoy most to play or do with drumming; If an advanced beginner student is trying to learn a beat from there favorite band then we switch focus to that.
LESSON STYLE
I first like to see what music the student is into. Most of the time students who take up drums want to learn a groove from their favorite band or song. It helps get them engaged immediately and want to play. It's good to take the first couple of lessons to gauge my students pace and see how they progress. At the beggining of each lesson it's good to just warm up with some simple playing excercises and lossen them up. It helps the students muscles and hands not get cramped, like a runner stretching before a race. 
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Paul Novak

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Very good with kids. Funny, personable, and a great attitude!

Review posted on Feb 20, 2016
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