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Robert A In HomeHome In StudioStudio
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Instruments: Piano, Drums, Orchestral Percussion, Conga, Latin Percussion
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Salsa

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Robert A In Home In Studio
Instruments: Piano, Drums, Orchestral Percussion, Conga, Latin Percussion
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Salsa

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Ages Taught: 5-75
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:
MFA, California Institute of the Arts, Jazz Studies BA, Florida State University, Jazz Studies
Awards:

-Louis Armstrong Award for outstanding achievement in jazz performance (May 2008)

-Music Scholarship from Florida State University (Fall 2008-Spring2012)

-Dean’s List

-Member of Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society

-Member of Golden Key Honor Society

-Music Scholarship from the California Institute of the Arts (Fall 2012- Spring 2014)

-Performed Charlie Haden's last puplic performance at the RedCat Theater with his CalArts Liberation Music Orchestra (December 2013)

-Featured performer and composer on the 2013 24th Annual CalArts Jazz CD Project (tracks 3, 9 & 10)

-Featured performer and composer on the 2014 25th Annual CalArts Jazz CD Project (tracks 8 & 9)

Overview:
I began playing drums at the age of 12 when I joined my middle school marching band. By the time I was in high school, my passion for music making and involvment with various performing groups had completely consumed me. I decided to further my musical endeavors by studying jazz performance at two different music schools. I have obtained a bachelors degree from Florida State University (2012) and a masters degree for the California Institute of the Arts (2014). I have been playing professionally since 2008 in the northwest Florida and Los Angeles areas.
EXPERIENCE
I have been teaching privately since 2006. I specialize in jazz drum set, but I can teach all sorts of styles of music as well. In addition to drum set, I teach rudimental, marching and classical snare drum, classical percussion (mallets, timpani), afro-cuban percussion (congas, bongos, timbales), sight reading, music theory, and beginning piano. I also have experience teaching high school drumlines, as well as jazz and rock bands for middle school and high school students.
METHODS USED
My teaching method is different depending on the abilities of each student. For beginning students, I use the Haskell W. Harr Drum Method Books 1 & 2, Stick Control by George Lawrence Stone, and The All-American Drummer 150 Rudimental Swing solos by Charley Wilcoxin. Once I feel like a student is strong enough on the snare drum, I will then work with them on developing limb independence on the drum set. All of the snare drum method books that I use with my students will eventually be adapted for drum set. Additionally, some other books that I use with my drum set students are Syncopation by Ted Reed, The Art of Bop by John Riley, The Essence of Afro-Cuban Percussion, and The Essence of Brazillian Percussion by Ed Uribe. For more advanced students, I work on trancriptions of their favorite drummers, chart reading by playing with recordings or live musicians, improvisation over musical forms, and developing indivdual exercises for each student.  
LESSON STYLE
Every student is different so my teaching style changes depending their personality and interests. Some students respond well to tough challenges and criticism, while others buckle under pressure. For each student I will find a balance between their musical interests and information that I think they need to know in order to become a better percussionist. In lessons, I maintain complete honesty with my students about their progress, but in a reassuring way to watch them grow as performers. It is always encouraging when one of my students reaches a new level of musicianship.  
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