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BA, Berklee College of Music, Professional Music
Winter 2011-2012- Dean's List at Berklee College of Music Spring 2013 - Dean's List at Berklee College of Music 2014 - Toured with Chino Moreno Side Project Palms 2015 - Toured with Trail Of Dead 2017 - Toured for Crocodiles, SD
I've been playing music for over 10 years now and have had the opportunity to share my talent around the world. I have had the chance to study with some of the greatest drummers of our time and pass their teachings, as well as my own on to eager new students. I'm very passionate about getting across the language of drumming and music in a clear and open minded approach because I realize how important it is to keep new students interested and engaged. At Studio 52 I'm able to teach students hands on, thanks to having the space for two drum sets. This allows the student to mirror new things I show them and be able to learn them quicker. I have what it takes to accommodate and teach any student, anything they want to learn in a productive time frame.
I began teaching younger kids in my high school that were also starting to play in bands. I learned very quickly just how much experience I already had gathered to provide insight to people who were just a few years behind me in skill level. Over the course of my college and post college years I've had the opportunity to teach rosters of students ages 5-50. There is nothing more fulfilling then having a chance to connect on an educational and creative level, with an individual, and watching them progress to a point where they can feel a sense of fulfillment in the work that they put in. I'm very passionate about students finding their own voice on the instrument so they can use the drums as a tool for self expression and a positive outlet.
I like to first get a feel for the students abilities and asses how to teach them by breaking things down to their bare essentials before suggesting a good book to go through and the right exercises. I find that most young students or beginners need to see some form of result to stay engaged so I try and get them moving with sticks on a pad or even learning a basic drum beat within the first two lessons. I like to then proceed with going through stick control and teaching new rudiments along with new beats. From then I set goals with them like learning a song.
I have found that showing instead of telling comes across really well in teaching. I like to break things down and make sure a student isn't wasting time trying to get something new. I make them set reasonable goals in the moment till they feel like they can walk away having something new under their belt. To me one of the most important parts of showing a student something new is explaining why they should learn it or why they should do an assignment and how they can apply these things to real musical situations.
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