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University of Houston Houston Community College Blinn College (Brenham) Sam Houston State University
Texas All-Region Jazz Band 2002 Texas Community College All-State (Percussion - 1st Chair) 2012 Texas Community College All-State Jazz Band (Drumset - 1st Chair) 2012 Texas Community College All-State (Percussion) 2013 Texas Community College All-State Jazz Band (Drumset - Alternate) 2013
I am a serious, nerdy musician who loves to learn something new every day and then pass that knowledge along through teaching others. After several stints at several colleges for both Music Performance and Audio Engineering I am thoroughly enjoying a performing career focusing on drumset, piano and voice. I can often be found playing music and singing at many establishments in the Houston/Austin/San Antonio area. Also I spend a great deal of time in studios writing, recording and producing songs for myself, my band and others. I am looking forward to showing what I have learned with you and helping you unlock your creativity!
Before teaching I was always sharing ideas and my approach with my peers and anyone who wanted to listen. My jump into teaching music as a job started after high school teaching drum lessons at Music & Arts and All About Music & Arts in the Houston area. After teaching at Marching Percussion camps for Memorial High School and Waltrip High School among others I decided to go back to college at Blinn in Brenham. While there, I taught some lessons independently (inbetween a hectic schedule including practically every musical ensemble in the town). After moving back to Katy I continued to teach lessons independently and I look forward to teaching you!
For beginning students (regardless of age instrument) I try to simplify the approach and work on a set of warm ups/exercises coupled with a performance piece or song that they can feel good about and lots of fun listening assignments. From there I have a few options of instruction methods that I tailor to the individual student. More intermediate/advanced students will not escape from some of the basics (metronome, scales, rudiments etc.) but will be met with many more choices of performance material based more on their individual goals. In my opinion, a holistic approach is required in order to foster a true life-long love of music.
My teaching styles are ever-changing but first and foremost I strive to meet the student where they are at in their musical journey, work in small chunks and learn to love the act of learning. Timing, technique, tuning, dynamics, timbre, music theory, writing, recording, listening improvisation (and more) are all crucial to being a modern musician but the most important of these is fun. If you aren't enjoying my teaching then I am not doing my job correctly. As an aside, I think "talent" is somewhat of a myth. The only talent needed to be a musician is the discipline to consistently spend time working on your craft and immersing yourself in it.
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