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Bachelor of Music degree from University of NC at Greensboro.
Additional studies with Al Ashley and Rick Dior.
I'm an active drummer/percussionist with over 40 years of playing experience in numerous different styles of music. I have extensive experience as a private teacher, and am currently the drum set instructor at High Point University, where I teach private lessons, play in the university orchestra, and perform in various different musical theater programs and events. I LOVE teaching students of all ages, getting to know their individual interests, and watching them grow as musicians AND as people!
Since graduating with a degree in music from UNC-G, I have been active in numerous musical performances, including the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, the Piedmont Triad Wind Symphony, the North Carolina Brass Band, the Shirelles, the Sammy Kaye Big Band, Susan Ray, Frank Fontaine, Jim Cole, and numerous rock and jazz groups, churches, and musical theater organizations. I am currently a staff drummer/percussionist at Jamestown United Methodist Church, as well as an active freelance musician in the Triad area.
I am a strong believer that students should learn how to read music, they should learn proper technique, and that they should maintain a regular practice schedule. Lessons are geared towards the individual student's abilities and interests. I draw from a wide variety of teaching resources and authors, such as Joel Rothman, Jim Chapin, Rick Latham, Frank Briggs, Carmine Appice, George Stone, Charlie Wilcoxen, David Garibaldi, Rick Dior, Les DeMerle. I'm also a strong believer in the importance of LISTENING to great music and musicians, and I typically encourage my students to use my Suggested Listening List of prominent and historically important drummers.
Lessons incorporate instruction in reading music, hand development, coordination, listening, and interpretation of various different musical styles. I make it a point to get to know each of my students as individual people, and am sincerely interested in each of them AS A WHOLE PERSON. Over the years, I have made it a point to stay in touch with many of my former students. I LOVE to hear about all of the great things that my former students are doing, ESPECIALLY all of their musical endeavors!
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