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2017 - B.M, Berklee College of Music, Drum Set Performance (Bachelor of Music degree program)
2008 - Percussionist for AMIS Honor Band 2009 - Timpanist for Philharmonic Orchestra 2012 - Various jazz performances locally and part of the Musical production "Once On This Island" 2013 - Graduated from Munich International School 2015 - Performances at Wally's Jazz Cafe 2016 - Various jazz & funk performances in Europe (Germany, Turkey and The Netherlands)
I had my first ever drum lesson when I was 9 years old from a local drum teacher in Germany. I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for my drum teacher’s passion and love for music, which I am forever grateful for. His motivation allowed my curiosity to grow freely and enhance my capabilities on the drums at such a young age, which in turn opened up many opportunities for me. I continued taking lessons and started to play in three different school bands that frequently performed locally and in other schools in neighboring countries, with the music being Funk and Big Band Jazz. In 2013, I graduated from high school and immediately began my studies at Berklee College of Music where I further developed my skills and career as a professional musician.
My teaching experience dates back to my high school days, as I began teaching private lessons 8 years ago. I only had a couple of students at that time due to my workload in school and other curricular activities, but I felt comfortable in my ability to teach the drums intuitively, thanks to my drum teacher. Also, as I am constantly learning from my teachers, peers and from listening to all kinds of music teaching almost comes as second nature to me. Encouraging regular practice hours is one of the key points I would emphasize to my students. It is important to know that the process will take hard work, patience and perseverance, but I will do my absolute best in guiding my students with the knowledge that I’ve acquired over the years about the drums and also about how to learn effectively.
Listen, listen, listen! Listening is the most important thing that a student can do to get better at the drums. By doing so the student will be able to imitate, assimilate and finally innovate, which is the goal. Listening to lots of records and copying what the drums are playing is critical! Not only will I do my best in teaching fundamentals, technique or more developed concepts on the drums but I will also provide skills necessary to be able to self-learn and practice efficiently so that the student can troubleshoot and not fully depend on a teacher.
Nothing is more rewarding than seeing one of my students develop a passion for music. Naturally everyone is different and will progress at their own pace, so I would guide my instruction according to their wants, needs, skill level and also challenge them to venture beyond their comfort zone in each lesson. Being familiar with music is key and this can be accomplished at any age. The more a student becomes familiar with music, the more connections and comparisons the student will be able to make between drummers in all kinds of settings and genres of music, which will then enhance the student's playing on the drum set.
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