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Berklee College of Music Certificate from The Collective School of Music
I educate young and seasoned drummers whether the desire is to play drums as a hobby or play for a living. After attending Berklee College of Music, I attended The Collective School of Music learning from some of the best teachers and Educators in the world. These educators changes my life to say the least. It was then that I made the commitment to not only playing the drums as my means of lively hood, but to also teach and educate beginner, intermediate and advanced professional drummers. I believe playing and teaching go hand in hand, seeing that the best teachers and educators are the ones that are actually out in the field making a living with that particular craft. I have had the opportunity to teach a lot of young children, teenagers and adult students over the years and it's still a privilege to be able to impact lives wherever possible and build student and teacher relationships.
My teachers at Berklee and The Collective School of Music were the main reason for passion and desire to start teaching back in 2002. In the fifteen years of teaching, I have taught drum lessons out of my own personal home studio which is still in operation as well as many other music schools in and around New Jersey. I feel it's important to challenge students to tap into the potential that they don't even realize they have. Once a teacher does that, they'll find that the student will start practicing automatically without having to be asked. At the same time I believe it is incredibly necessary to keep a student on a particular assignment until they have worked on it and have worked it out in practice time. That way they will discover the meaning of achievement and don't have to worry about practice overload and end up giving up.
My teaching methods vary depending on the student and what skills and weaknesses they might have. There are many methods I use, but I will not name them all for time sake and just name a few. Students in schools playing in concert band i will start them with some fundamental rudiment books such as "Stick Control" and "150 Solo Rudimental Solos". Students who come to me that want to learn Jazz, I start them with the" Allan Dawson Method". For students that want to sharpen their technique and sound, I use the "Gary Chaffee Method". Students who are concerned about changing their sound I put them on a regimen of drummers to dissect and listen to, so they can incorporate them into their own style. Students that are more concerned about playing songs and getting better at other styles of music, I use some of my own methods that I have customized for those particular students whether they want to play in a wedding band, a stadium, or a tavern or bar. They also get access to some drum transcriptions that I have put together to improve reading skills. Again it will vary from student to student.
Previously mentioned, depending on the individual student, my methods and concepts will change. In teaching i have found there is NOT a "perfect way to teach" or "right way". People are different and everyone learns differently and at different paces, so the style of teaching has to change from student to student. However, the biggest principal i have seen in teaching lessons, is if the teacher believes in the student, and the student knows it, results will sky rocket and the student will do anything for that teacher. Hence, they will start to learn at a rapid pace. Having said that, my teaching style is simple. Never give up on a student and be in tune with them.
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