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Drummer with 18 years of playing experience now offering lessons to students ages 7 and up. I tailor my lessons to fit the specific needs of each student. Lessons focus on fundamentals, timekeeping, feel, coordination, technique, reading, learning different styles of music, playing along to recordings and, of course, having fun! I work with students of all skill level and teach out of my centrally located studio in Oak Park.
*** Studio Equipment *** two drum kits to record students seating for parents *** Travel Equipment *** I do not provide drum kit, hardware, and cymbals for in home lessons. *** Specialties **Born and raised in Oak Park, Illinois, Ryan began studying the drum kit at the age of 16. Having previously played the violin and trombone, he always found himself tapping out rhythms on his violin as opposed to practicing the Suzuki method. It only made sense when Ryan picked up the drum sticks, as his older brother and a handful of other relatives were all drummers. It was obviously in his blood. Ryan dove head first into private lessons in high school, eventually studying with Glenn Kotche of Wilco. His studies with Glenn landed him a position as Drum Tech (and on a number of ...
I have been teaching beginner to professional of all ages for eighteen years. My students all have positive experiences and have given me great feedback!
I have been working as a freelance musician and private instructor in Chicago for fifteen years. During this time I have been hired to perform Jazz, Rock, R/B, and world music. As an instructor I have maintained a studio of five to twenty students on a weekly basis. I hold a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Percussion Performance, and a Master of Music degree from De Paul University in Jazz Studies. *** Lesson Details *** With committed weekly practice there are no limits to a student's potential. I like to use the term guide to describe my teaching style. In a relaxed atmosphere, the student and I are working together to advance their musical goals. Sometimes goals are reached quickly, more often we need more time and repetition to advance.
I have been teaching drum set for five years and have worked to help students of all ages learn to play. As teacher I work with individual students to set goals for their playing and develop the skills necessary to meet those goals. Beyond learning basic beats for different styles I teach students the importance of a steady tempo, proper feel or swing for each style, and general musical concepts that will help students on any instrument and in any musical setting. Depending on the individual students goals I also teach students to rhythmic notation drum set charts.
Based in Chicago, Illinois, Zachary is a percussionist with specialization in Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and Caribbean styles. Zachary has performed with numerous artists including Andy Narell, Lenny Castro, Etienne Charles, The Cool Kids, Daru Jones, Mark Walker, Dave Garfield, Dread Scott, Pat Cronnely, Victor Garcia, Geoff Bradfield, and Daphne Willis at events throughout the country including The Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Lollapalooza, the Detroit Jazz Festival, the Hyde Park Jazz Festival Benefit Concert, Windsor Jazz Festival, and the Syracuse Jazz Festival. Studying extensively under the direction of Ruben Alvarez, Skip "Brinquito" Burney, Tom Hipskind, Jarett Hicks, James Coviak, and Al DiBlassio, Zachary received his Bachelor of Arts in Instrumental ...
I am delighted to work with drummers of all skill levels, and have the most concentrated experience with intermediate-advanced players, primarily ages 15-18/high school.
Hello! So glad you've taken a moment to check out my page. I am a graduate of VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois, having received a Bachelor of Music Education degree. I have been teaching full-time for two years, and while I enjoy what I do in the school setting, nothing quite satisfies me as much as helping others one-on-one; it's just more personal and meaningful to me! I am a drummer and percussionist by trade, but I also have solid basic facility on piano and guitar. As far as my experiences go, I have performed in the following types of ensembles: -Symphonic band -Wind ensemble -Philharmonic orchestra -Percussion ensemble -Jazz, ska, rock, and brass bands -WGI (Winter Guard International) -DCI (Drum Corps International) I have also completed two ...
I have experience teaching all ages and sill levels. I have taught students ranging from age 5 to adults.
I am a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music with a bachelors in jazz drum set performance. I have toured with various bands in the US, Asia, and Europe and recently completed six months of teaching, studying, and performing music in Brazil. I teach all levels and all styles of music, from Rock to Jazz to Latin-American rhythms. In my lessons I maintain a healthy balance of drum basics (rudiments, stick technique) and helping the students learn the music that would like to play. Learning the fundamentals gives students the tools they need to be creative as possible. I can prepare students for school band and jazz band auditions as well as prepare them to play in a band of their own! *** Lesson Details *** I always spend a good part of each lesson working with students on ...
I have been teaching drum lessons full time for 11 years. My main goal as a teacher has always been to give every student a solid foundation in the fundamentals of drumming. This includes both the mental and physical aspects. Mental includes both reading music and playing by ear, and physical includes proper technique and coordination for both the hands and feet. Once you become proficient in the raw materials of drumming you will be able to learn any style of music you want.
My approach to teaching is very focused on giving students a strong foundation in the fundamentals of music. For drums this would be reading and understanding rhythms, proper technique which includes both hands and feet for drum kit, snare drum which I believe is the foundation for everything, and practicing with a metronome. Having a good solid foundation in these things will give you the tools necessary to learn any style of music you choose with much more ease and confidence. I know this from my own personal 26 years of experience and also from the success of my former and current students who have this foundation.
Chicago is one of the focal points for American music. Deeply rooted in the blues and soul, musicians from the area have made significant contributions to musical history, including Nat King Cole, Benny Goodman and Muddy Waters, as well as more recent artists such as The Smashing Pumpkins and Kanye West. Finding the talent to teach Chicago drum lessons is not the problem; connecting with them can be.
Mastering the drum kit can be a daunting task. Not only do you have to propel the rhythm of a song or even an entire band, but you have to do it with instruments that spread 180º in front of you. Playing them requires not only knowledge and technical know-how, but also a firm sense of physical fitness and superior technique. These skills don't just come to a new player through
practice; they have to be taught by a skilled professional.
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Don't be left out of the loop on drum technique. The different rhythms and syncopations can be daunting, but in the hands of an expert teacher, you can master them and become the backbone of your own band! So don’t wait - get started today!
"Steven is very professional and extremely helpful. He always has a smile on and is serious about helping you phrase the music. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
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