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Drum, Music Theory, Percussion
Let's get straight to it, I truly love teaching. Helping others attain the pure satisfaction that comes from musical accomplishment is one of my greatest joys. I strive to create an atmosphere that makes students feel comfortable so they are able to learn in a healthy way. Music should be fun and not something one feels forced to do, right? My goal is to stimulate creativity and inspire a drive in students to be the best musician they can be.
I have taught a wide variety of students in terms of age and musical direction, and love working with you to find what you want to play. With my experience in areas such as, orchestral percussion to rock drumming, as well as winning scholarships and attending college, I am confident I can help you do whatever you want in music.
Want to know a little more about my musical history? Here's a bio of my education and accomplishments:
I am a drummer and percussionist currently residing in Denver, Colorado. I began studying piano at age 5 with Barbara Rubenstein from DePaul University as well as congas with esteemed world percussionist Doug Brush.
During my high school years, I began studying four mallet marimba, drum set, and hand drumming with Sherri Dees (former associate professor, Arkansas State University). During this time I was chosen for the IMEA Honor Band and Orchestra twice, the McHenry County Honor Band, played drum set for five musicals, was the youngest player ever, at age 12, to be chosen for McHenry County Youth Orchestra where I played percussion for three seasons, was the drum captain of the CLC drum line for 2 years, was chosen by Mayor Aaron Shepley of Crystal Lake to perform originally composed drum set and marimba solos in the inaugural “Strikers Benefit Concert”, and was awarded the Outstanding Musician Award for sophomore, junior and senior years, the June Naponelli Memorial Fines Art Scholarship, and the national “John Philip Sousa Award” for excellence in music.
I then went to study percussion at Northern Illinois University under professors Greg Beyer and Robert Chappell. During my time at NIU I won the orchestral mock auditions for snare drum and two mallets, was chosen to be the featured xylophone soloist for the NIU percussion ensemble and steel band, was the principle percussion in the NIU Philharmonic, and gave a solo percussion recital that was highly attended and received rave reviews.
I have also been drumming with bands across the US. I have played all over the Chicago-land area, as well as throughout Wisconsin, Colorado and Arizona. I am currently set to record on the up coming album with 'The Silent Still' as well as record and release a solo percussion EP during 2013.
Drum, Music Performance, Percussion
I hold a bachelor's in music from the University of Colorado at Boulder. I am on the teaching staff at Denver Music Tree in Park Hill and My Music Skool in University Hills. I have taught in the past in WA and CO including at a music store and in several public schools. I was previously signed to Candlelight Records and I have published two books on bass drum technique.
Algebra, Basic Math, Bass Guitar, Drum, Elementary Math, Guitar, Math, Pre Algebra, English, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting, Ukulele
A short history of my experience with music and education:Learned guitar in 2001. Guitarist at FBC of Midway in Plant City, FL from 2001 to 2005. Taught private music lessons from 2003 to present. Bassist of Anastasis from 2003 to 2005. Guitarist of Family Worship Center in Lakeland, FL from 2006 to 2012. Began freelance audio engineering and recording from 2006 to present. Bassist of Skyline from 2007 to 2009. Taught music and trained student led worship team at Hope Christian Academy from 2009-2010. Began playing independently from 2009 to present, guitarist and lead vocalist of A Story Familiar from 2010 to 2012. Taught utilizing my English degree in Polk County from 2010 to 2012. Moved to Aurora, CO to help plant Livingstone Church and volunteer as a guitarist in late 2012. Hired as Worship Director for Livingstone Church upon arriving from my honeymoon in January 2013.As for me personally, I love Jesus, my wife, and music. As I'm sure you can tell by my brief history, I do a lot of church service and ministry, if for this for any reason makes you wary, let me assure you: I play a lot more than just church music. As a lover of music, there is not much that I don't enjoy in the world of music, and I've taught most of it. I've taught the young and the not-so-young, and whether you're just beginning to read music, or you're just eager to learn your favorite song, I work closely with you to ensure you achieve the results you desire!
Drum, Music Performance
Hi! I'm Scott, and I'm a native of this great State of Colorado! I fell in love with the drums in 6th grade, and have never looked back! I too, began by taking private lessons, having been fortunate to be able to study under one of the best performers and private teachers in the Rocky Mountain West at the time. Beginning private instruction in Elementary School, I continued for 7 years even while embarking on a performance career in high school. Since then I've both performed and recorded a wide variety of styles including most forms of rock, country, jazz, pop, Gospel, symphonic/orchestral styles, and concert and marching band styles. I've also been fortunate to be able to teach many other students over these last 29 years of my career, and watch them achieve their own goals in drumming. It's my belief that, whether you want to do well in school, drum corp, or perform or record professionally, private instruction is absolutely necessary in order to succeed. It's also my belief that you can have a lot of fun along the way!
Drum, Music Performance, Music Theory, Saxophone
My name is Daryl and I love music! I am a professional saxophone player and teacher. I also teach drum set, percussion, and music theory. I have a background heavily set in the jazz and improvisational realms as well as classical, blues, and rock. I recently received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from City College of New York with an emphasis in jazz and improvisation. I have been playing professional gigs for the last 8 years (in Denver as well as New York City) and have been teaching for the last three years, which I have come to find great passion for!
My philosophy as a teacher is that every student is different and may require a unique approach. That is why I strive to really understand what direction the student wishes to go in, as well as their current skills. Also, to me, knowing the students’ likes and dislikes (not only in music but in life) is an important step to really connecting to them.
I have been playing drums for about 8 years and have experience playing in rock, funk, and jazz groups. I also have 3 years experience teaching drums. I tend to stress rhythm and independence with the drums because to me these are the most beneficial concepts of the drums, and can be transferred to any instrument. Learning strong fundamentals and correct technique is crucial when learning drums.
I have been playing saxophone for about 12 years now. I started playing jazz and learning how to improvise from the beginning. As I developed, I learned about my love of classical music and started studying classically in-depth. I attended Denver School of the Arts for high school, where I majored in music with a minor in jazz studies. I went on to study classical saxophone at Metropolitan State College of Denver and after the first year decided to take on bigger challenges. I moved to New York City to study saxophone with an emphasis on jazz at the City College of New York. While in New York, I began playing all types of professional jazz and rock gigs on saxophone. I eventually branched out and did a tour with a couple of salsa bands and began playing in a hip-hop group. This experience really opened my eyes to a lot of music styles and what concepts were common to all of them. I have now taken this knowledge and applied it to my teaching!
I'm a professional drummer, percussionist, and composer here in Denver offering a fresh new approach to drum instruction. I teach at two separate locations complete with dual drum sets and a complete sound system that allows for both my students and I to play simultaneously and at full live volume!
As a Graduate of the California Institute of the Arts, I've been lucky enough to have studied with some of the most diverse masters of drumset and percussion from several continents around the globe. I've been a player of the drums for over 26 years now, and I'm still practicing and perfecting the art, gaining new friends, students, and live stage experiences on the way.
Let me start by saying that I highly value the freedom that I've been able to enjoy by passionately perusing music as a career. Any field where you get to socialize, interact with other musicians, and have fun performing with your friends, is a dream gig by any measure, but it does take hard work, sacrifice and tenacity to achieve that level of recognition. Fortunately I have the background and skills to not only make our lessons interesting and exciting!, but to also get you up to speed so that you can enjoy the life of a musician as well!!
My Complete Education:
Born in Santa Monica, California, I lived in and around Los Angeles in several areas before moving to Denver in 1990. I began on the Piano at age 4 and slowly gravitated towards playing the drums by my 9th birthday.
My first teacher, AND first mentor in music: Mark Foster (Metro College of Denver & Colorado Symphony Orchestra), At a very early stage he introduced me to Jazz and Latin and gave me a solid understanding of Classical Percussion as well.
My second instructor and Mentor: Jimi Bauchet, whom I took Rock, Progressive Rock, and Fusion lessons from, was a session and commercial artist in Los Angeles during the eighties and nineties.
Upon High School Graduation I left Denver to study percussion with Dr. Pennington at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. It was here that I would get my first taste of performing music on a high art level, as Dr. Pennington was one of Michael Udow's young prodigies when he attended the University of Michigan, a nationally regarded school for the percussive arts.
Two years at Fort Lewis College provided me with the perfect spring board to transfer and I then returned to my home state to earn a degree at the prestigious California Institute of the Arts (CIA). It was here that I had the honor to study with the likes of John Bergamo (Master Percussionist), Randy Gloss (John's closest disciple), Joe Labarbera (Jazz Drumset Master), David Johnson (My Mallet & Orchestral Mentor), Alfred Ledzekpo (African Percussion Tribal Leader), Wenton Welojo (Balinesian Gamelan Master and Celebrity), and Swapan Chardui (THE Tabla Guru, Truly an Honor). The Multi-Focus Curriculum allowed me to study a wide array of disciplines while still receiving a degree based heavily in Classical Percussion. My BFA is essentially a custom built degree with a strong background in Theory, Composition, Jazz Drumset, Tympani, Mallets, and a variety of pitched percussion instruments from around the world.
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