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I was born in Caen, Normandy, France.
I studied drums and percussion and obtained a unanimous first-prize at the Seine Saint-Denis drums competition. I also attended workshops under the direction of great drummers such as Max ROACH, Clifford JARVIS and Jack DeJOHNETTE.
I performed in virtually in every major jazz club in Paris (New Morning, Duc des Lombards, Sunset, Petit Opportun, Manhattan Jazz Club, Sunset), in various Jazz Festivals and I also played in Germany and Italy.
At the same time I started teaching regularly in four conservatories (Arcueil, le Pr�-St-Gervais, Epinay Sous S�nart and Chevilly) for more than 10 years until I moved to New York. I taught private lessons for drums and percussion, and also numerous workshops for kids, teens and adults.
After a ...
I have been playing drum kit and percussion for over ten years and teaching for about seven. I've played a little bit of everything - pop, rock, punk, hip-hop, ska/reggae, blues, jazz, and even musical theater. In addition to drum kit, I can play and teach hand drums (djembe and conga) in contemporary or traditional African, Latin, American styles. I'm happy to share my skills and expertise with drummers of all ages and skill levels.
I studied music at UCF (Orlando), focusing on classical and jazz guitar, but I also have years of experience playing rock, blues, folk, hip-hop, and musical theater on both guitar and drums.
I have been teaching guitar, drums, and piano for about eight years to students of all ages. Music is what I'm passionate about and it's what I enjoy. I want to inspire that same passion into the hearts and minds of others.
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I am a laid-back teacher, fun, and I focus on the needs, abilities, and ambitions of the student. In turn, students must realize that learning an instrument takes a lot of work and dedication. One can't expect to learn very much if s/he only practices or thinks about the instrument during the lesson. If the student is willing to put ...
Snare drum/bass drum parts for school bands. Also basic reading for bells, marimba, xylophone, etc.
Teaching Experience - USA Music School: 10/11 - 4/12, Sylvan Academy of Music: 1/05 - 12/10 & 1/13, Musika: 10/03 - 5/06, Woodside Music Studio: 9/97 - present, RE Drum Instruction: 4/79 - present.
Private Drum Lessons: Joe Morello, 2/82 - 5/83, Sonny Igoe: 7/77 - 9/80.
Drummer's Collective Fusion Workshop: 4/82 - 7/82, Ramapo College Jazz Workshop: 7/79.
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Lessons are strictly designed to meet your needs as a musician. Focus will be on technique, reading, playing different styles & learning songs. Your feedback is just as important!
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(In home lessons only at this time)
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Hopefully the student has a drum set at home. I can supply a practice pad, sticks, etc.
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Study technique and pitched notated music reading and music theory on Vibraphone and Bells .Hand percussion performance and technique may be studied on Bongos in the Afro-Cuban Tradition with Cowbell and various other Traps Percussion Instruments.
As an experienced performing musician, I have performed internationally at the Terra Incognita Festival in Canada with "The Tea Club". I have a Bachelor's Degree in Classical Percussion Performance and Music Education. I hold a New Jersey State Teachers Certification for grades K-12. I am fortunate to have studied with great Joe Morello(Take Five, The Dave Brubeck Quartet). I actively perform in multiple music genres and have studied various music styles including Rock, Jazz, Classical and more. Music is my life, and my students receive all the musical knowledge and assistance I have to offer.
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With all students, lessons focus on the student's music interests (Rock, Jazz,Classical,Latin etc.) My lessons focus on Technique, Snare Drum ...
Drum lessons are taught one-on-one and from a beginner level to an advanced level. Ages of students start at 6-years-old and up. I have many adult students as well. It's never too late to start a new instrument.
I have over 18 years of professional teaching experience on drum set, snare drum and percussion (timpani, two- & four-mallets, accessory percussion and hand drums), guitar, piano, electric bass and ukulele. I have been playing music since the age of two.
Some of my most noteworthy performances have included Late Show with David Letterman (Justin Townes Earle and Allison Moorer), Tonight Show with Jay Leno (Allison Moorer), Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble (Allison Moorer), The Conan O'Brien Show (Julia Nunes) and Budokan in Tokyo, Japan (Jim Campilongo Trio).
My Bachelor of Music is from Capital University where I studied with three great teachers:
Robert Breithaupt - Classical percussion and jazz drum set
Jim Ed Cobbs - Drum set, tabla and frame drums
Eric Paton ...
I offer a working musician's perspective on personalized instruction and insight for drumset and complementary hand percussion. My experience ranges from being a middle school drum student myself way back when, all the way up through presently gigging, teaching, touring and recording regularly as a career musician. Over 10 years of professional gigging/touring/studio and teaching experience and over 20 years of playing the instrument have helped me figure out a lot of lessons that I wish would have been shared with me many years ago as a student, but never were. I try to be the teacher for my students that I wish I'd had when I was at their stage of music development. Not only do I offer first class instruction in hand/foot technique and style, but I also incorporate the real life application of the skills we develop through lessons as well as some of the other important aspects of the music business that are worth considering for more advanced students. For my novice students I work ...
My goal is to offer the tools, training, and inspiration to my students so that they may exercise their own creativity while becoming technically proficient and capable drumset players. Of course, I like to make sure to have a good time too! I'm willing to travel beyond the 10 mile specified "limit" that TakeLessons has set. If I'm traveling to you, I ask that students have a drumset and a place to play it where we won't disturb anybody or be disturbed during our session.
I have over 20 years of playing experience and over 10 years of teaching experience with students of all ages and proficiencies. I owe my teaching technique and general lesson plan to my first great teacher and mentor Don Perlman, founder of Westchester Percussion Studio with whom I studied ...
"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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