Drum, Music Performance, Percussion
Working and gigging in Nashville and Looking for new students in the area! I've been drumming for Twelve years and recently graduated from Belmont University with a degree in Percussion Performance. Been playing around town in various groups and looking to pass my knowledge and passion for drumming on to you!
Drum, Music Performance, Music Theory, Percussion
Born in Dallas, Texas, I began playing the drums at age 16. A big part of my influence came from my father; who’s drumming skills inspired me to pick up the drums myself. Throughout high school, I performed in the marching band and wind ensemble where I studied along side John Brennan (The Cavaliers). During my high school and college years, I performed with many bands and individual musicians, gaining popularity in the Dallas area. Soon after, I made plans to attend Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, CA.
In 2010, I began my intensive studies at Musicians Institute, studying with Rob Carson, Ed Roscetti, Gary Hess, and private instruction by Gary Garbitini and Tim McIntyre. I quickly learned the styles of funk, latin, jazz, and the many other genres of music. After a year of schooling, I then auditioned and was accepted into Musicians Institute’s prestigious Bachelor of Arts program.
Throughout my time at school, I have performed with many bands such as: Being Devious, Adult Film, Diamond Carter and Tic Tic Boom!. Tic Tic Boom! has performed at festivals such as South By South West in Austin, TX and Coachella in Indio, CA. The song “American Lie” from Being Devious has been offered a spot on a new Indie film entitled “Futbol”.
I have also played live doing guest performances with Side Show Annie from Blue Mountains, Australia and Modular People artist Grace Woodroofe from Perth, Australia at L.A.’s Bloomfest.
In 2011, only one year after beginning school at Musicians Institute, I was asked to perform on local Los Angeles artist, Paul Haasch’s new album “Worthy”. Because of my work ethic, I held strong value at Los Angeles studios such as Band House Studios and Speakeasy Sound in Burbank, CA. I have performed on many T.V. and commercial jingles while also achieving my first film credit.
Currently settled in East Nashville, I am excited to share my passion for the drums and instill the same inspiration in others as what my father instilled in me.
Thank you for taking the time to check out my profile. I hope to teach with you soon!!
Drum, Piano, Music Recording, Percussion, Songwriting
Zig W. is a working professional drummer, percussionist and keyboardist/composer who offers 25 years of professional musical experience, quality teaching, passion, integrity and dedication to his students. He has extensive experience with all ages (child through adult) as a private instructor, working for public, private schools and universities, and teaching for various organizations that work with youth. He is a nationally recognized clinician/instructor for major musical instrument manufacturers and software companies (see below). Zig also offers custom designed lessons for Special Needs learners, Home School students, and for Adult Learners.
Zig is an award winning instructor whose Drumset students received The PAS/Sabian Larrie Londin Scholarship. One of Zig's piano/music recording students received national honors in the National Multi-Media Youth Arts Contest of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) as Winner in the Most Entertaining category entry for original song and recorded performance on CD.
As a professional musician Zig has performed and/or recorded with James Payne (#1 Gospel Single), Warner Bros./Warner Chappell Music, SONY, Chad Smith/Chili Peppers, Shelia E, Nouvea Riche, Jeffery Steele, Shari Lewis and Lambchop, Thomas the Tank Engine, Bob McGrath/Sesame Street, The Animal Band, The Moffatts, Kat McKool, Shawn Camp, Wade Hayes, Marty Brown, Steve Earle, Johnny Russell, MaryAnn Kennedy, Dawn Thomas, Bob DiPiero, Judy Rodman, Chonda Pierce, Scotty Anderson, Shane Theriot, Arlen Roth, Wings of Faith, Matt Bissonette, Doug Lunn, The Torrance Symphony, SLAM Crosstimber Videos and Impact Productions Videos, among others.
He has been featured in Modern Drummer, DRUM!, Drum Business, Leader in Christian Education, Music Trades, Music Inc., Music Teachers National Association, The Instrumentalist, The Slingerland Book, School, Band and Orchestra, Who's Who in American Business, Nashville Parent and Music Trades magazines in addition to Pearl e-news, Sabian e-news, Pro-Mark e-news, PMC e-news.
Zig has appeared on network television including VH-1 and VH-1 Save the Music, PBS, FOX, Disney, Comedy Central, TNN, and Talk of the Town.
He is the author of Mr. Zig’s Literacy, Music and Technology Connection (Alfred Publishing), World Beat Fun (Alfred Publishing), and co-author of Mixcraft for the Classroom, Mixcraft for the Classroom 2nd edition and Technology Projects for Creative Students, Powered by SONY ACID Music Studio
He has earned endorsements and is a clinician with Pearl Drums and Pearl Percussion, Sabian Cymbals, Pro-Mark drumsticks, The Percussion Marketing Council, and Zendrum controllers.
Tennessee State University, BS: Educational Technology and Teaching and Learning
Musicians Institute, Music Performance
Drum, Music Performance, Music Theory, Percussion
Music, and drumming in particular, continues to be an exciting lifetime journey for me and I find the greatest rewards in teaching students how to achieve their own musical and lifetime goals. Currently, I'm available to travel to your location to teach you on the comfort of your own drum kit, snare drum, or percussion gear. Or, I can bring the essential gear required to help you have fun learning all about music and drumming, such as playing in certain styles or training your coordinated independence between hands, feet, and voice. As a teacher, I work with all ages of beginner to advanced students, specializing in middle school and high school percussion studies in addition to music therapy for special needs children.
I have over 25 years experience in all areas of drum set and percussion education, recording, and performance. I was principal percussionist and drumline captain throughout my high school career participating in the concert, symphonic, jazz, and marching bands. I was selected for All-State Jazz Band during my senior year and went on to study music education at the University of Georgia while being selected for a slot in the Redcoat Marching Band and the University Steel Drum Band during my freshman year. I completed my music business degree from Georgia State University, while studying under world class teachers like Jack Bell, principal percussionist for Atlanta Symphony for over 30 years.
Throughout my career, I continue to be influenced, inspired, and taught through private lessons, master classes, videos, books, and recordings from David Garibaldi, Simon Phillips, Rod Morgenstein, Neil Peart, Gregg Bissonette, Jerry Fields, Jim White, John Lawless, Billy Degnats, Eric Darken, Gary Chaffee, Kim Plainfield, Chuck Silverman, Steve Houghton, Jeff Hamilton, Jeff Porcaro, Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, Tito Puente, Steve Gadd, Dave Weckl, Steve Smith, Vinx, and Zorro.
As your drum teacher, I can help students excel in school music programs to pursue scholarships, transform the garage band into a gig-ready act, bring laughter and joy for special needs, encourage senior citizens trying something new with music in their golden years - all of these scenarios and more with the ultimate goal to coach you to becoming the creative musician you dream of becoming based on the musical artists that inspire you. Let's get started today!
Piano, Music Performance, Music Theory, Percussion, Songwriting
Always wanted to learn to play piano? Now is the time! My name is Jerry and I am an experienced, patient, gentle teacher, with over 20 years teaching and performing experience. I teach all ages, from beginners to advanced students. Learn to read or play by ear. Just want to learn a few of your favorite songs...we can do that too.
I have a B.A. in Music Education and plenty of real world experience:
Private teaching: Scores of students over the last twenty years.
Performing: Decades as band member, leader and solo performances. I have worked with Herbie Hancock, Mary Wells, Greg Kihn and Jessie Colin Young, to name a few.
Public school system: Over five years teaching music in Cook County (Chicago area), IL.
You may also hear me play every Monday and Saturday from 6-9 p.m. at Woody's Steakhouse in Madison. Come enjoy some great food and music!
Make 2014 the year you finally learn to play, it can be fun and rewarding.
I started playing drums when I was just four years old. In 3rd grade I attended the schools "band night" to learn about joining band once I reached the 4th grade. That night would change my life. With no previous lessons and only my Mom's pots and pans to thank, I played a real snare drum for the first time with much success. The band director was so impressed I was asked to start band early!
By the time I was in the sixth grade I was the top drummer in the 8th grade jazz and a member of the high school marching band. The start of 8th grade found me marching center snare for the high school marching band in addition to performing with the rest of the high schools music ensembles. I was also asked to play drum set that same year for the high school musical.
Always wanting to be more involved than just a player, I started arranging and composing a good bit of my own material. This would lead to me writing the battery percussion arrangements for the high school marching band both my junior and senior years.
Yet again I found myself wanting more and started to offer drum lessons to students of the middle school band program and other kids in the area.
My passion for teaching would not go unnoticed and I was asked to speak to potential beginning band members at "band night" my senior year in high school. Having a special place in my heart for band night I jumped at the opportunity. This too would be another band night I would never forget.
The day after I spoke and performed for band night my high school band director called me into his office. He sat me down and said "Matt, you did great last night... but the music department won’t be able to allow you to speak at the event ever again."
What!? I was shocked. The night had gone perfect, or so I had thought. I would only become more shocked as to the reason why. Once all the instruments had been presented and performed the students were allowed to sign up for what they most would be interested in. Over 100 kids signed up to play the drums! More than all the other instruments combined.
To date I have extended my passion to include writing and designing visual programs for indoor drumlines along with writing my very first instructional book for drum set (release date TBD).
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