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I've been a drummer and percussionist for over 20 years. I've studied African rhythms with Ghanan drummers, and have taken many years of tabla lessons at the Ali Akbar College. As a drumset player, I've studied with many of the best teachers alive, and can teach any style from jazz to hip-hop to punk and onward.
A Berklee College of Music graduate and a professional music instructor for over ten years, I can help you to reach your musical goals. I tailor lessons to suit your needs covering everything from skill development, music theory and musicianship, to expanding your repertoire and composing original work. I play and teach drums, piano, bass and guitar. I am new to Seattle, having just moved from San Francisco where I performed regularly at a wide array of venues such as Great American Music Hall, Freight and Salvage, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Bimbos, Bottom of the Hill, Savanna Jazz, Amnesia, Ashkenaz, Mystic Theater and Cafe Du Nord. I play many styles of music. Jazz, rock, funk, punk, blue-grass... you name it. I can show you how to play what you want to play.
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Wide variety of styles/genres:
e.g. Rock, Swing, Latin, etc.
MUSIC INSTRUCTION AND
ENJOYMENT OFFERED. Very enthusiastic and
experienced musician available for instruction offering the following:
# In-depth written music theory coupled with an equivalent of ear training and tone
# Introduction to performance skills with instruments that include:
Guitar - electric & acoustic
Drum Kit and percussion rhythms
# Group lessons or private instruction, depending on personal preferences and age
1) 15 years of GUITAR: professional performance
and composition. Styles include rock, folk, blues, chord
progressions, and alternate tuning.
2) 15 years of DRUMS and PERCUSSION: Latin, ...
I am a musician, educator, and arranger from Seattle Washington.
I received my education from the University of Washington with a BA/BM in Music Performance (Jazz Studies – Drumset). While at UW, I studied with John Bishop, Garey Williams, Tom Collier, Steve Korn, Mark Ivester, Josh Woodman, Jeff Wade, and was a member of the UW Drumline under David Reeves.
My studies with Reeves opened me to the world of drum corps in 2005 where I went on to tour with world class DCI corps The Cascades during the 2005 and 2006 seasons.
I have also been able to perform with and learn from such artists as Sharief Hobley, Billy Cobham, Marcus Miller, Stanley Clarke, Joe Santiago, Mike Stern, Kenny Garrett, Randy Brecker, John Scofield, The Bad Plus, Dave Weckl, Gregg Bissonette, Terry ...
Professional teacher since 2008. Started with a snare drum in fourth grade and never stopped! Alumnus of University of Washington (BM, cum laude, Jazz Studies) + Roosevelt High School. I make sure to teach students what they are most interested in while also providing them with a strong musical foundation they can apply to any path.
I love playing drums, and I love teaching others how to play drums. As a recent graduate from the University of Washington's acclaimed jazz program as well as an alumnus of the prestigious Roosevelt High School Jazz Band, I am a professional drummer and teacher with an extensive and unique set of experiences. Since middle school, I have been lucky enough to perform and tour all over the US and Europe, playing everything from house shows to esteemed competitions and festivals. In addition to being a member of several active local projects, I have performed with the Seattle Symphony; UW faculty members Bill Frisell, Cuong Vu, Luke Bergman, Ted Poor, and Marc Seales; several Cornish faculty members including Jim Knapp, Jovino Santos Neto, and Wayne Horvitz; and celebrated NYC-based ...
We focus on the fundamentals of drumming including stick control, rhythmic training, and tone.
Denali holds a Bachelor's Degree in Percussion Performance from Eastern Washington University where he studied jazz, classical, and various world percussion.
As a drumset artist he has performed in dozens of groups ranging from funk big bands to rock, jazz, blues, and country rhythm-sections. He has toured throughout the USA and recorded several albums with bands including Thomas Mapfumo, Uncle Pooch, and Cracker Factory. As a studio performer he has worked with producers including Adam Kasper and Scott Colburn.
As an orchestral percussionist Denali is a member of the Tacoma Symphony and Federal Way Symphony and is a substitute in the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra, the Bellingham Festival of Music Orchestra, and Auburn Symphony. He has backed artists including Ray ...
My teaching technique is learner-centered. I work with students to help them build a strong vocabulary of drum rudiments and have them apply their newly acquired drumming knowledge to the songs and genres that interest them most. I have found this to be ideal for those at the beginning and intermediate levels. For the advanced drummers out there, I may be able to assist with some minor application of technique or perhaps deviate from standard drumming practices to acquire a fuller awareness of the body's interaction with not only the drumsticks and drum set, but how to maintain total postural awareness.
Many years of drum instruction with students who have learned best with alternative learner-centered approaches including: extreme patience, slow to fast repetition of patterns and exercises, focused breathing, as well as sight-reading, rhythm and ear training. Students with: Asperger's, Autism, Dyslexia and related states have benefited greatly.
"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."
"It's been really exciting so far! Jordan has been so helpful, so knowledgeable. I could not have found a better instructor and I'm getting better and better every day."
"My daughter's wedding was weeks away and I had never been able to dance a step. With Jenny's help, I came further than ever before in such short time in any subject."