My name is Christian. I have an absolute undeniable passion for music. Whether it's teaching, learning or creating, I live for it! The main instruments i play and teach are the traditional drum set and guitar. I also have a background in music performance and theory that i can implement in my lessons.
Teaching music is just as much of an art as music itself, and in art, originality and creativity are key. I find in a lot of the music lessons I have taken, I am only taught the technical side of the instrument or the concept in theory. I have, myself, had to find most of my inspiration to keep going myself. The inspiration is what ultimately kept me going! So as I would learn fundamental exercises to train my self-conscious, I had all this beautiful music I could get lost in and use these fundamentals to build new ideas. These ideas and the immense amount of fun it was only made me want to continue. This leads me to my basic goal in teaching: To inspire while teaching technique. If the student's heart is in the learning, creativity and originality comes hooked at the arm. Simple ways I would try to spark more interest would be maybe bringing in a new cymbal in for the student to mess around with for a week or two or learning a cover song that he or she really likes! The best part about being to teach and play two instruments is that I can play that cover song with them on the other instrument! I also try to play along with the other instrument when teaching to have the student get a feel for playing with other musicians as that is a crucial part of being a musician... Creating with others!
Now that I have shown you my love for music i will now tell you about my professional background:
I started learning drums and guitar at a young age but didn't start professional lessons until the 9th grade. In my freshman and sophomore in high school I took two guitar classes taught by Eileen Wright. She is originally from Philadelphia, Pa where she attended Temple University for her undergraduate degree in Music Education and then Trenton State (now called The College of New Jersey) for her masters in instrumental conducting.
My Junior year I took a piano/theory class and joined the school choir (to be the overall drummer in all the choirs) known as "Saguaro Voices" Taught by Gaylin Tutnick. Although I joined to be mostly the drummer, there wasn't a day that i didn't learn something new about music whether it was singing or theory or drums or just about the feeling music. Gaylin Tutnick's Background from the Saguaro Page: GayLin Tutnick has taught Vocal Music, Music Appreciation and The History of Rock and Roll for sixteen years at Saguaro High School. Under her direction, the Vocal Music program has grown to 175 students in four choirs. She was honored in 2000 with the Walmart Teacher of the Year Award for the City of Scottsdale, and is a recipient of the O.M. Hartsell Award for excellence in teaching by the Arizona Music Educator’s Assn. She was also awarded the 2004 Scottsdale Charros High School Educator of the Year Award for the Scottsdale Unified School District. Most recently, Mrs. Tutnick was recognized as a Distinguished Educator by the Arizona Flynn Foundation in May of 2008.
Saguaro High’s concert choir, Voices of Saguaro has won seven consecutive first place awards in the concert choir division at various Heritage festivals throughout the country. The group made their Carnegie Hall debut in 2005, performing the Mozart Requiem. Most recently the group was selected from thousands of applicants to perform the National Anthem in Boston's Fenway Park in April 2011 for the Yankees vs. Red Sox game. Mrs. Tutnick’s Advanced Vocal Ensemble has performed in concert twice with Josh Groban and with Jonathan Cain of the rock band Journey at Alice Cooper’s Christmas Pudding show.
Being a part of Gaylin's music program has allowed me to participate in the Northern Arizona University Jazz Mad, which is a competition held by NAU and judged by various prestigious choir directors. in the performance i played drums for, we scored a perfect score. you can view the performance here if you would like!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDpBWFxEKjI
I have also played at local Arizona venues such as The Nile Theater, The Marquee Theater, and Rocky Point Cantina in various bands I have played in.
And for my proudest moment in my musical background... In March of 2012 I sang Mozart's Requiem at Avery Fisher Hall as a tenor in a choir of about 200 people accompanied by instrumentalists and professional soloist, directed by Emmy winner, Vance George. It was an experience I will never forget!
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Singing, Broadway Singing, Clarinet, Classical Guitar, Flute, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Percussion, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone
Dana is originally from Buffalo, New York. She graduated from The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam with a B.M. and M.M. in Vocal Music Education. During her undergraduate years, Dana, spent her summers at The Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York, studying Opera.
Dana has performed in vocal master classes under the coaching of Oren Brown from The Julliard School and Broadway artist Stephanie Blythe. Dana has also performed at the Opening Ceremony of the Goodwill Games in Lake Placid with Bruce Hornsby and Edwin McCain. Recent performances include singing with the Arizona State University Choral Union in Phoenix Symphony Hall and as a guest performer in a 1980s show on Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas.
Dana started her teaching career in upstate New York, directing the Senior High School Band at St. Regis Falls Central School. While teaching in upstate New York, Dana was an active member of MENC, FCMEA, and NYSSMA. Dana has held several leadership positions while teaching in New York, including General Chairperson of All-County Music Festivals, Concert Band Chairperson for Area-All State Music Festivals and served on the Diversity Committee with NYSSMA. Dana prepared 20 to 30 students each year to compete in NYSSMA Solo Music Festivals at the county and state level. Dana also taught private voice lessons and prepared students for University auditions. Most recent teaching experiences include coaching a contestant in the Miss America Pageant and preparing children in the greater Phoenix area for local musical theater shows.
Dana relocated to Arizona in 2009 and currently teaches K-8 General Music in the city of Phoenix.
My name is Lou S., and I come from a family of Drummers. My Father was a Master Drum Instructor and taught my Uncle, Brother, me and over 2800 other students in a teaching career that spanned more than 40 years.
As the youngest in the family I had the opportunity to learn from my Dad as well as my other family members. My structured lessons started at the age of 5 and by the time I reached high school I was booking my own band and performing weekly at local clubs and events.
There was a certain amount of pressure growing up in this environment. After all, if you’re the teacher’s kid, you’re expected to be good, right? This is true, but the way my Father taught and how he inspired me was to be sure I had my own identity. He was not making clones, he was teaching the ART of drumming, and like any artist all of his students were encouraged to be themselves. This is a lesson that continues to mold my teaching style today.
My hard work paid off, and soon his students wanted to learn from me as well. Without even knowing it I was not only taught how to play, but given the gift of being able to teach!
Over the years I’ve played in many different musical situations from bands specializing in Classic Rock, Blues, Latin Rock, Jazz, and all the varied rhythms needed to play in everything from shows to weddings. With a solid foundation and the freedom to create my own style I have achieved many years of success and fulfillment as a drummer.
In 2007, I moved to Arizona from the East Coast and built my first studio. Since then I’ve taught countless students of all ages and levels. I teach in a curriculum based program unlike any other that I’ve seen in books, or DVD’s combining technique, music theory, groove essentials, fill study, and unique exercises, games, and patterns. All combining to create fundamentally sound musical drummers who can play any genre of music with chops!
I’ve played and been around drumming my entire life. I learned how to play and teach from one of the best. It is a gift that I am very passionate about and I never take lightly.
From being on stage with Buddy Rich when I was five years old, playing and booking my own band at the age of 13, performing with the great Louie Bellson, and teaching others what I have learned through a lifetime of study. Drums have been my passion and inspiration and I look forward to each lesson when I have the privilege of passing that knowledge and inspiration to my students!
Drum, Guitar, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Songwriting
Al P. (Powerman 5000-Martin Sexton-Cypress Hill-Everlast-Lance Lopez-DYS) is a multi instrumentalist, educator, composer, producer, drummer-music director. Widely known as co founder-drummer for DreamWorks recording artist and multi platinum selling rock group Powerman 5000 (1990-02). His rock solid beats are deeply rooted in the long history of the art of drumming.
Hailing from Pittsburgh, Pa. and educated at the prestigious Trinity College of Music, London (Pgh. center), Al served as external examiner teaching music theory and drums in private and ensemble settings at the U.S. center in Pittsburgh, Pa. from 1984-86 and further studies at Boston's Berklee College of Music, receiving a BM in Percussion Performance in 1992. Al is also a graduate of The Recording Workshop, Chillicothe, Ohio (music production & engineering program) Protools, Cubase, Reason, analog/digital recording techniques, editing, mixing, programming and sound design.
Al has performed or recorded with John Zorn, Cypress Hill, Soul Assassins, Martin Sexton, Zora Young, Everlast, MC RAI, Screaming Headless Torsos, the Warm Gunns, Zayra Alvarez (Rockstar: Supernova), Avenged Sevenfold, Lance Lopez, Cycle of pain...
As a performer/ writer/ actor, Al has appeared in numerous films, soundtracks and TV shows (B.H. 90210, Zoolander, Girl, Titan A.E., Bride of Chucky, Excess Baggage, Squeeze, Sex and the City, VIP, Daria, Late Nite w/ Conan O'Brien, Pepsi Musica, MTV's 120 minutes (co host), MuchMusic Live, Little Nicky, LATV Live, Loveline (co host).
As a touring musician, Al has shared the stage with Kiss, Ozzy Osbourne/ Black Sabbath, Anthrax, Metallica, Pantera, Cypress Hill, Kid Rock, Pharcyde, Korn, G Love/ Special Sauce, Marilyn Manson, Method Man, Slipknot, Henry Rollins, Snoop Dogg, N.W.A., Limp Bizkit, Primus, Everclear, Slayer, Filter, Static-X, Ozomatli, Juanes, Julieta Venegas, Charo, Los Lonely Boys, Rob Zombie, Incubus, Stone Temple Pilots and tours of North America, Canada, Europe and Japan with Powerman 5000.
I have just completed five years at the School of Rock in North Hollywood, teaching drums and musical direction for show ensembles. Prior to SOR I was Dean of Curriculum and drum teacher for the percussion department at The M. Gray Music Academy, a state of the art facility founded by Grammy Award winning artist Macy Gray located in North Hollywood Ca.
I have relocated to Phoenix, Arizona and am currently available for lessons.
On the recording and show front you will find me on the new "Snakefarm" release and doing live shows with Boston hardcore legends DYS.
Drum, Piano, Music Theory, Percussion
Travis is a music educator that enjoys teaching and performing. He has a lot of patience and feels proud that all of his students can say they have excelled at their instrument throughout the duration of his instruction. With much experience teaching students of all ages,needs and skill levels he focuses specifically on the most important skills and concepts a student needs to be able to play proficiently and musically. This is accomplished through the use of proper technique and providing clear information of the fundamentals.
Travis has been involved in numerous playing situations throughout his schooled training. Studying under great industry professionals has helped him to be well versed in all styles of music and make him a well rounded player and an exceptional teacher. He has performed in a number of different groups that include many diverse styles of music and has performed, toured and recorded with various artist in the mid-west and on the west coast. Now, settled in Arizona, he enjoys teaching at Blackbird Music and Art Center where he gives private lessons Monday through Saturday. He has dedicated his time to teaching piano and drum lessons, along with any other percussion instrument. In his teachings he improves the students technique and creativity while introducing many important concepts that have influenced modern music as we know it. He continues playing with various artist and is involved in many community events.
"I love to meet the needs of my student to enhance their growth through music." -Travis
Drum, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Songwriting
I grew up in Los Angeles studying with that town’s finest instructors. My first teacher Kay Carlson taught me how to play a variety of styles through being able to read various types of written drum music. As I was growing up my sister learned guitar, and became fairly good. She soon had a boyfriend on bass, & I was in the band!! We played all the “big Hair band” hits of the eighties, every David Bowie, Rolling Stones, & Cat Stevens song ever written. I needed this repertoire off the top of my head!
When I got to college, I was able to put my years of studying jazz to use. Those years of reading big band charts gave me valuable insights into how to capture the instinct needed to perform on drums.
I then studied with Buddy Rich’s good friend Richard Wilson. Known internationally as the Moeller Technique guru, I was able to study under him for a number of years. His instruction gave me the knowledge to increase my speed and power, This combined with the styles learned from Kay allows me to instruct from the full range of instructional techniques.
Over the years I’ve performed with a number of rock & roll, original, jazz, top forty, orchestras, & even a country western band! One original rock band was the top drawing band at most of the venues we performed throughout L.A. We recorded an EP & were ready to promote it when a tiff between the singer & sax player broke up the band.
I’ve since been teaching & performing. Composing curriculum to instruct students in a number of styles, requires knowledge of; books available for that style, common performances of said style, and how & where the “feel” comes from.
Having also worked and studied child development, enables me to accurately pinpoint a student’s development; musically.
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