Hello students and parents!
I am professional drummer based in Austin, Texas. I have been studying the drum set for nearly two decades, including studying percussion at The Musicians Institute in California, as well as performing countless live engagements and studio sessions over the years, including national and international tours with a variety of artists. I have been teaching the drums to students since 2005.
I am well versed in a variety of musical styles, drumming techniques, and teaching methods. Over the years I have developed a system for quick and effective development on the drums. While I stick closely to this system, I also tailor the lessons to the individual. Each new student has their own goals and aspirations for their development on the instrument: whether you want to learn a specific style, technique, song, improve your chops or reading, I've got you covered! I love teaching and passing on this great tradition of drumming!
Thanks for checking out my profile, and I look forward to hearing from you!
*** Lesson Details ***
The lessons I offer consist of the combined knowledge I have complied over the 17+ years I have been playing the drums. The lessons take the most useful knowledge from traditional lessons/music school, and mix that with the real world working knowledge I have acquired as a professional musician. The mixture results in a very effective and smooth learning system that has been proven to produce great results for all of my students. These lessons are also custom fit to make sure that your goals are met.
I fully understand that everybody learns at a different pace, and I promise to offer a laid back approach and a comfortable environment for learning no matter what your skill level or experience level is, all while producing great results in your abilities on the instrument.
*** Studio Equipment ***
The In-Studio lessons are taught in a separate music room which includes 2 full drum sets, an array of hand percussion instruments, and a mixer/headphone system so both the students and myself can play along with songs and/or metronome. Comfortable seating is available for parents in a separate waiting room. Home includes 2 dogs which would be outside. Parking is available on the street or on left side of the driveway.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I proudly use the following gear:
Vic Firth sticks brushes and mallets
Remo drum heads
Ludwig drums and hardware
SKB hard cases
Protection racket bags
Drum Workshop pedals
Shure microphones and in ear monitors
Alesis mixers and keyboards.
*** Specialties ***
I am well versed in many styles of music on the drum set, including: Rock, Pop, Jazz, Funk, Soul,, Blues, Hip Hop, Americana, Country, Brazilian, Afro Cuban, Reggae, Caribbean, African, and more!
I am knowledgeable in a variety of drum set techniques, such as:
Matched and Traditional grips
German, American, and French grips
The Moeller technique
Heel up, Heel down, and Hybrid bass drum techniques
Each student will learn how to set up and properly tune their drums, as well as a variety of tips and tricks I have picked up over the years for gear set up and maintenance.
I like to teach positive physical habits while playing the drums. I focus on correct postural habits, light stretching, and hand warm-ups/cool-downs to avoid these issues and keep everyone healthy!
I also teach basic musical notation reading and transcription skills to all of my students. More advanced skills such as sight reading and chart writing/reading can be taught upon request.