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Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Ages: 5 & up
In-Home Lessons: Yes
In-Studio Lessons: Yes
Online Lessons: No
Subjects Taught In Person
Drum, Percussion, Music Performance, Music Recording
University of Puget Sound - Business & Leadership - Aug 2003 - May 2007 (Bachelor's degree received)
All Styles/Genres: Pop, Jazz, Funk, Fusion, Rock, Blues, Latin, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Caribbean, Hip-Hop, Afro-Beat, Country, Bluegrass, Ska, etc.; for Percussion: Afro-Cuban and Latin percussion
In our lessons you can expect to learn:
-Your favorite song! -Musical styles or genres of your choice: Rock, Jazz, Funk, Blues, Latin, Brazilian, Pop, New Orleans, etc -Rudiments (the building blocks of drumming) -Music Reading/Notation -Playing in different time signatures -Drum tuning and choosing the right sounds for the given musical situation -Important aspects of playing with a band -Improvisation and soloing -The importance of HOW you play, not just WHAT you play -Rhythms
from various cultures including hand percussion rhythms
I am the drummer & percussionist for Juno Award-winning, Canadian band, The Paperboys, touring regularly in Europe as well as the US and Canada. I make my home in the historic Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, where I teach drummers of all ages. A proud endorser of Protection Racket Drum Cases, I also perform regularly with several other local bands including Cordaviva, Si Limon, and in musical theatre productions. My passion lies in creating, performing, experiencing, and teaching music of
all styles. My greatest influences have been traveling, going to concerts, and listening to a lot of records during college.
EDUCATION: Growing up in Southern California, I began taking private drum lessons at age 8 and continued through high school. In 2003 I moved to the Pacific Northwest to attend the University of Puget Sound where I performed in Percussion Ensemble, Underground Jazz, some small jazz combos, and a high-energy funk band made up of 7 good friends. At UPS, I majored in International Business, minored in Spanish, and also studied Jazz History and World Music. Throughout college I studied Latin percussion for Afro-Cuban & Salsa music. Similarly, I became enthralled by Brazilian music, and have since traveled to Brazil twice to study and experience their captivating music. A substantial portion of my record collection is made up of records purchased in Brazil.
Needless to say, I love music and I'm confident I can provide inspiration while helping you reach your goals, whether you want to become a professional, gigging musician, or just learn to play your favorite songs.
In-Studio: Our lessons will take place in my basement, where there are two full drum sets as well as many Latin and Brazilian percussion instruments.
In-Home: The student should have access to a drum set or the percussion instrument(s) he/she wants to study. If necessary, I am able to travel with specific instruments such as a snare drum, congas, bongos, djembe, pandeiro, etc.
Rated 5 out of 5 by FabioC Excellent drums instructor
I took drums lessons with Sam. He is a great instructor and is willing to adapt to your needs, style, and preferences.He helpe me not only to learn, but also to get some fun with "play along" materials.Highly recommend.
January 14, 2011
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about the logistics of your lessons.
There are a few things to consider when choosing between 30-, 45- or
60-minute lessons. First and foremost, take your age and experience
level into account. You'll also want to think about your long- and
short-term goals, and the time you'll need to reach them. Most
importantly, consider how long you or your child is able to stay
Teachers have the option to display availability for in-home,
in-studio, and online music lessons. In-home lessons take place at
your house, in-studio lessons are conducted at the teacher's home or
professional studio, and online lessons are taught over the internet
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Do you offer any discounts?
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booking two students for consecutive in-home lessons, you'll only be
charged one travel fee, instead of one fee per lesson.