Shawn M.

Shawn M.

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Newtonville, MA

About Shawn M.

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Shawn teaches: Males 5 and up
Females 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: May 1991
Last sign in: 4 days ago
Average response time: 17 hours

Overview

Hello! I am a professional working drummer with over 20 years of performing and teaching experience. My current band, Eight To The Bar, has been the winner of Best Band Connecticut for the past 5 years straight. We perform internationally in many venues, including festivals, casinos, and concert halls. The repertoire is diverse and challenging, drawing on the traditions of R&B, Swing and Motown.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons with me will be fun and constructive. I gear my lesson plan to your individual needs with a strong focus on fundamental technique, proper grip and stroke as well as helping you find your balance and relaxation behind the kit through posture and ergonomic set- up.

We will be able to explore the techniques of your favorite drummers. Through my wide range of experience I will be able to give you the skills necessary to function within your favorite genre of music. At the same time, I may introduce you to some forms of music less familiar to you. You can then use that experience to bring a fresh approach to your chosen style.

The name of the game is time-keeping and time feel. You will be expected to practice with a metronome, but also with recorded tracks. We will record your playing and listen back. This is one of the best ways to improve your playing.

Double bass and/or double pedal also taught as well as left foot clave, Latin percussion, piano, and music theory.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Two drum sets, full PA, fender rhodes piano, congas, timbales and hand percussion, frame drums, bongos, DVD player, audio recording capabilities. Parents can sit in on lesson.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring a practice pad set to the student's home. Metronome, ipod, some lesson handouts, and occasionally DVD's will also be brought.

*** Specialties ***
All styles and levels: rock, jazz, Latin, percussion as applied to drumset. Reading, time feel, counting and singing

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Experience

Musician Feb 2006 - Present
Eight To The Bar

Education

BM Music Performance Sep 1997 - May 2001
Berklee College of Music

Languages Spoken

Spanish Professional Proficiency
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2 Reviews on Shawn M.

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Lea F. December 26, 2012
Shawn teaches according to the learners needs .

Shawn reamined patient and thoughful during the instruction process.
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TinaB2 November 26, 2011
Shawn is great with my son who is 4.5 y/o..patience is everything when it comes to kids and he has tons of it!! My goal is for my son to be introduced to an instrument and have fun with it at this stage!!!