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I'm a multi-instrumentalist and I have been playing music since I was 7. I started on piano and then taught myself drums and guitar. I played drums in the show choir group Sound Unlimited and studied music theory with guitarist John Czajkowski. While at UCSC I studied music and electronic music under Hi Kyung Kim, Dard Neumann and Zachary Watkins.
I teach classical, contemporary, rock,pop, jazz, world, etc. The way the lessons are structured is that each lesson is usually different from the last. I implement different exercises, songs, practices, etc from various sources. The goal is to have fun while learning your instrument. I expose my students to a very diverse array of music and also spend time learning the songs that they want to learn.
I hope to teach ...
Though I can play all mallet instruments, my specialty lies in Jazz vibraphone. I have one at my home studio so I can show you the ins-and-outs of the vibraphone - how the motor works, how to read, how to make a good sound out of the instrument etc...
Our lessons will start with some basic repertoire and scale construction. These things are necessary in order to gain facility on the instrument. Then we'll learn arpeggios and from there we can start delving into playing chords (4-mallet technique). Most importantly, I'll teach you how to teach yourself songs/music. It's great to learn what I know and like, but it's a lot more important to learn how to learn so you can teach yourself the things you like!
Ian H. – Drumset/Percussion/Guitar/Bass/Vibraphone/ (Piano)
Educational Performance Experience
• Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Studies from SDSU.
• Percussionist in the SDSU Wind Ensemble.
• Drummer for the SDSU Jazz Combos 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.
• Studied at Berklee College of Music for their 5-week summer performance class, testing in to the top levels of theory, ear-training, ensembles, and master classes.
• Performer in the Gamelan at SDSU – played at the Eastern Asian Music Festival at Canyon Crest Academy, Spring 2011.
• Canyon Crest Academy Rock Band – 2005-6
• Canyon Crest Academy Symphonic Band (1st Chair) – superior ratings: El Camino High School, Point Loma Nazarene University & Heritage Festivals, ...
Teaching percussion skills to beginner and intermediate students
I was introduced to the arts at a very early age. My mother gave me my father's harmonica around the age of four-years old. At that same age, I began drawing pictures by crayon, and then switched to ink pen. Drawing was my art until by the age of twelve I became interested in percussion from watching classmates practice their sticking technique on the cafeteria tables during their lunch period. The next year I enrolled into beginning band and quickly increased my talents to catch-up with my classmates by the next year.
I furthered my studies in music at Emporia State University in Emporia, KS. I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1998, and a Master of Music degree in 2001. While in college, I performed with the Kansas Intercollegiate Jazz Ensemble and a Latin-rock band that ...
I have been teaching drumset/percussion to students of all ages and levels for over 5 years. My students are commonly surprised to see how quickly they progress - often within the first couple of lessons, we are playing along to their favorite songs! My approach is very straightforward, fun, and can be applied to whichever style(s) the student is interested in. Having studied with some of the top percussion educators from around the world at Berklee College of Music (including Grammy award winners Mark Walker and Terri Lyne Carrington), I use a culmination of methods along with my own personal experiences to help the student progress.
The drumset student can expect to learn very quickly about the following topics, which can be tailored to their particular needs/goals:
-Proper stick technique/control and posture
-Drumset coordination and independence
-Development of speed and efficiency of motion
-Grooves and various styles of drumming
As far back as I can remember, music has been a central part of my life. I grew up in a musical family; my father a drummer and pianist, my mother a woodwinds player, and my brother a bassist, I have been surrounded by music as far back as I can recall.
Upon graduating from San Diego SCPA, I became interested in recording and audio engineering, eventually working as 2nd engineer at Signature Sound in Clairemont, and main engineer at Proxy Music in Oceanside. This afforded me invaluable experience working with some of San Diego's finest musicians and recording artists.
In 2008, I attended Berklee College of Music on scholarship - majoring in Professional Music with an emphasis on performance and composition. In 2011, I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor's degree ...
I teach mallets(xylophone and vibraphone, marimba) and hand percussion like congas and small accessory instruments.
I also have written a book published by Hal Leonard music("Jazz Standards for Vibraphone") which is currenty available for online order and in music stores worldwide.
Since graduating from San Diego State University in 1986 (where I received my Bachelors degree in music and was the recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Award in music for that year), I have been able to be involved in so many areas of drumming, percussion(including mallet instruments like vibes and xylophone) and teaching. This includes being an adjunct professor in the music dept. at SDSU (1994-1998) and currently at Grossmont College.
From performing with international jazz giants like Art Farmer and Hank Jones, and local legends Hollis Gentry and L.A. guitarist Ron Eschete- to
performing in pop settings with my own top 40/classic rock band and backing bands like the Drifters or pop singer Peter Cetera, my experience is
I've played in successful pop groups. ...
Teaching Basic Brazilian Percussion classes
Claudia L. transformed a Language Center in a Cultural Center.
Her background in Psychology/Social work (BA degree in Brazil), Language Teaching Training and Brazilian Performing Arts such as Capoeira, percussion and dances, guided her to become an Entrepreneur in pursuance of multicultural awareness and community engagement. Running Brazil Cultural Center (a San Diegan small business), she finds Brazilian rhythms and Portuguese language teachings a great tool to reach students's engagement and efficient learning about Brazilian Culture. San Diego community has shown great interest and supported that vision, joining Brazil Cultural Center programs or Claudia L.'s tutoring for a better understanding of and experiencing the culture.
"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."