I'm a passionate Drummer and Educator with 17 years playing experience and 4 years teaching experience. Committed to helping students have FUN while learning to make music and discover their own individual “voice” on the drum-set.
When I was 9 years old my Father played me the drum solo to Iron Butterfly's “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida”; I knew I was destined to be a lifelong drummer ever since. From an early age I was mesmerized by the bombastic power of Rock and Roll Drummers such as John Bonham, Keith Moon and Ginger Baker. As I progressed as a Rock player and my musical interests expanded, I found myself naturally gravitating towards Jazz and Afro-Cuban as well as traditional West African rhythms. The dynamic range, finesse and subtle possibilities within these styles challenges me to grow as a musician and keeps me coming back to my drum kit each day. I continue to learn from and be inspired by pioneers such as Babatunde Olatunji, Peter Erskine, Buddy Rich, Art Blakey, Billy Cobham, Max Roach,Elvin Jones and anyone who is able to connect to their own inner rhythm and play joyfully from their heart.
Marching snare drum w/ Jim Gault/Hilliard City Schools (1996-2000)
Minor in Music Theory from Ohio University (2003-2008)
Studied Drum Notation, Rock, Blues and Funk with Columbus, Ohio blues legend and highly sought after Nashville session drummer Daryl “Tutu” Jumper (1999-2001)
I've performed in various bands in and around central Ohio and Tucson, Arizona including:
Current: Glory Tabernacle Gospel Band:
Jacob Freely and the Mixtape Bandits:
Angela Perley (Folk/Americana)
Red Star Rebellion (Rock)
Drum-set Lessons @ Cesar Chavez Middle School (2008-2010)
Drum-set Lessons @ Aztlan Academy High School (2008-2010)
Drum Circle Facilitator/Djembe Lessons @ Sky Islands High School (2010-2011)
Drum Circle Facilitator/Djembe Lessons @ The Wildcat School (2012-2013)
Guitar, Singing, Classical Guitar, Flamenco Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting, Banjo, Harmonica
I have been writing and performing music since he was 15. Along the way I have played or recorded with numerous notable bands including Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees George Clinton and Parliament Funkedic, and members of Bob Dylan's band. In classical music, I have learned music composition under Dan Asia at the University of Arizona and East Indian Classical music from master musician Ali Akbar Khan at the Ali Akbar School of Music. I have been teaching lessons in guitar, vocals, banjo, and harmonica for 15 years. My lessons are always focused on whatever style the student is most interested in, yet still incorporate a dose of music theory and other styles to help inspire well rounded musicians. I can teach to any age, in any genre, as well as help with songwriting, performance techniques, recording skills, and classical composition. Whether you want to learn to play songs from your favorite band, rock out with awesome guitar solos, play beautiful spanish guitar pieces, or write you masterpiece, I can help you realize your musical dreams. My goal is to inspire the next generation of musicians to get the most out of their instrument, and foster a life long love of music that can enrich their lives and the world around them.
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Classical Guitar, Music Recording, Music Theory
As a composer I have found it necessary never to stray too far from performance. The shear exhilaration one can obtain through playing an instrument is unique and powerful. I have devoted my life to trying to understand and master this elusive beast we call Music. As a child, of a peculiar spirit, I demanded my parents get me guitar and piano lessons. I felt an instant connection to these instruments and was compelled to investigate. After years of inquiry I ended up attending New School for the Arts, a high school devoted to the arts where I
studied music composition. From there, I went on to the University of Arizona to receive degrees in Music Composition and Philosophy with minors in Mathematics and English Literature. For my Masters' programs I wondered into the world of contemporary composers and experimental music at Mills College in Oakland where I finished my M.A. in Music Composition as well as my M.F.A. in Electronic Music and Recording Media. All the while pursuing a mastery of the instruments that caught my ear in the first place.
I have now returned to Tucson to work on my music and further my education in the field of philosophy at the University of Arizona.
Guitar, Singing, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Songwriting, Speaking Voice
I grew up in a musical family in Tucson, where my dad was a high school choir teacher for 25 years. I had the privilege to be in his choirs for 2 years! I attended Northern Arizona University studying music education/performance 3 years (music scholarship), Pima College music ed. 1 year. This included 3 hours per semester of private voice. Basically a different language every semester (French, Italian, German). During this time I formed an acoustic folk/rock duo night club act and played around Tucson for several years. Then I moved to L.A. to pursue my dreams. There I played beach clubs in another duo. I also was a studio singer and produced and sold a couple of jingles. I have been a staff singer with Arizona Opera since 1992. I have been in 80 + productions/600+ performances. I just signed a contract to be in 3 operas in the 2012 - 2013 season. Also in 1992 I started my own business as a pre-school music specialist and that has been my day job for the last 20 years. I'm known as "Mr. Ray" to tens of thousands of Tucson pre-schoolers and see about 1500 little guys a week!
I have been teaching guitar and voice privately for 20 years. I've had students as long as 8 years! Teaching is one of my greatest passions in life. I have a wealth of experience to draw from and would love to help you or your child realize your dreams! Obviously I specialize in kids but have had many adult students also.
I am also a recording engineer with a multi track project studio. I have produced 2 children's CD's: "Mr. Ray Sings the Dinosaur Dance and Other Favorites" and "Mr. Ray Sings Lullabies".
I've been writing songs since the 70's and can help you in many ways in that field!
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting
Hi! Thanks for taking a look at my teacher profile. Here's a little bit about me and how I can help you become the musician you want to be.
I started playing the guitar at age 17. I was being paid to play guitar and hand drums for dance classes at his college by the age of 19, and was hired on to the guitar faculty of the Fairmount School of Music at the age of 24. I realized that I'd gotten good only partially through short bursts of discipline lasting up to 6 weeks or so before I had to relax and just have fun for a while, and that for most people, year-round discipline was impossible due to temperament or other demands on people's time. These observations led me to boil down a teaching approach I summarize like this: "The more you have your guitar in your lap, the better player you're going to become. The best way to keep the guitar in your lap is to be playing things that are fun. For you. While it is essential to have a certain amount of technique in order to have fun playing guitar, it's a mistake to always consider it a matter of primary importance. There are things to be learned through hours of enjoying the guitar that cannot be taught." I try to find what makes people have fun on the guitar and from there it's much easier to tackle weaknesses and maintain strengths.
Right around the same time as I started working at FSM, I embarked on a 4-year-long course of classical guitar study with Jason Vieaux, who shortly became (and remains) one of the top classical performing artists in the world. Mr. Vieaux provided me with loads of problem-solving tools that he uses to this day to help people of all levels get better and have more fun on the guitar.
In 2004, as a guitarist in a band with a pianist but no bass player I found it sometimes more desirable to the music to have a bass than a guitar, so I bought a bass and started performing on it right away, using techniques already learned from classical, acoustic, and electric guitar, with necessary adjustments and application of music theory. The bass proved to be much more fun than I had imagined and I have incorporated regular practice of the instrument into my musical regimens, as well as playing dozens of studio dates on the bass and performing in multiple bands.
My teaching techniques are effective--many of the teens I taught in the 90's and 2000's are pro's now themselves, some with record contracts, others with conservatory degrees, some with a large student rosters of their own. My students have opened for or otherwise shared the stage with Santana, Jethro Tull, Los Lobos, John Mayer, Maroon 5, The String Cheese Incident, and more. You can see a few of my former students performing in my profile pictures. The first one you see is Brian C., who studied with me from about age 12 to age 16. This is a picture of him with his band "The Bottom Dollars" playing in Brooklyn June 26, 2012. The next one you see is a pic of Craig B. playing with his band "Turkuaz" , and the next one has a picture of two of my students in it, Loren S. and Max S. who are in a signed band called "Signals Midwest."
Not that you have to have aspirations of being a pro like these guys! Most people just want to have fun and get better at the instrument, but do know that I can help you make it if you want to take it all the way. Thanks for reading this far; I look forward to working with you! --Ian Z.
Piano, Music Theory, Organ
I have been playing the piano since the age of seven. I began my musical training at Sacred Heart School in Vineland, NJ. My first teacher was Sister Helen. I loved it and was a fast learner.
I continued piano lessons with several different private teachers before finally becoming a student of a teacher, who later played with John Lennon! He is the pianist on Double Fantasy. Is that cool or what? He was a big influence on me and helped me through those times of frustration that are inevitable for most piano students. He is currently a session musician in NYC.
I later became a piano major in college at what is now called Rowan University, but it was just humble Glassboro State College back in the mid 70′s. I played in many bands, and I’m proud of my time gigging weddings and parties. I played in many NJ clubs as well.
During my careers in the USAF, in private aviation, and in public education, I continued to play the piano, but kept it strictly as a hobby. It was, however, always my passion.
Today as a piano educator, I love teaching music and guiding people to create the music that moves them.
I have a masters degree in education and am a fully certified K - 8 teacher in Arizona.
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