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Committed to providing a rigorous curriculum, Donnie readily adapts his teaching to best meet the needs of each and every student the first time around.
His key focus areas include drumset, marching percussion, classical percussion, hand percussion, and mallet percussion.
I teach acoustic and electronic drums for all levels
I have mostly taught beginner drummers to get the basics down. -separating the limbs to work independently - rudiments - basic beats and grooves used in popular music - and how to read it and write it on paper if you are interested.
also - "how to count" ...and "understanding song structure"
I have also worked with a few excellent, established drummers on "what to play in the studio" and how to be a good session player...how to be consistent and simplify.... etc
I have been performing and teaching professionally for 25 years. I am a Music Graduate from the University of North Texas. I have performed and recorded with many artists including Vince Neil (Motley Crue), Patti Labelle and Larry Carlton. I specialize in drum set, school band, jazz band, auditions, and drumline. I focus on what the individual student wants from lessons (learning songs, preparing for auditions or to be in a band, technique, reading, etc). Some of my students have gone on to University of North Texas and Berklee School of Music. I have students that play with King Diamond, Collective Soul, Paul Rogers (Bad Compay)... I have performed on television including Americas got Talent.
As a drum teacher I like to focus mainly on the things that are impossible to learn by yourself. I guide my students through all of the technical details of playing, but as a teacher I feel as though I'm doing an injustice to my students if everything they learn in a lesson is something they could have picked up off of the Internet.
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dy for me and all of his other students. Many years ago, I was lucky enough to have a professor in the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department at UCLA who had the ability to provide the perfect amount of background, not too much, not too little, in his graduate courses so that no matter what the student’s undergraduate degree was in, there was never a problem with them understanding the newly introduced graduate level concepts. And now, I am lucky enough that I found a drum instructor who was willing to take on an old guy (remember the many, many years ago stuff above ) and work around my problems with arthritis, senior moments, bad vision, and an occasional decrease in motivation. While I am probably his oldest student (a distinction I could have lived without), I have listened to him work with several younger, in some cases way younger, students and he is another one of those special people who can teach. Not everybody can teach. Of those that can, many don’t teach well. And, of those that can teach well, not all of them can teach well to people with a broad range of backgrounds, skill sets, motivations, and ages. Tony has the ability to teach well, no matter what your circumstances."
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