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By Patty N. - Houston Drums Teacher
As a percussion instructor and teacher of Houston drum lessons, I have seen firsthand how learning percussion affects other areas of education. The skills needed to read percussion music are also needed in reading, rhythm, mathematics, and many other areas of "everyday" education. My students have all improved their reading skills, and in turn their grades as well.
When I start teaching my students percussion as part of their Houston drum lessons, the very first thing I work on is counting and reading ahead. In order to keep a steady tempo, lead a group of musicians, and play with musicality and dynamics, a drummer needs to be able to read ahead and know what is coming in the next few measures. This transfers directly into their studies. When reading a story or even a history lesson, reading one word at a time would not make any sense. You read a sentence or a paragraph to understand what the story is about. In percussion, you can't play one note at a time; you have to play measures, phrases, and stanzas.
The next area I work on is counting. In each measure, there is a certain amount of beats, and many ways to fill those beats. Drummers have to be able to add to 3 or 4 beats in many different ways, including fractions such as quarters, halves and eighths. This is not just basic math; it goes into algebra, geometry and more advanced math as well.
The biggest improvement I see in my percussion students as a result of their Houston drum lessons is their general reading skills. My students WANT to read. They enjoy reading everything from newspapers to new books from the library. They look forward to picking up a new story, and most importantly, they enjoy reading new music. The look on my student’s faces when they sight read a new line correctly (without my help!) is priceless. The pride my students get from being able to play an instrument is very rewarding and makes teaching music more than just a job; it turns it into a hobby and a great way to spend my free time!
I have been playing drums for 18 years, and have been teaching 8 years.
I have tons of energy during lessons that mixes well for the younger students.
For older students I have the chops to catch their attention.
My curriculum ranges on the needs of the student. I have everything from developing better grooves, more independence, chops, or simply learning how to play different styles.
My goal during my lessons is dependent on the student. Not only do I want to help achieve personal goals, but I too want to help give the gift of being able to develop personal style. I feel that as a teacher, when my student is capable of achieving their playing desire on their own, I have enabled them to be a life long self sufficient musician.
My teaching style is very informative and demonstrative. I love being able to view the problems the student is facing and create a lesson to help overcome those obstacles.
If your looking for a great beginner lesson, Drums is a great place to start! Beginners will start with the basics of counting rhythms, Identifying a beat and stick control. Here is what a typical drum lesson will look like...
We will cover hand technique and stick technique
Intro to Rudiments
Reading sheet music for drums
Intro to Drum Warm ups
Counting and navigating different timings
listening to a variety of music
Intro to latin percussion
The parts of a drum kit and what they are used for
How to properly tune your kit
Bass Drum / Foot Technique
Strength and Stamina Training
All you will need for you beginning drum lesson is a pair of sticks and a practice pad. Feel free to use the "Ask Me A Question" feature if you want more information on what to purchase and how to get started!
I have been drumming for 7 years, I received drum lessons for 6 months and was also a student in the percussion section in school from grades 6-11 so not only do i have the improv skills but also the technical and structured part of it as well. I have a great system for teaching students who are eager to learn.
Typically focusing on the Drum-set and Snare Drum when teaching, I also teach the Djembe drum for use in acoustic band settings. I can do this because I've been playing in church and also in cover-bands with full drum-set and percussion kit formats for over 10 years. My students learn how to think through the material (I use Mel Bay mostly) and eventually teach themselves, so they can utilize all the fantastic drumming literature there is out there, and enjoy the instrument for life!
Experienced Percussion teacher of 8 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of hand and stick drumming skills. I specialize in Orchestral Percussion, Latin Percussion and Drums. I typically use Syncopation, Stick Control and many other books.
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