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The Effects of Percussion on Education

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!

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Kerry M.

Houston, TX

About Kerry

I am a Biology student at Texas Southern University with a minor in music. I am a band leader, singer, songwriter, percussionist, bassist and guitarist. I have been a contract music teacher for over 10 years. I have taught music in various schools from 1st grade to high school in the Houston Independent School District, Spring Branch Independent School District and several charter schools throughout the Greater Houston Area. I have instructed and led large guitar ensembles 25+, percussion ensembles, a pop/ rock/ stage band, an elementary school choir, one on one private lessons, etc. I have de
signed curriculum and written lesson plans.

*** Lesson Details ***
Fun lessons based on your personal favorite songs and music. You'll be exposed to and learn different styles of popular music. After a few months and a personal commitment to practice, students will have a thorough understanding of the musical instrument they are studying and how to sight read.
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Kerry M.

Kerry M.

Houston, TX 77021
starting at
$29 / 30-min
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Jeremiah L.

Houston, TX

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.

About Jeremiah

As a Musicians Institute graduate, I've learned from exceptional drummers in the Los Angeles music industry. I gained and learned many tricks of the trade and can offer the same quality education to anyone. As a student myself, I realized that having great sound, solid timing and grove are just as essential as having cool beats to play. There are more technicalities to drumming than being able to play fast or having the best chops.
Aside from learning how to play drums, knowing how to think about music, how to listen to music, and how to study music will give a great foundation to any studen
t of any style.

I first like to determine the students ability and understanding by working on a few coordination exercises and reading exercises.
From a good foundation, I build a curriculum, and deter any obstacles by constantly changing my approach to further and benefit the student playing.
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Veronica G. April 1, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Jeremiah is a great teacher! I like that he takes his time to explain everything to my son in a way it makes sense to him. He's caring and patient.
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Henrique R. January 24, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Honestly, best drummer ever. He likes to give you exercise that you are into and enjoy. He'll go out of his way to make sure you are getting the exercise perfect. Best drum teacher ever period.
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CarlosL1 April 28, 2012
Getting Schooled

Technique is paramount when learning to play drums, if you don't have a good, solid technique, your just another sloppy drummer. Enter Jeremiah, an instructor with an excellent ear, picking up quickly on what it is I'm doing wrong, establishing a path to quick correction and selecting a technique right for my style of play. 3 lessons in and my playing is dramatically different, much cleaner and solid on the grooves. This guy has pushed my creativity to a new level and my confidence in live play stacks up to the crowd
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Jeremiah L.

Jeremiah L.

Houston, TX 77043
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Rachel H.

Houston, TX

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!

About Rachel

I started my musical path in a Ballet Studio. I fell in love with the crackle of the vinyl record playing as I learned to listen and dance with the rhythm.

I started playing the guitar when I was nine and took classical lessons until I was seventeen.I really enjoy the art of practice and the journey of patience. The process of learning has helped me carve out and cultivate my style of music. It's opened up a lot of doors for me in my life. I've had the honor to play with a lot of great performers and have been lucky enough to tour the U.S. and Canada with festivals and showcases such as V
ans Warped Tour, South By Southwest and the Halifax Pop Explosion.I've been the opening act for Carolyn Wonderland, Maria Taylor, Tsunami Bomb, Tilly and the Wall, Basia Bulat, Rise Against, Strike Anywhere. Anathallo, Cursive, Milton Hopkins, and Pony Up.

When I have free time I volunteer with the Houston Chapter of Girls Rock Camp to help teach girls empowerment through songwriting and music.

*** Lesson Details ***
I began teaching as an afterschool job when I was 16. I was homeschooled so I feel that the experience taught me that everyone learns differently and that there is not just one standardized method to playing music.

My Teaching style varies with each student, but the one constant is my ability to make each and every client I encounter completely fall in LOVE with music. It's my super power. Lesson plans are tailored for your specific needs and to help you achieve your musical goals and aspirations at your desired pace. I enjoy my students and making music with them.

Here is an overview of the lessons that I provide.

Guitar:
Finger Picking, Song Writing, Rhythm, Lead, Scales,Modes & Ear Training.

Songwriting and composition: Learn techniques, how to brain storm and plot your musical story line. This class pairs great with vocal lessons or guitar lessons.

Bass:
Scales, Rhythm, Beginner and Advanced song structure, Ear Training

Ukulele :
Technique, Intro to Chords, Ear Training, Strumming patterns - Ukulele is one of my favorite classes to teach. You simply can not help but smile when playing this instrument!

Vocals :
Breathing techniques, Scales, Harmonizing
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Abed K. January 31, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
That was my first guitar lesson in houston and I am not going to bother myself looking for guitar tutors anymore, I really enjoyed it. Rachel is an awesome tutor, she gives everything from inside her that makes you feel every single chord on guitar. Ofcourse i recommend everybody to take guitar lessons with Rachel
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Gordon W. January 13, 2016
Percussion · In studio
Verified Student
Puts lesson in easy to understand terms, concepts and exercises.
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Tyre December 23, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Great lesson! I can't wait for my next one!
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Rachel H.

Rachel H.

Houston, TX 77043
(15)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Heath B.

Houston, TX

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!

About Heath

Hello there! My name is Heath. I've been teaching drums for five years now and I love it. I've also been playing professionally for over a decade, mostly in Houston cover bands which incorporate all styles of music, and also at my church (St. John the Divine). I'm extremely blessed to teach and to play music for a living! My style of teaching is broad. I like to play pieces and exercises with my students in order to create a more visceral and intuitive learning experience. Reading and timing is also very important, and I want to give my students the tools to continue their learning and
fun with many drumming books and other materials for life. Let's have some fun and learn together!
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Kyle August 24, 2015
Percussion · In home
Heath is the best percussionist instructor I know! He was able to not only show me a deeper appreciation for percussion and drums, but also how well a good percussionist can keep the rhythm flowing. I have learned as much from him as I have put forth the effort to learn. The only complaint I have is my own hectic schedule.
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James August 21, 2015
Percussion · In home
Heath is a masterful teacher. He has the ability to listen and understand where I am in my learning curve and adjust his lessons to my skill level.. In few short months I have learned more from him than I have accomplished in years on my own. I would highly recommend this instructor to anyone serious about improving their skills.
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Pat Goschy August 20, 2015
Drum · In studio
Heath makes learning the drums fun and easy.
He is a great instructor and our time goes by quickly.
Highly recommended
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Heath B.

Heath B.

Houston, TX 77082
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starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Calvin G.

Humble, TX

Acoustic and Electric Drums set lessons are available for all ages and styles including Rock, Country, Jazz, and blues.

About Calvin

Hello and welcome to my profile here on takelessons.com thanks for stopping by! My name is Calvin and I’ve been teaching students of all ages for more than 14 years now.
I started my personal music journey at 4 years old first learning piano and guitar and multiple other instruments from there. My father was my first music instructor which grounded me in the foundation and theory of music while at the same time knowing that ear training and learning how to play with other musicians was just as important. From there I had the privilege of learning jazz, blues, and many other styles from the l
ate Hal Stesch at UNLV who played piano and organ for many great artists including Elvis, The Platters, Frank Sinatra, and many more. Currently my wife and lead Praise and worship 3 to 4 times weekly a two different church campuses and also perform every Saturday at a Branson style show in Liberty, Texas.
My approach to teaching music is to customize lessons to the student’s interests while still maintaining the essentials and foundations including music theory, scales, and reading music. I like to incorporate particular songs and genres of music that the student likes by providing customized tracks with their particular instrument taken out so that feel a sense of accomplishment and get the practice of playing along with other musicians which benefits in the ear training process. I look forward to meeting and "jamming" with you soon!
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Anita T. January 12, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My son had his first piano class with Calvin and he enjoyed the lesson very much!
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Lesley January 4, 2016
Bass Guitar · In home
I was extremely nervous about starting bass guitar lessons, but Calvin made it easy to understand and I was playing music in no time
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Twila S. January 4, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Instantly felt "at home" with Calvin! I've never taken any type of formal music lessons before but your layed back style helped me feel confident, even at 51, that it's never too late to start...Thanks Calvin
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Calvin G.

Calvin G.

Humble, TX 77346
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starting at
$40 / 30-min

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