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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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Spencer L.

Baytown, TX

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.

About Spencer

I am a freelance drummer based in Baytown, TX. I have always had a passion for music and have really enjoyed expressing myself though drums over the years and would love the opportunity to teach you how to do the same. I am very clear and easy to work with as a teacher. I strongly believe in hands on learning and am very patient with my students and work at the pace that is best for each specific student.

A little about my qualifications:

I started playing drums at the age of 11 and at that time I was in the percussion class at my school and learned all about technique and how to re
ad music and I continued in percussion through out Junior high and high school. Then the following year, at the age of 12 I began receiving lessons for drum set. I have now been playing live at least once a week for the past 6 years and have been teaching drums off and on for the past 3 years.
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Hayden M. June 8, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Hayden has a great time with Spencer, he is learning a lot and having a good time. Spencer has great patience and is a good motivator. Hayden has learned to read music and we are only on our 3rd lesson.
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Hayden M. June 8, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Hayden has a great time with Spencer, he is learning a lot and having a good time. Spencer has great patience and is a good motivator. Hayden has learned to read music and we are only on our 3rd lesson.
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Bonnie B. April 28, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
My 10 year old really enjoys his drum lessons, and learning with Spencer. He's excited to go every week, and has impressed us at home with his new skills. Spencer is professional, and can easily relate to kids. My son and him have a good time together, laughing and learning. He makes it fun, very patient, and is a highly experienced drummer!!!
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Spencer L.

Spencer L.

Baytown, TX 77521
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starting at
$35 / 45-min
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Randy W.

Magnolia, TX

First and most importantly, students will learn the foundations of playing the drums. Proper sticking techniques. How to read and write music. understanding rhythms. how to hear a beat. playing with accompaniment.

About Randy

I am a working musician. I have been playing music for 17 years. I have a great knowledge of both drums and guitar and am building a knowledge in many other areas. I am currently enrolled at Full Sail University in the Music Production Bachelor's of Science. I have completed Music Theory 1 course and will be taking theory 2 very shortly. I have given lessons to musicians who are now professional musicians. I love passing on the knowledge that I learn. I strongly believe that a musicians number one duty is to give back what was given to them and groom the future. This is my motto.
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Noah C. May 8, 2015
Drum · In home
I'm a 22 year old guy who had no experience in the drum world. I found Randy through a mutual friend and asked if he could teach me. I knew he has played drums for close to 20 years and I thought he would be a great option. That was literally the best decision I've ever made. He made things so easy for me to learn. I'm now playing every week at different churches all over houston and even being booked for studio gigs. The way he teaches is so easy to understand. If you have trouble with it, not to worry, he can make it even easier for you until you do understand. He is a genius when it comes to drums. One of the best in my personal opinion and I'm sure others as well. I highly recommend him to anyone who has no idea what they're doing around the kit and even people that think they have it all figured out. Randy is for sure the way to go!
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Randy W.

Randy W.

Magnolia, TX 77355
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$25 / 30-min
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Luis G.

Cypress, TX

You'll have fun learning the fundamentals that will make you capable of playing along with most popular genres of music on a full drum kit or hand drum. I was able to teach a childhood friend of mine who is special needs, and who doctors condemned to "a five year old's reasoning skills," and a "degenerating condition." He learned not only to play but is good enough to play for his church. Additionally, his overall multitasking ability, reasoning skills, and coordination greatly improved. He now is playing guitar for his church's youth group, drives a car, and has a full time job! With practice and commitment, the sky is the limit!

About Luis

My name is Luis and I'm very much a people person. I'm very energetic and like to keep my lessons varied and interesting, so students can see improvement quickly and gain confidence in themselves. I've taught guitar, piano and drums since 2003 to children, youth, and adults. Additionally, I've tutored adults who were either in college, from another country studying abroad in the U.S., or attempting to score high on their Military ASVAB test.
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Luis G.

Luis G.

Cypress, TX 77429
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$15 / 15-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. The rabbit hole of drumming is very deep. Let's go on this adventure 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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Gabriel L.

Houston, TX

Hi!

My name is Gabriel and I'm excited to assist you in your musical journey!

My specialty is drums, but I am well acquainted with other instruments as well! All ages and all levels of experience are welcome. Students can expect to learn the foundation of drumming through technique as well as develop a strong ear for music. I encourage every student to create and not be afraid to express themselves!

About Gabriel

Currently I'm working part time in a music studio as a music instructor. I teach guitar, drums, and piano to all ages and all levels of experience. I have been teaching privately for 8 years and 3 years in a studio setting. I have 12 years of experience performing in church, cover gigs, original music, and other various musical settings. I take my work and my students education serious while still maintaining a light fun setting. I'm confident I'll be able to help you achieve your goals!
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Gabriel L.

Gabriel L.

Houston, TX 77021
starting at
$35 / 30-min

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