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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!

About Kerry M.

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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
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$29 / 30-min

About Jeremiah L.

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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 groove 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 stude
nt 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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Shawna March 20, 2017
Verified Student · Drum · In studio
Jeremiah is very thorough and knowledgeable about what he is teaching. He's patient, always allows you to ask questions and is willing to help you go at your own pace and set your own goals. I've had a great time with my lessons so far and am excited to keep going!
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Ian January 24, 2017
Verified Student · Drum · In studio
He has methodological teaching and is nice to the student.
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Ben W. December 4, 2016
Verified Student · Drum · In studio
Ben (8) loved his first drum lesson. He says 30 minutes was way too short. We're excited to go forward with the rest of his lessons
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Jeremiah L.

Jeremiah L.

Houston, TX 77043
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$30 / 30-min

About Rachel H.

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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.

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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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Prabhakar P. May 14, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
Very good and patient instructor
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Alistair M. April 29, 2016
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
Rachel is truly a professional and an inspiration. Her instructions are clear and she is great at making people feel comfortable. I can't wait to see how we progress over a few weeks.
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Greg G. April 26, 2016
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
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Rachel H.

Rachel H.

Houston, TX 77080
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$25 / 30-min

About Michael M.

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I've been teaching Drums since 2010 for and my students have gone on to be successful in School Bands, Church Bands, Original Bands, as well as make 1st Chair in their Schools. I have also helped students prepare for Auditions for State and College. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to Play with great technique and as time goes on you'll be able to groove with the beat. I break lessons down into 3 areas; technique, repertoire (songs), and theory. I will work on your technique to help with speed and control. We will learn to play songs and play the drums musically while having fun. We will also learn theory along the way. I specialize in drumset, typically use Funky Primer, Syncopation, Realistic Rock instruction books, and have the following tools available for your lessons: 2 full size Drumsets so we can play together, Full PA with click track and music minus tracks so you can play along, Music Stands, metronome, and white board. Waiting Area with couches and magazines ...

About Michael
I have been drumming since 1993 and I have been a professional drummer since 2009. I studied under the houston legend Joe Raynor. I studied Jazz Drumset Performance at the University of North Texas under Ed Soph.

I have been playing in bands my whole career, I released my first album at age 16. I have played drums in every state in the lower 48, I have toured to Europe 8 times.

I have performed professionally in these genres:
Rock, Ska/Reggae, Jazz, Punk/Hardcore, Rap, Country.

My teaching focuses on three areas Technique, Reperitoire (songs), and Theory.

I can teach from age 7
-70 from beginners to professional. I am a proud Dad and I have the patience to teach your child.

Drums is my life, I have seen the world from behind my drumset and I love to share my experience with you.
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Brasen R. February 10, 2017
Verified Student · Drum · In studio
Couldn't be happier with the lessons our son is taking with Michael! Not only is he learning the skills he needs to actually read music instead of just playing it- it's in the style of music he loves! He isn't bored or at home searching videos online- he is actually learning and enjoying it!
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Michael M.

Michael M.

Houston, TX 77043
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$30 / 30-min

About Travis P.

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Experienced drum teacher of 10 years available for eager students at the beginner and intermediate levels. I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of standard drum techniques. I specialize in all styles, from Afro-Cuban to metal to jazz to pop; it's all about what you want to learn.

About Travis
Hi, how's it going? My name is Travis Pruitt. I've been teaching private lessons since 2015 and have loved helping my students become amazing musicians. I have over 10 years experience in the field, playing with local acts like Knife Club, Shalva, and the Acoustic Research Team. I studied under Travis Foster for 2 years, but mostly I'm self-taught. I'm a fun and easygoing person, and my teaching method is the same. I can teach all styles, from Afro-cuban to metal to pop to country. My lessons are tailored to fit your personal needs and goals. So what are you waiting for? Let's do this thing!
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Travis P.

Travis P.

Houston, TX 77025
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$30 / 30-min

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