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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.
Do you love the drive of your favorite song`s drummer? Do you wanna learn to play drums or drum kit? With my instruction, you will learn to play your favorite drum parts, while learning music theory, music history, and technique.
I will help the student to develop his/her playing, music reading skills, sense of meter, ear training, stick technique, double bass drum technique, and to feel comfortable with his/her playing, and how to work productively in an ensemble situation.
The most important tool I use is recorded music. I encourage students to learn the drum parts to their favorite recordings. I have worked through a variety of different method books with different teachers, and I have experienced how these books can be useful aids. I do my best to use method books as musically as possible. Ultimately, I like to determine the right balance between these approaches based on the goals of the student.
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