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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.

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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.

Houston, TX 77043
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$30 / 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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alex April 4, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Great beginning!
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Douglas M. March 2, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
It only took one lesson to realize I made the right decision selecting Calvin. He is patient and truly customize your lessons for reaching your goals. If you are serious about playing, I would recommend him as an instructor.
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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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Calvin G.

Calvin G.

Humble, TX 77346
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$40 / 30-min
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Derrick J.

Richmond, TX

Let's get started with some review on what you know if that applies. We will go over a goal chart and discuss whether you want to enhance your concert percussion training or play drum set or just need help with band music you are working on. We will cover all the basics and work up to playing along with songs you hear on the radio!

About Derrick

Hi! My name is Derrick. I've been playing drums professionally for over 25 years with local and national talent. I studied Jazz drumming with Mr. Grady Tate (drummer for Jimmy Smith) while attending Howard University in Washington, DC. I enjoy working with those aspiring to play drums in a musical setting as well as just for fun or hobby. My teaching style is laid back but serious. I believe in getting the very best out of each talented student I come across. You will learn to perfect the basics, read music, and play like a pro!
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Derrick J.

Richmond, TX 77469
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$45 / 30-min
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Terry C.

Humble, TX

My lesson consists of learning:
Basic fundimentals, Rudiments, Grooves, Time Keeping, How to arrange your setup, Soloing, Drum fill placements, Comprehending Notes, How to hold your drum sticks, How to setup your drumset, How to read drum Music , Speed and Accuracy, To advancing your playing to a Professional Level.

About Terry

Hello my name is Terry and I'm a professional drummer who has been working in the Music Industry for over fifteen years. I play a variety of styles: Rock, Latin, Salsa, Jazz, Gospel, R&B and Hip hop. I've been privileged to play with and share the stage with some of Americas Grammy and Stellar award artists; such as Stevie Wonder, Mike Phillips, Tank, Dorinda Clark Cole, Damian Erskine, Crystal Akins and Wacka Flocka. For the last twelve years I've traveled and toured the country playing with such amazing Talents.

My lesson consists of learning:
Basic fundimentals, Rudiments, Groov
es, Time Keeping, How to arrange your setup, Soloing, Drum fill placements, Comprehending Notes, How to hold your drum sticks, How to setup your drumset, How to read drum Music , Speed and Accuracy, To advancing your playing to a Professional Level.
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Terry C.

Terry C.

Humble, TX 77346
starting at
$35 / 30-min

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