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I've been a drummer and percussionist for over 20 years. I've studied African rhythms with Ghanan drummers, and have taken many years of tabla lessons at the Ali Akbar College. As a drumset player, I've studied with many of the best teachers alive, and can teach any style from jazz to hip-hop to punk and onward.
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I believe in a strong musical foundation and that learning to play music should be fun!
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Whatever style the student is attempting, I stress proper technique and understanding of theory.
Verified Student · Piano · In home
· Piano · In studio
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
I want to make sure my students have a good time learning percussion but I also want to make sure they learn a lot..! I always make sure to ask my students what they want to learn and what their favorite music is... after that, I figure out what type of lessons to plan out.
My main goal as a teacher is to help my students reach their goals. If my student wants to learn how to play rock, hip-hop, and jazz drums I believe that it's my job to teach them how to play those styles..! If my student wants to get accepted into a music school I will make sure that they are prepared for an audition whether it be for orchestral percussion, jazz drums, rock drums,
What students should have:
All students should (but don't have to) have a 3-ring binder to organize handouts in...!
Things that drum students should have: A drum set, drum sticks, a drum pad, and a music stand.
Recommended books for a beginning drum student:
Fundamentals for Snare Drum by Garwood Whaley
Elementary Snare Drum by Mitchell Peters
Encyclopedia for Reading Rhythms by Gary Hess
Things that guitar students should have: A guitar, a guitar tuner, and a music stand.
Recommended book: Hal Leonard Guitar Method (Complete Edition) by Schmid and Koch.
Drum specialties: Jazz, Latin (Brazilian, Cuban), African, Rock, Funk, Metal, Pop, Hip-hop, R&B, Blues, Country, Reggae, and Marching. I am proficient in drum reading, drum transcription, practice techniques, and drum rudiments and their application on the drum set.
Orchestral percussion specialties: keyboard percussion (marimba, xylophone, glockenspiel, vibraphone, chimes), snare drum, timpani, bass drum, cymbals, tambourine, triangle, orchestral excerpts, etudes, technique, important literature, and practice techniques.
Guitar specialties: reading music, tablature, chords, scales, improvisation, and technique.
Verified Student · Guitar · In home
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Verified Student · Drum · In home
Choose Emerson as your music instructor and you will not be disappointed.
Everything from marching percussion basics to advanced techniques and rhythms. My specialty is on the tenor drums, but I am also very comfortable teaching snare and bass drum technique as well.
Our first lesson will be a check up to see where you are with reading music, as well as how your hands look and what technique you are striving for. This will give me a good understanding of what we need to do to get you where you want to be as a musician and drummer.
· Drum · In studio
The lessons are structured, but Aaron is able to adapt them to my needs and interests on the fly. Each week I leave with something new to work on. He’s been flexible with scheduling and has been a huge help in making sure I have the equipment needed to practice at home. Also, he’s just really interesting to talk to as he knows a lot about different marching bands and drumlines . His passion for music is expressed through his instructing, and makes for a very positive learning environment.
I’ve had five lessons so far and plan to continue working with Aaron to hone in on my snare technique. I highly recommend him as an instructor!
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I am a junior at Pacific Lutheran University, in the Music Education program. I have been playing for nearly 10 years and am currently a member of PLU's Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Concert Band, Percussion Ensemble, and Steel Pan Ensemble.
My hopes in creating these page are to find students, nearing or currently in the middle school age range, who want to learn the basics of percussion playing, timpani, marimba, and snare technique, as well as reading/theory, and instrument maintenance.
Verified Student · Drum · In studio
· Percussion · Online
· Percussion · In studio
Many students come to me for tutoring for their school symphonic, concert, or marching band. I have experience performing with the Federal Way Symphony Orchestra, the Titanium Sporkestra (Touring Marching Band), and numerous small percussion ensembles and symphonic bands. I have a strong grasp of popular techniques and curriculums, and a very simple method for learning to read and write notation. I can help you ace your audition, move up to first chair, and perform with confidence.
For 9 years I have been playing music professionally with many ensembles including the Charles Street Messengers, Titanium Sporkestra, Federal Way Symphony Orchestra, Freudian Slurp, Spencer Glenn Band, Champagne Honeybee, and Minami and the Cyclophonics. I also produce and perform electronic music with a band called Kaplundafunk, and I do freelance sound design and music for video games.
· Drum · In studio
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