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By John S. - Minneapolis Drums Teacher
Minneapolis boasts a vibrant music scene featuring dozens of lively venues, from underground jazz clubs and hip music cafes to the legendary First Avenue nightclub. Yet for drummers, Minneapolis is even more reputable because of its growing community of skilled and passionate drummers. On any given night, many talented drummers and musicians can be heard all around the city. Whether it’s the energetic, old-school bop playing of jazz great Phil Hey or the genre-bending rhythmic experiments of Dave King, great local drummers are constantly putting forth awe-inspiring performances night after night. Aspiring musicians taking drum lessons in Minneapolis can watch these performances and find motivation for their continued growth and development as drummers.
Local drummers are an important influence not only in the realm of performing, but also as teachers and friends. Growing up in the Twin Cities, I’ve been able to hone my chops with truly inspirational drumming mentors (Steve Roehm, Phil Hey, Dave Hagedorn) while hearing awesome stories and making great friends along the way. And now that I teach drum lessons in Minneapolis, I have the opportunity to inspire students and share the knowledge that I have learned along the way.
In addition to all of the music venues in Minneapolis, the nearby Ellis Drum Shops offer another fantastic avenue for bringing together the local drumming community. The drum shops frequently host clinics from drumming legends and massive product giveaways, while also providing an environment for drummers to learn and share ideas with one another. If you are taking drum lessons in Minneapolis then you will no doubt benefit from the plethora of resources available here. No matter the time or place, Minneapolis continues to provide the perfect environment for countless local drummers to learn, grow, and find inspiration.
I am very comfortable with all major areas of Percussion: Drumset, Concert Percussion, Marching Percussion, Latin Percussion, Steel Pan, Percussion Ensemble. I work to find effective ways to have people discover their hidden talents and show them how to build skills to play at whatever level they want.
- 9 Years Teaching Experience
- Professional Musician
- Flexible teaching style (written notation, ear training, play-a-long songs)
- Patient & fun learning environment
19 Years playing experience, 9 years of teaching, stage performance, technique, rudiments, drills, fills, all styles, specializes in rock, funk, hip-hop and R&B.
My main focus is to help students become the type of drummer that THEY want to be. My role is simply to guide them, while trying not to impose too much of my own philosophy. That's not to say that they won't be challenged, but they'll be challenged in a way that's engaging and makes them want to practice. I truly believe that there's no point in playing the drums if you aren't enjoying yourself and therefore try to avoid making the experience too academic, especially for the younger students.
I have been drumming professionally for 15 years and am currently in 4 regularly playing ensembles performing around Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN. I've been a drumming instructor for both kids & adults since 2008. I can teach you Rock drums, Hip-Hop drums, Disco drums, Jazz/Freeform drums, Drumming Basics, and more!
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