Ballwin, MO Drum Lessons
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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 foundati
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Whatever style the student is attempting, I stress proper technique and understanding of theory.
· Drum · In home
· Guitar · In home
· Piano · In home
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My basic approach is to foster the student in a relaxed but focused environment. Everyone has their own goals in mind when picking up the sticks. Whether you want to learn how to play your favorite song, brush up on your snare etudes or analyze an Elvin Jones solo, I am more than happy to offer guidance on your musical journey.
I have been fortunate enough to have worked with some amazing teachers and musicians from all over the globe. I am more than willing to pass on what I have discovered.
I have taught beginners how to hold the sticks and play simple grooves, as well as shown seasoned veterans how to strengthen their foundation and overcome roadblocks to mastery.
I encourage my students to develop a solid foundation of technical skills (grip, body mechanics, reading, time, rudiments, styles/grooves) while finding their own voice on the instrument. Musical performance is a deeply personal experience, and I hope to guide you towards whatever goals you have in mind.
Let me know if you have any questio
· Percussion · In studio
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How to groove
Taught in Germany, The Netherlands, Great Britain, Portugal, Africa , U.S.A. etc.
· Singing · In studio
· Bass Guitar · In studio
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I started my musical experience as a drum student, studying privately and while in the jazz band at school for five years. I also have five years of experience performing and working with live music acts. We will work through various rhythms and feels, and choose a solid song list of classic songs ranging in style in order to practice versatility as a drummer. I am happy to work with you as a developing musician to feel more confident and have fun behind the drum kit. Send me a message and we'll talk more!
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Rhythm is the foundation of any musical skill. What better way is there to learn about rhythm than with rhythm instruments? While lessons will mostly be taught on a traditional drum set, some hand percussion instruments may be used as well as anything on which we can play a rhythm. Lessons will be tailored to the students’ interests but they will learn to read and write drum notation, proper playing technique, the mechanics of a drum set, tuning, how to play their favorite songs, and how to accompany other musicians.
I've been playing drums for 18+ years and teaching/performing for 16+ years. I’ve been in several original bands and am currently the back-line drummer for the house band at Howl At The Moon in Ballpark Village in St. Louis, MO.
The Studio has 2 traditional kits set up [a student kit and an instructor kit] and a home-m
Experienced teach of 15 years! I love to teach everything from basics to advanced drum. I love teaching favorite songs, drum fills, various styles, and how to function in a band setting. I've continued my professional career as a drummer and have great tips and insights on how you can become like the great drummers you love! From jazz to pop to rock and blues we will work on it all!
Would you like to join a band? I'm also an instructor at Webster University and the Community music schools so I know multiple setting for performance opportunities!
Nick has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with great performers, such as, Tony award winning Beth Leveal, American Idol runner-up Justin Guarini, Gavin Degraw, John Scofield, Joshua Redman, Lou Donaldson, Lonnie Smith, Jeff Coffin, Victor Goines, Joe Lavano, and many more reputable artists. His notable performances in St. Louis, nationally, and internationally have led him to a mastery of the elements of good music. In addition, this has developed him into one of St. Louis’ strongest composers, arrangers, educators, and clinicians from behind the drum kit and the soundboard. Nick received his Bachelors of Arts and Masters of Music in Jazz Performance from Webster University. To date, Nick has played, p
To date Nick serves in the following positions: lead singer and drummer for St. Louis band Fresh Heir, percussion and drum kit instrumentalist at Salem United Methodist Church, the Program Director and Lead Instructor for LINC to Music, LLC, The Music Director at Sacred Heart School in Valley Park, the Lead Drum Instructor at Kirkwood Music Institute, the drum kit and percussion instructor at De Smet Jesuit College Prep High School and the Lead Consultant for Diamond Empire Band St. Louis.
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Drum lessons are unique with me because of my background with all percussion makes lessons flexible and fun. I tailor my lessons to the students wants and desires while also building their technical skill in all areas of percussion so they can play everything while excelling at what they enjoy the most. This makes a very fun and educational experience.
Drummer for Grammy-Award winning band, Fun.
Want to learn from someone who has made a living playing drums? Together we will have FUN building the roots you need to perform on any stage and record on any record! I love working with people of all ages and skill levels so let's play some drums!
Along with establishing the roots that any drummer would need to record and perform on any stage, I also offer the unique "street smarts" of drumming that only can be experienced through the life of a touring musician such as how to properly interact with a sound engineer and how to tune your drums. That knowledge I would love nothing more than to pass on to my students!
I look forward to hearing from you and let's have some FUN drumming!
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