I grew up in Quebec City Canada, where I only spoke French during those growing years. From a very young age, I was always attracted to music and particularly playing drums. My mom has told me that before I could even walk, I was already banging away on whatever I could put my hands on. I would sit down with pots, pans, and spoons and bang away. My parents bought my first “real” drum kit when I was about five years old. It was a Mickey Mouse drum set that they ordered from the Sears catalog. I was ecstatic. Unfortunately, because of the poor quality of the drum, this particular kit only lasted a couple months, but it was on that very drum kit that I gave my first live performance. The concert took place in the basement of my house. This memorable concert included one song, a French ...
Lessons are tailored to the students style preferences. Styles that can be taught include: hand percussion, conga's, bongoes, timbales, and their use in Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Reggae, and other various styles of contemporary music, including hip hop.
Orchestral percussion including Timpani, orchestral snare drum technique, marimba, vibraphone, orchestra bells, xylophone, and 4 mallet keyboard techniques.
4 mallet keyboard techniques taught include: the Burton grip, the Mainieri grip, the Musser grip, and the Scissors grip.
Music reading is taught, but not a requirement.
Kris B has a Bachelors degree in Music from California State University Northridge, and has worked professionally in a variety of styles including jazz, Latin, rock, funk, r&b, and classical. He has gotten to work with many of the finest musicians in Southern California, and has teamed up to perform clinic/performances with musicians such as Luis Conte, Richie Gagate Garcia, Taku Hirano, and Roland Gajate Garcia. He’s also performed clinics with Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s great bassist, Tony Franklin, who was with The Firm, as well as Richard Fortus, guitarist with Guns N’ Roses. Kris is also very happy to have gigged with many world class musicians including Michito Sanchez, Kevin Ricard, Clare Fischer, Otmaro Ruiz, Smokey Robinson, Teena Marie, Denice Williams, Stu Goldberg, Art
Olises N. began formally learning drums at age 12 when he attended Washington Irving Junior High School. Having received a strong musical foundation under the direction of Ms. Lynn Johnson-Lang, he went on to being accepted into the Hamilton Music Academy/Humanities Magnet school in Culver City. Under the direction of David Sears (Senior Director at The Grammy Foundation) and a "whose who" of visiting artists, Olises' basics were sharpened, his musical horizons expanded and his passion and admiration for teaching were fueled. Olises' first teaching experience was at a local high school where he was asked by the music director to teach a summer drums/percussion course. He continued to perform, travel, and record with many groups while attending Pasadena City College where ...
I consider that every student is a unique individual. Because of this all my lesson are different and focus on the needs of each student.
I base my lessons in 7 important aspects:
- Technique - Groove development
- Reading - Performance
- Ear Training - Improvisation
- Play Along
I think playing a Musical instrument is about having fun while developing your creativity to express yourself through the language of Music. No matter the age, anyone can learn and enjoy the experience of learning Music and its benefits! I teach Drumset(Rock, Jazz, Latin and anything in between), as well as Percussion(Latin, Orchestral, Marching Band).
As a PERCUSSION ARTIST, I have a deep understanding of all that is needed to turn all types of rhythms into music that sounds and feels great! I am a true LATIN PERCUSSIONIST and can teach not only how Percussion is used in all types of Latin music, but in ALL other types of music such as; Pop, Church Worship, Jazz, Soul and R&B.
When approaching Percussion, we'll explore how to create the correct sound, feel, rhythms and technique for whatever type of music you're into and how to set-up and create an awesome percussion table that will allow you to create all kinds of rhythms, colors and sounds!
Pay close attention to pricing and length of lessons~When we get together, YOU GET TO LEARN AND YOU GET TO PLAY!!
I've dedicated a lifetime to learning, studying and performing on Latin Percussion and Drum set. I began study at age 13 and was playing professionally by the age of 18. The truth is, I didn't wake up one day and choose drums and Latin Percussion - It chose me! And thankfully, music has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I've been fortunate to have experience in performing all kinds of music as well as formal study with master drummers from Cuba, veteran Jazz Drummers, Soul drummers, a school education in music and drums, and also have the intuitive music knowledge that only comes from a lifetime of dedication to the art form. Because of my playing experience - I can teach you all kinds of music styles! Salsa, Latin & Brazilian, Jazz, Church Worship, Rock, Soul,
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