I am a professional percussionist and recording engineer with a Bachelors in Music Technology from Duquesne University. I have been playing for 14 years and am versed in in many drumming styles including rock, funk, jazz, Afro-Cuban, and Brazilian. As a recording engineer I have recorded every genre from classical to metal. I cover everything from sound theory and physics to hands on application. *** Lesson Details *** Beginning lessons involve the rudimentary study of rhythm and their application to drumming as a whole. Building a sense of independence in each hand so that both are equally as comfortable and strong will be emphasized. From their students will learn the intricacies of the drumset and develop a sense of interdependence between their limbs. I will start the student with a
Since the age of eight, Gordon has spent his life learning, performing, and teaching percussion traditions from all over the world. Beginning with the drum set and later studying concert percussion in college, he earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from Western Carolina University as well as a master’s degree in percussion performance from East Carolina University. He has completed the coursework for a doctorate in percussion at West Virginia University and is writing his dissertation. As a drum set artist Gordon has more than twenty-five years of professional experience. He has played hundreds of performances in a variety of musical styles, performing in backing bands for artists such as Lionel Hampton, George Benson, Ramsey Lewis, Roy Ayers, and Ronnie Laws. Gordon is ...
Trained as a classical guitarist under Tom Kikta and Irving Kauffman, Eric has performed for years in the Pittsburgh area, as well as the Guitar Foundation of America's International competition. Eric is also well versed in jazz and bluegrass styles.
Students will learn how to read music and will be taught good form and technique. They will learn how to strengthen and train their hands, arms, and legs for stamina. Through practice they will display the coordination necessary to play along with songs. Eventually, they will be writing their own drum beats.
Hello! I have been playing drums for 25 years. I started taking lessons when I was eleven and took them for almost six years. My drum teacher was a really cool older guy who taught me a lot. He is the one who told me, "don't let your right hand know what your left hand is doing!" That was the most helpful piece of advice I got when learning. I also had a female drum teacher who was amazing. It was really cool to learn from another female drummer. She was better than anyone I even heard before. I always figured after learning drums and playing for a while I would end up giving lessons, too. And so, here I am. Drumming is fun, let's do this!
Rusted Root, Pittsburgh Symphony, Pittsburgh Jazz legends, you name it. Some of my teachers in the past have played drum set and/or classical percussion for these renowned ensembles. I have had the privilege of studying with them, gaining priceless knowledge that I impart to my students. As a wise man said, "it's easy when you know what you are doing." I promise to do my best to get you there, and to hopefully enjoy the ride as well!
Before leaving to teach English in Africa last year, I taught private music lessons at a studio in the North Hills of Pittsburgh. I am originally from Mt. Lebanon where I graduated high school before getting a degree in Music Therapy from Duquesne University. I am comfortable teaching any level of percussion, beginner-intermediate guitar, beginner piano, and beginner-intermediate voice. I was trained in all of these areas as part of my degree. I am also experienced teaching English as a second language to both African and Eastern European students, with very different sets of needs that go with both. I embody the philosophy that hard work and fun go hand-in-hand, especially when engaging in the learning process. I think a positive attitude goes a long way, and so does a good laugh!
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