All levels, All styles. Emphasis on how facilitate success for a band or ensemble from behind the drum set; in any style of music, from jazz to rock, Hiphop and more!
Thomas holds an associates degree in music performance from Nassau community college, and recently finished a bachelors degree in Music Education from Hofstra University. Thomas has also studied privately with many of the finest musicians New York City has to offer; including Martin Wind, Alan Hampton, Mike Frost, and many others. Thomas has extensive performance experience, from Orchestral music (Nassau Symphony Orchestra, Hofstra Symphony) to Jazz Combos and bigbands, as well as hard rock groups, Top 40/Dance, Salsa, Jambands, Reggae, and even Hiphop. Thomas has performed with and alongside many notable acts and musicians, such as The Wailers, Fishbone, Bobby Rondinelli (Black Sabbath, Rainbow) The Deep, Joe DeMaio (Rihanna, The Mystic) Martin Wind, Ken Talve, and many more! Teaching
From the time I was five, I would go on almost every gig my father played and sit right behind his floor tom. I began sitting in as much as possible and played my first paying job at nine years old. I received full scholarships to Berklee in Boston, North Texas State and Miami University. I chose to attend North Texas. After school, I began studying in New York with Robbie Ameen, I later took lessons with Kenwood Dennard which was a priceless experience. I studied with many of the greats in New York, including Joe Ascione, Joel Rosenblatt, John Rielly, Kim Plainfield, Chris Parker, Jim Chapin, and, of course, my dad. I have made a living playing various original, cover gigs and club-dates (Weddings) and in 1996 I joined Blood, Sweat and Tears and toured the U.S., Canada and South ...
During lessons, we focus on grip, technique and posture. Lessons are create based on your specific ability level and can include, reading, writing and listening. Homework requires regular practice, film study and playing along to music.
I am a part-time professional recording and touring artist with over 20 years of practical experience and over 12 years as a drum instructor. I have studied with many musicians, including Al Miller, Jim Chapin, Frank Bellucci, Dan Faulk and Ray Anderson. My goal is to teach music in a fun, informative and relaxed environment. I like to create custom lessons based on your musical tastes, and show you all the tricks of the trade, including musicality, performance and preparation. Whether you are a hobbyist or an aspiring pro, let me show you what you need to know! When I'm not playing drums, you can find me running the day-to-day operations as the Managing Director at Camps 'R' Us, a summer day camp with 6 locations on Long Island, NY. *** Lesson Details *** During each lesson, ...
I would not be the person I am today if music wasn't the focal point in my life as it is. Not only do I absolutely love performing and studying music myself, but I adore teaching as well. Part of the musical experience is taking what you hear and what you learn from others and building on it to create your own musical contributions. I take the gifts other teachers and musicians have given me very seriously and subsequently feel the great importance of imparting my knowledge unto others. Whether you want to be a professional, or just be competent enough to enjoy yourself, we all practice, study technique and gain knowledge about music with really only one goal in mind: To have all the tools necessary to express ourselves adeptly through music. All the technique in the world will not ...
Depending of the student's level, I am able to give the appropriate tips and information and customize the lessons for each particular case.
My lessons are very dynamic and are oriented to keep the students very motivated.
I have been teaching by more than 30 years, and with this experience,and the knowledge accumulated in those years plus my playing experience, I am able to teach my students in a very good way. My lessons will be very dynamic by the interaction with my students, giving them the tools they will need to play in real situations. "Playing, listening, reading, and writing". Always looking forward, never looking back, music is passion and joy. *** Lesson Details *** Each lesson consists in six sections that can vary depending on the duration of the lesson. 1- Warming up 2- Review of homework 3- Rudiments 4- Rhythm 5- Reading and writing 6- Analyisis of different Video and audio recordings 6- New homework *** Studio Equipment *** I have one drum set fully equipped, plus ...
John R. is a performer and educator who has been active in the music business for the past ten years. Like many musicians John began his journey in church. He started studying the drums under Pastor Gary DePasquale, who at the time was the music director/worship leader at Calvary Tabernacle in Cranford NJ. Soon John found himself playing with Calvary's Youth band on Friday nights, Saturday nights with Pastor Juan Galloway of NYC Relief in Elizabeth NJ, and on Sunday mornings with Grace and Peace Fellowship, also located in Cranford. During this time John was also actively involved with Colonia High School's Marching Band, Jazz Band, Concert Band, and Wind Ensemble. After high school John departed to Five Towns College in Dix Hills, NY. During his time there He studied jazz drums and ...
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