I have been playing drums and mountain dulcimer since the late sixties. My musical background is in rock but I am comfortable playing and teaching most styles of popular music. I've done a fair amount of recording and have performed in every kind of venue, from private parties to concert situations where the band I was in opened for national touring acts. I'm an encouraging teacher, and I especially like working with beginners (of any age - you are never too old to learn to play an instrument). If you have played before, I can listen to you play and suggest a custom practice routine to address and strengthen any weaknesses. Learning should be fun, so I encourage my students to begin playing songs they like as soon as possible in addition to building their skills. Click the green button to request a lesson!
Feel free to contact me through takelessons.com with questions about drumming and drum lessons and mountain dulcimer lessons.
I developed my own curriculum and taught two after-school music programs, "Percussion Fun," and "Write Your Own Songs," at Jamul Intermediate School during the Fall and Winter of 2016. I had a total of thirteen students, and the classes were very well received by the students and their parents. Each 6-week session culminated in a performance/presentation for parents in which students spoke about what they'd learned and either played percussion as part of an ensemble, or performed songs they'd written with various partners throughout the course. Some students from the class have begun private lessons with me. I will be returning to the school in January, when I will probably add a beginning guitar course.
I was hired to write and co-facilitate an eight-week curriculum for a National Science Foundation-funded project designed to study how middle school children learn about the overlaps in music and mathematics. I, along with a colleague from the Ruben H. Fleet Science Center, held eight weekly sessions with twelve students from the Boys and Girls Club of Chula Vista. The students experimented with playing percussion, making up their own unique systems of musical notation, teaching music to each other, writing and singing song lyrics, and choreographing their own dance steps with specially-designed software that interpreted their physical movements as graphics on a monitor.
Here is a quote from my supervisor:
"Andy, thanks again for all your hard work on this program. You really emerged as a hardworking, reflective teacher during this time and I sincerely look forward to collaboration with you more in the future!"
Molly Louise Kelton, MS, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, San Diego State University, Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education, firstname.lastname@example.org