- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+
- Teaching since:
- January 2013
Blake is a young up-and-coming performer and instructor. He was fortunate enough to attend McNally Smith College of Music, where he was awarded the Honors Scholarship for Excellence in Percussion, an award that's offered to incoming Percussion Performance Majors. During his time at McNally Smith, he studied with many great instructors from the twin cities: Gordy Knudtson, David Schmalenberger, David Stanoch, JT Bates, Kevin Washington, Marv Dahlgren, and Paul Stueber. He has also studied with nationally acclaimed drummers: Mike Clark (Herbie Hancock's Headhunters), Robert 'Sput' Searight (Snarky Puppy), JP Bouvet and Chris Wabich. Being under the instruction of so many different drummers, Blake quickly became a very versatile musician. In addition to teaching privately, Blake teaches at School of Rock, Soundcheck Music School and Schuster's Music.+ Read More
School of Rock teaches guitar, bass, vocals, keyboards, drums and combines weekly private music lessons and group band rehearsals to prepare students to take the stage in front of live audiences in an authentic concert setting.
To date our students have played thousands of concerts, to more than 100,000 people, at such legendary venues as CBGB's, The Trocadero, The Knitting Factory, The Whiskey, The Roxy, The Experience Music Project, The Big Easy and BB King's Blues Club in Times Square. We have also had the great fortune to be able to perform at music festivals from Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits, to Zappanale in Bad Doberan, Germany.
Schuster's Music is a locally owned musical instrument shop in Downtown Hudson, WI.
Schuster's was opened in 2009 by Andy Schuster, a Twin-Cities based bassist. The objective of the store is to provide Hudson and the surrounding communities a place to get great musical gear, learn about music through lessons, and just have a nice comfortable place to hang out and talk about and listen to music.
We offer all kinds of new and used instruments and amps, a nice selection of band instruments for sale and for rent, all types of guitar repair and setup, and all the major accessories: Strings, tuners, effects pedals, picks, stands, cables …
At Schuster's, we pride ourselves on providing exceptional service and competitive prices.
SoundCheck believes in the power of music, and the seemingly innate ability to understand it. We are known for a premier education that not only teaches our students the importance of applying what they are learning into their own musical practice, but also provides an opportunity to do so in a variety of educational settings. Through our workshops, group classes, individual instruction, and performance programs we help our students develop and grow both musically and personally, while creating an atmosphere that prepares them for the choices that come with college, careers, and life.+ Read More
Blake is a wonderful teacher. He has a great easygoing personality and really cares about how my son is doing, as far as lesson go but also inquires about how he is doing otherwise. He is knowledgable. A person can be knowledgeable but not necessarily a good teacher - he is both. I highly recommend Blake.+ Read More
As an adult with no rhythm learning an instrument for the first time this was probably a very large challenge for Blake. His lessons were always helpful and I looked forward to meeting with him. I will be continuing my lessons with him again and highly recommend choosing Blake for your lessons.+ Read More
Blake is a great instructor
About six months ago, I decided to take lessons again after not playing seriously for about twenty years. It has been a wonderful experience. I look forward to meeting with Blake every week because:
I know I'm making a lot of progress
He makes it both fun and educational
He takes special effort to tailor the lessons to what I want to concentrate on but also encourages me to try new material or practice old material in a new way.
You can tell he loves to share his love of music and is a natural teacher.
Basically I couldn't be happier with my experience and would recommend Blake to anyone taking lessons.
Blake is a talented instructor, he excels in tailoring the instruction plan to the students goals, and definitely keeps it fun. As an adult trying to learn drums with zero musical instrument background, after just 5 sessions with Blake I feel I have made notable progress. I really recommend him!+ Read More
I believe I can learn a lot from Blake, looking forward the next class!
Maria loves her first piano lesson. Five stars, way to go, yeah👍
Sophia had a great first piano lesson experience. She would like to give Blake 4 stars😊
We have had great experience with Blake so far, he is so passionate and fun to work with kids.. My daughter loves her piano lessons..
Blake is wonderful with the kids, he moves each along with patience and each at their own speed. thank you!
Patient and engaging. Wonderful with kids.
Blake is beyond phenomenal. He is a great listener and is energetic and enthusiastic. I would recommend him to anyone that wanted to learn to play drums!
blake is great with the kids! they look forward to each lesson!
Excellent lesson. Fun and knowledgeble, thanks Blake!
my kids love their drum lessons with blake!
blake was great! the kids really enjoyed their 1st lesson!
I am writing this review as a fellow drum teacher who has directly witnessed Blake’s success as an instructor. I am the full time drum teacher at Schuster’s Music in Hudson, WI and on many occasions Blake has stepped in for me and taught when I was unavailable. All of my students have always given Blake glowing reviews and are always eager to show me what he taught them the previous week. Through talking with my students, seeing the materials Blake has given them, and witnessing their progress in only a couple weeks, I can very safely say that Blake is able to give very clear instructions and demonstrations of the topics he is teaching all while making the lessons fun, engaging, and inspiring for the students of all ages.+ Read More