I have 20 years playing and teaching experience. I have played in several ensembles ranging from Jazz to Metal. My focus in teaching is to bring out not just the drummer, but the complete musician residing within my students. My lessons go beyond technique and repetition, and really focus on developing a complete musical sense on the drum set. Along with drum set I also teach general percussion (snare and glockenspiel) and music theory.
I have spent most of my playing and teaching career trying to learn as many percussive styles as possible. I have found that with each new rhythmic discovery my personal drumming style ebbs and flows, and through these experiences, my style has been refined. This excitement for drumming and rhythm is what I hope to inspire in my students; so lets start building the foundations of musical excellence!
*** Lesson Details ***
Each lesson is customized to the wants and needs of the individual student. There is a basic level of drumming competency that all students will be required to reach before moving on to a more customized lesson plan; however, even beginner students lessons will be taught to their learning abilities. The ultimate goal is to teach what the student wants to learn, along with imparting the drumming and musical skills to accomplish any and all goals.
Materials: I use the Breeze Easy method books to introduce note reading and basic music theory. I also use The Art of Bop Drumming and Afro-Cuban Rhythms for Drum Set for intermediate drum set students.
*** Studio Equipment ***
*** Travel Equipment ***
While I will bring basic equipment (i.e. practice pad, stick bag, metronome) to lessons, students will be required to obtain basic equipment to use for practice. A practice folder will be used to keep track of handouts, worksheets, and practice charts used throughout the lessons. The folder and handouts will be provided by me at no additional charge to the student.
*** Specialties ***
My specialty is jazz drumming. However, I teach most styles, incorporating the more melodic approach of jazz drumming to help the student understand what is happening musically. This way the student has a melodic reference to the rhythm they choose to play behind any given melody.
KidZNotes is a youth orchestra located in Durham, NC. While not having a direct teaching role during my time at KidZNotes, I worked with our students on a daily basis. My main priorities were day-to-day program needs, but I taught at every opportunity.
My first teaching gig. I taught weekly lessons to drum set students.