- Teaches students:
- Ages 7+
- Teaching since:
- June 2001
Bryan M. is the Instructor of Music, Technology, Piano, and Rock Band at Minnesota West Community & Technical College in Worthington, Minnesota. He has performed with the Worthington Area Symphony Orchestra (WASO), the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra (NISO), and Ransom Church in Downtown Sioux Falls. He has a passion for music technology and works as a technical assistant at Memorial Auditorium Worthington, MN; freelance midi producer/composer (Cubase and Reaper); and hopes to soon be working at the Washington Pavilion as a Sound Tech.
Currently an active music educator and percussionist in the Tri-State region, his previous positions include: instructor of music theory and history at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia; percussionist with The Tidewater Winds concert band; drummer for several local bands in Virginia Beach, VA, Hayward, CA, and drummer for Angora Tribal- a dance troupe from Williamsburg, Virginia.
Bryan's marching percussion ensembles have been very successful. Dominion Storm has won the 2008, 2009, and 2010 Atlantic Indoor Association (PIA) championships and the 2012 WGI Richmond Regional (PIA). He has won two high percussion awards at the USSBA national championships held in Maryland.
Finding a passion for writing percussion music, he studied under Dr. Adolphus Hailstork and Dr. Andrey Kasparov at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, earning his Bachelors of Music Composition (B.M.) degree in 2007 and earning awards F. Ludwig Diehn Scholar, Vogan Music Scholarship, and the S. Eliot Breneiser Memorial Scholarship. In 2010, he was awarded his Master of Music Education (M.M.E.) degree in applied percussion studies from Old Dominion University under David Walker, Wheaton Conservatory of Music (B.M.) and The University of Michigan (M.M.).
*** Lesson Details ***
Learn the traditional techniques and rhythms of three of the world's most extraordinary hand drumming cultures. At the beginning level, students develop basic musicianship skills, such as note reading and counting, as well as learn the primary sounds and rhythmic patterns of a selected culture. Intermediate students continue developing musicianship skills, plus learn secondary sound techniques, rhythmic patterns, and tools for improvisation. At the highest level, advanced students focus on mastering an exhaustive amount of rhythms at a variety of tempi, developing an authentic approach to playing, incorporating extended sound techniques into improvisations, and creating drum solos. All students can receive exclusive one-on-one instruction with a dual degreed master musician in person or remotely.
Get started learning the most versatile musical instrument ever built! Beginners learn white key major and minor scales, I-V-I chord progressions in seven keys, basic improvising, and note reading skills with short introductory level piano solos. Intermediate students continue developing theory skills in all major and minor keys, all I-V-I progressions plus I-ii-V-I progressions, blues improvising, modal improvising, and note reading skills with standard Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary pieces. All students will also learn how to create their own songs and short compositions!
MUSIC THEORY TUTORING AND ELECTRONIC MUSIC COMPOSITION
Need help learning basic musicianship, note reading, triads, counterpoint, harmonic progressions, four-part chorale writing, or even music analysis? Maybe you're interested in composing movie soundtracks, writing your own song, or building up your portfolio for college composition auditions. Regardless of your background, all levels of tutoring, composition, and songwriting are available. All students can receive exclusive one-on-one instruction with a dual degreed master musician in person or remotely.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Roland PT-3100 88 key Digital Piano
11" Copper Doumbek/Darabuka
*** Travel Equipment ***
*** Specialties ***
Percussion (snare drum, marimba, vibes, timpani, accessory percussion); Drumset (rock, funk, jazz, latin); Hand/World Percussion (doumbek, riq, djembe, kanjira); Composition (songwriting, classical, rock, folk, christian); Guitar (rock, blues, folk, christian); Singing (rock, blues, folk, christian); Banjo (bluegrass); Mandolin (bluegrass); Piano (contemporary); Recording (iPad, iPhone, Cubase, Sibelius, Virtual Drumline, Film music).
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We offer students and professionals opportunities to grow artistically and professionally. Students can learn have a music industry experience through the PAS Internship program or apply to receive a PAS scholarship or grant. Professionals can create new percussion programs or gain recognition through PAS grants and contests. Many individuals have significantly impacted the world of percussion through the Percussive Arts Society and they are recognized in our Hall of Fame and Awards pages.+ Read More