Bryan Maurer

Bryan M.

Sioux Falls, SD

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Bryan delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
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!

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
Cubase 5
Sibelius 6
Kontakt 5
Small Bodhran
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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Instructor of Music and Technology
Aug 2013 - Present
Minnesota West Comm & Tech College

Adjunct Instructor of Music Theory and History
Aug 2011 - Aug 2013
Old Dominion University


Master of Music Education
Aug 2008 - Aug 2010
Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
Bachelor of Music Composition
Aug 2001 - Aug 2007
Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Dean's List
May 2007
Old Dominion University
Most Improved Percussionist
Nov 1994
Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps


American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Feb 2011

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

National Organization of Women
Sep 2008

As the grassroots arm of the women’s movement, the National Organization for Women is dedicated to its multi-issue and multi-strategy approach to women’s rights, and is the largest organization of feminist grassroots activists in the United States. NOW has hundreds of chapters and hundreds of thousands of members and activists in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Since our founding in 1966, NOW’s purpose is to take action through intersectional grassroots activism to promote feminist ideals, lead societal change, eliminate discrimination, and achieve and protect the equal rights of all women and girls in all aspects of social, political, and economic life.

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Percussive Arts Society, The
Sep 2008

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.

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Photos & Videos

Intro video
VIBE written and arranged by Bryan M.
WGI Finals 2011
Bryan (in red) performing with ODU NEW MUSIC ENSEMBLE, Artistic Director Andrey Kasparov
Playing Doumbek in my master's degree recital.

Great pic performing at the NORVA in Norfolk, Virginia with THE REDDEST HEARTS.

On the field in 1997 with TARHEEL SUN winning the DCI Div II High Percussion Award!
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