Christian has 20 years of teaching experience and 25 years of performance experience in a myriad of styles. He is currently enrolled at the Berklee School of Music (Boston, MA) through their online Music Production Degree Program.
Christian is also a member in the following organizations:
Vic Firth Education Team
Hudson Music Teacher Integration Program
Professional Drum Teachers Guild. He has studied privately with John Xepoleas, Steve Bowman (Counting Crows), Rob Hart, Alan Hall and currently with Mike Johnston.
Christian is also accepting a limited amount of students from the age of 10 to adult, beginner to advance. He currently has openings at his Brentwood home studio on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.
The air-conditioned studio is equipped with 2 drum sets and professional digital recording equipment to capture each lesson. The latest educational DVD's and play-along/minus-drums CD's are also incorporated in the lessons.
Parents are encouraged to sit in on the lessons or they can relax or do some work in the internet ready waiting room. An annual recital is conducted for family and friends.
Prepare for school auditions, refine hand and foot technique, learn double bass grooves and fills improve reading and transcribing , sharpen your timing, incorporate linear playing, apply rudiments to the drum set.
Styles: Rock / Funk / Country / Blues / Jazz / Latin
*** Lesson Details ***
Sometimes the availability calendar is not updated in a timely manner.
Every student is different. Depending on their age and/or goals, this is the typical curriculum for a beginning (no experience) student.
Beginners (build the foundation)
- Hands: how to hold the sticks correctly
- Feet: heel up or heel down technique
- Explain note values
- Explain drum set notation
Coordination and Timing
- Learn basic beats to play music
- Understand how to practice with a metronome
- How to play along to music
*** Studio Equipment ***
Home room converted with sound absorbing materials with 2 drum sets, acoustic and electronic. Air conditioned living room seating for parents. Audio recordings are provided for every lesson and portions of each lesson are also video recorded.
Vic Firth Inc. has collaborated with some of the top educational minds around the globe to support percussion education. As we witness the growth of percussion education, we are encouraged to further develop and diversify our already highly successful program. Started in 1997 as a means to foster dialogue between percussion educators of all levels and strengths, the Vic Firth Education Team remains the industry’s innovating force in providing resources to percussion educators. As we witness the growth of percussion education, we are encouraged to further develop and diversify our already highly successful program.
Private Drum Teacher Program (PDT)
Designed for percussion educators who teach in a private setting, this program is geared to support further growth in percussive studies and product knowledge.