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Corey M.

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Hi, Corey here. I've been teaching private music lessons since 1996, and I'm available for online lessons. I focus on helping students have fun and express themselves, understand the foundational aspects of playing their instrument, and develop the ability to be self-directed in their own music education.

I began studying music at a young age, as my mother is a trained music educator. I attended Swarthmore College where I earned a degree in Psychology. And I've studied (and actively perform/teach) a wide variety of music styles. Most recently, served as the senior drum instructor at School of Rock Philadelphia, from 2012 to 2018.

I welcome and affirm people of diverse identities and life experiences. As a lover of music and veteran performer/music educator, I consider it a special privilege to teach music. And I cherish helping both new and continuing students have fun and achieve their goals.

My teaching style is very engaging and conversational. I use contextual examples from music and life in general to inform how students understand their relationship with their instrument. I strive for lessons that are fun, informative and effective!

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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Are you looking for a personalized lessons with a supportive and encouraging teacher? I have over 10 years of experience teaching drums and percussion, and my aim as is to help my students reach their music goals while having fun. I love teaching, and I've also been performing and composing music for over 20 years, in various styles of music and in many different settings.

My students vary in age, music experience, learning and physical ability, identity and life experience. I don't subscribe to the idea that anyone can " "too ____" to play music. Rather, I welcome all who are excited about playing and ready to challenge themselves while having a good time doing it : )

My approach to teaching is context-based and performance-oriented. This means that we use the context of actual songs and other music to learn the ins and outs of playing the instrument. And we work towards being able to play just like you would if you were performing for an audience. This way, whether you decide to go big and take your playing to the stage, you can. Or, if you decide to keep it simple and play just for yourself, you can do that too. With me you'll develop the ability to use your music skills how you choose.

So, whether you're just staring out, coming back to playing after time away or a veteran player looking to make some specific improvements to your playing, I believe I may have something of value to offer you.

I encourage you to send me message so we can see if we're a good match!



Music Instructor/Proprietor
Jan 2019 - Present

Music Lessons with Corey

Offering a variety of private music lessons locally in Gaborone, Botswana.

Drum Intructor
Jan 2012 - Jun 2018

School of Rock Philadelphia

Drum instructor and show director for the original rock school in the country. Taught weekly one-on-one lessons and directed a tribute to the Beatles show.

Private Drum Instructor
Jan 1996 - Jun 2002


Offered private drum and percussion instruction to beginners seeking to learn the fundamentals of the instrument. Instruments including: Drum kit, orchestral drumming and percussion, conga, djembe, Ghanaian Kpanlogo drum and percussion, and Ghanaian gyil (balophone).


B.A. Psychology
Sep 1998 - Jun 2002

Swarthmore College



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