- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have been teaching for 40 years and have had many students go on to professional careers in music, and many that didn't. My main philosophy is to impart the joy of music making to my students. I take a student through all phases of drumming and/or percussion performance. I can teach beginners or high school students preparing for college auditions. I tailor what I teach to each student on an individual basis after assessing their needs and what they want.
- Teaches students:
- Ages 8+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
- September 1976
I am available for SKYPE lessons. I have been the Assistant Principal Timpanist and Percussionist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra since 1992. I have also been an Adjunct Professor of Percussion at Butler University since 1995, and have been a frequent Guest Lecturer at IU's Jacob's School of Music. Prior to the ISO I spent many years as a drum set player including playing for Matthew Morrison (Glee), Idina Menzel (Glee, Rent,etc..), Marvin Hamlisch, touring Europe with the American Youth Jazz Band, touring the US with Johnny Mathis, Perry Como, and Jimmy Dorsey. Also played for 4 years in the University of Delaware Jazz Band, Dominic Spera's Jazz Band at Indiana University, playing literally thousands of gigs with Al Cobine, Cathy Morris, Jim Farrelly, weddings, the Jazz Kitchen, Chatterbox, rock bands, etc
I hold a Bachelors degree from the U of Delaware, a Masters from IU, and Performers Certificate from IU, all in percussion performance.
Teaching is a passion of mine, and I want to teach more from my home rather than Butler or IU. I love teaching students of any age and level of playing!
Teach all percussion and drum set to majors and non majors.
Play all percussion, timpani and drum set in the largest arts organization in Indiana, and one of the countries few major orchestras.
Taught full percussion studio for Department chair on sabbatical.
Teach all percussion to percussion majors.
Taught percussion and drum set to percussion majors.
Played all styles of music with musicians that included, Steve Weingart (Dave Weckl Band) and Dana Watson (Buddy Rich).
Craig was great, listening to my goals and setting up a plan to achieve them.
Great instructor working with beginners!