Craig Hetrick

Craig H.

Indianapolis, IN
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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.

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

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Adjunct Professor of Percussion
Aug 1995 - Present
Butler University

Teach all percussion and drum set to majors and non majors.

Assistant Principal Timpanist/Percussionist
Apr 1992 - Present
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

Play all percussion, timpani and drum set in the largest arts organization in Indiana, and one of the countries few major orchestras.

Adjunct Professor of Percussion
Mar 2014 - May 2014
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music

Taught full percussion studio for Department chair on sabbatical.

Adjunct Professor of Percussion
Aug 2007 - May 2008
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music

Teach all percussion to percussion majors.

Adjunct Professor of Percussion
Aug 2000 - May 2003
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music

Taught percussion and drum set to percussion majors.

Sep 1985 - Sep 1986
House Band Dayton Nightclub

Played all styles of music with musicians that included, Steve Weingart (Dave Weckl Band) and Dana Watson (Buddy Rich).


Master of Music Percussion Performance
Sep 1982 - May 1985
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
Bachelor of Music, Percussion Performance
Sep 1978 - May 1982
University of Delaware


Associate Instructor (GA)
Aug 1983
Indiana University
Full Scholarship in Music
Aug 1980
University of Delaware

Photos & Videos

Jazz/Rock/Fusion soloist drumming
Long drum solo with John Dougherty, guitar
A good jazz/swing example of my playing with Masterworks6!
After my clinic at Ball State University

Ready to rock out!!

Drum booth

West Side Story with the Ft. Worth Symphony! Bass Hall, TX

ISO at Kennedy Center, Washington DC

Shot of me & my drums from above
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2 Reviews

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Brad Smith Aug 26, 2016
Drum · In studio

Craig was great, listening to my goals and setting up a plan to achieve them.

Jay H. Mar 3, 2016
Drum · In studio

Great instructor working with beginners!

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