Derek Swink

Derek S.

Denver, CO
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Levels taught:
Beginner
I love helping my students learn how to play their favorite songs and writing their own original compositions.

About Derek S.

Derek is a drummer/percussionist from Brooklyn, NY. With over 15 years of experience teaching and performing, he's had over 100 students while maintaining an active performing career playing everything from shows Saudi Princes in Africa to intimate jazz sessions downtown.

Having studied Jazz at Western Michigan University, Derek loves helping students open their ears to learning how to more intimately connect and perform the music they love. Recently relocating to Denver, his studio is open for new students. Student's can expect lesson plans unique to their background, personality, learning style, and future goals.



Beginner Students can expect to learn:
-How to play your favorite song
-Proper Grip and Technique
-Basics of reading music
-Basic Rudiments
-Rock grooves and fills
-Fundamentals of timekeeping
-Our roles as a drummer

Intermediate Students can expect to learn:
-Different styles (funk, R&B, gospel, jazz, latin)
-Extended Technique and Rudiments
-How to solo
-What is “feel”
-Transcription
-Playing with a band

Advanced Students can expect to learn:
-Drum history and why it’s important today
-Hybrid rudiments
-Finding your voice
-Odd-time signatures
-Concepts in different styles
-Anything unique to the student’s goals

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Jazzmine C.
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My first lesson was great. I am really excited to learn more and work with Derek.

Posted Aug 3, 2015
Brogan J.

A Fantastic Instructor!!!

I have known Derek for many years, and can say what an excellent young man he is in character and helpfulness, As a mother of 10 children, I am concerned that their teachers be well qualified and have a positive influence on my kids. Derek is a wonderful teacher, encouaging, talented, and able to help even the most basic drummer. If he ever plays for you, his giftedness will shine! He is truely an fantastic instructor and my son enjoyed every lesson with him. I would HIGHLY recommend him as your choice to learn and improve in percussion.

Posted Apr 15, 2013

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Experience

Rock Star Teacher
Sep 2013 - Present

Star Inc

I teach a class of 3-8 students how to play together in a rock band setting. Students become proficient on their instrument (guitar, bass, keys, drums, vocals) and learn or write a rock song over the course of 3 months. At the end of the session, they perform at a large music venue in front of a large audience.

Musician
Aug 2012 - Feb 2013

Holland America Cruise Line

I performed with musicians and guest entertainers from around the world playing every style imaginable (from Frank Sinatra to Lady Gaga) for audiences of over 1000 people almost every night. Also, the band played in the dance club and performed jazz cocktail sets.

Education

Drum Set Performance in Jazz Studies
Sep 2008 - May 2012

Western Michigan University.

Languages

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

Awards

Outstanding Rock Group
Apr 2011

Downbeat Magazine

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