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Derrick began playing the drums at the age of 8 in the elementary school concert band. He started out on just a snare drum but when he was 12, he got his first real drum set, and started a life of music.
Fast forward a few years and Derrick had experience playing in jazz bands, marching bands, concert bands, steel pan calypso band, along with his local garage band. After high school, Derrick moved to California to attend the Musicians Institutes in Hollywood California. There he studied under some of the greatest professionals in the business, and was exposed to a wide variety of music styles ranging from, Latin, R&B, Jazz, Funk, Rock, etc.
After graduating from school, Derrick moved back to Chicago where he has been playing weekly gigs, and touring around the country with his bands. Derrick is a young, energetic, but most importantly, patient drummer, who loves to share his craft with the world.
*** Lesson Details ***
Derrick is laid back in his teaching style, but expects all of his students to practice and make weekly progression. He uses time tested and proven books and methods to teach his students the mechanics, theories, and techniques it takes to be a world class drummer. Reading and snare exercises are an important part of the curriculum, but not the main focus. He likes his students to enjoy what they are doing, so he brings other things to the lessons such as fun endurance and rhythm games. A brand new student that is dedicated to practicing could expect to be learning their favorite songs in 3 months time, and be playing in bands shortly afterward.
*** Studio Equipment ***
All pro gear! Ludwig, Dw, Pearl, Mapex, Zildjian, Sabian and more. Multiple drum kits set up in the studio, along with sound system, and mac book pro.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I will bring lesson material (books, sheet music, etc.) and iPod with apps such as metronome and the ability to listen to music. Isolation headphones to listen to songs while playing along. Stick, brushes. Anything else I might need.
Students are expected to have drum sticks a music stand and at very minimum a practice pad, all though a drum set is preferable.
*** Specialties ***
Drum set is my specialty. I have experience with all major styles of music, and can teach any style. Other emphasis on playing in a band and percussion.
Drum teacher. Also in charge of all drum repair.
I have played all over North America, with several bands playing a wide range of music. Other experience includes credits on many albums, jingles, and television.
I taught private lessons. I also would help with the ensemble classes.
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Great with my daughter (age 7). She looks forward to her lesson every week, and is learning rapidly. He has great patience and has gotten to know my daughter and listens to her feedback while at the same time offering encouraging instruction.
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My daughter had been taking private drum lesson for years before she started with Derrick. At the first lesson, Derrick told her how important it was to feel the music, other than just working on technique. That was exactly what she needed to work on. Derrick has a broad experience with playing different type of music. He likes to show her how to play, which helps her understand right away. He is very nice and patient. He is flexible and reliable in terms of lesson schedules. He uses lots of references, songs and exercises in his teaching. Now, my daughter enjoys her lessons and practices a lot more.
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I have known Derrick for several years and can attest to his playing and teaching prowess. He is a well schooled percussionist, drum set player and teacher. Even though I have played professionally for over 40 years, I still come to Derrick to get a different perspective and guidance in my playing. Derrick is the perfect blend of technician and musician all rolled into one! While he can improve a beginning to advanced player's technique, he also stresses the need to play musically. This is an important aspect to anyone wanting to 'up their game'. The fact that he is a truly nice person only adds to his other attributes. You can't find a better teacher in the Chicagoland area. Period!
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I have had the privilege to perform with Derrick many times in many different venues, performing many different styles of music. Derrick is a professional who understands the role that drums and percussion play in creating an outstanding ensemble performance. He approaches each performance with musicality, not just drumming. Derrick also possesses the ability to articulate what he has learned and can demonstrate his techniques in a way that is easy to understand. When I perform with Derrick, I always come away with something new to try on my own.
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Derrick is a peer in the music education industry. He has substituted for my students a handful of times in the past, and has always been professional, punctual, and communicative. Not to mention, Derrick is very easy to get along with! He also went to the same music school I attended, so I know the training he has received is legit. Sign up today for Derrick's drum lessons, and turn your drumming into the next big thing!
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I've known and worked with Derrick for over five years in a number of professional music situations. His professionalism, mastery of the drums, and thorough musical knowledge make him a dependable resource and a first-call drummer for me. Students of all ages will find his friendly attitude easy to relate to. I'd vouch for him as a teacher, performer, and session player. Definitely consider Derrick for music lessons!