Ed Rykaczewski

Ed R.

Norristown, PA

About Ed R.

Ed teaches: Ages 18 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: October 1996
Last sign in: 6 days ago

Overview

Hi, My name is Ed and listed in the different sections of this page are: a very brief bio, an explanation of my approach, and a description of what I and my studio have to offer. I am extremely enthusiastic and passionate about what I do, and being able to pass that on is a joy. Please read on, and I hope to hear from you soon!

I have 16 years teaching experience as well as extensive playing and touring experience in all styles and genres, which gives me the insight to know what is most important for really playing the instrument.
I attended Bucks County Community College and West Chester University. I also studied privately with
Ken Miller (Philly Pops Orchestra tympanist), John Alberti and Martin Bradfield.

I am currently a member of The Chuck Anderson Trio on the Dreambox Media Label. I am also a member of five other bands and freelance and record with many others...everyone from former members of Bon Jovi, to Marvin Hamlisch, and some completely unexpected names like Joe Frazier And The Knockouts. Yes, I know, that's pretty amusing, and Joe couldn't sing...but I wasn't going to tell him!

I have an extensive collection of books and videos that I draw from for my students, and to personally improve at my craft. This is not a sideline, or part-time job for me...this is my life, and my career!



*** Lesson Details ***
In my lessons I strive to make the maximum progress possible, while also having as much fun as possible. This is accomplished by imparting the most valuable, useful, and beneficial information in a fun and relaxed, low pressure environment, always with the students goals and priorities first and foremost. I also like to keep the student challenged at their current ability level.

For beginning students I stress basic fundamentals, just as you would in sports. It makes progress come at a much faster clip and avoids making time consuming corrections later. The longer you play with bad habits, the harder they are to break.

For more advanced students, I assess their current abilities, determine if any problems need to be addressed, and with their goals in mind, come up with the proper plan of action.

Having been self taught till entering college I understand all ends of the spectrum. In my career I have come across three separate groups of musicians:

1) Those who have good ears, but can't read.
2) Those who read well, but can't play without music in front of them.
3) Those with great ears who also read well.

Number 3 is obviously the best of all possible worlds and what I strive to achieve with all my students. Being accomplished in both areas enables them to be prepared for anything they will come across, and gives them a distinct advantage over their peers.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a state of the art drum studio, beyond anything else I have ever seen, with everything from a top of the line V-Drum kit (electronic drums) and several acoustic sets that I rotate occasionally to keep interest level high. As opposed to many stores, schools and homes...there are no sax players in the next studio, no guitars blaring, no kids running around, no distractions! We only hear what we want to hear! It's so much easier to maintain focus on the task at hand.

One of the pluses of the electronic set is when a student is playing along with music, we can just plug an iPod, Kindle, whatever, into the system, dial in the perfect matching volume between music and drums...and not go deaf. No muss, no fuss, no headphones needed, unless the student wants them...I have plenty.

I am in my own building, so unlike many of the shoebox sized studios i have worked in, I have a lot of space (17'x22'), a waiting area for parents, and since it's one open area, if parents come in the building they are sitting in on the lesson. There is ample parking and I am conveniently located near a major intersection, and right next to a major shopping center (Wal-Mart, Staples. Weiss Supermarket, Pep Boys, etc.). In fact many parents go shopping while their children are taking their lessons. Some even walk! I'm that close.

I am also a Certified Plus drum dealer, so if students need some equipment, we can usually handle that too.

*** Specialties ***
I adapt my style to each student and usually hand write everything for quite awhile. There's a lot to cover and it enables me to break from standard procedure when beneficial. I play and teach all styles and genres, so I feel comfortable with pretty much everything.
I use numerous books for many different purposes well beyond the scope of what's listed below.

Photos and Videos

Playing Sunfest September 2014.

Experience

Drum Instructor

Nov 2002 - Present
Music & Arts

Drummer

May 1997 - Present
The Chuck Anderson Trio

Drummer for jazz concert band and recordings and DVDs.

Drummer

Sep 1998 - Feb 2015
Peter Scott Ruben Orchestra

Drummer for weddings, special events, political fundraisers, concerts, clubs, etc.
There are three different versions of this band. One plays weddings, etc. One plays swing shows, and another plays classic and hard rock. Recorded swing band CD.

Drum Instructor

Mar 1996 - Oct 2007
George's Music

Teaching drums to a wide range of students covering all aspects of drumming.

Drummer

Apr 1992 - Sep 2002
Johnston Brothers Band

Playing drums in a very versatile band with over 1100 songs for 250+ dates a year in concerts, clubs, country clubs, festivals, etc. Also recorded several CDs.

Drummer

Mar 1991 - Mar 1992
Bobby Mercer Road Show

Drummer for showband playing concerts, shows, festivals, fairs, and other venues throughout US.

Drummer

Feb 1989 - Oct 1991
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line

Playing drums for a variety of shows spanning all styles and genres.

Department Manager

May 1986 - Feb 1989
Medley Music

Drum sales and ordering. Responsibilities included buying, setup, and display, of all merchandise in drum department. Teach, train and manage other staff members of department.

Education

Music

Sep 1978 - Jun 1982
West Chester University

Music

Jun 1977 - Jun 1978
Bucks County Community College

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency
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6 Reviews on Ed R.

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Vince S. Jan 12, 2015
Drum · In studio
My son has been taking lessons with Ed since he was 5. Ed was very patient dealing with a high energy child who had a limited attention span. Eight years later, we are still seeing Ed weekly for lessons and my son has turned into a well-rounded musician. Ed tailors the lessons to my son's musical interests and takes an interest in what is going on in his life.

We have gone to see Ed perform in several venues and he always takes the time to talk to us during his break. I highly recommend Drum Lessons with Ed for those at any skill level.
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Ellen L. Oct 29, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Ed is an excellent and the best drum teacher .

My son loves taking drum lessons from Ed since he was 4 ! He is very knowledgeable and super patient . My family enjoyed Ed's performance very much and also very satisfied for the progress my son made from him class .He always pay highly attention to his student

I highly recommend Drum Lessons with Ed!
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Vincent M. May 10, 2013
Drum
Awesome Teacher- 5 Stars!

Ed is pretty cool and an awesome teacher! I've been taking lessons since 7th grade. I'm now in high school and still love playing drums, thanks to Ed. I give him 5 stars!
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c M. May 10, 2013
Drum
Ed is the BEST drum teacher in the area!

Our son has been taking drum lessons with Ed for many years. He really enjoys his weekly lessons and listening to Ed perform at various venues. Ed is very inspirational! Not only is he a fabulous teacher but also a true mentor! He encourages our son to always do his best not only at playing drums but in all aspects of life. Ed performs with many bands and is versed in all types of music. Based on his experience, awesome talent and wonderful teaching skills, he is truly the best drum teacher in the area!! We highly recommend him!
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Catherine A. May 9, 2013
Drum
Ed is an excellent teacher and a super talented drummer!!!

My teenage son loves taking drum lessons from Ed! He is a true professional, very knowledgeable and an amazing drummer. His lessons are fun and he is very inspirational. His studio is super cool, and he offers a beautiful collection of drums and accessories. I highly recommend Drum Lessons with Ed!
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Gregg L. May 6, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
Custom Lessons to Improve Quickly

I've had three lessons with Ed and I notice a significant improvement in my playing/practice. Ed will tailor a program for your skill level where you will see results immediately. The key is to practice regularly with Ed's lessons. The lesson studio is professional and fully equipped. I would highly advise any skill level of percussion to sign up for a lesson package with Ed.
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