- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Whether you are a beginner or an experienced musician, I can offer an enjoyable and rewarding experience! I have two decades experience teaching percussion and my most recent appointments include:
2016-18: Visiting Assistant Professor of Percussion, University of Wyoming
2012-16: Lecturer, University of Colorado-Denver
2012-18: Practicing Artist, Denver School of the Arts
I offer lessons (live and synchronous online) from my studio in Longmont, CO as well as in-home lessons in surrounding communities.
- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
I'm a percussionist, composer and educator. I hold a Masters degree in Jazz Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado-Boulder and a Bachelor of Music Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
From 2016-2018, I was the Visiting Assistant Professor of Percussion at the University of Wyoming (UW). At UW, I oversaw all facets of the percussion area including teaching all applied percussion students, percussion ensemble, percussion methods and jazz ensemble. Before UW, I taught percussion, music theory, ear training and jazz improvisation at the University of Colorado-Denver. and the Denver School of the Arts (DSA).
I've also had the good fortune to perform with many musical luminaries including: Phil Woods, Terell Stafford, Joel Frahm, Bob Reynolds, Andy Laverne, Jon Faddis, the Louisville Symphony, the CCM Philharmonia, Michael Rodriguez, Von Freeman, David “Fathead” Newman and Greg Osby.
My goal as a teacher is to maintain the enthusiasm students enjoy when they begin drum lessons. Every student hopes that beginning drum lessons is the start of an exhilarating and rewarding experience. I sustain this interest by empowering students’ musical improvement and achievement.
Lessons are structured around 8-16 week performance projects and feature a unique teaching method that maximizes each student’s musical capabilities. My approach utilizes video instruction and communication to enhance the traditional lesson format. I also integrate and utilize parents of younger beginning students (8-12) into the lesson curriculum. These methods optimize the student’s practice time between lessons and translate to student success!
The teaching duties of this position included teaching all applied percussion students, percussion ensemble, steel pan band, percussion methods for music educators, jazz ensemble and jazz combo. In order to serve Wyoming’s many geographically isolated communities I performed extensive in-person and online outreach campaigns. This included the creation of online resources for percussionists and educators throughout the state as well as outreach clinic tours with both faculty and student ensembles.Show More
In addition to teaching applied percussion I taught classes in music theory, aural skills, jazz improvisation and directed the UC Denver Pop/Rock Ensemble.
Ed Breazeale is a thoughtful and innovative music educator. He is able to communicate his strong musicianship skills to his students.
If you’ve seen Ed play, then you’ve seen that he is incredibly dedicated to detail and precision. These qualities translate to how he explains concepts and teaches. I attribute so much of the success I’ve achieved on the drum set to what Ed has provided for me.Show More
Ed, I would like to thank you, and commend you for the dedication and superior training you provided to my son, Sterling. Sterling joined your studio young and lacking confidence in his drumming. You had great enthusiasm to keep him inspired and motivated yet, held him accountable to reach your expectations. He gained incredible strides working with you in all aspects of percussion!!! Also, you were a strong, respected leader resident teaching the students at The Denver School of the Arts. I would highly refer you to anyone seeking a quality, talented and over all good person who truly cares about his students to join your drumming studio.Show More
Ed Breazeale is a very talented professional jazz drummer and percussionist. He is dependable and easy to work with. Ed is very generous with both his time and experience and is helpful to both student and parents in finding supplemental resources to aid in drum practice and development. Ed is extremely driven and unafraid to take risks which push himself and his students to new levels of accomplishment. Our son and our family thoroughly enjoy any opportunity to work with Ed.Show More
Ed Breazeale is an amazing teacher, mentor, and friend. His gift of skills to an aspiring student are priceless, and I owe my very best to Ed for his direction and mentorship has helped become a better professional musician and human being. Go Ed!