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Emerson W.
Seattle, Washington
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I want to make sure my students have a good time learning drums but I also want to make sure they learn a lot..! I always make sure to ask my students what they want to learn and what their favorite music is... after that, I figure out what type of lessons to plan out.
About Emerson W.

Thanks so much for your interest in starting music lessons with me. I’m so excited to share my passion for music with you! As Lao Tzu said: “Music in the soul can be heard by the universe." Lesson details: My main goal as a teacher is to help my students reach their goals. If my student wants to learn how to play rock, hip-hop, and jazz drums I believe that it's my job to teach them how to play those styles..! If my student wants to get accepted into a music school I will make sure that they are prepared for an audition whether it be for orchestral percussion, jazz drums, rock drums, etc. What students should have: All students should (but don't have to) have a 3-ring binder to organize handouts in...! Things that drum students should have: A drum set, drum sticks, a drum pad, and a music stand. Recommended books for a beginning drum student: Fundamentals for Snare Drum by Garwood Whaley Elementary Snare Drum by Mitchell Peters Encyclopedia for Reading Rhythms by Gary Hess Things that guitar students should have: A guitar, a guitar tuner, and a music stand. Recommended book: Hal Leonard Guitar Method (Complete Edition) by Schmid and Koch. My specialties: Drum specialties: Jazz, Latin (Brazilian, Cuban), African, Rock, Funk, Metal, Pop, Hip-hop, R&B, Blues, Country, Reggae, and Marching. I am proficient in drum reading, drum transcription, practice techniques, and drum rudiments and their application on the drum set. Orchestral percussion specialties: keyboard percussion (marimba, xylophone, glockenspiel, vibraphone, chimes), snare drum, timpani, bass drum, cymbals, tambourine, triangle, orchestral excerpts, etudes, technique, important literature, and practice techniques. Guitar specialties: reading music, tablature, chords, scales, improvisation, and technique.

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Emerson is awesome! The first lesson was great and I look forward to working with him on improving my guitar technique.

Posted Mar 2, 2019
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Student's Home

Emerson is super patient and a great teacher!

Posted Oct 17, 2018
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Student's Home

I enjoyed the learning process; I just hope my short fingers will stretch & curve in order to play the strings properly!

Posted Mar 5, 2016
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Experience
Principal Percussion and Timpani
Sep 2016 - Jun 2018
University of Washington Symphony Orchestra
Principal Percussion
Jan 2016 - May 2016
California State University Northridge Symphony Orchestra
Section Percussion
Aug 2013 - May 2015
California State University Northridge Symphony Orchestra
Section Percussion
Aug 2013 - May 2015
California State University Northridge Percussion Ensemble
Section Percussion
Aug 2012 - Jan 2014
Los Angeles Pierce Symphonic Winds
Education
Master of Music in Percussion Performance
Sep 2016 - Jun 2018
University of Washington
Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance
Aug 2013 - May 2016
California State University Northridge
Associates of Arts in Performance (Drums)
Sep 2009 - Mar 2011
Musician's Institute
Languages
English
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
Spanish
Limited Proficiency
Certifications
Master of Music Degree
Jun 2018
University of Washington
Bachelor of Music Degree
May 2016
California State University Northridge
Focus: Percussion Performance
Awards
Dean's List
May 2014
Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication
Dean's List
Jan 2014
Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication
Danielle Salyer Memorial Scholarship
Jun 2013
Pierce College
Affiliations
Percussive Arts Society, The
Sep 2013
We offer students and professionals opportunities to grow artistically and professionally. Students can learn have a music industry experience through the PAS Internship program or apply to receive a PAS scholarship or grant. Professionals can create new percussion programs or gain recognition through PAS grants and contests. Many individuals have significantly impacted the world of percussion through the Percussive Arts Society and they are recognized in our Hall of Fame and Awards pages.

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