***(Please note: My travel radius applies only to mainland Seattle -- unfortunately, I most likely cannot travel to Vashon Island or Mercer Island even though some parts of those islands fall within 8 miles of my home in South Park. Also, my availability for lessons at a student's home may depend somewhat on their exact location; for instance, it could generally be too inconvenient for me to travel during rush hour to a student who lives at or near the furthest reach of my travel radius.)*** Hello, my name is Evan, and I’d love to teach you to play some drums! As a graduate of the University of Washington's acclaimed jazz program as well the prestigious Roosevelt High School Jazz Band, I am a professional drummer and teacher with an extensive and varied set of experiences. I began teaching in 2008, shortly after beginning my studies at the UW. My private students have ranged in skill level from those who have never touched an instrument before to very advanced players who frequently gig/record/tour/practice, each one presenting a unique set of interests and abilities to work with. I have also taught percussion and presented clinics and workshops at local schools including Garfield High School, Edmonds-Woodway High School, Ballard High School, Roosevelt High School, Seattle JazzED, Eckstein Middle School, Holy Names Academy, Northshore Junior High School, and Spotlight Studios. In addition to teaching, I am a member of several active and diverse local bands (including Heatwarmer, Night Tapes, Rae, and Hunter Gather) that range in style from rock, pop, and folk to jazz, improvisation, experimental, and beyond. I also work with local jazz institutions Origin Arts and Earshot Jazz, and I am a co-founder of Table & Chairs — a Seattle-based community organization (formerly a record label) rooted in creative, avant-garde, and improvisational music — and the Racer Sessions — a weekly series and jam session dedicated to exploring composition and improvisation. Since middle school, I have been lucky enough to perform and tour all over North America and Europe, playing everything from house shows to esteemed competitions and festivals. Some other amazing musicians I have been so fortunate to perform with include the Seattle Symphony; UW faculty members Bill Frisell, Cuong Vu, Luke Bergman, Ted Poor, and Marc Seales; several Cornish faculty members including Jim Knapp, Jovino Santos Neto, Wayne Horvitz, and Johnaye Kendrick; and NYC-based players Wynton Marsalis, Tim Berne, Ralph Alessi, Dave Douglas, and Andrew D'Angelo. *** Lesson Details *** My lesson plans depend largely on any specific path(s) the student may wish to pursue, though of course it is totally fine if the student doesn't immediately know what they would like to study beyond the basics! In any case, I do my best to construct a curriculum that I think will work well for the student, which may include books, other written or printed material including custom exercises developed specifically for the student, listening and viewing material, and more. For beginning players, I usually like to start with the books "A Fresh Approach to the Snare Drum" and "A Fresh Approach to the Drum Set," both by Mark Wessels. These books do a great job of laying down the fundamentals that all drummers should learn at the outset of their education. Some of my favorite books I like to use with students for fundamentals and other more specific subjects include: -"A Fresh Approach to the Snare Drum" (Mark Wessels) -“A Fresh Approach to the Drum Set" (Mark Wessels) -"Syncopation" (Ted Reed) -“Stick Control" (G.L. Stone) -“The Drummer's Complete Vocabulary As Taught By Alan Dawson" (John Ramsay) -“Portraits in Rhythm" (Anthony Cirone) I prefer lessons to be focused on a curriculum, however customized it may be, as I have found that approach to be the most efficient, especially with younger players. While I believe that it is very important to learn the fundamentals of drumming, I also believe that some of the most rewarding experiences a student can have may be achieved through realizing their own unique creative potential. Thus, I find it great to set the curriculum aside for part of the lesson, either to allow the student some time to show me what else they've been working on, listening to, watching, thinking about, or perhaps to just jam and have fun. I do expect students to make progress on their own between lessons, though I understand fully from my teaching experience that the amount of progress I can expect is different for each student. *** Studio Equipment *** Two full drum kits, plus a laptop, camera, and high-quality microphone for Online lessons *** Travel Equipment *** Sticks, practice pad, books, laptop *** Specialties *** Jazz, rock, folk, pop, many Latin and African styles, free improvisation
Teaches all skill levels
Teaching since 2008
Bachelor of Music, cum laude, Jazz Studies
Teaches ages 5+
Has background check
Evan is one of the best music teachers I've ever had. Not only is he a great teacher but he's a great listener and communicator. His instructions always feel clear and concise which makes the learning process that much easier. One thing I really love about Evan's process as a teacher is his interest in finding out what kind of music you're interested in so that he can cater lessons to the kind of music you want to play. I feel a major sense of comfort getting to work with an instructor who is not only extremely talented but super open-minded and perceptive to whatever your needs might be a as a student. Highly recommend taking lessons with Evan!
Evan has been incredibly creative and engaging with my 10 year old for lessons. He’s compassionate, clear, encouraging and straight forward. Evan demonstrates an expert level of professionalism, talent and genuine love for teaching.
He’s helpful and understanding, talented, and a good teacher.