After spending years touring and recording with many artist such as John Cougar Mellencamp,Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin to Jennifer Lopez.
I can help you get REAL knowledge of what it takes to play and be successful on your instrument .
Vincennes, Indiana (1997-80)
BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC
Boston, Mass. (1981)
Bachlor of Music Degree in Professional Music
RECEIVED DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD IN MUSIC (1998)
FOLKCUBA-INSTITUTO FOLKLORICO NACIONAL DE CUBA
Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba
Certification in Advanced Percussion
UNIVERSITY OF GHANA
Accra,Ghana (West Africa)
Certification in Ghanaian Percussion
TEACHING EXPERIENCE (SEMINARS / LECTURES:
FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY FACULTY
Miami, Florida (Present) Dance Music Dept.
PACE UNIVERSITY INSTRUCTOR
New York, New York Drumset Technique
CITY COLLEGE OF NEW YORK INSTRUCTOR/LECTURE
New York, New York Haitian Folklore Drumming
CLINICIAN IN EUROPE FOR Lecture/DRUMSET
CAPPELLA DRUM STICKS (1994-96) France, Germany, Italy,
WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY LECTURE/ Instructor
Standford, Connecticut World Music Drumset Technique
Also studied privately with
Gary Chaffee, Alan Dawson, Bernard Purdie, Joe Morello,
Horacio Negro Hernandez, Steve Jordan and Johnny Almendra
*** Lesson Details ***
From your very first lesson, I will work with you to determine what specific goals you have so we can custom fit the methods, materials and keys to fulfilling them together. I have the patience and the enthusiasm to get you motivated if you bring the commitment.
My studio is in a safe, family-friendly home & smoke-free environment and sessions will be comfortable, yet challenging.
Knowing from experience how "boring" it can be to learn solely from books, I combine technical work with fun time playing duets together, improvising, and exploring a wide variety of styles and genres of music.
Students will learn all the basics of drumming, and also spend time developing strong ensemble skills and strong background knowledge of style and repertoire.
I make a special effort to invest in each student’s particular needs, utilizing a variety of tools such as supplemental workbooks, ear training, sight reading, note spelling, etc. as necessary.Each lesson will conclude with an assignments to work on throughout the week.Music theory sheets and technique exercises will also be included in the assignments.
I do strive for excellence and believe every student should work to be the best they can possibly be, while having fun doing so!
*** Studio Equipment ***
Music studio w/ 2 drum sets, various percussion equipment, and seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide Drum pad if needed.
If student is learning drum set they need to supply it if lesson is in their home.
*** Specialties ***
I have played and recorded with John Mellencamp,Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin,Gladys Knight ect.. to name a few and have many years of studying,researching and teaching in many modern and specific styles. Also spent many year Traveling thru Africa,Brazil,Cuba,Haiti,New Orleans and the Caribbean and studying different idioms and have REALLY knowledge of these disciplines.