- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I started playing drumset and snare drum when I was 12. After spending years in study, classically trained and playing in a professional Symphony Orchestra, while engaged as a gigging rock musician, I spent many years as a live performer and producer of live music, recorded music and theater. i've grown into this craft and feel strongly about conveying it's rudimentary and finer points to students who are interested in exploring and de-mystiifying the process and it's nature.
I teach students to read and write music, to play strong beats and fills, develop natural technique, relaxation and independence, and to think and grow musically. Eventually you will learn to use stylish transitions, interpret song structure, and achieve proficiency in a variety of styles. And most importantly, learn to play drums and percussion *musically*, the most important thing.
- Teaches students:
- Ages 7+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
I play a wide variety of musical styles on drums and percussion and have a long history of performance art in live bands, theater and orchestra. I teach drum set, symphonic and marching percussion, electronics in drumming (sampling, loops, midi etc), and general rhythm lessons for beginners. I also enjoy helping students prepare for auditions, studio recording sessions, and live performance opportunities. There's alot to know about what to do and what not to do in these situations, especially if you want to look like a pro and have a positive experience.
I studied percussion performance at Washington State University while developing my set playing and enjoying my employment with the Washington Idaho Symphony as a classical percussionist. I play in rock, funk, pop, metal, EDM, hip-hop, industrial, honky-tonk, and jazz outfits with multiple appearances at SXSW, Sundance Film Festival, TieCon, and various festivals throughout the US.
I teach kids and adults of all skill levels the artistry of drumming, and the true magic of musicianship.
I have played drums with countless groups, organizations and productions for nearly three decades.
Private and group drum / percussion instructor at local art school. I taught individual lessons and groups regarding stage performance and studio preparedness.
First and Second chair percussionist in professional orchestra performing a wide variety of history's greatest music including Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Debussy, Copeland, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, and many many more. It was a wonderful experience, I highly recommend it.+ Read More
ok this isn't a "certified" certification, but it's true, my students love their music lessons with me. They get answers, professional focus, tailored instruction, and keys to success. All in a fun, thoughtful environment.
John was an excellent easy going teacher. My son had an intensive two week session before starting high school again. He learned how to read music and really picked up a lot from John's coaching. Most importantly he kept my son's love for music alive:)+ Read More
Lucky to have him teaching my 9 year old.
John is a fantastic teacher! I started with no experience at all and now after my fourth lesson I already feel comfortable with my grip, a metronome, sheet music, single stroke rolls, double stroke rolls, and several rock beats. Currently, I’m learning sixteenth note drum fills. He is patient, enthusiastic, fun, and extremely talented. I highly recommend him as a drum teacher (beginner or experienced). You will not regret it!+ Read More