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Kenneth Gray

Kenneth G.

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Thanks so much for your interest in starting music lessons with me. I’m so excited to share my passion for music with you!

Lesson details:
My main goal as a teacher is to help my students reach their goals. Whether that is playing in a rock band or auditioning for a college music scholarship, your goal is my #1 priority.

For students that are primarily interested in drum set, I will start off with the fundamentals on snare drum. This will help you develop your vocabulary on the drum set and improve your hand technique.

For those who are in school band I will work on the fundamentals of keyboard percussion (scales, reading treble & bass clef etc). This also will help you understand how to play timpani. In short, you will come out of your lessons being a complete musician, not just a drummer.

I also music theory/ear training, so piano will be integrated in for students who are in school bands. Even for those who aren't in school band, I will still introduce the basics of reading clefs/rhythms and counting rhythms/time signatures.


What students should have:
All students should (but don't have to) have a 3-ring binder to organize handouts in as well as a willingness to learn + positive attitude.

Items that percussion students should have:
*drum sticks: Vic Firth SD1 Generals
*drum pad: there are various options. I would recommend real feel by D Adarrio (12 inch) or the Sabian Quiet Tone Pads.
*music stand

Recommended books for a beginning percussion student:
*Fundamentals for Snare Drum by Garwood Whaley
*Fresh Approach to Snare Drum by Mark Wessels
*Fresh Approach to Keyboard Percussion by Mark Wessels
*Complete Snare Drum Book by Dr. Mario Gaetano
*Elementary Snare Drum by Mitchell Peters
*Encyclopedia for Reading Rhythms by Gary Hess
*Basics in Rhythm by Garwood Whaley
*Hal Leonard Pocket Music Theory: A Comprehensive and Convenient Source for All Musicians

Items that piano students should have::
*Fundamentals of Piano Theory: Level 1 by Keith Snell
*Piano Adventures: Level 1 by Randall Faber
*Hal Leonard Pocket Music Theory: A Comprehensive and Convenient Source for All Musicians
*Basics in Rhythm by Garwood Whaley

Items music theory/ear training students should have:
Beginning-
*Music Theory for Dummies by Holly Day
*Hal Leonard Pocket Music Theory: A Comprehensive and Convenient Source for All Musicians
*Encyclopedia for Reading Rhythms by Gary Hess
*Basics in Rhythm by Garwood Whaley
Intermediate/Advanced-
*Techniques and Materials of Music: From the Common Practice Period Through the Twentieth Century, Enhanced Edition 7th Edition by Thomas Benjamin
*Ear Training for the Contemporary Musician by Joe Elliot

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  • Teaches students 5 to 55
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Awarded Music Scholarship from Elizabeth City State Univeristy Music Department

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Lesson Details

Piano

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

When you take piano lessons from me you can expect to have fun yet be challenged at the same time. In addition to learning the fundamentals of technique on the instrument, I also will incorporate reading and improvisation to round out your musical education.

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Experience

Percussionist
Aug 2018 - Present

Elizabeth City State University Music Department

I currently play in the following ensembles- Wind Ensemble: Timpani Jazz Band: Drum Set, Vibraphone, Piano Symphony Orchestra: Snare Drum, Mallets, Timpani

Percussion Instructor
Aug 2014 - Present

Cape Hatteras Secondary School: Buxton, North Carolina

Percussion Instructor
Aug 2018 - Dec 2018

Northeastern High School: Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Percussion Instructor
Jan 2017 - May 2018

Crosscreek Charter School: Louisburg, North Carolina

Percussionist
Aug 2016 - May 2018

Louisburg College Music Department

I played in the following ensembles- Concert Band: Timpani, Mallets, Snare Drum Jazz Band: Drum Set, Vibraphone Percussion Ensemble: Drum Set, Mallets Drum Line: Snare Drum & Tenors

Percussionist
Aug 2007 - Jun 2014

Cape Hatteras Secondary School

I played in the following ensembles- Concert Band: Drum Set, Snare Drum, Accessory Percussion, Timpani Marching Band: Snare Drum, Bass Drum, Mallets, Drum Set Jazz Band: Drum Set


Education

Bachelor of Science in Education
Aug 2018 - Present

Elizabeth City State University

Associate's Degree: Education
Aug 2016 - May 2018

Louisburg College

Certificate of Completion: Early Childhood Education
Aug 2014 - May 2016

College of the Albemarle

High School Diploma
Aug 2010 - Jun 2014

Cape Hatteras Secondary School


Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency


Awards

Music Scholarship
Aug 2018

Elizabeth City State Univeristy Music Department

Instrumental Music Award
May 2018

Louisburg College Music Department

Music Scholarship
Aug 2017

Louisburg College Music Department

Music Scholarship
Aug 2016

Louisburg College Music Department


Affiliations

National Education Association
Aug 2017
The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.
National Society of Leadership and Success
May 2017
The Society is an organization that helps people discover and achieve their goals. The Society offers life-changing lectures from the nation's leading presenters and a community where like-minded, success-oriented individuals come together and help one another succeed. The Society also serves as a powerful force of good in the greater community by encouraging and organizing action to better the world.
Sigma Tau Delta
Mar 2017
Sigma Tau Delta, International English Honor Society, was founded in 1924 at Dakota Wesleyan University. The Society strives to Confer distinction for high achievement in English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies; Provide, through its local chapters, cultural stimulation on college campuses and promote interest in literature and the English language in surrounding communities; Foster all aspects of the discipline of English, including literature, language, and writing; Promote exemplary character and good fellowship among its members; Exhibit high standards of academic excellence; and Serve society by fostering literacy.
Phi Theta Kappa
May 2016
The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa shall be to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa shall provide opportunity for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.
Percussive Arts Society, The
Jan 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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