- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate
- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
I am a recent college graduate from UC Santa Cruz, where I received my Bachelor's in Music, specifically jazz drumming. I currently gig around Santa Cruz and the Bay Area with a couple bands, playing mainly funk, jazz, R&B, soul, hip-hop, and rock music. I also have a background playing in drumline (as part of a marching band) if this is something a student is interested in learning more about as well. I like to try to only teach about 4-5 students at a time so that I am able to really develop unique lesson plans for each individual student, including putting in work outside of lesson time to develop the best lesson plan possible.
I like to make sure my students develop strong fundamentals in reading music, technique, transcribing, groove/feeling, and creativity/improvisation. However, the amount of focus we give to each of these categories is catered to the student's personal drumming goals. I also find it very important to always include something in each lesson that excites the student and is just pure fun (and ideally also contributes to learning fundamentals in some way :) ). I believe this can often set goals and show future possibilities on the drum kit for students as well.
I have experience teaching students of all ages, from 5 years old to adults, ranging from zero experience to intermediate drummers already gigging with bands. I have played drumset for about 13 years now, studying with various professional drummers and musicians. I also have about 9 years experience playing piano, which allows me to help students with reading notes/chord charts if that's something they are interested in as well.
I've been working with Marlo for about six months now, and she is hands down the best instructor I've ever had.
Marlo pays close attention to technique and has a spot on sense of rhythm. She is incredibly focused and is able to correct small errors while also keeping the lessons fun and free flowing.
She diversifies her lessons with a mix of exercises for building technique, understanding a diverse range of genres and building up listening skills. While studying with her in just a few months, I've learned how to drum roll, properly flam, comp and play a number of grooves with accuracy and confidence.
I was super lucky to find this drum instructor and will keep working with her for as long as she is available. Worth 100 stars.