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I have played alto saxophone since 2001 and drums since 2004. After I realized that music is what I wanted to pursue as a career, I attended Cedar Valley College where I studied music theory I-IV, jazz standards, improvising and classical repertoire. Through my studies I have learned various ways of teaching including slow practice, repetition, call and response as well as tricks that make learning fun.
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In order to make learning accessible, I find it easier to teach when the student is interested in their subject. I like to focus on making music fun, while still learning. I'm a laid back person, but I have always needed to practice in order to get better so I expect my students to practice as well. Students will not only learn to play their instrument, but will learn that it can be an outlet for their creativity and expression.
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I can provide sight reading material, music stand and drumsticks when necessary.
I expect drummers to own drum set(if possible) or at minimum own practice pad for beginners.
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I use a mimic technique where I play and have the student playback the same thing until it sounds correct. I also like to utilize hands on techniques so that it will apply to real world situations.
For drum set I have specialized in rock, but have tried to learn a variety of styles to become an asset such as jazz, R & B, metal, punk, pop and some Latin grooves.
Verified Student · Drum ·
Stephen was our son's first drum teacher and the experience was wonderful! He was very patient with Max, helped us pick and set up Max's first drum set, and provided extra material. We will miss Stephen as he has decided to move to Dallas. Best wishes to you Stephen and thank you for all your time!