I have been studying and performing music for 20+ years. After majoring in music at College of Dupage in Glen Ellyn IL, I went to step up my level of study at the Percussion Institute of Technology (P.I.T.) at Musician's Institute in Hollywood, CA in 2001 attaining a Performance Certificate from my time studying there.
Moving back to Chicago after L.A. in 2002 proved to be the right move as this is when I began my teaching career. With 12+ years of private and group music instruction experience, I have worked with Hix Brothers Music, Naperville Music, Roselle Music, Streamwood Park District, After School Enrichment Solution's Guitar Stars, Band For Today, Guitar Fundamentals, Chicago Guitar Instruction, Schaumburg Music Academy, Music Makers of Western Springs, and also maintain a private clientele. Well into a thousand lessons taught, students have stayed with me for up to 7 years. You, the student, will gain all the experience I have gained from my 20 years of study, performance, and instruction.
Performing with various bands in the 2000's, I pinpointed my style and mastered my technique that gave me many performance opportunities regionally and nationally, noting most current act U2 tribute Vertigo USA and country rock cover act soon to be announced featuring members of Trash Martini.
I am co-founder of the music licensing production company Blue Shade Music, co-writing with astute musicians in the Chicago area for music libraries in Florida and California currently.
With national and international touring experience, I was featured in an exclusive interview for Online Drummer in August of 2011 sharing my knowledge and experience of music and drums.
Thank you for reading, and I hope to have a fun and educational time with you!
*** Lesson Details ***
Practicing everyday with an occasional day off is very important in the student's progress. I always say 10 minutes is better than 0 minutes.
For DRUM lessons, the student can expect to learn:
*to read music notation and music charts
*to read drum notation
*songs by real bands
*timekeeping via a metronome
*hand technique and foot technique
*all styles of music
*drum grooves and drum fills
*marching band/concert band material (if involved in school)
For PIANO lessons, the student can expect to learn:
*to read music notation
*to read music charts/lead sheets
*chords and inversions
*styles of blues, jazz, pop, rock, and traditional
*songs you wish to learn
For GUITAR + BASS lessons, the student can expect to learn:
*to learn to read music notation
*to learn to read a music chart
*styles of pop, rock, and blues
*songs you wish to learn
*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide no equipment. The student must have an acoustic or electric drum set, a practice pad, a music stand, a metronome, sticks, curriculum book(s), headphones, an acoustic or electric guitar, and an acoustic or electric piano.
*** Specialties ***
Rock, Funk, Blues, RnB, Soul, Country, Jazz, Latin, Pop, Metal
I currently work with Aurora IL based music store/lesson studio Music and Arts giving private music lessons specializing in guitar, piano, and drums.
I currently work with Roselle IL park district Roselle Park District for private lessons specializing in piano, guitar, and drum set.
I currently work with an after school program for piano with Band For Today in Plainfield IL specializing in piano.
I currently work with Roselle Music in Roselle IL giving private lessons specializing in drum set, percussion, and piano.
I currently work with an after school program entitled Guitar Stars by Afterschool Enrichment Solutions in Northbrook IL specializing in guitar.
In the past I worked with the Streamwood Park District in Streamwood IL giving private music lessons specializing in piano and percussion.
In the past I worked with Naperville Music in Naperville IL giving private lessons specializing in drum set and percussion.
In the past I worked with Schaumburg IL based music studio Schaumburg Music Academy for private lessons specializing in guitar and piano.
In the past I worked with Aurora IL based company Guitar Fundamentals. Founded by Brian T.D. Clark, Guitar Fundamentals provides group and private guitar instruction at schools, park districts, and in-home.
In the past I worked with New York company Chicago Guitar Instruction traveling to client's homes for private music lessons specializing in guitar.
I have worked with Hix Brothers Music in both Aurora IL and Batavia IL location giving private lessons specializing in drum set and percussion.
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I received a Music Performance Certificate from Musicians Institute in 2002.