Vaughn Craddock
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Vaughn Craddock

Vaughn C.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Learning to play the drums should be a fun adventure, and I believe the best way for my students to learn is to teach them through the music they like. Whether you want to translate your best Neil Peart air drumming impressions to the drums, prepare drum covers of some of today's most popular music, or learn to play so you and your friends can FINALLY start that band you've always wanted to start, I can help you accomplish your goals!

With my curriculum, you will learn (depending on your current abilities):
- All "40 Essential Drum Rudiments" and learn how to turn them into crazy fills that
you can impress all your friends with
- Basic grooves that are applicable to almost any band you play with
- How to read drum charts and song forms
- Even write your own drum parts and compose music yourself!

About me: I've been playing the drums and taking lessons myself since I was 8-years-old (15 years!!). I started learning the basics - at my first recital, I played along with Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind & Fire, and Al Jarreau. During college, I played in the top jazz ensembles at the University of Kansas for all four years of my tenure there, and had the opportunity to perform with some incredible musicians, including: Tia Fuller (saxophonist for Beyonce's All Girls Band), Jeff Coffin (saxophonist for Dave Matthews Band), Bobby Watson, and many more! I've played at some of the most historic jazz venues in Kansas City, and have also played with many pop/rock/funk cover bands.

About Vaughn C.

I have two years of experience teaching private drum lessons and 15 years of playing the drum set myself. Through teaching and taking lessons myself, I believe the best way to learn is to develop a curriculum and stick to it! Every student is different in the amount of time they are able to practice and the goals they wish to accomplish, so I develop curricula tailored to each individual and you will have a practice log to help you track your progress. I am patient and understand that learning new things can be a challenge, but have no fear! We will work together on your journey to reaching your goals!

I can teach rock, pop, funk, hip hop/rap, latin, jazz, and many more genres. I believe it is important for you to also learn how to read a drum chart, so learning to read music will be a must if you take lessons with me. By learning to read, you and I can transcribe your favorite drum solos and grooves which will expand your drumming vocabulary! Listening to the masters who laid it all out for us is one great way to learn and expand your horizons, so listening will be a huge part of your learning process as well!


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Aug 2016 - May 2020

University of Kansas


Dick Wright Jazz Award
Mar 2020

University of Kansas School of Music

Outstanding Soloist
Apr 2019

Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival

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