My teaching style is individualized to meet the goals and expectations of the student. I am aware that often times study materials and interests change over time and that everybody learns best in slightly different way. Because of this I focus on remaining flexible and continually making adjustments to the road map, while making sure to still be headed toward a specific destination. I like to push a student when i know they can grow faster or work a little harder and I am also well versed in multiple techniques to encourage and inspire those who have the will to learn, especially younger children who sometimes benefit from a bit of extra patience or sharper attention to why they might be struggling. I am by nature a person who believes in the value of hard work and perseverance and I personally enjoy the satisfaction of mastering a skill that I didn't think I initially could. I do my best to inspire the same dedication in my students,
This year (2015), I am celebrating my 27th year of playing drums professionally and my 17th year of teaching. I have loved playing the drums and making music from the first time I picked up a stick and connected with a drum. I have never wanted to do anything else with my life and I love sharing my knowledge about the power of making music and all the different ways that investing the time to learn an instrument can pay off in a person's life. After playing in Jazz, Marching and Symphonic Bands in high school and studying privately for 2 1/2 years, I attended Grove School of Music in Los Angeles, CA where I earned my certificate in Percussion Performance. My time there expanded both my abilities and understanding of drumming but also gave me an understanding of the range of ...
I was born in Argentina. I began playing bass when I was ten years old, while my younger brother began playing drums. I started taking bass classes, and also formed several bands as a bass player, although the drums had always been sounding in the back of my head. After listening to Tool’s Danny Carey and Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater, at the age of 17, I realized the drums were my true love, and began studying the instrument. I continued playing bass in several bands, until I joined the band The Evenfall as a drummer, in 2009. At this time, my family was considering moving to the U.S, and that's when I got the chance to apply to the Berklee College of Music. I graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2012 with a degree in Drumset Performance. There I studied with the most respected drummers and ...
I have been teaching drumset/percussion to students of all ages and levels for over 5 years. My students are commonly surprised to see how quickly they progress - often within the first couple of lessons, we are playing along to their favorite songs! My approach is very straightforward, fun, and can be applied to whichever style(s) the student is interested in. Having studied with some of the top percussion educators from around the world at Berklee College of Music (including Grammy award winners Mark Walker and Terri Lyne Carrington), I use a culmination of methods along with my own personal experiences to help the student progress.
The drumset student can expect to learn very quickly about the following topics, which can be tailored to their particular needs/goals:
-Proper stick technique/control and posture
-Drumset coordination and independence
-Development of speed and efficiency of motion
-Grooves and various styles of drumming
As far back as I can remember, music has been a central part of my life. I grew up in a musical family; my father a drummer and pianist, my mother a woodwinds player, and my brother a bassist, I have been surrounded by music as far back as I can recall. Upon graduating from San Diego SCPA, I became interested in recording and audio engineering, eventually working as 2nd engineer at Signature Sound in Clairemont, and main engineer at Proxy Music in Oceanside. This afforded me invaluable experience working with some of San Diego's finest musicians and recording artists. In 2008, I attended Berklee College of Music on scholarship - majoring in Professional Music with an emphasis on performance and composition. In 2011, I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor's degree in Music.
Not only do I love chess and running marathons, but I also have three degrees in drums and percussion (Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate). I have ten years experience as a performer (including playing drums on a Grammy nominated album) with orchestras, touring big bands (Jimmy Dorsey, Five-By-Design), professional productions (Carnival Cruise Lines, amusement parks), jazz artists, and rock bands. I have also toured solo as a classical marimbist. Although I have a strong foundation in rudimental and jazz drumming, I also have roots in West African drumming, Cuban and Brazilian styles, and polka. I have taught percussion lessons, percussion classes for band directors, jazz ensembles, percussion ensembles, and drum lines at Kansas State University, The University of Southern ...
Playing With Sticks! I was introduced to the drums at age three by my dad, who was also a drummer. Dad would put on Buddy Rich records, sit me on his knee, and play away. Thanks to my parents' support, I started taking lessons in fourth grade and at age thirteen I was playing gigs on weekends with local rock and country bands. While attending Quakertown High School in Pennsylvania, I participated in the award-winning marching, concert, and jazz bands. At 17, I toured Europe with the American Youth Jazz Band in Wilmington, Delaware, and performed at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. After graduating from high school, I auditioned for the United States Navy in Washington D.C., and was accepted into the Navy music program. Following graduation from the Armed Forces
I teach mallets(xylophone and vibraphone, marimba) and hand percussion like congas and small accessory instruments.
I also have written a book published by Hal Leonard music("Jazz Standards for Vibraphone") which is currently available for online order and in music stores worldwide.
Since graduating from San Diego State University in 1986 (where I received my Bachelors degree in music and was the recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Award in music for that year), I have been able to be involved in so many areas of drumming, percussion(including mallet instruments like vibes and xylophone) and teaching. This includes being an adjunct professor in the music dept. at SDSU (1994-1998) and currently at Grossmont College. From performing with international jazz giants like Art Farmer and Hank Jones, and local legends Hollis Gentry and L.A. guitarist Ron Eschete- to performing in pop settings with my own top 40/classic rock band and backing bands like the Drifters or pop singer Peter Cetera, my experience is broad. I've played in successful pop groups. ...
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