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Having had experience in Australian Symphony Orchestras and ensembles, Peter has the passion and expertise to take you as far as you want to go
BEGINNERS can expect to understand reading basic rhythm, strokes & rudiments. I promise that beginners will also be playing variations of a rock beat within our first few lessons. INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED students can expect to see new applications of real life tools for the player looking to gig or improve their performance. I teach to read & write(extremely beneficial for a professional future in music and drumming, i.e., paid gigs, teaching), but also to IMPROVISE & put practicing to clever use.
I've taught countless students of all ages and levels. I teach in a curriculum based program unlike any other that I've seen in books, or DVD’s combining technique, music theory, groove essentials, fill study, and unique exercises, games, and patterns. All combining to create fundamentally sound musical drummers who can play any genre of music with groove & chops! I've played and been around drumming my entire life. I learned how to play and teach from one of the best. It is a gift that I am very passionate about and I never take lightly.
Through my work with the M Gray Music Academy (Macy Gray) and my tenure at the Hollywood School of Rock as teacher and Show Director, I have developed successful programs for students ranging in age from 5 years old and beyond. I have mentored numerous young musical groups in beneficial rehearsal techniques, live performance and basically all the things you need to know about being in a band that wants to be great!
As we explore the exciting world of music, guitars, drums and percussion, we will cover all aspects of music theory, music history and ear training through video, audio and text examples.
Students will be provided with all the necessary tools to fully understand musical concepts and have the ability to play for recreation or at a professional level.
You won't need any books to start but I do suggest a small 3 ring binder for notes, literature, weekly hand outs and homework .
For drum students: we will start by evaluating your current level of ability and ...
All of my percussionists in my bands had to play all of the percussion instruments available to me, not just beating on a drum. A good and talented percussionist is hard to find. All my students learn many complicated rhythms as well as techniques.
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dy for me and all of his other students. Many years ago, I was lucky enough to have a professor in the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department at UCLA who had the ability to provide the perfect amount of background, not too much, not too little, in his graduate courses so that no matter what the student’s undergraduate degree was in, there was never a problem with them understanding the newly introduced graduate level concepts. And now, I am lucky enough that I found a drum instructor who was willing to take on an old guy (remember the many, many years ago stuff above ) and work around my problems with arthritis, senior moments, bad vision, and an occasional decrease in motivation. While I am probably his oldest student (a distinction I could have lived without), I have listened to him work with several younger, in some cases way younger, students and he is another one of those special people who can teach. Not everybody can teach. Of those that can, many don’t teach well. And, of those that can teach well, not all of them can teach well to people with a broad range of backgrounds, skill sets, motivations, and ages. Tony has the ability to teach well, no matter what your circumstances."
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