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The Effects of Percussion on Education
By Patty N. - Houston Drums Teacher
As a percussion instructor and teacher of Houston drum lessons, I have seen firsthand how learning percussion affects other areas of education. The skills needed to read percussion music are also needed in reading, rhythm, mathematics, and many other areas of "everyday" education. My students have all improved their reading skills, and in turn their grades as well.
When I start teaching my students percussion as part of their Houston drum lessons, the very first thing I work on is counting and reading ahead. In order to keep a steady tempo, lead a group of musicians, and play with musicality and dynamics, a drummer needs to be able to read ahead and know what is coming in the next few measures. This transfers directly into their studies. When reading a story or even a history lesson, reading one word at a time would not make any sense. You read a sentence or a paragraph to understand what the story is about. In percussion, you can't play one note at a time; you have to play measures, phrases, and stanzas.
The next area I work on is counting. In each measure, there is a certain amount of beats, and many ways to fill those beats. Drummers have to be able to add to 3 or 4 beats in many different ways, including fractions such as quarters, halves and eighths. This is not just basic math; it goes into algebra, geometry and more advanced math as well.
The biggest improvement I see in my percussion students as a result of their Houston drum lessons is their general reading skills. My students WANT to read. They enjoy reading everything from newspapers to new books from the library. They look forward to picking up a new story, and most importantly, they enjoy reading new music. The look on my student’s faces when they sight read a new line correctly (without my help!) is priceless. The pride my students get from being able to play an instrument is very rewarding and makes teaching music more than just a job; it turns it into a hobby and a great way to spend my free time!
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Fun lessons based on your personal favorite songs and music. You'll be exposed to and learn different styles of popular music. After a few months and a personal commitment to practice, students will have a thorough understanding of the musical instrument they are studying and how to sight read.
I have been playing drums for 18 years, and have been teaching 8 years.
I have tons of energy during lessons that mixes well for the younger students.
For older students I have the chops to catch their attention.
My curriculum ranges on the needs of the student. I have everything from developing better grooves, more independence, chops, or simply learning how to play different styles.
My goal during my lessons is dependent on the student. Not only do I want to help achieve personal goals, but I too want to help give the gift of being able to develop personal style. I feel that as a teacher, when my student is capable of achieving their playing desire on their own, I have enabled them to be a life long self sufficient musician.
My teaching style is very informative and demonstrative. I love being able to view the problems the student is facing and create a lesson to help overcome those obstacles.
Aside from learning how to play drums, knowing how to think about music, how to listen to music, and how to study music will give a great foundation to any stude
I first like to determine the students ability and understanding by working on a few coordination exercises and reading exercises.
From a good foundation, I build a curriculum, and deter any obstacles by constantly changing my approach to further and benefit the student playing.
· Drum · In studio
· Drum · In studio
· Drum · In studio
If your looking for a great beginner lesson, Drums is a great place to start! Beginners will start with the basics of counting rhythms, Identifying a beat and stick control. Here is what a typical drum lesson will look like...
We will cover hand technique and stick technique
Intro to Rudiments
Reading sheet music for drums
Intro to Drum Warm ups
Counting and navigating different timings
listening to a variety of music
Intro to latin percussion
The parts of a drum kit and what they are used for
How to properly tune your kit
Bass Drum / Foot Technique
Strength and Stamina Training
All you will need for you beginning drum lesson is a pair of sticks and a practice pad. Feel free to use the "Ask Me A Question" feature if you want more information on what to purchase and how to get started!
I started playing the guitar when I was nine and took classical lessons until I was seventeen.I really enjoy the art of practice and the journey of patience. The process of learning has helped me carve out and cultivate my style of music. It's opened up a lot of doors for me in my life. I've had the honor to play with a lot of great performers and have been lucky enough to tour the U.S. and Canada with festivals and showcases such as V
When I have free time I volunteer with the Houston Chapter of Girls Rock Camp to help teach girls empowerment through songwriting and music.
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I began teaching as an afterschool job when I was 16. I was homeschooled so I feel that the experience taught me that everyone learns differently and that there is not just one standardized method to playing music.
My Teaching style varies with each student, but the one constant is my ability to make each and every client I encounter completely fall in LOVE with music. It's my super power. Lesson plans are tailored for your specific needs and to help you achieve your musical goals and aspirations at your desired pace. I enjoy my students and making music with them.
Here is an overview of the lessons that I provide.
Finger Picking, Song Writing, Rhythm, Lead, Scales,Modes & Ear Training.
Songwriting and composition: Learn techniques, how to brain storm and plot your musical story line. This class pairs great with vocal lessons or guitar lessons.
Scales, Rhythm, Beginner and Advanced song structure, Ear Training
Technique, Intro to Chords, Ear Training, Strumming patterns - Ukulele is one of my favorite classes to teach. You simply can not help but smile when playing this instrument!
Breathing techniques, Scales, Harmonizing
· Piano · In studio
· Singing · In studio
· Singing · In studio
I will help the student to develop his/her playing, music reading skills, sense of meter, ear training, stick technique, double bass drum technique, and to feel comfortable with his/her playing, and how to work productively in an ensemble situation.
I've been teaching Drums since 2010 for and my students have gone on to be successful in School Bands, Church Bands, Original Bands, as well as make 1st Chair in their Schools. I have also helped students prepare for Auditions for State and College. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to Play with great technique and as time goes on you'll be able to groove with the beat. I break lessons down into 3 areas; technique, repertoire (songs), and theory. I will work on your technique to help with speed and control. We will learn to play songs and play the drums musically while having fun. We will also learn theory along the way. I specialize in drumset, typically use Funky Primer, Syncopation, Realistic Rock instruction books, and have the following tools available for your lessons: 2 full size Drumsets so we can play together, Full PA with click track and music minus tracks so you can play along, Music Stands, metronome, and white board. Waiting Area with couches and magazines ...
I have been playing in bands my whole career, I released my first album at age 16. I have played drums in every state in the lower 48, I have toured to Europe 8 times.
I have performed professionally in these genres:
Rock, Ska/Reggae, Jazz, Punk/Hardcore, Rap, Country.
My teaching focuses on three areas Technique, Reperitoire (songs), and Theory.
I can teach from age 7
Drums is my life, I have seen the world from behind my drumset and I love to share my experience with you.
· Drum · In studio
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My 7 year old son has been taking lessons with Tom for the past four months and will continue for the foreseeable future. I am
Tom is an accomplished drummer with his own unique style and one of the cool things about him is that he is interested in getting to know my son to encourage and develop his own unique musical taste and style.
Tom frequently requests that my son provide favorite songs, and then teaches those beats and techniques. This is a unique quality which makes learning music instantly rewarding for a young person and ultimately provides a foundation that my son can have fun with, as he learns the more technical and mundane aspects of music that every serious student must work through.
Whether you or your child would like to be the next Buddy Rich, Lars Ulrich, Neil Pert or Questlove Jenkins, Tom will work with you or your child to develop both a familiar and meaningful learning program that builds knowledge, confidence and enthusiasm for the drums.
I have the highest regard for Tom and highly recommend him as a drum teacher."
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