Its really about helping the student create musical expression. The drums are not considered a melodic instrument, but I do believe they are musical. If they hear something audibly rewarding that they created for the first time, they should go back try and repeat that again, and then also want to move on for new things. New expressions. My role is to put new things, expression samples in front of them there and available to expand on. That's keeping that momentum going. Teaching the drums yes, but teaching to be musical. That is the end game after all.
I first try and identify what the goals of each individual student are. We discuss the musical styles they listen to, enjoy and would like to work towards. With that information in mind, I create a program that gets each student playing along to music as soon as possible.
Then I apply and teach groove variations, dynamics, fills, and accents.
Watching people learn and get excited about using new skills.
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Depends on the student and their goals. I have a lot of respect for notation and rudiments, but in general I try and get right to the music. That is what keeps the student interested and working at it. The student needs to be able to make his/her own musical expression early in the learning process.
I started on drums at the age of eight. My father owned a night club in Philadelphia. From age 8-10 I would get instruction from drummers who were playing his club. I am working with a variety of bands giving me a range of musical genre. At 51 I am still a student myself of the drums and attend numerous clinics as well as full week rythym section retreats with drummers such as Billy Cobham, Dom Famularo. I am also enrolled in, and an avid user of, The Dave Weckl online school.
Initial Lesson: $25 - determine current level on the drums, identify goals and musical ambitions.
1 Hour Lesson.: $35/Hour in my Tempe Studio
4 Hour Pack : $112 ($30/Hr in my Tempe Studio)
1 Hour Lesson In your Home / other location $50/Hour (typically for setting up new drum set, drum tuning, monitor a performance).
I taught my son initially. He took to my methods quickly. We played to records ASAP.. then we break that down into systems.
All types. Kids as young as 8 to middle age and seniors looking for a hobby. From an instruction standpoint, I adapt the curriculum to what gives the student the most return on their effort and provides enjoyment. I teach beginner to advanced novice level. Probably have performance experience to offer at a pro level, but academically I teach through novice level.
Last summer I attended the "Art of the Rythym section" retreat by Billy Cobham here in Mesa Arizona. It is a one week intensive instructional camp in which we got to work with the most accomplished musicians in the world in a very collaborative environment.
Work with an instructor that keeps it fun and musical. Notation, chart structure and rudiments are like eating your vegetables and exercise. But the true enjoyment comes from playing the drums to music, or accompanying others.
What are my musical goals? What effort will be required to reach these goals? Truth is, if you can make it musically appealing to yourself, you will build on that. It wont feel like an effort, if you can feel and hear the progress.