I have 10 years' experience teaching private lessons, and for the last 5 years I've taught at schools in LA, from South Central to Hollywood to East LA to Santa Monica.
I definitely recommend using Ed as a drum instructor. Both my daughters, ages 10 and 12, have been receiving drum lessons from Ed for several years now. We had tried 3 other instructors with bad results but got lucky when we found Ed. He is very thorough and patient while giving lessons. He has a great attitude and really knows his stuff. He knows many styles of drumming. Just pick a song, give him a week to study it, and by the next lesson he's ready to teach it. My daughters always look forward to their lesson with Ed.
My son is 8 years old. From my perspective lessons for kids at that age must be fun in order to maintain attention and keep him interested. Ed does both and more. He starts by incorporating games into his lessons that made the lesson fun while teaching him rhythm. My son got to choose the songs he already likes to listen to, which helps keep him motivated. When he can no longer keep it together from an attention standpoint Ed focuses on other fun games like learning to flip and twist the drum sticks, something anyone who has seen a drummer do, always wanted to learn. As lessons progressed, my son has been able to jam along with me while I play along on guitar in a short period of time. Ed has incorporated accountability and expectations into the lessons as my son has progressed which has ensured he himself continues to progress. One method has been to measure his mistakes within the play through of an entire song compared to his other classmates at similar ages. This also motivates my son to practice and to try hard. I can’t say enough how much I recommend Ed to anyone who has a child who wants to learn drums. My son had a drum set but mostly used it to make as much noise as possible when he was bored. I tried to teach him basics to play along with me but didn’t get anywhere. Ed has changed all of that and has my son playing along, and changing beats with the changes within the song in only a few months. He doesn’t take a cookie cutter approach to his teaching either. His strategy changes as my son develops which gives me confidence in him. Plus my son idolizes him and looks forward to his lessons!! Once again I highly recommend Ed for anyone who would like to have their child learn the drums.
Ed is an incredibly patient, fun, creative drum instructor. Our 13-year-old daughter is learning a lot and having fun at the same time!
Passion is motivation: “If you choose a job you love, you will never have to work a day in your life.”
Early in life our passion is undiscovered, so I demonstrate a wide variety of learning modules between visual, auditory, game-based, and performance-based. During the first few lessons we focus on those activities, then fine-tune specific game rules and song notation based on the students input. What they love about music.
As students are enjoying the learning process, I introduce the mathematical concepts of music in a relatable way they absorb effortlessly. From that platform, sight reading is easy to learn.
Currently, my students age range is 6-17. My top student is 14 and is learning Tom Sawyer. My youngest student plays the "copy/paste" and "battle jams" games.
I also teach music classes to middle school and elementary school students. I simplify the theory to make it fun, allowing students to enjoy jumping into something brand new.
The Star Earth Day Festival is an event we perform at every year. The event includes amusement park rides, arcade games, food vendors, wild animals, and three big stages.
Try out different teachers before settling with someone. It takes some extra time and research but it pays off in the long-run. I had bad teachers when I first started out and it was such a waste of time. It's not worth it!