My goal isn't to just make exceptional drummers and musicians, I'm looking to help foster passion and creativity. It is my belief that once a student finds their passion, the fire has been lit and they will achieve much more than they've ever imagined.
I enjoy watching people grow through music. Seeing their faces light up when they grasp a concept or step on to the stage for the first is such a reward.
My son started on drums with Jeromy when he was 6. He was told he wasn't just learning drums, but studying percussion. At thirteen now my son is playing at a college level. We get to discuss conservatory instead of college. He plays, five octave marimba with four mallets, tenors, snare, bass, trap, timpany, piano and anything he can find around the house. Jeromy inspired a passion that brought about practice and enthusiastic play. Jeromy has a good way with kids and he cares about development. He can be hard when needed but encourages and praises accordingly. They generally had a good time. Music can be difficult or it can be fun. Jeromy helps to make it the latter rather than the former.
J. Bailey has been giving my son and daughter drum lessons for many years. He started with both of them when they were five y/o and my son is now in 8th grade. J. Bailey was amazing at tailoring his lessons to each child’s learning style and adopting unique approaches (LEGO sheet music!) to keep things fun and interesting for them. My son entered his middle school band significantly more advanced than the other children and has done quite well playing percussion. I’m very happy we chose J. Bailey to teach our children. My kids love him, he was always prompt and never cancelled lessons and he was very flexible with our schedule.
I like to cover the basics right off the bat. We will talk about goals, interests and crush the idea that music is hard. It's just another language and we are going to learn how to speak it by speaking it together. You're going to walk out of my lessons feeling like a bigger success every week! It does take hard work and dedication but I'll help you every step of the way.
I studied music education in college and have been a full time musician for 15 years. 10 of those years were spent teaching in different high schools as a drum line tech, and assistant percussion director, as well as various private lesson positions. I've toured a majority of my life supporting all kinds of artists. We can discuss this more in depth later if you'd like.
In high school, I started mentoring younger players. In college, I did the same and shortly after that fell completely in love with sharing my passion and knowledge with anyone who was interested.
Sooooo many students. All ages, all skill levels. From kids just old enough to hold the sticks, to older people looking to retire and pursue their passions.
Recently, my wife and I moved back to Texas to raise our boy with family around. That's already exciting but being back in Texas has allowed me to find a lot more practice/play time and to keep my son with me. He's not quite big enough to play yet, but he likes to watch!
Ask questions! Get to know their personality. Are you looking for a strict coach? Are you looking for someone more gentle? Ask their opinions on being tough vs. gentle.
Think about your goals before going in. What is it that you're looking to accomplish? A teacher adds a lot of accountability that'll push you much closer to your goals. (We cover this in our first lesson. 😉)
What are your goals?
How much time can you devote to actually practicing?
Do you have a place to practice?
How freaking pumped are you?!?