Experience. I have been playing drums for 54 years. Teaching drums for twenty. I have toured with two major rock bands, had my own band for 7 years, played for many theatrical productions, recorded a fair number of albums, played with the Phoenix Symphony for 3 seasons, a lot of studio work and continue to do as much of the above as possible...still!
I love it when I see someone start to ‘GET IT’. They start controlling their hands and feet and start to actually make music. I can give a student the tools and the information to use those tools to make that music and hopefully along the way the student will aquire the joy and passion for playing that I have.