I have over fifteen years of performance experience with orchestral percussion, hand percussion, and drum set, including master classes at Berklee College of Music taught by such legends as Mike Mangini, John Blackwell, and Richard Flanagan. I have performed in university drumlines, orchestras, electronic music acts, and nationally-touring rock bands, and I can provide guidance with nearly every genre-- from school concert bands to rock, jazz, hip-hop, funk, blues, latin, metal, and everything in between.
As a member of the Percussive Arts Society, I have access to a wide range of publications and multimedia libraries that I am happy to share with you. My lessons are tailored to your goals and may include exercises involving rudiments, sight-reading, soloing, improvisation, studio preparation, and communication techniques used for performing with other musicians.
All lessons include a personal portfolio of sheet music and audio to help you succeed!
Although it takes a lot of consistent practice and work to be an exceptional musician, the most rewarding part for me is focusing on how to keep the joy and passion alive throughout the journey. There's nothing that makes me happier than seeing my students progress with their goals, feel more confident in their playing, AND have fun all at the same time!
I know how frustrating it can be to feel stuck or not know where to go next, and I am committed to showing you how to push through whatever setbacks and resistance you're facing whether you're a beginner, intermediate, or advanced player. Your breakthrough is my breakthrough!
Dom is incredibly patient and passionate about what he does! He really broke things down for me to make sure I understood. I would definitely recommend him for anyone wanting to learn!!
I assess their current skill level, desires, and needs and develop a custom curriculum just for them. This may include the use of rudiments, technique adjustment, sight-reading, play-alongs, etc.
I also have experience teaching students with special needs and learning disabilities, and I will provide a lesson plan that helps them succeed as well.
Four years experience teaching private & group lessons in Northern Colorado and the Denver Metro area.
$30 per half hour-- recommended for beginners
$50 per hour
Lessons available online or, comfort level permitting, in-person at your residence (+ $5)
I've taught all skill levels aged 5 to 67 but the majority of my students have been in middle or high school. As previously mentioned, I also have given lessons to learning-disabled students and students with special needs.
Before COVID-19 hit, I had the chance to watch a student in Fort Collins play at his fourth grade recital and it was clear to me that he was having a blast!
You don't need to know exactly what you want to learn on drums, but if you can tell us ANYTHING you do want to learn, that will help us make it fun for you!