I love helping my students reach their drumming and percussion goals. I like to teach from a real world perspective and I draw from 25 years of being a live performer to give from the gig knowledge of what you need in order to be a drummer. I don't just teach exercises and reading I teach how to apply the knowledge in a musical manner. I do encourage and teach all of my students to read music however, if a student doesn't want to learn to read I will teach them how to play by ear. My lessons are Taylor made for each student. I have an AA in Jazz Performance and I am alumni of the 77th U.S. Army band. I have taught drum lessons at Guitar Center , Sam Ash and the School of Rock.
I love giving my students the gift of music. I love seeing my beginner students walk in on their first lesson and not even know how to hold a drumstick and then a few months later they are learning songs. It brings me great joy to help other drummers achieve their musical goals. Teaching gives us a way to leave a legacy and I hope to leave a legacy of great drummers that have tremendously benefitted from Jddrumstyles' lessons.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
I determine the level of the student and find out their musical goals. Once this is discovered I customize the lessons to meet those needs and/or goals.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have a degree in Jazz Performance and I have been a private lessons instructor of 21 years now. I taught out of Musicians Discount Center for 4 years and maintained a drum studio of 35 clientele while there. I have also taught for Guitar Center Hallandale as well as for Sam Ash Coconut Creek. I teach drumset , basic piano, marimba , xylophone , orchestral and rudimental lessons on snare drum.
What types of students have you worked with?
I have worked with beginners, child prodigy's and special needs students as well.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Find a teacher that aligns with your musical goals and can help you reach those goals.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
Think about what you want to learn and be able to artculate that to your instructor so that they can best serve you and you get the most out of your lesson.