I have been playing music since age 5 starting with piano lessons. I started playing drums in my high school band and orchestra which included marching band drum line in 1987. I continued in College studying classical percussion at Wheaton Conservatory of Music in Chicago's west suburbs, graduating in 1996 with a Bachelor in music performance degree. While in college I was a member of the Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble. I also have many years of experience playing drum kit in both rock and jazz settings, which also includes touring and recording. I have been teaching private drum lessons full time since 2003 to the present. My goal with all students is to help them gain a solid foundation in drumming so they have the tools to pursue what ever styles of music they want with more ease and confidence. Many of the practice routines that I teach, I myself use in my own practice every day. Some of these music and drumming fundamentals are: *understanding rhythm both by reading and by ear *Keeping a steady beat, practicing with a metronome *Basic to advanced hand and foot coordination for drum kit *Proper technique, drumming rudiments, snare drum *Scales, arpeggios, key signatures, basic theory, if students are learning pitched percussion instruments such as timpani or mallet instruments like xylophone or marimba. I am very patient with all my students and will break down any new musical concept as much as needed for each individual student.
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