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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If the student is interested in studio lessons, the first studio lesson is Free.
First we set up a day and time to meet for a trial lesson at the studio. Then it is up to the student if they want to continue lessons. Some decide immediately that they do and some need to take time and get back to me or they might be trying several different teachers to find the right one.
If they decide they want to continue. Then we pick a day and time each week to meet for lessons.
In home lessons are similar except I don't offer a first Free lesson for those because I am traveling to the student which is more time, gas and mileage.
But students who are interested in lessons at their location, may come into the studio for a first Free lesson, then switch to their location after that if they like.
High School marching drum line (snare drum), concert band and orchestra 1987 - 1991
Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, Bachelor of Music Perfomance in Percussion 1991 - 1996
1996 - present
I have played in rock bands for years which includes touring and recording experience.
Studio lessons at my studio in Chicago
$25 per 30 min.
$37 per 45 min.
$50 per 60 min.
First lesson at the studio is Free.
In home lessons (at students location)
$70 per 60 min.
I started teaching private lessons full time back in 2003 after I was laid off from my job at the telephone company. Before 2003 I still taught a few students on the side when I wasn't working my full time job.
I have worked with kids age 8 years and up, teens and adults from total beginners to advanced players.
Please note I do not teach kids any younger than 8 years old as teaching younger children is a special skill set that some teachers are more equiped for than others.
Look for a teacher who is patient and will work with you to achieve your goals at a pace that you are comfortable with.
But also know that if you are a beginner, you will need to learn some of the basics of technique, rhythm and coordination, etc... before you can just jump on the drum kit and play your favorite song.
One of the most important thing to think about before starting drum lessons is, Do you have a place that you can practice each day, and also can you make noise in that place each day. Unless you are starting out just working on the practice pad or have an electronic drum set with head phones, drums are very loud and you need to have or have access to a place you can be loud each day.
Also do you have drums or not. If not, you can definitely get started on a practice pad to learn the basics, technique, reading rhythms, rudiments, sticking patterns etc... But if you want to play on a drum set, you need to have one or have access to one outside of the ones at my studio so you can practice daily.