Get Your Hands Drumming

Get Your Hands Drumming

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1 employee
21 years in business

About this pro

I am a student of various great drum teachers from many backgrounds. Experienced players enjoy jamming with me, but I have been told that I am especially gifted at helping beginners feel comfortable finding rhythms and sounds out of any instrument, including the human body. I am equally comfortable working with students new to the drumset or hand drums as with experienced drummers looking to expand their horizons with new percussion instruments or styles. Rhythmic breathing is made simple and encouraged from the start. Tones and drum patterns can be explained verbally or written mathematically. Students remember the patterns forever, as well as gaining comfort in playing with other drummers or instruments. Odd time signatures or complicated songs can be tackled and easily learned. Use any drum or percussion instrument you have! Recordings are encouraged if you like! 

I grew up in Chicago, raised to love soulful music. I graduated from Northwestern University's Performance Studies program in 1994 with a focus on Theatre and Media Arts, Public Speaking, and Ethnology. Designing percussion for stage and dance lead to studies and teaching of North and West African, Middle Eastern drum, Caribbean/South American and Asian drum and percussion rhythms. First hand experience has been gained by living in Morocco and South Korea for nearly a year each, studying and documenting folk music.

Community-minded rhythm instruction with a focus on hand drums. Stick drumming with a focus on New Orleans-style marching bass drum and percussion (bell/block/tamborine) also a specialty. Elements of conscious breathing and comfortable movement are adapted to whichever level of experience and instrument you are working with. A world of influences allows for a variety of methods for learning and memorizing patterns which may be written, spoken, sung, or improvised. Groups large or small will benefit from our ability to customize the experience to the participants and location.

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Haverhill, MA 01835
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Feel comfortable finding rhythms and sounds with any instrument, including the human body. Rhythmic breathing is made simple and encouraged from the start. Tones and drum patterns can be explained verbally or written mathematically. Students will remember the patterns forever, as well as gaining comfort in playing with other drummers or instruments. Odd time signatures or complicated songs can be tackled and easily learned. Use any drum or percussion instrument you have! Recordings are encouraged if you like! 


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I grew up in Chicago, raised to love soulful music, and am a graduate of Northwestern University's Performance Studies program with a focus on Theatre and Media Arts, Public Speaking, and Ethnology. Designing percussion for stage and dance lead to studies and teaching of North and West African, Middle Eastern drum, Caribbean/South American and Asian drum and percussion rhythms. First hand experience has been gained by living in Morocco and South Korea for nearly a year each, studying and documenting folk music


How did you get started teaching?

I learned from great and patient teachers and have been able to help many people who thought they couldn't "get it" to "get it!"


What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked absolute beginners to advanced students who needed a new style or flavor to add to their drum vocabulary...preschoolers to seniors...


Lessons offered

Hand Drums Lessons Bongo Lessons Conga Drums Lessons Djembe Lessons Drum Lessons Percussion Lessons