DrumConnection

DrumConnection

5.0
Best of 2019
6 employees
29 years in business

About this pro

We are the best in hand drumming and full kit or set drumming. We are a full service drum shop for all your needs and complete repairs. We have sat at the feet of the masters and learned the traditions of not only America but other countries and cultures. DrumConnection is the place to buy your first and last djembe, conga or drum kit!

I love going to work everyday because I know I'm going to make a difference in someone's life by helping them get really good at drumming. From drumming we get healing, relaxation, and connection to a beautiful community of people. Whether it's the child at three years of age, to someone in their late 70s or 80s, our team will make a real difference in your life. 

Not only do you learn the basics, but you learn the history, different ways to approach the drum, and what's right for you!

Start your journey with us! We guarantee results and lasting happiness :)

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Arlington, MA 02474
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

• Drum Kit: We cover all aspects of drumming from correct drum kit setup and placement for the students to beginner to advanced playing. We use oral traditions and singing of the rhythms as well as western notation. It is not necessary to read music to play drums however it is a good way to communicate basic musical ideas and remember them. It also prepares you for any future drumming work where you may be required to read musical charts.

• Djembe or conga: We are experts on these as well and have travelled to study with the real deal Masters. We teach the real deal. Private or class study. Adults or children.


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

I've been a drummer for 50 years! From marching band to Guinea, Mali, The Gambia, Morocco and other countries. Taught at Berklee College of Music and Masters at NE Conservatory. Played in many well known bands in the Rock, Fusion and Punk genres. Also a student of jazz and studdies with Alan Dawson, Joe Hunt, Joe Morello, Freddie Buda, Vic Firth.

Mainly, I have sat at the feet of many masters of the drums from great rock and roll drummers, big band drummers, jazz guys, African masters and learned about the drum and the spirit. I offer that to you!


Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

$45/ half-hour

$75/ 1 hour

5 Pacs Available (highly recommended as you save BIG).


How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching drums when I was 11 years old! Had a fully booked Saturday at my parents basement in Waltham, MA USA home of some great drummers! (Must have been the water!).

Over the years I have taught across the US and Canada as well as teaching in Guinea and The Gambia, West Africa.

Using methods I have learned from fantastic teachers and great drummers, I created my own system based of that. I work with each student differently to accomodate learning styles.


What types of students have you worked with?

All ages, all genres, many countries, different languages. Ages 3 yrs to 80+ years. We also work with patients at Perkins School and Beverley School for the Deaf, major Hospitals and longterm care facilities as McLean Hospital, Emerson Hospital and new realationship with Children's Hospital. We also have a spectrum program for austic folk.


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

• Babara Bangoura Complete Djembe Workshop Series 2017

• Organizer and teacher with Famoudou Konaté, Conakry Guinea 2016.

• Legends Of West Africa full stage show

• Nimbaya - Amazones Women Drummers of Guinea


What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Start your drumming experience with someone who is personable and knows what they are teaching! Find someone who is used to meeting people at their level and halps you relax into drumming. You'll get there.

• We are a great support system as well.

• One stop shopping at DrumConnection.

• Guaranteed results! Money back guarantee!


What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Well you may not know what you are looking for? It's very possible that you might start one drum style and find yourself drawn to another. We can help you with all of that.

If you love rock, jazz, big band, pop, funk, metal or if you prefer the drums from the African Continent, Cuba or Brazil, we are here for you.

Drumming is a universal language so there really are no mistakes!


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