I have over 20 years of teaching experience, working with children and adults, beginners to advanced students.
A graduate of Berklee College of Music,
As a private instructor, I have worked with over a hundred individual students, focusing on topics ranging from rudiments and basic hand and foot coordination to advanced stylistic development. I have also worked intensively with college-bound music students to prepare them for admissions auditions. For the benefit of my students, I have created an original instruction curriculum and assembled a large reference library of teaching materials. I also wrote an instructional book called Building a Drumset Vocabulary.
I am also an active performer, with extensive local and national experience.
My drum studio includes two complete drumsets, and practice pads as well as Pro Tools digital recording system for listen-and-play-along, and or recording students performances.
Any good teaching relationship is a shared learning experience. For my part, I get to know each student’s aptitudes, interests, and aspirations, and I work to provide lessons, material, and assessments to meet each student’s unique capabilities and needs.
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When working with a new student I first find out what there goals are and what they are interested in learning. If they are unsure, I evaluate their playing and start from there. If they are a complete beginner then we usaully teach how to grip the stick and how to hit the drum, coordinating their limbs and reading rhythms. If they want to play the drum set we start with basic beats and fills.