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10 years in business

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Sean "The Rick" Rickman is a seasoned professional touring and recording artist with 30 years of experience as a teacher of drums, guitar and bass. He has performed, toured and recorded with artists Herbie Hancock, Marcus Miller, Shawn Lane, Angela Bofill, Maxwell, Black Sheep, George Duke, Dapp Theory, Steve Coleman, Randy Brecker, Garaj Mahal, Phil Upchurch. Sean has been a guest residential educator/artist at Stanford University (CA), Oberlin Conservatory (OH), UC Berkeley (CA), Cal Arts (CA), The New School (NYC), Berklee College of Music (Boston), University of Chicago Logan Center (Chicago) and The Kimmel Center Philadelphia to name a few. Sean is featured on many recordings and has an extensive bio with Wikipedia and YouTube. Private lessons are now available in his studio and online.

Every student improves in skillset, technique and music theory. Being a great performer and teacher are what all students benefit from with more advantage.

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Rockville, MD 20851
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

The first lesson is where I have the student play and say anything that interests them about music. This gives me a sense of where they are on their instrument and what pace I can take. The key is to keep the lessons fun first and musically educational. This applies to all the instruments (drums, bass, and guitar) that I teach.

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

I have been a professional musician since my teenage years in the 80's. I grew up during the greatest era of pop, rock, funk, jazz and international music. I toured and performed with Herbie Hancock, Marcus Miller, Wayne Shorter, Angela Bofill, Shawn Lane, Phil Upchurch, Garaj Mahal, Steve Coleman, Meshell Ndegeocello, Black Sheep, George Clinton, Maxwell, George Duke, and Randy Brecker to name a few. I am featured on many studio albums and I also host and produce my video lessons website THERICKLESSONS.COM which is now in its 6th year. I released two solo albums "One" (2012) and "Zoom" (2016) of original material in which I perform all the instruments (vocals, guitars, bass and drums) I have also been a guest artist educator/performer at Stanford U, UC Berkeley, The New School, Oberlin Conservatory, Kimmel Center Philadelphia, Berkelee College of Music Boston, UCLA, Cal Arts, Jacksonville U and others. I have been teaching all ages privately in the DC area for 20 years. My full bio is at  

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

45 min - $35 

How did you get started teaching?

I became an educator because of my fulfillment of sharing my craft and joy of music with all interested in making music a part of their lives.  

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with students as young as 7 years old and as old as 65 years old from all backgrounds and levels of musicianship. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

My last tour of Europe, Chile and Los Angeles with Steve Coleman and Five Elements Europe 2018. Also my Tribute To Miles Tour with Herbie Hancock, Marcus Miller, and Wayne Shorter. 

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

While learning, have fun and protect your passion for the instruments. Music is your companion for life whether you become a professional, songwriter or just a passionate person of the arts. 

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

What music should I listen to? How do I learn a song? Where do I go for inspiration? How do I get better?