Hamptown Music Institute

Hamptown Music Institute

9 years in business

About this pro

I am a 4 time Grammy award winning musician.

please google me: Ivan Hampden jr.

We teach with a performance/music industry approach.

Unlike traditional music institutions, we stive to shape our lessons for the individual, children to adults of all ages. 

We also help special needs students achieve a positive musical experience. We have students is most of the highschools and middleschools in the area, and many of them audition for and go on to All County & All State bands. 

We also cater to the home school communities in our area.

Music is my life's work as I have over 40 years in the music industry as a performer, producer, arranger, engineer, programmer and composer.

Education is a passion of mine. I am able share my invaluable experiences from touring with high profile artist, recording and producing for major record companies, and compsing with major songwriters and artist.

I have taught music in Clayton, North Carolina since 2004.I was also an Adjunct Professor @ NCCU between 2007-2011,where I taught music productionand an adjunct professon @ JCC @010-2011, where I taught drum set & Percussion.

Hampden started his formal training in 1973, studying at the Jazz Mobile with Charlie Percep, and at Mannes College of Music with Norman Grossman. He went on to attend Bronx Community College in 1977, where he received private lessons at the Metropolitan Opera with Richard Horowitz. During his first semester at Bronx Community College, a friend told him about the Dance Theatre of Harlem. Hampden had to be involved and joined the orchestra—a position he still holds today. While at the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Hampden was also a drum and percussion instructor at the Harlem School of the Arts, and at Seton Hall University in the Black Music Department. But his talent reached far beyond Harlem. Hampden has touched and enhanced the New York theater community as well, performing for various shows on Broadway, The Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, and at The Richard Allen Center for Cultural Arts.

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Clayton, NC 27520
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

We evaluate the students way of processing information as we learn the individual, and proceed with the lessons based on what works for the individual.

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

My Studies at Rutgers University, The Metropolitan Opera, 

Professorship @ NCCU & JCC in North Carolina and 30+ years of performing, recording and touring with Major Artist such as: Luther Vandross, Roberta Flack, Beyonce', Michael McDonald, Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Wonder and many more!

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

We currently have a flat tuition which is paied at the first lesson of every month.

How did you get started teaching?

As a high profile musicial, education was always played a major role in my career. I first taught in the 1980's in NYC at the Dance Theatre of Harlems drum program. Teaching has been a passion ever since.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with a wide variety of students.

Drummers, Keyboard players, guitarist, vocalist, woodwind & Brass....

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Every year HMI students perform at our annual student performances @ The Clayton Center. The first 2 were outstanding! We also do performances for the town of Clayton, 

The HArvest Festival, Mondo Roots Fest, Christmas Tree Lighting and more..

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

Look for a teacher that you can develope a great repore with, Check and ask about their experience and performing abilities.

Have them play for you!

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

A student should have an idea about what they would like to learn and why they want to study and instrument/Music.