Years of experience
more than 10 years
Teaching Children, Adults or Both?
Teaching special needs children
Minimum session duration (minutes)
About the teacher
Professional musician with 20 years of performing experience, including 7 years in the U.S. Army Band. Have performed with many different types of bands, including jazz, rock, blues, alternative, country, and steel drum. Recorded 5 CD’s. Achieved 1st. chair percussionist for 2 state honor bands, winning the position over 70 other students who auditioned. Helped several students to achieve 1st chair in their state honor bands as well. Have several former students who are now playing professionally. Helped several adult students, who had never played an instrument before, learn to play well enough to play in local bands, achieving their lifelong dreams. Over 10 years of experience teaching guitar and drums to students ranging from small children to adults. Hobbies and interests include songwriting, singing, home recording, bicycling, running, weight lifting, history, traveling, movies and web design. Fun teacher who loves to help others learn to play an instrument.
*** Lesson Details ***
Instructor teaches both drums and guitar, depending on the student. This is unique because if you’re studying drums, the teacher plays along on guitar. If you’re studying guitar,the teacher can play along on the drums. In this way you learn to play in a band rather than just learning to play an instrument. Most importantly, it’s fun!The focus for new students is to quickly teach them to perform in a band. For beginning guitarists, this means learning power chords, simple songs, and 2 scales, eventually progressing to more advanced songs and techniques. Most beginning drum students start by learning basic rock beats, and songs, eventually progressing to advanced fills, techniques and styles. Lessons are geared to the individual student’s interests and abilities as well. For instance, percussion students sometimes focus on marching percussion techniques, jazz band skills, etc.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Ludwig s/l series drums, and Zildjian cymbals. Fender stratocaster electric guitar, Carvin all tube amp and Peavy trans-tube amp. Seagull acoustic guitar, handmade in Canada.
*** Travel Equipment ***
Instructor provides drum-sticks, mallets, a practice pad, and/or guitar and amp if applicable. If student is taking drum/percussion lessons, they need to have their own snare drum and /or drum-set and sticks. For guitar lessons, they need to have their own guitar and picks.
*** Specialties ***
Many years of experience in jazz and rock drumming. Many years of experience in marching percussion. Additional skills in country, blues and Latin drumming.
I teach rock, country, blues, jazz and folk guitar.
Teaching philosophy and approach to teaching
In addition to performing and teaching the drums, I I play and teach guitar as a second instrument. I often play the drums with my guitar students or vice versa. It’s important that they learn how to play their instrument with other musicians and not just by themselves.
My teaching philosophy is that if you try to relate to students, encourage them, and try to keep the lessons fun, they will be motivated to stick with it, work at it, and excel at music.
At Students home, In Teachers Studio, Online
Approach for online teaching
I use Skype. The teaching style is similar to a face to face lesson.