University of Miami & Occidental College (Two Bachelors Degrees) (Music Performance Theatre Respectively)
My goal as a teacher is to provide you with reliable knowledge and tools; information that can be mined throughout your life in the quest for musical growth & inspiration, no matter what level you aspire to attain. I began as a very young child, and therefore have a lifetime of experience (40+ years) playing and teaching. I have a Theatre degree from Occidental College in Los Angeles, and a Music performance degree from The University of Miami School of Music (now The Frost School of Music).
I teach Rock, Funk, Jazz, R&B, Latin. Beginners of all ages are introduced to the fundamental concepts of "rhythmic subdivision" and "time-keeping," and receive grounding in hand technique and reading rhythm. I encourage all students to learn how to read music. I also like to emphasize ways to structure practice time. This discipline pays off in short order.
Intermediate and advanced students may want to focus on one or more of the following skills: Learning favorite songs or school band pieces, technical issues such as improving 4-way independence (hand-foot coordination) or playing to a click track, reading music, transcribing music, understanding the rhythmic concept (finding the groove) of a particular style of music, improvisation, recording concepts. If you've been playing for a while and have simply "hit a wall," I can help you find motivation and inspiration by introducing you to new ideas and concepts. I can help you kick start your creativity so that you can be on your way to the next level.
I also teach Afro-Cuban percussion technique and rhythm: This includes familiarization with many of the percussion instruments in the Latin percussion family; introduction to the popular rhythms in the style. Learn conga technique, & ways to access the heavy syncopation that is the trademark of Afro-Cuban music; crossing over with these instruments to other styles. My experience in this genre is not superficial.
My studio is located in a popular rehearsal building near the East L.A. interchange. Once we are in contact I can provide you with my website address so that you can hear some of my playing. I look forward to meeting you. My goal as a teacher is to provide you with reliable knowledge and tools; information that can be mined throughout your life in the quest for musical growth & inspiration, no matter what level you aspire to attain. I began as a very young child, and therefore have a lifetime of experience (40+ years) playing and teaching. I have a Theatre degree
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I have played drums and hand percussion my entire life, much of it professionally. I'm fluent in multiple styles, and I can read music. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance. I've played in countless bands (original artists and cover bands) and musical situations: night clubs, musical theatre, recording sessions. I teach drums privately, and have worked for many years as a substitute teacher in a local school district. In addition to being able to play , I LIKE to teach, and value my ability to articulate concepts and otherwise esoteric notions in a way that promotes music appreciation as well as performance ability.