Lemuel S.

New Orleans, LA


Professional musician since 1970


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About Lemuel

I have a Bachelor of Music Education from Southeastern La. University from 1967 and two years of graduate work toward a master of music theory.
I have Level One Kodaly music certification as well as music teaching certification in Louisiana.
I have many years of experience playing drums and percussion in the New Orleans Symphony as well as experience in Rock, Jazz, traditional New Orleans, beginning in 1969 to date. During that time I have also taught music, band, general music and music theory and percussion etc at American Schools throughout the world from 1991 thru 2007.

I am retired from teaching and I am currently working with a couple of blues, rock and Jazz bands as well as general freelancing in the greater New Orleans Area.

I am retired from regular school teaching but I still enjoy working with dedicated students. My motto is "if you are here to learn, I am here to teach."

I am open to private teaching of percussion and drum set as well as Music Theory (college prep, songwriting, harmonization, improvisation, and whatever it is that you need to learn to fulfill your musical goals. I will modify my teaching methods and curricula to fit your learning styles and the knowledge and skills you want to learn.

My unique and extensive experience playing and teaching has given me the skills of assessing students and matching teaching styles to the student's learning styles as well as to teach the student what he/she needs to know. This means, if you want to be a songwriter, for example, I can teach you the theory you need to get started first and then fill in the details of general music theory as you need it if you decide to do more theory study at a more advanced level.

In short, I can teach you what you need to know to do what you want to do and as you learn I can increase your scope to match formal study at a major music school. My applied drum lessons also include how to use your muscles in the most efficient manner to give you the best sound and feel with the minimum effort.
I have a Bachelor of Music Education from Southeastern La. University from 1967 and two years of graduate work toward a master of music theory.
I have Level One Kodaly music certification as well as music teaching certification in Louisiana.
I have many years of experience playing drums and percussion in the New Orleans Symphony as
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Travels within 20 miles of New Orleans, LA 70117

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Composition (Music)

Composition is the application of Music Theory. My Music Theory training is extremely high level. I have a B.M.Ed with an emphasis in Theory and all but the thesis for a Master of Music Theory.

I have post college graduate classes in Jazz composition from the University of New Orleans with an emphasis on Modal Music composition as well as workshops at Oberland Music School in Electronic Music Composition.

My degrees and college work included many composition classes including counterpoint from many different musical periods. Composition was at least a weekly part of our theory training at SLU.

While teaching general music, I would have all students but especially middle school students compose and perform music from scratch. I started them at the beginning with ear training, and dictation. Then added all the elements, rhythm, melody form, melodic development etc as we went along and they would perform their compositions for the class and usually for a general assembly.

Even I was amazed at the quality and variety of these compositions by the students.

My critical thinking techniques used in all my teachings even can be used to help bring out the creativity of the students by helping them open the doors to advanced thinking and use of techniques to make full use of what ever level of natural talent the student may possess.


I have been playing professionally since 1970 on drum set, with concert percussion and keyboard percussion. I have taught drums in several countries as well as in the New Orleans both privately and in school settings. I have a Bachelor of Music Education degree and State certification to teach music.

I have also studied Coordinated Independence and use it all the time. I have played all genres I have encountered and I have been taught and have practiced throughout my career techniques that put minimum strain on your muscles and joints as well as giving me extreme dynamic range and great control of the stick.

Ear Training

I have level one Kodaly training which includes extensive ear training and requirements to achieve Level I.

I have trained students ears successfully from the 1st grade level to college level students in classrooms, private lesson venues and online successfully.

Teaching ear training was one of my duties while teaching college freshmen theory on my Teaching Assistantship in graduate school at Southeastern Louisiana. College.

General Music

I am certified to teach K-12 music by the State of Louisiana.

I have Level I Kodaly Certification.

I have taught General Music in Orleans Parish, Jefferson Parish Public Schools, Plaquemines Parish Schools as well as in American Schools in Morocco, Nepal, Bolivia and China.

Sight Singing

Teaching sight singing is very closely related to teaching Ear Training. It is the other side of the coin. See my submission for Ear Training.

In my teaching experience, my elementary students grades were taught sight singing within the Pentatonic scale.

By the end of the first semester, they were all able to sing on sight using "soFa" syllables for the pentatonic scale (d r m _s l and stick rhythm notation using eight notes, quarter notes, half notes. (ta, titi, Z notation)

These students could also take melodic dictation using the same parameters.

Once the Pentatons are learned, the students find it quite easy to add the Ti and the Fa to complete the Major Scale.

Sight singing is a major part of the Kodaly training and I have used variations of this for students of all ages and experience levels.

Voice (Music)

I am primarily interested in teaching sight singing through the use of Solfeggio syllables and other techniques to train the musical ear.

I have certification int level I Kodaly Method and 8 years of teaching "solfa" to students from the first grade up. I have also taught this, and to my surprise effectively" with only email in the past. With the addition of online teaching resources available today, its much easier and does not take such concentrating students as the video connection is much closer to one on one and feedback is instantaneous.

I am certified to teach all levels of music by the state of Louisiana and I have taught in public and private schools in LA, the USA and around the world in American Schools overseas. I have taught this very thing with great success.

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Lemuel will travel within 20 miles of New Orleans, LA 70117.