I have been teaching drum kit since 1988 and have maintained my teaching practice whilst playing professionally in rock, pop, and jazz bands; playing music theatre as a pit musician; doing recording sessions; and writing and recording soundtracks.
I believe my vast experience in a broad range of musical styles has ideally positioned me as a drum kit teacher. I place a large emphasis on reading and understanding of music as this knowledge provides a strong foundation on which to build a student’s ability. Reading can open many doors in the future for students that they may not have considered. It also enables students to communicate more effectively in band situations of any genre.
My typical drum lessons all start with basic rudiments and then progress to playing of basic rock/pop grooves with fills. I do not work from any one particular method book but draw on my vast library to tailor the lessons to the individual student. I also have an extensive collection of my own transcriptions of popular (and obscure) songs from the 1960’s up to the latest chart toppers.
2015 marks my 40th year of playing and also the integration of electronics into the teaching syllabus. This is in the form of Roland pads and pedals and the SPD S sampling pad. This is designed to give students the edge when branching out into the professional world of sessions, recording, and live performance.
Overall I like to believe my drum lessons are fun and informative and ultimately tailored to suit each individual student’s needs.
What can I do for you?
With a vast experience in teaching drums and percussion as well as arranging music for contemporary ensembles I believe I would be an asset to any school music department. I have demonstrated these abilities at many schools but in particular Claremont College where I coordinated and arranged the charts for their Contemporary Music Program over the last 3 years. This resulted in complete chart packs for the students covering the full range of musical styles needed to perform in a commercially viable band. My teaching style is hands-on and contextually based education drawing on my wealth of knowledge from playing professionally over 30 years.
Other skill-sets include Audio Engineering in both studio and live settings, Graphic Design and Multimedia in particular lesson plans involving band posters, marketing, and social media.
I have strong beliefs in literacy through music education. My contemporary music teaching relies heavily on the use of charts in all their forms (fully transcribed, guide, chord, head) and I have produced various hand-outs for teaching students with little reading ability how to follow these charts and also how to write their own.