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Teaching Style

I have been teaching since 2002 and during that time I have taught students of all ages.  I have students as young as 4 and as old as 75, all exhibiting different interests and levels of proficiency.  I definitely aim to cater to each individual; ones age may alter the approach of the lesson for example.  Also, every student has different goals, some do it as a hobby, some do it because learning music helps them to think more creatively in their daily lives, while others want to become the next JoJo Mayer.  Whatever your goals may be, I will always keep them in mind, and will do my best to help you attain them.

That being said, for drums, I usually like to split the lesson in two…  Half of the lesson is dedicated to stick control, rudiments and reading music, and the other half is dedicated to the whole drum-set.  Once the student builds up enough material, I like to alternate the lessons, that is, one lesson is devoted to hands/rudiments/reading etc., the next lesson is devoted to drum-set.  The drum-set lessons focus on reading drum beats, four-way coordination, and the logistics and science of motion behind the drum-set.  Once the student is comfortable (which is usually quickly) we put what we learn to music.  If the student has his or her own personal project goal, for example, they want to learn their favourite song, or they’re trying to better understand their school band music, then I like to dedicate a lesson for that purpose as well.  We would then continue to alternate these on a regular basis. In doing so, the students have ample time to learn the material, their personal goals are met, and at the same time the challenges I throw their way help their development and growth as a musician.

For hand percussion, piano and guitar the same would apply. The lessons would alternate between sessions to develop technique, music form, and playing songs.  My goals as an instructor are to provide a balance; I like to create a patient environment that is motivating, exciting and fun, that is also served with a pinch of consistently applied work.

The student has the option between a 30 min, 45 min, or 60 min lesson which is priced accordingly.  I am also happy to travel and teach in your home if you happen to prefer so.  First lesson is FREE!  Please contact me for details!