I am comfortable teaching most ages and abilities and do my best to custom tailor my lessons to each student. I do my best to focus on what students want to learn and I am more than happy to work with beginners of all ages.
If your goal is just to learn the basics and have fun playing songs on the drum kit, we can focus on those skills. If you play in a band and need help with songs or parts – or have hit a wall and are ready for some new things to work on – I am happy to focus on the techniques necessary and skills needed to play and be creative in a band situation.
Plenty of people are inspired to play instruments by video game play and I would be happy to help you translate your interest in music into real playing skills and also to steer you toward practice that will help you meet your personal drumming goals.
I also frequently work with young students on reading and school band study including Concert Band, Jazz Band, Marching Band/Rudimental Snare Drum and Orchestral Techniques. I have prepared students for audtions of all kinds and am happy to combine drum set study and help with school band materials, including mallets. I have a marimba and xylophone at my studio, in additon to drum kits and many various percussion instruments.
Along with the many students that play in various band situations, I have had students accepted into the music department of SOTA (School of the Arts High School, San Francisco) and the Dick Grove Music School (Los Angeles Music Trade School) and those that have gone on to attend San Francisco State on Music Scholarships and tour with the Paul Green’s School of Rock’s All-Stars. I am happy to say that I have had more than a few students continue their drum/percussion studies for many years and to go on to play in all sorts of musical situations. I enjoy working with all levels and ages and take pleasure in watching people progress and reach their goals, whatever they might be.
Do I have to know how to play to take lessons?
No experience necessary! I am happy to work with beginners of all ages.
I have been playing for a long time, but still feel I am missing some drumming skills, can you help?
I tailor my lessons to your needs, so I will do my best to find things to help improve what you feel are the weaknesses in your playing. If you play in a band and need help with songs or parts – or have hit a wall and are ready for some new things to work on, I can usually help with those sorts of situations.
Do I need to have a drum kit to take lessons?
You don’t need ANYTHING to try a drum lesson. I have all of the things you will need at my teaching studio. In fact, it might be better to try a lesson before you purchase anything at all.
Usually after the first session (if you decide to continue) the best place to start is by buying a pair of sticks and a practice pad. I can advise you in person as to the optimal sizes and styles at our lesson.
Purchasing a drum kit is a big investment and it is important to make sure that you want to play before you make that investment. Some people are sure BEFORE they come for a lesson – that’s great, too! But if you aren’t, it’s totally fine to do some lessons and try it out before you buy a kit. I have everything we need to play at my studio – you can just bring yourself.
Is there an age requirement?
I accept students of all ages. Adults of all ages and levels are welcome – you are never too old to learn something new!
On the other end of the age spectrum, I have found that younger students (ages 3 – 7) tend to progress at a slower pace than kids a little older (ages 8 or 9 and above). Their attention spans are shorter and most need help with practice at home.
Where are the lessons?
I have a music studio in the Excelsior District of San Francisco where I teach lessons. There are two drum sets set up and a P.A. system so that we can play along to songs and listen to music. I also have a wide variety of various percussion instruments, including a marimba and xylophone available there.
What styles do you teach?
My main style of playing drum kit is rock/pop/blues. I have also studied and can help you learn about jazz and latin drumming. Although I make no claims of being an expert in those styles, I can certainly get you started. I have a degree in percussion and have studied and played in a variety of musical situations including marching bands, concert bands, orchestras, new music ensembles, and percussion ensembles.