Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. I transcribe a lot of music into drum notation. This allows me to teach songs when the actual notation or sheet music is not available.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Look for experience and how long they've been teaching in the area. Most "instructors" come and go and only try to teach while "in-between" other employment.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. How long have I've been teaching and how I teach individually.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. What's your experience.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. It's important to me to teach the individual at their level of desire and ability. Pushing or forcing a student in a direction that they are not capable (or comfortable) is not what I'm interested in doing.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. I have the resources, experience and most of all passion and take the time to develop and write custom drum lessons for students. This gives the student the chance to learn drums using songs and artists they like. I absolutely LOVE to do what I do.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. It's very fulfilling and gratifying to help teach others about the drumming. I'm blessed to be able to share my knowledge, passing along the "torch" so-to-speak, to people of all ages regarding something I'm so passionate about. Over the years I've seen my student grow up and grow into there drumming abilities as an art form and as a form of entertainment.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. Q: What is the most frustrating thing about "teaching". A: The support (or lack of) that parents give there children at times. Teaching a musical instrument takes discipline that most kids need reinforced from time to time.
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. Seeing students that I worked with from step-one play in organized bands, whether it's a High School Jazz band, Marching Band, School Orchestra, Local band or Church Band. It's VERY REWARDING to see the joy on my students faces when they perform.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. I take my relationship with each student very seriously.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. I'd had previous teaching experience when I lived and played full-time in upstae New York. I was asked by the Owner of AZ Music west if I would teach part time during the evenings in 2006 Two years later, I left a corporate job of ten years (on good terms) to teach full-time.
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. I have two adult students in particular that are performing in busy groups.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. Yes....from many many sources. Many are self-taught sources (books, videos. etc.) But I also am active in online programs and work with other teachers.
Q. What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?
A. The Online source for teaching using Skype. This is a very easy to use medium, and it works well with many students and there schedules. Almost half of my students take live lessons online using Skype. Skype is FREE and easy to use if you have a computer with high Speed internet. My drum studio has become a broadcast television type studio. Complete with up to 5 cameras, a large flat screen monitor, and full audio surround sound. It's very high tech and "Meet The Jetsons" like! Pretty cool stuff!
Q. Describe your most recent project, what it involved, how much it cost, and how long it took.
A. Renovated my my drum studio.
Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.
A. My lessons are simply $20 per half hour. If you prefer a one hour lesson, it's $40.
I provide everything you need regarding materials at no charge. This includes lesson material, charts, audio recordings, video recording etc...
Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A. Just because you are an excellent drummer doesn't mean you will be an excellent, or even a "good" teacher. Teaching rakes creativity, patience, problem solving skills, and most of all passion. If you don't have passion, you will fail.
Q. What is your greatest strength?
A. My greatest strength when teaching is the ability to draw out the best in each student, and to adapt my lesson plan towards each students inabilities and abilities to maximize it's outcome. Each student is different, a "canned" lesson approach does not work with each individual.
Q. What are you currently working on improving?
A. I'm constantly evaluating, adjusting & improving my teaching style and technique. I believe that one can never be totally content with their approach and one can always improve upon something. Complacency is not an option for me.
Q. Write your own question and answer it.
A. Who is YOUR favorite drummer? Well....I have three. 1. Buddy Rich. 2. Gavin Harrison 3. Gregg Bisonette. If we ever meet or speak - ask me about my Buddy Rich story!
Q. Write your own question and answer it.
A. How often does your group BOOMER perform and where? Boomer performs on average 4/5 nights a week. We play clubs, casinos, corporate gigs, private gigs and anything in-between. We are called BOOMER because we play rock and roll for Baby Boomer. We are one of the busiest bands in the Phoenix area.