What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
We waste no time jumping straight into lesson material. If desired we can connect before the first lesson to get a game plan of what you'd like to begin learning and where you'd like to grow. The first lesson will be relaxed as we get a roadmap of where we will start building.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2011 as a drum set principle with a degree in Music Production and Engineering. Since then I've been working in music full-time as a touring musician in New England. Since moving to Nashville in 2014 I've been working as a touring drummer for several artists while doing extensive recording and production projects.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
A standard half-hour lesson is $25 or $40 for a 50 minute lesson. I'm super flexible on times and consistency. I also run a special for first time students where you pay for four lessons up front and get a fifth free (5 lessons for $100).
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I started in my elementary school's band program back in fourth grade on a little drum pad and stuck with it through high school moving up through symphonic bands, full orchestras, jazz bands, pep bands, marching bands and all sorts of other bands. I passion to play only continued to grow through the years leading me to choose a music school for college. Berklee equipped me to pursue music as a profession for the rest of my life.
What types of customers have you worked with?
The majority of my students have been in high school or younger (all the way down to 4 years old). Students of these ages are in their formative years and have the ability to quickly understand the fundamentals of music and commit them to memory. This is not to say older students cannot learn these concepts, it just takes a little more work which is something I will never shy away from.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I had the privilege of working on Matthew West's latest record as an assistant engineer in late 2014 into early 2015. The project pushed me farther than I've ever been challenged in music. It was a phenomenal experience.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Take your time to find a reliable, patient and personable teacher. Ideally this will be a long-term relationship so these characteristics will be crucial.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
How long and how much experience does my teacher have? Have they been doing this long enough to prove that they have a track record in professional music (i.e. have a clue at what they're doing)