Q. What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
A. I invite the student and the parent over for an evaluation. There, they get to meet me, see my home, my studio and also meet my family. I explain how I work, with the purpose of setting specific mutual expectations. I also question and evaluate the student and use the fact finding session to develop a long-term lesson plan using short term goals, long term goals focusing on the students desires.
Q. What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
A. Yes....from many many sources. Many are self-taught sources (books, videos. etc.) But I also am active in online programs and work and study with other teachers.
Q. Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share 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. How did you get started doing this type of work?
A. I'd had previous teaching experience when I lived and played drums full-time in upstate New York back in the 80's and 90's. In 2006 I was asked by the Owner of AZ Music West if I would teach part time during the evenings. Two years later, I left a corporate job of ten years (on good terms) to teach full-time.
Q. What types of customers have you worked with?
A. This is great question because my students ages range from 6 to 70, but, one thing I do differently is that I transcribe a lot of music into drum notation for my students. (This can be very time-consuming). This allows me to teach songs when the actual notation or sheet music is not available.
Q. Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
A. I developed a 5-week lesson plan that I use at some of the local Elementary schools. I teach ALL 5th graders principles of drumming, drumming equipment, and various rhythm studies. The program has been very successful and well received. I recently started my 4th year teaching with the students at two different schools and look forward to expanding it at other schools in the district.
Q. What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
A. Look for experience, how long they've been teaching in the area, and what kind of "LESSON PLAN" the intend to use. Most "instructors" come and go and only try to teach while "in-between" other employment - because of this make-a-quick-buck mentality, they really don't think about their student long term goals or needs.
Q. What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
A. I take my relationship with each student (and parents) very seriously.