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Kevin is a master musician and instructor. He has an easy-going, friendly, encouraging presence, while also being rigorous in making sure his students learn both skills and artistry. He's focused on the joy of making music and the importance of practice. Best of all, he's hilarious, and there's not much my 13-year-old son enjoys more than his drum lessons with Kevin. We couldn't recommend him more highly.Jan 20, 2020
Kevin is an incredibly talented experienced drummer and percussionist. He can teach a prolific range of styles and genres and he is great with kids of many different ages. We feel very lucky to have him.Jan 13, 2020
We really can’t thank Kevin enough. There has been a huge improvement in our sons playing and love for music since starting lessons with Kevin. His knowledge of all sorts of styles and techniques is huge and how he is able to pass that on is very impressive. We have seen a huge jump in our sons playing, attitude and confidence. Thank you Kevin.Jan 28, 2020
Every weak I have great lessons with Kevin. I have improved much since starting lessons with him and I look forward to our next lesson to get even better. We have great times when we joke around and it’s always a pleasure to be with him.Jan 16, 2020
I've never had a more upbeat, fun and knowledgeable drum teacher. I could see my skill level drastically improve while taking lessons from Kevin. I like that he picks up on his student's skill level and works around it. If he knows the student is capable of something, he will jump through any hoop to make sure the student fully understands the concepts they are being taught, to the point where they can play the material fluently.Jan 25, 2020
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?I charge $75 per hour of instruction.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?After I get a sense of the student's level, I customize my instruction to their needs and wants. More often than not, the issues standing in their way have to do with technique, breath and proper body mechanics. No matter the genres of music, I find myself teaching many of the same concepts universally: proper technique/body mechanics, breathing consistently, getting out of your own way and allowing the sicks and pedals do the work for you, proper rebounds, etc. Technique aside, I cater my musical instruction to the student's desires and will introduce them to related genres/subgenres of music.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I have been teaching freelance consistently for the past eleven years. I have also been teaching at School of Rock for the past seven years. I have taught students of all levels, ages ranging from seven to sixty-five. In my teens, I studied with Mark Craney (Jethro Tull, Jean Luc Ponty, Gino Vanelli, Dweezil and Frank Zappa, Tower of Power), John Molo (Bruce Hornsby, John Fogerty, Moonalice), Gregg Bissonette (David Lee Roth, Maynard Furgason) and Tony Pia (Edgar Winter, Brian Setzer Orchestra, Doobie Brothers). In addition to teaching, I have my own recording studio where I work as a recording, mixing and mastering engineer and I write and arrange music for my own project, Dark Matter Trinity. I have played, recorded and toured with many bands and artists over the years including Edge of Paradise, Living Dead Stars, Void Vator, Adrenalin Red, Lettrice Lawrence, John Fogerty, Gene Simmons, Reba MacIntyre, Stephen Stills, Gnarls Barkley, Solomon Burke, etc.