What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I go to Cuba as often as I can (7 times as of now, two of them to play with my Band.) I go to NAMM, National Music Market Show in Anaheim, California, every year to meet with my peers and friends at the LP (Latin Percussion) booth as well as with many great drummers
and share thoughts and "hang."
I also sit daily and practice, even if just for an hour, to stay connected with the instrument, mainly congas.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
First I became a student, as I developed myself musically, it was a natural thing to do to start teaching. I do not advertise much, it's all through recommendations by clients and students, or people who see me playing and want to take lessons.
What types of customers have you worked with?
One on one private classes.
Lecture demonstrations, etc.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Talk one on one with your potential teacher, ask questions, and if you can, go to see him-her play at a show he-she may have. I think you should like the way your teacher plays, and remember if you are not having fun throughout the whole process, you should ask yourself if it is the right teacher for you. Some people charge a lot for classes because they are or were famous, that doesn't make them good teachers, it may still be a fun experience to meet them and take a lesson with them, and been able to say: "I took a lesson with so and so," but your real music teachers are going to be the ones that take you gradually through your improvement... Ohhh! another advice: have a decent instrument to practice on! (If not I will advice you on your purchase.... (:-)
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I dreamed about been a musician at age 9.
I live my dream and love what I do.
It's a true blessing.