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Eric has been my drum mentor for the past 12 years and I can't say enough great things about his knowledge and abilities. We have played in the same band for the past fifteen years (I play bass in that band). I have seen, firsthand, his patience and teaching skills and would wholeheartedly recommend him to any prospective students.Sep 16, 2014
Swanny has been my drum teacher on and off for 15+ years, during which time he's been both a sage mentor and a close friend. Along with being a patient, passionate, and intelligent teacher, he loves the drums more than anyone I know. He persisted with me when I was a dumb 10 year old who got a drum kit for Christmas and who, along with being afraid of loud noises, didn't even like the drums (he somehow managed to instill in me during that time an appreciation for and understanding of music despite myself). He guided me and encouraged me to explore my interest when that first spark of excitement for drumming happened, and he has helped me explore new paths as my relationship with the drums and my interests as a musician have developed throughout the years. The drums are a meaningful piece of the person I am today; I turn to them as a creative outlet, as a source of confidence and pride, and as a place where I can find the solitude I need to center myself or the energy and excitement I want to bring to collaborating with others. And I have Swanny to thank for that.Sep 16, 2014
Eric and I began working together a couple of years ago shortly after I had moved to Chicago. I had originally gone to college to study Music (Horn Performance) but ended up with a degree and a job in Computer Science. I realized that I needed to play music in order to maintain balance in my life. I had always wanted to play the drums and I finally had the time and resources to learn. I found Eric after looking around online for Chicago area drum teachers. Eric and I immediately hit it off both due to our Iowan roots and our appreciation for the craft of great music. After getting to know him a little better I realized that he not only views playing music as an end in itself but as a vehicle for therapeutic relief from the stresses of life. He has been patient with my struggles and the varying levels of commitment I have had over the years. He has even gone out of his way to help me pick out an amazing drum kit and find a place to be able to practice it despite living in the city. Since getting to know Eric, he has filled the roll of teacher, mentor, and friend. He always finds new ways to challenge me with my studies. He is a talented performer and teacher with a passion for drumming. I recommend him without hesitation to prospective students of any age who would like to begin learning the drums or would like to take their studies to the next level.Oct 19, 2014
Eric is a true professional. Very glad to have my daughter learn from such an astute and knowledgeable teacher.Oct 16, 2015Verified
He is just the best music teacher I have ever hadNov 20, 2014Verified
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?$40 hourly in my studio. Trip charge Rate applies for trips to your Drumset in order to tighten up your practice place.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?Discuss their goals, interests and timeframe for improvement. Review of musical and drumming experiences, then set goals and begin!
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I take drum lessons yearly, attend trade shows, read several trade magazines and have an active interest in drum gear, drum manufacturers, and new products. Master Classes : Stanton Moore Kenny Aronoff Louie Bellson Personal Lessons with Bernard Purdie and Barrett Deems Steve Maxwell Shannon Powell Johnny Vidacovich Currently studying with the nationally acclaimed jazz drummer and Bonham expert : George Fludas