Estudio 'El Bohio'
I have to say that Brandon Marger is one of the top teachers in my lifetime. I am 59 years old with very little musical background. I came to Brandon with hopes of learning to play the conga drums. When I arrived at Estudio El Bohio I was a little anxious that my age and lack of musical background might hinder my learning, but Brandon's knowledge of drumming, his teaching style, his understanding of various cultures, and his willingness to share his knowledge brings me back week after week. Brandon is teaching me so much more than how to just play the congas. He mixes technique, theory, anthropology, history and current events into this wonderful teaching style. I highly recommend Brandon Marger. You will not be disappointed!Jul 1, 2017Verified
Had my first lesson and it was excellent . Brandon's knowledge of Afro Cuban music, its history and its instruments is vast. I look forward to the next lesson.Nov 10, 2013Verified
About this pro
Years in business27
Times hired on Thumbtack5
LocationHadley, MA 01035
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- Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?Even though Estudio 'El Bohio' is large enough to teach ensemble classes, I have taught primarily private lessons there for the past several years. All of that changed several months ago, when I was asked by some brazilian students to teach an Afro-Brazilian Drumming & Percussion group class. The class began the week after Carnaval with about a dozen students. Since then some students have come and gone, and the class currently has about eight solid students. The class is a diverse mix of brazilians and north americans, professional musicians and students who have never seriously studied any music before. I'm proud to be teaching this ensemble class, and to be using Estudio 'El Bohio' to its full potential.
- What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?There is a lot of misinformation about this instrument and its music floating around there. Some people innocently but ignorantly continue to propagate the same misinformation they received themselves, while others actively take advantage of whoever they can either for financial gain or some sort of power trip. Make sure that your teacher is well respected within the community that this music belongs to. Ask any potential teachers where they learned, and who their teachers were. Steer clear of teachers who can't give you more than vague answers. Real teachers will be able to tell you not only about their own teacher, but about the teaching lineage of the tradition that they belong to.