- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
My prices are absolutely reflective of the time, education, blood, sweat and tears that I’ve put into this craft over the vast majority of my entire life. This has been something I’ve worked on EVERY single day since I was 11 years old… I am 32 now. Not only that, but they reflect my passion for teaching as well as playing the instrument, and what I have to offer any given student. If you come to me wanting to be a great drummer, I can personally guarantee that as long as you find your own passion for it and follow my instruction consistently with the passion/vigor that I recommend, you will become a great drummer without a fraction of a doubt.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
As far as being a true beginner goes, I have a series of exercises, beats/grooves, songs and concepts to share that will at least get you into the mind set / condition to play the drum set. To me, the most critical concept that I want to instill from day 1 is that groove/musicality and intentionality are more important than speed/technical facility; any day!
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I studied drums as a kid (and through high school; until I was accepted to the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Ma in 2009) with current Berklee professor and renowned drummer James Murphy (Blue Man Group, Peace & Drums, Elephant House, etc) ; I also studied music production/engineering in high school with current head of the Professional Music Dept at Berklee College of Music, Sean Hagon. I also had the opportunity to study drum set in a musical theatre setting throughout high school as I occupied the Winter Musical Drum chair throughout my four years of high school and beyond. They continued to hire me for several years after I graduated! I was then accepted into the prestigious Berklee College of Music early, with a merit based scholarship in 2009 where I double majored in Drum Set Performance and Music Business. I graduated with Magna Cum Laude distinction and have continued to study occasionally with James, as well as some of my drumming idols; typically on a one off basis. I do however believe that it’s important to have a mentor / teacher to check in with regardless of the level of your playing.