Introduction: My passion for drumming and education as well as my level of experience certainly sets me apart from most instructors. As an active professional drummer for the past decade, my vast experience performing in nearly every level of the music industry affords me a knowledge of the skills expected from drummers at each stage. I can pass that knowledge on to my students depending on each individual's goals.
I guide beginner students on what they should be practicing and focusing on. I help intermediates with learning their school band music or jamming with friends for the first time. I’ve got advanced amateurs that I assist in preparing music for their auditions, gigs, recitals. I’ve helped pros reignite their inspiration, sharpen specific skills, prepare for big studio sessions, tours or concert/arena performances. I’ve even acted as a career coach for several pro players through the challenging business/financial side of the music industry.
I’m still an active live performer and studio musician. As exciting as that can be, I've always felt it was more fulfilling, in many ways, to sit one-on-one with a student who is interested in the art of drumming, break things down to easily digestible fundamentals and then put it all back together. This process itself brings me great joy but the real fun begins when I start to see my students' long-term goals/dreams become reality.