remote/in-person DRUM lessons: 3 kits, HD video
remote/in-person DRUM lessons: 3 kits, HD video

remote/in-person DRUM lessons: 3 kits, HD video

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Introduction: NOTE FOR (hopeful) END-OF-PANDEMIC: Throughout the COVID 19 Quarantine, I have offered lessons remotely over web-video (such as Zoom). Starting June 2021 (as the CDC still allows us to leave our houses), I'm resume hosting private 1-on-1 lessons in my basement with social distance, usage of PPE such as masks, and sterilization between lessons by TWO factors: 1) topical application of 90% isopropyl alcohol on drums and practice materials 2) 90-minute cycles of UVC germicidal lamps (non-ozone) with forced air circulation. I'm eager to take every measure I can to offer you a safe and satisfactory experience learning the drums. MOTIVATIONS : I strive to help students master the music they love, and to appreciate new musical languages of other genres. There is NO satisfaction like teaching and sharing the joy of drumming, or other form of live music. With lessons that train proper motion, timing, groove, listening, literacy, and fun, I teach drumming from brain, body, and beyond. I look (and listen) forward to working with YOU to help you unlock the grooves within. FORMATS : • You can come to my me studio based in West Philadelphia (49th & Market). • We can set up "Remote lessons" through video chat (Skype, etc) • I can handle limited travel to your home and drumkits, but bringing/setup of my own kit is presently cost/travel prohibitive. CREDENTIALS : • Drumming since 1992, recording/touring 8+ distinct bands/projects. • Work with students 5 years old and up, all levels. • Teaching music lessons in Philadelphia area since 2013. • Working ThumbTack since 2016 • 7+ years as teaching faculty (Audio Recording, Web, Game Design departments) at 3+ Philadelphia-area colleges. • teaching experience in Rock, Hip-hop, Jazz, and Latin styles • BA Psychology, familiar with 12-step- and counseling-based programs, • Training in ergonomics and injury prevention • Smoke-free, LGBTQIA-friendly FACILITY : • Home studio with digital audio/video recording to track your progress. • 2 acoustic drum kits for tandem play. • PA system for play-along with music and/or metronome. • multiple dry-erase boards for study of notation, song structures, and more. • isolation headphones to hear what you need and protect your ears. • dedicated pad/electronics station for warm ups and talk-while-playing on quiet practice pads • large variety of percussion, cymbals, and sticks • assorted drum machines allow us to hear, SEE, touch and remix rhythms for additional study..

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Dan L.

I started working with Patrick about six months ago, before the COVID pandemic. His in-person teaching set-up is spectacularly good - this is definitely not some guy teaching drums out of his garage, this is a highly qualified instructor who takes teaching seriously. Patrick has a very professional set up, and being an audio engineer he also has the place brilliantly wired to make instruction even more effective. Not to mention - he's an incredibly gracious host. When was the last time a teacher offered you an herbal tea while you're reviewing a sheet of notation at the table? During our in-person phase, Patrick's lessons also struck a great balance between what I wanted to do and what I needed to learn. It wasn't all about "what song do I want to learn next?", it was also about "what skills and songs should I learn to improve my technique?". He manages to keep my technique improving and make it fun. Once COVID lock-down began, I wondered how we would continue. But of course Patrick isn't just an amazing drummer, he's also a talented audio expert. It didn't take long before he'd rewired his teaching area with microphones and all kinds of other tech I don't understand to enable our remote Zoom lessons. Are remote lessons as good as in-person? I'd say 90% yes, thanks to some innovation on Patrick's part, although nothing will ever beat in-person. That said, my learning, skill development and fun haven't stopped. If you're wondering if you can learn to drum and improve your skills remotely, with Patrick yes you absolutely can. Considering Patrick's skill as a drummer and an instructor, the innovation and professionalism he brings to the table, and the fees he charges (competitively low in my opinion), the value he offers is incredibly high. I highly recommend him.
remote/in-person DRUM lessons: 3 kits, HD video's reply
Thank you for the kind and informative review of my service and my resources. I listen forward to moving forward with our remote lessons, and hopefully soon return to bashing it out in person again. cheers, PR.
Jul 30, 2020
Mary T.

Drum Lessons (for adults)

I left my drum lesson with Patrick all fired up! Patrick covered the basics for me, as someone brand new to playing drums, in a way that covered a ton of territory while getting me playing and improving by the end of the hour. I appreciated Patrick's embodied approach to drums, encompassing ergonomics and the physicality as well as the mental part of playing. He incorporated examples from music I knew and his enthusiasm and broad knowledge for drumming came through. I can't comment on his punctuality, as I was running behind schedule, but he was accommodating and responsive. His rate was not the cheapest I was quoted, but his expertise, clarity, and personableness were well worth his rate. Highly recommended!
remote/in-person DRUM lessons: 3 kits, HD video's reply
Thanks, stranger !
Oct 14, 2017
Julia S.

Drum Lessons (for adults)

Patrick is an awesome instructor! I had no formal experience whatsoever about drumming and barely knew anything about a kit before I started lessons with him. After only a couple months of lessons I have a much better understanding of the kit and been able to start learning a couple songs (yay!). He's patient, enthusiastic, and always challenges me to move further out of my comfort zone. He's also good at picking up on my learning tendencies and uses that to help me better understand my strengths and figure out how to improve on my weaknesses.
remote/in-person DRUM lessons: 3 kits, HD video's reply
It's been great fun so far, Julia. I can see that you're having fun cheers !
Mar 24, 2017
Rebecca P.

Currently take drum lessons with Patrick for months now and he has been a great teacher. I am a beginner and Patrick quickly evaluated what type of learner I am and was able to adapt our lessons for me to get the most out of them. He is open to what I want to learn, while also making sure I've got the basics down. He is very understanding and flexible with scheduling, as my availability changes every week. I highly recommend Patrick for anyone at any level.
remote/in-person DRUM lessons: 3 kits, HD video's reply
Thanks Rebecca ! Looking forward to moving forward and building more momentum in the lessons to come.
Sep 25, 2019
Melissa C.

Drum Lessons (for adults)

Partick teaches differently, and his approach is amazing. You learn more than just hitting a drum, you learn how to use your whole brain and body effectively to inhabit the music
remote/in-person DRUM lessons: 3 kits, HD video's reply
This is high praise coming from someone with your experience in ergonomics. It's a pleasure to work and play with you, and I look forward to helping find the instrument(s) that will suit you and your living situation. cheers !
Jul 27, 2017
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Patrick Richardson


  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    Lessons start at $50/hour (depending on age, proficiency, etc) for sessions at my home studio. My home studio has an open-floor basement, multiple drum kits and percussion for play-along study, and a PA system to study and jam along to music of your choice, or the metronome. I can also do house-calls and work at your kit, with travel expenses either at flat fee, or as time at my hourly rate, depending on location. I welcome students (and parents) for a "free orientation session" of 60 minutes, if they wish to make acquaintance and work though the above 3 steps.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    The FIRST SESSION is FREE, for orientation (in 3 steps) and a brief lesson. First, we discuss the student's musical goals (what kind of rhythms they want to learn, literacy, etc). This can be done remotely, but the remaining orientation needs to be done at your- or my drum kit. Second, we do some listening and counting exercises so I get a sense of how the student hears and thinks musically, so I can tailor my teaching style to their strengths. Third, I assess the student's range of motion and proportion, so we can set their drum stool and practice kit in the most ergonomic way, to comfortably reinforce good posture and techniques. After the we have a brief TRIAL LESSON to start wherever they're comfortable.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I have a history of practical and professional teaching- and supervisory experience with adults and children. I have been an adjunct faculty at several local colleges (Drexel, the Art Institute of Philadelphia) since 2011. In 2010, I earned my MS in Engineering, for which I'd studied developing software for music education. This research involved lots of in-person work with various local high-schools and middle schools for summer-camps and in-school workshops to stimulate interest in combining Music with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math curriculum. Before that, I earned my Bachelors degree in Psychology in 2004, which included working with children with developmental disabilities, including Autism and AD/HD. I also studied dance and movement therapy, with workshops on engaging within limited range-of-motion.

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