I teach snare drum, drum set, hand drums, hand percussion, and improvisation. I mainly use my own books/teaching methods and base my instruction on each students needs and goals.
I have been both performing and teaching drums & percussion for over 40 years. I've also written about music and musicians for both magazines & books. From 1983-2008, I was a contributing writer for MODERN DRUMMER magazine, writing feature interviews, technical articles, and both product and music reviews. I've also written for AVANT (UK), DownBeat, Rhythm, and many other music magazines. Among my books are: WHEN IN DOUBT, ROLL! (with Bill Bruford), PERCUSSION PROFILES (with Trevor Taylor), and THE THINKING DRUMMER series of instructional books. My long running blogs, ‘The Way of the Gong’™, and, ‘Percussion Deconstruction’™, have been embraced by both the meditation/sound therapy and percussion communities.
I have presented clinics and workshops at schools/universities, yoga studios, and music stores, as well as workshops at the prestigious Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) in 2005 & 2012. In 2016 I was the ‘Artist in Residence’ at the MONA FOMA Festival in Hobart, Australia.
I use and endorse Paiste cymbals/sounds/gongs, Mike Balter Mallets, and Orpheus Percussion.
Bettine’s work is the sonic equivalent of action painting. Using mallets as brushes and the Gongs as a canvas, he creates vast washes of vibration and punctuates them with stabs and slashes of crescendo. He’s a combination of abstraction and visceral physicality.
Brian Ritchie, curator of MONA FOMA, Hobart, Australia
Bettine played the room as much as the instruments, exploring the beating tones of vibrations that when combined sounded like a train rumbling underground. Creating a shifting wall of sound that washed over the audience, Bettine offered us a distinctive exploration into the craft of percussion.
~ Delia Bartle, Real Time Arts, Australia
Sinking into Bettine's sound world is fascinating and inspiring.
~ MODERN DRUMMER magazine
Bettine has a unique vision that sets him apart from the hoards.
~ DRUM! magazine
Bettine is essential listening for percussionists and anyone interested in solo free-oriented music.