I've been teaching in the Bay Area for over fifteen years and have learned quite a bit more from teaching than I ever expected. Finding new ways to explain music to a diverse group of students with different strengths and weaknesses has been a rewarding experience. My degree in music from N.I.U. has helped me approach the drum set as a melodic instrument capable of expressing musical ideas beyond the role of time keeper. My experience as a freelance musician has made me familiar with a variety of different styles so I can cover what most students are interested in. And most importantly, I like to see the students have fun and get a sense of reward from their practice.
There are two studios that I teach out of; one is located in the Temescal neighborhood of Oakland, the other at my home in Alameda. I have a great sounding Pearl Masters Maple kit at the Temescal studio, and a Roland electronic kit hooked up to a Mac in the Alameda studio.
I’ve created a catalog of charts accompanied by audio tracks(mp3) for my students to practice with. The material is for both snare drum and drum set studies. When at the Alameda studio I can record the students performance of the lesson on the Mac and email him or her an mp3.
Here’s a photo of Xavier recording his Funky Primer assignment.