teaching

Teaching

As a drummer, I have two roles: as a teacher and as a performing artist. I consider my playing vital to my success as a teacher and my teaching an inspiration for my playing.

My students are taught in a professional environment with an emphasis on having fun. Lessons are a combination of structured exercises from various teaching books, play-along CD’s and discussion around individual musical and creative development.

Musical styles include Hip-Hop, Rock, Funk, R&B, Blues, small and medium combo jazz, Latin, Brazilian, and Afro-Cuban to name a few.

Areas covered in lessons include:

  • Coordination and technique
  • Beats and fills
  • Sticking patterns
  • Brush and mallet technique
  • Drumming rudiments
  • Reading skills (syncopation and chart reading)
  • Soloing styles
  • Dynamic control
  • Creativity and musicianship
  • Accuracy in time and rhythm
  • Rhythmic studies (rock, funk, Latin, jazz, odd meters)
  • Band playing skills including the possibility of a live performance

Programs

Fortnightly lessons
Lessons are scheduled one lesson per fortnight and are one on one. Lessons are tailored to student’s skill level and their desired outcome. Suitable for student’s who are serious about their drumming.

Half hour weekly lessons
Lessons are scheduled on a weekly basis and are one on one. Lessons are tailored to student’s individual skill level and desired outcome. Suitable for students between ages 9 to 15 years.

Buddies program
Lessons are 30 minutes long and scheduled on a weekly basis and will run for the duration of the school term. This program is suitable for two students to learn together and will be based on a set syllabus. Students will have the opportunity to perform at an end of semester concert. Suitable for students between ages 9 to 15 years.

NCEA booster program
Lessons are 45 minutes long and scheduled on a weekly basis and will run for the duration of the school term. Lessons will focus specifically on skills, technique and repertoire required to successfully complete NCEA course requirements. Students will have the opportunity to perform with a live band in two concerts per year.

Youth initiative program
This is a wonderful opportunity for drum students attending high school to apply for a scholarship to attend this course. Lessons will be scheduled for 3 days during the mid year school holidays and numbers will be limited to 3 students per program. This will be an intensive course tailored to student’s individual skill level and musical aspirations.

Drumming circle
Sessions will be scheduled on a weekly basis and will be one hour in duration. Classes will be limited to 10 students. No previous drumming experience required

Join a Jazz Band
This is your chance to join a jazz band that will rehearse for two hours once a week. Repertoire covered will be jazz standards from the great American songbook.

Lesson Material

I teach from a variety of drum method books and materials to cater for all ages and levels of experience.

Sample Lessons

For an example of some lesson materials, check out the links below.

 

DRUMLAB Vouchers
Vouchers are available and can be purchased for as many lessons as you wish and can be redeemed up to one year from date of purchase. The perfect gift.