February 9, 2019 | Drum Set Lessons

When To Buy Your First Drumset

Here’s the typical situation. Your son or daughter want you to buy them a drumset so they can learn to be a drummer. They won’t stop bugging the heck out of you about it. They beat on everything too. You aren’t sure, but think they might have some talent. They can’t wait to try their luck at playing the drums. Before you wander into a music store to ...

February 1, 2019 | Drum Set Lessons

Why All Students Need To Take Lessons

When it seems like your son or daughter won’t stop reminding you they want to be a drummer or maybe you have always wanted to play the drums, take a moment to consider taking drum lessons . Why? Because there are two ways to learn to play the drums (or music for that matter). When a person starts learning to play on a drum set learning by ear ...

January 23, 2019 | Drum Set Lessons

The Value of a Great Teacher

Entering the world of drums and percussion starts with a dream or passion of playing on a drum set, snare drum, marimba or any of a long list of percussion instruments. After a person starts experimenting and trying to play by trial and error it is time to find a teacher. The value of a great teacher can never be underestimated. A great teacher is ...

January 2, 2019 | Drum and Percussion Auditions

How to Audition for a Drum Corps

There are many critical steps to preparing for an audition with a Drum Corps . It is entirely different than auditioning for a High School Marching Band . Here are some of the differences. Most High School Bands will accept new members at any ability or experience level. The audition is typically an assessment of a student’s percussion skills. It ...

December 23, 2018 | Timpani Lessons

Learn To Play Timpani

Playing Timpani or “kettle drums” is one of the most desired positions in a professional orchestra. School programs tend to wait to teach timpani and provide little or no instruction to beginning timpanists. I cover developing one’s ear training skills, tuning the drums, excellent tone production and dampening techniques, solos an ...

December 17, 2018 | Drum Set Lessons

Where Kids Love Learning to Play Drums and Percussion

Teaching drums and percussion with a new student is a joy, an adventure, and a great experience. I will do anything to help a student learn drums and percussion and pursue their dream. Once the basics are established the sky’s the limit. Whether its joining a new group, starting band, preparing for a solo festival or getting ready to audition ...