- Jazz Improvation
- Music History
- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)
Music has truly been a gift in my life, serving as a means of self-expression I couldn't fathom living without. Drums, being as old as human history itself, are an instrument of incredible beauty. They can be loud, soft, simple, or chaotic, often within a single tune.
Each drummer possesses a unique style. The drum set is an extension of the person playing it, and since every individual is unique, I, as a teacher, make it a point to grasp the distinct qualities of each student. This understanding becomes the foundation for their musical development.
I always encourage my students to explore and enjoy the music they love. That's why, from the very first lesson, we start playing along to simple songs. You'll be able to play your favorite tunes with the very first drum beat you learn on day one!
For new students, we delve into the foundational techniques and rudiments of drumming—the building blocks. We work on rhythm comprehension, counting, and even learn how to read music and rhythm in an engaging manner. All of this knowledge syncs perfectly with everything we do on the drum set, and it's applicable to any other instrument you may pick up down the road. More advanced students will discover new ways to expand their skills and express themselves on the drums, drawing inspiration from a wide range of musical genres or the ones they're already passionate about.
I have a Master of Music in Jazz Performance degree from Wayne State University (Detroit, MI) and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Windsor. Studying jazz in Detroit gave me the opportunity to work in an incredibly vibrant jazz culture and learn from many professional musicians. I had the opportunity to perform at the Detroit Jazz Festival with the Wayne State Big Band, perform concerts with high profile guest artists, and perform a graduation recital featuring my own arrangements and compositions. In my undergraduate studies at the University of Windsor, I conducted the school's pep band, led numerous percussion ensembles, and was a recipient of the Ianni scholarship award. I also worked as a Teacher's Assistant in both conducting and music history at both schools.
Ron W. Ianni Scholarship Performance Award
In addition to teaching, I am also a professional session musician and musical director. I have years of experience working for many Canadian artists, including: Buck Twenty (Pop Country), Christee Palace (Pop), Jen Knight (Contemporary/Alternative) and many others. In my years of touring experience, I have performed countless festivals and venues throughout Canada. I have performed in various musical theater productions, as well as many jazz and blues settings. I believe that my real-world experience has greatly benefited my teaching. It has taught me valuable interpersonal skills and patience. I'm always striving to work with clients and help them achieve their goals in a respectful and uplifting manner. Working as a musical director for new pop artists, I believe I relate well to my students who may be interested in a wide variety of modern music.
30 Minutes: $39.00
45 Minutes: $49.00
60 Minutes: $59.00
There is a one-time registration fee of 25 $ charged with the first lessons. All Taxes are included in prices, if applicable
NOTE: Your Credit card will be charged ONLY when the first lesson is set up and confirmed with the teacher