Drum Set, Percussion
My first teaching job was in 1977 at Glendale Music Center in Glendale Heights, IL. I taught there for a couple years and when my performance schedule became too busy I decided to leave and start to teach privately in my home and student's homes so I would have a more flexible teaching schedule to accommodate my performance schedules. I continued to teach privately for 35 years and I am proud to say that with all my experience as a performer and instructor I can teach all ages, all levels and all styles. I also contributed to the educational world of drumming with articles published in the Jazz Drummer's Workshop section of Modern Drummer Magazine on the Stick-Shot technique and on the style and analysis of the famous jazz drummer Shelly Manne.
I believe in teaching solid fundamentals, proper technique and good music sight reading skills so that the student gets a great foundation and all-around education to be taken with them in what ever direction they want to go in. Some of the method books I use are as follows: Alfred's Drum Method Book 1, Alfred's Beginner Drumset Method, Stick Control, Accents and Rebounds, Master Studies, Charley Wilcoxon Rudimental Solos, Syncopation, Advanced Independance Techniques for the Modern Drummer, Rudimental Jazz, The Art of Bop Drumming, Bop and Beyond, The New Breed, Realistic Rock, Mini-Monster Book of Rock Drumming, Joe Franco's Double Bass Drumming, Mike Clark's Funk Drumming, The Total Blues Drummer, and The Art of Latin Drumset. In addition to these methods I like to teach my own exercise and technique ideas that I've developed from my studies and 40+ years of performing.