Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Soul Survivor, Soul Getaway, MOJO Big Band, John Groves Jazz
Drum Set, Percussion, Music Theory, Jazz Improvisation, Technology, Early Music Instruments
Over 25 years
Rock, Jazz, Funk, Soul, Concert Percussion, World Grooves, Afro-Cuban, Latin Jazz
THE DICK GROVE MUSIC SCHOOL - Jazz Ensemble---Percussion Ensemble---Jazz Improvisation---Music Theory with professional instructors and players from the Los Angeles studio & jazz scene., PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT - As an adult I studied with renowned Master instructor Freddie Gruber, Los Angeles, CA. 1984-87; and Freddie’s close colleague -- Bruce Becker, 2003. Recent studies included lessons with local jazz artists -- Steve Korn, Lonnie Mardis (Jazz Orchestra), Arturo Rodriguez and Mark Ivester., LOS ANGELES VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE - 4 years college level instruction in music performance (drums and percussion) in Jazz Ensembles and Orchestra; Music Theory; Arranging & Orchestration.
My students learn drumming and percussion skills for a variety of musical styles: ROCK, JAZZ, FUNK/ FUSION, WORLD GROOVES AND AFRO-LATIN STYLES, AND CONCERT BAND & ORCHESTRA.
My passion for teaching music includes over 40 years of playing, performing and teaching. In my experience, the development of a student's skills and technique are enhanced when learning from an instructor who has a broad and diverse professional background.
I am committed to students developing to their full potential. My methods and lessons are personalized to individual needs & learning styles. Emphasis is upon the skills and knowledge needed to excel in all music genres, whether in small groups (rock to jazz), or large (Jazz and Concert band, Orchestra). Recitals with students are encouraged as they progress and are ready for that experience.
I am very excited to now be a part of the MUSIC & ARTS lesson program since April 2014. I successfully taught with Mills Music store since 2001, prior to their joining the MUSIC & ARTS family. I would be privileged to be a part of your student's musical journey.
Please reach out today to start quality, professional lessons with me. I look forward to seeing you soon.
My performance with local groups or artists has included - Soul Survivor, Soul Getaway, Tommy Wall/Greg Timmons Band, Jessica Ketola, John Groves Jazz Combo, MOJO Big Band, Kings of Swing, The Conn Artists. I have dozens of musical production performance credits of numerous shows as well.