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About Craig Nieske
Music Teacher, Master
Location: Concord, NC
Education: • Trained in classical percussion and tympani, studying 5 years with the principal percussionist of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Springfield, MA. • Studied at Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford, Bloomfield, CT, performing in orchestra under Moshe Paranov and concert band under Larry Livingston. • Studied hand technique, jazz, rock and Latin applications for drum set with various teachers for 10 years.
Performance Experience: 30 years of performance experience, including orchestral percussion and drummer in various east coast bands including The Sun Protection Factor Four (www.spf-4.com) and Changes in Latitudes (www.changesinlatitudes.com).
Teaching Experience: • 30 years teaching experience, focusing on hand technique, reading, and practical performance. • 8 years teaching drums and percussion at Music & Arts, 8653 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord, NC 28027 (NE Charlotte location). • Comfortable teaching all ages.
Teaching Philosophy: • Every student should learn to read music because it increases one’s capacity to learn. • Lesson structure generally includes hand technique, snare drum and drum set reading with focus toward quickly performing along with contemporary popular music based on the student’s preferences. • General music education includes a perspective on musical genres, style and song forms. • Students involved with school music programs are encouraged to bring their school music to the lesson for review.
Get to know Craig Nieske
30 years of performance and teaching experience. Trained in classical percussion and most styles of drum set performance. Comfortable teaching all ages from kindergarten to senior citizen.