I teach students a basic /advanced understanding of the drum set and build lessons on Rudiments and Technical Exercises to pop tunes and transcriptions of their favourite drummers. These classes are meant for people of all ages and skill levels.
I am a Jazz Drummer I hold a Masters and Bachelors Degree in Jazz Studies focusing on Jazz Performance. I have been teaching for over 10 years and love to give back all that I have learned as a musician.
2013 TO 2017
BIG BAND TOURING & SECONDARY SCHOOL MENTORING, MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
Participated in six big band tours annually, visiting a variety of secondary schools in Michigan for one week in length each tour. Mentored secondary school students on performance techniques, music theory, organized and supervised student rehearsals from Monday to Friday, 7:00AM to 7:00PM.
2015 TO 2017
JAZZ SUMMER CAMP INSTRUCTOR, MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
Coached and supervised secondary school students during a week-long jazz summer camp. I lived on site during the week and was responsible for ensuring students adhered to their schedules. Mentored secondary school students throughout their week-long stay at camp.
2015 TO 2017
TEACHING ASSISTANT, MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
Coordinated and lead the jazz combo rehearsals and performances of undergraduate degree students, each semester. Jazz combos were held on a weekly basis throughout the term on Mondays from 5:00PM to 11:00PM. This allowed me the opportunity to engage with younger students, and act as a mentor for them throughout their undergraduate degree. In addition to conducting and scheduling student rehearsals, I also assisted the jazz drum set professor with administrative duties and helped to maintain his schedule.
GUEST EDUCATOR, CREATIVE CONNECTIONS CHARTER SCHOOL
Assisted students in the creation of a musical theatre production by providing lessons on writing and performing original music, over a four-day period in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Provided students with music lessons on their respective instruments, helping them prepare for the performance of their student-created musical.
OCTOBER & NOVEMBER 2017
DRUM SET CLINICIAN, POINT GREY PERCUSSION CLINIC & SOUTHRIDGE SCHOOL JAZZ RETREAT
Conducted a master’s classes on jazz drum set for BC secondary school student and helped students enhance their skillset in jazz performance techniques. Additionally, lead rhythm section sectionals to encourage interplay and cooperation among students.
2017 TO 2018
DRUM SET INSTRUCTOR, LONG & MCQUADE
Taught drum lessons to students of all ages (from 5 -50+), with a variety of skill levels. My duties included coordinating lesson schedules, liaising with students and parents, creating lesson plans specific to each student’s needs and monitoring their progress.
2017 TO PRESENT
DRUM SET & PIANO INSTRUCTOR, PRIVATE STUDIO
Taught drum and piano lessons to students of all ages (from 5 – 50+), with a variety of skill levels. My duties included coordinating lesson schedules, liaising with students and parents, creating lesson plans specific to each student’s needs, monitoring their progress and communicating that progress level to parents.
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