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Brandon

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  • Hourly rate $60
  • Response Time 24h
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Active performing musician and college professor offering music lessons with over 8 years of experience

About the lesson

I have 3 main aspects to my teaching approach:

1. Foundational and Rudimentary Principles
It is important for the student to have a solid foundation with instrumental techniques and basic music theory. For instance, drummers must learn series of basic rudiments and drum grooves while piano players must learn scales and basic principles of chord/scale relationship. I aim to make all of my students proficient in comprehending rhythms and playing to a metronome.

2. Ear Training
I believe that strong aural skills are necessary for any individual who plays an instrument in the rhythm section. One must be able to listen and react in music situations in an instant so ear training exercises are very important in my lesson approach. Some of the ways I accomplish this is by working on the students with playing to pre-recorded tracks, practicing chord progressions popular to commercial and jazz music, and series of games that challenge the student to guess things such as the bass note, quality of a chord, intervals, etc.

3. Music Reading
I have learned that not all musicians ultimately read music and some are great without it! It is still important for students to have a solid foundation in reading notes, rhythms and articulations in the case they perform in ensembles with other people. I use a collection of resources for reading including Syncopation by Ted Reed, Breaking it Down by Kevin White, and many other original compositions/arrangements and supplemental resources.

subjects

  • Music Reading
  • Drum
  • Percussion
  • +3

    Jazz Drumming

    Marimba

    Xylophone

languages

  • English

levels

  • All Levels

About Brandon

I have taught over 2,000 lessons in my 8 years of experience including people of all ages from 3 to 65. I have a broad range of music capabilities including private percussion/piano lessons, private music theory lessons for students and group music appreciation classes.

Rates

packages

  • 5h: $250
  • 10h: $500

webcam

  • $60/h

free lessons

  • 30mins

Details

I do offer 1/2 slots as well for $30.

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