My Education, Accolades, and Experience
I completed my Bachelor’s of Music Education and Percussion Performance at Central Washington University. During this time I performed in many ensembles such as Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Marching Band, and Symphony Orchestra. I have gigged professionally on drum set since high school playing mainly rock, jazz, and funk. I have also taught drum lessons for several years and have instructed many high school drumlines around Washington State.
My Approach to Teaching Drum Lessons
My approach to teaching involves discovering each student’s individual strengths and interests. I strive to constantly keep the lessons fun and entertaining, all while teaching valuable techniques to develop a mastery of the instrument. I hold myself and my students to a high standard, and always seek to inspire them to do their best.
One of My Practice Techniques
I still practice daily and am always looking for ways to improve my technical and musical ability. I believe in very focused practice, and often play very slowly to ensure accurate and efficient mastery over a new skill. I believe that daily practice is a very important part in the development of any musician.
My Favorites in These Five Styles
- Rock – Red Hot Chili Peppers
- Pop – Maroon 5
- Funk – Tower of Power
- Jazz – Miles Davis
- Classical - Brahms
My Favorite Quote
“If a man does his best, what else is there?” - George Patton
How I Started Playing Music
I started out taking piano lessons at the age of five from my Mom. When I turned eight, our church needed a drummer for the worship team. My parents, who were both worship team leaders, put me on stage with the drums and I immediately fell in love. I began taking private lessons and continued to grow my technical ability and love for music.