areas of study
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence is not an act, but a habit."
Ear training is paramount when developing musical drummers. While learning such skills as the ability to read music or knowing the rudiments are important and deserve attention and practice, I believe that it is through ear training that a student learns how to groove and improvise. As a result, my main objective is to develop each student's musical ear. Whether playing pop, jazz, big band, rock, blues, country or R&B, students will learn what it means to play in the mix. Playing in the mix requires balance. Balance is the key to playing a solid groove. Balance consists of dynamics, creating peaks and valleys in the music, tension and release, beat placement, and understanding form. Students can apply the skills and concepts learned in our lessons (balance, groove and improvisation) in music as well as in other areas of life.