Private Percussion and Drum Lessons – David’s teaching studio in Western Colorado / NFV house calls / at venue before concert while traveling
Teaching Methods and Philosophy – David meets his students at their personal skill level with patience and support, and guides them toward their chosen level of achievement.
Styles offered – David’s drum lessons cover a multitude of styles of music, drums, drumming, and rhythmic concepts.
FAQ’s – When, where, what, why, who?
Testimonials – students share their experience studying with David.
Private Percussion and Drum Lessons^
For people of all ages.
All of David’s private lessons have a specialized curriculum for each individual student for where they are at in their rhythmic journey and what their interests and aspirations are. Currently David is offering online lessons via skype, zoom, or hangouts as well as outdoor properly distanced lessons.
David offers private rhythm and drum lessons on most percussion instruments and in most styles, see below for detailed list.
Snare Drum: basics of stick drumming, stick control, note reading, etc…
Auxiliary Percussion: shakers, tambourines, triangles, etc…
Drum Set: any and all styles
Hand Drums: especially Frame Drums
Groove Language/Solkattu: ways to embody rhythm through rhythmic vocalizations from South India
Marimba: especially Zimbabwean styles or school band applications
Mixed Meter and Odd-Times Grooves: playing and feeling music in less common time signatures such as 5/4, 7/8, 15/16, 11/8 etc…
Found Percussion: how to find professional sounds and tones from everyday objects
Percussion & Drum composition: how to compose percussion or drum set parts for any style of music
Poly-rhythms: more than one different steady rhythms happening simultaneously
Groove Potential: really feeling the pulse, subdivisions, shapes,and tension and release ideas
Improvisation: how to play what you hear without any lag-time
Musical Ally-ship: intro or continuation of learning and application of different musical skills – how to have music as an ally
Teaching Philosophy ^
David’s teaching philosophy and intention is to help his students find a deeper connection with the universal concepts and creative aspects of music, silence, rhythm, artistic freedom, and the art of learning. By pointing at natural body movement through unlearning tension, and by providing a supportive and fun environment which promotes awareness and growth, David shares with his students all the tools, techniques, and aesthetics needed for students and aspiring musicians to delve deeper into their relationship with music and rhythm. Creating the capacity for his students to embrace the embodiment of these universal, practical, and artistic concepts, David allows them to transform music and rhythm from theories and thought into direct personal experience.
Styles offered ^
David’s drum lessons cover many styles, from standard drum-kit rock ‘n roll to Brazilian Samba to drumline stlye snare drumming to advanced middle-eastern frame drumming to syncopated New Orleans funk to “odd-time” Bulkan rhythms to orchestral symphonic percussion to North or West African hand drumming to the intermingling of rhythms from many different cultures and beyond. Instrument focus is drumset, frame drums, marimba, hand drums, auxiliary hand held percussion, mallet percussion, found percussion, vocal percussion, body percussion, music and rhythm theory.
- What ages do you teach? — All ages welcome.
- Do you teach young kids? – Yes, young kids are welcome. They love experimenting with the sounds and feels of different percussion instruments. For younger students, David says, “My focus is not only to impart a love of music and rhythm in a young student, but also to impart a lifelong love of the process of learning music, meanwhile, planting rhythmic seeds for any of their potential future musical, artistic, or athletic endeavors.”
- Do you teach adults and those in their golden years? – Yes, of course. The older generation is more apt to understanding the subtle, yet powerful healing aspect of learning to slow down enough to engage in a meaningful rhythmic practice.
- What skill levels do you teach? –All skill levels are welcome.
- Do I need a drum? – Not to start lessons, David has plenty of drums in his studio for use during lessons. If you have your own already to practice at home that’s great, if not, David can help you find the right instrument for your musical goals.
- What do you charge? – Depends on location and length of lesson. Discounts for long term commitments. Sliding scale and some scholarships available.
- How long are lessons, and what is the commitment? – Variable for student’s needs, aspirations, attention span, and willingness to practice.
- Where do you teach? – David teaches drum lessons in western Colorado at his studio near Hotchkiss. He travels locally and regionally to teach and also takes students if time allows while he is on the road as well as teaching online lessons.
- Why should someone take drum lessons? — “It’s fun and the concepts learned are universal. Everything in life has a rhythm to it. The more we can notice and tap into these universal rhythms, the more we can be fully in rhythm and in sync with ourselves, each other, our surroundings, our work, our play and the music itself. The deepening of our relationship to rhythm will make every experience that much smoother – be it playing music, painting a picture, dancing, writing a book, building a house, driving a car, walking, talking, listening, traveling, inventing, playing sports, watching stocks, under-water basket weaving, stealing picnic baskets, or whatever it is that we do in life. Being in rhythm enhances all experiences.” -David
— “Great, fun, genius musician. Yay I can drum!”
— “Good teaching – amazing how much I learned, and lots of fun. No pressure. Learning could always be like this!”
— “Had a great time!”
— “This class was very helpful and fun.”
— “I appreciate David’s comprehensive teaching, making rhythm accessible even as the complexity unfolds before us.”