Private Lessons

 Teaching at Juilliard. Photo by Rob Shanahan for Yamaha Corporation of America

Teaching at Juilliard. Photo by Rob Shanahan for Yamaha Corporation of America

 A moment of enlightenment during a lesson.

A moment of enlightenment during a lesson.

 
 

One on one instruction and a smart practice plan, are the most direct ways to make progress. My private lessons are usually one hour long, and can cover numerous topics. Before the first session, I will request an email detailing the student’s musical experience, and what the student hopes to accomplish through our classes. Is the student hoping to improve technique, learn how to practice effectively, learn a new percussion instrument, prepare for an audition or recital, learn to play in an ensemble, or feel less nervous when performing on stage?

Students are encouraged to regularly maintain a Creative Practice Journal, detailing the topics being discussed. The journal also helps maintain an effective and motivational practice routine, while keeping track of the student’s progress.

Making the decision to study and improve will bring you closer to success, and help you keep it. In the words of William Shakespeare, “We know what we are, but know not what we may be.”

Teaching Credentials | The Juilliard School Pre-College Division (Faculty), The Juilliard School Summer Percussion Seminar, Purchase College Summer Percussion Seminar (Creator, Director), Purchase College Conservatory of Music (Lecturer), Columbia University (Associate Professor), Hofstra University (Adjunct Assistant Professor), Childrens Orchestra Society.