Percussion, Drum Kit
What is your education and experience?
Bachelor of Music Percussion Performance, University of Manitoba; Master of Music Percussion Performance, Duquesne University.
What inspired you to study music?
When I was in my first year of my undergraduate degree, I had my first opportunity to perform Carmina Burana the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. I just had an overwhelming feeling of “this feels right” coming into the second to last movement that from then on, I couldn’t think of being anything but a musician for the rest of my life.
How are your lessons unique?
I find that when many percussionists have a prior background in music, it’s almost always skewed towards drum set playing. While this isn’t a bad thing, it can lead to complications when trying to “play music” instead of “just playing a beat”. I was lucky enough to start off my percussion career with a background in piano and emphasize early on the importance of musical playing. This is so students can develop a sense of musicality alongside of learning different sorts of grooves and tunes, instead of learning a groove one way and then having to learn it again to make it sound “more musical” and to feel better.
What do you love about teaching?
I love teaching because getting the chance to share music by performing a piece is one thing. Giving someone else the opportunity to experience creating music of their own to share, is another. Especially when you can teach long term students, watching them grow and become more confident as musicians where they enjoy sharing their musical creations with others brings such a deep sense of fulfillment.
What would you say to someone who is thinking about taking music lessons?
Start now! Music is a wonderful tool for you to use, and the earlier you have access to it, the better. It can help you relax after a long day, vent some steam after a long day and even improve certain aspects of brain function like your memory.