Serving students of Humboldt County & Online
Hello! My name is Colby! I am a graduate of the California Institute of the Arts with a BFA in World Music in addition to an MFA in North Indian Classical Music. Being from a family of educators, musicians and engineers, I've always cherished helping people overcome hurdles they once thought impossible.
My journey into teaching began right after high school when I started instructing the percussion ensemble at my Alma Mater. I have since taught many high school percussion ensembles throughout Southern California for over a decade. I continued to improve my craft during my Masters Degree when I taught Tabla, World Music, and World Percussion for the Community Arts Partnership which offers college level arts education for free to children. I also served as a graduate level Teaching Assistant in the Herb Alpert School of Music during my time at CalArts. Since my time at CalArts, I have taught Southern California high school percussion ensembles and presented clinics for the Percussive Arts Society Day of Percussion in Lake Elsinore. I am comfortable mentoring all ages and ability levels. I have taught young kids all the way up to the elderly to play drums and percussion. I am also experienced in preparing percussionists for auditions for marching bands, drum corps, and colleges.
My approach to my lessons with my students is flexible. Because of my highly diverse training in a myriad of approaches to playing and practicing percussion, I have very keen ears that allow me to guide the lessons towards a deep understanding for the student.
I am easy to reach, friendly, and flexible with my scheduling. You are welcome to ask any questions or contact me to schedule a lesson. Looking forward to meeting with you and being a part of your musical journey!
I teach lessons on a variety of teaching websites, but I also give in-person lessons and ZOOM lessons. First 30 minutes of the first lesson are free.
Learn classical North Indian tabla compositions as they were taught to me by my guru Maestro Swapan Chaudhuri.
Compositions include different varieties of theme and variation compositions designed for teaching the student how to improvise as well as fixed compositions which are memorized. These concepts are also easily applied to any other instrument in ways that can give any musician a unique and advantageous perspective about rhythm and improvisation.
My students also learn ideas and techniques about accompanying other instruments, how to tune and maintain their drums, recitation of traditional tabla repertoire, exercises for deeper development, and more...
Percussion of the Ewe
In my lessons, you'll learn traditional repertoire as taught to me by my teachers including Beatrice and Yeko Ladzekpo, Nani Agbeli, and Andrew Grueschow. You'll learn about the role of the support drums and their composite relationships to one another. After mastering all the support drums, you'll be able to learn the lead drum: the Atsimevu. In addition to learning all the drums for each piece, I give special attention to teaching about aesthetics, improvisation, techniques, exercises, tuning, maintenance, and more...
Students who live in Humboldt county are encouraged to attend weekly community drumming to apply the most from your lessons and to play with the full ensemble. Feel free to inquire on the contact form.
You'll learn universal hand drum techniques that can be applied across a multitude of drums including kanjira, cajon, frame drums, sogo, riqq, darbuka, bendir, and more...
I'll teach you a myriad of compositions and exercises to condition and develop your sense of time, technique, focus, and more.
Lessons are designed and customized for the needs of the student. The student will learn fundamentals of modern tenor drumming including rhythm, moeller, zone control, scrapes, reading, recitation, technique, conditioning, crossovers, hand-foot coordination, methods for improvisation, dynamic control, improvisation etc...
What's different about tenor lessons with me is that you will learn to play music not strictly limited to the drum corps arena. Students learn how to incorporate tenors into other diasporas, giving them advantageous perspectives that can be brought back to the world of drum corps or moved forward into the post-drum corps world