Patient. Experienced. Inspiring.
Serving students of Humboldt County and Online.
I am accepting students of all levels, ages, and instruments. No experienced required! It is my belief that music is for everyone. I teach rudimental percussion including quads/tenors and snare drum as well as many world percussion instruments such as Tabla, Atsimevu, Kanjira, Frame Drum, and Riqq. I also teach the extracted language of south and north Indian drumming which includes exercises and ideas that will broaden the rhythmic palette of any instrumentalist. In addition to serving any instrument through a conceptual mind expansion, I teach hand drumming techniques that can be imposed on any percussion instrument.
My teaching style is rooted in a traditional and flexible approach designed to serve the needs and goals of my students. From that, I wish to have a fun and relaxed environment for my students to learn. My approach is positively-minded and geared towards developing your own unique style and voice.
I have been teaching for over 18 years and performing for over 20. I attended the College of Creative Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara for music composition and I have both a Bachelors and Masters degree from California Institute of the Arts.
To request lessons, use the form at the bottom of this page. You can specify what you would like to learn, amount of time per lesson, and let me know of any questions or comments you have. Also, it is my belief that learning music with other people is always much more fun! Groups of 2 or more receive a discount!
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 variety of compositions as well as exercises to condition and develop your sense of time and technique
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