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Dan K. - Drums Teacher

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$60per hour

Dan's lessons:

Drums

Drums Lessons

Percussion and drum students can expect 20 years of private lesson instruction. I have taught 15 years of public school band ranging from 6th grade through high school, and the past six years I have taught percussion at the university undergraduate level in the evenings.

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Beg
Int
Adv
Specialties
Classical
Country
Jazz
Pop
Rock
Ages
12 and Up

Overview

Dan Kesterke is a band director, drum set performer, and percussion educator from Adrian, MI. Currently, he teaches 6th and 9-12 Bands and Percussion in the Adrian Public School District, and is the drumline and adjunct percussion professor at Siena Heights University. Additionally, Dan teaches instrumental methods classes at SHU. Dan previously taught instrumental music (band) at Addison Public Schools from 2003-2008. In 2013, Dan was honored with the Adrian School's Education Foundation Teacher of the Year.

Questions and Answers

What experience do you have teaching kids?

My current load of teaching is 6th Grade, High School Band, and Guitar. At the collegiate level I teach Brass, Woodwind, and Percussion Instrument methods for future teachers. I also teach the Secondary Methods Class, which helps future music educators prepare for the wide challenges of 6-12 music education. I have taught students as young as 5 to seasoned veterans 50 and over. My focus is snare drum, marimba, and drum set, but can teach the other orchestral percussion instruments as well.

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How do your lessons for adults differ from lessons for children?

Lessons and content remain consistent to ability level, but I work to adjust my delivery style to meet the individual at their age of development. I stay where the student is and work to make sure the student understands what is taught through formative assessments. I ask questions, chunk the material in small pieces, and use call and response techniques to make sure the student is performing where they need to be to master the material on their own so they go to practice after the lesson and be successful. Depending on which track the student picks, more choices open up as they progress in the material.

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Why are you a music teacher?

I believe teaching music is the ultimate test of a musician’s knowledge and skill. It is challenging to help a young musician progress and I love the “light bulb moments” when students get what the lesson is demanding. I enjoy using my musical skills to help my family financially and by giving back to the world a competent, caring individual in their community. Good musicians and good music makes our global society a better place.

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Education

Masters of Music Education

Jun 2006 - Dec 2010University of Michigan

Bachelors of Music Education

Sep 1997 - Dec 2002Central Michigan University

Awards

Teacher of the Year

September 2013Adrian Education Schools Foundation

This award is given through nomination of parents, students, and colleagues and voted on by a panel consisting of community members residing in the City of Adrian.

City Proclamation

City of Adrian

The Adrian Marching Band under the direction of Dan Kesterke was awarded an official city proclamation after earning high marks at this past fall's marching contest which was the highest rank the school had ever earned.

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