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Rich A. - Drums Teacher

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$60per hour

In Home Drum Lessons

Rich's lessons:

Drums

Drums Lessons

I currently teach a 5 year old drum student and an 83 year old drum student! Whatever age you are, there is something to be learned and room for growth and of course fun :)

Levels
Beg
Int
Adv
Specialties
Blues
Funk
Jazz
Pop
Rock
Soul
reggae
Ages
5 and Up

Overview

Hi everyone! Rich here and I have been drumming for almost 20 years & teaching drum lessons (ages three-eighty!) for over ten years. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance & Jazz Studies from The University of The Arts in Philadelphia, PA & have had the opportunity to perform & tour extensively with rock, blues, funk, soul, jazz, hip-hop, pop, reggae, RnB, gospel & brazilian groups (youtube Rich Agren), while sharing the stage with many well-know NYC/Philly/LA musicians & several other world famous artists. Beginner to advanced students welcome!

Teaching Philosophy

I enjoy inspiring and encouraging students to discover their own voice by focusing in on what they are interested in, enjoy and love about music. Once you're able to play from the heart and soul, you are then able to truly speak through music! With the right approach, patience, determination, practice routine and remembering that music is all about having FUN, students will achieve the unimaginable. Whatever style of music you enjoy listening to or playing, I have much to share with you!

Topics covered in Lessons:

* Learning songs
* Playing to recordings
* Proper technique for your hands, feet and good posture
* Learning how to groove and have strong timing, whether you're playing rock, pop, hip-hop, funk, blues, jazz, reggae, folk, country, ECM, etc.
* Coordination of the limbs with the goal to be able to play independently with each limb
* Learning rudiments and how to play them around the drum set, creating your own grooves, licks, fills, style of playing and your own music
* Dynamics, how to be able to play loud and soft with ease
* Recording drums and how to prepare for studio recording
* Performing live and how to warm up, focus, have a strong presence, be confident and have fun
* Music business and how to make money in playing the drums or how to put yourself out there on the scene
* Reading music and understanding music notation, rhythms and how to read charts
* Odd-metered time signature playing and learning various polyrhythms
*How to tune drums
* How to continue being inspired and on your path towards always evolving as a musician and artist, while developing your own true voice

Credits

I have had the honor to share the stage with The Roots, Wu-Tang Clan, P-Funk, The Meters, Wale, Keri Hilson, Kermit Ruffins, Soulive, Medeski Martin and Wood, Dr. John, Big Sam’s Funky Nation and others

Questions and Answers

What experience do you have teaching kids?

Behavior Therapist 12/10/15-Current Children’s Developmental Milestones, Woodland Hills CA • Assist children/teens with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) • Provide one-on-one support for children/teens with special needs / behavior issues in classroom and in home. Behavior Therapist 10/7/14-12/16/15 Trumpet Behavioral Health, Los Angeles CA • Assist children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) • Provide one-on-one support for children with special needs / behavior issues in classroom and in home. Music Teacher 10/2/14-Current La Canada School of Music, La Canada Flintridge CA • Teach drum lessons and prepare students for music recital performances (ages 3 and up) • Provide students with the lessons needed in order to discover and develop their own sound and voice. Therapeutic Companion / Phonics Tutor at Fountain Day School, West Hollywood CA 2/14/14-6/20/14 Elizabeth Schwandt: Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Consultant to Schools and Families • Provided one-on-one support for children with special needs / behavior issues in classroom • Provided guidance for children, while modeling relationships and appropriate behaviors. Academic Tutor 1/24/14-3/11/14 Total Educations Solutions, Los Angeles tutoring agency • Tutored students K-12 in English, Language Arts and Math. Academic Tutor 2/14/13 - 5/29/13 1 on 1 Tutoria, Los Angeles tutoring agency • Tutored students K-12 in English, Language Arts and Math. Academic Tutor 11/8/11-6/7/12 Champion Learning Center, NYC tutoring agency • Tutored students K-12 in English, Language Arts and Math. Music Teacher 2010-2011 Philadelphia School of Rock and Fairmont School of Rock, PA • Taught drum lessons, directed music ensembles and music camps (ages 5 and up). DRUM CIRCLE LEADER / FACILITATOR 2009-2010 Weston Solutions Company, West Chester, PA • Instructed team building drum circle exercises for company employees

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Education

Music Performance and Jazz Studies

2006 - 2010The University of The Arts

Awards

Tri-State Indie Music Award

Tri-State Indie Music Award’s Funk Band of the Year with national touring band Swift Technique 2014

John Alberti Memorial Drumset Award

The University of The Arts John Alberti Memorial Drumset Award 2010

The Deli Magazine’s Top 10 bands award

The Deli Magazine’s Top 10 Hip-Hop Bands in Philadelphia with band Swift Technique 2008

Artist Grant for Music Performance and Jazz Studies

The University The Arts Artist Grant for Music Performance and Jazz Studies 2006

Louis Armstrong Jazz Award

Unionville High School Louis Armstrong Jazz Award 2006

Music Loyalty, Leadership and Musicianship Award

Unionville High School Music Loyalty, Leadership and Musicianship Award 2004

Directors Band Award

Patton Middle School Directors Band Award 2002

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Sherman Oaks, CA
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