I am a full time drum educator offering lessons from my home drum studio and at the Music Education Center of Long & McQuade (Ottawa). I am a proud member of the Vic Firth Private Drum Teacher program, and the Hudson Music Teacher Integration Program.
My private lesson program is tailored to the individual goals of the student and is adjusted to suit all levels of ability from the absolute beginner to the established professional. Students with special needs are also welcome!
In addition to private instruction, I am also available for drum clinics, small group workshops and rhythm presentations. Contact me me to discuss the details.
If you live in Ottawa, Long & McQuade would be the best location to study with me. To book a lesson with me or for rates and availability, click here.
For those living south of Ottawa, lessons at my home drum studio would probably be the most convenient. I am located approximately 30 minutes from Ottawa in the town of Kemptville. Contact me for rates and availability.
See the CURRICULUM for the details of my Study Program.
For parents of younger drum students, please see my NOTES FOR PARENTS.
Here is an interesting article on how Drumming Makes You Smarter!
The Lesson Experience…
I believe that taking drum lessons should be an experience rather than simply a weekly exercise session. To encourage effective learning, I do my best to keep the learning environment as positive and engaging as possible.
My fundamental belief is that everyone is capable of learning to play drums, provided that they want to do it! Some people may have a more natural aptitude than others, but everyone can cultivate and develop the craft and ultimately create music. My role as a drum teacher is to encourage the student’s musical growth. My curriculum provides the student with the technical exercises and rhythmic concepts necessary for them to express themselves musically at the drumset.
Lesson rooms are equipped with two drumsets – one for myself and another for the student. This setup allows for duo drumming and demonstration of materials. Play-along music is also used in lessons to provide a musical backdrop in which to develop lesson materials. Lessons can also be video recorded at the students request.