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Jopey the Educator

I teach private lessons from my home in Belchertown Ma.
My focus is on technique, note reading, groove, and musicality.
I try to incorporate music theory concepts such as form, melody, harmony, and texture.
Drum set styles explored include rock, funk, swing, latin, reggae in regular and irregular time signatures.

BACKGROUND:
    *Bachelors degree in Music Education with general music classroom certification
    *Over 10 years experience teaching general music in Public Schools
    *Have been playing the drums over 35 years
    *Have been playing in bands over 35 years
    *10 years experience in recording
    *Created, edited, & posted weekly podcasts featuring local musicians
    *Some experience with videography

PHILOSOPHY:
I believe students with a solid foundation of proper technique and strong note reading skills
will continue to excel and develop as musicians long after lessons have ended.
Students are encouraged to direct the focus of lessons and take an active roll
in their education.

I hope my love of drumming and music as a whole is shared with my students
in such a way that it encourages them to also find joy in the art of drumming.

FACILITY/INSTRUMENTATION:
 My basement has been converted into my studio space which includes a comfortable waiting area for parents with a large window allowing you to see into the teaching space.  In the waiting area is also my recording equipment.  There is a large separate teaching room.

Instrumentation includes:
    *2 full drum sets,
    *practice pads,
    *a 4.3 octave marimba,
    *various hand percussion,
    *a piano and,
    *a recording studio

I  encourage all my students to be  well rounded percussionist.


RECOMMENDED STUDENT BOOKS:
            SNARE TECHNIQUE
Stick Control  by George Stone  - ALL students

                                          SNARE READING
Fundamental Studies for the Snare Drum by Garwood Whaley- beginner
Musical Studies for the Intermediate Snare Drummer by Garwood Whaley- intermediate
Portraits In Rhythm bu Anthony Cirone- Advanced

                                                MALLETS
Fundamental Studies for Mallets Garwood Whaley -Beginner
Modern School for Xylo,Marimba,Vibraphone by Moris Golden -intermediate
                 
                                                 DRUM SET
1001 Drum Grooves by Steve Mansfield -ALL Students
Syncopation for the Modern Drummer by Ted Reed- intermediate/jazz studies
Afro-Cuban Rhythms for the Drum Set by Malebe/Weiner- intermediate/jazz&latin studies
Complete Funk Drumming Book by Jim Payne- intermediate/funk styles

EMAIL ME if you'd like more info.