As a drum teacher, not only do I recognize the challenges inherent in teaching people of all ages how to play the drums, but I am also aware of the different ways people learn. Some people respond well to verbal instruction, while others have to play through the lesson for themselves. And it helps every student I’ve ever had to actually show them how it’s done.
That is why I launched the Gregory Tech Drum Center. My state-of-the-art, climate controlled studio combines learning tools that trigger all the senses required to learn: sight, touch, and sound. To start with, my students learn to play on drums, not practice pads: the Drum Center is equipped with professional-quality drums, cymbals and hardware. This alone makes a huge difference, as students gain confidence playing a full drum set and learn how different techniques produce different sounds.
But it is the Gregory Tech Drum Center’s technology that really sets it apart. Video cameras are positioned to give overhead and kick-drum views of the student and instructor’s kits, and tripod-mounted cameras are also set up for special shots. The images from the cameras appear on three flat-screen color monitors, which can be split to show side-by-side views of teacher and student hand or foot movements. The monitors can also show instructional videos, videos streaming from the Internet, and more. This is particularly compelling for younger students, who are comfortable learning in a video-based environment. It’s also just fun!
The cameras allow recording of the lesson, which can then be burned to a DVD or copied to a flash drive so students can take the lesson home for review on their own. There’s also a live webcam by which parents can watch a student’s lesson via the Internet from anywhere. The Gregory Tech Drum Center is also equipped with microphones, mixers, headphones for independent mixes, midi drum controllers, digital recording equipment and drum machines with click track capabilities.
Perhaps the most important aspect of the Gregory Tech Drum Center is the fact that I personally instruct all students. I have 25 years of experience teaching percussion, including 9 years instructing at the Juilliard School in New York City.
Do you live in a different city, or in a different state? Take a lesson with me long-distance via the Internet on Skype. Skype is free, and you can video call anyone in the world!
Please feel free to give me a call at 720.989.8591 if you have any questions about the Gregory Tech Drum Center. If you’d prefer to stop by for a tour of the facility, please let me know so we can schedule a meeting.
As of January 6, 2017, my rate is $60 per hour lesson and $35 per half hour lesson. Private drum lessons are preferably scheduled weekly. These rates may have changed, so please call or email for current rates.