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Hello

Welcome to my Lessons Page

 

I can teach you how to play the Steel Drums, Piano, Latin Percussion, Vibes & Marimbas as well as Music Theory and Performance.
My approach to teaching has always been influenced by my experience playing several different patterns of steel pans and relating those patterns to the piano keyboard.
With the steel drums there are many different patterns you can play. Some are more logically laid out than others. The Double Tenor pattern is the instrument that I have been playing for several decades Among all of the patterns in the standard steel orchestra, the Double Tenors are the most illogical. Double Tenors are not necessarily able to change keys by simply moving position and applying the same formula such as a guitar player would by moving up or down the neck. This 'random' pattern has actually been good for me because it has forced me to apply theoretical principles of music to the instrument and not just physical patterns. As a result, while my pattern may require more effort to play in other keys, it has also created a situation where I am obliged to obey certain musical principles first and physical tendencies second.
My approach with students is to first get a feel for what their goals are and what they want to do with their music. Perhaps they want to learn a particular song. Perhaps they want to learn how to improvise or read music. If it's a particular song I usually get the sheet music or a recording and then begin teaching the student the piece. I will use background tracks sometimes so that the student hears how the song is supposed to sound with accompaniment. This is also a lot of fun. Music theory and harmony are also a big focus of my lessons.
I approach teaching with sensitivity and patience. I love to watch students begin to understand how wonderful and inspiring playing steel drums can be. I believe that playing Steel Drums can be very therapeutic especially for students with disabilities or cognitive impairment and I work with students of all ages and skill levels. 
 
 

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J.S.