Because everyone is different, my lessons cater to each student's specific needs. Whether you're just starting out or have been playing drums for years, I can help you reach your goals.
Here is a sample curriculum:


The following materials will help the student gain an understanding of the foundations of music.
Topics covered include, but are not limited to:

  • Identifying percussion instruments
  • Basic strokes
  • Proper grip
  • Understanding basic theory (notes, clefs, time signature)
  • Reading rhythmic and melodic notation
  • Some major and minor scales
  • Knowledge of basic rock, blues, and jazz patterns
  • Development of four-limb independence

Instruction Books
Snare Drum:

Feldstein/Black-Alfred's Drum Method Book 1
Goldenberg-Modern School for Snare Drum
Peters-Fundamental Method for Mallets Vol. 1
Peters-Fundamental Method for Timpani
Feldstein/Black-Alfred's Beginning Drumset Method


The following materials will allow the student to progress into a confident, capable percussionist.
Topics covered include, but are not limited to:

  • Command and use of proper technique
  • Comfort in “odd” meters
  • All major and minor scales, triads, and inversions
  • Fluent reading of bass and treble clefs
  • Knowledge of the standard 26 drum rudiments
  • Comfortable sight reading skills
  • Comfort playing in large and small ensembles
  • Knowledge of advanced rock grooves
  • Further development of four-limb independence
  • Intermediate jazz and funk grooves
  • Basic rock transcriptions
  • Ability to play at a grade 2-4 solo level

Instruction Books
Snare Drum:

Peters-Intermediate Snare Drum Studies
Peters-Advanced Snare Drum Studies
Pratt-14 Modern Contest Solos
Goldenberg-Modern School for Xylophone, Marimba and Vibraphone
Peters-Fundamental Method for Mallets Vol. 2
Firth-Solo Timpanist
Goodman-Modern Method for Timpani
Reed-Syncopation #1


The following materials will insure the percussionist is prepared to play in professional settings and/or take college auditions. Topics covered include, but are not limited to:

  • Full command of the instrument
  • Understanding of acceptable “alternate” techniques
  • Knowledge of 40 essential rudiments
  • Command of four-mallet playing
  • Taking a leadership role in large and small ensembles
  • Complete four-limb independence
  • Reading from “fake” book
  • Knowledge of various Latin patterns
  • Transcriptions of advanced rock and jazz charts
  • Knowledge of all styles
  • Ability to play at a grade 5-6 solo level

Instruction Books
Snare Drum:

Carroll-Orchestral Repertoire for the Snare Drum
Stone-Stick Control for the Snare Drummer
Cirone-Portraits in Rhythm
Delecluse-12 Studies for Snare Drum
Zeltsman-Four-Mallet Marimba Playing
Delecluse-20 Studies for Timpani
Horner-Tuneful Timpanist
Tafoya-Working Timpanist's Survival Guide
Harrison-Rhythmic Horizons