I focus on three areas of concentration in developing an individualized curriculum for each student.

Concentration 1: Emphasis on becoming comfortable holding the sticks. The grip is the most fundamental skill and the key is development of a consistent fulcrum (where the stick pivots in the hand). This is the foundation of drumming. We learn how to relax, breath and play with no tension. The focus is on rebound and letting the stick do all the work. Since drumming is a combination of single and double strokes, the rudiments are used as a vehicle for developing rebound. Practice technique is also emphasized. Reading fundamentals are taught through the use of a tempo, time and meter using various combination's of beats and subdivisions. Student progress is dependent on good practice technique and individual skill.

Concentration 2: We next concentrate on Coordinated Independence. Through the use of rudiments, the student learns how to break down specific rhythms and apply them to the drum set. This is by far the most challenging aspect of playing the drums. We also explore various musical styles and their relationship to each other.

Concentration 3: The student will learn how to play along to songs using drum charts. The emphasis is on learning to interpret the "roadmap" of each drum chart. Learning to write drum parts is also encouraged. Play along CD's are used to enhance the practice experience and motivate the student.

Teaching Philosophy:

My goal is to individualize the approach I take with each student. I do NOT believe that “one size fits all”. How I work through the various steps in the process is different from student to student. I am always looking for ways to keep the student interested and motivated.

Highlights, Specialties & Features

  • Drum Lessons

Professional Associations & Certifications

  • Vic Firth Education Team, Hudson Music Teacher Integration Program,
  • Percussive Arts Society, Professional Drum Teachers Guild

Serviced Areas

  • Hockessin, Wilmington, Newark DE and surrounding areas.

Contact Details

  Website
  Person Charlie's Drum School
  City Hockessin , DE
  Zip Code 19707
  Address 3 Buxton Court
  Phone Number (302) 234-0304