Information About Robin - Barnsbury teacher
Having had lessons on saxophone, piano drum kit and percussion I have gained a strong knowledge in harmony, arrangement, rhythm and their uses relating to Drum Kit and Percussion performance and practice techniques.
For a number of years I worked as an orchestral percussionist for the County Wind Orchestra, String Orchestra and Percussion Ensemble. The High light for me was when the Percussion Ensemble was voted best in the South of England. This resulted in a concert for County Music directors from around the country in London.
Currently I work as a freelance Drummer/percussionist and carry out school tuition, play regular gigs with independent original artists and perform as a session musician in a wide range of styles with various artists. This has lead to performances at large festivals such as Secret Garden Party, Beach Break Festival, Rip Curl Boardmasters.
During my time at Truro College and the acclaimed ACM (Academy of Contemporary Music) I studied the Lawrence Stone moella stick technique, Dave Weckl drum concepts and Gary Chester’s independence method with esteemed drummers such as Mike Sturgis, Bill Bruford, Graham Fox and Pete Riley.
I have taught privately for a number of years teaching pupils from complete beginner to intermediate and from ages 7 upwards. For the past year I have also been teaching on a one to one level with in a school (The Kings School, Gloucestershire) to pupils from primary through to sixth form.
For Drum Kit grades I use mainly the Trinity/Guildhall syllabus and occasionally use the Rock School syllabus depending on the students interests. For snare drum I would use both Trinity/Guildhall the ABRSM syllabus.
However if the student wishes to undertake more casual of lessons then I have a large selection of books and tuition material ranging through technique, speed, pop, jazz, funk and more.
My first approach to teaching is to make it enjoyable and fun for the student while increases their knowledge and instrument skill, this in my experience yields the best results.
I believe it is important to build a relationship with the student, be approachable and make them comfortable and happy to perform (and make mistakes) in front of me.
Through out the lessons I like to look at all that is necessary to be a musician (not just a drummer). Looking at:
-Technique and control over ones instrument
-Discipline and personal practice
-Listening to music
-Playing with other musicians
-Knowledge and implementation of rhythm and theory
I look at each student I teach individually and asses how they work as people i.e. how they best take in information, how they hold information and best ways to increase motivation. This can be as simple as using music and bands that the students like or as in depth as tailor building exercises.
I hope to avoid lack of personal practice due to lack of interest or boredom, however I do expect students to understand the importance and need to put in time and effort in order to improve.
Generally if a student is between 6-10 years I would expect to do 30 minute lessons (longer on request and discussion). For older students I find 45-60 minutes is more productive. Time does fly when your having fun!
Availability: Weekdays (all times)
References Available: No (✘ Not On File)
- Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) (2007) - BA(Hons) - Music (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)
- Truro College (2005) - BTEC ND - Music Practice (College) (✘ Not On File)