Drums & Percussion with Rob
Private lessons provide a one-on-one opportunity to focus on each student’s individual learning style. Lessons are either one hour, 3/4 hour or 1/2 hour, depending on age and attention span. Longer lessons permit us to work on multiple instruments — drum set, hand percussion, keyboard percussion and timpani. We explore rock, blues, jazz and classical styles, playing along at full volume to recorded music and video. Periodically we’ll spend time recording — live and multi-tracking — allowing us to objectively listen to our playing.
With regard to the pandemic, in-person lessons respect current protocols as well as the personal concerns of our students.
On-line instruction is relatively new but necessary during these times. Email or call us at 802 247-2700 to schedule an on-line session and determine the appropriate format. A good internet connection is essential.
We are also working on pre-recorded materials which will remain available beyond the end of the pandemic. Check in with us periodically for updates on our progress.
A proper teaching environment is vital.
We have two studios. Our percussion studio is fully outfitted with two drum sets, marimba, vibes, glockenspiel, chimes, timpani, lots of hand drums percussion and a PA system.
Our rehearsal studio has drums, amplifiers, keyboard, PA system with vocal mics, and many more percussion instruments.
Percussion ensemble can be likened to team sports without the aspect of winning and losing. Much time is spent developing improvisational skills and a group sound, always emphasizing listening and communication. We play the full range of percussion instruments: hand percussion, hand drums, keyboard percussion, timpani and drum set. Ensembles meet for a specific number of weeks culminating in one or more performances. Past groups have played in school assembly programs and for less formal events at libraries, community centers and outdoor concert venues.