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Old 05-16-2013, 07:47 AM
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Re: How to become a drum teacher

Originally Posted by Brian Scalise View Post
These are all good qualifications for teaching drums. I am just now getting back into teaching again after a couple of years away. I have a couple of things to add to your list.
1) Patience with your students
2)Creative ways to teach the same thing to different people/Not everyone will learn the same
I completely agree with Brian. I learned that lesson the hard way. When I was a drum teacher as a 20 something know-it-all I had kids sing the beats out loud. One girl asked if she had to and I said yes. She promptly quit. I know I could have taught her things if I had been more flexible with my approach. I also made my son cry when I pushed him too hard to play a beat. I really regret that. None of my kids have become drummers. I've learned not to be such a perfectionist and to have more fun with sounds rather than harping on technique. I would be a much better teacher now. I am a kick-ass drummer but that doesn't always translate into a good teacher!
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Re: How to become a drum teacher

Your technique needs to be decent, not talking mega but decent enough to show how correct grip/stick bounce needs to be learnt and to demonstrate that to a student because he/she will be using you as a point of reference. I agree with Coach McGuirk that someone who has had some experience in paying is easier to teach then a complete beginner; and I also agree with Full Metal that students at least 10 years old are better to teach because they are aware of what they need to learn from you. I teach at an International School and I have two 6 year olds and it's pretty hard trying to make them learn what you are trying to teach them and focus is lost easily, whereas my older students are great and show willingness to pick up and learn what I'm teaching them! Hope this helps.
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