Drummers of all levels can benefit from my unique, engaging, creatively empowering approach. All areas of modern drumming are covered. My goals for all of my students are more creativity, better musicianship, and more fun for a lifetime of drumming.
Todd teaches in Portland, Oregon, Seattle, Washington, and online via Skype.
A fun introduction — beginners
I don’t subject beginners to the usual 4-6 months of dry preparation before allowing them to play the drum set. I’ve developed an accelerated program that teaches you real performance vocabulary as it introduces you to the basics of music. Hardworking beginners can be ready to play in a band within 6-9 months.
All ages are welcome and encouraged— I’ve had success with beginners from ages 6 to 60-something!
Open up your drumming — already play
Many drummers come to me feeling very aware of their limitations, and at a loss as to how to get past them. I can help you learn to speak freely on the drums, using fun improvising exercises, by working on any neglected fundamentals, and introducing new musical influences. My students have been very enthusiastic about my ability to isolate and solve long-standing technical problems.
A master’s polish — aspiring pro
Advanced players already have a large amount of practice material available to them, so their problem is often one of deciding what not to work on. The guidance of a teacher who knows what will be expected of you in professional situations can help you focus your efforts in ways that will get you the best real-world results.
At some point every advanced student comes to realize that there’s more to playing professionally than just technical prowess. I can help you gain the following skills you need to survive in the field:
- Mastery of a wide variety of styles.
- Advanced reading skills.
- Advanced groove, rock solid time and rhythm.
- Control over your dynamics.
- Expert musicality.
- Knowledge of standards of professionalism.
The drumming artist
What makes one drummer’s performance seem competent but obvious and flat, and another’s inspired and almost magically creative? Creativity and artistry in drumming is usually left up to chance and each player’s “natural” gifts— most teachers do not address the subject. Through my work as an improvising musician, visual artist and photographer, I have taken a keen interest in the creative process from a variety of angles. I will help you learn how to think like an artist, and to recognize and develop your individual voice on the drums.
Courses of study
WEEKLY 1 HOUR
This is our standard format; recommended for most intermediate to advanced students, 7th grade and older. For fastest improvement, best retention of lesson materials. Includes one free practice pad class per week.
WEEKLY HALF HOUR
Another common format; best for younger students (4th-8th grade) and beginners. Includes one free pad group per week.
BIWEEKLY 1 HOUR
Good for busy people or as a partial self-study program for advanced students.
Prices are for lessons taught at my studio. I do teach at the student’s home for an additional $15 per lesson.
Email, call, or text (503)380-9259 to schedule your first lesson today!