Alhambra, CA Drum Teacher Dylan Halacy
My Drum Lessons: I teach 30 minute, 45 minute, and 1 hour lessons. I often recommend the 45 minute lessons to students who already have experience playing the drums or to ambitious beginners and adult students. My lessons are one-on-one.
(626) 282-7605 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Get to know Dylan better with this in-depth, informative interview.
Q: Hi Dylan! Can you start by telling me for how long have you been playing and teaching drums?
A: I have been playing drums for 20 years and have been teaching for 15.
Q: For any student looking to find a drum instructor, what do you feel you bring to the table that distinguishes you from other drum teachers?
A: I feel that I bring customized instruction to each of my students' lessons. I often let the students decide what they will be working on, based on their individual needs.
Q: Tell us the 3 main reasons you hear students stating for wanting to take drum lessons.
Q: What are the most common challenges you've observed beginners facing in learning to play piano?
A: I've often observed frustration due to students' impatience.
Q: What is your approach to helping students overcome this challenge? How can you help them?
A: I have seen students overcome this challenge when I turn the assignments into easily digestible pieces.
Q: How much time should a beginning student be ready to devote to practicing on a weekly basis, if they want to make good progress?
A: Ideally students would practice about 20 minutes per day.
Q: What is your favorite thing about teaching drums to adults?
A: Watching them working out new ideas on their own.
Q: What is your favorite thing about teaching piano to children?
A: Introducing them to new bands and drummers.
Q: For parents, how long, on average, should they expect their child to need to take music lessons before they can play their first simple tune?
A: 45 minutes.
Q: How will intermediate or advanced students benefit from coming to you for further instruction?
A: It is easy to improve an advanced student's abilities by studying the drumming of their favorite players.
Q: What local opportunities are there for your students to play their instruments in a performance setting?
A: There are a lot of students who play various instruments at Music Teachers On Main where it is easy to meet friends to jam with. We also offers recitals, giving students a chance to play publicly.
Q: To take our last question a step further, are there any local musical venues where you have performed, or any local orchestras/groups with whom you have played?
A: I have played at Hollywood's Key Club, The Roxy, House Of Blues, Whiskey-a-go-go, The Mint and other LA clubs. I have also done several national tours and performances for tv shows and commercials.
Q: Tell us about things your students have done that have made you really proud.
A: Several of my students gig with local groups and are successful teachers as well.
Q: When do you know that you've succeeded with a student?
A: I consider it a success when my students are able to jam with their friends.
Q: When did your interest in music begin?
A: My interest in music began when I realized how extensively a music education could be pursued. When I was in junior high school I learned that you could go to school for years to continue the study of drumming.
Q: Please tell us about your formal music education and credentials.
A: I studied music performance with a concentration on classical percussion at the University of New Hampshire, I then studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston where I occasionally go back to teach during the summers. I have since gigged regularly with various signed bands and artists.
Q: What is the style of music you love playing best, on your own time?
A: I enjoy teaching rock the most.
Q: Please share a highlight of your performance/working experience.
A: I performed with a singer named Bleu as the musical guest on the Late, Late Show on NBC.
Q: I understand you're a recording artist, Dylan. Where can I buy your music?
A: I usually recommend books written by my former teachers from Berklee. Some of the material that I've recorded is available for sale, which can be discussed at the lessons.
Q: How has music enriched your life?
A: Music has made it possible for me to make others happy by playing music that they enjoy. It is a lot of fun to make others dance. I have also played in bands that have played a more experimental style of music, which is also very self-gratifying.
Q: What do you want students to get out of getting to work with you?
A: I want students to learn how to teach themselves, and to learn how to pick up ideas from their favorite recordings.
Q: Can you share a free tip that prospective students can benefit from right now?
A: Learning how to transcribe a drum fill makes it easy to recall at a later time.
Students often have ideas of what they would like to work on, but when they don't, I always have suggestions. I love learning songs that the students chose to play along with, and then teaching it to them. I also enjoy giving advice about drumset gear, tuning there instrument, maintenance, and getting gigs, in addition to info about the vocabulary of drumming.
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