PRIVATE DRUM LESSONS in TORONTO
Jazz Vibraphone - Percussion Instruction
Rock and jazz drumming
Concert snare drumming and percussion
Vibraphone, xylophone, or marimba techniques
Jazz improvisation on mallets
Reading skills on all instruments
Learn beginning to advanced performance skills
at the studio of Toronto Drum Teacher Stewart Hoffman
Whether you’re a beginner who wants to get off to a great start or an experienced drummer or vibraphonist who wants to further develop
or refine your technique, Stewart Hoffman (see bio) will focus on your specific needs and musical interests.
A Juilliard graduate with over 30 years of experience teaching and working as a jazz drummer, rock drummer and orchestral percussionist, Stewart brings a
broad and diverse background to teaching and playing drum set.
Students of both rock and jazz drumming will be given the tools to develop a solid snare drum technique. While learning rock and funk grooves,
jazz independence, the essential drum rudiments (and how to apply
them to the drum set), drum breaks and fills and how to develop a solo, there will be a strong emphasis on learning to
play the basics well - with
rhythmic accuracy, a relaxed, controlled technique and
Stewart’s drum lessons are first and foremost musical experiences, where power, speed, flexibility and independence skills are learned within a musical context,
and developed to serve a musical end.
JAZZ VIBRAPHONE, XYLOPHONE and MARIMBA
Watch Stewart perform David Friedman's "Etude No. 19" for vibraphone.
Along with 4-mallet and 2-mallet techniques, jazz vibraphone students explore the exciting world of improvisation, beginning with
the blues and popular song,
and continuing through the classics of the "Great American Songbook".
Your listening skills will develop through the study of jazz theory, scales and chord voicings. And all your musical skills will grow further by examining
the music of Lionel Hampton, Milt Jackson, Gary Burton, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Stan Getz, Bill Evans - any of the greats that have served to inspire you.
BAND and ORCHESTRAL PERCUSSION
Those interested in band and orchestral percussion study snare drum and mallet techniques, the important orchestral excerpts
and solo works.
With undergraduate and graduate degrees in music from the Juilliard School in New York City, Stewart is highly qualified to prepare students for
university or college entrance auditions.
Half-hour, 45-minute or 60 minute lessons are available
Students of all ages and experience are welcome
Stewart’s music studio is located in downtown Toronto near the Greenwood-Danforth subway station. Instruction may also take place at the student’s home, depending on location.
Stewart has been playing and teaching jazz and rock drumming, vibraphone and orchestral percussion for
over 30 years. Currently a private teacher at Toronto’s Crescent School, he also presents drum clinics in Toronto area schools
for both music educators
and students, and at music camps (see full biography).