Drum Set Lessons
Stewart’s drum lessons are first and foremost musical experiences, with power, speed, flexibility and independence skills all studied in order to meet musical ends.
While an individual student’s goals and interests play a large part in the planning and direction of his or her study program, all students can expect to receive a program that includes the study of snare drum rudiments and playing techniques, with the goal of achieving a solid, relaxed snare drum technique.
Drum set students may also study:
- rock and funk grooves
- jazz independence
- drum breaks, fills and the development of solos
- advanced reading and drum charts
Band and Orchestral Percussion Lessons
Students interested in band and orchestral percussion study snare drum and mallet techniques. As stated above, the goal is to achieve a technique that is both secure and relaxed. The learning of reading skills and the study of solo works for all instruments (which may include the important orchestral excerpts and works for multiple percussion) are important components of the program.
Students of mallet percussion (xylophone, vibraphone, marimba) may chose to study 4-mallet techniques, music theory as required, and vibraphone dampening and pedaling techniques.
With undergraduate and graduate degrees in music from the Juilliard School in New York City, Stewart is highly qualified to prepare students for arts-based high schools, university or college entrance auditions.
Jazz Vibraphone and Improvisation
Fundamental to jazz vibraphone performance, along with reading skills 2- and/or 4-mallet techniques, is the study of improvisation. Students begin improvising with the blues, and continue with popular song and the classics of the Great American Songbook.
Listening skills are developed through ear training, the study of jazz theory, chord-scale relationships and chord voicings. And all musical skills will be enhanced through careful listening to the music of great artists of the past: from Lionel Hampton to Milt Jackson and Gary Burton; from Charlie Parker to Stan Getz and Bill Evans . . . or any of the great artists that may serve as an inspiration.
- Half-hour, 45-minute or 60 minute lessons available
- Students of all ages and experience are welcome
For more information, call 1.416.462.9615, or email email@example.com
Stewart’s music studio is located in Toronto between the Greenwood and Coxwell subway stations just south of Danforth