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Private lessons, regularly meeting group classes, and group workshops/assemblies focus on the transformative effects on an audience and on the artist, particularly the therapeutic, social, and brain benefits! In parallel, my classes are catered to the general needs of the individual/group.
What you might consider the “technical needs” include…
- Drum Set (Go ahead and name any genre.)
- Concert Percussion (Go ahead and name all the instruments.)
- Marching Drumline and Front Ensemble (The only disclaimer I’d include here is that I have some strong opinions about “traditional” grip…)
In many of my lessons, classes, and workshops/assemblies, I also explore beginner Hand Percussion as well as how to creatively use the Body as an instrument (think STOMP).
In Munich, Germany I teach private lessons at students’ homes. Please contact info@DannieSnyder.com to schedule a free lesson and for prices on 45 and 60 minute lessons.
All of my private students must participate in recitals, because performance is the best type of practice! I host at least two recitals a year at popular music venues. I also push students to perform at open mics.
I usually host at least one studio recording session a year where students can build their video and audio demo reels.
With a background in filmmaking, please feel free to contact me about producing your child’s music video. This is a great opportunity for students who have an interest in composition. Read more on my Music Videos for Students page.
Some students learn best by ear, some best by visuals… Some need to watch me play a beat, some need to practice in the dark… Some like to color code their sheet music and some like to just draw pictures of shoes and hands… I create custom lesson plans starting with what seems to be the easiest approach for the students to learn, but then challenge them to try other methods as well. In other words, it’s a delicate balance between our comfort zones and stepping out of our comfort zones.
In parallel to that, some students don’t like jazz, some students only want to learn traditional grip… Some students don’t like using their feet, some students only want to play double kick… I always teach students what they are eager to learn, but then challenge them to explore other genres and techniques. Even if a student doesn’t like Samba but then gives it a try, he/she will take away from it something, even if the experience just proves what he/she doesn’t like! The way I preach that my favorite percussionists are the ones with their own unique style, I encourage my students to find inspirations in everything around them in order to create their own unique style.
REGULARLY MEETING CLASSES and GROUP WORKSHOPS/ASSEMBLIES
During the last five years in Austin, Texas, I taught regularly meeting group classes at a variety of schools. For example, through Creative Action I taught at a variety of Title I Schools and Juvenile Detention Centers as well as through Buda United Methodist Church I taught a drum circle class combining “traditional” instrumentation and more modern Stomp-like ideas from my “Recycled Rhythms” program (see below).
I facilitated group workshops and assemblies geared towards team building primarily through Drum Cafe. However, occasionally I had the privilege to teach very specialized master classes, such as when I assisted Trinity Episcopal School’s theatre program on incorporating drumming into their performance of Antigone, the Ancient Greek drama.
My most requested program was called “Recycled Rhythms” an interactive drumming and movement/dance experience, exploring sounds from just our bodies and from different objects in our every day lives. To read more, visit this page.
A few students after my Spring 2017 Private Percussion Recital!