Specializing in Drum Lessons
B.M., Temple University’s Boyer College of Music
Jazz performance, Rock, Pop, Classical percussion
In-Home, Philadelphia and Main Line
“I teach Drums, Bass and Piano. I am a full time teacher and performer in Philadelphia and a graduate of Temple University. I’ve taught a wide range of students from absolute beginners to working professionals. For the last few years I have instructed multiple workshops and classes on Jazz improvisation for adults at Montgomery County Community College. I have also taught classes, ensembles, and clinics privately and at public schools. Currently I’m the percussion instructor at a K-12 private school in Bryn Mawr, PA. In addition to teaching, I’m also an active performer in the Philadelphia music scene.” Schedule a Lesson
Read a brief interview with Alex below:
When did you begin playing drums, and why?
I began drum lessons at age 7 after hearing my friend’s older brother play drum parts from a song by the band Primus. Like all kids, I wanted to play guitar but I had a lot of rhythm and drums just appealed to me more.
What are your personal goals as a musician?
As a musician I want to be a masterful communicator and improviser.
Do you have a memory of a time when a musical concept or technique really clicked? Something you’ll remember forever?
Much later in my musical career I conquered my “tone deafness” as a drummer. When I became able to identify what the other musicians in the band were doing everything started to make more sense on the drums, it’s funny how that works.
What is your favorite piece of advice from one of your past (or current) drum teachers?
One of my favorite pieces of advice from a past teacher is “it’s not a race.” Music isn’t a competition, it enables you to express things about yourself that are difficult to express with words. We are all very fortunate to play and perform music for others.
What was your most challenging moment learning an instrument?
Taking jazz piano courses in college presented a huge challenge for me. The keyboard seemed like a maze and voicings took a while to make sense for me.
What is your biggest musical achievement?
I suppose one of my biggest musical achievements would be performing on a commissioned piece of music by the American Composers Forum. It was a Community Partnership Grant given to pianist Tom Lawton for a piece called “7 Vignettes for Broad and Lombard.” That was also the most challenging piece of music that I’ve performed.
Favorite thing about teaching drum lessons?
My favorite thing about teaching is witnessing how many different ways kids and adults conceptualize music. This enables me to have a wide basis for teaching different types of learners. Once they get it it’s very gratifying for them and for me as the teacher.
What is a piece of advice you would like to share with anyone learning music?
To anyone who is learning music: Take your time and enjoy it, this is a special thing that we do and you are a very unique person if you are pursuing music.
Personal music projects: i.e. bands, groups, shows, recording:
My favorite musical projects are the bands that I play in and tour with: The Downtown Shimmy, The Fried Bananas, and Frank Velardo Trio.