John Caserta – Drums, Piano, Guitar, Bass, Ukulele Teachers

Drum, Piano, Guitar, Bass, and Ukulele
Music Performance from University of the Arts
Music Business Entrepeneaurship & Technology from University of the Arts

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I teach Drums, Piano, Guitar, Bass, and Ukulele. My name is John Caserta, I have been playing music for over 20 years and recently graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia for Music Performance, with a minor in Music Business Entrepreneurship & Technology. I have taught privately for 10 years and believe that the best way to teach a student is to find their interests and build upon them. I believe that every musician/person has their own sound/voice and that finding that voice can be a very exciting and fruitful adventure. I teach bass, guitar, piano, and ukulele but specialize in drums and percussion. While I mainly play drum set, I can also teach students a variety of world/orchestral percussion such as congas, bongos, djembe, marimba, timpani, etc. Please feel free to ask about lessons on any percussive instrument.

When did you begin playing Drums, and why?:
I have been playing drums for my entire life. I have very vague memories of playing with pots and pans in the kitchen like most kids. I was just drawn to the look of drums I think, with all of the shiny metal and gadgets going on, it just seemed like fun I suppose.

What other instruments do you play, and what is your experience with them?:
The other instruments I play are bass, guitar, piano, percussion and ukulele. I have a very basic level of knowledge on these instruments but can teach a beginner/intermediate level.

What are your personal goals as a musician?:
My personal goals as a musician are to best serve the music that I am playing. I want to be prepared to play many different styles so that the music gets what it deserves and not just what I want to play.

Do you have a memory of a time when a musical concept or technique really clicked?  Something you’ll remember forever?:
I do not honestly. I have many musical revelations every week, sometimes every day, where things just click, and that is the magic of learning something for me.

What is your favorite piece of advice from one of your past (or current) teachers?:
One of my favorite pieces of advice is to take risks and to offer something unique to the table.

What was your most challenging moment learning an instrument?:
My most challenging moment was when I was in college, and I would be studying privately with master musicians. It was particularly challenging because not only did I struggle with trying to get certain concepts/rhythms down but there was also the added pressure of some incredible musician watching you the whole time.

What is your biggest musical achievement?:
My biggest musical achievements are when a concept clicks for a student of mine. It is very rewarding to see their eyes light up.

Favorite thing about teaching?:
My favorite thing is also when a concept clicks for a student.

What is a piece of advice you would like to share with anyone learning music?:
Be yourself, find your own sound/creativity.