B" H


Over 35 years of international professional performance experience on stage, screen & television.

Professional Musician: Drummer - Teacher - Band



"I would like to extend my personal thanks once again for being a great drum teacher. I have learned alot in the time we have had and look forward to more sessions (after summer). Any student should consider themselves lucky to be taught by you. You have much insight and much real life experience to offer. It just shows that even after playing for 25 years myself, I can always learn more and extend and break out of my own boundries." (2011) Band: HolloW (Metal -Symphonic Black/ Death/ Power/ Thrash) Blake L.


Instructional - Education Articles I

"How you do What you do, is almost as important as What you do... because without the How you diminish the What."

Quality of Guidance: refers to the quality of formal music instruction - and informal advice. There are many paths to choose toward reaching a given goal. It's necessary to develop the ability to recognize what works best for you to learn - and this may not be what worked best for a given teacher. Generally, teachers may be ranked by the following criteria:

1. Lesser
The teacher is lacking either or both performance &/ or teaching experience, and therefore, is unable to explain the "how" to acheive a given objective.
3. Average
The teacher has performance experience, but but lacks the teaching experience and therefore cannot explain the "how" of acheiving a given objective, except for one way, how he does it.
3. Outstanding
The teacher has both the professional performance and teaching experience and therefore has the breadth, depth of knowledge, and self-confidence to allow the student to find their own "how" to acheive.

It eventually becomes self evident that become your own primary teacher. Work to be professionally-objective about your own strengths and weaknesses - and recognize what is necessary for you to improve. Also, avoid depending solely on the advice of others - no maatter how much you may admire them.

NOTE: Neither pursuit nor possesion of a music degree guarantee any of the below scenarios


• DAILY SESSIONS - The most effective way to develop long - lasting skills and the continued development of those "skills", which you will require to surpass beyond your current level is through daily sessions. "Practice-marathons" before lessons will NOT resolve the musical challenges you may have neglected during the week and result in what I refer to as "Cramming-Practise". The learning doesn't stay with you for very long.

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT - This is an Opportunity!!! for you to get involved with younger children. They will need your encourgement and guidance to give them the tools to motivate them toward discipline in developing the "Habit of Practising"...which is key to your child's & adult students' success!!!

Reads: "To Jacob, best wishes" Joe Cusatis (Peter Nero trio)

ONE-A-DAY- Spend enough FOCUSED time on each part or page to include all supplementary exercises assigned for your music lessons each and every day CONSISTENCY. Begin each session with a good progressive warm-up routine. (Drum Rudiments, Concepts or books designed for technique, etc.) Then, depending upon your level, the next step should be utilizing an established reading text to further develop your "reading skills". You'll need to Improve and/ or maintain Reading. Last but not least, for drum set, each day, use a text for Coordinated-Independence Development. Eventually there is Stylistic development and then a repertoire of established pieces of music. This will depend on your skill level at the time.

• FOCUSED PRACTISE - FOCUS your efforts on the drum set techniques, the "tools", you'll be taught to help you master the coordinated independence to achieve your goals. Avoid wasting time learning the here-today-gone-tomorrow, "Impressive Patterns/ Solos"! If you need to work on the snare drum, for example, move it out, away from the rest of the drum set in order to avoid any temptation to play the drum set. You must, with certainty, use a practice pad for technique work. (Use a metronome is essential!)

PARTICULARS - Make every effort, with absolute surety that you are performing the music according to the author's/ composer's intentions; rather than a perceived desire on your part for it to be performed any other way. Read more. Music Instruction Article Continues





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