Private Drum Lessons

Having a personal instructor is like having a knowledgeable guide on a perilous journey into the wilderness. I help students figure out where they want to go, help them plan on how to get there, and then guide them on that journey.

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About Chris Vincent

My name is Chris Vincent, and I’ve been playing drums for 20 years and teaching drums for over 6 years. I started teaching drums because I love music, I love percussion, I love developing my musical ability, and I love working with people who feel the same way. I help my students learn to express themselves with percussion. I believe that the better they express themselves, the more fun they have!

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Blog

With my students I have taken steps to incorporate new technologies into how I help them become better musicians and achieve their goals. As VincentDrums.com evolves I look forward to it being a valuable resource for them to add to that list. For prospective students, VincentDrums.com is my beacon to help them find me and make a more informed decision in choosing their musical path.

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Private Drum Lessons

Private Drum Lessons

Having a personal instructor is like having a knowledgeable guide on a perilous journey into the wilderness. I help students figure out where they want to go, help them plan on how to get there, and then guide them on that journey.

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Lesson Structure

Lesson Structure

My approach begins by establishing a base of fundamental skills and knowledge. That includes concept of pulse, good time keeping, rudiments, and basic notation. Those skills and knowledge form the foundation upon which all subsequent lessons are built. Material and skills are taught by demonstration and imitation.

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Teaching Philosophy

Teaching Philosophy

Even the newest, youngest, or most challenged student has abilities and strengths that can be used in support of learning music. Whether it’s as simple as singing the ABCs, playing a sport, understanding math, a tendency toward tapping rhythmically on the nearest surface, or hand-eye coordination from playing video games—such strengths can be parlayed into musical application.

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Encouraging Creativity

“We signed [our son] up for drum lessons with Chris so that he could maintain what he had learned in school through the summer.  Chris did an excellent job with [him]!  [He] went from seeing drumming as a class at school to enjoying them for fun.  [He] continues to study with Chris, who has helped develop his technique while encouraging his creativity.” – Monica

Creative & Patient

“Chris’s teaching techniques are creative and his patience admirable.” – Tamara (parent)

Nice, Not Mean

“Chris is nice because he corrects you without saying mean things.  He doesn’t be mean to his students.  He lets you play whatever you want at the beginning of class.” – Abe (student, 2nd grade)

Appreciation

“Chris is a great drum teacher.  He’s funny and lets me pick out the songs I like, then teaches me how to play.  I think I’ve learned a lot in the short time I’ve been coming to his classes.  I can read music, play songs, and have an appreciation for what I’ve learned.” – Lola

Personal Style

“The thing I enjoy most about Chris’ teaching style is  how personal he is.  Rather than giving random exercises that may be of little to no benefit, he asks you what your goals are.  With this information he is able to come up with a practice plan that will improve your playing rapidly.  The reason his methods are so effective is that all the lessons are based around you.  This has led me to learn several technically difficult songs, learn many jazz techniques, and even learn some mallet percussion as well.  Not only do I achieve many musical things with my lessons but also I have a terrific time because of how much of a friendly guy Chris is.  He turns lessons from a weekly drudgery to a very fun and productive 30 minutes.” – Peter

Communicates Well

Chris is a fun drums teacher and works very well with kids.  He communicates well about students’ progress every week.  He always makes sure that the student understands the current lesson before moving on to the next one.  We would gladly recommend Chris to anyone looking for a drums instructor! – Mala (parent)

The Value of Practice

“Chris has helped [my son] learn two skills: how to play the snare drum and how to study.  My son has learned the value of practice, which has carried over into school and home life.  [My son] appreciates Chris’ open, honest manner.  He loves learning new skills by playing along with Chris.  I would (and have) recommend Chris Vincent to other students.” – Rebecca