Success in learning the drums frequently depends on finding the right drum instructor. Someone who knows the subject well and understands how to inspire others. Eric's teaching style focuses on skills training, but also emphasizes self-exploration and discovering a passion for something new.
Eric offers drum lessons to students of all levels and ages. Eric has 30+ years of performing and teaching experience. He is a faculty member of the Dutchess Community College Music School as well as drum instructor for the Millbrook Prep School in Millbrook, NY and Trinity-Pawling School in Pawling, NY. His studio is located at Vincitore's Piano Center in Poughkeepsie, NY, near Vassar College. He is a member of The Professional Drum Teachers Guild of America.
Lessons are prepared based on each student’s desires and needs, i.e. an adult looking for serious drum study or just a hobby for fun, or a younger student who needs structure and guidance. Eric has a diverse approach to teaching as he tailors each lesson to meet each individual’s learning style while keeping it fun for all.
Eric’s students learn how to read and perform all styles including rock, latin, jazz, rudimental snare drum, etc. Students get a full multi-media approach to learning drums that allows them to enhance their musical progress by taking advantage of modern day technologies. By practicing with computerized drum machines in musical ways to help develop phrasing and accuracy, students can simulate a performance atmosphere as well as the most important aspect...a crucial time feel.
At your request, Eric will record your lessons (video or audio).
Practicing with educational CDs as well as CDs of artists of all styles and genres, allows students to apply what they are learning to a simulated performance.
Eric will expose you to a history of the drum set and the great drummers, be it through recordings, literature, or the occasional video which is invaluable for inspiration.
NYSSMA, All-County, All-State, college auditions, school and recreational band auditions, along with scholarship preparations, are all available and welcome.
Full Teaching Studio with two acoustic drum sets, one electronic drum set, and lots of percussion.
Each lesson will provide you with; the necessary fundamentals of music, learning techniques appropriate to your age and skill level, a diverse multimedia learning experience, the essentials needed to be a great musician, and most importantly, fun!
Lessons are offered in 30 or 60 minute increments.
Students pay for lessons by the month, in advance. Payment is due on the last lesson of each month for the following month. Ex. If lessons are on Tuesday's you will pay on the last Tuesday of September for all of October's lessons. If payment is not made on time and in full, lessons will not continue and your lesson time will not be held. Payment can be made by Cash, Check and all major Credit & Debit Cards. Late Payments will be subject to a $15.00 late fee.
Make-up lessons: Students will get a maximum of three make-up lessons within the school calendar year not including the summer. Students must call or email to cancel 24 hours before your lesson in order to receive a make-up lesson. It is the students responsibility to call and arrange a makeup appointment.
If Eric needs to cancel a lesson for any reason, He offers students the choice between a makeup lesson, a refund, or a credit for the following month.