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private teaching

Danielle has taught percussion privately for over 10 years, drawing on her experience in public schools, university settings, and high-level performing groups. She offers lessons to beginning students through 12th grade, as well as adult learners at any level. As a firm believer in becoming a 'well-rounded musician', all lessons are individualized to fit the needs and interests of the student, with an overarching emphasis on musicality and expression. Her home studio features keyboard and battery percussion, drumsets, auxiliary instruments, and hand percussion, as well as an adjacent seating area for parents. 

  • keyboard percussion (marimba and vibraphone)

  • snare drum (concert/orchestral and rudimental)

  • drum set

  • timpani

  • auxiliary percussion (tambourine, triangle, cymbals, etc)

  • world percussion (djembe, congas, pandeiro, tabla, etc)

  • music theory, analysis, and ear training

  • jazz improvisation

  • marching percussion

purpose of study
  • audition preparation

    • college applications

    • scholarship consideration

    • summer camps

    • youth performing ensembles

  • general advancement of skills

  • school-related activities

    • all-state ​festivals and chair placement

  • personal enjoyment

frequently asked questions
  • what is a private lesson like?

We begin each lesson with a brief discussion followed by warm-up and technical exercises. Next, we focus on new or continuing repertoire, evaluating progress based on our work in the previous week. Every lesson ends with a summary of what was accomplished and what needs attention, including advice for at-home practice. Because percussion is so visual, I demonstrate concepts regularly in lessons and employ various teaching strategies based on the student's learning type. 

  • how much do lessons cost?

Lesson options are as follows: $30 for 30-minute session, $40 for 45-minute session, or $50 for 1-hour session. While I teach primarily from my home studio, lessons are available at the student's home for an additional fee, dependent on distance. Lessons are available Monday-Saturday. Payment is collected in full at the start of each month, unless otherwise discussed. Digital lessons via Zoom, Skype, or FaceTime are available as well.

  • how are goals set?

Every student is unique, with different needs and individual objectives. During our second lesson, we will discuss these objectives in detail and establish short-, medium-, and long-term goals for study. We will assess these goals throughout our time together and make any necessary adjustments.

  • what materials do I need?

Students need to bring their own sticks or mallets to every lesson. Method books will be suggested on an individual basis and supplemental materials such as exercises will be provided via handout or pdf. 

  • how much should I practice per week?

This depends on the student, their interest level, available time, and area of concentration. It is recommended to practice intelligently for a minimum of 30 minutes per day if possible, rather than 2 hours once per week. Practice includes warm-up, technical exercises, and any materials being studied such as solos or etudes

  • what is the best form of communication?

To initiate lessons, please contact via email. Once lessons are established, I can be reached via email or by phone (voice calls or text messages). Please do not reach out on any social media platforms. 

  • what if I need to cancel?

Life can be complicated and unexpected. Should you need to cancel for any reason, please let me know as soon as possible, and no later than 2 hours prior to your scheduled lesson. If done in this manner, payment for the cancelled lesson will be applied to the following session; however, if cancelled less than 2 hours prior to your scheduled lesson, payment will not be applied to the following session. 

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