Von Baron Biography
Many years of teaching and working with students of all ages, have taught Von Baron that the most important benefit from education can be the cultivation of confidence and self-esteem in the student. Knowledge is simply information unless a student feels confident to use that knowledge to shape both his/her life and our world in positive ways.
As a drum instructor, Von Baron has taught hundreds of drum students spanning over 15 years with students ranging in age from 5 to 80 years old. Some students have gone on to professional careers in music and others simply enriched their lives with drumming. Whatever their motivation, students blossom under Von’s guidance. His breakthrough instructional approach, is based on the latest brain research allowing students to learn faster and easier than with other more traditional instrument instruction methods. The most important reason for student success by far is that drum lessons are always FUN!
Von has a unique music and education background attending both the Berklee College of Music and earning a degree in Sociocultural Anthropology from the University of Washington. In addition, he has been a professional “A-list” drummer for 25 years, a professional composer for almost a decade, over 15 years experience as a drum instructor, and more than 10 years developing child-centered programs and evaluating and measuring their effectiveness. He co-authored and has co-instructed the successful Iolani School Leadership Education Alternative Decision making Program (L.E.A.D.) in Honolulu, Hawaii. For 6 years he has taught students in Hawaii to identify and safely intervene in situations involving bullying, drugs, cheating and stealing as well as important skills in creating healthy and enduring friendships
Von is a critically acclaimed drummer appearing in many groups and on numerous recordings both in the U.S. and internationally including The Von Baron Band, The Honolulu Jazz Quartet, Yoshimasa Kasai, Hajime Kobayashi, Nobuaki Komori, Tennyson Stephens, Tommy James (Duke Ellington Orchestra) Geoffrey Keezer, Eddie Henderson, Henry Kapono, Danny Carvalho, Michael Ruff, Shelly Berg, Benny Golson, Pete Christlieb, Ira Nepus, Sacha Boutros, Yasuko Hayakawa, Don Ho, Ota san, Ray Brown Jr., Tita Lima, Nathan Osmand, Jeff Peterson, Paul Shimomoto, Hiromi Kanda, Henry Allen, Jimmy Borges, Yoshiaki Miyanoue, Theresa Bright, Gabe Baltazar, Matt Catingub & The Honolulu Symphony Pops and Byron Nease (Phantom of the Opera) among others.
Von has also produced three solo commercial music albums and many other compositions finding their way into TV, Video Game and Radio productions in Europe, the U.S. and Latin America. He is an inspirational speaker also publishing a book entitled “Gifted: 6 Powerful Steps to Live the Most Incredible Life You Can Imagine” which details exactly how to get from where you are to where you would like to be with your life. It is available e-book format through Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com and iBooks. Gifted is also available in audio book format through iBooks and Audible.com.
His mission is to inspire students and adults to discover their life purpose and pursue it with passion creating a more harmonious world. For press kits, interview requests, drum lessons, performance and workshop booking please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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