Happy 2016 and I hope your year is off to a superb beginning! I was marinating on the concept of Social Media today and had this revelation (I’m sure I’m not the first) that the once widely held premise that everyone person on Earth is separated only by 6 other people might have actually been transformed by Social Media.
As of January 2016, at least 2 billion of us (currently using some form of Social Media), are probably only separated by 3-4 people and this number is likely to drop further as Social Media grows in both use and influence.
Well that’s a lot of fancy words to say, WE ARE GETTING CONNECTED! I recently fired up all of my Social Media platforms in hopes of better reaching my fan friends, aspiring drummers, drum hobbyists and appreciators of drumming throughout the world. My hope is that my posts will entertain and inspire you and maybe even get you excited about DRUMMING!
Thanks in advance for the opportunity to connect and please feel free to contact me at any (Or even ALL!) of the profile links below. Looking forward to seeing you at other Social Media neighborhoods! I hope you have a wonderful day! –Von
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Aloha my friend! I wanted to share some really neat photos from my recent trip to Hirsoshima, Japan. I just love what they were able to do with Christmas lights. It’s called the Hiroshima Illumination. I hope you enjoy and most of all hope you enjoy your holiday season surrounded by those you love. –Von
I hope as you read this, you are having a terrific day wherever you are in the World. In 15 + years of teaching hundreds of drum students, I have learned much about the human spirit and will to persevere. My drum students inspire me everyday when they show up to drum lessons ready to grow both mentally and physically (drumming is a little bit coordination intensive :)) to levels they previously thought they couldn’t. It’s kind of like blindly going to do something and not knowing how you’re going to get there other than with the instructor guiding your path. I have students from all ages and walks of life and they all share a common purpose in taking drum lessons, to have fun playing drums!
In the past couple of years, I have learned a lot about our brains and how we best acquire new information. It seems the key to learning, is being relaxed and enjoying the experience. I sometimes encounter new students who are nervous at lessons because they are afraid to make mistakes or students who have had past negative music instruction experiences. Whether we set out to learn drums, to drive a car, learn a new math formula or learn how to cook pasta with Alfredo sauce, we will learn it much faster if we are enjoying ourselves. When we are relaxed, all of the learning centers in your brains open up allowing us full access to the the world’s most awesome computing power between our ears.
So how can drumming change your life? I’ll tell you. I have seen my students grow their confidence so much that they overcome enormous personal struggles replacing depression, anxiety and unhappiness with unprecedented joy, confidence and excitement for life. Students, who when they came to me, had a low self-image and didn’t believe in themselves, their ability to play drums or that they could take control of their lives. After about a year of lessons, big things began to shift and they were back in the driver seat of their life calling the shots and heading in a direction that made them happy.
Please know I’m not tooting my horn here or saying that I’m some kind of psychotherapist drum instructor. I don’t think my instruction experience is exclusive as other music instructors have witnessed these same results in their students. What I simply want to share, is that when we provide a learning environment for our students whether we are a music or Math teacher or a driving or cooking instructor, our students will grow at exponential speeds if we are kind, nurturing and supportive of them on their learning journey. If we can provide lots of laughs, smiles, goofy moments and embrace the “perfect” imperfections of learning, students’ confidence and self-esteem will have a chance to grow. After all, isn’t that why we teach? That’s why I love it so much!
Aloha and I hope your September was filled with warm memories that will last a lifetime. I just returned from my trip to Japan performing with the legendary Jazz clarinetist Yoshimas Kasai and an all-star band that included Hawaii’s very own John Kolivas on bass. John and I performed two exciting concerts with Mr. Kasai and made a bunch of new friends! Many thanks to everyone in Japan who made us feel at home taking care of many details so we could concentrate on playing our best. Looking so forward to seeing you all again!
Aloha and I hope you have had a chance to relax this August before the hustle and bustle of the Fall season begins! I recently traveled to Kansas City and Springfield, MO and Seattle, WA and wanted to share some moments from my trip.