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Drum lessons with qualified and experienced teacher - all styles, all levels

Hello! My name is Aurel and I am a French Amsterdam-based drummer.

Although currently specialized in Jazz music, I have studied various esthetics, and Pop and Rock music, in particular, are part of my background (I played in several pop-rock bands). Therefore I am able to teach a broad panel of music styles. I also have many drum methods and charts at my disposal, and have experience in teaching children from the age of 6, as well as teenagers and adults.

Lessons and teaching method:
I always adapt to the student's tastes and learning profiles. This is why, during the first lesson, and on a regular basis afterwards, I always take time to discuss with my students (or their parents if they are very young) to figure out together the path they want or need to follow. I will use charts and methods for those who need visual support to assimilate the skills or teach by ear and by demonstrating to the ones who feel more comfortable this way. I also play electric guitar and can jam with my students, which is a great tool for developing band playing skills or simply to have a good time.

For those eager to make significant progress, I offer consistent and serious monitoring, with practice recommendations. I can for instance prepare a student for an audition or an entrance exam in a conservatory. If you are willing to improve your understanding of rhythm in general, you can also benefit from my knowledge of Indian Karnatic rhythm concepts, one of the most complete traditional approaches to rhythm.
Students who simply want to learn at their pace, to have fun and unwind, are definitely welcome too!

About me:
In addition to my jazz drums bachelor and master degrees from the conservatory of Amsterdam (CvA), which included a thorough pedagogical training and a specialization in Indian Karnatic techniques, I benefit from 4 years of experience as an employed drum teacher in two French associative music schools (Ecole de musique de Nangis and Conservatoire des Deux Rives, Moret-sur-Loing).

I am also an active musician, both on the Dutch and the French scene. My trio mainly tours in France and has played at venues such as the Sunside (Paris), or participated in competitions like the Keep An Eye International Jazz Award. I am also the co-leader of the sextet Chai Masters, finalist of several European competitions (Leiden Jazz Award, Golden Jazz Trophy in Lille, France, 7 Virtual Jazz Contest). Recently, the band was part of Keep An Eye The Records's finalists (March 2022).

Looking forward to meeting you and passing on my know-how to you!

Extra information

I have a drumkit at my studio and cymbals. I can offer sticks that I don't use anymore, but it's always better to buy your own pair!

Location

At student's location: Around Amsterdam, Netherlands
Online via webcam
At teacher's location: T.T. Neveritaweg, 1033 WB Amsterdam

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General info

Skills:
Drums:
Jazz, Pop, Rock
Age:
Preschool children (4-6 years old)
Children (7-12 years old)
Teenagers (13-17 years old)
Adults (18-64 years old)
Seniors (65+ years old)
Student level:
Beginner
Intermediate
Advanced
Duration:
30 minutes
45 minutes
60 minutes
90 minutes
120 minutes
The class is taught in:English, French

About Me

I come from a small village, in the middle of French countryside. Fascinated by an old drumkit gathering dust in my uncle's house, and nourished by my parent's record and vinyl collection, I ended up taking drum and solfege lessons in the local music school. Coming from a non-professional musician family, I had to work my way up to enter the music middle, undertaking a journey that led me to live in Paris, Bruxelles, Philadelphia (US) and eventually Amsterdam.

As a result, I can remember every step of my musical development very well. I moreover take advantage of this peculiarity in my pedagogy, either to clearly explain the subjects I intend to teach, or to precisely figure out the strengths, weaknesses and needs of a student. This ability was strengthened by a four-year experience as a teacher in associative music schools, with very diverse students ranging from five to forty years old.

Education

2008: Baccalauréat (French secondary studies diploma), Cum Laude

2008 - 2012 : Studies at the American School of Modern Music (nowadays IMEP), Paris, France. Lessons with Peter Giron (Rhoda Scott), Rick Margitza (Miles Davis)

2009 - 2011: Ecole de Batterie Emmanuel Boursault (French drum school), higher diploma, first prize

2015 - 2019: Bachelor's degree at the Conservatory of Amsterdam

2017: Student exchange with Boyer College of Music, part of Temple University in Philadelphia, USA
Lessons with Rodney Green (Mulgrew Miller)

2019 - 2021: Master's degree at the Conservatory of Amsterdam
Lessons with Martijn Vink (The Ploctones, Anouk, Bojan Z), Yoran Vroom (Cory Henry)

Experience / Qualifications

2009 - 2011: Salaried drum teacher at Ecole de musique de l'harmonie de Nangis (Nangis, France)
2012 - 2014: Salaried drum teacher at Conservatoire des Deux Rives (Moret-sur-Loing, France)

2012 - 2013: Drummer for singer-songwriter Pristine Grey

Since 2017: Tours and concerts in France and the Netherlands with my own trio and the band Chai Masters

Reviews (3)

Aurel is a fantastic teacher who puts your motivation center stage. As a complete beginner, I was able to quickly pick up playing, thanks to the way his lessons build up on one another. There's never a dull moment, he is clearly passionate about both drumming and teaching. Never before have I enjoyed learning an instrument this much. A big thank you Aurel!
Aurel is great. He was trying to put himself in my shoes and think of why something was not working. While he was giving his feedback, he was sharing it in a very clear and supportive way. He also discussed with me what my goals are, he asked for samples of music and adjusted the class accordingly. He also very kindly offered me his old sticks and taught longer that he should’ve. Oh and he’s a fantastic drummer with very successful projects. I’m very happy to be taking classes from him.
Aurel is very patient and nice with young kids. My son is 6 years old and he likes to go to Aurel's lessons and he has learned a lot! The most important thing is that my kid really enjoys playing and learning. Thanks again!

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