Andy Schmidt

Drums, Percussion, Snare Drum

Lesson Fees
from $22.50 / 30 Minutes

About

Andy graduated in 2021 from Central Washington University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Percussion Performance. He performed with some of Central's top ensembles, including the CWU Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, and Marching Band, where he also served as the drumline captain from 2019-2020.

Andy regularly performs with the Wenatchee Valley Symphony and with the Leavenworth Summer Theatre;  has coached numerous high school drumlines in Washington State.

My teaching style varies as I learn the student's learning style and what resonates with them. I always treat my students with respect and kindness, and do my absolute best to create an environment for students to thrive in.

My lessons with beginner students focus heavily on building solid technique and building understanding of the fundamentals of music, such as reading/writing music, basic drum beats, rudiments, fills, and playing along to music! Intermediate and advanced students build off of those fundamentals and strengthen their understanding of these concepts by learning to incorporate rudiments on the drum set, dynamics, musical phrasing, etc. 

B.M. Percussion Performance, Central Washington University, April 2021

Allowing students to  control their musical education is something I firmly believe in. I encourage students following the path that they want to follow, whether it be jazz drumming, rock/metal drumming, or even classical styles. While I allow students to set their own path, I encourage them to step outside of that realm and learn concepts from other styles that will compliment their existing goals. I also offer practical solutions and exercises to certain concepts that students may be struggling with, and encourage them to utilize these exercises in their daily practice.

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