T.R. McKotch

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Xylophone, Drums, Conga, Djembe, Piano, Drum Rudiments, Snare Drum, Vibraphone, Glockenspiel
(8 reviews)
75+ lessons booked on Lessonface
Avg. Response Time: 195 hrs, 27 mins

Lesson Fees
from $28.00 / 30 Minutes

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"T.R. is fantastic! A true gem for our area." ~Steve Gustafson (10,000 Maniacs)

"T.R. McKotch is a rare kind of musician who can both play and teach very well.  His ability to connect to beginner drummers, both by teaching and empowering them are traits that will help his students long after they leave his experiences.  T.R. is someone who truly loves people and wants to see them progress." ~Jim Donovan (Rusted Root)

"Your class gave me so much structure.  It has always been something I've appreciated! Thanks for being a great teacher and friend!" ~Mark Reininga, Actor NCIS - L.A.

Learn to drum fast from a pro drummer and music educator with 30+ years experience

Want to play your favorite songs? Want to learn drums but don't know where to start?​​​​ Trying on your own and not making progress? Already play and need to improve your skills? I will help you build a solid foundation of music theory and technique while tailoring to your personal tastes and goals. Part of my lesson plan involves me recording, I will build you a program based on your interests, needs, and goals. I provide you with the best solutions and the full support of a teacher, trainer and coach. Music Lessons are not a "One Size Fits All" product. You are unique. You need and deserve a program that is as unique as you are. Shoot me a message to see if we're a good match!

My Experience as a Teacher

I believe in the power of Positive Reinforcement and Encouragement in teaching. I am a firm believer that every student learns at their own pace, and fostering a patient and kind learning environment is key to growth. While I will ensure a nurturing atmosphere, I will also guide you in mastering the correct techniques and provide you with the necessary tools to excel as a musician.

Drawing from over three decades of experience as a performer and educator, I have developed effective teaching methods tailored to address individual musical challenges. By implementing structured practice techniques, students can maximize their progress and achieve rapid improvement in their playing.

One of the most fulfilling aspects of my teaching philosophy is witnessing the development and achievements of my students. I take great pride in seeing students build confidence in their abilities and make strides towards their musical goals.

NOTE: If you're looking for a qualified piano teacher who specializes in working with youth and you don't see availability on my calendar, you can find my daughter Irys on the Lessonface platform at https://www.lessonface.com/instructor/irys-mckotch


Drum Instructor Jamestown Community College

Endorses Omete Cymbals

Beginner To Advanced Students Welcome

No matter where you may currently find yourself along your musical path, my lessons offer clear guidance and support for those looking to get ahead.

My lessons are structured logically, and informed by my 30 years of teaching and performing. Each lesson will aim to keep students busy, progressing steadily, and engaging with their own musical interests.

Though it is important to keep sessions productive, enjoyment is absolutely essential to achieving the best results. Learning any musical instrument should be an exciting process, so I always like to keep lessons relaxed and encouraging for learners!

Each lesson is delivered and planned with the individual student in mind. No two drummers are the same, so I strongly believe that content for each lesson should reflect age, experience, interests, and rate of learning for each individual student.

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