couldnt disagree with this moreLearning to read is a good thing, but it isn't where I start someone.
Yes, it is sad to see students come to me after they have spent hundreds of dollars with other "teachers". Many times, the students can't read music at all. Even on drum set, they have no concept of technique or musical form. Why people don't see this is beyond me.Of course entertaining kids and actually teaching them something are two very different things. 90% of the students can study with these guys for years without really learning anything at all, instead of getting a good foundation and feeling constant progress in skills and knowledge, which is the real motivator. They simply don't know what they're doing. Sometimes I also have to have this discussion with a boss who has no appreciation for these difficulties as they have the impression that everything has worked fine when in actuality it's a complete mess both socially and there seems to have been no thread, no methodology or even an attempt to understand how to actually relate information to a student or inspire them to work. I'm a bit biased because I've seen this too many times.
So at the first lesson, do you give a student sticks and a pad, or a book?couldnt disagree with this more
the understanding of notation acts as a line of communication between my students and I
it takes very very little time to understand the concept of quarters, 8ths, and 16ths...and is extremely simple if you can count to 4 ........for someone of any age .....and the means of musical communication it provides is invaluable when conveying information
if it is a student who has never played beforeSo at the first lesson, do you give a student sticks and a pad, or a book?
I'd go so far as to say that everything you know, from how to speak to tying your shoes, you learned by doing them first, and learning how the concepts connect to the physical act after the fact.
Theory is easier to understand if the student already has a foundation of actually playing the instrument you can draw from and make connections to. I agree having the ability to use a common language of notes and rhythms is important, but I think having the understanding of how those rhythms fit together and the reading of them are two different things.
While I agree with all the responses on this thread so far... a little more info is probably a good idea for a better answer. How many lessons have you had with this teacher? Are you getting the lessons at your house or at his studio and/or location? What's his background (been teaching for years with dozens of students, or just some guy who plays in cover bands on the weekends)?My drum teacher didn't teach me how to read music and he just teach me how to play some beat.
So is this a good teacher or bad teacher?
thats just it....you dont focus on developing reading skills. Everyone has their own academic pace, and for some people focusing on developing reading skills too early could be detrimental to the development of holistic drumming and musical skills.