Instruments: Guitar, Drums
Rock, Reggae, Punk, Hip Hop, Funk
Location: Fairfax, Reston, Chantilly, McLean, Vienna, Ashburn
Why I work well with kids?
I get along well with kids. I have a good sense of humor,I’m enthusiastic and patient. And I like their honesty.
Raj D. Bio and Fun Facts
Location of Birth: Takoma Park MD
I grew up in a musical family. My brothers put drum sticks in my hands before I could talk. Ever since then I was hooked. I explored different options,learning classical Indian instruments and taking lessons in school. But nothing felt right until I got a hold of a drum kit, a bass and a guitar. Then in high school and college I took music theory and musicianship classes while pursuing a degree in Business Administration. After taking lessons and studying on my own I learned the fundamentals of good teaching.That’s why I want to create non intimidating environment where students can feel comfortable learning their instrument, all while having fun and being encouraged.
-Lessons in Mrdanga, Tabla, and Karatalas
-Lessons in Violin, Trumpet, Tuba
-Courses in Music Theory as applied to guitar
-Courses in General Muscianship.
-Experiance playing Mrdanga and Karatalas at live venues.
-Experiance in playing drums, bass and guitar
in different incarnations of the band Soilders and Sages.
-Currently play guitar/bass in local duo Coda.
Experiance working with Children
-Worked in “the Playroom” at McLean Racquet and Health Club.
-Worked as a Youth Camp Counselor at McLean Racquet and Health Club.
-Teachers aid working with children with mental disabilities at Kilmer Middle School.
-Extensive experience baby sitting.
Most Influential Musicians/Bands:
Beatles, Stones, Hendrix, P Funk, James Taylor, Aerosmith, Bob Marley, Lee Scratch, Sly Stone, Red Hot Chili Peppers, GnR, Sublime, Bad Brains, Jack Johnson, Wu-tang, Mos Def, Pete Rock, I could go on forever!
“Good artists borrow from their influences, great artist steal.” ~ Picasso
City of God, The Doors, Fletch, All Bruce Lee Movies, Any James Bond with Sean Connery.
Switzerland, London, India, all over American and Canada
Listening learning writing playing music, reading, cooking, being outside, musing.
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