Instrument: Guitar, Bass, Drums, Piano
Genres: Rock, Folk, Blues, Jazz, Samba
Locations: Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Potomac, Silver Spring, Rockville MD
Why I work well with kids?
I have been teaching lessons for over 10 years now and I think my success as a teacher comes from not only teaching students how to play the drums piano and guitar, but more importantly, how to enjoy music and have fun playing music. As I grew up I played drums 4-6 hours a day and it wasn’t because anyone was forced me to play, it was because it was something I truly enjoyed. While teaching I keep my childhood experience in mind and always make it my first job to teach students how to enjoy playing.
Robert C. Bio and Resume
Location of Birth: USA
Mr. Chambers is a graduate of James Madison University where he was a member of the Marching Royal Dukes and center snare for 2 years. Since his time at JMU, Robert has taught and written music for various drum lines in Virginia and Maryland and continues to teach private lessons for piano, guitar, concert percussion and drum set. Robert also actively plays live music with a rock band out of South Western Virginia that he has been a member of since high school.
EDUCATION: James Madison University- 2002-2006, Harrisonburg, VA Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies (Concentration: Public Relations); Minor: Music Industry Musical Experience: James Madison University Marching Royal Dukes Drum Line, 2002 – 2005, Harrisonburg, VA • Center snare (given to top player) in 2004 and 2005 • Helped write and teach exercises and musical pieces • Often in charge of running rehearsals with up to 42 percussionists • Dedicated up to 30 hours a week in practice and performance time • Performed for the President of Ireland in 2004 when Ireland was inducted into the United Nations • Played on ESPN 2 for the NCAA Division 1-AA National Championship Percussion Instructor, Herndon High School, 2010, Herndon, VA • Conducted auditions to select the students that would be on the drum line • Wrote all music for a 12 person drum line and a 10 person pit • Helped write drill and teach drill for the drum line and the band • Ran all practices and implemented exercises to teach proper technique and musicality Percussion Instructor, Rockbridge County High School, 2007, Lexington, VA • Increased the drum lines overall scores from the previous year: i.e. This particular line placed 23rd in the Parade of Champions in 2006 and placed 3rd out of 32 lines under my instruction. They also went on to get straight ones across the board at the Virginia State competition • Wrote all music for a 10 person drum line and a 4 person pit • Helped write drill and teach drill for the drum line and the band • Ran all practices and implemented exercises to teach proper technique and musicality • Set in for head band director at times and ran full band rehearsals Drum Line Instructor, Various High Schools, 2002 – 2007, Location Varies • Instructed for the following high schools: Bath County, Parry McClure High School, Rockbridge County High School, Nelson County High School • Wrote all music and exercises for drum lines in size from 8 – 20 percussionist, including pit arrangements • Helped write drill and teach drill for the drum line and the band • Ran all practices and implemented exercises to teach proper technique and musicality Private Drum Instructor, 2000– Present, Location Varies • Taught lessons from beginner (elementary school) to advanced (college level) • Instructed four students that went on to reach the state level in VBODA competition • Helped students prepare for college auditions and have had students make the music departments of the following universities: West Virginia University, James Madison University, Virginia Commonwealth University and Liberty College • Taught students musicality and technique on drum set, concert snare and tympani including how to read music, drum charts and how to write music • Examined students abilities in various musical styles and helped them achieve a better overall understanding of music • Focused on teaching students to enjoy playing music.
Most Influential Musicians/Bands: Jimi Hendrix, Led Zepplin, Rush, Tower of Power, Buddy Rich Band…
Favorite Quote: Show me someone who does a good job and I will show you someone who is better than most and worthy of the company of kings.
Favorite Movie(s): Joe Dirt, Days of Thunder, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Christmas Vacation, Superbad, Drop Dead Fred…
Places Traveled: I went to Ireland and Germany on a drum tour in 2004 and it was the best trip of my life. Although that was the only time I have been outside of the US, I have visited almost all 50 states in the US. I only have 7 more to visit before I have been to all 50 states.
How would your friends describe you?: I think my friends would say that I am a person that is always up for an adventure and a good person to have around.
Hobbies: Playing drums is my favorite hobby but I am also a big skier. Outside of those two activities I enjoy anything that involoves getting outside and having fun.
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