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Improve Your Groove
Know your beat? Demystify the ability to swing, steer the time, elasticize your feel & make it funky!
Get Up for the Downstroke
Develop hand & foot techniques beyond limitations to optimize your coordination & style.
Harness rhythmic momentum by understanding subdivisions, polyrhythms & phrasing for creating your beats, breaks & solos––improvised or arranged!
Expand your foundation to own legit reading, writing & repertoire chops through listening with “big picture” application.
Study the Method being called the next Stick Control or Syncopation for the Modern Drummer!
Mastering the tables of time
Mastering the Tables of Time provides an inclusive framework combining studies in timekeeping, coordination, rudiments, polyrhythms and dynamic control into musical applications to benefit any player interested in developing a stronger foundation, greater confidence and freedom of expression in any musical direction.
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He always made sure we had time to hang and talk, sometimes even shed. All these things matter to me just as much as the drum lessons do. On the drums, Stanoch was a great teacher to have, he always held us accountable and helped us grow beyond some of our “young” approaches to drumming.
I’m grateful to have been his student, and am still grateful to have him available to me right now! Cool Breeze, Stanoch!
I feel very fortunate to have studied with Dave at the onset of my career and I'm fortunate to have stayed friends with him for the past two decades. Thanks Dave! You've done more for me than you know!
There are many things I learned that I still refer back to, and I’m happy that I can call him a friend!
While in attendance there, he continually bestowed his vast knowledge of musical styles and technical skill upon myself and his other students. In addition, he modeled a level of preparedness and professionalism that, to this day, I strive to emulate.
Years later our paths crossed again, and we began working together in a number of capacities, including instructional book collaborations and Percussive Arts Society Drumset Committee projects. That valuable student-teacher relationship from years past remains still, because every moment around Dave is an occasion for learning. Be they online or in person, I can’t recommend studies with Dave highly enough. There’s a Zen saying that ‘when the student is ready, the teacher will appear.’ I might further argue that if you’re truly ready, in Dave Stanoch you very well might find a teacher for life.
It’s very exciting––very! When I play Jazz and want to play time faster, he’s taught me hand techniques to do it easier. Tuning, also––it’s one basic step to playing well. Having my drums and the drums I use when I travel tuned well makes them more fun to play! He teaches me so much, and the things we study help me so much.
I’ve won several competitions including the recent PASIC Drum Set Competition thanks to Dave letting us students know while we were at McNally Smith College of Music. He kindly walked us through the guidelines and set aside time in class for us to work on it. I highly recommend checking out Dave Stanoch’s School of Drumming!
Aside from monumental improvement in my playing abilities and musical expertise, I was able to achieve my goal of being accepted into my college’s top jazz ensemble. I highly value my studies with Mr. Stanoch because they aided my conceptualization of the drum set as a multi-faceted instrument far beyond just beats and rhythms.
My playing has been bettered with regard to limb independence, dynamic control and contrast, precision and accuracy of attacks, and overall locking in with other players in ensemble settings. I highly recommend David Stanoch as a private instructor for anyone looking to delve into the nitty-gritty microscopic levels of drum set playing in order to fill in the gaps between knowledge and execution.
His teaching style and conduct as an instructor really influenced the way I teach now and served as a great model that I implement with all my students. The materials that we used are still some of my favorites." A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Hirofumi Katsuki has performed in New York, Tokyo, and around Japan. He has had the honor of performing with Fumio Karashima, longtime pianist of Elvin Jones, Tetsuro Kawashima, and TOKU, among many others.
Beyond the physical facility generated through my study with Dave, he also illuminated my understanding of the music industry as a whole. By shining light on (exposing me to/opening doors within) an unknown world in which my passion for playing could be turned into a viable career, Dave has helped carve out the successes I've found up until this point in my life, as well as the lifelong path ahead of me. I come to Dave when I need guidance or input on the “tough decisions” that come my way in this industry.
Dave embodies the absolute best of everything you look for in an instructor and a mentor, and I am endlessly grateful for the time we spent together.
Also Dave’s knowledge of drums in a whole is huge. He is one of my favorite sources to get educated on drums, drummers, & history. David on the drums and off the drums continues to inspire me to be great at what I do.
A Student of the Masters,
Passing it On
David developed an appreciation for music early on, picking up guitar at age 7 and began drumming at age 10. From that time forward he has performed constantly, playing his first professional gig at age 12 and carving out a uniquely eclectic resumé, working with a wide variety of popular artists, right up to the present day.
“To Dave, the world is his instrument & his instrument is his world. He approaches both with deep respect & undeterred conviction.”
~ WORLD PERCUSSION & RHYTHM Magazine, 2006
A dedicated student of his instrument, he has studied with its masters over the years including Elliot Fine, Marv Dahlgren, Alan Dawson, Max Roach, Ignacio Berroa, Jeff Hamilton and Chad Wackerman, among others.
As an educator he has proven to be in-demand, presenting clinics at events such as PASIC, NAMM and KoSA, residencies and lessons at several universities as well as schools of all grade levels, and winning a MODERN DRUMMER Readers Poll for Best Educational book in 2009. After a remarkable 27 year run on the faculty of the McNally Smith College of Music, David is excited to now be available to teach globally without limitations.
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