Carmen always shows up with a smile on her face and frequently a painting for me to hang up in my studio. She always knows when something needs to be corrected and is usually able to do it on her own without the need for me to say anything. Every drum lesson Carmen takes is a highly interactive one. She always asks questions when she doesn’t understand something and has a thoughtful point of view on the subjects we cover. We began incorporating a piano into our lesson plan so Carmen can play beats along to different melodies. Sometimes I will even challenge her to play something on the piano with the goal of keeping the rhythm aligned with my bass drum pattern. Carmen is currently traveling and enjoying her summer but we look forward to getting back in the groove as fall approaches.