4 Steps to Strengthening Your Practice Routine

It would take every finger on the cast of Whiplash to tally up the number of reasons my students have claimed they were unable to practice between lessons. OK, fine… I get it. Drums aren’t the end all be all for EVERYONE. Sometimes I guess the geometry homework or taxes take priority. However, I think this goes beyond notContinue reading “4 Steps to Strengthening Your Practice Routine”

#DrumStudentTabloids: Egidijus Jonca

While our native languages cause the occasional blip in communication, it is the language of music that allows Ega and I to connect in the studio. Having never sat behind a drum set before, Ega came to me with an interest and a plan to develop his musical competence beginning with the rhythmic side ofContinue reading “#DrumStudentTabloids: Egidijus Jonca”

#DrumStudentTabloids: Neil Humphreys Goldenthal

It’s rare to come across a 14 year old that wants to learn Snarky Puppy songs and drum grooves in odd time signatures but rare is AWESOME at The Jon Ardito Drum School. Neil has been with me just over a month and we are having a blast. If you asked him, he’d call himselfContinue reading “#DrumStudentTabloids: Neil Humphreys Goldenthal”

#DrumStudentTabloids: Sylvia DeSantis

In February 2013, a driven lady came into my studio with a sincere hope that one day she could call herself a drummer. It is over 2 years from that day, and Sylvia DeSantis has met that goal amongst many others. Sometimes I can’t tell if she is my therapist or student, as plenty of our lessonsContinue reading “#DrumStudentTabloids: Sylvia DeSantis”

#DrumStudentTabloids: Calvin Boyd

Currently sitting on 2 broken bones in both hands, Calvin has been taking some time off to recover. His highly anticipated return to the studio is scheduled for next weekend and I’m looking forward to getting back in the groove. Calvin loves Classic Rock and Pop music, which is why we are currently working onContinue reading “#DrumStudentTabloids: Calvin Boyd”