Instruction in the drums starts with the basics. In the early stages students learn how to hold a pair of drumsticks, how to play drum rolls and basic drum rudiments (rhythm exercises for coordinating the two hands playing together). Students gain experience playing on a drumset where all four limbs have to work together. The basics of reading rhythm are introduced through handouts specifically geared to the student’s knowledge and experience. As students progress they work on more complex rhythmic patterns and undertake a more thorough study of drum rudiments in order to develop greater independence of two hands and two feet. In the early stages of drum instruction it is not necessary to have a drumset for practicing. A practice pad is sufficient. This is a small and inexpensive pad that can sit on a table top, designed to have a similar bounce and feel to a real drum head when it is struck. A practice pad and a pair of drumsticks is all you need to get started with drum lessons. As students progress a basic drumset will become necessary. This consists of a snare drum, a bass drum and a hi-hat. When the time comes, your teacher will help you decide whether you want to go the acoustic route or the electric drumset route. Both have their advantages.
Since the beginning of his drumming education at the age of 10 under Lorne Kelly, Taylor has always been passionate about playing the drumset. By 13 years of age he was playing professionally with various groups both through live performances and in studio settings. Nearing the completion of his high school education Taylor decided to nourish his interest in music by enrolling in the Bachelor of Music program for Drumset Performance at Carleton University. While studying at Carleton, Taylor was also teaching part-time, gigging regularly and trying his hand at composition. In both 2011 and in 2012 he was awarded The Robert Fleming Memorial Scholarship for his compositional works. Taylor completed his Bachelor of Music with a Minor in Psychology in 2014 graduating with high distinction.
Throughout his experience playing and teaching and learning, Taylor seems to have gained an interest in almost every kind of music (from rock, to jazz, to pop, to classical, to Latin, to metal, to funk, to hip-hop…), but he especially appreciates anything with a solid drum track. His lessons are always directed towards his students’ individual goals and his philosophies regarding teaching accept the fact that in order for one to persevere through the challenges that learning drums presents, the journey has to be fun!