Frequently Asked Questions
How do I register for lessons?
Lesson Registration happens year round when space is available. Download a registration form HERE and send it in with your first email
How much are lessons?
Half hour lessons are $30 and hour long lessons are $60
What is a lesson block?
Lesson blocks are pre-paid lessons. They are required to save a regular/weekly space. You may purchase 2, 4 or 8 lesson blocks. If you want to take occasional lessons, you may pay at the time of your lesson by cash or cheque.
What Payment types do you accept?
Cash, E-Transfer, and cheque are all accepted
What equipment do I need to start lessons?
You will need a minimum of drum sticks and a practice pad. Drum sets are available to rent if you're not ready to commit to buying one
What do I need to bring to lessons?
Drum sticks, a binder with lined paper, indoor drumming shoes (runners, or any shoe with a rubber sole that will absorb impact in the heel), questions you may have and a good attitude!
Which type of drum set is better? Acoustic or Electronic?
Acoustic drum sets have many advantages over an electronic drum set, including longevity. However, some home situations will require or desire a quieter option which electronic drum sets offer.
Always get the best quality you can afford, sticking to known brand names.
For a more detailed answer, look in my blog section for the topic.
When will I see improvement?
There are many factors to your progress in your practice. First factor is your time. You will get out of lessons what you put in. Each lesson is an individual plan to improve. Practicing is like a piggy bank. As you practice skills, you put those skills into your muscle memory to draw from later. Consistent practice daily for 20 minutes will show more drastic results than big bursts of practice time less often. Your progress is up to you!
Clinics - FAQs
How do I book a clinic?
Make a list of which instruments you need clinicians for. Note if you have any specific clinicians you would like to request. Send it and we do the rest!
How much is it to book clinicians?
Clinicians fees vary depending on length of the clinic, in town or out of town, and distance of travel. In town rates start at $65/hour.
What is a master agreement? Is it necessary?
The Calgary Board of Education has a master agreement list for contractors. What does is do? It is a list of preferred contractors, however it is not necessary when booking clinicians. Clinicians without a master agreement are still allowed in most schools. I say most because some school principals require it, while most do not.
While navigating the unclear and confusing waters of getting a master agreement as a clinician booking service, I found that it was not necessary to have. Each school principal has the discretion to accept clinicians into the school with or without a master agreement. It was determined that clinicians did not need a master agreement, as they typically came before and after school hours, rather than during. They require all contractors to carry WCB, musical instrument insturance, and liability insurance of a minimum of $2million. I carry those myself.