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I offer lessons in:

  • Audio Production
  • Rudimental Drums
  • Funk Drums
  • Rock Drums
  • Drums
  • Ear Training
  • Improvisation
  • Intermediate Music Theory
  • Basic Music Theory
  • Percussion
  • Songwriting
  • Theremin
     
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    Kai StrandskovOffering private lessons in
    Seattle, Washington
    About MeContact Me
    Introduction
    I’ve been performing, touring, and recording as a drummer and percussionist for 25 years. My background in trumpet also provided me with ear training and music theory that I use as a composer. I’ve recently taken up theremin–a fretless and touchless instrument that challenges my intonation abilities. Through these experiences, I have a broad and hands-on perspective on instrumentation, texture, and the integration of percussion and music.

    I always tailor my private lessons to the goals of my students. As we work toward your goals, I weave in core concepts while encouraging each student’s own voice or style. My primary philosophy is that music should be rewarding, so I want to help you have fun today, see progress tomorrow, and also build a foundation to set you up for success in future challenges.

    My Teaching Background
    I have been teaching percussion for 10 years, using my hands-on experience as an untrained do-it-yourselfer and also after studying advanced drumming with Brian Oppel up at Seattle Drum School. I also have similar experiences in the recording studio on both DIY recordings as well as produced recordings and things in-between. I also released my own electronic synth-pop album that I mixed and mastered and self-released. So, after the usual music theory classes in high school, I took that as a starting point and then took my own path as a performer, recording artist, and composer. Yet, my passion for teaching really was developed when I was a private mathematics tutor during my college years. I taught both high school and fellow college students, and came very close to going into fulltime teaching. I really enjoy putting life into some of these abstract concepts, and it revitalizes my passion for music when I see it in others.

    My Teaching Philosophy
    My focus as a performer and recording artist is on the drum kit, which is a superset of the core snare drum. Within customized lesson plans, I typically include the following key concepts: Hand technique, relaxation, time-keeping, sight-reading, rudiments, music styles, listening/watching, dynamics, phrasing, rhythmic feel, creativity, performance, and more. These concepts are learned in context of your personal needs, and I always make sure we’re having tons of fun!

    I also specialize in snare drum techniques, if you are looking to focus on that super dynamic and yet subtle instrument.

    We can also work on electronics if you want to.

    Whatever we’re working on–I approach it holistically as music education, not just percussion technique.

    For other musical instrumentalists and songwriters, I can help you take your playing to the next level by teaching percussion concepts in context of your chosen musical instrument. Understanding how to integrate this often overlooked aspect of performance and composition can dramatically improve the rhythmic feel of your portfolio. Learn how to take advantage of rhythmic concepts and elements to improve your sense of time, note placement within each measure, sight reading, push and pull time across phrases, rhythmic feel, pragmatic use of a metronome, and more. As a composer, I can work with you to understand how a percussionist approaches a score or lead sheet, how we think, what we find useful, and so on.
    Many musicians and composers do not have this very important knowledge!

    I can also dig into music theory for the instrument of your choice, to expand your knowledge on music theory concepts that include sight reading, composition (electronic and/or old school), harmony, ear training, learning techniques, and more. These are all concepts that transcend specific instruments and can help you learn new instruments quickly.

    Rates And Availability
    I always start with a complimentary consultation to get to know each other, identify goals, and develop a lesson plan. As we proceed toward your goals, I continually adjust lessons so that we progress at your speed and within your interests. I believe the heart of learning is trust and open communication. I'm also available for one-off sessions, such as polishing up a performance for an audition.

    I will travel to you, especially for drum set lessons, but I can also meet at my home if needed. Rates are $50/hr or $30/half hr within the Seattle area. Additional fees assessed on case by case basis for outside Seattle.

    Lessons are typically on a weekly basis. Payments are made monthly, and are due at the first lesson of the month. 24 hour advance notice is required for cancelations, otherwise the regular fee is assessed.

    You should expect to buy some lesson materials and equipment. For drummers, this includes a practice pad, snare stand, music stand, and sticks. You may also wish to buy learning materials, usually books, that we progress through–many of which will serve you as long as you play music. We will discuss specifics at the initial consultation, and as we progress.

    I’m really looking forward to joining you on your next musical adventure!