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Hi! My name is Georg Beck, but most people just call me Beck.
In 2003, I graduated from the Vienna Conservatory in Austria. I have been teaching drums for over 17 years, privately in Vienna, Austria, and later in my own teaching studio in Philadelphia, PA. Also, I was an instructor at the Vienna International School (2004-2006), at Chuck James’ Music School on Oahu, and published the ebook/audiobook PLAY AS YOU ARE: A Collection Of Essays – Picking A Drummer’s Mind in 2015.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
– What will I learn?
My teaching approach is responsive to the needs of each individual student, and I work with students age 13 and older, at any point in their musical development.
With every beginner student, and people returning to the drums, we will work through my curriculum, KICK START.
It covers basic reading skills, you learn how to read and play quarter notes, 8th notes, 16th notes and triplets, basic drum beats and drum fills, as well as accents, and master basic coordination between hands and feet.
Once we’ve established an understanding of the basics we start playing along to your favorite songs and apply different drum beats and fill-ins in a musical context.
– Where are the lessons?
I’m available for lessons at WEST ONE HAWAII, Honolulu, HI, 96813, or AT YOUR HOME or practice space (Honolulu area).
– How much are drum lessons?
Learning an instrument can be empowering, profoundly transformative, and fulfilling. I am convinced that all people should have the opportunity, if they wish, to study music.
I charge $60 per hour.
If you want to study with me, but find the costs of private lessons prohibitive, please contact me using the form above, and we’ll try to make it happen.
I offer 30 min sessions as well, but find that shorter lessons do not allow for sufficient time to settle in, warm up, tackle technical exercises, and dive into new material.
Payments accepted by cash, Pay-Pal, or Apple Pay.
No checks. No credit cards.
– What is your teaching schedule?
I offer lessons on weekdays between 5PM-11PM, and on Saturdays, 8AM-1PM, at West One Hawaii. Having said that, I try to be as flexible as possible. If you have a sincere desire to study with me, we’ll work together to make sure it happens.
– What’s your cancellation policy?
Please let me know asap in case you can’t make a lesson/have to reschedule.
If you cancel LESS than 24hrs before the scheduled lesson, you’ll have to pay HALF the lesson fee.
NO-SHOWS WILL BE CHARGED THE FULL LESSON PRICE!
– Do I need to buy a drum set if I am taking drum lessons?
No, it is possible to take drum lessons without owning a kit. To get started, you need is a Practice Pad (for quiet practice) and a pair of sticks. That way you can easily practice all the fundamentals of drumming. If you’d like to play on an acoustic kit between lessons, there are multiple rehearsal studios on Oahu (West One being one of them). I can help you with names /locations. The rates in rehearsal studios are usually between $15 and $30 an hour. If you’ve been taking lessons for a while, and have no option to play an acoustic kit, I recommend getting an electronic drum kit. I can help you with that, too.