Thursday, August 15, 2013

Dr. T. and Mr. Johnson would like to thank all the incredible musicians they've had the opportunity to take lessons with during just this past week: drummers Dustin Kaufman and Eric Doob, percussionist Paulo Stagnaro, bassist Josh Marcum, singer/guitarist Gabe Cummins, and pianist Alex Brown. This week they studied rudiments, warm-ups and Latin and jazz vocabulary for soloing and accompanying on various instruments. Special thanks to Fund for Teachers for supporting Dr. T. and Mr. Johnson's studies of Latin music!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Several WHEELS music students have spent the summer studying and networking with some of the best musicians in NYC and the world!

WHEELS music students with percussionist and singer Pedrito Martinez

WHEELS music students with bassists Alvaro Benavides and Mark Brown
As part of their Fund for Teachers fellowship Dr. T. and Mr. Johnson continue to take private lessons with pianist Alex Brown, bassist Josh Marcum, percussionist Paulo Stagnaro, and drummer Eric Doob. They have also been fortunate enough to see all of these amazing musicians perform at venues throughout NYC. In just the past week Dr. T. and Mr. Johnson have seen performances by these musicians as well as singer Christelle Durandy, bassist Edward Perez, guitarist Sergio Valdeos, guitarist Eric Kurimski, pianist Luiz Simas, and the Pedrito Martinez Group. The knowledge and skills that Dr. T. and Mr. Johnson are learning will all be shared with WHEELS music students when they study Latin music in band classes and general music classes.