Our philosophy on drumming and music:
1. We believe a music lesson is an opportunity to teach music concepts, skills and technique. It is an opportunity to immerse in the world of music that is all its own. And an opportunity to work on attunement, patience, kindness, generosity, joy and social skills via a mentoring relationship.
2. Music changes our mental and emotional state. This is what we experience when listening to music and more so while playing music. Musicians of all sorts know this by experience. Modern neuroscience continues to back this up by studying the many different electrical and chemical reactions in the brain that are effected by music.
From a psychological and therapeutic point of view, learning an instrument is a physical and metaphorical process that helps the development of the following skills and values:
Self experience and self knowledge
Attention to detail
Improved listening skills
Passion and inspiration
Appreciation of process
Step by step development
Ability to accept and apply feedback
Appreciation of creative symbolic structure
Symbolization of feeling in multiple non-verbal ways
Ability to stay on task
Feelings of mastery
Experience of emotional and aesthetic contrasts - hard/soft, loud/low, fast/slow, full/empty
Value of diverse styles and aesthetics
Positive cultural experiences
Increased capacity to be with oneself (Winnicott's transitional space)
3. Learning drums is a unique in its right/left brain synchronization as it constantly alternates right hand/left and and right foot/left foot in recurrent, precise, rhythmic patterns which involves major use of present and body focused attention. This kind of mental work underlies many of the alt therapy Brain Gym exercises for ADHD, aspects of EMDR, and other somatic focused therapies. Playing and practicing drums becomes an independent self-therapeutic practice that continuously develops these abilities and reinforces them. It aids many neurological processes. For more detailed info on this, please consult our links page.
4. There is no right path that is perfect for everyone. We are mindful of this. Although we begin with some basic drum/bass education, to be a musician means to be on a search for oneself through self expression. As we develop, we continually refine skill and craft and works on finding our unique voice and style. This journey of self-discovery and self-unfolding is facilitated and nurtured at the Flatbush Drum Clinic. We move into new ideas and forms and continuously build on the old. Each instrument taught at FDC offers a unique journey into musical depths and a particular perspective on music. We listen closely to our students, take note of their tastes, style preferences and encourage them to develop in those directions.
Each encounter with a student is an opportunity to tune in to the individual needs of that student at a particular point on their artistic path and help him or her take their next steps toward actualization and self-realization as a musician and artist.
5. We are all students of past and contemporary greats in the vast domain of drumming, percussion and bass playing - via drum heroes like Steve Gadd, Dave Weckl, Thomas Lang, Johnny Rabb, Elvin Jones, Dennis Chambers and many others that allow for a lifetime of study. We humbly come to our instruments and keep working at competence, technique, skill development and musicality. We connect to the process of music every day and grow in our experience and passion for music, creative flow, joy of expression, joy of performing, spiritual connectedness and the love of sharing it. As students of the language of music, the only art form that imparts an immediate effect on the experiencer, we honor and thank musicians at all levels in making a more creative, culturally rich and uplifted world.