I have a true enjoyment of teaching. I love to see my students learn and grow and find it quite satisfying to see the moments where everything “clicks” and my students grasp a new technique or concept. I tailor the lessons to each individual student, but in general, I cover technique, coordination, reading and song learning. I want to give my students “real world” experience so they can get together and play music with others.
Rick has been teaching at Brookline Music School since the mid-2000’s. He has been teaching privately sine 2001. In addition to his private teaching, he has been a drum faculty member at National Guitar Summer Workshop for several years and has taught classes at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education. He is the author of the award winning drum method book Drummer’s Guide to Odd Time Signatures (Alfred Publishing) and is a contributing columnist to Modern Drummer magazine. Rick is a graduate of Berklee College of Music and has a Master of Music degree at Longy School of Music. He is an endorsing artist for Vic Firth sticks, Paiste cymbals, and Evans drum heads.
Rick has been performing and recording professionally since 1996. He has performed and/or recorded with Ape 7, The Boston Jazz Trio, Tamandua, Daniel Bennett Group, Ra Quartet, Brant Grieshaber, Cirkestra, Lemonpeeler, and many more. He also played percussion on the soundtrack to the film Darkon.
Graduate, Berklee College of Music; M.M. in Modern American Music, Longy School of Music of Bard College