Aaron Derington, owner of SmackDab!, has taught marimba & drums for over 7 years. He emphasizes jazz technique & musicality to provide a strong foundation that can be applied to other music genres.

 

Drum & Marimba lessons are 

structured to help students:

 

 

Let's rock. 

 

 

 

  
  • practice & master sight-reading skills

 

  • improve limb independence & coordination on drums

 

  • master two & four mallet marimba techniques

 

  • learn snare drum rudiments

 

  • play consistent tempos with a solid rhythmic feel

 

  • gain experience playing multiple genres

 

  • understand the role of the percussionist

 

  • learn how to play within a group

Aaron uses method & instruction books by the following authors based on students' ages & skill level:
 
Drums

Gary Chaffee

Gary Chester

Mitchell Peters

John Pratt

George Lawrence Stone

 

Marimba
Doug Edwards
Morris Goldenberg
George Hamilton Green
Jon Madin
 

Have questions? FAQs here or email Aaron.