I evaluate perspective students to guide them to their teacher
For those that already know they have innate talent; simply find a teacher that likes this teaching method and make some wonderful sounds. The world needs it. There are teachers like this all over the world.
I do this evaluation work for free........ My belief is to do some of my talents for free in service for others.
I start by showing the student some basic rhythms. Sometimes conversation helps when student attempts these rhythms. The conversation starts with 2 questions.
1) What does the student consider percussion to be?
2) Why does the student want to play a particular instrument?
No matter what a student's expertise, there is a way for them to enjoy drumming immediately. At the most basic level, many people can count to 4 continuously in the same rhythm. So to start, I tell them to tap the drum only when they say 1. This could allow them to have fun at their first drum circle. Because the good drummers in the circle will consider the basic tapping as a metronome that they can play off of. The good drumming will inspire and be enjoyable for the beginner..
So from doing this basic tapping, some students will want to take lessons to learn major advanced beats of the style of music they choose. The lessons begin with showing student some basic rhythms.. They practice as long as they need to and then they are shown more advanced basic rhythms This will eventually lead to student being taught the major advanced rhythms.
At the other extreme, there are students that have an immediate, incredible, easy time with advanced basic rhythms at the first minute of the evaluation or within a short time. So in learning major advanced beats , I have seen these type of students learn easier and with more enjoyment by finding different teachers other than " mainstream " percussion schools.
One easier method is----the student chooses a style and brings to the next lesson a recording of their favorite song or rhythm that they want to add percussion to. A teacher of that particular style immediately starts some major advanced rhythms. I've repeatedly seen that many students can follow the teacher really well within a short time. This happens because of three reasons. (1) the student's innate ability, (2) the student's chosen music obviously inspires them and (3) the teacher's brilliance inspires them.
Of course, only the greatest of the student's remember what they did the next day when their music isn't playing and the teacher is gone. With enough lessons, most of the others will remember . All the students advance to some degree. ,