Lessons With Tim

What you'll learn when you study with Tim Crockett.

I believe that the most important thing a teacher can pass on to a student is a love of music that will last a lifetime. My goal as a music teacher is to help students find a deep appreciation for music that will keep them interested and curious for their entire life.

In order to achieve this goal, developing a students proficiency as a musician is important. If you choose to study with me, lessons will cover technique, music theory, repertoire, performance practices, and other practical skills.

What a typical lesson is like:

In a standard lesson, most of the lesson will be focused on two things: technique and repertoire. The technique portion of the lesson focuses on technical exercises, learning to read music, stick control, rudiments, scales and arpeggios, etc. The repertoire portion focuses on learning songs, etudes, learning music by ear and performance pieces. In addition to technique and repertoire, students will learn music theory, sight-reading, and practical advice such as setting up instruments, choosing sticks and mallets and music history, among other things.

I encourage all of my students to set goals for themselves. Some students have extremely specific goals, such as learning certain songs or techniques, while others have very open-ended goals, such as learning drums just to have fun. Whatever your objective is, I always try to give my students a musical education that will fulfill their personal goals.

Because every student is different and every student has their own unique learning style, all lessons are tailored to meet the student's specific needs. Age, skill level, and the student's individual goals are all taken into account.

Studio Policies

I give 30 minute, 45 minute, and hour-long private drum set and percussion lessons from my private percussion studio in the St. Louis, MO area. Students should have one lesson a week and are expected to practice in preparation for their lessons. Lesson times are scheduled consistently from week to week but I realize students have other obligations including school, extra-cirricular activities, family events, religious events, etc. I am extremely flexible with my schedule and I realize that students will need to reschedule occasionally. That's perfectly fine! If a student needs to reschedule a lesson, we can have a make-up lesson at a later or earlier date.

For a more detailed studio policy, please see the Studio Policy page.