Advancements in technology continue to soar at an exponential rate. When I first wrote the article 20 Aspects to an Ideal Teaching Studio Environment, I knew that some of the content would soon become antiquated or even obsolete.
The following is a list of updates to the original article. As the years go by, I will continue to make addendums to try to keep it up-to-date.
Note: I have had the pleasure of bi-monthly Skype meetings with drummer/teacher/author/inventor, Alan Schechner (from San Rafael, CA). Alan enjoyed the original article, contacted me, and we’ve been lobbing ideas back and forth ever since. I would like to thank Alan for this dialogue and sharing his forward-looking ideas.
I recently purchased a Sanyo Xacti Dual Camera and have found it to be great for shooting instructional videos and then editing using iMovie. The camera does everything as advertised, including recording surprisingly good audio, but does not come with an external mic input. If I had it to do over, I would buy an HD camera with the mic input. You get what you pay for!
About a month ago, my cellphone stopped working. I treated myself to an iPhone 4S. I am happy to report that the iPhone does everything that my laptop did for teaching lessons (the iPad would work even better). I don’t even bring a laptop to lessons anymore! Here are a few additional thoughts on this.
I couldn’t mention this when I wrote the original article, but the music stand situation has been drastically improved (sorry to float my own boat…) with the invention and now production of The Drummer Stand by Manhasset. A multi-angle multi-clamp (and 16” chrome shaft) allows for a full Manhasset desk to be positioned right over the rack toms (or wherever else you might want it). My students now look forward to reading music, because it is placed in front of them—they don’t have to turn their necks to the left.
In the same light (of shameless self-promotion), an article featured on Drummer Café called DIY Homemade Mute Pads details another useful tool for any drum studio (along with my book, Drumset for Preschoolers, I hope…). With these tools, any drum teacher can now accept clientele as young as 2 or 3 years old. That’s all for this update. Until the next time, treat yourself to an attractive and effective work environment.