The effect of music is so very much more powerful and penetrating than is that of the other arts, for these others speak only of the shadow, but music of the essence.
– Arthur Schopenhauer
Playing the drums is exploration.
How can it be possible to make convincing musical statements and give my music the utmost expressiveness by means of my own instrument, regardless of my level of craftsmanship? What skills do I need to acquire in order to achieve my rhythmic ideas on the drums without any hindrance? How can I learn to play drums without losing my orientation in the face of information overload from the current media landscape? How can I internalize an attitude that allows me to experience joy in the ongoing process of learning, rather than allowing myself to become discouraged by the path that still lies ahead of me?
These are the core topics underlying my own playing and learning that directly and consciously make up the structure of my teaching philosophy. These core themes are based on my conviction that a long-lasting healthy relationship with the instrument, characterized by continuous joy with regard to one's own musical development, is not based on innate talent, but on learning to ask the right questions.
With the help of the right questions, doors that once seemed locked open in an almost miraculous way. That is why 'learning' an instrument is not just aimlessly accumulating motor skills through mindless repetition but means developing the ability to ask those particular questions that give context and meaning to physical practice. It is only against the backdrop of this meaningfulness that it is possible to internalize new material in such a way that it can be combined as part of one's own vocabulary in one's own dialect into original phrases of the musical language.
If joy can be ignited in this approach of exploration, then making music and playing the drums can become an activity in which lasting gratification can be found in the process itself from the first contact with the instrument – and that goes for people of all ages at any level of craftsmanship.
Teaching is Art
Indem ich den Schüler*innen beweise, dass das nächste Erfolgserlebnis immer in Sichtweite ist, wenn man die richtige Brille trägt, kann ich einsichtig machen, dass angeborenes Talent gegenüber der Bereitschaft regelmäßig Zeit am Instrument zu verbringen eine untergeordnete Rolle spielt und es deshalb prinzipiell jeder Person möglich ist das Schlagzeugspielen sogar bis hin zu einem professionellen Niveau zu erlernen.
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