On April 12, 2016, the Sabian Education Network hosted a panel discussion event for drum teachers at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California. Led by SEN director Joe Bergamini, the panel featured Dave Black, Jeff Bowders, Fred Dinkins, and Pete Gamber and was attended by drum teachers and SEN members from Southern California.
After Joe Bergamini’s SEN overview, Pete Gamber (former owner of Alta Loma Music in California and an experienced educator) explained ways to build a teaching business. Jeff Bowders (MI professor/pro drummer) discussed ways to prepare students for the college experience, followed by Fred Dinkins (MI professor/pro drummer) explaining the college audition process and ways to prepare for it. Finally, Dave Black (VP Alfred Music and best-selling educational author) discussed the drum book publishing process and how to approach a publisher with a manuscript. The presentation was followed by questions and discussion with the audience.
SEN members in attendance were inspired by the event and networked with each other and the MI staff after the panel discussion. “I had a great time at the SEN Event,” said drummer/educator Stefano Ashbridge (who won the giveaway prize, a Sabian 21″ AAX Stage ride). “I learned a lot from the panel guests and it was cool to meet and talk to fellow drummers and teachers. Thanks, Joe.”
The next SEN event takes place at Vic’s Drum Shop in the Music Garage in Chicago, IL on May 3. SEN is open to all drum educators—from the private home studio teacher with a handful of students to a music school or educational institution—and provides a welcoming and inclusive forum for drum educators worldwide to exchange ideas and share skills.
To join SEN and find out about future live and online events, please visit www.sabian.com/joinsen.