Ben Lauffer

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Ben’s MethodBEN LAUFFER HEAD SHOT

I believe that a concise curriculum is a key factor for effective learning. These curricula are designed specifically for each instrument and for all skill levels as well as being tailored to each individual student’s needs. It is just as important to have a solid curriculum for a beginner as it is for an advanced player.

Individualized Lesson Plans: A Foundation in Fundamentals

 

Music is personal. Not everyone learns at the same pace. One person may excel in rhythm but struggle with sight reading. I can evaluate, on a one to one basis, each student’s strengths and weaknesses, and develop a lesson plan individualized for that student.

 

I believe it’s impossible to become proficient at any musical instrument without a strong background in fundamentals – such as technique, independence, creativity, musicality, and groove. So these are the things on which I focus. And I’ve discovered that the disciplines developed in music also carry over to many other areas of a student’s life.

Keyboard Percussion

Beginner:
Proper Hand technique and sound development
Basic reading with two mallets
Major and Minor Scales (one octave)
Major and Minor Arpeggios (one octave)
Development of Rolls
Basic Theory and Harmony
Develop time-keeping skills by playing with a metronome or click track
Intermediate:
Intermediate reading and solos with 2 mallets
All scales (two octaves)
Arpeggios (two octaves)
Introduction to four mallet technique
Intermediate theory and harmony
Orchestral repertoire and interpretation
Continue developing time- keeping skills by playing with a metronome or click track

Advanced:
Advanced Reading and Solos
Continued studies of four mallet techniques
Orchestra Repertoire and interpretation
Advanced theory and harmony
Enhance time keeping skills by playing with a metronome or click track
SNARE DRUM

Beginner:
Care and tuning of the instruments
Proper grips
Use of full down and up strokes (Stone technique)
Double strokes and the development of the open stroke rolls
Basic rudiments with proper stick positions; single, double, triple paradiddles, flams, flam taps
Reading basic rhythms on the snare drum, quarters, 8ths, 16ths, and 8ths note triplets
Develop time keeping skills by working with a metronome or click track

Intermediate:
Intermediate snare drum book which includes reading various time signatures, and implementing flams, ruffs, and open and  closed rolls as well as dynamics within the text
Continued studies of the Stone technique (setting up positions and eliminating excess motions)
Continue to develop time-keeping skills while working with metronomes and click tracks
Study of hand positions for the remaining 40 PAS drum rudiments
Hand control exercises – stick control and Masters studies

Advanced:
Advanced reading – including various time signatures, interpretation and rhythmic modulation
Advanced hand control studies
Continued development of time keeping skills while working with metronomes and click tracks

*I also specialize with marching band and drum corps techniques
 

DRUM SET

Beginner:
Care and tuning of the instrument (including snare, tom toms, and bass drum)
Proper positioning of the drum set
Development of good hand and foot technique
Style studies for the drum set; rock, alternative, funk, commercial, gospel, etc…
Develop time-keeping skills by working with a metronome and click tracks

Intermediate:
Style studies – students can pick from various styles such as rock, funk, commercial, jazz, Brazilian, and World Beat etc…
Enhance time keeping skills by working with a metronome and click tracks
Learn to develop motions around the set

Introduction to 4-way independence which includes linear, and layered drumming
Students begin to learn how to be creative in developing endless ideas on the set for grooves and or solos
Double bass drumming concepts
Development of the Moeller Technique
Introduction to transcribing rhythms for the drum set

Advanced:
Continue style studies of rock, funk commercial, jazz, Brazilian, Cuban and World rhythms
Continued development of the Moeller Technique
Continue  4-way independence studies which includes linear, and layered drumming
Continue to work with time keeping skills by working with a metronome and click tracks
Learning how to solo and working with the ostinato
Working with students on developing personal creativity on the set and playing along to pre-recorded tracks
Advanced motions around the set utilizing 4-way coordination
Continue to transcribe rhythms for the drum set

HAND DRUMS

Beginners:
Gain knowledge of the origins and history of various types of hand drums
Learn the proper way to hold and position drums
Learn proper hand position
Study basic hand strokes specific to the student’s type of drum
Play and read rhythms specific to the student’s type of drum
Develop time-keeping skills by playing with a metronome, click track or recorded music

Intermediate:
Play and read more complex rhythms
Continue development of time-keeping skills by playing with a metronome, click track, or recorded music
Learn introductory ensemble playing (with drum set and/or other hand drums) specific to the student’s type of drum
Learn rhythms that are appropriate for a variety of music styles including jazz, R&B, Rock Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, African, Hip Hop, and Middle Eastern
Practice transcribing rhythms
Begin to incorporate poly-rhythms into playing

Advanced:
Deepen knowledge of rhythms by listening, reading and  transcribing
Enhance time-keeping skills by playing with a metronome, click track or recorded music
Continue ensemble playing with the introduction of more complex rhythms
Learn to incorporate more complex poly-rhythms into playing
Develop creative solo ideas
Learn four-way independence and foot techniques to strengthen the student’s overall development as a drummer

Website: BenLauffer.com

Contact Info

(304) 216-1356
btl987@gmail.com