Chris Teal

Musician and Educator

Clinics and Workshops

Chris is available to present clinics and workshops as a Teaching Artist for the Institute for Creative Music for the following topics (and more):

  • Drum set styles and techniques
  • Improvisation
  • Composition
  • Song learning by ear
  • Music business
  • Ensemble rehearsal strategies
  • Practicing techniques and tips
  • How to listen to music

Please email christopherteal(at)gmail(dot)com for pricing and scheduling. 

Private lessons

I am currently accepting private students for drum set, percussion, beginning piano, improvisation, and general music concepts including theory and ear training worlwide via Skype/Google Hangouts, and through the University of Arkansas Community Music School.  Please email christopherteal(at)gmail(dot)com to coordinate.

What are lessons like?

Lessons with students of all ages are meant to be collaborative.  At the beginning of a semester we will talk about goals that the student has (learning new songs and beats, preparing to be in a band, etc.) and ways that we can work together to make that happen through improving listening skills, musicality, technique and coordination.  I place more emphasis on learning by imitation and playing together than reading music notation.  Learning to read music is a great asset and I incorporate it into the learning process, but as a way to keep a record of what we’ve learned by listening and playing. I’m always looking to experience new music and am interested in pursuing students’ interests from week-to-week as it ties into larger goals throughout the semester and longer-term.  Lessons are a lot of fun and a great place to focus on learning more about the music you love and how to become a more self-directed student.

I will usually video record new material at the end of the lesson and upload to a shared Dropbox folder that students (and parents) can access to reference during practice outside of lessons. Students should provide a spiral bound notebook to bring to lessons, I’ll also upload written notes and assignments to a shared Google Doc if needed.

 

Skype/Google Hangouts/1-off lesson tuition for 2017-18:

- I offer weekly lesson options in increments of: 

30-minute lesson: $30 

60-minute lesson: $50 

 *Different rates apply for students under the age of 10.

 

*Rescheduling and anticipated absences: I will do my best to offer an alternate time/day for lessons cancelled with sufficient notice (24-hours) or a valid excuse. 

Thank you for investing in music!

Photographer: Aaron Winters