Musicians Notepad is a community designed to bring musicians and music educators together. It has been started by two percussionists with over 30 years of private teaching experience between them. We want the ‘pad to serve as a place that both teachers of private lessons, group directors, and students can come together to share resources and ideas about music education as it relates to the student.
One arm of our community is NotePad Publishing, a music publishing service dedicated to creating quality materials that fit into specific educational needs.
While the ‘pad is currently run by percussionists, we are very interested in all aspects of music education and are always looking for contributors, percussionists and other instrumentalists alike. If you’re interested please send us an email telling us a little about yourself to firstname.lastname@example.org
About Our Contributors
Born in Royal Oak, Michigan, Andrew grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, a city well known for it’s rich history and diversity of music. He began playing drums in the late 1970’s. His first instructor was then local drummer Roxy Petrucci, who went on to play with the legendary band “Vixen”. After Roxy, he studied with several other Detroit area drummers as well. While in high school Drew participated in every musical situation possible, orchestra, marching band, jazz band, pep band, talent shows, and also with the pit orchestra for the schools musicals, which led to his first professional gigs at the age of 16 playing shows with a local theater company. Soon after he was also playing in clubs with various groups. After high school Drew majored in performing arts at the Berklee College of Music in Boston Massachusetts. While at Berklee he studied with a myriad of master drummers. Some of whom were, John Ramsay, Joe Hunt, Tommy Campbell, and Skip Hadden, all the while continuing to gig out in the Boston/Cambridge area.
Upon leaving Boston he spent some time traveling with various original and cover bands performing in clubs predominantly in the Midwest and east coast, eventually settling back into the Detroit area.
Over the last 20 years Drew has established himself as one of the top instructors of the Detroit metro area. He teaches all aspects of drums and percussion with over 2000 private students to his credit while also working with numerous schools as a percussion assistant and drum line instructor. He is often asked by his piers and aspiring drum instructors to share his pedagogic skills. As a player he has worked with countless bands over the years and continues to play regularly.
Drew started The Musicians Notepad with long time co-worker and friend Jeremy Otto as a means of opening their experience and knowledge to a larger community of musicians and educators with the goal to share and gain more information about what is a life long passion, the daily pursuit of playing and teaching music.
Feel free to contact Drew at email@example.com
Jeremy Otto is a musician and music educator residing in the Metro Detroit area. He has over ten years of private lesson instruction experience. In 2011 he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Oakland University in Rochester, MI. At Oakland, Jeremy studied percussion under the tutelage of Dan Maslanka. In 2007 Jeremy founded the Oakland University Percussion Pops group, dedicated to arranging popular music for percussion ensemble. In 2008 the group traveled to Grand Rapids to present at the Michigan Music Conference, and in 2009 the group was awarded a Oakland University Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance MaTilDa award.
As well as being an educator and performer, Jeremy is a dedicated recording engineer and record producer, running his own recording studio and record label.
In 2012 Jeremy teamed up with his colleague and mentor Andrew Weber to create The Musician’s Notepad to help spread their knowledge of music education to others.
Feel free to contact Jeremy at firstname.lastname@example.org