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Ray has been teaching music for over thirty years. With a Bachelors degree and a Masters degree in Music Education, Ray has extensive training and experience teaching all Percussion instruments as well as school band and orchestra instruments. Instruments that Ray teaches include: Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone, French Horn, and Tuba. In addition, Ray teaches Violin, Viola, and Cello to beginner and intermediate students. Ray’s main instrument is percussion, including the Drum Set. Ray covers proper grips and posture, the basic rudiments of drumming which will include the long roll, paradiddles, flams, plus many others. Genres of drum lessons include Rock, Jazz, and Latin, among others depending on the students preferences and ability level.
Ray has been employed as a High School Band Director, Elementary Band and Orchestra Teacher and as a Director of Percussion Studies and Percussion Ensembles at both the high school and college levels.
Ray has played drums and percussion with many bands including the popular Omaha Cover Band, Simplicated, in which he was the founding member. Ray has also played with the Northeast Area Jazz Ensemble, The Mason Street Band, The USD Steel Drum Band, and many others.
Ray believes that all students can succeed and have talent at some level. Ray works hard to bring that talent forward to enrich the students life!
This beginner level class is perfect for first-time drummers. Students will learn the basics of the drums such as: hand/feet syncopation, proper form, drum-set anatomy, rudiments, basic drum set notation/rhythmic value, as well as the joy of learning to lay with their favorite songs.
The Intermediate class builds off of the skills acquired in the beginner class. Students will learn: how to apply rudiments to the drum set, intermediate/advanced drum set notation, learning songs by ear, double bass (based on stile preference)
Advanced lessons are intended to refine skills through deep dive into specific techniques, styles and genres. These students are mastering their craft through a combination of instructor-led and self driven studies,.
"Jonah has been practicing on his drum pad and loves it. He loved his lesson, he can't wait until next week, and said he wishes drum lessons were every day!"
~ Kristen S.
For the safety of our students and the peace of mind for parents, all teachers and staff at Gretna Music Lessons must pass state background checks!.
We pride ourselves in our ability to teach any student of any age! So, whether lessons are for a child or an adult, we have you covered!
The reason we don't require a long term commitment or contract is so that way you can learn music comfortably without feeling pressured to stay or pay for a long period of time... let's see if we are a good fit for you!
We base our studio hours on the school schedule. We are open for any student that wants to take lessons after school, but we also offer "by appointment" lessons for other times during the day.
We currently have a Music Studio in Omaha, Adkins Guitar and Music, located on 84th and Grover Street. We have an amazing staff and student base. Our almost 200 5-Star reviews are something we are very proud of!
Not only does our current school in Omaha have almost 200 5-Star Reviews, but every year we have been open we have won Best of Omaha for Music Lessons.