1/15/2013 6:01:00 AM And the beat goes on(line) ... Drummer will teach classes on the Internet
Jeremy Donson teaches students of all levels how to play the drums. He’s expanding his business to include virtual lessons, which will be available in February.
About the lessons:
Heavenly Sounds is located at 4380 Stockton Hill Road, Suite F. Call (928) 279-4515 to learn more about lessons in person, lessons on the Internet and the cost associated with both.
About the festival:
The Third Annual Havasu Balloon Festival and Fair starts Friday and lasts through Monday at the Nautical Beachfront Resort, 1000 McCulloch Blvd. N., Lake Havasu City.
Ahron Sherman Miner Staff Reporter
Drum teacher Jeremy Donson, who owns the local studio Heavenly Sounds, is expanding his business to include Internet-based drum lessons.
Donson opened Heavenly Sounds in 2008. He currently has 50 students who take private lessons with him, but he wants to extend his reach to other parts of the county, state and even the country.
"There's nothing I can do in the studio that I can't do online," Donson said. "The biggest selling point is that you can have your own personal instructor in your home."
Donson will be at the Third Annual Havasu Balloon Festival and Fair with two of his drum sets. In addition to thumping out a bunch of beats for bystanders, he'll be offering sample drum lessons - tailored to people's skill level - for anyone interested.
"I want to ignite that spark," he said.
Once people receive their free sample drum lessons, Donson hopes they'll be interested in signing up for his virtual studio, which is still in the works and expected to be up and running in February.
He's attending events in Phoenix and Anaheim, Calif., in the coming weeks to get information about the service he offers to people outside of Kingman.
People who sign up for virtual lessons will need to have Internet access, a web cam and their own drum set.
In addition to giving lessons via web cam, Donson plans to record several detailed lessons and make them available to his students, which will allow them to stick to his teachings while practicing.
"Practice doesn't make perfect," he said. "Perfect practice makes perfect."
There's a good chance he will make those same videos available to his students who take lessons in person at his studio.
Donson has been playing the drums for 20 years. He comes from a family that takes "musically inclined" to the next level.
"Half of my family (members) are professional musicians," he said. "Dude, it's ridiculous."
Donson was resistant to becoming a musician when he was younger and decided to enter the medical field. But it didn't take long for him to change his mind and come back to the music business.
"(Music) is in my blood and I can't get it out," he joked.
His was trained professionally through Drum Corps International and by Dolly Parton's former drummer, Ken "Nardo" Murray.
Donson said he learned how to teach from Murray, who taught him that being a professional performer doesn't make someone a professional teacher.
"If you can have the best of both worlds, then you're highly sought after," Donson said.
That's what Murray had, and it helped Donson become the teacher he is today.
Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2013
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Parent of a Student
This is great! Jeremy is an incredible instructor. My son learned very quickly and although we took leave from lessons for sports, he still plays his drums at home. This may be just the thing to get him going again! I'm interested in what the pricing will be.