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Teacher Feature - Carlos Hermosa

carlos hermosa drum teacher tucson

Carlos Hermosa (he/him/his) is a musician who enjoys sharing his passion by teaching and helping students of all ages become better musicians and performers.

In addition to performing for more than 20 years and teaching for approximately 18 years, he has recently started to compose/arrange music for schools in the state of Arizona.

We asked Carlos six questions about his life as a music teacher:

How long have you been teaching for?

I have been teaching drum lessons since 2005, so that would put my teaching experience at about 18 years.

What instruments do you teach?

I teach drums/percussion

What's your favorite snack between students?

I don't think I can recall what my students enjoy as a snack. For me, you can't go wrong with either trail mix or a banana.

What do you like most about teaching private lessons?

I really enjoy seeing the musical "Aha" moments that take place during the lesson time. It shows me that progress is being made during the short time we have in the lesson, but there will be more progress and growth that happens during the practice sessions before the next lesson.

Did you take lessons growing up?

I was mostly self taught outside of the band room and rehearsals. I took lessons from Dr. Dave Walton my senior year of high school which helped me get into the Percussion studio at the University of Arizona.

What's the best advice you've ever received?

"Be happy with your accomplishments, but never be satisfied." I always remember this when achieving the goals I set out to do (music and non music related), but I always stay hungry to learn more, grow more, and improve in everything I do.


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