As a teacher, Carrie Jahde strongly believes in student-centered learning that involves the integration of listening, reading, viewing, creating, and playing to achieve a fully rounded education in a positive and fun environment. She teaches lessons to all ages and abilities based on what each student wants to learn, and encourages students to bring recordings of music they are interested in and inspired by. Her goal is to make each lesson fun and give the student something tangible to leave with and work on. She incorporates all of the essential elements of drumming into the lessons: hand and foot coordination and playing technique; learning different music styles and feels such as rock, funk, jazz, blues, Latin, etc.; playing drum fills and solos; reading music; and creating original musical ideas. 

"I have had many music teachers and Carrie is my favorite. She makes learning the drums fun! Thanks to her, now I'm drumming in my school jazz band and am proud of how I'm playing."  --Max P. (student), age 15

Carrie has managed her own private instruction studio for more than a decade, and has served as faculty at Music Maker School in Acton, MA and Red House Studios in Walnut Creek, CA. She has also taught large groups and workshops at the Impact Arts Alternative School, the United South End Settlements Children’s Art Camp, the Brookline Adult and Community Education Program, and  the SF Jazz "Jazz in the Middle" youth outreach program.    
"I took lessons once a week from Carrie for a year and a half, and I cannot say enough good things about her. Carrie taught me how to read drum music, and play about a zillion different rudiments and a variety of different beats. She also gave me a good introduction to musical theory and some great historical and cultural lessons on drumming. If you want to learn how to play the drums, you should take lessons with Carrie. Plain and simple." --Jenn T, (student), adult

Carrie is a Berklee College of Music honors graduate, where she studied with drumming legends including Terri Lyne Carrington and Kenwood Dennard. Her passion for teaching comes from her direct experiences of close to two decades of professional drumming in styles ranging from jazz to Latin to funk to rock. Her current musical projects can be viewed at www.carriejahde.com/projects. She encourages all of her students to also pursue performance opportunities and helps to facilitate these whenever possible.

"It has been a great pleasure to watch my son mature musically, and to see his love for drumming grow as Carrie continues to expose him to new songs and ideas."  --Deborah S. (parent)

Carrie teaches private lessons in the comfort of the students’ homes, scheduled for one hour weekly. In addition to private lessons, Carrie is also available to give clinics, master classes and workshops at high schools, colleges, and camps.

"Carrie is a genuinely exceptional human being with many admirable qualities and values that any parent should be grateful to see modeled for their child. I feel very blessed that my daughter looks up to Carrie and has learned much more than drumming from her. "  --Michal D. (parent)

You can contact Carrie at info@carriejahde.com or (719) 235-3679
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