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Patrick Morrison is a drummer and a music educator from Manchester, NH. He began studying music at 12 years old and was playing professionally by age 15. In high school, Patrick participated in numerous music ensembles and was ranked as the top scoring drummer in the NH all-state jazz competition. He then went on to earn his Bachelor of Fine Arts (cum laude) in jazz performance from the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music under the instruction of masters Kenny Washington and John Riley. Patrick has since played all over New York and New England with pit orchestras, jazz groups, and contemporary musicians in various festivals and clubs such as Birdland, Tatuma Social Club, Somethin’ Jazz Club, Puppet’s, the Five Spot, and Smalls. He has also worked as a session musician for Mixdown Studio and Music Farm Studio, played in touring groups, and taught in various public schools, music studios, and colleges.
“As an instructor, my philosophy has always been that musicianship comes first, and the instrument comes second. I encourage my students to approach the drums as a vehicle for expressing and communicating ideas, and a tool for elevating their current level of music making. Although I think it is important to study a wide variety of music, I also find it creatively stimulating for the student to learn technical proficiency and musicianship through the vein of music that they currently most enjoy. The concepts covered in the lessons range from beginner to advance, and students of all ages are welcome. Conceptually, some of the topics covered include time playing, comping, pocket/feel, navigating through odd time signatures, the traditional roles of various instruments, dressing a tune, understanding form, setting a musical landscape, soloing, music business, drum set vocabulary and the different dialects of drumming, transcription, and the analysis of the masters. Technically, some of the topics covered include rudimental studies, coordination and independence, achieving a good sound, swing/groove, playing a good ride beat, chart reading, Moeller technique, brushwork, and repertoire. I still practice every single day and have found the drums to be an extremely fun way to build confidence and connect with others.”