Instruments Taught: Drums
Hometown: Los Angeles & Maine
Years playing: 30+
Teaching Since: 1992
Musical Influences: Stewart Copeland, Jon Bonham, Billy Higgins and a lot of local guys in Boston
Education: B.A. from University of Maine, studies at City of Leeds College of Music in the United Kingdom
Musical Projects: Felsen, Lost Dog Found, The American Professionals and The New Up
Key teaching concepts: Technique, Timing, Musicality and Reading
Book/Methods Used: Ted Reed’s Syncopation For The Modern Drummer, Stick Control, The New Breed
Teaching Days: Saturdays
Introducing the versatile, skilled & experienced, Art McConnell! A long-time friend & colleague of the Music Time family, it is our sincere pleasure to finally have Art on the team, teaching drums on Saturdays to all ages & skill levels. Although he is new on our staff, Art brings in 24+ years of teaching experience, coupled with 30+ years of varied performance experience.
Growing up in both Maine and Los Angeles, Art began playing music during his middle school years. He was inspired to take up drums in order to keep up with his friends that would jam with rock bands in each other’s living rooms. After joining both the high school marching band and jazz band, Art decided to pursue music and drumming to the fullest extent, which would eventually lead to his current career in music. It began with some serious steps, including college-level studies in Jazz and Improvised Music at the University of Maine, as well as all the way to the United Kingdom, in order to study at City of Leeds College of Music.
Art continues to actively grow his music career. In addition to teaching, Art remains an avid student of drums, currently studying freestroke & Moeller technique (don’t worry, it , much like a paradiddle, is “just a drummer thing”) with David Dieni. He can be heard playing in many Bay Area bands, including Felsen, Lost Dog Found, The American Professionals and The New Up. He also loves to cook and spent a lot of time working in restaurants during college.