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Over Erik L.
Hola! Nice that you are interested in drums and percussion! My name is Erik and I’m a Spanish- Luxembourgish drummer and percussionist. My passion for the huge and beautiful world of percussion drove me to China and back and if you are interested too, I’d be glad to guide and teach you the ways of drumming.
Music is a language, perhaps one of the most intuitive and natural languages, and certainly the oldest. As is percussion and the art of drumming. One of my deepest passions is sharing and developing this ancient knowledge.
With different approaches and styles, mostly specialising in Latin and Afro-American drums and percussion, I teach a wide range of percussion instruments as: drum-set, congas, timbales, cajón, batá drums and many more.
My teaching methods follow different paths.
In some cases it’s best to listen and play, not to play from paper and focus on each other’s interactions while playing. In other cases, it does make more sense to use books and handouts. In my lessons you can expect a mix between these teaching styles, as I consider both an important part of music education.
The musical styles I teach range from Caribbean music all the way to South-American music, passing through Pop, Jazz, Classical, Flamenco music and more.
During the lessons, I will cover all the musical and technical aspects to be able to bond and
connect with your instrument. To feel comfortable and be able to express yourself through the different percussive instruments.
I teach all around the Benelux, having two studios, one in Hoogvliet, Rotterdam and one in Luxembourg.
I can also come to your place if you prefer to stay cozy at home and have your instrument
At Codarts, Conservatory of Rotterdam, I completed my Bachelor and Master degrees, specialising in Latin-American drums and percussion, graduating with ‘Cum Laude’ honours in both.
Prior to teaching and performing on a regular basis in the Benelux, mostly in The Netherlands and Luxembourg, I was based in China, working as a teacher and department coordinator in the Xinghai Conservatory of Music. Besides teaching drums and percussion, I also gave diverse lectures and workshops related to Latin American music, as well as other World Music topics.
Since my return in The Netherlands, I’m performing regularly with several bands and projects in the Dutch music scene, mainly in the Latin- and Afro American music area, but also in Flamenco, Pop, Rock, Cross-overs and more.
I am eager to practice my Dutch as much as possible, so Dutch speaking students are very welcome.
As a drummer and percussionist, I shared the stage with international musicians and ensembles such as CaboCubaJazz, the Ilu Egbe Afro Cuban folklore ensemble, pianist Carlos Cippelletti with HYBRID/C, the Noordpool Orkest, Acción con Clave, guitarist David MacGregor and others.
If you are interested in the art of drumming, come and meet me sometime in the studio or online for your first lesson! I am eager to practice my Dutch as much as possible, so Dutch speaking students are very welcome!