Rob is a drummer and composer, specializing in jazz, free music, R&B, funk and folk music. He has composed for and recorded with the likes of Bolete, Emily & the Mainlanders, Vulpis Vulpis, Sam Keshen and the Vybe Tribe. He is currently completing York University’s Bachelor of Education program, after which he will be a certified high school music teacher.
Rob’s approach to teaching uses the interests of his students as media for learning musical concepts and techniques. Together, he and his students extract lessons from a list of songs and genres that the student puts together. Rob develops his students’ “ear” for aural learning as well as their ability learn from written notation. Composition and improvisation are ongoing focuses of his teaching.
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Hobbies: exercising, reading
Musical influences: ?Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radiohead, Led Zeppelin, River Tiber, Miles Davis, John Mayer, D’Angelo
Favourite food: ?Chinese
Least favourite food: ?Sardines!
Favourite music: ?R&B
Favourite song: ?Dreams by Fleetwood Mac
Favourite movie: ? Zoolander
Favourite movie music: The Garden State soundtrack is top notch.
Favourite musical theatre/opera: I have yet to find one I like!
Best quote from your teacher: “Thinking is for practicing, not performing.”
Favourite quote: ?”Only the Sith deal in absolutes.” – Obi Wan
Favourite book: ?The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas Kuhn