Featured Teacher: Manfred Hausleitner
This month’s teacher in focus is Manfred Hausleitner. You can learn more about Manfred by visiting his myspace site: www.myspace.com/hausleitnermanfred or hispersonal site: www.schlagwerk.eu
Read on to learn more about Manfred and his teaching practice in Vienna, Austria…and if you’d like to be considered for the teacher of the month spotlight – please click here to complete our application form!
Where are you located, andwhere do you teach?
I am located in Vienna, Austria. I teach at: High school Vienna, Sir Popper Gymnasium and Education center in Gablitz.
How many students do you teach, and what is their range of ability levels?
I currently have 104 students. (Some of them have 30 minutes lessons, some 60 minutes and some stundents come every 2 weeks). The age range is: 48 beginners, 29 advanced, 27 professional. Some of my students are from Germany and Switzerland. (2 of my students are currently at Berklee, 1 at Drummers Collective).
What are your favorite teaching materials?
I generally use my own teaching materials. Furthermore the traditional stuff like Jim Chapin, Dante Agostini, Tommy Igoe (Books and DVDs), Jojo Mayer, Thomas Lang. For Beginners I use my “Matrix method”.
How are you incorporating new media (DVDs, Mp3s, Internet, etc) into your teaching?
Depending on the students, I use playalongs for beginners (easy songs like”we will rock u” etc…). I also use some stuff from the internet, and have bought lots of DVD’s (Igoe, Mayer, Lang ….) which are part of the lessons…
Any funny anecdotes/stories from your teaching?
3 years ago a 52 year old student asked for drum lessons. He quit his job and was not able to get a new job. He came in and said “I don’t get a job- I wanna be a professional drummer”. He studied 2 years (daily 4 hours training) – 5 month ago he found a great band and is now on tour in Europe and Japan.
Your general thoughts on drumming, teaching, music…
I seek to serve my students by teaching them not only how to play, but howto learn. I do not just teach “fills and beats” to my students. If that is what a student is after, I am the wrong teacher. Rather, I teach them how to understand what drumming and rhythm are, so that they can learn things for themselves. I believe that a student’s course of study should be clearly planned and directed, with weekly assigned objectives and goals. This eliminates any confusion and wasted time. I setup a training plan with my students. I want my students to get results, quickly if not easily. I want the skills they earn to last, and to lead them to higher levels of enjoyment and self-expression. I expect a lot of hard work from my students, and I expect their trust, knowing that the things I assign them to do will achieve lasting results in the shortest time.