To be really good at something you need to practice, A LOT. To become a master, you eventually need to teach. Unfortunately, there has always been a shortage of resources directed for female drummers to get formal training in their craft. Paula Spiro recognized this, and started the Female Drummer Workshop in 1983. Since then, there have been dozens of students who have learned and mastered their skills under Paula’s expert tutelage.
A Native New Yorker, Paula gained her drumming chops at the tail end of the 1960’s at a percussion shop which served some of the greatest drummers and Jazz greats of the day. Getting advice from all different genres of music, she honed her skills and played in several bands. By the early 80’s she had quite a following and started the workshop at the urge of some fans.
My vision for the workshop is to provide quality instruction and support to those beginners who may not have played drums before and to the women and girls who are already drumming to propel their skills and mentor those students who express a desire to go on to a professional career in drums. This is my legacy and my life’s work.”
If you are a beginner or an active drummer looking to kick your skills up to the next level, look up The Female Drummers Workshop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Get the formalized training that will kick your skills in the pants, and inject the credibility of 40 years of wisdom of great musicians pipped through the master advice of Paula Spiro.
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