Faculty Spotlight: Meet Percussionist Jesse Stiglich

SME1Percussion Faculty Jesse Stiglich is a favorite of many of our young students.  He will lead our new Drum Club class for ages 4 – 5 this spring and teaches private lessons to all ages.

“…a foot-stomping, hand-clapping, drum-beating good time!” Drum Club is a great first music or ensemble experience for young beginners to build a foundation in rhythm and prepare for private lessons. 

Learn more about Drum Club and our other Spring Classes!

What styles of music do you teach?

I teach rock, jazz, and Latin styles on drum set, and also teach orchestral percussion on snare drum, marimba, and other percussion family instruments. I gauge the styles of music I teach around the student once they get to a certain point and have a basic understanding of most other styles.

Do you perform in a band?

I do! I’m in three bands: Professor Caffeine and the Insecurities, Red Evans Band, and Loving Cup. I play drums and sing back-up vocals.

Why did you choose to study music?

Music was what came easier to me than most other things. I remember I was debating between going to school for music and history and ultimately ended up picking music. I just always loved the feeling of performing something and playing with other musicians.

Watch Jesse in the recording studio

How long have you been at IHM? What do you like most about teaching here?

I’ve been at IHM since Spring 2014. What I like most about teaching here are the relationships I’ve developed with my students. Some of them I’ve had since 2015, and others are more new, but we’ve grown together and we have a blast.

JesseSWhat do you hope to do in your Drum Club class? What can students expect to get out of it?

Students can expect to have fun, learn some basic rhythms, and play music together with other kids who love music. We’ll create rhythms with hands, feet, coffee cans and other household items, and percussion instruments. Students will learn something that they can retain, and maybe recognize somewhere else along their musical journey.

What do you like to do when you’re not teaching or performing?

When I’m not teaching or performing, I really enjoy watching sports. I’m a diehard Patriots fan, and also love the Red Sox, Bruins and Celtics. I also enjoy the simple things, like reading, hanging out with friends and family, and of course, PRACTICING!

Drum Club starts Saturday, March 4, and runs for 10 weeks.  For more information and to register, visit our website!

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