My Background & Method
I am giving private drum lessons at my home studio in Montreal weekday afternoons and evenings. I teach students of all ages and skill levels, and have been doing so regularly since 2006. In this time I have developed a method based on the importance of fundamentals and musicality. I work with all of my students from my book Groove and Technique but am also familiar with other established drum books and methods. I stress the importance of the rudiments, but always give context when instructing in technique… i attempt to answer the question why, when applying certain exercises.
By virtue of my many different musical experiences, I am able to instruct in the roots of contemporary music, in such styles as blues, rock, R&B, funk, jazz and even folk music. This gives the student insight into the fundamentals of drumming. My teaching method includes giving the students time playing with actual songs, both of my own choice as well as the student's. I also have found great success in terms of the musical side by accompanying the students on guitar or bass. This gives them the chance to feel what it is like to play in a “real world” situation.
Get in touch to book a time for drum lessons or for more info or read the testimonials below to see some feedback I have received.
Review and comments for Groove and Technique
Here's one for serious beginning drum students who want a modern progressive approach. ...McColgan aims high and demands much, but for musically inclined beginners this book could be a real eye-opener.
Robin Tolleson, Modern Drummer mgazine
The great thing about this book, and the thing that makes it appeal to me, is the way John has separated technique from groove... There are significant "skeleton key" exercises that will open doors and urge the student to pursue creative explorations. His section Advanced Groove Concepts is a must-read for those who want to improve thier groove...The way McColgan handles the technical side, to my mind, is masterful and contains sufficient technique to handle any groove, no matter how complex. McColgan is obviously a musical drummer, you can see from the list of people who hire him- and making music with the drums is his thrust.
T. Bruce Wittet, Drums. Etc magazine
New demo from JMC Studio- 8th note-based grooves and groove theory!
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Currently looking for new students! John is seeking out new students of all levels...
"I would love to do some work with more accomplished drummers, as well as beginners… Who is ready for the hard stuff? Odd meters...odd subdivision...? Looking forward to hearing from you."