Juan Mendoza: Become A Better Student

Seamus Evely  /  Drumeo Gab #211 / Jun 21

“It’s all about the why. If you figure out the why, then you figure out the purpose.”

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Juan Mendoza is a classically trained musician who is one of the smoothest, most knowledgeable, and musical drummers around. Hailing from New Jersey, Juan has developed his own home studio where he films his lessons, teaches his students, and records for artists. The results that he manages to achieve are second to none.

In addition to being a fantastic performer, Juan is also an incredible teacher. He has filmed courses at Drumeo where he got into, what I feel, is his specialty: rudiment applications. I highly recommend checking them out.

I wanted to have Juan on to talk about how he interprets his students and how they can become better students. This also means how can teachers become better teachers – because they work hand in hand. 

In this episode:

You will hear about…

  • What it’s like to teach the next generation
  • How recordings help with education
  • How Instagram clips might be hurting our abilities
  • Some tips on how to become better at improvising and creating

Why you should listen:

Juan shares his opinion on why our youth may not be seeing results, how Instagram is foiling our ability to play through entire tracks, and so much more. They are hard truths. They should be heard. This will also be a helpful episode for educators and how we can better connect with our students.

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