Harmony Music House

Drums

Andy Skellenger - Tabla Drums

Andy Skellenger is a professional percussionist and teacher based out of Boulder, CO. Since the age of 18 when he visited India, he's dedicated his life to the study of Rhythm, specifically Tabla music from North India. While he is well versed in the music theory of the west, he teaches in the tradition of Indian Classical Music, beginning with vocalization of rhythms. This fun and unique method of teaching allows the student to learn with the language center of the brain, enabling easy memorization and fuller expression of rhythm. It also allows the student to simultaneously keep two different ideas going (one with the voice, and one with the hands), activating the brain in a powerful way and expanding the rhythmic horizons of any instrumentalist or vocalist.

 

Tober Schorr - Drumkit

My name is Tober. I am a drummer, percussionist and keyboardist. I love teaching music as much as I love playing it. My teaching style focuses on building listening skills as much as technical ability. I train my students early on to be able to play with other musicians and have meaningful musical interactions. To this end, I often accompany my drum students on piano so that they get the experience of playing with other musicians early on. I strive to find the best approach to communicate musicality to each student, and I believe that it is important to learn both by ear and through reading music.

My drum set background includes many years of being self-taught, combined with music studies at the Colorado College (minor in Music) and Metropolitan State University of Denver (Bachelors of Music). I studied jazz at Metro with Ron Miles and Paul Romaine.  My background in djembe and dunun music includes an ongoing apprenticeship with master drummers Fara Tolno from Guinea and Abdoul Doumbia from Mali, as well as studies in West Africa and time spent playing in a community drumming and dance ensemble in Mozambique. I also practice Afro-Cuban drumming styles proficiently, though my studies in that area are not as deep. I have been dabbling in the piano for years now, am mostly self-taught, and am currently developing my keyboard skills as both a secondary instrument and a means to understand theory and composition.

I currently perform with local bands The Antonio Lopez Trio, Los Cheesies, and ONDA. I also do freelance work in styles such as jazz, rock, funk, Americana, blues, reggae, Latin and West African.

Whether you want to learn to play drums in a band, discover how to make a tone and a slap on a hand drum, or understand the interplay of a jazz rhythm section or the intricacies of a West African polyrhythm, I can help you. I also teach basic piano lessons for kids. 

I currently play and am endorsed by TreeHouse Drums. 

 

Book a lesson with Tober

Tober is only available for off-site lessons. He is a former Harmony Music House teacher that we refer drum kit student inquires to. Please email us and we will connect you with Tober.