José Cochez is a Drum Set Instructor with 8 years of teaching experience. He graduated in December of 2009 with a Bachelors of Arts in Music with a triple concentration in Jazz Performance (Drum Set), Composition, and Electronic Music from the University of South Florida. He started playing the drums at the age of 15 in 1995 in his home country of Panama, Central America. Jose started playing music with Metal Bands, but then expanded his musical interests to Fusion, Jazz, and Latin Music. He has been an active musician in the Tampa Bay Area for 10 years. He loves teaching people of all levels and is proficient teaching Rock, Metal, Jazz, Latin, Pop, etc.
"I absolutely love teaching people of all ages and levels. I never turn down a student, as I believe that in doing so, I am limiting my growth as an educator. I have taught students as young as 3 years old and have exa physically handicapped student as well an autistic child. My main goal as a teacher is for the students to have a fun, positive experience while learning music. I am very fun to work with, but also challenge my students with technical exercises and rhythmic theory. I make sure my students develop music reading skills as well as their ability to “play by ear”.
I encourage students to express themselves on the drum set, but teach them that with proper technique, they can convey their ideas with clarity. I emphasize the importance of playing with other people, and they get to experience this first hand as I accompany them on the bass in the lessons as well as recitals. If the students have siblings that play instruments, I try to coordinate with their teachers and put together a band for performances. I have also developed a song list the students can pick songs from and over the course of the lessons, they start to develop a repertoire, not to mention the knowledge acquired in the process. I try to tailor my lessons around the students interests, wether they like to play cowbell on some Latin Music, or Metal with tons double bass pedal."