Tyson Stubelek | Instructor Bio

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  • What is your teaching philosophy?
    Finding inspiration through discovering how to play music well.  I like to start out with something the student is interested in and branch out to all sorts of cool things from there!    

    How long have you been teaching music? At YMP?
    I have been teaching drums privately, in clinics, master classes and schools for over 12 years. I’m just wrapping up my first term at YMP.

    What is your favorite thing about teaching music?
    I really enjoy those “ah-ha” moments, when a student has been working towards something for a while and you see it all come together. Sometimes it happens all at once, and sometimes you notice the improvement when you reflect back on how far the student has come. My own music teachers have played a hugely positive role in my life; I consider it an honor to pass on some of that positivity through music education.

    What do you expect of your students in classes/lessons?
    To do your best and stick with the groove.  Learning new things on the drums doesn’t happen right away, and not getting it instantly isn’t bad. Sometimes you have to slow down and build the new idea from the ground up.

  • About Tyson:
    Portland native, Tyson Stubelek, began playing music at the age of 3 under the guidance of his father, also a drummer.  During his youth, Tyson quickly became involved in the local music scene, playing in a number of symphonies and ensembles.  Upon meeting and hearing Elvin Jones play live, Tyson, at age twelve, began to focus intently on being a jazz musician, studying with Portland drum gurus Alan Jones and Mel Brown, to whom he attributes much of his musical understanding.

    Tyson moved to Boston, Massachusetts in 2005 after rounding out his undergraduate studies at Portland State University, completing a triple major (BM, BS, BS), and continued on with 4 years of graduate level pursuits (MM, GD) at the New England Conservatory, where he studied intently with many of the world’s finest musicians.  In 2009 Tyson moved to New York City where he continued to work and live as a professional for 4 years.

    Tyson has been teaching drum lessons for the past 15 years in schools and privately.  He has toured internationally across Canada, the UK, throughout the United States, and has played and performed with numerous prominent musicians including: Danilo Perez, Esperanza Spaulding, Lee Konitz, Dave Holland, Ingrid Jensen, Jerry Bergonzi, Billy Hart, Bob Moses, Joe Locke, Dave Douglas, Clarence Penn, Tony Malaby, Ben Street, Adam Benjamin, Joshua Redman, George Colligan, and Darrell Grant.

    In 2013, Tyson returned home to Portland where he performs and teaches regularly.  He remains entirely dedicated to learning new things, bettering himself as a person and musician, and passing on positivity through music community.

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