Wizdom Drumshed Schools Around the World!
Dom has created the first Wizdom Drumshed School in the world in Long Island (NY) many years ago. “Wizdom” is a mix of two words, wizard and Dom (For Dom Famularo). Put the two words together and you get Wizdom. These schools are taking place all around the world in collaboration with Dom to ensure that the quality of the studios and the teaching process is high class. The approach is unique and the result is amazing.
Private Lessons with Dom Famularo!
If you live in or are visiting the New York area, private instruction is available with Dom. There are also programs for drummers worldwide who wish to travel to New York for intensive study. Students have traveled from over 20 countries and twenty five states to study with Dom. Instruction rates with Dom are $90 per hour. Please contact our office for further information.
Dom has built a new larger state-of-the-art drum studio. Seeing below are some pictures. Into each lesson is fused the passion of 30 years of private lessons, master classes, and clinics. Dom maintains the highest commitment to private teaching even with his schedule of global travels!
Dom’s State-of-the-Art Teaching Facility:
Stephane Chamberland, Wizdom Drumshed in Quebec City, Canada
In addition of teaching in his studio in Canada, Stephane is also available for lessons at the Dom’s studio in Long Island (NY). Please e-mail him at Global2steph@mac.com for booking and info.
Steph is endorsed by Mapex Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks, Shure Microphones and Evans Drumheads. You can also learn more about Stephane by going to Drums Etc Magazine, Drummerworld, Wizdom Media, The Black Page Magazine and Hudson Music.
Stephane Chamberland is a drummer, clinician, educator and author. He is an independent solo artist that has been playing and recording with countless musicians performing hundreds of live shows around the world. He has been playing with his own Jazz bands and also working on many other projects with freelance musicians. He has been the drummer for the Televison show T.A.M (Musical Autochtones Talents). In 2012 he played at the NAMM show in California for Alfred Publishing. He also played on many records, producing the drums in his own studio in Quebec City (Canada).
Steph is recognized internationally and has presented hundreds of clinics and masterclasses in stores, schools, camps and festivals around the globe in the United States, Canada, Brazil, Taiwan and China over the past ten years. He has performed at the International Cape Breton Drum Festival, at the Taipei International Percussion Summer Camp (Taipei National University of the Arts), at the Da Dong Tian Xia Music Concert (Shanghai Grand Theatre) and at the Shanghai Int’l Percussion Camp and at the Batuka International Drumfest 2013 (Sao Paulo, Brazil). He also maintains a busy private teaching schedule at his studio in Quebec City, The Wizdom Drumshed, and also teaches regularly via Skype. Steph’s studio is a state-of-the-art teaching and recording facility where drummers from all around the world come and connect to study. Steph is also part of the education team forVic Firth with the PDT+ program. He has been working with companies such as Mapex to create Mapex Learning Advantage Program and educational posters. He has been involved with The Percussion Academy Kabir Kouba as teacher and clinician.
Stephane has studied drumset with many respected teachers in New York, New Jersey, Toronto and Germany, including Claus Hessler, Dom Famularo,Jim Chapin, Rick Gratton, Billy Ward, Robby Ameen, Jeff Salem, Paul DeLong, Joe Bergamini, John Favicchia and Aldo Mazza. He went to Manhattan School of Music and studied with John Riley and Bobby Sanabria. Stephane also studied at the Conservatory of Music in Quebec City and with several teachers in the Quebec City area.
Steph’s interests in writing and education have led him to become very active in the music publishing world. He is the co-author of the book The Weaker Side, Drumset Duets and Pedal Control with Dom Famularo and Joe Bergamini (Wizdom Media – Alfred Publishing). He has worked on the book Drumset For Beginners (Alfred Publishing) with Paul Hose and Jim Farey in the UK. Stephane also wrote the new edition of the number one drum books in the world of George Lawrence Stone, Stick Control and Accent in Rebounds. He is a contributing writer for Modern Drummer and Classic Drummer Magazines and has also been featured in Gigging Musician, The Black Page Magazine, Drums Etc, International Musician and Percussive Notes. He is currently working on some exciting new books which will be available later this year.
HD Private Skype Lessons
Take a live drum lesson with Steph wherever you are in the world. You will need a web cam and a good internet connection. Be ready to learn and love this new learning process! The goal is to deliver the best sound and image from the studio to the students. The drums sounds comes directly from the mixer and interface so the quality is impeccable! Steph also uses wireless Shure in-ears and Lavalier microphone to be free to move from one section to another and to get a really clear sound for his voice. The studio is subdivised in four sections; The big drums for all styles, the jazz drum, the technique section with pads and the reading section with the marching snare drum. Steph uses the Ipad to take notes and send the detailed lesson info and advice to the student after the session. Skype lessons are a big success and Steph is presently teaching student from, Japan, Italy, Europe,Thailand, USA and Canada. Buy a Skype lesson now!
Mike Holmes, from Miyazaki City in Japan, said:
It only takes a moment to discover that studying with Stephane is going to be something special. Within minutes, Steph can highlight areas that could use more attention and provides instruction that immediately addresses those areas. With a little time and a little conversation, Stephane is able to put together an entire study program based on your needs and desires that is sure to take your drumming to a higher level than you ever imagined possible. Not only is Stephane an excellent teacher in the craft of drumming but he also incites – or re-ignites – the passion for drumming that is what takes the craft and turns it into art. Stephane is the instructor who can show you how to learn to focus your desire and express your art. Steph travels the world giving demonstrations, Master Camps, and lessons, and now is your chance to have your own one-on-one Master Camps spent in the luxury of Steph’s Wizdom Drumshed Quebec studio. Whether you are a beginner of professional, I unreservedly recommend Stephane Chamberland as one of the finest teachers you are ever likely to encounter. I traveled halfway around the world for my first lessons and I’m already making plans for my next visit.
Tyson Unrau Magregor, from Manitoba in Canada, said:
Studying with Steph at his wizdom drumshed is definitely the highest form of drum education I have had so far. Steph is combining his state of the art teaching facility with his incredible knowledge and love of drumming makes for an unforgettable learning experience. He opened my mind to many different ideas, styles, and techniques which allows me to be more prepared for the many varieties of music that I play. Steph always has such a positive and encouraging attitude and pushes me to by my very best. He is always willing to help make my trip easier by finding me a close hotel to stay at or campground seeing as how I live 2000 km away. When I am back home after my lessons he always stays in contact and continues to encourage me in my playing and offers great advice. He sets up the curriculum based on what my needs as a student are which allows me to make great progress quickly. Stephane is the best teacher, player and mentor and has so much to offer. I will be traveling to study with him as long as I can and I would encourage anyone who is serious about taking their playing to a higher level to do the same.
Akash Thakkar, Fredericton from New Brunswick in Canada, said:
In spending just six days with Stephane, I learned more than I would have in two years on my own. He is an astonishing teacher and his enthusiasm and energy not only help you learn but make you want to learn. If you want to advance every aspect of your drumming to the next level, then this is the guy to go to!
Greg Estabrooks, from Connecticut in USA, said:
Stephane’s professionalism and passion for the art of drumming are phenomenal. He has created an incredibly learner friendly environment in his Wizdom Drumshed. Steph thoroughly answered all of my questions and was constantly pushing my playing to the next level. Any drummer would benefit from lessons with Steph.
Jean-Christoph Morin from Beauce in Quebec, said:
My first lesson with Stephane Chamberland was a turning point in my life. When we have a dream of becoming a rock star. For my part, I’ve always kept the dream of becoming a great musician. Today, whether this dream comes true or not doesn’t really matter, because Steph has managed to bring me a lot more than I expected. A lot more than technique and independence on the drums. With Steph, the question in no longer “will I be able to reach my goal” but “how will I reach my goal”. Steph is the living proof that whan we have a dream and put all the efforts towards that dream, nothing is impossible! His high quality teaching makes everything possible. A personalized program and a dynamic teacher – the winning combination. Moreover, his state of the art studio creates a pleasing atmosphere and an outstanding learning facility. Steph is an encouraging model and motivator who is dedicated to every student’s success, on the professional level as much as on the personal level. A lesson with him not only make you acquire the right techniques and a way to stand out in the music industry, it will bring you all the tools to have a better attitude towards life’s gifts to us and become a better person.
Rob Hirons (Wizdom Drumshed in France)
Rob Hirons is an independent drumset artist and educator based in Marseille in the south of France. He has toured with countless musicians performing literally hundreds of live shows in Europe and the USA, as well as doing extensive live and recorded work in France for artists such as Watcha Clan, Hofmann Family Blues Experience, Les Squaws, Rona Hartner, Isis Child and many others.
Widely recognized as a dynamic educator, Rob has been dedicated to his teaching career for more than 20 years. He currently maintains an extensive teaching schedule, coaching drummers both in the region and from further afield with his abilities to motivate and facilitate the development of aspiring students. He teaches in his own state-of-the-art private teaching studio ‘The Wizdom Drumshed’ in Marseille, France, created in collaboration with Global Drum Ambassador Dom Famularo.
Rob also performs and presents drum clinics, masterclasses and other educational events for drum schools and music centers to bring the art of drumming to a larger public in an educational setting.
Rob has studied drumset with many respected teachers including Ray Payne at his high school, Ronnie Bottomley, Dave Hassell, Tony Faulkner at Leeds College of Music where he gained an honours degree in Jazz Studies, and more recently, independent study with Dom Famularo in New York.
Rob currently works in partnership with Mapex Drums, Sabian Cymbals, and Vic Firth Drumsticks.
The Wizdom Drumshed in France
The 18 meter square teaching studio contains two fully equipped Mapex drum sets with Sabian cymbals as well as a separate practice pad station with Vic Firth practice pads for developing hand techniques and a dedicated reading station with a professional concert snare drum for classical studies. There are microphones set up on both drum sets linked to a 16 channel mixing desk for play along and recording purposes and monitoring is facilitated by Vic Firth high quality closed headphones. The studio is also equipped with a complete audio video system including strategically placed digital cameras to be able to shoot each of the teaching stations showing the student in real time on two separate video screens and to record extracts of the lessons on to dvd or memory card for the student to take away for further study.
The studio is completed by a full multimedia section including a library of excellent drum tuition books, tuition DVDs and internet connection for World Wide Web access.
For more information visit: www.robhirons.com
or email: email@example.com
“I am so inspired when I meet someone who is so dedicated to performing and teaching! Rob Hirons has been working with me on both areas! As a player, he is constantly challenging himself to grow and create. As an educator, he is always willing to seek out new ideas for assisting students to reach a higher level of expression! This is totally empowering! Rob and I are working together to raise the fun factor in drumming and assist drummers everywhere to enjoy the adventure of musical expression! I am excited about what Rob offers to everyone who enters his Wizdom DrumShed!”
Dom Famularo - Drummings’ Global Ambassador, New York USA
“Rarely have I seen the talent and enthusiasm that Rob possess. My experience with Rob have proven him to be reliable, energetic, always prepared and showing great discipline. Rob’s overall attitude is very positive and he is an all around professional person and musician. Be sure to check him out…it’s inspiring!”
Stephane Chamberland - International Clinician and Educator, Quebec, Canada
“Rob, as well as being talented, has an essential quality – the passion to transmit knowledge. It is rare to find someone who will go so far to help you understand something perfectly, to find that critical point that makes everything become clear. As well as this, Rob’s analysis of movement and hand position is particularly advanced, allowing him to explain in depth the techniques required to master the drum set.”
JB Raynaut - Student at the Wizdom Drumshed Marseille and drummer of Babylon Pression.
(U.S. Wizdom Drumshed)
Ever since he received his first drum set, at age six, Steven has had a passion for the instrument. He began as a self-taught musician, learning his first grooves from his father. Now, after years of percussion studies with various teachers, Steven has grown into a highly dedicated and skilled percussionist. He has studied with the likes of Dom Famularo, Claus Hessler, and Ignacio Berroa; and continues to further his skills under these and other world-class drummers. Steven is currently a private drum set instructor and teaches from his Wizdom Drumshed School located in eastern Pennsylvania. He has also performs in shows and presents drum clinics for schools.
Steven teaches out of his 200 square foot, state of the art studio in Whitehall, Pennsylvania. Some of the equipment in his studio includes:
- Mapex percussion hardware
- Sabian cymbals and Evans drumheads
- Dual practice pad station with double bass pedals
- Dual digital camera setup with DVR and monitor to record sessions to DVD
- High speed internet with large screen Laptop for media reference and remote lessons
For more information visit: www.stevencrammer.com
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
“I have had the great opportunity of teaching Steven for several years. I have witnessed, first hand, a very dedicated musician in all aspects of drumming. I am
very impressed with his commitment, hard work and perseverance to learn and share his talent and knowledge of the modern drum set .He is truly the next generation of great drum leaders to bring this art form well into the 21st century. I feel secure in knowing the continuation of this great art will be honored and taken to an even higher level of musicianship with Steven as a drumming wave maker!”
Dom Famularo - Drummings’ Global Ambassador, New York USA
“Steven has a great mixture of outstanding talents; he is definitely one of the rare students with technical and musical skills likewise. On top of that, he knows how to blend his talents with intellectual and conceptual understanding of what he does – which finally makes the big difference. Whether it’s playing open-handed, working on different styles of drumming or any technical detail; it is a pleasure to work with him and watch how fast he gets things done. I definitely see a great drumming future for Steven!”
Claus Hessler - International Clinician and Educator, Germany
“Steven, Colin really looks forward to his weekly lesson with you. Your teaching skills and encouragement have helped him challenge himself to become a better drummer. Not only does he really enjoy playing together with you during his lessons, but he is always telling us about different techniques he learns from you. You make the hard work seem fun for him; he always leaves his lesson with a smile and enthusiasm to practice at home what you work on together. We feel very fortunate to have found you and believe your current students and any future students would be as enthusiastic about you as we are. We look forward to continuing to watch Colin improve as a musician under your professional instruction.”
Patti - Parent of Student
Massimo Russo – Wizdom Drumshed School® Italy
Massimo Russo was born in Gallarate in 1980; after he moved to Calabria, in a short time he started to study Drums and Percussions, getting a diploma with honors at the Conservatory “F. Torrefranca” under M° Vittorino Naso’s guidance. Since then, he has been joining his teaching activity with the one as a concert performer (pop, jazz, fusion both national and international collaborations).
Apart from being an appreciated teacher and instrumentalist, Massimo is constantly working on his own refinement, going on attending the best Italian and foreign drummers’ classes and seminars.
Massimo’s talent lies in his natural versatility. He manages to obtain all this by a remarkable dynamic control, movements smoothness and an excellent hands technique.
Massimo Russo’s fundamental concept in teaching is “handing on Instinct and Passion for the instrument even before using technique and theory” (quoted), minding the movements and their harmony as a base to create emotion and sound.
On Dom’s task, Massimo Russo represents Wizdom Drumshed School® in Italy. Wizdom Drumshed School® is the distinctive Drum Schools brand created by Dom Famularo and his students, it guarantees an international highly-regarded teaching method.
Massimo Russo is a demanded and appreciated drummer in the pop sphere: he has played for ha Viola Valentino and Lighea (ex Sanremo Festival), afterwards collaborating with Kiko and Alessia Di Giò (Sanremo Lab), Stefano Maiuolo (Amici) and Francesca Ciampa (X-Factor).
Anyway, Massimo’s versatility has brought him to be esteemed also in Jazz, Fusion, Latin-
Jazz e World Music ambit. Among others, noteworth collaborations with Egidio Ventura (international jazz pianist), Enzo Mirabello (pianist e composer, winner in 21 nazional competitions, concerts in France), Mirco Menna and Pasquale Nigro (ex Parto delle Nuvole Pesanti) Also classical percussions are part of his repertoire: Massimo has played many times with Conservatory “F. Torrefranca” Symphonic Orchestra of Vibo Valentia.
Massimo Russo is a very talented musician, drummer, teacher and clinician, i have performed with him and had many hours of conversation about drumming. He understands the importance of education for young drummers, his StepDrums teaching program is a clear organized step by step program.
He will inspire you, motivate you and guide you to understand your talent and your passion: follow the StepCourses® to climb and discover your true potential.
Massimo travelled to New York to study with me, and dedicate himself to learn all the techniques and musical concepts of drumming. Now he shares his education passion at the Wizdom Drumshed School® Italy: enjoy the adventure.
Dom Famularo – Drumming Global Ambassador
Drumming Lab drum school – France
Located in the center of Paris, is a unique place, entirely devoted to the world of the battery.
This place is dedicated to the discovery, understanding and learning the techniques of hands and feet … The Free Stroke, Moeller Whipping Motion Pumping Motion Pull outs Control Strokes, Fingers Control, Control Pedal … will have no secret for you … All techniques, taught by George Lawrence STONE, Sanford Augustus Moeller and Billy GLADSTONE, illustrious founders of modern battery, all aggregated by Dom Famularo.
The course will be based mainly focus on:
It’s Your Move (Let’s play)
Dom Famularo & Joe Bergamini
More than a method, IT’S YOUR MOVE is a journey, sharing knowledge transmission, a legacy … This method aligns perfect cohesion between the movements of your body, the energy that radiates from the sticks and your mind … This book provides access to these basic principles, the “POWER OF HISTORY” to understand, from the Battery Practice Pad, those essential to the enrichment and development of technical musician.
By Rob Hiron & Dom Famularo
A thorough study of the application of techniques and Stroke Free Moeller grooves on the battery.
Open Handed Playing
By Claus Hessler and Dom Famularo
Based on concepts developed by teaching Jim Chapin and Billy Cobham. This book allows any drummer immediately begin to integrate an approach open hands uncrossed (Open Handed Playing) in the game, even if you always played with hands crossed. A new tool to enrich the vocabulary of the drummer.
By Dom Famularo & Stephane Chamberland and Joe Bergamini
Improve the ability of your feet. Gaining speed, control, power and endurance.
These books are published by Wizdom Media, and distributed by Alfred Music Publishing Co.
About the School
The Drumming Lab – Wizdom Drumshed offers a pleasant and friendly space dedicated entirely to teaching.
The studio is equipped with:
Sections Pad with double pedals positioned in front of mirrors to work and develop techniques for hands and feet in the best conditions.
Digital video cameras that can record your lessons.
Electronic drums Roland TD 12.
A selection of DVD’s and methods appropriate to the techniques taught.
For more information go to www.drumminglab.com