"In order to improve as a drummer, it's very important to stay humble and keep learning. The one constant that I've found talking to so many outstanding drummers over the years is that you can ALWAYS learn something new. Whether the topic is bass drum technique, limb independence, or just feeling the pocket, no drummer has ALL of the answers. Even the pros, and some of my favorite drummers, will tell you that continuing to learn is essential to growth as a musician.
I've been asked numerous times about teaching lessons over the course of my playing career. In the past, I had questioned how much enjoyment I would get from teaching. But, with age comes maturity and experience, and now it's exciting for me to think about being able to affect and influence another musician's creativity and approach to the drums. I'd have to credit most of that mindset change to my 16 year-old son, who showed a headstrong interest in playing the drums around the age of 3. Getting the chance to start at the "ground level" with someone so young amplified the satisfaction I felt from seeing (and hearing) him progress and improve. I also noticed how much fun he had - his enthusiasm seemed to feed off of my excitement.
It's because of this idea that I am a firm believer in individually-focused instruction. Not everyone will have the same definition of success. To one, success may be mastering their favorite song behind the kit. To another, success may be getting comfortable playing with a metronome or developing a practice routine. Unfortunately, there will be some that will not be as interested and will define success as just trudging through the lesson. These are the toughest individuals to keep motivated, so it's VERY important to tailor instruction to each student's goals and comfort level. If the student isn't having any fun, the probability is high that the instructor isn't, either, and vice versa. Obviously, this principle will affect results.
The objective is to identify your specific musical goals and learning preferences in order to determine the best way to approach a custom lesson plan FOR YOU."
- Jason Broussard