The "You've Got To Move To
Groove" seminar is geared toward advanced high
school, rhythm section, students. A typical seminar day
consists of 3 or 4 small group clinics where the students
are introduced to the concept of "Groove" as it relates to
the music. The focus is on musicality and feel rather than
playing fast or complex patterns and is taught through
example and hands-on experience for each student. The day
ends with a large rehearsal session with the full jazz
band(s). Here, the students get a chance to implement some
of the things they've learned in the small group clinics
while carrying the message of the day, "You've Got To Move
To Groove" to the entire ensemble.
"Billy Goodness brought an inspiration to Webster Schroeder
High School students this past Spring when he spoke and
taught about the fundamentals of playing in time. A new
motivation from my students has risen to become steady and
firm drummers. I am looking forward to working with Billy in
the future and having my students have an opportunity to
learn from a top-notch professional"
Webster Schroeder High School Band Director
"Billy Goodness' workshop involved students in a "real life"
professional drumming situation in which they played along
with a studio created track. Each student was critiqued and
encouraged as they attempted to find and keep the groove.
Billy emphasized over and over the importance of 'groove'
and 'feel' and how the movement of these elements must be
felt in the performer's body. Billy's workshop has had a
lasting impact on students in Jazz Band and Concert Band at
Jazz Band Director, Webster Thomas High School
Billy is currently accepting
Intermediate to Advanced level students.
"My focus, as a drum instructor,
is on the music. Its not so much about having the fastest
hands or the loudest drums. Its more about having a broad
musical understanding and the skills that give you the
ability to connect with the other musicians around you -
living and playing in the moment."
"My goal is to help each
student fulfill his or her own potential as a creative
musician. This means providing every student with the
opportunity to explore many musical styles and to eventually
find their own “voice” on the instrument."
Subjects covered include:
Reading and Writing
Music and Drumset Notation
Rudiments and their
application to the Drumset
music styles and how to play them
Drum Tuning and
Playing For The Music
- being the foundation
The Recording Studio
Environment (advanced students)
If you are interested in
finding out more about Billy's Clinics & Seminars or Private Lessons, please
contact him via email by clicking