Hello!!! My name is Sofoklis Gkekas and I have been playing drums from my teenage years! I started learning the drums at the age of 12 and this is where all began! My first teacher was the one who not only taught me many things about the instrument but also helped me understand and love music in a way that changed my life. My goal with every student is to pass them my love for music and help them reach their goals!
As for my experience in education I have been teaching drums/music for the past 3 years! In our courses we will learn the fundamentals of drums combined with playing a lot of music, depending on the student’s needs and taste of course! The only requirements for these lessons are to always show up with a smile and will to learn! It’s not mandatory for new students to have prepared anything for the trial lesson, but for more advanced students it would be nice to present something so I can immediately get an idea of your level. Of course there is also a drum-set available!!!
*Lessons are being held in English, but this isn’t going to be a barrier even for kids that want to learn music because the lesson are done in an interactive way so everybody can follow!
Can’t wait to meet you and play some music!
Musical – Artistic Education:
2010-2013: Private drum lessons with Spiros Dorizas at Modern Music School of Chalkis (MMS).
2013-2014: Private drum lessons with Kallistratos Drakopoulos.
2014-2015: Private lessons with Spiros Ligoni at Contemporary Music Center of Chalkis.
2015: Lessons with Kallistrato Drakopoulo at Lab Music Education in Athens.
2016-2018: Attended “Lab Music Education: Professional Program” with “Spiros Dorizas” Memorial Scholarship.
Lessons with: -Michael Kapilidis (Funk – Odd meters).
-Dimitris Klonis (Jazz – Latin American Rhythms).
-Marios Ioannou (Rock).
-Manos Matsos (Chart Reading – Snare Drum Reading).
-Nikos Sidirokastritis (Hand Technique and Rudiments).
-George Katsikas – George Metallinos (Traditional Greek Rhythms).
-Kallistratos Drakopoulos (Technique).
-Grigoris Ntanis (Music Theory and Harmony).
-George Dafnos, Christos Kehris, Kallistatos Drakopoulos live ensembles.
2017: Private piano lessons with Dimitra Kokkinopoulou.
2018-Present: Private drum lessons with Menios Pasialis.
2020: Private Vocal, Piano, Music Theory and Harmony Lessons with Anna Karava at Contemporary Music Center of Chalkis.
2020/2021: Private Saxophone lessons with Dimitris Tsakas
2021/ : Pop Department at Codarts
2014: Jojo Mayer (Art Music School – Yiorgos Fakanas).
2015: Online Clinic with Luke Holland.
2016: -Benny Greb (Art Music School – Yiorgos Fakanas).
-Menios Pasialis (Contemporary Music Center of Chalkis).
-Ernesto Simpson (Lab Music Education).
2017: -Kallistratos Drakopoulos (Lab Music Education).
-Grigoris Ntanis-Dimitris Klonis (Lab Music Education).
2019: Dom Famularo (Art Music School – Yiorgos Fakanas).