Welcome to week four of blog series featuring questionnaires about our fantastic staff here at the Omaha School of Music and Dance. We hope that you are enjoying learning about the private lives of our instructors that spend time with your children every week! This week we are featuring our percussion teacher, Eric Whipple!
What instruments do you in instruct and play?
I teach all types of percussion instruments.
What are your hobbies outside of teaching music?
My hobbies include mountain biking steep and challenging trails, gardening vegetables by working the land, traveling to unknown places, hiking to explore majestic waterfalls, and spending quality time with my family.
Why did you decide to become a music teacher?
I decided to teach music because I want to perfect every aspect of my craft. When you teach someone an abstract concept, like breathing life into an instrument, you are not only required to know what to play where and when, but WHY you play it. Besides, getting to talk drums all day, every day…can’t go wrong! 😉
Who is the person you admire the most and why?
The person I admire most is Buddy Rich. I admire Buddy because he is the greatest drummer of all time. He occupies this title in my mind because he had incredible chops, insane speed, precise control, a wolverine’s attitude, a tenacious work ethic, a bleeding passion for music, an unparalleled music instinct, a perfectionistic approach and a never ending repertoire of ideas.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
If I could travel anywhere in the world it would be Ireland because if it’s beauty and my lineage. I will make it there one day.
What is your favorite song?
My favorite song is “Hey Hey What Can I Do” by Led Zeppelin.
What is the one thing you couldn’t live without?
The one thing I could never live without is my passion for playing the drums. That is my identity, my savior, and the purest thing in my heart.
If you feel passionate about playing the drums, or any other instrument, take a look at the Omaha School of Music and Dance’s website at https://www.omahaschoolofmusicanddance.com/drum-lessons-omaha-ne/, and think about taking lessons!