The Coffee Shop Jam, held twice a year in the spring and fall, is an opportunity for my drum students to perform in a relaxed, fun environment. I collaborate with 3 other Seattle music teachers (Rob Hampton - guitar and vocals, Brady Millard-Kish - bass, Joe Walker - guitar) and their students. My students can pick a favorite song or 2 and in our lessons we will work long and hard to learn the drum parts. Beginning a few weeks before the jam we will collaborate with the other teachers and students in 2 rehearsals and the performance. It’s part recital and part rock concert. Needless to say, it’s a blast.