Sergio Bellotti

Assistant Professor

"My teaching approach is very practical; I'm not much into intellectualizing the music. I like to put my hands on the instrument with them and act like a sort of a coach on the field. I also believe our best teacher is our own body. Repetition will actually empower your body and teach you the most effective way to do what's best for you. And the drums are very physical, so when we sweat for half an hour, the body is sending messages about what to do and what not to do. It's like learning how to whistle. I wouldn't be able to teach you how to whistle. You have to try to imitate me till you get it."

"I stress repertoire a lot. I want all of my students to get a good grasp of the repertoire, and to learn the history of music in many styles. I'd like them to get down to the roots and analyze what happened before, because by studying the history we can project the future a little bit and be better prepared for what is going on now."

"My job is to help my students study positively, and try to give them that energy to make practicing a joyful experience. From what could seem to be the most boring exercise to the most beautiful piece of music, I want to make sure that everything is done with joy. So even if the student is a beginner and can only play two bars, I want him to play those two bars over and over with a musical attitude. I want them to excel at a 'Carnegie Hall' level with those two bars, and make it sound like a piece of music. Once they get that, the next two bars are going to be a little easier."

"I would also want my students to feel genuine passion for music. I'm fortunate to be exposed to music; I want other people to be exposed to it and love it as much as I do. Music has brought so many positive things in my life, professionally and non-professionally, and I definitely want to share that. It's a joyful event."

Career Highlights

 

  • Alumnus, Berklee College of Music
  • Diploma, Accademia Bia, Italy
  • Writer for DrumClub magazine in Italy
  • Performances at the Montreal Drum Fest 2003; Cape Breton International Drum Fest 2004, 2005, and 2006; Berklee World Percussion Festival 2005; and PAS 2005.
  • Recording and/or performances with Nathan East, Robben Ford, Bob James, Wayne Krantz, Tom Scott, Dan Siegel, and Mike Stern, among others
  • Cofounder of the fusion group Spajazzy
  • Coleader of a duo with percussion virtuoso Alessandra Belloni
  • Endorsements include Taye Drums, Vic Firth Sticks, Attack Drumheads, Zildjian Cymbals, Meinl Percussion, Beatnik Metronomes, and Phatfoot
  • Recordings include 1-11SpajazzyPerils and Thrills, LittleHorse; Live at Montreal Drum Fest DVD; The Rhythm is the Cure DVD; Mastering the Bass, Bruce Gertz; Centro Asociale, Marco Bellotti