Teacher Profile: Chip Coursey

Chip Coursey

Chip Coursey

Instrument(s): Drums

City: Atlanta

Education: Berklee College of Music

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    About Chip Coursey

    Born and raised in the Atlanta area with a passion for percussion, Chip Coursey, a dedicated drum teacher, has spent over three decades immersing themselves in the world of music. Since 1992, Chip has played an instrumental role in shaping the musical aspirations of countless students.

    Chip’s journey as a drummer and educator began early in life. With a strong desire to study the art of drumming, Chip sought private lessons from renowned drummer, Jack Dukes. Under Jack’s guidance, Chip honed his skills and developed a deep appreciation for all styles of music. Chip also studied with other teachers such as Armend Garabaldi and Lee Venters. One of Chip’s favorite sayings is: “I’m still a student and will always be a student”.

    Chip also went to the Los Angeles Music Academy for a summer study program and had the opportunity to study with Joe Porcaro and Ralph Humprey. In 2001 Chip started school at Berklee College of Music where he would study under great teachers such as Jackie Santos Jr, Larry Finn and Angie Bachman.

    Over the course of his career, Chip has played in bands and ensembles covering all styles of music such as rock, country, hip-hop, blues, reggae, funk, and fusion/jazz. He has also played in numerous church bands. From 2008 until 2018, Chip performed in many musical theater shows in the Atlanta area and developed excellent sight-reading skills during this time.

    Throughout Chip’s teaching career, he has nurtured numerous talents who have gone on to achieve success in their musical pursuits. As a drum teacher, Chip possesses a unique ability to connect with students of all ages and backgrounds. Chip has taught students as young as 3 years old and students in their 80’s. Moreover, Chip’s experience in teaching students with special needs highlights his commitment to making music accessible and inclusive to all. Chip’s dedication and patient guidance has served as a guiding light for aspiring musicians, leaving a lasting impression on each student Chip has mentored.

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