About Caleb Hoffman

MUSICAL BACKGROUND/EDUCATION


Caleb Hoffman is a private Music Instructor based out of Charlotte, NC. He was accepted into the University of North Carolina School of the Arts when he was 15, where he studied percussion performance for 4 years under John R Beck, a world renowned percussionist. Caleb has been studying drums, guitar, and piano since he was young. Once he started teaching lessons privately in his freshman year of college, he fell in love with it. The moment he saw his student’s eyes light up in an “ah ha!” moment, he knew teaching was his passion. Caleb has taught at schools such as Carmel Christian School, Porter Ridge Middle and Porter Ridge High School, Onstage School of Performing Arts, and Lanti Music.

HE COMES TO YOU

The benefit of being in Caleb’s private studio is never having to leave your house. All you have to do is be ready for the lesson when he arrives!

PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE

Caleb has been performing since he was 10 years old. Throughout middle school, he performed percussion in the school wind ensemble. He auditioned and made all-district, all-county, and all-state band throughout the duration of middle school. After his freshman year he was accepted into North Carolina School of the Arts, where he frequently collaborated and performed in many different ensembles. His senior year he won a songwriting competition called Winston-Salem Shuffle. His freshman year he was the principal percussionist in the musical, OKLAHOMA! which was conducted by Hollywood Bowl conductor John Mauceri. Caleb’s freshman year he applied and was accepted into the University of Michigan for percussion performance. He went on to help form the band Salem Lake where he performed many times throughout the east coast and won the Gorrilla Music Battle of The Bands. He has collaborated with Lil’ Chuckie, of Lil’s Waynes record label YMCMB along with J Stylz from Blackstreet. Beyond performance, Caleb has produced, written, and recorded his own LP album. He also aspires to be an audio engineer and spends much of his time learning in front of Pro Tools honing his skills.

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

Caleb’s Teaching philosophy is based on honesty and freedom of expression. He wants every student to feel completely comfortable expressing their feelings, strengths, and struggles with learning. Earning the trust of the student is one of the most important jobs to Caleb, because it allows the student to be completely honest with the teacher. He pays attention to different learning styles and customizes the lesson to best fit each student. He believes straying from the traditional high-pressure style of teaching can produce a more natural and rapid growth. Performance is a big part of being a music student, and he strongly urges each student to create and perform with other growing musicians. Practicing should not feel like homework, but a tool for growth, stress relief, and expression. Caleb finds that teaching beginners from books such as Faber’s can be helpful in making the beginning process fun and stress free. These books take fundamental musical concepts and apply them in a way that is easy to understand. Call or email to schedule your private music lesson today!