We had the good fortune of connecting with Stefano Ashbridge and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Stefano, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Well, my life’s goal has always been to play the drums and teach others to love it as much as I do. After moving to Los Angeles about 20 years ago, I pursued the opportunities that have allowed me to do just that. I have a studio here where I teach both in-person and online anywhere around the world.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I continue to work hard to be the best drummer and teacher that I can be. It is my goal to teach students more than academic musical skills. I want to instill discipline, dedication, problem-solving skills. Each of my students has different goals, motivations, and learning personalities. My job is to guide them in the direction they want to go, make them great drummers, and show them how much fun drumming can be.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Well, I love to eat, so we would go to amazing restaurants all over LA. The Grand Central Market in downtown is really cool. While we’re there, we would check out the Bradbury building and Angel’s Flight railway. The central library is also really cool. Then there’s Forrest Lawn in Glendale and Griffith Park. So many cool things to do and see in LA. Now I just have to get some friends to visit so I can do all of these things.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Wow, I have learned and continue to learn from so many wonderful people that I can’t possibly name them all. I thank God for my family and friends for their support. I also want to mention the amazing teachers I have had the honor of study with; William Lyons, Zoro, Mark Schulman, and Russ Miller.