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Kenwood Dennard
Professor in the Percussion department
at Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA
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Overall Quality
3.4
Average Grade
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Hotness
Helpfulness
3.5
Clarity
3.3
Easiness
3.7
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15 Student Ratings
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04/24/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
5 Easiness
ensbpriv Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He's selfish and doesn't care about his students. During our recital he ran around stage drawing attention to himself like an 8 year old boy, most people were too busy watching him to notice the music. Never taught us anything about the music we were playing, and often contradicted himself in class. A COMPLETE WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY. Terrible.

12/01/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
ensblvl3 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Complete space case. The day before our recital he didn't even have the brain power to realize we should run the set list. The students were constantly reminding him to take the class seriously. He is great at contradicting himself in order to prove whatever point he is trying to make in the moment. DO NOT TAKE unless you have unlimited patience.

04/21/2008
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
5 Easiness
ALL Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Look, here's the deal. Kenwood Dennard, back in the day, played with Jaco, Pat Martino, Miles Davis, etc. He's a VERY funny and nice guy, however, he is a TERRIBLE teacher. Don't waste a class on him. He's always hanging in 1140 basement if you wanna talk to him. He's just bizarre, and wastes class time on nonsense. Dissapointed in all classes.

01/13/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
poly1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

he is enthusiastic

11/11/2007
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
LabSECT Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Kenwood is an "out there" guy. Once he gave me an old shirt of his as a reward for playing well in class. I would recommend him more for drum lab 3 than private lessons. He's a nice guy

08/17/2007
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
5 Easiness
PIPCxxx Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I was so excited to take lessons with Kenwood and when I did I didn't know I could be so disappointed. He missed more classes then he came to. He wasted my time on stupid rudiments. I didn't even sit at a kit until about 3 weeks before then end of the semester. I hated my lessons. Go to Bob Tamagni instead.

05/30/2007
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
ILPD335 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Kenwood's style of teaching differs from most in that he concentrates on HOW you learn and how you realize the material. New things normally come from old things seen from a new prospective.

12/27/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
percu111 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

perfection over all

12/13/2006
poor
3 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
DrLab3 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He was nice at the beginning of semester, and then slowly turned irritable... he seemed to like certain students more than others. He made me feel uncomfortable when I was playing. He did not encourage me or motivate me in any way. Unless you are already really good at drums, do not take him.

05/17/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
private inst. Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

i always wanted to study with kenwood, and when i finally did, i was a little disappointed. he was ALWAYS late, and only worked on proficiency material. i was actually hoping he's hip me to his ideas about pocket and groove, but he didn't. but he does have some great teaching techniques and gave me some useful tips that i will use forever.

05/03/2006
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
Private Lesson Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

He missed a bunch of classes. He only wanted to work on the proficiency material. He fell asleep during one of my lessons. I recommend Skip Hadden.

12/09/2005
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
Private Lesson Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Kenwood is a really nice guy. He does miss a few lessons. He's also a stickler for punctuality. Some days he's a good teacher with good advice. Other days you can see that he has lost his mind. The guy isn't "spaced out"...he's plain crazy. I still like him though. Only take him if you are serious about playing. Also recommend Skip Hadden.

08/30/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
Lesson/Funk Lab Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

For my lessons, he missed a lot of them. Then missed a lot of the makeups. But when I had him for funk lab, he was good about making up classes when he wasn't there. Otherwise, awesome.

08/30/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
Drum Lab Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Kenwood is the man!!! He's the best drummer in the dept... and definitely the most friendly. Can appear to some as "spaced out"... but is definitely a legend.

04/13/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
drum Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

very encouraging, kind, interesting . the best drummer!

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