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Q.
Roby Vitari has just been nominated Director of GM Drum School, USA. The Italian school has 7 locations in Italy with a particular philosophy as compared to traditional music school, right? Can you explain it to the American public?
A.
The GM Drum School philosophy is based above all on the passion for drums and for music in general. It puts the personal ego aside in favor of collaboration and language intended as a communication tool between musicians. Aggregation for the purposes of artistic creation.
Q.
Tell us about Roby Vitari musician and Roby teacher, what’s the difference?
A.
Actually there is not much difference between the two figures …. Both are governed by the unstoppable desire to express themselves and communicate. The teacher is in turn a student because he teaches and learns constantly from everyone.
Every little input (also given by an 8-year-old kid who approaches the drums) is an invaluable starting point for discovering and embarking on new paths and knowledge. The musician, in turn, is continually stimulated by the outside world that inevitably affects growth and personality. .
Q.
What do you think is the most important thing for a teacher?
A.
Understanding the psychology and sensitivity of the student and adapting to it, to be able to transfer their experience and knowledge in the lightest and most amusing way possible … music should not be considered as an obligation nor a job in the worst sense of the term but fun.
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And for a musician?
A.
Communication. Never live in individuality. I have always considered myself a “rhythmic” and not “soloist” drummer, in need of others. I have always needed energy, warmth and contact with other artists in order to create and express myself as a musician.
Q.
What are your plans for the future of GM USA?
A.
There is currently an upgrade to the California Headquarter, we are moving into a new, wider, beautiful location in Downtown Santa Ana at the new premises of the famous LockOut Music Studios present in many Southern California cities. The future is always Evolving!
Q.
Any thanks that include sponsors and endorsements
A.
thanks to Gigi Morello and the staff of the International headquarter (Italy) for their support and for believing in me as well as my current, very precious sponsors: UFIP Cymbals  and the wonderful Tronci family, Bode Music Gear for Evans Drumheads and Collision Drumsticks.


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