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Percussion Lessons- SPRING 2022 WEDNESDAYS @ HARVEY DUNN Santiago Continenza

Dates: February 2 - May 4, 2022

Meets: W from 4 PM to 6 PM

Location: Harvey Dunn Elementary #170

Registration Fee: $224.00

There are 2 openings remaining at this time.

There are 2 openings remaining at this time.



Music lessons spur emotional and behavioral growth for all ages- Youth & Adult!! Join us for weekly individual ½ hour lessons! Students will need to purchase instruction book(s) based on instructor recommendations and have access to a snare drum to practice.

In these 30-minute lessons, Santiago will meet students where they are at, whether they are picking up sticks for the first time or have been playing for years! The lessons are very flexible as far as developing and enhancing the student to the extent he or she wants to go. The predominant instrument to be taught will be the snare drum. However, auxiliary percussion, the trap set, and mallet percussion will be taught as each individual student is willing and capable. Santiago offers proficient instruction at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels for snare drum, auxiliary percussion, and trap set, as well as beginner and intermediate levels for mallet percussion.

Whether a beginner or continuing your music endeavors - train the brain!

Develops fine motor skills

Develops attention skills, anxiety management and emotional control

Improves verbal memory and literacy

Benefits brain plasticity throughout a lifespan

Develops multisensory processing skills " Increases blood flow in the brain " Reduces academic achievement gaps

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Fee: $224.00

Harvey Dunn Elementary #170

Harvey Dunn Elementary
2400 S Bahnson Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD 


Santiago Continenza

Allow me to introduce myself! My name is Santiago Continenza, and I am a new music instructor for the Community Education branch of the Sioux Falls School District! I will be teaching drums and percussion!

My roots are from the Twin Cities, as I was born in the St. Paul suburb of Maplewood, Minnesota. From there, I grew up in Brainerd, a town in northern Minnesota where I got my start in music. I started playing percussion in 6th grade band. I would go on to play in band for seven years, comprising my 6th-12th grade education. I was involved in marching band, pep band, jazz band, concert band, and symphonic band. I had many individual achievements in percussion performance, receiving first prize at my high school talent show both my junior and senior years for original drum solos on the trap kit. I was also among the top 15 young drummers in the country for a youth national fine arts festival in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2008. This was for an original drum set solo as well.

My craving for performing music went beyond school as well. I played drums in two rocks bands as an adolescent and as a young adult. One was a band with my two brothers and my step-brother that we eventually called "The Glitch". The other was a band called "Stoked Beyond Boredom", which I played in from 2006-2014; and we had multiple marquee gigs in the Twin Cities, opening for some well-known artists. We amicably parted ways when college and the workforce split our paths. I went to college in Marshall, Minnesota, graduated from SMSU with an accounting degree, and lived in Marshall for a total of nine years before moving to Sioux Falls for a new accounting job in July 2020!

Moreover, I have played trap set, auxiliary percussion, or both in over half a dozen church music groups fairly consistently from 2003 to the present. This includes a Spanish church band that I currently play with here in Sioux Falls! Also dear to my heart is my first experience teaching drums at The Note Gallery, a music store in Marshall, Minnesota! From January 2016 through July 2020, I served as percussion instructor, giving 30-minute lessons to individuals of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels both in person and virtually via video calls!
In this new role with the SFSD and Community Education, I aspire to meet every single student where he or she is at. Whether you are a child or an adult, new or experienced, curious or committed, I look forward to getting to know you and help you perfect your craft as a musician!

Date Day Time Location
02/02/2022Wednesday4 PM to 6 PM Harvey Dunn Elementary #170
02/09/2022Wednesday4 PM to 6 PM Harvey Dunn Elementary #170
02/16/2022Wednesday4 PM to 6 PM Harvey Dunn Elementary #170
02/23/2022Wednesday4 PM to 6 PM Harvey Dunn Elementary #170
03/02/2022Wednesday4 PM to 6 PM Harvey Dunn Elementary #170
03/09/2022Wednesday4 PM to 6 PM Harvey Dunn Elementary #170
03/16/2022Wednesday4 PM to 6 PM Harvey Dunn Elementary #170
03/23/2022Wednesday4 PM to 6 PM Harvey Dunn Elementary #170
03/30/2022Wednesday4 PM to 6 PM Harvey Dunn Elementary #170
04/06/2022Wednesday4 PM to 6 PM Harvey Dunn Elementary #170
04/13/2022Wednesday4 PM to 6 PM Harvey Dunn Elementary #170
04/20/2022Wednesday4 PM to 6 PM Harvey Dunn Elementary #170
04/27/2022Wednesday4 PM to 6 PM Harvey Dunn Elementary #170
05/04/2022Wednesday4 PM to 6 PM Harvey Dunn Elementary #170


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