Charlie Heim graduated from The University of the Arts in 2008 with a Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Jazz Performance, and a minor in Music Education. After graduate study in Music Education, he returned to Philadelphia to pursue a career in performance and teaching. Currently he is performing with William Gruff, Johnny Showcase and the Mystic Ticket, the Alex Radus Trio, Megalodon, and many others throughout the Philly area. He has credits on a growing discography of nearly 20 original albums, and has had his compositions published independently and by Holiday House. As an educator, Charlie is a Senior Lecturer at the University of the Arts, served for 3 years as Music Director of the School of Rock in Cherry Hill, and continues freelance private instruction on Drums, Percussion, Guitar and Saxophone.
I play music, using the drum set, various percussion, guitars, wind and keyboard instruments. I teach music, in classrooms, recital halls, and living rooms. I write, arrange, and transcribe music, and sometimes I write about music.
This site is a look at what I've learned, what I'm learning, and what I can help you learn. Looking to take lessons on drums, guitar, bass, piano, voice, saxophone, or ukulele? Need live music for your gathering, event, or corporate function? Search the site (mouse over the bottom of any page) to find info on what I offer, or drop me a line.
I earned a Bachelors of Music in Instrumental Jazz Studies with a minor in Music Education from The University of the Arts in 2008, and delivered the Valedictory Address at the 130th Commencement. At UArts, I studied with Joe Nero, Marc Dicciani, and the late great Jimmy Paxson while taking advantage of some incredible performance and travel opportunities. After continuing Music Education studies at Penn State University, I returned to Philadelphia to pursue a career in performance and teaching.
I've had the pleasure of performing around the world in a multitude of musical settings. From big band jazz at the Montreaux Jazz Festival and the Kimmel Center, to folk and pop stylings at Webster Hall and the IMR Festival, to rock, funk, and soul at the House of Blues and the Trocadero, and percussion in innovative stage shows in Tokyo and Liverpool, I aim to traverse all the geosonic boundaries. I'm also aware that geosonic isn't a word, but I've a penchant for portmanteau.
I prefer to play as many different kinds of music as possible. You can hear this for yourself with the music of Megalodon, William Gruff, The March Hare, Marigold Opera, Johnny Showcase and the Mystic Ticket, Alex Radus, Mia Johnson, and many more.
It is in this spirit of combining disparate elements that I created Sharkitect Music to coagulate, connoiter, and control the music that I produce; with a voracious appetite and tireless exploration for new musical prey. This site serves to showcase what I've learned, am learning, and what I can help you learn.
I’m currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of the Arts, and an Instructor/Ensemble Director at The Green Tambourine and Bluebond Music Schools. Among others, I've also served as Music Director of the School of Rock in Cherry Hill for three years, a member of the Summer Music faculty at Penn State for six, and as a freelance private instructor for over a decade.
I believe in teaching music as a holistic enterprise - taking information from as many sources (musical or otherwise) to inform your playing. A drummer is a master of TIME as it pertains to rhythm, but should also have a firm knowledge of harmony and melody in order to correctly color and shade the music. A band is only as strong as its songwriting, and a song is only as good as its bridge; the deeper your understanding, the better the music.
Because of this, my instruction does not stop at the drum set. I work with students on guitar, bass, saxophone and keyboards in order to get the whole picture, and start really knowing music.
It is in this spirit of constructing a musical statement that Sharkitect thrives. Understanding every element, measurement, and nuance of the music, and bringing them together with meticulous detail. I keep swimming by learning new music on new instruments, composing new ideas, arranging ideas I wish I'd conjured, and learning (and teaching) anything that's honest.
I've worked on both sides of the control room as drummer and recording engineer/producer at dozens of top-flight studios and my own home studio. Original bands, film scores, musical theater, singer-songwriters, and much more.
You name it, I'll play it. Check out some of my recent work in the studio, and take a look around the site for more about the music I'm currently driving.