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Popular Drum Teachers Near Great Neck

John D.

Brooklyn, NY
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Louis W.

Little Neck, NY
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Dylan M.

Brooklyn, NY
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John D. Brooklyn, NY

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano, Songwriting

About Me

I was born in Amsterdam, Holland, where my father worked as an opera singer. While listening to vocal warm-up arpeggios, my mother bounced me on her knee and taught me rhythms and rhymes.

Now I live in Brooklyn, NY. I play in off-Broadway shows, tour and gig with rock/funk/Afro-beat bands, play percussion with a Flamenco band, and accompany dance classes. I teach private lessons, and work with after-school programs. I'm teaching a high school class called "The Spirit of Jazz". I owe all it to my great teachers, and my musical upbringing.

In my family we beatbox, play piano, and sing together. The family moved to the States in 1995 where my parents worked as music teachers. My Dad is a voice professor at the University of Wisconsin, and my Mom runs an amazing music program at Country View Elementary School in Verona, WI.

In the small town of Verona I played in the band program throughout high-school where I had an amazing and demanding music teacher and highly talented friends. The drumset became my passion and I played, blissfully and recklessly, as often possible. Our teacher took the high school band on a concert tour of Europe in 2002 in Austria, the Czech Republic, and Italy.

The band program led me to classical and contemporary music at the University of Wisconsin, where I honed my craft and discovered the profound breadth of music around the world. I worked as a member of the WI Army National Guard Band, a great wind ensemble with jazz and rock band components, and slowly built a career as a musician. I took every gig that came my way and created my own if nobody was calling. Pretty soon I became “the guy in, like, 8 different bands”, including Funk, Rock, Jazz, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and West African bands. I’ve been working as a musician ever since.

I began teaching drum lessons to my friends when I was about 18 and realized I was really good at it. I began taking on private students and teaching group lessons and classes. Students of mine have achieved the highest ranks at the State Solo and Ensemble Festival in Wisconsin, and auditioned into the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra.

I am on the annual faculty Wildcat Percussion Camp, was adjunct faculty at New York University, and directed the world percussion ensemble at the University of Wisconsin. I've worked as a teacher with the Madison Area School District, Wisconsin Youth Company, YMCA, and many more programs. I currently work as a teaching artist with Global Arts to Go and Apex for Youth in many different public schools in the New York metro area.

I’ve learned how to be a real teacher, to put myself in your shoes to help you achieve your potential as a drummer, and as a musician. My teaching style is to de-mystify the art of percussion: getting great sounds out of the drums, being prepared for any style, practicing productively, and focusing your mind.

I have a Bachelor’s degree in classical percussion from the University of Wisconsin, a Masters degree in Jazz Performance from NYU, and have traveled to Africa, Europe, and Latin America to perform, record, and study. I have performed with Badal Roy (Miles Davis), Chris Potter, Kenny Werner, Brad Shepik, Lenny Pickett, Chuchito Valdez, and many other great musicians. I was Adjunct Faculty at NYU’s jazz program, and at the University of Wisconsin dance program. I’ve given masterclasses at Juilliard, University of Michigan, Lawrence Conservatory, and many other colleges.

I've recorded on 11 commercially available albums and have been involved in many other projects. Ask me anything you want in our music lessons!

*** Lesson Details ***
My students will develop a passion for music and a desire to play!

I like to get right to the song. I start with learning songs, drum beats, and chord progressions and get to technique and music reading AFTER we have had some fun.

My key to successful teaching is to create a custom curriculum for each student. Some students are interested in the details of how to do it "right", and others just want to rock. I try to adapt to different learning styles and musical goals to give each student an ideal experience.

I want students to learn how to play, not just how to read or do drills. We will listen to music together, and talk about the function of each instrument. For drummers, I play basslines on the piano and we lock into a groove. For piano students, I play along with drums or percussion. It's important for students to learn how to play with others, and to listen and get inspired by what's around them.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Flushing Ave: I have two drumsets, a wall of keyboards/ synthesizers, and amps for bass and guitar. I also have all my percussion instruments here (hundreds of drums, shakers, scrapers, you name it, collected from around the world)

Vanderbilt Ave: One drumset, digital piano, PA system, amps, conga drums

Pacific St. (My Home): (piano, small percussion lessons only) Casio Privia digital piano, some small percussion.

*** Travel Equipment ***
For drumset lessons, students should have some sort of drumset at home*. I can bring small percussion items. For piano lessons, I have a small midi controller and laptop I can bring to learn the basics. It's best if students have a piano (digital or acoustic).

*We can start with just a snare drum or practice pad.

*** Specialties ***
I have spent my career diversifying my musical abilities. I am classically trained, versed in jazz, funk, rock, African music, Latin music, and musical theatre. I have traveled to Africa, Brazil, Peru, and Puerto Rico to study percussion, so I have many unique instruments for students to study (cajn, conga, djembe, etc.)

Louis W. Little Neck, NY

Subjects Taught

Algebra, Drum, Music Performance, Music Theory, Percussion

About Me

My name is Louis and I have been playing percussion and drums for over 30 years. I grew up in Michigan with constant exposure to music and brought it with me to New York where I have been living since the late 60's. I am always expanding my knowledge of music of music from all cultures.
I currently play timpani with the Band of Long Island and the North Shore Symphony Orchestra. I also have been playing 3rd Surdo with Samba New York as well as Singing with the Glass Menagerie. I have accompanied the Great Neck Choral Society on timpani, am well versed at many world musics and have played drums and percussion in various musicals.
I have a Bachelor's Degree from New York University in Music Education teaching students from K-12. I have had experience teaching elementary students in general music, recorder and instrumental ensembles. I have also presented winter concerts with a presentation of choral and instrumental holiday music. I have experience conducting children's choir, percussion ensembles performed music that I composed and other composers. I have also performed recitals playing solo percussion and new music.

*** Lesson Details ***
I bring a very rich musical palate to you. I work with each musician. I firmly believe that we can learn from each other. I bring you the tools to learn staff notation, rhythm, beat and spend time teaching you how to read and write and understand music. I work at your pace but will make it challenging in a fun educational way.
I teach begginers, intermediate and advanced percussion. I will teach you the important rudiments, mallet technique, how to tune timpani, and properly play them. I will teach you how to maintain a pulse and keep time in all the major percussion instruments, including drumset, mallets, snare drum and all of the extra instruments in the percussion family.
I believe that one must have inner hearing, the ability to be able to sing or play something, stop and then come back in on pitch, tempo, rhythm, which eventually leads to your ability to hear others as you play and tune as is needed. I will also teach you how to read and write music. And you will learn as the months pass, very important musical elements such as note values, time signature, pitch, intervals beat and rhythm.
Music is and should be fun. Let's explore it and see what we can do.
I encourage my students to ask me questions about the music they play and for them to input they're ideas. Remember that music should come from the heart and the individual. This is why musicians are constantly noticed.
Playing drums and percussion is about laying down the time. And keeping it steady and solid is what can make you a solid drummer whether you are playing rock, jazz, Brazilian/latin or classical music. I am well versed on mallets and timpani as well and you can be playing them and sounding fantastic in you band or orchestra.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano. Stands. Drumset. Vibraphone.

*** Travel Equipment ***
They should have with them pencils a music staff notebook so that I may give instruction, homework, etc... Recorders, if you have one. Mallets, sticks and tuning fork.

*** Specialties ***
I teach with the Kodaly method in mind in that you develop your ear and inner hearing. I teach all styles of music/genres. I am a percussionist and have many years experience with the classical percussion instruments, and can teach you the proper technique of play snare drum, mallets, timpani and focus on tuning, touch and expression. I also teach drumset and many ethnic rhythms and how to feel the rhythm.

Dylan M. Brooklyn, NY

Subjects Taught

Drum, Percussion

About Me

A musician with 18 years of playing experience and 12 years of instructing experience, I am starkly passionate about sharing my love for percussion with as many as possible!

Studying Music Performance at the University of Anchorage, Alaska, and currently attending Borough of Manhattan Community College for Education, I have also studied at the Seattle Drum School and have personally been invited to perform and talk for the Power Chord Academy Rock Camp for kids, as well as appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live, MTVU'™s The Dean'™s List, and the 2008 MTV Campus Invasion Tour.

I have studied with many artists, including Stanton Moore, Jason McGerr, John Scofield, and currently a student of Mark Guiliana.

*** Lesson Details ***
"Be a musician, not a drummer." I will never forget this advice Jojo Mayer gave me years ago. Sure, I can teach you slick rock beats and pocket grooves, but learning how to APPROACH the kit under particular contexts will take you so much further in your musical career. My teaching style is paced and relaxed and you have the option to play in my newly renovated studio in Gowanus, BK or in my in-home studio in Windsor Terrace, BK. We play. We listen. We have fun. Kick off your shoes and let's get working!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Gretsch Renown Maple kit, Assortment of Sabian and Zildjian cymbals, along with many auxiliary percussive and melodic toys.

Mark M.

New York, NY
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Renaud P.

New York, NY
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Rob E.

Bergenfield, NJ
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Mark M. New York, NY

Subjects Taught

Drum, Guitar, Piano

About Me

Mark M. plays keyboard and acoustic guitar and is a back-up vocalist for Yankee Rebel. A multi-instrumentalist trained in various musical genres, Mark’s true passion is country music—an enthusiasm that is evident in the intensity that he brings to the stage. Prior to moving to New York in 2012, Mark spent seventeen years performing live music in his native Texas. His notable performances include opening for luminaries such as Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, Travis Tritt, Pat Green, and Josh Turner. When Mark is not playing with the band, he enjoys composing and recording original vocal and instrumental works. He also teaches private piano, guitar, and drum lessons to beginner and intermediate students of all ages.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to teach music in a manner that's fun. Lessons will include learning songs the student enjoys and incorporating a knowledge of music theory. My curriculum follows the needs and wants of the student. My number one goal is for the student to be happy with their achievements and supply them with the skills they need to pursue music on their own.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student will need their own instrument.

Renaud P. New York, NY

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Performance, Music Theory, Percussion

About Me

I was born in Caen, Normandy, France.

I studied drums and percussion and obtained a unanimous first-prize at the Seine Saint-Denis drums competition. I also attended workshops under the direction of great drummers such as Max ROACH, Clifford JARVIS and Jack DeJOHNETTE.

I performed in virtually in every major jazz club in Paris (New Morning, Duc des Lombards, Sunset, Petit Opportun, Manhattan Jazz Club, Sunset), in various Jazz Festivals and I also played in Germany and Italy.

At the same time I started teaching regularly in four conservatories (Arcueil, le Pr-St-Gervais, Epinay Sous Snart and Chevilly) for more than 10 years until I moved to New York. I taught private lessons for drums and percussion, and also numerous workshops for kids, teens and adults.

After a lesson with the legendary Jimmy COBB in 1992 during a visit to the United States, I decided to move to New York. I was finally able to do so in 2000, and I have been living and performing here since then.

*** Lesson Details ***
Motivation is the key that makes everything easier for the student!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Drumset and practice pads.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to rapidly buy at least some sticks and a practice pad, and hopefully a snare drum and then a drum set as soon as possible.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, R'n'B, Afro-Cuban and Brazilian music.

Rob E. Bergenfield, NJ

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Performance, Percussion

About Me

Teaching Experience - USA Music School: 10/11 - 4/12, Sylvan Academy of Music: 1/05 - 12/10 & 1/13, Musika: 10/03 - 5/06, Woodside Music Studio: 9/97 - present, RE Drum Instruction: 4/79 - present.

Private Drum Lessons: Joe Morello, 2/82 - 5/83, Sonny Igoe: 7/77 - 9/80.

Drummer's Collective Fusion Workshop: 4/82 - 7/82, Ramapo College Jazz Workshop: 7/79.

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*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are strictly designed to meet your needs as a musician. Focus will be on technique, reading, playing different styles & learning songs. Your feedback is just as important!

*** Studio Equipment ***
(In home lessons only at this time)

*** Travel Equipment ***
Hopefully the student has a drum set at home. I can supply a practice pad, sticks, etc.

*** Specialties ***
Rock, funk, top 40, blues, jazz, country, reggae, Latin.

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