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Popular Drum Teachers Near New York

Louis W.

Little Neck, NY
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Lynn L.

Brooklyn, NY
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Maurice M.

Yorktown Heights, NY
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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 beginners, 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.

Lynn L. Brooklyn, NY

Subjects Taught

Clarinet, Drum, Flute, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Saxophone

About Me

Lynn performs regularly with Thought, The Al Chez Brothers of Funk band, The Saxophone Cartel, HiLoFi, the Funkey Monkeys, and her own Duo, Trio, and Quartet. In addition, she has been fortunate to work and perform with Dick Oatts, Wycliffe Gordon, Tom Politzer & Mic Gillete (Tower of Power), Les McCann, Mike Gordon (Phish), the Temptations, Randy Brecker, Harold Jones (Count Basie), Dave Rivello, Mocean Worker, Jazz Mafia, the Underground Horns, and La Buya.
Lynn holds a Bachelor's and Master's degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Specializing in both Jazz and Classical saxophone, she has studied under the direction of Walt Weiskopf, Dave Schiavione, Fred Sturm, David Demsey, Chienkwan Lin, Ramon Ricker and Chris Azzara.
While at Eastman, Lynn performed in a number of ensembles including the Eastman Jazz Ensemble, New Jazz Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Ossia, Chamber Ensemble and Jazz Performance workshop. As a freelance musician in Rochester, she was a member of the Dave Rivello Ensemble, the Music Educators Wind Ensemble, the Half-Ton Horns, M6 and the New Energy Big Band.
As an educator, Lynn has directed the International Educator Workshop, and National Principals Workshop in New York, NY, the National Educator Workshop for Delta Arts in Memphis, Tennessee, and the National Educator Workshop at University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
Lynn is a Teaching Artist for the Lincoln Center Institute of the Arts, The Center for Arts Education, and Midori & Friends in New York, NY, and is also a Conn-Selmer Artist.

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In addition to the fundamentals (Tone, Rhythm, Technique, Ear-Training, Sight-Reading), I also like to tie-in music theory, composition, and improvisation along the way. I believe in setting short-term, mid-term, and long-term goals that are specific to the student and their needs and wants. I also believe in the benefit of having the student bring in songs or materials that they are interested in, and designing lessons around their interests. I am patient, creative, and willing to move at any pace that is right for you.

Through my experience as an educator I understand that every student is different, and therefore, my job is to guide and facilitate learning, while making the process as enjoyable as possible! My approach is customized to bring out your strengths and interests, while also ensuring that you have a solid foundation on your instrument. In addition, I am professionally trained in both jazz & classical music, and I perform regularly with working bands of all types and genres.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room w/ drum set, piano, guitars, clarinet, sax, flute, amps, seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students are expected to have an instrument, and eventually selected method-books which will be decided upon for each student based on their needs, goals, or level.

*** Specialties ***
I teach all levels of students, from beginner to professional levels of all ages.

Skills and teaching techniques vary specifically per individual, but may include saxophone technique (technical facility, tone, scales, overtones), improvisation (jazz as well as other styles), sight reading, music theory, ear training, transcription, composition, and repertoire development in all styles of music (jazz, classical, pop, funk, world, etc.)

Maurice M. Yorktown Heights, NY

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Drum, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano, Saxophone

About Me

If you're looking to have fun while learning how to play an instrument you are at the right place.

What kind of music do you like? Classical, Jazz, Rock, Pop Latin? Well I have being classically trained at Milan Conservatory in Italy as well as Juilliard school of music in New York, but I love all good music and performed with various groups and bands. I taught in public middle school and had lots of students

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I am very laid back but always on target with my students, I concentrate on having fun while learning important skills. I believe that being able to play is a gift that stays with you for ever and allows you to get close to people's heart.

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*** Specialties ***
Classical -Jazz

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 Pré-St-Gervais, Epinay Sous Sénart 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.

Drum Lessons in NYC, NY

The drums are a vibrant and energetic instrument that can be enjoyed by players of all ages. Whether you are a complete beginner, or are playing at an intermediate or advanced level, our teachers can help you reach the next stage with private drum lessons in NYC!

In your drum lessons, you will learn how to read music, how time signatures work and how to hold your rhythm. You will also be instructed in the best drumming techniques, correct posture and how to hold drumsticks. If you’re interested in learning a specific genre or style, our instructors will customize the lesson plans to cater to your interests.

Without professional instruction, it is impossible to ensure that you are playing with good technique. Beginners may struggle to learn the correct way to play


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