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Popular Drum Teachers Near Sunnyside

Cem M.

Jersey City, NJ
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Ryan B.

Brooklyn, NY
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Yuichi H.

New York, NY
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Cem M. Jersey City, NJ

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Performance, Music Theory, Percussion

About Me

Thanks for checking out my profile. I look forward to helping you reach your musical goals in drum and percussion! Here's a little info about my musical training:

Born in Istanbul, Turkey and raised in Tulsa, OK, my first musical experiences were on my grandmother's old piano. I was later introduced to a drum set when my brother and I received a drum set as a gift. I played in several local bands and in my high school jazz band in Tulsa, playing a range of musical styles from rock, swing, funk, and Latin. I decided in my senior year of high school to take music seriously and moved to NYC to study at the Drummer's Collective. During this period, I also focused on Middle Eastern hand percussion (doumbek, riq, and frame drum) and studied with Mehmet Akatay in Turkey. After receiving my certificate at the Drummer's Collective, I applied and was accepted to the New School Jazz and Contemporary Music Program in NYC, where I received my BA in Music. Since my graduation, I've been working as a freelance musician, playing with my band Manner and other groups, producing music for commercials, and teaching students in the Jersey City, NJ, and New York / Brooklyn, NY area.

*** Lesson Details ***
Before anything, I believe music and specifically music lessons must be fun. I'm an easy going and patient person and my goal with lessons is to ensure that students are understanding music in a fun and musical way.

I teach out of my home and studio in Jersey City. We will come up with a goal and decide what to expect from our lesson plan We can work on formal technique, sight reading, and improvisation, or if you just want to learn the beats to your favorite tunes, we can just ROCK OUT! So keep note of your favorite songs, and we'll break it down and learn the beats.

I have extensive training in Middle Eastern hand percussion. So those of you who are interested in playing doumbek, riq, or frame drums, we can work on learning different different rhythms and meters from the Turkish, Greek, Arabic, Bulgarian, and Macedonian styles.

Focus on:
- learning songs, beats, fills
- formal technique
- coordination and independence
- sight reading
- improvisation
- rhythmic composition
- variety of styles: jazz, rock, funk, R&B, Latin, Middle Eastern, Brazilian

Accepting levels from beginner to advanced.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Both in-home and in-studio are equipped with a full drum kit, guitars, percussion instruments, keyboards, amps, and PA system for playback and play along. Recording availability to record lesson material or even collaborate and record a song together! Free parking right outside of the studio, and parking easily found in front of my home.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Drum pads, sticks, curriculum material, percussion instruments.

*** Specialties ***
The main musical styles I perform are rock, jazz, Latin, funk, R&B, and Middle Eastern / Balkan music. I studied jazz performance in college and also focused specifically on Middle Eastern and Brazilian percussion.

Ryan B. Brooklyn, NY

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About Me

Music is more than my hobby, or my career, it is my life. I have had the opportunity to work with some great innovative drummers and musicians, and am very enthusiastic about sharing my knowledge of music with others. I am a very laid back person, but I have a lot of passion for music and drumming. I graduated Berklee College of Music as a drum set performance major in 2009 and I have been playing drums for the last 16 years. I am very excited to continue teaching and guide students into finding the unique artist within themselves. 

*** Lesson Details ***
Every student has different ways of learning at which they excel. We will build the lesson plan that is right for you, set short term weekly goals that will each be a stepping stone towards the drummer you want to become. For the beginning drummer we will work on the basic techniques to get you grooving and playing some of your favorite songs. For the more advanced drummer we will work on finding that place within yourself where your art can flow more freely, and mastering the techniques needed to execute your ideas. All lessons and assignments will consist of reading, active listening, playing to tracks, and technique exercises.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Tama Starclassic drum set, isolation headphones, pads, and computer for songs and videos, as well as many instructional books!

*** Travel Equipment ***
Isolation headphones, computer for videos and songs, pads, and instructional books

*** Specialties ***
I have been blessed to have worked with innovative drummers such as Dom Famularo, Dave Dicenso and Deantoni Parks, from them I have gained a great knowledge of ideas such as, the moeller technique, the relationship between a drummers mind and body, and the healthy practices of both. I have played and studied in many styles including funk, soul, rnb, fusion, hip-hop, and electronic music.

Yuichi H. New York, NY

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Drum, Guitar, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano

About Me

Yuichi H. was born in Tokyo, Japan. His musical career started at age 10 when he performed marimba in a music recital. He started playing drum set at age 14 and joined a wind ensemble, a few rock bands, and a jazz big band. With some of these groups, he performed at several live music venues in Tokyo. In 1991, he composed the music and performed drums and percussion in a production of Othello, at The Globe Tokyo Panasonic Theater.
In the fall of 1991, with a full scholarship, he attended Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA. He studied jazz drums mainly with Joe Hunt and Jon Hazilla, and orchestral percussion with Dean Anderson. Also, he took many classes in jazz composition and arranging with Gregg Hopkins and Jeff Friedman. He was the recipient of "The Cuccinello Percussion Award" and the "Berklee Percussion Department Achievement Award." Outside of the school curriculum, he joined several bands and performed at several venues such as the Willow Jazz Club, Middle East Cafe, and Copley Square Hotel. With one of these bands, he appeared at a jazz festival called "Jazz Improv." in Kingston, NY in 1993.

In the spring of 1995 he earned a Professional Diploma in Performance and Jazz Composition from Berklee College.
His ambition to learn and play music made him move to New York City. He continued his studies at The City College of New York, CUNY, NY, and earned a Masters degree in jazz performance in the spring of 2000. There, he studied jazz and contemporary drums with Charli Persip, Kim Plainfield, and Mark Walker. Also, he studied jazz ensemble, and arranging with Grammy award winning bassist Ron Carter.
Currently, as a full-time freelance drummer, he appears at various live music venues in New York City, and around the tri-state area as well. His own jazz band has performed at Arthur's Tavern in Greenwich Village every Tuesday since September 2001, and he has also appeared at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York in 2003, 2004 and 2005. He has also been touring in Tokyo and Kyushu, Japan.

As a sideman, he has performed at the Birdland Jazz Club in New York with the Morris Brothers Band in 2000, and also at the April Jazz Festival in Finland with the Jay Sweeney R&B Experience in 1999. With his wide-ranged interest in music, he plays not only jazz, but also rock, R&B, funk, blues, country, Brazilian and afro-Cuban.
John Scofield, Larry Carlton, John Abercrombie, Robben Ford, John Petrucci (Dream Theatre), Percy Heath (MJQ), Ron Carter, Donald Byrd, and Barry Harris are among some of the more notable musicians that Yuichi has performed with.

Yuichi is an excellent and experienced educator. He taught drums at the National Guitar Workshop since 1997 and also at the Roosevelt Island School in 2004. His students range from 9 years old to experienced adults. He has clear objectives and a passion for all lessons, units, projects, and is able to share these objectives with his students very clearly. Also, with his skill to plan instruction programs for music that meets individual needs, interests, and abilities of students, he worked for the Jazz Workshop in Yamaguchi, Japan in 2002, 2003, and 2006. There he played a very important role as a program coordinator as well as a translator. At this workshop, he worked with jazz legends, Barry Harris, Richard Davis, and Lewis Nash.

*** Lesson Details ***
After so many years since I grabbed a pair of drum sticks for the first time, I still get the same joy and excitement when I play music with drums nowadays. The better I have an idea about music, the more fun I get. It seems that my drumming gets better as long as I have specific goals every time I practice playing drums, and that keeps me wanting to play more.

By teaching how to play drums, I like to share this fun with you. In order to do that, I will make an ideal practice plan specifically designed for you.
If you know what songs you like to play, then I will show you what to practice on drums and how you are doing. It might be helpful if you understand the song in terms of what it consists in term of verses and choruses, chord changes, instrumentation, etc. Whenever you like, I can talk about these things as well. You could take it as a kind of music theory, but I keep in my mind that your primary interest is getting better on drums.

If you do not have particular songs in your mind right now but you want to play drums, No problem. I will be happy to introduce you many different kinds of songs/tunes until you find one to play.
Or if you just want to play some hot drum solos, I sure got some great stuff to work on to it.
Either playing a song or playing just solo drums, I will show you many different techniques to work on, and I will keep watching how you are doing on drumming.
I look forward to meeting you and starting work on building your fun with music!
Thank you for visiting my profile site!
Yuichi (pronounce 'you-each-ee')

*** Studio Equipment ***
Drum set, PA, guitar/bass amp., keyboard

*** Travel Equipment ***
Snare drum, acoustic guitar, acoustic bass guitar

*** Specialties ***
Drums, Percussion, Electric Bass (beginning to intermediate level), Music Theory, Guitar and Keyboard (beginning level)
Rock, Pop, Jazz, Blues, R&B, Funk, Latin includes Afro-Cuban, Brazilian

Joseph R.

Caldwell, NJ
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Fabian O.

Brooklyn, NY
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Brian Z.

Brooklyn, NY
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Joseph R. Caldwell, NJ

Subjects Taught

Drum, Percussion

About Me

As an experienced performing musician, I am able to guide students to reach their musical goals. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Classical Percussion Performance and Music Education. I hold a New Jersey State Teachers Certification for grades K-12. I actively perform in multiple music genres and have studied various music styles including Rock, Jazz, Classical and more. Music is my life, and my students receive all the musical knowledge and assistance I have to offer.

*** Lesson Details ***
With all students, lessons focus on the student's interests both stylistically (Rock, Jazz,Classical,Latin etc.) My lessons focus on Technique, Snare Drum Reading, and Drum Set Grooves, All studies include music reading and aural (by ear) learning. As students progress, concepts become more complicated, and if a student decides to pursue Classical Percussion, Mallet playing will be introduced. and instrumentally (Focus on Drum Set, Percussion instruments, or hand Percussion). In 3-6 months students will learn proper techniques for several stroke types (Single, Double, Buzz). Students will also learn to read and perform Percussion and Drum Set music. More advanced students will focus on sound production (getting great sounds out of drums or percussion instruments), expanded reading (introduction of more complex technical and rhythmic concepts) and improvisation.

*** Studio Equipment ***
2 Drum Sets, Vibraphone, Drum Pads, Glockenspiel, Bongos, tambourine, triangle, castanets, shakers, Keyboard and amp, Acoustic Guitar, Bass,

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students must provide drums. I will bring a drum pad and stand, Students must have a music stand.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Jazz and Rock drum set as well as classical percussion. I also specialize in stick technique based on my former studies with Joe Morello (2004-2008)

Fabian O. Brooklyn, NY

Subjects Taught

Ableton, Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Audition Prep, Bongo, Drum, Ear Training, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Pro Tools Software

About Me

Fabian was born in Bolzano Italy.
He started showing interest for the drum set when he was 7.
During his childhood and teen-age years he studied with many famous European drum and Music teachers. He played and toured with many different bands all over Europe.
After high school he went to the Italian Music Conservatory and graduated with highest honors.
Fabian also studied in Germany at the Drummer's Focus.
He is known as a top notch music educator. He taught in various music schools to students of all ages.
In 2013 he moved to New York, he studied at the world famous Drummer's Collective in Manhattan.

Lessons and Studying with Fabian:

Welcome to the big family of musicians. Learning an instrument can give you so much: creativity, a more focused mind, more concentration and so much more....
I taught Drums and Music Theory all over the world for the last 10 years to people of all ages,especially kids.
My goal is to share my passion for music with my students, and make them understand the beauty of it. I am fluent in English, German and Italy and lessons can be and your choice of language. Ever lessons is customized to each individual student and skill level.

During lessons you learn about the following things:
Basic grooves
Rudiments and their application on the drum set
Reading and Sight reading
Time and groove specifically designed for pop/rock studio recording
Italian or German Music lessons: use music to learn a new Language
Ear training
Music theory and piano specifically designed for the drummers needs
Styles available: Pop, Rock, Jazz, Funk, Shuffle, Songo, Mozambique, Guaguanco, Drum and Bass, Afro Cuban 6/8, Mambo, odd meters, and many more...

Lessons are taught in my own private studio or can be done at the students home...Manhattan studios are also available for lessons.

Brian Z. Brooklyn, NY

Subjects Taught

Arrangement and Composition, Drum

About Me

I have been playing drums for over 15 years and have have had extensive training in drums. Teachers I have studied under include: Gordon Rencher (Third Angle), Kyle McLowery, Todd Bishop, and Julian MacDonough. In addition, I have been composing for 11 years and hold a bachelor's degree from Western Washington University in music composition. Currently I am currently pursuing a master's degree in music composition from New York University. Composition teachers include: Julia Wolfe, Roger Briggs, Bruce Hamilton, and Lesley Sommer.

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