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Dave P.

Brooklyn, NY

About Dave

I am a Berklee College of Music graduate with a bachelor's degree in Drumset Performance and 15 years experience on the drums (10 years professionally). I've played in almost every kind of style over the years, but specialize in Jazz, Rock, Funk, Hip-Hop & West African. I've been teaching in both private one-on-one situations as well as group lessons for the past six years.

I spent three months in The Gambia, West Africa during the winter of 2012, studying four different traditional instruments: the Djembe, the Doun douns, the Mbalax drum, and the Balafon (a West African xylophone-like ins
trument).

•Note About Traveling for Lessons: I will travel anywhere within an 8 mile radius of me in Brooklyn or Manhattan free of charge. Queens and Bronx are negotiable but will require a travel premium. If you live outside of these areas and are still interested in lessons, feel free to contact me and we may be able to work it out, but I can't make any promises. Thanks!

*** Lesson Details ***
As a teacher my philosophy is simple: Our number one goal is to make music. Some people focus on one style or another but I don't feel that is the best way to learn nor impart musical knowledge. I believe that on the drumset, the technique for virtually every style of music is fundamentally the same. As long as you have good time, technique, and sound, you can adapt to any style of music. The way you learn a style is through extensive listening and becoming thoroughly familiar with the musical language. I'm not just going to show you how to play "rock drums" or "jazz drums..." We're going to learn how to make MUSIC on the drums. This means that my students will not be limited by my knowledge (or perhaps, lack thereof) regarding certain styles of music. You will develop the power of strong technique and listening abilities and with those skills, can learn whichever style you like.

My teaching approach is such that I will get to know each student on an individual basis and find out what he/she wants to get out of the lessons. We will then come up with a lesson plan, personally tailored to the student. I am laid back in that I want my students to be able to learn at their own pace, but I expect every student to put in the time between lessons to work on what we have covered. Private practice is the only way to truly improve on an instrument.

We will start very basic and work up from there. I'll focus on proper technique, posture, and we will work on getting a solid sense of time and feel as well as a good sound on the drums. If these foundational concepts are understood from an early point, all future studying and practice on the drums will be infinitely easier, and the student will be able to see rapid improvement in their playing. Within a few weeks we'll be playing some basic rock and funk beats, and we'll be making some real music! Learning drums can be super fun and rewarding. With a positive attitude and the willingness to put some work in, the sky is the limit! I'm excited to begin working with you and helping you achieve your musical dreams!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the students have a drumset and their own sticks. I'll provide some handout exercise sheets but will also recommend books for the student to purchase for the lessons.

*** Specialties ***
As a drummer, I play almost all styles of contemporary music: Rock, Jazz, Funk, Hip-Hop, as well as some more "worldly" styles like West African, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban etc.
As a teacher, I focus on developing a solid sense of time, feel, groove, sound on the drums, as well as the fundamental techniques to get there: stick control, rudiments, independence and coordination between the 4 limbs.
I emphasize the importance of reading music, but equally, the importance of developing good ears. Both are invaluable tools to help with the learning of any instrument.
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Ian J. August 27, 2015
Percussion · In studio
Dave worked and volunteered with our organization, YoungVoices/BigSounds. He's an awesome musician and a great teacher!
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Ben August 21, 2015
Drum · In studio
He has a firm grasp of how to play all different styles of music and how to communicate his skills to people of all levels. Great teacher!
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Lynn L. August 21, 2015
Drum · In studio
Dave is not only an exceptional drummer who is well versed in all genres of music, but he is also an exceptional teacher! ...Super kind, patient, and fun to work with...I would recommend him to students at any age or level!
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Dave P.

Dave P.

Brooklyn, NY 11231
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starting at
$45 / 30-min
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Paul W.

Brooklyn, NY

I teach all styles and levels of drumming! Focus on listening, playing along to songs and recordings, groove, time keeping, technique and reading. Some discussion of music theory and history. I tailor my lessons to meet each individual student’s needs and expectations. I encourage students to bring their favorite songs and we usually end up working with those. I also like using songs by The Beatles as they provide a perfect (fun and familiar) platform to learn many different aspects of drumming and musical performance.

About Paul

As a teacher (and also father) Paul finds great joy in sharing his experience and insight with the next generation of creative musicians. For many years, he has taught drummers and percussionists of all ages and levels in academic settings as well as privately. He has also taught workshops and masterclasses at several renowned venues and music conservatories while touring with bands throughout Europe (Royal Academy of Music, London UK; Hull University, Hull UK; Centre des Musiques Didier Lockwood, Paris FR).
Playing music has always been a part of Paul's life. Growing up in a family of musici
ans, he started playing cello at age 6 and he's been playing drums since age 8. After an extensive classical tutelage at the Music Conservatory in Esch/Alzette (Luxembourg) and at various music workshops throughout the world, he completed both undergraduate and graduate studies at Manhattan School of Music, learning from the likes of John Riley, David Liebman, Samir Chatterjee & Michael Abene.
Paul has since been able to make a name for himself among the local and international music industry as an accomplished drummer and forward-thinking composer. He has performed at several international festivals (North Sea Jazz Festival) and at some of the world's most prestigious jazz clubs in the US and overseas. Paul has appeared alongside such emerging stars as David Binney, Linda Oh, Ambrose Akinmusire, Will Vinson, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Lage Lund, Mike Moreno and Tim Collins.

*** Lesson Details ***
Whether my students are young or old, taking lessons as a hobby or wish to pursue a career in music, I tailor my lessons to meet each individual student’s needs and expectations.
I have a lot of fun teaching and I want you or your child to have fun during our lessons.
My students learn music in the most natural and intuitive way possible. I try to build on what the student already likes, listens to and has a passion for. I encourage students to bring their favorite songs and we usually end up working with those. I also like using songs by The Beatles as they provide a perfect (fun and familiar) platform to learn many different aspects of drumming and musical performance.
In addition to being a drummer and percussionist, I have a strong background in music theory and I want to make sure my students not only know how to play their instrument, but also become familiar with reading and writing music.
After a few months in the studio, you or your child can expect to have a better understanding of music and have acquired the basic tools and techniques which will allow you to play your favorite pieces of music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Drumset, Cymbals, Practice Pads, Audio Equipment for Play-Along, Electric Piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
Practice Pad, Cymbals, Laptop, Recordings, Headphones and necessary cables, sheet music, .... .

*** Specialties ***
All styles of drumming
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Reviews

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Minky L. February 4, 2014
Drum
Verified Student
He's an unbelievable teacher!

Paul is a teacher kids and parents would beg for! He's patient, kind, funny and amazing with my son. My child is not easy to calm, let alone teach, but Paul has this kind and fun personality that connects well with my son. When its time to learn they get down to business but when my son needs a break from the concentration, Paul allows him to break loose a bit and even joins in on the fun! I've never been more happy with a teacher before!!
Thank you Paul!! Your awesome!!!
Minky and Meir
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Ann M. January 27, 2014
Drum
Paul is awesome!

I started taking lessons with Paul when I was 14 to work on songs I was playing with a couple of friends at school. Paul teaches me so much and he's very organized. We have a lot of fun during lessons. He's very passionate about music and he knows how to convey his love for drumming.
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Ann M. March 12, 2013
Drum
He's wonderful

My son has been studying drums with Paul for about a year now and Paul has been so wonderful. My son loves his lessons and is crazy about the drums.
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Paul W.

Paul W.

Brooklyn, NY 11215
(3)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Christopher C.

Brooklyn, NY

My teaching method always revolves around keeping things loose and fun. However while we are working toward your goals (learning a specific drum pattern or playing along to your favorite band) I will be making sure that we are addressing important technique issues including dynamics, grip, posture and others.

Our lessons together can be customized any way you wish so no matter what your drumming goals are we can get there together. I look forward to hearing from you!

About Christopher

My name is Chris and I'm 32 years old. As the drummer for the band Phantogram I have played over 150 shows in the last year and a half and appeared on national television several times including Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon and David Letterman. I have been studying and playing drums for 20 years and have lots of experience I'd love to share with you. I have a very easy going personality and I enjoy tailoring lessons to a student's specific needs whatever they may be. I aim to make lessons fun and enjoyable and I look forward to hearing from you!
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Oscar July 13, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Oscar enjoys his lessons very much and Chris is a patient great instructor for my 8 year old!
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Daniel P. February 11, 2015
Drum · In home
I’m a former student. Chris is an awesome teacher from an awesome band! Definitely has real world experiences to share about drums and the business which I loved hearing about.
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pete J. February 11, 2015
Drum · In home
Knows how to keep things loose and fun. I take drums very seriously but it had been a long time since I had played so we made sure to cover the basics but have fun too.
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Christopher C.

Christopher C.

Brooklyn, NY 11206
(3)
starting at
$65.50 / 45-min
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Fabian O.

Brooklyn, NY

High quality Drum lessons. Specifically customized to every student.
A quick way to have fun with the drum-set right away.
Learning an instrument will give you much more than you can possibly imagine.

About Fabian

I've been teaching Drums for 10 years and my students have gone on to become professional musicians themselves. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to play simple songs and as time goes on you'll be able to fluently play many rock and pop songs. I specialize in rock and pop , typically use Tommy Igoe's Groove Essential books, and have the following tools available for your lessons: fully equipped studio with drums, guitar, keyboard and recording gear.. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

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
Coordination
Interplay
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.
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Anne H. June 23, 2015
Bongo · Online
Verified Student
She completely enjoyed her 1st lesson and was bouncing around 30 min before her 2nd lesson wanting to get started!
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Rachel M. June 12, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Fabian is an amazing drum instructor. If you want to get great very fast he will encourage you to be the best.
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Maurice May 21, 2015
Drum
Verified Student
My son can't stop talking to everyone about his first drum lesson. He's so excited and looking forward to lesson#2. Fabian was patient and well- paced for my almost 5 year old jr drummer.
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Fabian O.

Fabian O.

Brooklyn, NY 11206
(6)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Jonathan V.

Brooklyn, NY

I've been teaching drums] for 8 years and my students have gone on to to play music. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to play basic beats and as time goes on you'll be able to do more complex solos/and rhythms. I specialize in rock, pop, rnb], typically use. I love working with students of all ages and walks of life and I can't wait to meet you!

About Jonathan

Hi, there! My name is Jonathan V. and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since [2005] and have loved helping my students grow, find happiness within them selfs, and raise their self-esteem as well! i went to brooklyn conservatory of music] for drums and guitar [in the early 2000s]. and queens college for music production in in 2008-20010 I'm a fun outgoing and very understanding person who realizes that individual needs need individual personalized ways of learning.
Yy teaching style is [sincere], [patient], and [knowledgeable]. I look forward to helping you reach y
our goals!

thank you for your time

~jonathan
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James A. January 18, 2015
Audio Engineering · In studio
Verified Student
Great experience. Extremely nice guy and very helpful.
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Jonathan V. January 15, 2015
Audio Engineering · In studio
professional friendly and patient really helps
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Jonathan V.

Jonathan V.

Brooklyn, NY 11215
(2)
starting at
$35 / 30-min

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