I've performed in collegiate orchestras and symphonic bands. I'm proficient in timpani, four mallet grip (Burton and Stevens) and battery. Percussion students can expect to learn relevant repertoire, proper technique, and musical sensibility.
Derek S. is a drummer/percussionist from East Lansing, Michigan. He has performed around the world and for the President with the top musicians in the world. He got his start playing in youth group and from there went on to be a regular sub in many different churches in the area. While still in high school, Derek participated drum line, jazz band, and symphonic band as well as the Michigan State University Community Jazz Orchestra directed by Rodney Whitaker and Diego Rivera. From this, Derek decided to continue studying music at Western Michigan University.
At Western, Derek received four-
year scholarships from the jazz studies program and the classical program. He studied percussion under Judy Moonert, drum set under Keith Hall, and also with master drummer, Billy Hart. At Western, he was involved in many ensembles including the award-winning WMU Jazz Orchestra directed by Scott Cowan and the world-renowned WMU Gold Company directed by Steve Zegree. With these groups, Derek played with incredible musicians such as Janis Siegel, Peter Eldridge and Paquito D’Rivera in New York at Jazz At Lincoln Center, Bob Mintzer at the Midwest Jazz Festival in Chicago, and Kurt Elling to name a few. While in school, Derek played with Downbeat Award-Winning jazz/rock fusion group, Desolation Row. They released an album in November 2011 titled Remember to Breath and performed at the Jazz Educators Network Convention in Louisville, Kentucky with master saxophonist, Donny McCaslin.
As a teacher, Derek has taught many students and has been involved teaching master classes in public schools and as an instructor at the annual Keith Hall Summer Drum Intensive for the past four years. There he worked with students from ages 12-57, teaching students in group master classes and individually with his own drum choir. As a private teacher, Derek customizes lessons specific to each student’s goals.
*** Lesson Details *** Student's can expect lesson plans unique to their background, personality, learning style, and future goals.
Beginner Students can expect to learn: -How to play your favorite song -Proper Grip and Technique -Basics of reading music -Basic Rudiments -Rock grooves and fills -Fundamentals of timekeeping -Our roles as a drummer
Intermediate Students can expect to learn: -Different styles (funk, R&B, gospel, jazz, latin) -Extended Technique and Rudiments -How to solo -What is “feel” -Transcription -Playing with a band
Advanced Students can expect to learn: -Drum history and why it’s important today -Hybrid rudiments -Finding your voice -Odd-time signatures -Concepts in different styles -Anything unique to the student’s goals
This is by no means an exhaustive list, but simply the most common things I find aid my students in their development.
*** Studio Equipment *** I have drums, cymbals, books, and a space to practice. Plus I can record your lesson at the studio and email the audio to you for reference.
*** Travel Equipment *** I expect the student to provide their instrument, a space to practice, and a recording device to record lessons.
Jazzmine C. August 3, 2015
In home Verified Student
My first lesson was great. I am really excited to learn more and work with Derek.
Brogan J. April 15, 2013
A Fantastic Instructor!!!
I have known Derek for many years, and can say what an excellent young man he is in character and helpfulness, As a mother of 10 children, I am concerned that their teachers be well qualified and have a positive influence on my kids. Derek is a wonderful teacher, encouaging, talented, and able to help even the most basic drummer. If he ever plays for you, his giftedness will shine! He is truely an fantastic instructor and my son enjoyed every lesson with him. I would HIGHLY recommend him as your choice to learn and improve in percussion.
I teach all classical percussion instruments and orchestral percussion. Classical snare drum technique, sightreading, music notation, orchestral percussion repertoire, mallet percussion. I tailor my lessons to meet each individual student’s needs and expectations.
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
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
Ann M. January 27, 2014
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.
Ann M. March 12, 2013
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.
I would not be the person I am today if music wasn't the focal point in my life as it is. Not only do I absolutely love performing and studying music myself, but I adore teaching as well. Part of the musical experience is taking what you hear and what you learn from others and building on it to create your own musical contributions. I take the gifts other teachers and musicians have given me very seriously and subsequently feel the great importance of imparting my knowledge unto others.
Whether you want to be a professional, or just be competent enough to enjoy yourself, we all practice, st
udy technique and gain knowledge about music with really only one goal in mind: To have all the tools necessary to express ourselves adeptly through music. All the technique in the world will not make you a great musician. At the same time, you can be extremely creative and knowledgeable, but if you don't have the technique and vocabulary needed to express your ideas, you will find yourself very limited and suppressed musically.
My philosophy about teaching follows that I am here to provide you with those tools in a fun, exciting way. When I say "tools" I mean the whole toolbox. This includes giving you the technique, correcting bad habits, providing listening material, finding holes in your playing and much more. A good music teacher must be more than an instructor, but a mentor and an inspirational guide. My best teachers were the ones who could cultivate my playing not just through the physical aspects but ESPECIALLY through the cerebral. We ALL need encouragement and inspiration to get the best out of our natural talent. I love to encourage my students to do their best. To strive to not only complete exercises, but to execute them well. Every student is different, and therefore I will tailor their education with me on an individual basis. I expect a lot out of my students because I strongly believe in my teaching ability as well as their ability to learn and feel good about their progress.
My approach to providing all these things is modeled around my best experiences in learning and performing. I've studied under some of the absolute best players and teachers in the world. Here are just a couple:
World renowned drummer and educator
TOMMY IGOE from The Lion King on Broadway The Birdland Big Band Numerous instructional books and DVDs.
Highly sought after percussionist
TOM KOLOR Graduated from William Paterson as well as with a Masters from the Julliard School of Music Professor of Music at the University at Buffalo.
I've also graduated Cum Laude from the University at Buffalo with a degree in Music Performance, Dean's List and Honor Roll awards.
Some of my experience includes being featured in Tommy Igoe's "Great Hands For a Lifetime" DVD which received 5 stars from Modern Drummer magazine in 2010. I've also played great venues like Gramercy Theatre and Central Park in NYC among others. I've played in Big Bands, Symphony Orchestras, Klesmer and Percussion ensembles, and more.
I really could go on forever talking about music, what it means me, how I approach teaching, etc. When you love music and teaching as much as I do, you really can't help it. It's ingrained in you. Precisely as ingrained as I like to think being a fun, caring, disciplined, attentive teacher is in me. Whether it be for you or your child, I can easily promise that I will deliver the same success-bound mentoring that I have to my students for over 5 years.
Can't wait to hear from you!
*** Lesson Details *** -I am here for you.
I would not teach if I wasn't very interested in the progress of my students. I want you to be the biggest, baddest, awe-inspiring drummer/percussionist possible. I want to ultimately end up at your shows and concerts and be able to say "That's MY student." You can always be guaranteed that when studying with me everything I assign has precisely that goal in mind.
-Strict or Laid Back?
Many people might ask if I'm strict, or laid back. My response is that I am excited and driven to help you reach success. I will never scold you because that sort of practice has no place in teaching. I also understand that learning isn't just a straight upwards incline of progression. We're all humans. Sometimes we progress astronomically in a short period of time and sometimes we have to fight hard to nail something. Sometimes we have a lot of time to practice, and sometimes we simply don't. My job is to make the most out of every situation and help you learn no matter what. That being said, I will still hound you to practice as much as healthily possible!
-What do you want out of music?
Probably the most important question I will undoubtedly ask you upon meeting you is why you are taking lessons. There is no way to formulate a tailored lesson plan if I don't know what it is you're working towards.
Like I said, I can't tell you very specifically what your lesson plan will be, but I CAN give you examples of what I almost always assign. Individually written out exercises, exercises from books, assigned reading/listening, song covers, chart writing/reading, improvisational exercises, rudiment study, warm-up routines, among others.
-Don't be Afraid to Make Mistakes
Mistakes are part of the learning process! If you aren't making mistakes then I'm doing something wrong. Never be afraid to make mistakes.
-You Get What You Give
I promise I'll be there for you. I'll be there to give you the material and show you the path. But you're going to have to be there for yourself as well. The more prepared you are for our lessons, the more you will grow from the time we spend together.
Mastering an instrument takes time and effort both by student and teacher. The sooner we get started the sooner you get on that path. I'm ready whenever you are.
*** Studio Equipment *** detached studio 2 professional drum sets seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment *** I have two full DW Jazz Series drum sets. Numerous practice pads and snare stands. I expect my students to only provide their own Drum Sticks and books.
*** Specialties *** I pride myself on being as versatile as I possibly can be. I can aptly teach most styles including Jazz, Rock, Funk, Latin, Hip Hop\R&B, Classical, and more.
Bindia M. December 20, 2012 Verified Student
Flexible teaching methods!
Asaf is just brilliant. During the first session, my son was very distracted by the other things in the music room ie lights, instruments etc but Asaf managed to engage him by being extremely flexible in his teaching ie he is not wedded to any order and has a lesson plan in mind but goes with the flow and the interest of the child - this ensures that all that was intended on being covered is, and as a result of the flexibility, my son just loves these drum lesson and Asaf. Asaf makes him focus and has built a great teacher/student relationship in only 3 session. I would highly recommend Asaf.
Petra V. August 23, 2012
Drum Verified Student
The Consummate Professional
Asaf has trained my son initially on a practice pad. Taught my son Quater notes, Eighth notes and moved on to the Snare Durm and worked his way up to 16th notes. He taught my son how to use wrist action, rather then his arms. The fact that ASAF travels to my home and instructs my son is definitely a plus. He is highly commmunicative and flexible.
PetraV April 9, 2012
My son has been showing excitement and interest in practicing and looks forward to Asaf coming on Saturdays. We look forward to seeing our son's progress and working with Asaf.
Nick (b. 1987 in New York City) composes, produces, performs and records music for live presentation, film, video, and dance. He began performing at age 9 around his hometown of Asheville, NC, and won a number of prestigious awards and scholarships.
In 2004, still in high school, Nick composed original jazz pieces for his jazz trio. The prestigious Jazz Composers Forum debuted the combo, which then played a variety of high-profile events through 2006.
In January 2006 Nick performed at The International Jazz Festival Lapataia in Punta del Este, Uruguay with jazz saxophonist Alex Han.
Nick's acoustic/electronic "The Orphan Girl -- Nenneh" was presented at the gala re-opening of newly restored Aycock Auditiorium at UNC-Greensboro. The UNCG Symphony Orchestra, with guest conductor Eduardo Vargas, premiered his composition "Interstate 40" in 2010. Later that year Nick received his degree in Music Composition.
In 2012, he released an album of original songs and compositions, entitled "Foolish Fantasy."
He currently resides in Brooklyn, NY, where he works full-time performing, composing, and teaching music.
*** Lesson Details *** I do not believe in a one-size fits all philosophy when it comes to piano lessons. I tailor-fit all my lessons to the particular student's goals.
Students find my demeanor laid-back, personal, upfront, and patient.
I like to incorporate tidbits of relevant music history to contextualize the music we work on. To me, it keeps things more interesting!
Sometimes lesson books may not be necessary. When appropriate, I prefer teaching from the Bastien book series.
*** Studio Equipment *** Roland RD-300NX full size weighted keyboard w/ ivory feel.
*** Travel Equipment *** The student must have access to his or her own keyboard (electric or acoustic acceptable)
*** Specialties *** I prefer to teach the Bastien method to my younger students! I am proficient in blues, jazz, RnB, rock, pop, gospel, and classical.
Melissa June 30, 2015
Nick teaches my 6 year old son, Teddy piano and he is really truly wonderful. He's so patient with my son and gets him back in focus when Teddy tries to talk about mine craft or some other subject not related to piano. Teddy loves him and has learned a lot from him. I highly recommend Nick!
Thomas W. June 29, 2015
In home Verified Student
I am an older adult returning to the piano after a long absence. Nick has been a great instructor who offers sound advice so I can make measurable improvements each week. He has a natural talent for bringing out the beauty and nuances of each piece I work on, and he's patient and fun as well. I would readily recommend him.
Liz June 29, 2015
Nick teaches my 7 year old piano. He is patient and kind while getting lots of information across to her. Nick makes the lessons fun and engaging. You couldn't find a better instructor in Nick!!
Originally from Buffalo, drummer/composer/improviser Kate Gentile has played and recorded with a panoply of renowned musicians since moving to NYC in 2011.
Kate has played with Anthony Braxton, Dustin Carlson, Andrew D'Angelo, Kris Davis, Marty Ehrlich, Michael Formanek, Ben Gerstein, Jon Irabagon, Chris Lightcap, Terry McManus, Matt Mitchell, Helado Negro, Ted Reichman, Chris Speed, and the Asphalt Orchestra, and has recorded with Jasmine Lovell-Smith's Towering Poppies and David Aaron's Flip City.
"...[G.'s] inventive drumming...eads the listener into a gentle place." -Step Tempest
"[G.'s] drum work on this [Fortune Songs] is exquisite." -Bird Is The Worm
In addition to being a frequently used sideman and collaborator, Kate also leads bands exploring her own music, which often tend towards dense, long-form compositions with unconventional rhythms and harmony. Her music has been described as "...hyper-detailed...designed to spur multi-faceted improvisation". Her most recently formed trio with pianist Matt Mitchell deals with a new book of compositions containing varied forms and harmonic and rhythmic structures that demand a spectrum of improvisational creativity.
Kate holds a dual degree in Jazz Performance and Music Education from the Eastman School of Music. Kate has also studied independently with a host of great drummers, improvisers, and composers, including Dan Weiss, Tim Berne, Tony Malaby, Marc Ducret, Miles Okazaki, and John Riley.
Kate has enjoyed teaching drum lessons independently for 10 years and has taught at the NYSMF summer jazz program and several schools.
Tom August 25, 2015
Kate is an energetic and passionate educator and forward thinking musician. I greatly enjoyed the time I spent studying with her because it was obvious she cared about sharing her love for music and helping me on my personal path as an improviser. The drive and dedication she brings to her teaching is inspiring.
Joni August 24, 2015
Kate is not only a genius composer and drummer, but also one of the best teachers I've ever studied with. In the summer before and after my freshman year at Berklee college of music, I got the chance to take a few lessons with Kate through the New York Summer Music Festival. She has greatly influenced my playing, but more importantly she inspired me to listen to new music, to think of the drums differently and approach the music with a wider understanding of what's going on. She's also very friendly and constantly searching for a method of teaching that best fits her student. In one of my lessons with her I had a hard time understanding the concept she was describing, so she took out a piece of paper and asked if I was a more visual learner. I said yes and she made it all quite clear on paper!
Students are raving about their Percussion instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Dana
"Way Beyond Excellent
Have you ever had something so amazing that you did not want to share it? Well, that is how I've felt about Nick's lessons. Nick has
inspired and challenged my son to become a well rounded percussionist. Nick's professionalism, punctuality, and teaching skills far exceeds five stars. After each lesson, you will receive through notes on what was covered and what needs to be worked on. With all the different learning styles it usually pretty easy to note and area where an instructor could use improvement. This is absolutely not the case with Nick. If you a searching for an outstanding instructor, you've discovered him. My secret is out."
Seattle, WA teacher:
Review by George
"Justin is very enthusiastic and passionate about music and is a pleasure to have as an instructor."
Sacramento, CA teacher:
Review by Ian
"Dave worked and volunteered with our organization, YoungVoices/BigSounds. He's an awesome musician and a great teacher!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Richard
"Thaddeus is an extremely knowledgable and personable instructor who gives clear and methodic instructions. I learned a lot from my time with him."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Marta
"Carmen has been my son's teacher for last three years. He started when he was eleven, and now he is going to join his high school symphonic band after su
ccessfully auditioning for it. Two things stand out in Carmen's approach to teaching: 1st is her constant readiness to find ways to make students excited about learning and willing to do the work, 2nd is staying positive and encouraging all the time."
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by Theo
"He's a good instructor, he teaches easy and simple"