I am a Berklee College of Music graduate with a bachelor's degree in Drumset Performance and 17 years experience on the drums (12 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 currently perform in 10 groups, all based in New York City and play gigs all over town. I've been teaching in both private one-on-one situations as well as group lessons for the past eight 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 instrument).
•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. 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 my students to have their own sticks. A drumset at home or access to one is a huge plus, but I understand the difficulty of having that in New York City so it's not a necessity. A practice pad should be purchased so you can keep your hands on the sticks throughout the time between lessons - only way to improve is practice! 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. Reading music isn't a pre-requisite to studying with me, but we'll work on it over the course of the lessons.
Dave September 9, 2015
Dave is a great drummer and teacher! He really helped me with my limb independence, and achieving a deeper and heavier groove!
Ian J. August 27, 2015
Dave worked and volunteered with our organization, YoungVoices/BigSounds. He's an awesome musician and a great teacher!
Ben August 21, 2015
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!
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
Luis J Amadeo A. December 13, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Paul is great teacher. My 7 year old son and I have been taking lessons with Paul for several months and I'm very please with the progress that we have both made. Paul has done a great job at tailoring my son's and my lessons to reflect the difference in age, skill, and musical interests. He has taught us fundamentals and technique but has also incorporated songs into the lessons, which is helping us build skill, while making it more fun. I would recommend him both for kids and adults. He has a great personality and is very patient, responsible, and puntual.
Devon Z. October 5, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I have little musical training and absolutely no experience playing the drums but thought it would be a fun thing to do in my free time. I'm 31 and did not have high expectations that I would be able to handle even basic 3-limbed coordination. After sitting down with Paul once, it was a happy revelation to find out that I was actually capable of learning. He is patient & observant. For a beginner like me, he does a good job of structuring incremental exercises, while simultaneously finding songs at my level, so I could learn to play a song from beginning to end after only a few lessons. He's good at keeping me on track and encouraging me to practice. I feel lucky that my first experience learning the drums has been with such a great teacher!
madeline park September 21, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Paul is an awesome teacher! I began taking drum lessons on a whim and had 0 experience/ former knowledge about drumming. He has taught me so much in very little time and made it extremely dynamic and fun. I look forward to my lessons each week because I always feel accomplished at the end. I highly recommend him as a teacher!
I have been a drummer for about twelve years. I play the drum kit and djembe.
I can teach drum kits at your apartment (I cannot provide the kit).
About Matt Patrick
I am a music teacher with a very eclectic background. I am a musical theatre composer, but I also have experience performing as a guitarist, vocalist, bassist, pianist, and percussionist in various bands (many different genres of music). I have a Bachelor's Degree in Musical Theatre. I completed the BMI Musical Theatre Writing Workshop. I also am currently a graduate student at the Hunter College Music Education Program.
I offer private instruction on: - the guitar - voice - the piano - the electric bass - various percussion (drum kit, djembe) - ukulele - fun instruments (kazoo, harm
onica) - songwriting
I can also offer: - vocal coaching - monologue coaching
I can... -work with your schedule and find a time that works for you -provide affordable rates -teach specific genres (rock, folk, jazz, reggae, funk, metal, classical) -*vocalists: get you playing rhythm guitar/piano/bass and singing simultaneously
Sakinah S. January 21, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Matt was perfect! Better than I anticipated it would be. Got straight to work, no time was wasted. Usually when I have a first lesson in anything new that I'm learning the teacher takes that whole lesson talking about logistical theoretical fluff, but with Matt it was like learning on the job; all hands on. I immediately learned new chords, tricks and finger styles that I had only heard of in passing. Granted that could probably be because I'm somewhat considered "intermediate" at guitar, but nonetheless I felt like I learned more in that one lesson with Matt then I learned with some teachers in three! Also an all around motivational coach to have!
Thanks again Matt, awesome lesson, looking forward to the next one!
Cornelia January 10, 2016
Matt is a great and very supportive teacher. I never played a string instrument and he helped me to start with a fun learning experience. I highly recommend Matt!
Mark January 7, 2016
Acoustic Guitar ·
In studio Verified Student
Matt is great! Easy to get along with, and always had plenty of content to help with my goals. Very accommodating with my schedule.
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. Similarly, 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.
IAN FROMAN Professor of Drums at Berklee School of Music Professional, world renowned Drummer
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 to 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 10 years running.
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 3 professional drum sets seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment *** 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.
Thomas L. October 9, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Eventhough it was just our first lesson, Asaf is a patient teacher and gave lots instruction.
Sophia P. September 15, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Very informative, we went over terminology, how important it is to have the proper sticks and the correct way to hold them. Reading the music and playing the proper beat. We did a lot for 1 lesson, my daughter loved it.
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.
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.
Chris January 4, 2016
Music Performance ·
Our son is very much enjoying piano lessons with Nicholas. He recommended instruction books for learning to read musical notation and he is making great progress.
Maurice B. November 24, 2015
In home Verified Student
Very good instructor. Looking forward to future lessons.
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!
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