I teach various percussion instruments such as : Cajon, Bongo, Udu, Davul (Tapan)
Kolja is a versatile drummer/percussionist that has been actively playing/teaching/recording for the last 20 years of his life. He teaches at his studio in Williamsburg. He has studied Jazz drumming at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Europe. Although trained as a western drummer, studying with the Indian master drummer Taalyogi Pandit Suresh Talwalkar, has given him insight how to teach rhythm and make it a fun process. The joy and the excitement while playing is what Kolja focuses is on. How to groove effortless and with ease is what he teaches! Lessons are customize
d to match students interest and abilities. Jazz, Funk , Rock, Fusion, Latin , Odd meter, Middle Eastern drumming, Indian Rhythm (Konnakol) All levels are welcome! From absolute beginners to professional musicians!
The guy gives you all the information necessary for a professional drummer. Excellent approach! Discusses your current skills and takes it from there. Checks your coordination, your sticks/hands work and tells you what you need to work on; he gives you a demo how you can develop some basic ideas into real drumming. If you want to learn, improve and understand what and how you play, don't hesitate and just contact Kolja.
Igor March 25, 2016
Kolja is patient, amazing and fun teacher. I learned so much from him.
I highly recommend him!
Elma March 18, 2016
i was a self taught drummer and i found myself having a hard time breakig thru/platueing. i decided to take lessons a with Kolja to refine my skill set. I am extremely happy i did! He was professional, yet laid back, so my lessons didnt feel intimidating or boring. i had fun learning from him and i became excited for my lessons because i could see the results! i recommend Kolja to anyone who feels stuck in a rut or who is curious to begin playing the drums. he is inspiring and EXTREMELY talented!
"To do is hard, but to teach is still harder. Do not teach only to teach. Teach to improve the pupil. To be a teacher requires tremendous, vigorous discipline on oneself. We are teachers because somebody demands it from us. But the teacher should first rub his own self, and teach afterwards." - BKS Iyengar
I will approach each student individually according to his/her level and feeling through creating a balance between intuitive learning and technique/analysis.
Nezih was born in Germany and began his musical journey as a teenager by learning to play the guitar. Eventually he discovered his passion and affinity for percussion instruments, a significant decision that gave his musical career a whole new direction. In search for a deeper and broader knowledge of rhythm and music, Nezih moved to the Netherlands to study percussion at the Rotterdam Conservatory, where he graduated in 2004. Besides, he has continued his education taking lessons and attending workshops given by great masters such as: Glen Velez, Armando Peraza, Michael Spiro, Hossam Ramzy, I
smail Pesluk, Pedro Estevan, Orestes Vilato, Richie Flores, Ralph Irizarry and Hamdi Akatay. He performed on all major festivals in the Netherlands and performed and toured throughout Europe, Turkey, Mexico, Argentina and the USA. In October 2007 he moved to the USA, where he has since been collaborating with several bands, as well as theater and dance productions.
Christina March 24, 2016
Nezih is THE BEST! I have had no previous drumming experience, but his lessons have been so rewarding and life-giving. He is patient, understanding, encouraging but also challenging. Going to my conga lessons are definitely one of the highlights in my week. I would recommend him to anyone and everyone.
Kolja March 16, 2016
Lesson with Nezih was one of the best lessons that I have had! His knowledge of World Music is phenomenal. He knows the essence of Cuban, Brazilian, Middle-eastern (Turkish, Balkan) rhythms. He influenced me and changed my playing a lot! I highly recommend him as a teacher! Great person!
Stanley F. April 7, 2013
A wonderful doumbek/darbuka teacher!
Nezih is a superb teacher. He is sensitive to this adult learners needs and interests and tailors his instruction accordingly. He is patient and relaxed , yet focused. In addition to being productive, the time spent in lesson is genuine fun. His lessons have given me the skills and confidence to join a middle-eastern drum ensemble and perform publicly. I recommend Nezih 100%!
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.
I have been playing drum kit and percussion for over ten years and teaching for about seven. I've played a little bit of everything - pop, rock, punk, hip-hop, ska/reggae, blues, jazz, and even musical theater. In addition to drum kit, I can play and teach hand drums (djembe and conga) in contemporary or traditional African, Latin, American styles. I'm happy to share my skills and expertise with drummers of all ages and skill levels.
I studied music at UCF (Orlando), focusing on classical and jazz guitar, but I also have years of experience playing rock, blues, folk, hip-hop, and musical theater on both guitar and drums.
I have been teaching guitar, drums, and piano for about eight years to students of all ages. Music is what I'm passionate about and it's what I enjoy. I want to inspire that same passion into the hearts and minds of others.
*** Lesson Details *** I am a laid-back teacher, fun, and I focus on the needs, abilities, and ambitions of the student. In turn, students must realize that learning an instrume
nt takes a lot of work and dedication. One can't expect to learn very much if s/he only practices or thinks about the instrument during the lesson. If the student is willing to put some time into practicing, then I will help them go far!
*** Studio Equipment *** I have several guitars, a drum kit, djembe, mandolin, clarinet and full-size keyboard.
*** Specialties *** Guitar: Classical, jazz, American or Irish folk, rock and pop; lead or rhythm. Drums & Percussion: All genres Piano: Classical (includes sight reading)
Julianne April 26, 2016
My son Joseph just completed his 5th lesson with Gio and he LOVES his piano classes. Gio is very patient and dedicated to Joseph. Glad that my son is taking lessons from him.
Jeniffer S. March 30, 2016
In studio Verified Student
He's very pleasant, patient and easy to understand.
Nathaniel E. January 14, 2016
My son has learned alot with Gio so far. He is very patient, professional and wonderful working with my son who is now 8 years old. I look forward to many more lessons.
Drummer's Collective Fusion Workshop: 4/82 - 7/82, Ramapo College Jazz Workshop: 7/79.
*** 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.
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