The percussion family of instruments is the widest and diverse of all, from hand percussions to bells, timbales, shakers, etc... All involve a unique technique, but they do have a large common approach and require and strong understanding of rhythms and poly-rhythms. Whatever your final goal I will make sure that you are well prepare and have the appropriate technique.
Percussionist and composer Marc W. was born in Switzerland, where he studied classical percussion at the Geneva Conservatory. He has lived in the United States since the 1980's, where he studied composition and mallet technique on the vibraphone at the Berklee School in Boston, then moved to New York City to further his jazz performance and percussion skills. Since that time, Marc has toured the U.S., Europe, Japan and Brazil, and can be heard on over 20 recordings, including 4 solo albums. Marc's interest in electronics led him to push the boundaries of live performance with the "electronic
vibraphone", where he is recognized as a pioneer on this instrument. Beside a performer and a composer, Marc teaches workshops here and in Europe, and is very involved in making computers accessible to visually impaired musicians. Marc has just published an iBook, titled "Drum Talk - An Introduction to Percussion Ensemble", available now on iTunes. This book demonstrates the techniques he developed during his many years teaching ensembles of all ages at the Filomen M. D'Agostino Greenberg Music School, it features 56 video clips and over 80 musical examples.
*** Lesson Details *** Every student needs a different approach depending on their temperament and goals. After assessing the student, I will tailor my teaching to achieve the most out of each lesson. If a student is willing to commit to practicing outside of the lesson, after six months he or she will have the ability to play with others, and decide for him or herself if this is something he or she will pursue further. The achievement level is in the hands of the student, depending on their level of commitment and abilities.
*** Studio Equipment *** Gretch Drum set, Bergerault vibraphone, Deagan Marimba, Mac System with ProTools, DP and Logic Audio systems LP congas and Bongos, various hand Percussion
*** Specialties *** Jazz. rock, funk, latin drumming also teach percussion class mixing african, latin and brazilian style I am fully knowlegable of Performer, ProTools, Logic and Garageband on the Mac
Amy S. December 17, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Provides a great ideas of practicing and lots of fun Music rhythms.
Amy S. May 11, 2014
Drum Verified Student
If you like to learn a music with soul, knowledge, and great technique, Marc is the perfect person. I've been playing piano more than 20 yrs and I play various instruments, Marc is a great person to talk about various instruments as well as brings you various good practice method to improve your technique.
James Michael S. July 2, 2013
Drum Verified Student
Marc was a experienced percussionist , with knowledge of many different instruments and , styles. He had a definite lesson plan and was extremely patient and encouraging. My personal challenges with my work schedule hampered his ability to fully execute his agenda.Overall a skilled and dedicated teacher.
Doumbek (Darbuka), Riq, Framedrum, and Tapan (Davul)
Focus on: • open hand technique / strokes • Middle Eastern and Balkan grooves • notation • odd-meters • coordination and independence
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.
*** 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.
Jonathan R. November 18, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Cem is a great musician and instructor. His lessons are always informative, and best of all not boring. He plays alongside you and he is always patient, and helpful. Cem is a excellent teacher who wants to see his students progress, and I would recommend taking lessons with him.
Kendra T. December 1, 2013
Drum Verified Student
Cem is an excellent instructor, a very patient teacher that takes the time to discuss the importance of form and sound quality. I have always had the desire to play drums and have never played so I appreciate his approach of making me feel at ease by playing along with me so I can see his form and technique. All the feedback I have received I have been able to return to the next class with improved skill and understanding. I really enjoy and look forward to my classes and I am happy with my progression during a short period of time.
Elizabeth B. November 11, 2013
Drum Verified Student
this product is amazing
He is a great coach, and is very patient and creative in his teaching
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
•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.
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!
Lynn L. August 21, 2015
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!
I studied drums and percussion and obtained a unanimous first-prize at the Seine Saint-Denis drums competition. I also attended workshops under the direction of great drummers such as Max ROACH, Clifford JARVIS and Jack DeJOHNETTE.
I performed in virtually in every major jazz club in Paris (New Morning, Duc des Lombards, Sunset, Petit Opportun, Manhattan Jazz Club, Sunset), in various Jazz Festivals and I also played in Germany and Italy.
At the same time I started teaching regularly in four conservatories (Arcueil, le Pr�-St-Gervais, Epinay Sous
S�nart and Chevilly) for more than 10 years until I moved to New York. I taught private lessons for drums and percussion, and also numerous workshops for kids, teens and adults.
After a lesson with the legendary Jimmy COBB in 1992 during a visit to the United States, I decided to move to New York. I was finally able to do so in 2000, and I have been living and performing here since then.
*** Lesson Details *** Motivation is the key that makes everything easier for the student!
*** Studio Equipment *** Drum set and practice pads.
*** Travel Equipment *** I expect the student to rapidly buy at least some sticks and a practice pad, and hopefully a snare drum and then a drum set as soon as possible.
*** Specialties *** Jazz, R'n'B, Afro-Cuban and Brazilian music.
WendiL March 14, 2012
Renaud is a Great Instructor!
My son, Liam, eally enjoys his drum lessons with Renaud. He comes home excited about what he has learned and goes straight to his drums to show us. Renaud is teaching him the fundamentals, as well as challenging him with new rhythms. Liam's ability to read and write music has improved, as well as his speed. We are very pleased.
JuanD January 5, 2012
It was my pleasure to work with Renaud as a teacher. He was very professional.I will take more classes with him for sure.I will take more classes in the near future.Juan Delgado
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
*** 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
Ikuko S. May 11, 2013
Drum Verified Student
Yuichi has been a really great teacher for our 7 years old son. He is very patient and really great with kids. He's made a real effort to get our son interested in drumming and music more generally, introducing to different sounds, rhythms and types of music. My son really enjoys his lesson and is making good progress!
David S. November 6, 2012 Verified Student
Yuichi inspires you to improve, and shows you how. Simple as that.
MelissaW January 6, 2012
Our son is 7 years old and started drum lessons with Yuichi several months ago. My son absolutely loves his classes with Yuichi and would go more than once a week if he could. We are very happy with Yuichi. He makes the lesson fun and interesting for our son, and at the same time teaching him what he needs to know so he continues to make progress. He is a great match for our son.
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"I have been a colleague of John's for 16 years and he has always impressed me with his constant dedication to the craft of music. Though he is incredibly
talented, he has always been one that works hard and asks questions without fear. In my experience, this is the kind of person that makes the best teachers. He has always loved music, drums, all percussion and more recently has been learning so much about music technology and how to express yourself with any media available. It would be a shame to pass up an opportunity to study with him!"
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"Mike is a very knowledgeable and competent teacher! It is impossible to not learn and learn well from him."
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"Steve D. is an excellent teacher! My daughter is in the band at her middle school, and she started taking lessons a few weeks before school started. She
was worried about having to play a part on the bells that she did not know. Steve showed her exactly how to play it, and she was able to play the whole piece before leaving her lesson. She came worried, and she left confident! Steve is very patient, and is able to answer any question you ask him regarding percussion. He is very kind as well, and I would recommend him to anyone who needs lessons."
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My daughter took lessons with Kendra. Kendra was very professional and knew her material. My daughter learned a great deal from her. Ken
dra was both kind, calm, and very respectful, making it a comfortable teaching environment. Kendra also allowed me to sit in during the lessons so I could see/hear what my daughter was learning."
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Always challenging and keeps me informed about stuff that I need to know. Always relates things to other areas of percussion. Is really funn
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hree years. Kevin not only is an incredible percussionist himself, but he has a knack for being able to convey ideas to students that they can understand. New and better approaches to teaching rhythm, personalized lesson planning to suit a student's needs, and a vast knowledge of music from years of professional experience are just a few things that Kevin brings to the table. If you're looking for a percussion instructor, I would highly recommend Kevin as your first choice!"
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"I first met Evan when attending a band camp in Southern Illinois and from the moment that he started talking I was automatically learning from him. He was
incredibly fun and relatable to myself as a teenager, so he made the learning process more interesting. He's very talented and I know that when I left that camp, I left with so much more knowledge of percussion instruments and how they are played. I highly recommend him as a teacher."