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About Marc K.

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New York, NY
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If you're interested in learning to become a musician through the many instruments that make up your drum kit - send me a message.

My influences include Buddy Rich, Animal from The Muppets, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, John Bonham, very recently Keith Moon, and my mentor & favorite person in the world, Normie Wayne.

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Marc K.

New York, NY 10014
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$100 / 60-min

About Rafael L.

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Jamaica, NY
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Depending of the student's level, I am able to give the appropriate tips and information and customize the lessons for each particular case.
My lessons are very dynamic and are oriented to keep the students very motivated.

About Rafael
I have been teaching by more than 30 years, and with this experience,and the knowledge accumulated in those years plus my playing experience, I am able to teach my students in a very good way.

My lessons will be very dynamic by the interaction with my students, giving them the tools they will need to play in real situations. "Playing, listening, reading, and writing".

Always looking forward, never looking back, music is passion and joy.

*** Lesson Details ***
Each lesson consists in six sections that can vary depending on the duration of the lesson.
1- Warming up
2- Review of homework
3- Rudiments
4- Rhythm
5- Reading and writing
6- Analyisis of different Video and audio recordings
6- New homework

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have one drum set fully equipped, plus cajon and some folkloric drums from Colombia.
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the examples using Finale.
I have a complete collection of books and videos to support the lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide my books, metronome, sticks, etc.
I expect the student provide the drum set

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Jazz, Pop, Latin, Brazilian, Caribbean, Andean, Latin American , Colombian, etc
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Brian N. June 28, 2016
· Drum · In studio
I loved my first lesson with Rafael. He is great.
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Effua M. April 9, 2016
· Drum · In studio
My family loves Rafael. My son (who is five) takes drumming lessons and Rafael is very knowledgeable, gentle and patient. We love how encouraging he is and my son says for me to make sure I say that Rafael is an AWESOME drummer and we also think he's an awesome person :)
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victor B. February 27, 2015
· Drum · In studio
im 23, been playing drums for 14 years,I had different teachers all growing up, but I realized that I had no real good knowledge of theory and '' why things works''.
iI've been taking classes with Rafael Leal for six months. During these six months there has been a lot of progress with the knowledge of music theory and my drums skills. There are a lot of music teachers out there, but Rafael's combination of knowledge and skills can not only craft you into a great drummer, but a great musician as well!I highly recommend you contact Rafael leal and pursue taking your music education to a new level.
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Rafael L.

Jamaica, NY 11435
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About Ryo T.

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Brooklyn, NY
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I've been playing drums as a professional in Japan and US for more than 20 years. I'm happy to help your development especially in Rock/Pop style!!

About Ryo
I graduated from Berklee with a Bachelor of music, Summa Cum Laude, this. I released 5 CDs from a major label with my ex-band. I also have experienced to teach lots of students from kids to 60s. I make your own curriculum which considers what you want to improve. Please feel free to contact me. I ale offs online lessons. Please refer this link. https://ryosdrumlesson.vhx.tv/ Thank you.

*** Lesson Details ***
I make your own curriculum which is based on what you want to learn. From beginner to experienced drummer.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Drum kit, Acoustic piano, Guitar amp, Bass amp, PA, AC

*** Travel Equipment ***
Just a practice pad and sticks. Using your kit is the best and practical way to improve your skill.

*** Specialties ***
Rock and Pop drummers are strongly welcome even any style drummers are welcome.
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Jessica B. March 21, 2017
· Japanese · In studio
Very patient and very dedicaticated to teach and encourage his students to grow.
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Ryo T.

Brooklyn, NY 11231
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$30 / 30-min

About John S.

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Brooklyn, NY
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I provide drum lessons to students of all ages and levels, specifically tailoring my teaching methods to the students needs and goals. I have many years of professional experience as well as a formal education in music. I understand what it takes to further your skills to be able to play the music that inspires you! I received my BFA in Jazz Studies from The Ohio State University graduating in 2014. I've been very fortunate to travel all around the world playing many different styles of music. My past students have been accepted in the Grammy Band Program as well as many prestigious universities throughout the country. I love all music and I'm well versed in many different styles of playing. Music is my passion, and there are always fun, new and exciting things to learn. Whatever your interests are, we will grow as musicians together!

About John
I provide drum lessons to students of all ages and levels, specifically tailoring my teaching methods to the students needs and goals. I have many years of professional experience as well as a formal education in music. I understand what it takes to further your skills to be able to play the music that inspires you! I received my BFA in Jazz Studies from The Ohio State University graduating in 2014. I'm currently working towards my Master's Degree at Manhattan School of Music. I've been very fortunate to travel all around the world playing music. My past students have been accepted in the Grammy Band as well as many prestigious universities throughout the country. I love all music, and I'm well versed in many different styles of playing. Music is my passion, and there are always fun, new and exciting things to learn. Whatever your int
erests are, we will grow as musicians together!
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Tania September 17, 2018
· Drum · In studio
John is a great teacher!
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Anders July 23, 2018
· Drum · Online
Ever since I've been taking lessons from John, my playing has gotten drastically better. He's incredibly knowledgeable, has access to tons of resources, and is super outgoing and engaging. Lessons with him truly made drumming into my passion, and he played a large part in helping me earn a music scholarship for college. I would recommend him to anyone and everyone.
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Adam July 23, 2018
· Drum · In studio
I love taking lessons with John. I'm definitely a weird case for any instructor - I've been playing for 15 years, but I never worked with any teachers on building out my fundamentals correctly. John pinpointed my ability and exactly where I needed to improve. He didn't need a ramp up period - in only one lesson we hit the ground running.

After just a few months of lessons, I've improved enormously and it feels like there's more potential on the horizon. The exercises he gives me are spot on and for the first time I'm really enjoying practicing. Taking lessons with John is the real deal - he's truly transmitting what it means to play and I can see him easily transitioning between players of any ability with patience. I admire him as a musician, and he's also just an awesome guy. Would recommend to anyone.
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John S.

Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$35 / 30-min

About Jennifer M.

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Roselle, NJ
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Learn how to drum to your favorite songs. You will develop a natural sense of rhythm even if you don’t have one yet! You’ll earn how to play so that hearing the drum pattern will help you guess what song it is without even hearing the song!

You’ll learn typical patterns, the home position, and common riffs.

At your location only.

About Jennifer
I have been teaching music privately since 2004.

I teach music theory, not music reading. This training will teach you to play by ear without having to read music if you don’t want to. This means being able to sit down and play after hearing a song. As long as we've heard the song and know how it sounds, we can learn how to quickly and easily play it.

Music theory is about patterns, chords, variations of chords, and order of chords. It can be applied to any song so the more we play the easier new songs become!
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Emily March 7, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Awesome teacher. She worked at my daughter’s pace and was very nice and patient
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David May 23, 2017
· Reading · In home
We engaged Jennifer to assist my brother Gary in improving his reading skills. She was patient with him, and helped to motivate him as he worked diligently to improve his reading skills. Thank you Jennifer for a very positive experience.
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Cathy May 18, 2017
· Creative Writing · In home
I have a business website for my pet grooming service. Jennifer helped me devise content for the site that gets my message across effectively and succinctly. She helped me determine what really needs to be said vs. what might look nice, but that might be redundant. I was able to shorten my draft without losing any quality of content.
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Jennifer M.

Roselle, NJ 07203
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$45 / 45-min
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About Andres F.

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Brooklyn, NY

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I believe music is an art form that offers one of the greatest paths to intelligence a human can achieve. Learning and teaching music are key parts of how all culture was originally created and transmitted. Sharing the knowledge and expertise I have acquire over the years with students is very gratifying, but so is receiving their unique input on any matter. I believe that our classes are ways for us to connect to students and for them to play, be creative, explore and keep me also on the path of discovery. It's really a two way street.

About Andres
Andrés Fonseca

Drummer, Composer, Producer, Educator

Born in Bogotá, Colombia, Andrés Fonseca started playing piano at an early age, but soon after he discovered his true passion for percussion instruments. After completing his studies at the Universidad Sergio Arboleda in Bogotá, he won a scholarship to study music at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated from Berklee with a dual degree, cum laude, in Contemporary Composition & Production as well as Jazz Drumset Performance.

Since coming to the Unites States, Andrés has performed in major venues such as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Apollo Theater in New York City; the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; and the Detroit Jazz Festival, among others. He has released his own compositions with his band, Unlimited Perception, in addition to recording f
or and playing with many of his peers.

Andrés’ unique voice--in both drums and his own compositions--blends the sound and tonalities of modern jazz with traditional Latin music. His work interweaves traditional, ancestral, specifically Colombian music, with modern drumset and its evolution mainly through jazz and contemporary music.
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Andres F.

Brooklyn, NY 11226
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$42 / 30-min

About Harvey D.

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Brooklyn, NY
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Aside learning to play the drums in a short time, I teach the music behind drummimg which is what distinguish a drummer from everyother drummer. I also teach ear training and learning music with solfas. 12years of experience and ridulment

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Music instructor at Lighthouse music academy.
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Walley April 28, 2018
· Drum · In studio
His the best instructor
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Gihon April 28, 2018
· Drum · In studio
My brother is now a great drummer under his mentorship. Excellent teacher and always radiant
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Daisy April 28, 2018
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God mentor, patience even when I was frustrating. I will recommend for anyone anywhere in the world
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Harvey D.

Brooklyn, NY 11207
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$30 / 30-min

About Patrick H.

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Brooklyn, NY

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I have been playing drums for over 10 years and have a bachelor's of music from NYU. I am experienced in many styles of music including Rock, Jazz, Pop, Classical, Dance and more. My goal as a teacher is to help you reach your drumming goals, whatever they are. My lessons will offer the best of both worlds: the foundational and advanced knowledge I gained from music school, set in a relaxed and friendly environment where the main goal is to have fun! This is, in my view, the best and fastest way to improve.

About Patrick
I am a professional drummer and composer with a bachelor's of music from New York University. I have been playing drums for over 10 years and have a ton of experience playing and writing all kinds of music from Rock, Jazz, Pop, Classical, Electronic and more.

I also studied music theory and composition in college and would love to help with any general or specific music theory questions you might have!

I am here to help you reach your musical goals, whatever they are! I am a friendly, casual guy who will make sure that you will improve and have as much fun as possible.
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Boruch S. February 5, 2019
· Drum · In home
Very good and awesome teacher
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Logan June 3, 2018
· Music Theory · In home
Thanks to Patrick, I finally have a basic understanding of the II-V-I progression. He managed to explain it patiently and effectively. I cant recommend him highly enough. A rare combination of technical mastery and effective communication...
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Cécile Michelle June 3, 2018
· Drum · In home
Great teacher with a lot of patience and a very creative way of communicating. The best part was that as a french person, I was to take the lesson in French! Patrick is bilingual.
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Patrick H.

Brooklyn, NY 11237
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About David R.

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New York, NY

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I have been working with students of all ages and levels for over 26 years and have learned something meaningful from each and every one them. Nothing makes me happier when I see them getting into great schools and acquiring lucrative jobs that make them happy, My students walk away with tools to not just play a musical instrument but a skill set strong enough to tackle any task.
I am equally versed in performing on and teaching drum-set (Pop, Rock, Jazz, Latin etc...), all the percussion instruments of the orchestra (ask about my state of the art recording studio where all of these instruments live), and hand drums including congas, bongos, Djembe etc... Anything you can strike scrape or shake is available for study either online or at my studios.

About David
David R. has collaborated with some of the finest talents in pop, jazz and classical music. After joining Barry Manilow’s band in 2003, he has appeared to sold out arenas all over the world and recorded Grammy nominated, Emmy winning and chart topping albums and DVDs. David received two Grammy nominations for both the classical and pop genres which include Absolute Ensemble’s Absolution and Manilow’s Gold album In The Swing of Christmas, both featuring The Matt Herskowitz Trio with whom he has traveled the world. The trio’s albums, Forget Me Not and Jerusalem Trilogy were nominated for the Felix and Juno Awards for “Best Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year”.
David has worked with Stevie Wonder, Lady Gaga, Kesha, Tony Bennett, Michael Buble, Andrea Bocelli, k.d. Lang, Leslie Odom Jr., The Killers, Paul Simon, Usher, Baby Face, Reba McEnt
ire, Cindy Lauper, Bette Midler, Donna Summer, Katherine McPhee, Jennifer Hudson, Esperanza Spalding, The Ronettes, Little Anthony, Bobby Womack, Ronnie Wood, Joe Zawinul, Paquito DíRivera, Ornette Coleman, Pierre Boulez, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Vladimir Spivakov, Elliot Carter, Will Ferrell and Bill Murray. On Television, David can be seen performing on the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, The 22nd, 24th and 26th Annual Rock n’ Roll Hall Of Fame, The Emmy Awards, The American Music Awards, VH1, Late Show With David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live, A&E’s Live By Request, PBS’s Soundstage, Good Morning America, The Ellen Show, The Today Show, The Early Show, BBC, and “Tony Bennett Celebrates 90” on NBC from which the recording of the show won a Grammy Award for “Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album” (2018).
David received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Juilliard School where he became a founding member of the Matt Herskowitz Trio. David officially endorses © Latin Percussion (LP), YAMAHA Drums, Vic Firth sticks.
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Heidi February 24, 2019
· Percussion · In studio
I was honored to take a hand percussion lesson from David after hearing him perform with a major arena tour and a phenomenal jazz trio!. Although the setting for the lesson happened to be intimidating, David was able to help me focus on my strengths as a player and showed me how to build on them. He excels at building confidence and inspired me to integrate world percussion into my work as an elementary school teacher. I highly recommend him as an educator who knows how to motivate and bring out the best in students. I look forward to taking lessons online in the future!
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Shiqi September 30, 2018
· Drum · In home
David taught me since 2011. He is the most handsome, serious, responsible teacher I ever had. He helped me become a well-round musician rather than just a percussion player. To be honest, he is the most suitable teacher for me.
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Jack September 16, 2018
· Drum · In studio
As an instructor, David exudes the perfect balance of amiability and intimidation. He will inspire you to work your absolute hardest without scaring you away. Personality-wise, he is that happy medium somewhere between Mr. Rogers and J.K. Simmons in Whiplash. I studied with David during my college years and 7+ years later I still utilize his concepts in everyday practice. There are many specific stories, ideas and exercises of his that have always stuck with me and come up quite often when I am working on something new or teaching a lesson or class of my own. Whether we were learning orchestral excerpts, 4-way independence, Bach fugues or just playing quarter notes with the metronome, I always left our lessons feeling highly motivated and anxious to practice. It's also great to have a teacher that can blow your mind with his own playing. It might be difficult for some teachers to get students into something like the tambourine or triangle but when he picked one up and casually played some insane rhythms and advanced techniques I was immediately inspired to learn to do the same. Not to mention his drum work on Matt Herskowitz's "Forget Me Not" - some of the things he does on that record still keep me up at night. I'm very grateful for my time as a student of David's and glad I can still learn from him as a friend and colleague!
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David R.

New York, NY 10019
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$60 / 30-min

About Ben Z.

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10+ years of teaching. I teach all genres, especially Jazz, American folk / world music (Brazil, Trinidad, Cameroon), and Classical percussion. I'm primarily a jazz drummer and I bring all my performance, business, and practice experience to my students to help them achieve their musical goals. We focus on strengthening the fundamentals, (time, sound, AND the feeling of your groove). I'm honest and frank in lessons. I hope my genuine passion for teaching inspires that openness in my studio. My students have been selected for Jazz at Lincoln Center Middle and High School Jazz Academy, Manhattan School of Music pre-college and summer camp, and Columbia University’s jazz ensembles.

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I’m Ben of BZ Drum Studio. I’m a professional drummer and educator. I’ve performed around the world, in Japan, China, South America, Europe, Canada, and across the US having worked with some incredible jazz musicians (Randy Weston, Johnny O’Neal, Larry Ridley, David Williams, Roy Hargrove, Joel Press, Cecil Bridgewater, Deborah Davis, Joe Cohn, Jerry Dodgion, and Steve Nelson).

I specialize in jazz but play and teach many genres on both drum set and percussion. I’m fascinated by the many drumming traditions around the world, New Orleans, Brazil, West/Central Africa, European Classical, Klezmer, Cuba, American Jazz, Folk, and Rock and Roll.

I have a B.M. and M.M. from Manhattan School of Music and have 10+ years of private teaching experience. I’ve taught percussion classes at public, private, and charter schools and also have cond
ucted jazz masterclasses at various universities around the country. My students have been regularly chosen for prestigious ensembles such as Jazz at Lincoln Center’s student ensembles, Manhattan School of Music pre-college and summer camp, and Columbia University’s jazz ensembles.

In lessons we focus on strengthening the fundamentals (time, sound, groove feeling) while also working on creativity and drum set language. I have a passion for teaching my students. Lessons are usually generously extended over the allotted time, and I take each student’s goals into account when tailoring the individual lesson curriculums.
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Luke April 21, 2019
· Drum · In studio
I owe Ben a lot. I spent about a month taking lessons with Ben to prep for an audition for a university jazz program (I had zero experience playing jazz before this). Ben was one of the best music teachers I have ever had: he managed to get me prepared for my audition in just a few short weeks (I got into the program and had an incredible experience), and, perhaps more importantly, he taught me basic principles about jazz and jazz drumming that I think about constantly - not only when I am playing, but when I’m listening to jazz (which is most of the day, thanks to all the great recommendations from Ben). Ben is also an awesome dude, and has been described to me by random jazz dudes at FatCat as one of the “best drummers in New York right now.” If you’re looking for a drum teacher, Ben is without a doubt the best choice out there.
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William February 24, 2019
· Drum · In studio
Ben is a talented drummer and an excellent educator: he really helped me improve as a musician. I highly recommend studying with him.
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Cole February 13, 2019
· Drum · In studio
Having been a student of Ben's for three years, I am proud to say that he is the best drum instructor I've ever had. Ben's approach is tailored directly to the student's needs, whether they be introductory or advanced. He is always supportive and encouraging of you to perform to your fullest potential and actively practice what you learn between lessons, for which he provides useful activities. Ben is also generous with his time each lesson, frequently spending a little extra time to ensure your understanding of the material. He is always prepared to start teaching at the appointed time, and he is easy to contact to set up lessons and flexible with his availability.

Outside of lessons, Ben has often invited me to see him play in clubs around New York City and sometimes perform myself if there's room. This has given me the opportunity to engage with the jazz community and see what I've been taught being applied in professional settings. Taking lessons from and spending time with Ben has been a fulfilling experience, and I would strongly recommend him to drumming students of all ages and backgrounds.
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Ben Z.

New York, NY 10027
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