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About Dustin K.

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The key to a great musician is not in the notes, but in the heart and feeling behind the notes. In my lessons you will not only learn the proper techniques, but you'll learn how to apply then musically, so that you can fully express yourself on the instrument.

I have been playing drums since the age of 9 and I have been teaching for the past 10 years. My background is jazz, but I have had a lot of experience playing different styles of music.

Every student is different and they should be treated that way. I always design my curriculum to serve the student's personal needs first. Also, my lessons are a lot of FUN : )

About Dustin
Many great drummers practice for hours--but are afraid to perform. That used to be me.....

But now I play on stages large and small and tour around the world.

I currently play in the band St. Lucia. We've performed on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and the Main Stage at Coachella as well as touring nationally and around the world.

EDUCATION
Master of Music - Manhattan School of Music
Master of Education - Columbia University
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jazz - New School University

I also have a strong passion to teach and share what I've learned to help drummers become the best they can be!

Whether it's Jazz, Rock, Blues or Country, I'll help you accomplish your musical goals. Lets be a team!

Dustin
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Shaun October 21, 2015
· Drum · In studio
Dustin is one of the most thorough and articulate drummers I know. We've been close since 2003 and have spent many hours together practicing the drum kit. He's well versed in genres of jazz and pop and is super encouraging, motivating and disciplined. Any time spent with Dustin will be cherished and not forgotten.
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Valerie October 20, 2015
· Drum · In studio
You will not find a better drum teacher than Dustin! Dustin is an amazing, energetic and passionate musician and that passion and energy is certainly not lost in his teaching. He is methodical about his teaching and is interested in his students' favorite genres and musicians. Dustin always wrote out the exercises that we learned in our lessons which made me eager to get home and practice everyday. He is motivational, patient and clear in his instruction and explanations. My lessons with Dustin always inspire me to take my drumming skills to greater heights!

I highly recommend Dustin and guarantee you will not be disappointed!
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Lindance October 20, 2015
· Drum · In studio
I've never actually taken lessons from Dustin but I've jammed with him several times and known him personally for almost a year. He has incredible work ethic and integrity. He is highly professional and mature in managing his time and nurturing his relationships with fellow musicians. I can always depend on him to keep his word, show up on time (or early) and communicate any changes in plans. Dustin is personable, warm, and a clear communicator. He's driven and not afraid to put in hard work to reach his goals. I highly recommend Dustin.
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Dustin K.

New York, NY 10001
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About Mike S.

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About Mike
With a degree from Juilliard and over 25 years of gigging and teaching experience, I have a large bank of musical (and drumming in particular) knowledge to draw from, which I enjoy passing on to my students. Having played with a wide range of musicians from Todd Rungren to Wynton Marsalis to Zubin Mehta, I can help you with any and all musical styles you're interested in.
My students range from beginners to pros and I've helped people get into the Berklee, NYU, New School and Michigan State music programs.
Have a great time learning what you want to know and what you need to know!

*** Lesson Details ***
Learn The Things You Need To Know
And The Things You Want To Know.
Technique, Grooves, Fills, Playing With A Click Track,
Reading, Rudiments, Solos, Improvisation, Beats And More.
Mike Has Put Together A Comprehensive Program
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ncentrating On Each Individual Students Strengths And Weaknesses.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Rehearsal studio with drumset and recording equipment, seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student to provide all equipment

*** Specialties ***
I teach all levels and styles. I've written both beginners and intermediate level drum method books which stress a logical progression of advancement (it's a lot of fun too).
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Alexandre S. December 17, 2013
· Drum ·
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I only sat at a drum set a handfull of times , and am playing the drums. That is because Mike is an outstanding teacher, who wrote a book that I use religiously, and as a result, am learning the drums. I never knew I could play, and now I play in only 3 lessons ! Get the book, get the instructor. MIKE IS RIGHT.
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Mike S.

New York, NY 10018
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About Scott S.

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I have a 100% rate of getting my students into their school of choice as of yet. Although I don't guarantee it, I will work relentlessly to make sure you are well prepared though. I will also lend you PDFs of books to help you save a buck.

About Scott
*Brief Update: Both of my 8th grade students were accepted to LaGuardia High School and my 5th grade student was accepted into Mark Twain Middle School for the Gifted & Talented. He also passed his audition for Borough Wide Band. Next up is getting my Junior in high school into All State Orchestra!*

*Update again. My student made all state!

I have been playing drums and percussion since the ripe old age of 9, in 4th grade. Originally wanting to play the clarinet, my music teacher thought my sense of rhythm was too good to waste and placed me in the drum section. I was the only kid who didn't want to play drums. Twenty years later here I am, a professional freelancing percussionist and teacher. The journey to where I am was a long and winding one but I can't imagine it any other way. After learning basic drumming in elementary sch
ool, I continued through middle school. There I was placed on drum kit and thought I was the coolest. I didn't take it too seriously but serious enough to keep playing drum kit. When choosing high schools I wasn't interested in keeping with drums. I only took marching band because it meant no gym. After my first year I was placed in every band the next three years, having to learn timpani and marimba for concert band. I was also recommended to join a city wide concert band, InterSchool orchestras of New York, and haven't left since. I still coach the band and help tons of high school and middle school students hone their craft. Also that year, through ISO, I was given a chance to attend French woods performing arts camp on scholarship where I began my love of playing in musical pit orchestras. Through this time I studied with a couple of teachers and had plenty of coachings with professional percussionists. Upon graduating I have played well over 100 different musicals, played with over 25 different orchestras, and have taught over 100 students both privately and in coachings. I currently run a Drumline out of a private school, coach ISO band, freelance and have a studio of 8 students. That is a short sample of my journey and I hope it inspires you to study with me.

If you choose me as a teacher, I will shape you as an overall musician, not just a "Drummer". What this means is that you won't just learn beats from me, you will learn all the fundamentals of basic to intermediate music theory, from note reading and rhythm to chord changes and ..... You will start on a practice pad and quickly go to a drum kit. Lessons will be half and half, but more 75/25 drumkit, because everything you learn on a pad can translate to the kit! I would also teach you timpani and xylophone if you like so you can broaden your horizons and even get into the middle/high school or college you want. I have most of my books of pdf that I can give you to print or you can purchase your own copies. You would also need to purchase a practice pad and eventually a drum kit. If you don't want to purchase a drum kit then there is almost no reason to study it since you won't be able to practice between lessons. Practicing, let's talk about that. It is expected that you practice the material we learn in the lesson throughout the week. Now I know everyone is busy, but if you can put aside 25 minutes (a sitcom without commercials!!) a day then you will have a better understanding and better retention of the material. Doing this will let us just review the material a little bit and go on to learn new and exciting things.

The bottom line in choosing me? I am a professional musician in the trenches of the nyc music scene and know what it takes to make it.
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Anthony G. July 7, 2017
· Djembe · In home
Had my first lesson with Scott today. I was very happy with the way it went . I'm 50 years old with no experience at all - so I can honestly say the lesson was enjoyable without any pressure.
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Jack F. February 8, 2017
· Drum · In home
Scott is amazing with our 7 year son beginner. He has him so engaged and excited to learn & play. He's a one-of-a-kind teacher.
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Dakota January 6, 2017
· Drum · In home
Scott is inspiring, motivating, caring, attentive, personal and professional. In only a few weeks my daughter is developing a solid foundation in technique, rhythmic notation and musicianship. I would strongly reccommend him.
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Scott S.

Brooklyn, NY 11204
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About Yuichi H.

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With 25 years of experience as a professional drummer, you can learn to play many style of music with me such as rock, R&B, funk, hip-hop, jazz, blues, Afro-Cuban, and Brazilian music.

About Yuichi
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 Achievemen
t 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.

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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

*** Travel Equipment ***
Snare drum, acoustic guitar, acoustic bass guitar

*** 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
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Ikuko S. May 11, 2013
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Great Teacher

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!
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David S. November 6, 2012
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Inspiring teacher

Yuichi inspires you to improve, and shows you how. Simple as that.
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MelissaW January 6, 2012
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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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Yuichi H.

New York, NY 10018
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$80 / 30-min

About James R.

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North Brunswick, NJ

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Develop Stick Control, & the skills it requires to have the coordination it takes to Play the Drums.

About James
PLEASE READ : Thank you.

I'm a trained Musician (Private Lessons) and have been Studying & Teaching for over 37 years. I've taught, Recorded & Played everywhere from small to Large venues from NJ, NY to CA and back. So you don"t just get the Lesson, You also get all that culture and experience along with it in every Lesson you take. All Lessons are done at UBG Music School, located in North Brunswick, NJ which I am the Owner and Head Teacher at the School. I do offer Lessons through Skype & Hangouts (Google) as well if for some reason it's more convenient for you. I Guarantee you"ll learn more studying with me in one year, then with anyone else around. I Pride myself in giving my student 100% my undivided attention in every Lesson. The School is equipped with a Class A Recording Studio (which I incorporate into the Lessons) so you not
only get a Great Lessons but you'll also get the experience of working and being recorded in a Professional Recording Studio. You will learn a lot in a very short period of time, but you will also have a lot fun doing it as well. For The person interested in learning Guitar I'll teach you to Understand that you'll Develop Correctly, and Much Faster By always practicing on the Acoustic Guitar, and then if you'd like to go and play or perform on the Electric Guitar, you'll be 100% Better as a Musician then if you just played only on the Electric Guitar. That is a Key element to what all the Professionals Musicians like myself do. I no longer accept every other week lessons, only weekly lessons.
I have a 24 hour Cancellation policy, if I'm not notified within 24 hours of your lesson I will accept payment.
Thank you and I Look forward Helping you reach your goals.
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Mike February 9, 2019
· Mandolin · In studio
Jimmy is very knowledgeable and very approachable. In a short time, he has helped me to unlock the fretboard. Highly recommended.
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Jason February 7, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Jimmy is an awesome teacher all around! He is very patient and makes me feel comfortable and confident. He has many helpful tips that progress me quickly and clearly truly cares about teaching! I highly recommend taking lessons with Jimmy!
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Kai February 6, 2019
· Guitar · Online
James has been a great teacher so far. He never wastes time and is clear and concise. I plan to continue with my lessons for the foreseeable future!
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James R.

North Brunswick, NJ 08902
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About David S.

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Brooklyn, NY

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As a percussionist, I play a lot of different drums. Let me know what you're interested in learning and I will teach you!

About David
David is a Juilliard-trained percussionist and timpanist available for in-studio and in-home lessons in the New York City area. An experienced performer and teacher, he brings an exciting and collaborative approach to lessons with students of all ages.
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Bojun February 17, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Very professional, organize materials according to your level and needs. best teacher.
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· Drum · In studio
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Mark September 13, 2016
· Percussion · In studio
My 9-year-old son, Luke, who is on the spectrum (PDD-NOS) studied with David for the better part of a year and the experience was terrific. In addition to being extremely communicative and reliable, David was kind and patient. David kept Luke focused and entertained while also inviting him to think about rhythm in ways that made sense to Luke's brain. We happily traveled from Inwood to "Downtown Brooklyn" for lessons because the level of instruction was that good and, I think, Luke's progress demonstrates that. Luke was bitten by the hockey bug, so we are taking a break from percussion right now, but I wouldn't hesitate to return to David's studio should time allow in the future.
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David S.

Brooklyn, NY 11201
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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.

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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About David R.

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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
(7)
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$60 / 30-min

About Skyler F.

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Experienced teacher of 6 years, teaching a wide variety of drum/percussion styles including drumset, orchestral percussion, and hand drums. I like to make sure my students are having fun while they learn, incorporating a healthy balance of learning songs, and the fundamentals of music regarding drums! Also available for recording, music theory, music technology, and songwriting courses: feel free to contact me!

About Skyler
Hi! I'm Skyler. I am finishing up a degree in Percussion Performance B.M. from Rutgers University in the Spring of 2019.

Most of what I do as a performer is play in pits for musicals, and play with various bands around the tri-state area. I currently play with two bands, both of which are rock/alternative bands. I have been playing for musicals since 2013, and since then have played over 25 shows! My career goal is to play in a Broadway pit, living in New York City.

The two most important things to me when teaching are: 1. Making sure the student is enjoying what we are working on; and 2. Making sure the student gets a full understanding for the instrument and music they are playing. I am a firm believer that the basics will take you far! With that being said, the basics can get tedious, so I always try to make sure things stay fun!

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look forward to meeting you and to your musical growth!
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Skyler F.

New Brunswick, NJ 08901
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$50 / 30-min

About PJ C.

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Asbury Park, NJ
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Experienced drummer for hire! Berklee college of music graduate, traveled and toured with many different and unique artists, and have taught for the past five years. Looking forward to teaching new students! Not only will you be playing songs in no time, but you will be building a strong foundation of note reading, music theory, ear training, sight reading, technique, and more. Let's get started!

About PJ
Hi Everyone!
My name is PJ Corallo, I am 26 years old and have been playing drums since before I could walk. I graduated from the Berklee College of Music up in Boston, and have since then toured and performed at a bunch of cool festivals and shows! I love teaching, and have been for the past five years. Currently, I play with a few bands and am looking for more studio and live work, but love being able to teach others my craft in the meantime! Super excited to get to know all of you
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PJ C.

Asbury Park, NJ 07712
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