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About Marc W.

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How to present yourself to an audience, and what are the best practices to follow to be performing at your best, in various situations.

About Marc
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 p
ublished 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.

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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
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Amy S. December 17, 2014
· Drum · In studio
Provides a great ideas of practicing and lots of fun Music rhythms.
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Amy S. May 11, 2014
· Drum ·
Music Flame

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.
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James Michael S. July 2, 2013
· Drum ·
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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.
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Marc W.

New York, NY 10019
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About Aaron B.

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Whatever kind of performance you are preparing, I can help make it the best and most rewarding it can be!
I've performed in big concert halls, by myself, as part of an orchestra, small house concerts, benefits, charities, accompanying students, auditions, and so on.
Whatever you're ready share, let's make it great!

About Aaron
I am an enthusiastic accompanist, performer, and teacher, engaged in projects ranging from Early Baroque figured bass, to 20th-century classical chamber music, to Broadway and Folk. I currently teach Dalcroze Eurhythmics classes in Manhattan, an innovative approach to classroom music education that uses movement and the body to connect what the ears hears and the mind knows. As a pianist I have performed in Switzerland, England, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are tailored to your needs, so we will discuss goals, methods, and practicing strategies to keep you excited, directed, and successful.
For beginning pianists, I use a variety of piano methods, including Faber, Bryanskaya, 4-hand repertoire, and my own materials. I also take advantage of my training in the Dalcroze Eurhythmics approac
h to music education, which focuses on gesture, improvisation, coordination, and command over the musical language.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Steinway upright, couch, and plant

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide books for the lesson, xeroxes for students, pencils, staff paper, etc. Students should buy or copy music as appropriate.

*** Specialties ***
Piano: beg to adv - prefers inter to adv

I am trained in Dalcroze Education, which is an approach to music education that uses movement to connect what the ear hears and what the mind knows. In the piano lesson, I draw from what I have developed in the classroom, including improvisation, dis-ordination, kinaesthetic awareness, and notation.
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Ye Z. October 26, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I like Aaron's teaching style !!!!!!!
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Qixiao M. May 27, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Mr. Aaron is an amazing teacher. He is knowledgeable, very patient and very helpful. After taking several lessons with Mr. Aaron, I realized playing piano is a much more delicate form of art than I had thought.

In Mr. Aaron's class, piano playing, understanding of music, music theory and the culture of music are nicely combined. I've learned playing piano before, but have never been so happy and learning so much.

I feel very lucky to learn music with Mr. Aaron.
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Aaron B.

Aaron B.

New York, NY 10025
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$40 / 30-min

About Nicholas S.

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Brooklyn, NY

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About Nicholas
Nick (b. 1987 in New York City) composes, produces, performs and records music for live presentation, film, video, and dance. He began performing at age 9 around his hometown of Asheville, NC, and won a number of prestigious awards and scholarships.

In 2004, still in high school, Nick composed original jazz pieces for his jazz trio.  The prestigious Jazz Composers Forum debuted the combo, which then played a variety of high-profile events through 2006.

In January 2006  Nick performed at The International Jazz Festival Lapataia in Punta del Este, Uruguay with jazz saxophonist Alex Han.

Nick's acoustic/electronic "The Orphan Girl -- Nenneh" was presented at the gala re-opening of newly restored Aycock Auditiorium at UNC-Greensboro. The UNCG Symphony Orchestra, with guest conductor Eduardo Vargas, premiered his composition "Intersta
te 40"  in 2010. Later that year Nick received his degree in Music Composition.

In 2012, he released an album of original songs and compositions, entitled "Foolish Fantasy."

He currently resides in Brooklyn, NY, where he works full-time performing, composing, and teaching music.

*** Lesson Details ***
I do not believe in a one-size fits all philosophy when it comes to piano lessons. I tailor-fit all my lessons to the particular student's goals.

Students find my demeanor laid-back, personal, upfront, and patient.

I like to incorporate tidbits of relevant music history to contextualize the music we work on. To me, it keeps things more interesting!

Sometimes lesson books may not be necessary. When appropriate, I prefer teaching from the Bastien book series.  

*** Studio Equipment ***
Yamaha Acoustic Upright Piano!
Roland RD-300NX full size weighted keyboard w/ ivory feel.

*** Travel Equipment ***
The student must have access to his or her own keyboard (electric or acoustic acceptable)

*** Specialties ***
I prefer to teach the Bastien method to my younger students! I am proficient in blues, jazz, RnB, rock, pop, gospel, and classical.
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Chris January 4, 2016
· Music Performance · In home
Our son is very much enjoying piano lessons with Nicholas. He recommended instruction books for learning to read musical notation and he is making great progress.
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Maurice B. November 24, 2015
· Piano · In home
Very good instructor. Looking forward to future lessons.
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Melissa June 30, 2015
· Piano · In home
Nick teaches my 6 year old son, Teddy piano and he is really truly wonderful. He's so patient with my son and gets him back in focus when Teddy tries to talk about mine craft or some other subject not related to piano. Teddy loves him and has learned a lot from him. I highly recommend Nick!
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Nicholas S.

Nicholas S.

Brooklyn, NY 11225
(6)
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$40 / 30-min

About Steven W.

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I've played on stages all over the world, from intimate clubs to enormous music festivals, and bring my unique experience to sessions that help properly train you to not only play...but also to PERFORM. Having worked both with individuals and full bands, I can fine tune your performances and bring them up to another level!

About Steven
Hailing from New York City, Steven W. has been involved in the performing arts his entire life, which began as he received his training from a number prestigious arts institutions...Julliard (where he studied piano), New York University (where he studied music education), and the Katie Agresta Vocal Studio (whose other students include Sting, Bon Jovi, Cyndi Lauper, Annie Lenox and many more, including the casts of numerous Broadway shows).

Steven is currently an indie rock solo singer/musician/producer with a number of albums in release (on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and more); recently spent two months as NY's #1 indie artist on Reverbnation's charts, and continues to perform all over the country. Steven also records and tours with country artists, playing huge festivals all over the world.

Having performed on small cabaret stages
for just a few people, and in stadiums for 60,000, he believes in not only teaching technique, but also how to tailor a performance for the appropriate situation. It's this combination of technical training, and performance experience, that Steven brings to his classes as a teacher.

*** Lesson Details ***
Voice - emphasizing proper breathing techniques, vocal exercise for improving tone and range, while working on songs (both traditional and popular).

Piano - proper technique, music reading, exercises, basic music theory, and material including popular songs.

Guitar - technique, reading (either standard musical notation and/or tabs), understanding chord charts, finger exercises, while working on learning new songs.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Roland 88 key weighted action keyboard
Full Logic Studio with all instrument samples
Taylor, Breedlove and D'Angelico acoustic guitars
Fender Strat
Guild S100
JBL Monitors

*** Travel Equipment ***
Acoustic and/or electric guitar(s)
Small portable keyboard
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John W. November 13, 2013
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A great teacher.

Steven is professional, fun to work with, and gets great results.
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Steven W.

Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567
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About Wi-Moto N.

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Prep for performance, audition, concert, or cabaret. Lessons are tailored according to the needs of the student(s). Both one-on-one and group classes.

About Wi-Moto
Born in Mexico and raised in the U.S., Wi-Moto worked in regional theater as a music theater performer before moving into music composition with the Funk, Soul & Hip-Hop musical collective Community Education. Since then she has toured Western Europe with the group making television appearances on Second Channel in Germany and has been a featured artist at Tanzhaus NRW International Dance Theater in Dusseldorf, as well as CKUT FM-90.3 Radio in Canada, WFMU FM-91.1 in New York and New Jersey and Tilos Radio FM-90.3 Budapest, Hungary. Wi-Moto has gone on to work with multi-media artists to write and produce seven (7) online graphic musical webisodes, The Last Days of Kartika. She has brought the graphic musical to the stage in a live cabaret show in Budapest, Hungary. Most recently, the piece was selected for The Comic Book Theater Festiva
l 2014 where it premiered four workshop performances. Wi-Moto continues to perform in NYC and is currently in the Performance & Interactive Media Arts graduate program at Brooklyn College. For more information please go to
wi-motonyoka.com

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Alongside theatrical, on-camera and concert performances Wi-Moto has worked as a teaching artists for both young and adult students in Philadelphia, NYC, Duesseldorf, Cologne, and Budapest. The lessons are tailored to meet the goals of the student(s) and usually culminate into some kind of performance, video, or audio recording. For young performers the emphasis is on creative learning, games, and other fun activities to instill confidence, build repertoire, and establish a work ethic. For adult performers lessons are based on the needs of the student(s) and their schedule.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio mic
Logic audio recording program
MIdi Keyboard

*** Travel Equipment ***
Mp3 player and portable speakers

*** Specialties ***
Voice instruction, theater, and music theater performance for ages 3-17 yrs, audition and music exam prep as well as bilingual workshops and intensives. Group and individual vocal training in Broadway and Pop styles for adult students.
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Ashley Woods July 23, 2015
· Acting · In studio
I am a poet and I began working with Wi-Moto as a means to empower my stage presence. Working with Wi-Moto was pure joy. She has an ease about her that just makes you comfortable with yourself when in her presence. She is very attentive and passionate about the work that she does, I truly felt like she was routing for me in each of our sessions and constantly challenging me to go deeper emotionally. I learned so much about myself and the skill of acting while working with her.

Overall, Wi-Moto was very professional, She was always ready to work when I arrived and her studio space is very open with lots of sunlight and good vibes.
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Matthew M. January 26, 2014
· Broadway Singing ·
Wi-Moto is an incredible teacher

Wi-Moto creates a stress free environment where productivity is always guaranteed. After working with her for only 8 weeks my vocal range was expanded dramatically. She helped me snag the lead in my schools musical and worked with me on my college audition monologues until they were perfected. If your looking for a acting or vocal coach look no further.
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Wi-Moto N.

Brooklyn, NY 11209
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About Catherine W.

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Brooklyn, NY
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Learning performance is a crucial part of learning an instrument.

About Catherine
Catherine is a performer, teacher, and arranger. She has performed in world class venues such as Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Kosciuszko Foundation, as well as the Museum of Natural History, and she has performed with over thirty different chamber ensembles, including the American String Quartet and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Her career developments are primarily in music, but she also pursues interest in creative writing, journal writing and human rights. She has given many community performances and raised charity funds for organizations such as World Vision, A. G. Rhodes Health & Rehab nursing home, Columbia Hospital, Corpus Christi Church, and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.

Catherine initially gained her musical inspiration through her family and has been performing since her youth. Her family provided
her countless opportunities to perform, to participate in event planning, and to experiment with new music and arranging. She grew up participating in her mother's studio recitals at home and enjoys an annual family tradition of organizing and performing Christmas programs at church. One of Catherine's projects during her studies at the Manhattan School of Music was the Symposium Concert Series, which has led her to perform in apartment homes around the city and build a community of young artists. She has made countless arrangements for solo viola and viola with various ensembles which she often performs.

Catherine resides in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, Lawrence. She plays on a Raymond J. Melanson viola made in 1987.

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I'm able to travel to the student's home or teach at my home. Parents are welcome to sit in the lesson.

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Jasmin February 20, 2018
· Violin · In home
She is a great artist and a teacher. Patient and talented.
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Gina February 18, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Catherine is a great teacher! As an beginning adult violin student, she was patient and encouraging while also challenging me to practice new materials. She was always accommodating with lessons if dates or times needed to be changed. I would highly recommend her for students of all ages and levels!
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Mathieu February 16, 2018
· Viola · In home
Catherine does a great job with our daughter. She is patient and kind and generous.
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Catherine W.

Brooklyn, NY 11221
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$100 / 30-min

About Concetta A.

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How to engage with your audience effectively, overcome nerves and give an amazing performance.

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Private instruction, early childhood education, elementary and high school education, Continuing Adult Education
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Winston Thomas June 11, 2017
· Violin · In studio
It was truly a pleasure meeting Concetta for my first ever violin lesson. It is difficult to learn anything at the age 40, specially a musical instrument, but she made it comfortable and easy to understand. She's extremely patient a key quality when teaching a subject such a music to anyone. I would say, give her teaching style a try and you won't regret it. Very knowledgeable indeed.
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Matthew February 27, 2017
· Singing · In home
She was great, first lesson and I learned a lot about how to improve my singing, demonstrably so. Very pleased, looking forward to continuing.
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Blyth February 2, 2017
· Fiddle · Online
Very patient and beyond knowledgeable! I haven't done anything with TakeLessons before and my online class was hosted via skype so it was easy to get connected and learn at my own pace. I like that my lessons will be tailored to my style and my level of musical understanding. She has excellent follow-up for after the lessons as well. I'm excited to be a student again :)
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Concetta A.

Brooklyn, NY 11222
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About Joseph P.

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About Joseph
My name is Joseph P. I began playing the piano and writing music at a very young age. I've been teaching for over ten years, and I love sharing music with my students. I specialize in piano, composition, and music theory, and I play many genres ranging from classical to R&B.

I'm currently pursuing a PhD in Music Composition at The Graduate Center, CUNY, and I have taught undergraduate courses at Queens College, CUNY.
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Vincent R. April 2, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Excellent!
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Rashmi G. January 31, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Great first session .... Thank you for being so patient!
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Kat May 31, 2016
· Accompaniment · In studio
Working with Joseph was a delight! He provided his services as an accompanist for a Christmas music video I was recording.

He was always punctual when arriving to rehearsals, scheduling rehearsals was a breeze, even with our packed schedules, and he was always prepared for each rehearsal with copies of the music I'd provided, as well as notes he'd gained by working through the music prior to the rehearsal.

He had a pleasant demeanor, and plenty of creative ideas for any places in the song that allowed for improvisation or personalization of the chords or phrasing. His accompaniment was the perfect companion to my singing, and could range many genres of music.

I also worked with him as the pianist in larger bands performing in the NYC area, and there as well, he was great to work with. Highly recommended! :)
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Joseph P.

New York, NY 10032
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About Bobby S.

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About Bobby
I am a jazz trumpeter, improviser, and composer as well as an avid listener and enthusiastic educator. I maintain an active performance schedule playing improvised music as well as funk, soul, afro-beat, reggae, hip-hop, and American folk music. In addition to trumpet, I have experience performing and recording on slide trumpet, trombone, baritone horn, and french horn. I write and arrange music for my own groups and regularly write and record horn arrangements for folk, pop, and reggae groups. I have attended Berklee College of Music and Ithaca College, and I have a Master's degree in jazz trumpet performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.

I have over nine years of experience working with students ages 7 to adult. I have worked both from my home studio and though several public and community music school program
s including the Hudson Arts Alliance in Hudson, MA, the Kittredge Elementary School in North Andover, MA, and the Performing Arts Center of Metro West in Framingham, MA. I have studied jazz performance with trumpet greats John McNeil and Walter White, improvisation with jazz gurus David Schumacher and Jerry Bergonzi, and George Russell's Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization with master composer and theorist Ben Schwendener.

As an educator, my aim is to inspire in my students an enthusiasm for the artistic performance of music of any style. I strive to convey my own excitement for the art to young trumpeters and improvisers, and I have worked to encourage self-motivation and a longstanding interest in musical self-expression in elementary through high school students and adults. I have experience performing many styles of music from jazz and experimental improvised music to funk, reggae, and afro-beat, and I use my knowledge of divergent genres to encourage creative experimentation and convey the expressive artistic elements shared by all music. As an improviser I am particularly interested in teaching the theory and philosophy of spontaneous composition and musical communication.
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Shiya S. January 24, 2018
· Trumpet · In home
Bobby, you are really great, you have the "know how" 100% Thank you
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Shiya January 8, 2018
· Trumpet · In home
The lesson was much much better then expected!
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Shiya January 3, 2018
· Trumpet · In home
I had last night my first lesson from Bobby, what should I tell you, he is really great! every thing so nice and clear, Thank you Bobby
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Bobby S.

Brooklyn, NY 11207
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About Dru R.

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Release your inner rock star or Nick Cannon with fun, modern, and progressive lessons in percussion from a professional musician with a Bachelors in Music Performance and expertise in Steel Drums, Marching Percussion, Marimba, Vibraphone, Xylophone, Concert Percussion, and Front Ensemble. Dru has experience teaching students ages 5 - 22 and can help students of all ages reach their goals -- whether that be learning to read music, learning to play well enough to impress your friends, or preparing for an audition to music school or high school band.

About Dru
Dru is a professional percussionist and teacher living and working in New York City. She graduated from Appalachian State University with 2 Bachelors Degree -- one in Music Performance and the other in Business Administration. While at App State, she was the president of the Steely Pan Steel Band and spent the majority of her days traveling North Carolina and surrounding states spreading the love of the Trinidad namesake instrument, the Steel Pan. She also was a member of the New Paradigm Quartet, ASU Percussion Ensemble, and the ASU Tabla Ensemble. In addition, she taught drumline and front ensemble for three years at Athens Drive High School, Bunker Hill High School, and Eastern Alamance High School. These days she is a bookkeeper by day and gigging, teaching, and even *pretend* playing on the upcoming season of Amazon's Mozart in the
Jungle by night! She is also heavily involved in Bollywood dancing, learning to speak Hindi, and a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC.

For more information, don't miss a beat, drop her a message!
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Anna August 27, 2017
· Steel Drums ·
Dru is AMAZING! So great with the kids. Patient and knowledgeable!
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Mikey August 22, 2017
· Percussion · In home
If you're looking for a professional yet fun instructor, Dru should be your top choice. She is not only patient and thoughtful when teaching you a new technique - she is also skilled in ensuring that you are enjoying your lesson. Dru is clearly a master when it comes to percussion and music theory, and she will help make you one, too!
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Connor August 19, 2017
· Steel Drums · In studio
Dru is seriously amazing! Her patience is very admirable and she knows SO MUCH about music. She is very passionate about steel pan, which made it easy for me to stay motivated.
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Dru R.

New York, NY 10040
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