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Yuichi H.

New York, NY 10018

(12)

Private Percussion Teacher

How to play djembe drum and conga drum,

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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May 11, 2013
Ikuko S.
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!
November 6, 2012
David S.
Inspiring teacher

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

(12)

Christina A.

Bound Brook, NJ 08805

(11)

Private Percussion Teacher

Students can expect to learn the basics in percussion, from holding their sticks or instruments to playing complex rhythms, patterns, and/or beats. students should be ready to have some fun!

About Christina

My studio is based on the belief that our customers' needs are of the utmost importance. We are committed to meeting those needs. We would welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best service in the industry! With over 14 years of teaching experience in both the classroom and privately, my lessons are comprehensive, diverse and individually tailored to each student.

Ms. Tina was born and raised in North Plainfield, NJ and attended college at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ where she received a BM in Musical Theater. Music is not just a job for Ms. Tina...it's a passion.

I continually strive to encourage and motivate my students to explore their individual talents and abilities to their fullest and to have fun! I look forward to working with you

and your family to achieve your music education goals!
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July 2, 2019
Jay C.
She is terrific!!
June 25, 2019
Vihaan B.
Christina was wonderful. She made my son comfortable and tried to know about his likings in order to charter a course to suit his aptitude.
August 28, 2018
Prathik T.
She was like dby our kids and highly recommend her.

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Christina A.

Bound Brook, NJ

(11)

Marc W.

New York, NY 10019

(9)

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Private Percussion Teacher

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.

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.

*** 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
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July 9, 2019
Rae
Marc is extremely patient and passionate about his teaching. Not only does he emphasize the basic techniques for a beginner like me to master, but also make it fun for me. He also tries to motivate me with music theory and history which definitely help me understand the music better and inspire me to master the basics. Marc has an amazingly amount of knowledge in everything else as well, such as physics etc. that shows up in his teaching from time to time, which makes the learning experience much richer!
March 5, 2019
Brian L.
Marc is an incredibly friendly drum coach who also knows when to push his students to their limits. He has the rare ability to inspire his students so that they perform to the best of their abilities. If you don't sign up with Marc for your next drum lesson, I would suggest re-evaluating your decisions.
August 23, 2018
Rafal W.
Marc is a great teacher. Classes are always very friendly and productive. In my case, each class begins with a review of progress/practice, and ends with a meaningful and personalized homework. He is also very flexible, sometimes I had to move my classes around and he's always super responsive and understanding. I knew nothing about drums, and I am happy I decided to begin my journey to learn how to play them, with Marc as a mentor!

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Marc W.

New York, NY

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Renaud P.

New York, NY 10031

(4)

Private Percussion Teacher
About Renaud

I was born in Caen, Normandy, France.

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 Pre-St-Gervais, Epinay 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 Unite

d 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.
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March 29, 2016
Michael
Renaud was a great teacher, full of enthusiasm for music and drumming, for passing on his expertise, a lot of fun to learn from and very patient.
He was very flexible with adjusting to my varying schedule.
March 29, 2016
Martin
Renaud is an incredibly patient teacher and works very well with our son. They have a great rapport and Bruno has made huge progress over the last couple of years that he's been working with Renaud. His rates are very reasonable (almost too reasonable!) and he conducts himself always in the most professional manner.
March 14, 2012
WendiL
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.

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Renaud P.

New York, NY

(4)

Rob E.

Bergenfield, NJ 07621


Private Percussion Teacher

Snare drum/bass drum parts for school bands. Also basic reading for bells, marimba, xylophone, etc.

About Rob

Teaching Experience - USA Music School: 10/11 - 4/12, Sylvan Academy of Music: 1/05 - 12/10 & 1/13, Musika: 10/03 - 5/06, Woodside Music Studio: 9/97 - present, RE Drum Instruction: 4/79 - present.

Private Drum Lessons: Joe Morello, 2/82 - 5/83, Sonny Igoe: 7/77 - 9/80.

Drummer's Collective Fusion Workshop: 4/82 - 7/82, Ramapo College Jazz Workshop: 7/79.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are strictly designed to meet your needs as a musician. Focus will be on technique, reading, playing different styles & learning songs. Your feedback is just as important!

*** Studio Equipment ***
(In home lessons only at this time)

*** Travel Equipment ***
Hopefully the student has a drum set at home. I can supply a practice pad, sticks, etc.

*** Specialties ***
Rock, funk, top 40, blues, jazz, country, reggae, Latin.

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Rob E.

Bergenfield, NJ

Andrew B.

Feasterville Trevose, PA 19053

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Private Percussion Teacher

With a degree in drum/percussion performance, Andrew specializes in djembe, congas, Latin percussion, snare, and various auxiliary percussion.

About Andrew

Andrew is available to teach lessons at "Light and Sound Studio". This is an acoustically treated/creative environment with 2 full drum kits, and the latest studio technology. (see pictures below)

Andrew is a graduate of Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music in Hollywood, California with a degree in drum/percussion performance.

Andrew spends his time teaching drums, recording drums and playing drums for local artists/bands. While in Los Angeles he performed with many independent artists and also had the privilege to work with some well know artists, such as Scott Shriner of Weezer, Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe, and The Blue Man Group.

In 2005, Andrew was hired as the drum instructor at Los Angeles City College. Since then, he has authored three different drum books and has taught music at Southern California Music Scho

ol, Pasadena City College, LA Valley College, LA Academy, Music Training Center and several other institutions.

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My goal for the first lesson, is to get to know my student. I want to find out who their favorite bands/drummers are, what their lesson goals are and most importantly, how they learn best. I can adapt my teaching approach to suit each individual student. I am patient and encourage my students to practice. I believe that anyone can become a drummer.

*** Studio Equipment ***
"Light and Sound Studio" is a full service audio/video/lesson studio with state of the art equipment.

*** Specialties ***
I teach reading and writing music notation as well as to play by ear. I specialize in Jazz, Rock, Blues, Country, Metal, and Latin styles. I know heel-up, heel-down, and heel-toe bass drum pedal technique.
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February 20, 2019
annie
Andrew is teaching my daughter snare drum for marching band tryouts in the spring. The first lesson was excellent and she looks forward to working with Andrew in more lessons.
December 18, 2018
Bob C.
The lesson with Andrew was very straight forward and alot of positive came out of .
Andrew was very understandingvfor the type of lesson I am looking for.
We will see what happens during the rest of my 5 lesson series.
I liked Andrew right off the bat seems like a nice person also.
I am 71 years old I know when I meet someone after a few minutes what kind of person they are and he is one of those type.
December 15, 2018
Teresa
I worked with Andrew for over 2 years learning the drums. Fabulous teacher! Andrew taught me technique, timing, different genres of drumming but most importantly inspired me to keep stretching in my playing. His love of music shines through his teaching.

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Andrew B.

Feasterville Trevose, PA

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Adam H.

Brooklyn, NY 11201

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Private Percussion Teacher

A study of orchestral and world percussion. Students are encouraged to start on a single instrument to learn the basic fundamentals of percussion, followed by diversifying their abilities on different instruments and in different styles.

About Adam

I'm a percussionist and composer with a diverse skill set, from classical percussion to many genres of drum set. I've been teaching and freelance performing in New York City since 2012, when I moved here to study at NYU and then the Mannes School of Music.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Sticks, mallets, practice pad, small percussion instruments. Student should provide own drums and keyboard instruments.

*** Specialties ***
Classical percussion, Drum set, frame drums, composition, music production software

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Adam H.

Brooklyn, NY

Ben E.

Ridgewood, NY 11385

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Private Percussion Teacher

I am a lifelong percussionist dedicated to giving my students the best musical experience possible. Through an integrated approach, you will learn about rhythm and the potential for self-expression through it.

About Ben

Benjamin Engel is a percussionist and mandolin player from North Carolina. Coming out of a folk music tradition he has expanded his interest into the world of electronic music, free improvisation and world music. He most recently visited Dublin to work with composer Cal Folger Day on a historical Operetta. He has performed in long standing Brooklyn Based bands like Free Advice, Eamon Fogerty band and the Wyndham Baird band. His newest projects include collaborations with violinist/vocalist Concetta Abbate and sound artist Ted Robinson, in addition to his original music under the moniker Chemical Bags.

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March 31, 2019
Danya
Ben is a fun mandolin teacher and very thoughtful! He brings great tunes and gives helpful feedback to improve how you play.
February 6, 2019
Henry
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January 23, 2018
Concetta A.
Ben is a caring and thoughtful teacher. He helped me out at my studio teaching drum lessons for a 5 year old student and they had a great time working together! 5 Stars *****

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Ben E.

Brooklyn, NY

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Jay
"Good work"
Carson
"Good assessment of child's starting point. Wonderfully enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Great introduction into drum kit (we called it drum set in my day
). At that point, needed to slow down and give child more fundamental practice time to soak in the concepts before racing on."
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Nick
"Kevin is a fantastic instructor!

I have been taking private lessons from Kevin for two years now as we'll as receiving instruction in Band for the last t
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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Theo
"He's a good instructor, he teaches easy and simple"
Eric
"I have enjoyed a lot of time with him. It is very great to spend time preparing my auditions . he is very helpful for what I am struggling with.
If possi
ble, I want to give him 100 stars.
Thank you so much!!"
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Julia
"Absolutely fantastic teacher! I've had some lessons with Tareq. He is a great person and musician, he listens carefully and explains everything thoroughly
. He gave me great exercises that helped me improve my playing and sense of time and rhythm. It is a great experience to have lessons with him, and I think his attitude is what makes the difference.
I highly recommend taking lessons with Tareq"
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Pat
"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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Mark
"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 t
o 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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Heidi
"Off to a great start!"

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