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The drums are a vibrant and energetic instrument that can be enjoyed by players of all ages. Whether you are a complete beginner, or are playing at an intermediate or advanced level, our teachers can help you reach the next stage with private drum lessons in NYC!

In your drum lessons, you will learn how to read music, how time signatures work and how to hold your rhythm. You will also be instructed in the best drumming techniques, correct posture and how to hold drumsticks. If you’re interested in learning a specific genre or style, our instructors will customize the lesson plans to cater to your interests.

Without professional instruction, it is impossible to ensure that you are playing with good technique. Beginners may struggle to learn the correct way to play the drums when learning alone, and can quickly develop bad habits. Intermediate and advanced players are missing out on a wealth of knowledge when they choose to learn without a qualified instructor. A private teacher, however, can point out issues you never knew were a problem.

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New York City is one of the most important places in the world for music, being that it was central to the birth of hip hop, salsa music, disco, Latin freestyle and punk rock. It’s also home to hugely-popular music magazines Spin and Rolling Stone, and several important venues, such as Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall. Taking drum lessons in NYC will give you the chance to be a part of this culture, and who knows - maybe you’ll be the next to make it big in the New York City music scene!

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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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I've been performing for 10 years with drums. It's my passion instrument. It's what I wanted to play when i was a kid.

About David
I am a 20 year musician with 11 years teaching experience. Born and raised in New York City, I attended Laguardia high school for music and art and afterward Queens College majoring in music. My main instruments are Clarinet, Drums, and Saxophone, but i also have a strong background in Piano, Trumpet, and Flute. I've taken private music lessons for the past 15 years with world class musicians, among them David Weber and Howard Hirsch. I've performed in every major concert hall in New York City, including Carnegie Hall when i was only 11 years old. I performed alongside many famous musicians, including the late Tito Puente.

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My teaching includes all aspects of music; Musical theory, sight singing, as well as Music History. My teaching style allows the child to have fun while they learn their instrument, but I emph
asize a strong practice regiment. Your child will understand that while learning music and an instrument can be fun, there will be some work involved if they want to become great. I usually use either the Alfred or Rubank method books to supplement a curriculum that I tailor make for each individual student. Any question or confusion a student has about anything during the lesson will be explained in detail and dealt with until he/she understands the concept. I've had many students pass all levels of the ABRSM and NYSSMA exams as well as receive academic scholarships for musical excellence.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the living room, drums set, piano,

*** Travel Equipment ***
I require that students buy the books I suggest, but if it is necessary, I can provide photocopies of pages from the books that I own. I also require my students to provide all writing equipment.

*** Specialties ***
all methods and styles. I've played clarinet and saxophone for orchestras, symphonic bands, and jazz bands. I've played drums for jazz, rock, and acoustic sets.
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matt September 13, 2017
· Piano · In home
great teacher
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Penny June 29, 2017
· Piano · In home
Amazing teacher!! He teaches my 11 year old son. He teaches him the basics through my sons personal interests. David developed a connection with him for day 1. I highly recommend him.
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Thayse H. June 12, 2017
· Piano · In home
My 11 years old son had a great experience with David and can't wait to continue to work with him. Great job David
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Elmont, NY 11003
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About Rafael L.

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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.

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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.
I write
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 Rob H.

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Drum lessons are taught one-on-one and from a beginner level to an advanced level. Ages of students start at 6-years-old and up. I have many adult students as well. It's never too late to start a new instrument.

About Rob
I have over 18 years of professional teaching experience on drum set, snare drum and percussion (timpani, two- & four-mallets, accessory percussion and hand drums), guitar, piano, electric bass and ukulele. I have been playing music since the age of two.

Some of my most noteworthy performances have included Late Show with David Letterman (Justin Townes Earle and Allison Moorer), Tonight Show with Jay Leno (Allison Moorer), Levon Helm'™s Midnight Ramble (Allison Moorer), The Conan O'™Brien Show (Julia Nunes) and Budokan in Tokyo, Japan (Jim Campilongo Trio).

My Bachelor of Music is from Capital University where I studied with three great teachers:
Robert Breithaupt - Classical percussion and jazz drum set
Jim Ed Cobbs - Drum set, tabla and frame drums
Eric Paton - Taiko, samba, Afro-Cuban drums

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each student individually, catering to specific goals and needs that we will decide upon and plan together. Some students want to seriously study a craft. Others want a hobby that will be fun and interesting. I have had success teaching to both, and will impart basic fundamentals and musicianship to all types of students.

I see my primary job as keeping the student inspired, intellectually fed and sprinting in the right direction. The student's job is to do the work. Daily practice is essential to move forward in any craft.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My Brooklyn studio is a dedicated music space with two drum sets, PA, amplifiers and recording capabilities.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide books, a drum pad, sticks or mallets, an iPod with two sets of headphones, and a metronome. Additionally, I can bring small hand drums, special instruments and percussion that might be needed for specialty lessons. I expect students to have some sort of pad or drum to practice on at home; a full drum set is not necessary.

*** Specialties ***
Drum set (rock, jazz, R&B, folk, pop, electro, Afro-Cuban)
Snare drum
Timpani
Two- and four-mallets (marimba, vibraphone, xylophone)
Accessory percussion
Frame drums
Traditional samba
Afro-Cuban hand drums
Japanese taiko
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Rachel M. June 12, 2015
· Drum · In studio
Rob is an exceptionally kind person and easygoing and laid back. He has a very good approach to teaching. I had a wonderful experience and would recommend him to anyone wanting to learn music.
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David R. March 3, 2015
· Ukulele · Online
Rob has been patient, easy to work with, accommodating to schedule changes, accessible and an overall joy to work with! I was a bit leery about a web based program, but is has been great, and most importantly I am progressing well.
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Ryan F. August 21, 2014
· Drum · In studio
Rob was an awesome teacher and even better guy. The lesson environment was comfortable, but always focused and professional. He's clearly a hugely talented musician and has a ton to offer in the way of teaching; perhaps more importantly though, his love of music inspires the student to practice and learn. Very highly recommended.
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Rob H.

Brooklyn, NY 11206
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$79 / 45-min

About Mike M.

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My basic approach is to foster the student in a relaxed but focused environment. Everyone has their own goals in mind when picking up the sticks. Whether you want to learn how to play your favorite song, brush up on your snare etudes or analyze an Elvin Jones solo, I am more than happy to offer guidance on your musical journey.

About Mike
Hello, my name is Mike and I am excited to teach you. I have studied the drums for most of my life, and can't wait to show you what I have learned.

I have been fortunate enough to have worked with some amazing teachers and musicians from all over the globe. I am more than willing to pass on what I have discovered.

I have taught beginners how to hold the sticks and play simple grooves, as well as shown seasoned veterans how to strengthen their foundation and overcome roadblocks to mastery.

I encourage my students to develop a solid foundation of technical skills (grip, body mechanics, reading, time, rudiments, styles/grooves) while finding their own voice on the instrument. Musical performance is a deeply personal experience, and I hope to guide you towards whatever goals you have in mind.

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Julia October 4, 2017
· Percussion · In studio
I love playing music with Mike. I asked him to accompany me and/or create parts for my original songs and the experience was fantastic. I only wish I lived closer to him now! He is a great, sensitive and creative drummer, adding depth and excitement to the music he plays. He's also passionate about his art; always working on new and exciting projects and creating musical community. I should also mention that he's a funny, caring, relaxed and upbeat guy to be around- I have no doubt that his motivation and ethic as a musician carry over into his teaching. Highly recommended!
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Brad Farberman September 28, 2017
· Music Performance ·
As the drummer in my funk band, Middle Blue, Mike provides both an airtight rhythmic foundation and a sense of adventure. In other words, the beat is always concrete, but never *too* straight. He's always doing something interesting or mysterious with it. Also, he's full of surprises. Just the other day, he threw a rhythmic idea at me that I hadn't heard from him, and we've been playing together for over a year. If I were a drummer, I'd be excited to take lessons with Mike.
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Mike M.

Brooklyn, NY 11222
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Having performed jazz, funk, rock, pop, blues, and Brazilian fusion, among other genres, I use the fluidity between these inform each of my lessons. Whether a student is a beginner looking to play their favorite song on the radio, an intermediate looking for some rhythm theory to give them more options in their playing, or an advanced player looking for improvisatory techniques, I tailor each session to the desires of each student and their learning style.

About Daniel
I'm a gigging musician and teacher who graduated from Oberlin College in May 2015 with a degree in Musical Studies and Physics. I was on the Division III tennis team there for two years as well. I pride myself on patience and empathy no matter what I teach, whether it feeling the pulse of a complicated drum groove or solving a challenging physics word problem. For music lessons, I strive to bring in a context of genre fluidity and history, so that a student knows where and what to explore on their own even when I am not in the room to show them. Overall, my teaching is all about inspiring students to do well and make their strengths work for them, rather than dryly coming up with the "right answer" or playing a tune the "right way" to get from point A to point B.
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Elizabeth May 31, 2016
· Piano · In home
Dan connected well with my daughter and now she can't wait for more lessons.
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Sarana J. March 21, 2016
· Piano · In home
Sarina had a great time learning piano with Daniel.
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Andrew J. March 21, 2016
· Drum · In home
Andrew got along well with Daniel. Andrew enjoyed his lesson.
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Daniel B.

Ridgewood, NY 11385
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As an NYC native, I have been teaching drum lessons for almost 7 years. Born in lower Manhattan, I attended Manhattan East Middle School for Music & Arts, as well as Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for Music & Art and the Performing Arts. In 2012, I received a scholarship to attend New England Conservatory of Music where I had the opportunity to study privately with master musicians such as John McNeil, Bob Moses, Miguel Zenon, Jerry Bergonzi and a lengthy apprenticeship with drum legend Billy Hart. In 2014 I received a full scholarship to attend the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music in Canada. I was fortunate enough to be able to work closely there with first- rate artists such as Vijay Iyer, Steve Coleman, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Reggie Workman and more. I have been a private drum lesson instructor since high school, and have taught dozens of students of all ages, skill levels, and in all styles of music. In addition to private lessons, I have taught workshops and

About Russell
As an NYC native, I have been teaching drum lessons for almost 7 years now. Born in lower Manhattan, I attended Manhattan East Middle School for Music & Arts, as well as Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for Music & Art and the Performing Arts. In 2012, I received a scholarship to attend New England Conservatory of Music where I had the opportunity to study privately with master musicians such as John McNeil, Bob Moses, Miguel Zenon, Jerry Bergonzi and a lengthy apprenticeship with drum legend Billy Hart. In 2014 I received a full scholarship to attend the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music in Canada. I was fortunate enough to be able to work closely there with first- rate artists such as Vijay Iyer, Steve Coleman, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Reggie Workman and more. I have been a private drum lesson instructor since high scho
ol, and have taught dozens of students of all ages, skill levels, and in all styles of music. In addition to private lessons, I have taught workshops and masterclasses in high schools and community centers throughout my years at New England Conservatory. I have also taught at the Outreach Summer Music Workshop in Austria for 2 years, where I instructed and coached ensembles of international students. Music is a powerful thing, and the ability to teach it is a great joy and learning experience.
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Julie June 11, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Cool kit, experienced drummer
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Ana E. May 31, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Get patient and eager to teach!
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Graciela March 2, 2017
· Drum · In home
Russell is a great teacher. He is able to clearly write out the grooves or rudimentary exercises on music paper and have you practice them in creative ways. Russell can play any drum style (rock, jazz, blues, progressive etc) and has a calm and confident demeanor. I would hire him again.... and do.
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Bronx, NY 10470
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From drum set to chamber ensemble percussion, I will help the student improve basic technique for any style. I have extensive experience with drum set in particular, and can introduce the student to a wide variety of styles.

About Andrew
I have a Bachelors of Music Composition from Brooklyn College, and I'm currently finishing a Masters degree. I've been playing music professionally for 27 years, spanning a wide range of styles. My knowledge of different genres gives me a unique perspective for teaching.
I've been entertaining at the piano for 15 years, playing guitar for 25+, and began my musical career primarily as a drummer with a variety of bands. I'm classically trained as a percussionist, and I studied jazz piano at the University of Kentucky before finishing my degree at Brooklyn College.

I can make the piano, drumset, or guitar approachable for traditional and non-traditional students alike. I offer a strong foundation in technique, theory, and musicality, and can teach you popular music styles and improvisation as well. I look forward to working
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Lucy June 4, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
Andy is a gem! I had been away from the piano for, oh, about 30 years. He made me feel comfortable diving back in and taught with patience and humor. I couldn't ask for a better instructor! His love of music is infectious.
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Sobina May 31, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Andy is very kind and friendly, learn a lot from him!
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Andrew M.

Brooklyn, NY 11230
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Over 5 years of teaching experience, with ages ranging from kindergarten to 18! Drumming is fun and anyone can learn and grow with this amazing instrument. We can work on fundamentals and rudiments, learning how to play your favorite songs and grooves, as well as improvisation and strengthening your musical intuition. I place a great deal of care on forming good healthy habits to keep you playing for your whole life! Lessons are always fun, and you will have a patient, encouraging, and kind teacher!

About Connor
Hello! My name is Connor and I am a professional drummer, percussionist, composer, and educator living in Brooklyn, NY. I have a BA in Jazz Studies from the New School for Performing Arts in New York City.

I play many styles of music all over the US and internationally, ranging from Jazz, Rock, Folk, Hip Hop, Bluegrass, electronic, and contemporary classical music! I can relate my knowledge of playing all of these styles to you, and we can dive in to any area of drumming & music that you'd like!

With most of my students, we cover technique and fundamentals (rudiments, warm ups, building stamina), learning different grooves and styles on the drums, and then get into an area of the students personal interest, like learning songs, improvisation, soloing, etc.

I am very patient and flexible, and work with each student to serve their
unique needs, and of course, we have a ton of fun! No matter what your experience level is, I guarantee that you will be learning and growing every week as we build your relationship with the drums.
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Connor P.

Brooklyn, NY 11206
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A graduate from the Lausanne Conservatory of Music (Switzerland) and the prestigious Manhattan School of Music (NYC), I have over 6 years of teaching experience.
Beside teaching a private drum studio, I have also started my own summer jazz workshop in Europe and have experience in teaching music ensemble, jazz music history as well as music theory.

Drums and music have always been my biggest passion.
My number one goal in teaching is to get my students as excited as I am about this incredible instrument. Teaching allows me to share and transmit my love for drums and music!

About Noé
A graduate from the Lausanne Conservatory of Music (Switzerland) and the prestigious Manhattan School of Music (NYC), I have over 6 years of teaching experience.
Beside teaching a private drum studio, I have also started my own summer jazz workshop in Europe and have experience in teaching music ensemble, jazz music history as well as music theory.

Drums and music have always been my biggest passion.
My number one goal in teaching is to get my students as excited as I am about this incredible instrument. Teaching allows me to share and transmit my love for drums and music!
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Noé T.

New York, NY 10031
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Average Cost of Drum Lessons in New York, NY

The average cost of 60-minute drum lessons in New York is $69. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $44 and $117 per hour.

30-min $22
 
$40 average
$84
45-min $33
 
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60-min $44
 
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For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute drum lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute drum lessons are 18% less expensive at $57, and 30-minute lessons cost 43% less at $40.

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