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About Marc K.

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Brooklyn, NY
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By listening to + watching my students to determine where they're at musically, I help develop their skills through custom tailoring each lesson based on the education and experiences I sought out.

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

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

About Marc
I am an Actor, Musician, Teacher, Painter, Designer & Author.
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Marc K.

Marc K.

Brooklyn, NY 11230
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$100 / 60-min

About Mike S.

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New York, NY
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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
Co
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
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a phenominal instructor

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.

Mike S.

New York, NY 10018
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$40 / 30-min

About Adam B.

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Brooklyn, NY
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I have discovered through my studies, the more I learn the more I don't know. We are all perpetual beginners and our advancement depends on or ability to use fundamentals as tools for self expression. Whether it's learning how to bounce a stick, or wrapping your head around conveying time (or times!), or even moving into a spiritual aspect of drumming, I am happy to offer any assistance you may need.

About Adam
I've been playing drums since I was 5 and teaching since I moved to NYC in 2004. I graduated from the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and have been performing ever since. In addition to playing I continue to practice and study, broadening concepts of music, rhythm, technique, and communication. I love sharing what I've learned hope it can help anyone on a similar path.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio is equipped with multiple drum kits, conga, timbale, bongo, misc. percussion, amps, and keyboard.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student should have their own kit.

*** Specialties ***
Beginner to advanced lessons. Learning fundamentals to tackle concepts and vocabulary specific to any and all genres of music.
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Adam B.

Adam B.

Brooklyn, NY 11207
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$40 / 30-min

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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About Rob E.

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All styles/levels. Lessons are designed to meet YOUR needs.

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.

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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.

Rob E.

Bergenfield, NJ 07621
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$50 / 30-min
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About Christian F.

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Brooklyn, NY
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NY DRUM SCHOOL--Great Drum lessons! Learn and improve your drumming skills in a fun and efficient way with highly qualified lessons!
All Ages (You're never too old...), Levels (beginners/kids welcome) and Styles (e.g. Rock, Pop, Funk, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Latin, World etc...). You'll be surprised how much you learn from -Holder of BA teaching & MA percussion degrees- patient, friendly and encouraging teacher (25 years of experience)- - award winning, professional drummer, born and raised in Germany

About Christian
NY DRUM SCHOOL-Now at TWO LOCATIONS, Brooklyn AND New Jersey
-Great Drum lessons by Christian Finger! Learn ALL YOU NEED to know and improve your drumming skills in a fun and efficient way with highly qualified lessons! All Ages (You're never too old...)/ Levels (beginners/kids welcome) and Styles (e.g. Rock, Pop, Funk, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Latin, World etc...)
You'll be surprised how much you learn from a:
-Holder of BA teaching & MA percussion degrees
- patient, friendly and encouraging teacher (23 years of experience)
- award winning, very versatile professional drummer in all styles, born and raised in Germany
- Writer for the famous "Modern Drummer" Magazine (see pix)
- Gretsch, Vic Firth & Gibraltar Endorser
- Member of Vic Firth Educator Team
- Judge at "DRUM OFF" competition
- Author of "The Drum Workbook" drum book
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n Grooves, Solos & Fills, Snare Drum technique, Rudiments,
Soloing etc FUN!!!
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Christian F.

Christian F.

Brooklyn, NY 11215
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$50 / 30-min

About Max K.

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I can't wait to share my knowledge and passion for the drums with you! I am a professional drummer who performs with different artists and band in New York City and Brooklyn. Every lesson, students will get 100% of my undivided attention as I strive to give each student the exact tools they need to succeed. Beginners will develop stick control & the skills and the coordination it takes to play the drums. More advanced students will enjoy exploring a diverse array of styles, improving reading and developing a posture and technique that will take them to the next level. I emphasis playing in a way that is healthy and comfortable for the hands and bodies. The exact objectives of lessons will also take into consideration the goals of the individual student.

About Max
I am a professional drummer, hand drummer, music producer and recording artist. I graduated from the Eastman School of Music with a degree in music education and percussion performance. I am a New York State Certified music educator with over 6 years of private and classroom teaching experience.

As a teacher, I give 100% of my effort to make sure students are seeing real, measurable learning happening every week. Its my passion to make music fun and accessible to every learner, no matter of skill, age or background. I believe in an individualized teaching approach that caters to needs of every unique student, because I believe whole heartedly that every person is capable of learning music, they just need the right tools to know how.

I have studied and worked as a professional drummer, hand drummer, and classical percussionist for more
the 10 years. I perform and record with bands, ensembles and singer song writers in Brooklyn and New York City, and have played with professional orchestras and in opera productions. I can teach students music reading, expert technique and any rhythms or style of music they are passionate about. I want every musician I work with to eventually have freedom, confidence, and creative expression on their instrument.

I have been playing classical and contemporary piano for more the 12 years. I can teach students to read music and pursue advanced classical ability, to learn how to play popular music using chord sheets, or both depending on the goals and preference of the student.

Through collegiate teacher training, I can teach the following instruments to beginners of all ages in a physically healthy and cognitively appropriate way. I offer the most natural approach to these instrument with to goal of getting students playing songs and playing as quickly and efficiently as possible. (Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Trumpet, Violin, Clarinet).

Music production, recoding and song writing have been a part of my professional music career for the the last 5 years and I have recorded and produced scores for films, recorded albums, and live performances. I offer lessons in learning how to record and use professional music production software. Record your own music, and mix it into music that you have share to major platforms like spotify and itunes.

I have almost 4 years of experience in the field of early childhood music education (age 2-7), which aids the early development of a child's musical skills and abilities.
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Ryan November 18, 2018
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Max is dope. Super patient, really positive, and over all a great dude.
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Max K.

Max K.

Ridgewood, NY 11385
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About Jason T.

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I am a professional drummer and educator with 26 years experience teaching and performing. My background includes live/session experience in multiple styles and musical genres, including pop, rock, jazz, funk, fusion, latin and electronic, in additional to compositional study and theory.

We will design our lessons together as student and teacher, and I am able to adapt my teaching style to each students' specific needs and abilities. Learn the fundamentals while playing along with your favorite songs! Advance your skills in a comfortable setting, with lots of encouragement and support.

I have experience with all ages and abilities, including students with physical and intellectual disabilities.

About Jason
I am a professional drummer, recording artist, and educator, with over 26 years performing and teaching.

I graduated from Stony Brook University with a minor is Jazz, and as a founding member of the university's big band, the "SBU Blowage," under the direction of legendary trombonist, Ray Anderson.

Drum students will see immediate positive results from lessons, including improved technical abilities and the confidence to explore new musical pathways on their journey to find their own sound and style.

I teach symphonic snare drum, orchestral percussion, drum set, rudimental percussion, hand percussion with associated NYSSMA requirements.

I have experience with students of all different ages, abilities and experience levels. I've studied percussion and drum set since 1990, and rudimental and hand drums since 1999. I can teach students
to read music, as well as transcribe arrangements and transpose by ear. With consistent lessons, students can learn to play along to their favorite music, and develop confidence to practice and perform with other musicians in a group setting.

As a professional touring and recording artist, I am happy to share my knowledge of playing in multiple musical settings, and the "business" of playing music. My passion is for live performance, and it is essential to help students feel confident while playing for an audience.

Our focus will be on developing proper technique, listening carefully and critically to recordings, and building a foundational music vocabulary via reading and writing.

I look forward to sharing my knowledge and expertise with you!
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Travis V. November 1, 2018
· Drum · In home
He continues to be extremely patient and awesome. My boys are learning so much and really enjoy playing with Jason.
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Griffin V. October 3, 2018
· Drum · In home
Jason was unbelievable patient and nice. This was my boys first ever lesson and they absolutely loved it!! They can't wait till their next lesson. He was awesome!!!
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Donna March 7, 2018
· Drum · In home
Jason is a very talented musician and an excellent instructor. He is has been a patient, kind and effective teacher for my son. Can't say enough about him!
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Jason T.

Farmingdale, NY 11735
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About Zachary K.

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I have been teaching private drum lessons and band clinics for 9 years. I specialize in drum set, but I also teach hand drumming and concert percussion. I have been playing professionally since the age of 16 in musical theater, pop, jazz, rock, and metal bands. I have a master’s degree in drum set performance from New England Conservatory, and an undergraduate degree in music education from University of New Hampshire.

About Zachary
I am a professional drummer, composer, and educator. I received a Bachelors of Music in education from the University of New Hampshire, and a Masters of Music in jazz performance from the New England Conservatory.

I have extensive experience in musical theater, collaborate with a number of area jazz and metal ensembles, and work in the wedding band circuit as well. I am well versed in almost any style, and I have been teaching large ensemble clinics and private lessons for the past 10 years.
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Devon September 14, 2018
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Knowledgable and personable! Zak is a fantastic player and teacher.
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Zachary K.

Zachary K.

Brooklyn, NY 11221
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About Dominic Z.

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Want to start learning how to play drums? As your teacher, I will focus on all the aspects which make a well-rounded drummer. Each lesson will be customized to both the goals, and the needs of the student. We will cover everything from various styles (i.e. rock, funk, jazz, latin, etc...), to drum technique, to reading, to transcribing, and the list goes on. If you are a beginner looking to build a solid and well-rounded foundation on the drums, then my lessons are for you!

About Dominic
I am currently a student at the New School of Jazz working towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jazz drums.

My lessons are designed for beginners. The main goal of my lessons are to create a solid and well-rounded foundation within the student. As a result, the student will learn various styles, learn how to read and transcribe, learn technique, and, in general, learn the skills needed to play with others, whether that be in a jam session with friends, the jazz band at school, or in your own band.

While there will be a standard curriculum within the lessons, each lesson will be customized to meet the needs and goals of the student.

My personal passion is jazz, however, the fundamentals that you will learn are essential for a drummer in any style. I look forward to meeting you and helping you on your musical journey!
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Dominic Z.

New York, NY 10003
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