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About Asaf N.

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Learn how to play the drums the RIGHT way.

About Asaf
I would not be the person I am today if music wasn't the focal point in my life as it is. Not only do I absolutely love performing and studying music myself, but I adore teaching as well. Part of the musical experience is taking what you hear and what you learn from others and building on it to create your own musical contributions. I take the gifts other teachers and musicians have given me very seriously and subsequently feel the great importance of imparting my knowledge unto others.

Whether you want to be a professional, or just be competent enough to enjoy yourself, we all practice, study technique and gain knowledge about music with really only one goal in mind: To have all the tools necessary to express ourselves adeptly through music. All the technique in the world will not make you a great musician. Similarly, you can be extre
mely creative and knowledgeable, but if you don't have the technique and vocabulary needed to express your ideas, you will find yourself very limited and suppressed musically.

My philosophy about teaching follows that I am here to provide you with those tools in a fun, exciting way. When I say "tools" I mean the whole toolbox. This includes giving you the technique, correcting bad habits, providing listening material, finding holes in your playing and much more. A good music teacher must be more than an instructor, but a mentor and an inspirational guide. My best teachers were the ones who could cultivate my playing not just through the physical aspects but ESPECIALLY through the cerebral. We ALL need encouragement and inspiration to get the best out of our natural talent. I love to encourage my students to do their best. To strive to not only complete exercises, but to execute them well. Every student is different, and therefore I will tailor their education with me on an individual basis. I expect a lot out of my students because I strongly believe in my teaching ability as well as their ability to learn and feel good about their progress.

My approach to providing all these things is modeled around my best experiences in learning and performing. I've studied under some of the absolute best players and teachers in the world. Here are just a couple:

World renowned drummer and educator

TOMMY IGOE from
The Lion King on Broadway
The Birdland Big Band
Numerous instructional books and DVDs.

Highly sought after percussionist

TOM KOLOR
Graduated from William Paterson as well as with a Masters from the Julliard School of Music
Professor of Music at the University at Buffalo.

IAN FROMAN
Professor of Drums at Berklee School of Music
Professional, world renowned Drummer

I've also graduated Cum Laude from the University at Buffalo with a degree in Music Performance, Dean's List and Honor Roll awards.

Some of my experience includes being featured in Tommy Igoe's "Great Hands For a Lifetime" DVD which received 5 stars from Modern Drummer magazine in 2010. I've also played great venues like Gramercy Theatre and Central Park in NYC among others. I've played in Big Bands, Symphony Orchestras, Klesmer and Percussion ensembles, and more.

I really could go on forever talking about music, what it means to me, how I approach teaching, etc. When you love music and teaching as much as I do, you really can't help it. It's ingrained in you. Precisely as ingrained as I like to think being a fun, caring, disciplined, attentive teacher is in me. Whether it be for you or your child, I can easily promise that I will deliver the same success-bound mentoring that I have to my students for over 10 years running.

Can't wait to hear from you!

-Asaf

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-I am here for you.

I would not teach if I wasn't very interested in the progress of my students. I want you to be the biggest, baddest, awe-inspiring drummer/percussionist possible. I want to ultimately end up at your shows and concerts and be able to say "That's MY student." You can always be guaranteed that when studying with me everything I assign has precisely that goal in mind.

-Strict or Laid Back?

Many people might ask if I'm strict, or laid back. My response is that I am excited and driven to help you reach success. I will never scold you because that sort of practice has no place in teaching. I also understand that learning isn't just a straight upwards incline of progression. We're all humans. Sometimes we progress astronomically in a short period of time and sometimes we have to fight hard to nail something. Sometimes we have a lot of time to practice, and sometimes we simply don't. My job is to make the most out of every situation and help you learn no matter what. That being said, I will still hound you to practice as much as healthily possible!

-What do you want out of music?

Probably the most important question I will undoubtedly ask you upon meeting you is why you are taking lessons. There is no way to formulate a tailored lesson plan if I don't know what it is you're working towards.

-Expected Material

Like I said, I can't tell you very specifically what your lesson plan will be, but I CAN give you examples of what I almost always assign. Individually written out exercises, exercises from books, assigned reading/listening, song covers, chart writing/reading, improvisational exercises, rudiment study, warm-up routines, among others.

-Don't be Afraid to Make Mistakes

Mistakes are part of the learning process! If you aren't making mistakes then I'm doing something wrong. Never be afraid to make mistakes.

-You Get What You Give

I promise I'll be there for you. I'll be there to give you the material and show you the path, but you're going to have to be there for yourself as well. The more prepared you are for our lessons, the more you will grow from the time we spend together.

Mastering an instrument takes time and effort both by student and teacher. The sooner we get started the sooner you get on that path. I'm ready whenever you are.

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detached studio 3 professional drum sets seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
Numerous practice pads and snare stands. I expect my students to only provide their own Drum Sticks and books.

*** Specialties ***
I pride myself on being as versatile as I possibly can be. I can aptly teach most styles including Jazz, Rock, Funk, Latin, Hip Hop\R&B, Classical, and more.
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Thomas L. October 9, 2015
· Drum · In studio
Eventhough it was just our first lesson, Asaf is a patient teacher and gave lots instruction.
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Sophia P. September 15, 2015
· Drum · In studio
Very informative, we went over terminology, how important it is to have the proper sticks and the correct way to hold them. Reading the music and playing the proper beat. We did a lot for 1 lesson, my daughter loved it.
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Bindia M. December 20, 2012
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Flexible teaching methods!

Asaf is just brilliant. During the first session, my son was very distracted by the other things in the music room ie lights, instruments etc but Asaf managed to engage him by being extremely flexible in his teaching ie he is not wedded to any order and has a lesson plan in mind but goes with the flow and the interest of the child - this ensures that all that was intended on being covered is, and as a result of the flexibility, my son just loves these drum lesson and Asaf. Asaf makes him focus and has built a great teacher/student relationship in only 3 session. I would highly recommend Asaf.
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Asaf N.

Asaf N.

Bayside, NY 11361
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About Yuichi H.

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

About Yuichi
Yuichi H. was born in Tokyo, Japan. His musical career started at age 10 when he performed marimba in a music recital. He started playing drum set at age 14 and joined a wind ensemble, a few rock bands, and a jazz big band. With some of these groups, he performed at several live music venues in Tokyo. In 1991, he composed the music and performed drums and percussion in a production of Othello, at The Globe Tokyo Panasonic Theater.
In the fall of 1991, with a full scholarship, he attended Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA. He studied jazz drums mainly with Joe Hunt and Jon Hazilla, and orchestral percussion with Dean Anderson. Also, he took many classes in jazz composition and arranging with Gregg Hopkins and Jeff Friedman. He was the recipient of "The Cuccinello Percussion Award" and the "Berklee Percussion Department Achievemen
t Award." Outside of the school curriculum, he joined several bands and performed at several venues such as the Willow Jazz Club, Middle East Cafe, and Copley Square Hotel. With one of these bands, he appeared at a jazz festival called "Jazz Improv." in Kingston, NY in 1993.

In the spring of 1995 he earned a Professional Diploma in Performance and Jazz Composition from Berklee College.
His ambition to learn and play music made him move to New York City. He continued his studies at The City College of New York, CUNY, NY, and earned a Masters degree in jazz performance in the spring of 2000. There, he studied jazz and contemporary drums with Charli Persip, Kim Plainfield, and Mark Walker. Also, he studied jazz ensemble, and arranging with Grammy award winning bassist Ron Carter.
Currently, as a full-time freelance drummer, he appears at various live music venues in New York City, and around the tri-state area as well. His own jazz band has performed at Arthur's Tavern in Greenwich Village every Tuesday since September 2001, and he has also appeared at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York in 2003, 2004 and 2005. He has also been touring in Tokyo and Kyushu, Japan.

As a sideman, he has performed at the Birdland Jazz Club in New York with the Morris Brothers Band in 2000, and also at the April Jazz Festival in Finland with the Jay Sweeney R&B Experience in 1999. With his wide-ranged interest in music, he plays not only jazz, but also rock, R&B, funk, blues, country, Brazilian and afro-Cuban.
John Scofield, Larry Carlton, John Abercrombie, Robben Ford, John Petrucci (Dream Theatre), Percy Heath (MJQ), Ron Carter, Donald Byrd, and Barry Harris are among some of the more notable musicians that Yuichi has performed with.

Yuichi is an excellent and experienced educator. He taught drums at the National Guitar Workshop since 1997 and also at the Roosevelt Island School in 2004. His students range from 9 years old to experienced adults. He has clear objectives and a passion for all lessons, units, projects, and is able to share these objectives with his students very clearly. Also, with his skill to plan instruction programs for music that meets individual needs, interests, and abilities of students, he worked for the Jazz Workshop in Yamaguchi, Japan in 2002, 2003, and 2006. There he played a very important role as a program coordinator as well as a translator. At this workshop, he worked with jazz legends, Barry Harris, Richard Davis, and Lewis Nash.

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After so many years since I grabbed a pair of drum sticks for the first time, I still get the same joy and excitement when I play music with drums nowadays. The better I have an idea about music, the more fun I get. It seems that my drumming gets better as long as I have specific goals every time I practice playing drums, and that keeps me wanting to play more.

By teaching how to play drums, I like to share this fun with you. In order to do that, I will make an ideal practice plan specifically designed for you.
If you know what songs you like to play, then I will show you what to practice on drums and how you are doing. It might be helpful if you understand the song in terms of what it consists in term of verses and choruses, chord changes, instrumentation, etc. Whenever you like, I can talk about these things as well. You could take it as a kind of music theory, but I keep in my mind that your primary interest is getting better on drums.

If you do not have particular songs in your mind right now but you want to play drums, No problem. I will be happy to introduce you many different kinds of songs/tunes until you find one to play.
Or if you just want to play some hot drum solos, I sure got some great stuff to work on to it.
Either playing a song or playing just solo drums, I will show you many different techniques to work on, and I will keep watching how you are doing on drumming.
I look forward to meeting you and starting work on building your fun with music!
Thank you for visiting my profile site!
Yuichi (pronounce 'you-each-ee')

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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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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.

*** 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.

Rob E.

Bergenfield, NJ 07621
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$50 / 30-min

About David S.

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

About David
David is a Juilliard-trained percussionist and timpanist available for in-studio and in-home lessons in the New York City area. An experienced performer and teacher, he brings an exciting and collaborative approach to lessons with students of all ages.
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Mark September 13, 2016
· Percussion · In studio
My 9-year-old son, Luke, who is on the spectrum (PDD-NOS) studied with David for the better part of a year and the experience was terrific. In addition to being extremely communicative and reliable, David was kind and patient. David kept Luke focused and entertained while also inviting him to think about rhythm in ways that made sense to Luke's brain. We happily traveled from Inwood to "Downtown Brooklyn" for lessons because the level of instruction was that good and, I think, Luke's progress demonstrates that. Luke was bitten by the hockey bug, so we are taking a break from percussion right now, but I wouldn't hesitate to return to David's studio should time allow in the future.
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Brooklyn, NY 11201
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About Luther A. B.

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The student will be instructed on the basics of proper playing techniques, music theory, and musicianship. They will learn to read music and also play by ear which will make them a well rounded player

About Luther A.
Mr. Blackwell unique talents as educator, instrumentalist, conductor, vocal coach, cinematographer, composer and arranger make him a sought-after teacher. Currently, Luther is working with the Bridgeport Board of Education at Roosevelt Elementary School for President Obama's Arts and Humanities Turn-Around Arts Initiative he is the Executive Director and Program Director of Blackwell's School of Music and Film and Minister of Music Director for New Hope Missionary Baptist Youth Singers located at 1100 Park Ave. in Bridgeport, CT.
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Allison September 30, 2017
· Clarinet · In home
Luther is an amazing teacher. He is very kind and knowledgeable. I look forward to our next lesson!
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Yasin July 1, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Had a great time, felt comfortable and am looking forward to my future lessons. Luther is great!
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Wilmary R. May 17, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Luther made me feel very comfortable. I was able to follow his direction without having any prior musical training.
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Bridgeport, CT 06604
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About Bobby C.

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Brooklyn, NY

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Hey everyone! My name is Bobby, I'm a 27-year-old Salt Lake native that just moved to New York for work. I studied at Westminster College and have a minor in Orchestral percussion.

I've been teaching for over 5 years both young and old students and I'm looking to teach beginner/intermediate drum students.

I focus on teaching students to learn how to read drum music, drum kit, beats, fills, songs, and rudiments.

If you or someone you know is interested please feel free to email or text me.

About Bobby
I am a drummer from Salt Lake City, Utah that just moved to New York City. I have worked with many bands from Utah and have recorded with artists all over the Western coast of the U.S. I graduated in 2014 from Westminster College with a minor in Orchestral Percussion.

I can teach students how to read drum sheet music, learn songs, compose their own beats, keep the rhythm of the song, rudiments, and help students play in odd time signatures.

I am currently looking to teach beginner and intermediate students of any age range. I teach my clients in my creative and comfortable home in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Some of the genres of music I regularly teach are Rock, Indie, Hard Rock, Funk, R&B, Country, Pop and Metal.
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Matt R. October 1, 2017
· Drum · In home
Bobby has a wealth of knowledge and passion about music and can help you learn how to play your favorite songs on drums from any genre (alternative, indie, pop, hip-hop, jazz, classic rock, dance and more). 2 months ago, I knew nothing about drums, and in just 9 lessons so far I can now play a handful of songs and grooves. I learn so much each lesson, and Bobby does everything he can to help me succeed. I highly recommend Bobby.
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Michael August 1, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Bobby is a fantastic instructor. He spent several years himself studying drums from different people well versed in different techniques, so his approach is very broad and versatile; he is very knowledgeable and familiar with all kinds of different styles of music and drumming. As a teacher, he is very enthusiastic and energetic, his passion for his craft definitely guides the lesson along. He is very patient and takes the time to explain himself thoroughly and to help with problems or questions. He is very dedicated and professional, he always keeps his appointments, on time, and is considerate of your time, and he makes the most of the lesson time. He is very easy to reach and communicate with for rescheduling and such. I would highly recommend him to anyone.
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Joan July 27, 2017
· Drum · In studio
I've been taking lessons from Bobby for 6 months. I already play piano.... but drums are very different from piano. I like his teaching technique and his patience. He's very understanding, his lessons have lots of variety and are fun. He takes the time to get to know his students, so he understands what each student wants to achieve from their lessons. I'm learning a lot from him...two thumbs UP.
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Bobby C.

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 Richardson 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 Mo
zart 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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About ofer L.

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Drums and Being a Drummer in the industry.
Rudiments,technique, rock, pop, arond the set.reading music,electronic drums, backing tracks on abelton.
Experienced teacher of 10 years, specializing in the beginner/intermediate drum student! All ages welcome. Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. Not only will you be playing songs in no time, but you will be building a strong foundation of rhythmic, music theory, sight reading, technique, and more. Let's get started!

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Performing and recording with Grammy nominated group J.views.
playing with Israeli superstars such as , Ninet Tayeb, Shai Gabso and Ran Danker.
In addition to playing live Iv'e been always liked to teach.
For me teaching is much more than just how to learn the instrument.
I remember clearly how my drum teacher effected me. being a better person on the way of being great drummer is my goal.
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ofer L.

Brooklyn, NY 11211
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$42 / 30-min

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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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$30 / 30-min

About Lex N.

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Drum lessons with me are unique because I am extremely sensitive to every one of my student's individualities. Though I do use curriculum frequently, lessons become very customized to each students individual wants and needs. No two students are the same, so neither are any two of my lessons. I am careful to figure out exactly what each student is wanting to get out of lessons with me and I work to give them just that - and more!

About Lex
Music has been a daily part of my life since getting a drum set at 12 years old. By age 16 I began to realize that I would need to learn more instruments than just the drum set to satisfy my musical appetite. Since then I have spent countless hours learning the piano, bass, and guitar. I also studied many other members of the percussion family, such as the marimba, vibraphone, timpani, bendir, riq, mbira and djembe. Just as I love music from every variety of instrument, I love music from every variety of genre and culture.
As a teacher I try to pass my love of learning music of all types on to my students. My goal is for every student that comes through the doors of my teaching studio to not only improve technically, but more so to have the way that they listen to music be transformed. My musical philosophy is that the musician with
the most receptive ears is more valuable than the musician with the musician with the most virtuosic technique.
Since moving to New York in November, 2016, I have performed as a drummer at many staple New York venues, such as The Bitter End, Feinstein’s 59 Below, the Metropolitan room, Silent Barn, Baby’s All Right, Pianos, Arlene’s Grocery, Silvana’s, and Brooklyn Bazaar. I am the drummer for three bands, Poppies, Smoke and Sugar, and King Jane, all active in different parts of New York’s multi-faceted music scene. I have also been active as an instructor, teaching drums, percussion, guitar, piano, bass, and vocals out of Guitar Center Brooklyn since January of 2017.
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Lex N.

Brooklyn, NY 11206
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$42 / 30-min

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