Aaron Ziegler

Aaron Z.

Toledo, OH

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Aaron delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
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Ages 7+ and special needs

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Dr. Aaron Z. is a percussionist, educator, and arranger based in Toledo, Ohio. He currently serves as Adjunct Professor of Music at the University of Toledo where he directs the newly formed Steel Band and teaches classes in Ethnomusicology, and Jazz History. He also maintains a private studio of concert percussion, marching percussion, and drum set students of all ages.

As a percussionist, drummer, and pannist, Dr. Z. has performed throughout the midwest including the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Toledo Museum of Art, and the Iowa and Ohio days of percussion. He has also performed internationally at the Percussive Arts Society International Conference 2011 and 2013, the Inaugural International Panorama Competition in Trinidad & Tobago in 2015, and served as the percussion adjudicator for the 69th annual Hong Kong Schools Music Festival in Hong Kong, China in 2017.

As an educator, I currently teach a number of beginning and intermediate students. I also provide college audition preparation lessons for high school students looking to attend college for music. My focus as a teacher is the development of technique, and the use of proper technique across a variety of percussion instruments.

Dr. Z. received his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance and Pedagogy with a secondary area in Ethnomusicology, as well as his Master of Arts from the University of Iowa, and his Bachelor of Music Performance from the University of Toledo. Dr. Z. is a proud endorsor of Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets.

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Adjunct Professor of Music
Jan 2016 - Present
University of Toledo

Teaching classes in Ethnomusicology and Jazz History, and directing the University of Toledo Rocket Steelband.

Adjunct Professor of Music
Aug 2015 - Present
Owens Community College

Teaching classes in Ethnomusicology and Music Appreciation.

Private Percussion Teacher
Aug 2005 - Present

Teaching private concert percussion, drum set, marching percussion, and steel pan lessons to students of all ages.

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Aug 2010 - Dec 2015
University of Iowa

Teaching private lessons to undergraduate percussion majors and minors, leading Steel band II, and arranging music for all 3 of the steel bands at the university.

Drumline Instructor
Aug 2013 - Oct 2015
West Liberty High School

Teaching drum line and pit at West Liberty High School in West Liberty Iowa. During this time the drum line won the Outstanding Drumline award at local competitions.

Assistant Director of Percussion
Aug 2008 - Jun 2010
Toledo School for the Arts

Teaching percussion and drum set lessons to Toledo School for the Arts students, and leading the 6th grade steel band.


Doctorate of Musical Arts
Aug 2012 - Dec 2015
University of Iowa
Master of Arts
Aug 2010 - May 2012
University of Iowa
Bachelor of Music in Performance
Aug 2005 - May 2010
University of Toledo


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Graduate Teaching Assistantship
Aug 2010
University of Iowa
Dean's List
May 2008
University of Toledo


National Association of Steel Band Educators
Dec 2017

The National Society of Steel Band Educators is dedicated to advancing steel band education in the United States.

Percussive Arts Society, The
Aug 2006

We offer students and professionals opportunities to grow artistically and professionally. Students can learn have a music industry experience through the PAS Internship program or apply to receive a PAS scholarship or grant. Professionals can create new percussion programs or gain recognition through PAS grants and contests. Many individuals have significantly impacted the world of percussion through the Percussive Arts Society and they are recognized in our Hall of Fame and Awards pages.

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Photos & Videos

Photo by Aaron Z.
Photo by Aaron Z.
Photo by Aaron Z.
Photo by Aaron Z.
Photo by Aaron Z.
Photo by Aaron Z.

Performing with the University of Toledo Orchestra.

Performing the world premier of the piece “Patience” at Bowling Green State University.

Performing steel pan at The Sand Bar in south east Michigan.
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Jody Jan 22, 2018
Percussion · In studio

Aaron Ziegler is an amazing percussion instructor. He took my so from an average player to an exceptional musician in just over one year. He’s great with kids and adults, friendly, patient, and fun. I’d recommend Aaron to anyone looking for a great percussion instructor in NW Ohio.

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