Andrea Niccolai
New York, NY
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Andrea Niccolai

Andrea N.

New York, NY
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I was fortunate enough to study with some great teachers during my life and that experience thaught me how to create a method of learning that I first applied to myself and then to my students. Learning is a process that requires time and I personally believe that this process must be enjoyed. I found that the best way that makes this possible is learning through music first, getting to understand and internalize the fundamentals of your instrument (drums in this case) by playing together with the music you like. That is the first step that allows the student to go deeper in the knowledge of drumming while having fun.

I've been teaching professionally since 2018. While I was a master student at the conservatory of Purchase College, I was asked to teach drum lessons to college students who weren't enrolled in the music program but wanted to take music lessons as a minor. Since then I've been teaching privately and as a drum instructor for a music school in Manhattan called Music Beans.

I have Bachelor's degree in Jazz Drums from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and a master in Jazz Performance from SUNY Purchase where I studied with Professor Kenny Washington.

About Andrea N.

I’m a drummer originally from Italy but living in New York City for 2 years. I’ve been in love with the drums since I was 12, first playing along to any Led Zeppelin records that my father had and shortly after that my dream was to sub for Chad Smith in RHCP, unfortunately it never came true but I’m still working on it.

I had played in different rock bands around my little town (it’s really a small village called Osimo in the countryside of Marche, bellissimo!), my main one was The Malox Rock Band where I started to introduce myself as a songwriter too.

By the time I was 17, I had fallen in love with the drumming of the jazz legends Art Blakey, Philly Jo Jones and Tony Williams. From that moment on I decided that I wanted to do THAT or the rest of my life. In 2014 I enrolled in the Royal conservatory of The Hague where I graduated in Jazz Drums, then I moved to New York to start my masters at SUNY Purchase in 2018.

Now I have two music degrees (Bachelor and Masters) and luckily during all these years I had the privilege to share stages with the contemporary masters of Jazz such as Ingrid Jensen, George Braith, Dena De Rose, Gary Smulyan, Joe Magnarelli, Pete Malinverni, Joe Farnsworth, Peter Beets and many more.

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Experience

Drum Teacher
Feb 2020 - Present

Music Beans

Teaching private drum lessons to young students from the age of 5 to 14 years old, so fun! Beautiful work environment and friendly staff

Drum Teacher
Mar 2019 - Jan 2020

SUNY Purchase

Teaching drum lessons to non-music major college students who wanted to get music lessons as an elective to their curriculum.

Education

Master of Music - Jazz Performance
Aug 2018 - May 2020

SUNY Purchase

Bachelor of Music - Jazz Drums
Sep 2014 - Jun 2018

Royal Conservatory of The Hague

Languages

English

Professional Proficiency

Italian

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Professional Proficiency

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