Chris Teal

Chris T.

Rochester, NY

Lesson Details



Chris delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8+ and special needs

Teaching since:
March 1999

Since arriving in Rochester, NY in 2007, Chris T. has become one of the areas most in-demand drummers. A willingness to integrate a myriad of different styles with dedicated authenticity has provided Chris with long-standing musical relationships with groups as diverse as The Po’ Boys Brass Band (funk/rock), the Crescent City Connection (traditional swing dance), Madeline Forster (American songbook), and Cash Back (country). Always an active collaborator, Chris can be heard investigating creative new territory with bassist and singer and bassist Katie Ernst, the Dave Rivello Ensemble, the New Energy Jazz Orchestra, and The Mighty High and Dry.
Since the group's formation in 2009, Chris€™ group Quintopus has been an outlet for original creative music and instrumental covers of artists including Bjork, Cibo Matto, and Radiohead. Signing to ears&eyes Records in 2010, Quintopus' debut album “…incorporates so many influences into a brew that is steeped in traditions but also has a shot of rock-n-roll sensibility.€
A graduate of the Eastman School of Music (MM €™09) and Whitworth University (BA 05) Chris has been driven to provide practical music education to his community as an individual and group instructor. With recent group workshop tours in Arizona, Washington, Pennsylvania, and New York, Chris intends to build upon those experiences and expand access of to the arts in other communities, nation-wide. Also an active community organizer, Chris has worked with the Rochester Freelance Musician Forum, Rochester Musicians Local 66, and the Institute for Creative Music (a non-profit co-run with trombonist Nick Finzer).

*** Lesson Details ***
Before starting any formal teaching, I like to do a short interview with the student to get antiquated and learn about their musical preferences. This helps to shape the structure of a semester so that we're working towards goals that we both want you to accomplish.

You can expect to balance technique (beginner to advanced) with learning grooves, solos, exercises, and full drum parts. Recording projects in my home studio also help us work on getting a professional sound and mix from the drums and evaluate your performance constructively.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Sound-proofed basement two drum sets, keyboards, recording equipment seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide instructional handouts. Students should have their own drum set/percussion equipment, along with the appropriate sticks, brushes, and mallets. There will also be a couple of required books (depending on the skill level)

*** Specialties ***
Drum Set, all styles, band leading

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Teaching Artist/Director
Sep 2011 - Present
Institute for Creative Music

Improvisation, ear training, recording, and performance with the IfCM Collective.

Jul 2011 - Present
University of Rochester

Instructor for summer session, "Come Join the Band: Music Making for Everyone."

Jan 1999 - Present

Drum and music lessons for students of all ages in Washington, Idaho, Montana, New York, Pennsylvania, and more!

Teaching Artist
Oct 2013 - Feb 2014
Rochester City School District, AEMDD Grant

Music and arts integration with 5th grade students.

Music Instructor
Jan 2012 - Feb 2014

Individual and group lessons in drums, voice, piano, guitar, and bass. Rock band for students age 5-13


MM Jazz Drum Set Performance
Sep 2007 - May 2009
University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music


MM Jazz Drum Set Performance
May 2009
University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music


American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Nov 2004

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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Photo by Chris T.

Photo by Chris T.

Photo by Chris T.

Photo by Chris T.
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Pete R. Sep 25, 2012
Drum ·

Chris is an excellent instructor!

My 7 yr. old took Drum lessons with Chris and has shown definite improvement over the past 6 wks. Chris set up a system where my son can play at his skill level yet learn something new at every session. He is also good at keeping my sons interest (tough to do with a 7 yr. old!) Overall, I would recommend Chris to anyone .

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