Christian Finger

Christian F.

Brooklyn, NY
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Christian delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
January 1998

-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
-Learn Grooves, Solos & Fills, Snare Drum technique, Rudiments,
Soloing etc FUN!!!

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Drum Teacher w/ MA and BA Degrees
Jan 2001 - Present

I'm offering qualified Drum set lessons for Beginners to Advanced students, students found my teaching very efficient, patient and fun too (I have lots of references).

You'll learn all styles (eg. Rock/Pop/Hip-Hop/Metal/Funk/Jazz/Latin, Afro-Cuban/Brazil) and techniques for playing in a band or whatever you have in mind. We also work on Soloing, Coordination, Independence, Sight reading and much more.
I use play-along CD's, metronome, drum computer, recording & filming (for evaluation) the students and other great teaching materials.
Also included are topics that the student brings to the lesson (for example: certain drum parts for favorite songs, or playing in a band, recording etc…)
All this leads to a custom made curriculum for fast and great improvement.

I've been playing drums for 30 years in all kind of musicals settings w/ world famous musicians and I've been teaching since 17 years. I am right now playing around town a lot w/ a lot of different artists, released three solo CD s & ten CD s w/ other groups/projects.
I hold BA andMA degrees, wrote two drum books, several articles for the "Modern Drummer "Magazine (world's #1 Drum-magazine) and served as a judge at the "Drum Off" Competition.

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Jan 1989 - Present

New York Drum School Brooklyn, NY 2001 – Present
Drum Set Instructor
• Teach private lessons weekly to students from ages 5 – 60+ in all styles of music from beginner to professional levels

Masterclass Muziek Conservatory Enschede/Netherlands 2014
• Rhythm training for all Jazz/Pop students /individual lessons/concert together with Prof. Sebastian Altekamp & Prof. Ruud Ouwehand

Masterclass Mallet Institute Duesseldorf/Germany 2015
• Group & individual drum lessons for Music Conservatory Students

Goethe Institut/PASCH Workshop Music Portland/OR 2014 & 2015
• Teaching students from USA, South America and Canada, with Sebastian Noelle

Solo Performance/Drum Workshop Musik Schule Wuppertal/Germany 2014
• Teaching students from Ages 8-50

Solo Performance/Rhythm Workshop/ Drum Set History Baarn/ Netherlands 2012 & 2013
• Teaching Students Ages 10-16, with Famke Damste

Church Street School of Music and Art New York, NY 2002 – 2008
Drum Set Instructor
• Taught private lessons weekly to students from ages 6 - 16 in all styles of music from beginner to intermediate

Volkshochschule Unna Unna, Germany 2002 & 2003
• Bass & Drums- Rhythm Section Training Workshop for adults, with Ralph Lohmann

Long Island University Brooklyn, NY 2002 - 2003
• Jazz Group Instructor worked with students to develop strong rhythmic skills and ensemble collaboration
• Performances with Jazz Choir and Band, with Prof. Gloria Cooper and Pete Yellin

Staedtische Musikschulen Bochum/Langenfeld/Castrop Rauxel, Germany 1990-2000
Drum Set/Mallets/Percussion Instructor
• Taught private and group lessons in Germany’s largest public music school as well as two other schools
• Coordinated recitals, lead school rock band, did preparation/coaching
• & video afternoons
• Organized drum clinic with Marc Shulman
• Rhythm training for non-drummers
Conservatory of Music Leipzig Leipzig 1995
• Jazz Combo-Rhythm section training workshop together with Chair of Jazz Department, Prof. Ralf Schrabbe

City of Hagen, Germany Hagen 1994
• Band training workshop

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Drum Set Teacher/Coach
Apr 2004 - Mar 2006
Long Island University


Jazz and Pop Drums
Jan 1998 - Oct 2000
Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten/Hilversum Conservatorium
Music, German, Geography
Aug 1998 - Sep 2000
University of Bochum an Dortmund
MA/BA Degress in Percussion & Teaching
Jan 1990 - Aug 1996
Musikhochschule Detmold-and other schools-see below


Professional Proficiency
Professional Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


Aug 1996
Musikhochschule Detmold

Aug 1994
Musikhochschule Detmold


jugend jazzt Award
Jul 1984
Musikschule Dortmund

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Hey, I am Christian Finger-your future Drum teacher.
Good to meet you here!

Welcome to NY Drum School!

My Drum Book

Modern Drummer Articles

Check out these pictures  and you'll see many happy students, all enjoying the art of Drumming at NY DRUM SCHOOL.

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