Daniel Fried-Petersen

Daniel F.

Philadelphia, PA
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I have been passionate about the drum set since I first saw a music teacher playing in 5th grade. I was the lead drummer in both my high school's award-wining jazz band and the jazz ensemble at the University of Pittsburgh. I have a background in rock and jazz drumming and music theory. I will emphasize drum fundamentals and independence on the drum set, and the second half of the lessons will be up to you! I will aspire to create a passion for drumming by tailoring my lessons to your interests!
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Daniel delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5 to 40 and special needs

Teaching since:

Hi! My name is Dan and I have loved drumming since the 5th grade. I was an active performer in award-winning jazz and percussion ensembles throughout my experience at Cheltenham High School and the University of Pittsburgh. In addition, I received a bachelor in music from the University of Pittsburgh when I graduated in 2015, so I have a background in music theory as well. I moved back to my hometown outside of Philadelphia about 3 months ago and have been teaching my younger brother to play the drums and realized a passion for one on one teaching.

My lessons will focus on creating a love for the instrument that was instilled in me by previous instructors. In order to do this, I will hope to get a sense of the students goals during our first lesson. Based on these goals, I will tailor my remaining lessons to prepare the student to meet the goals while also having fun! First and foremost, music should be enjoyable! Also, in order to equip students to have fun and be creative with the instrument, we will work on standard rudiments and how these can be applied to the kit. Also I will encourage the development of independence on the drum kit.

Furthermore, I have a background in percussion and site reading. If younger students need help with percussion pieces for any kind of school band, that could be a focus as well.

I am based out of Fishtown in Philadelphia. I also have a studio in Cheltenham, just North of the city, that is available. The studio is equipped with a full drum set and speakers.

I look forward to speaking with you about your goals! Please don't hesitate to reach out on Takelessons any time!

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Behavioral Health Worker
Jan 2017 - Present
James G. Blaine School

Develop therapeutic relationships with students from grades K-8 with behavioral problems to affect positive changes

Help students reach behavioral goals through verbal reminders, modeling, and positive incentives

May 2015 - Aug 2016
Odradeks Coffee House

Promoted to Manager after ten months as Barista in recognition of leadership ability

Trained new employees, managed inventory and ordering

Initiated and ran social media campaign and organized music events to promote business

Sep 2013 - Apr 2015
University of Pittsburgh Jazz Ensemble

Performed with smaller ensembles at numerous official campus events

Acted as lead drummer for University Jazz Ensemble

Worked with Pittsburgh legend and Dean of Jazz studies Geri Allen in a Clinic for select Pitt students.


Music and Psychology
Sep 2011 - Apr 2015
University of Pittsburgh
Sep 2007 - Jun 2011
Cheltenham High School


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Dean's List
Dec 2014
University of Pittsburgh

Photos & Videos

A little jazz drumming for my friend from college!
Jazz clinic with Pittsburgh legend Geri Allen


2 Reviews

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Shauna May 11, 2017
Drum · In studio

Daniel is great! My 8yr old son Jackson just finished his 4th drum lesson with Daniel and is loving every minute of it. Daniel is very patient and an extremely talented and knowledgeable drummer. He makes learning the drums fun and interesting for Jackson, knowing how to keep his attention while teaching him valuable drum skills. Jackson loves coming home after his lessons to show all of his friends what he learns with Daniel each week.

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Leslie Dec 15, 2016
Drum ·

I have known Daniel since he was a kid. He is one of the most genuinely natural talented drummers I have known. Daniel has a playful, low-key manner that makes him very comfortable to be around and will help his students feel at ease. Anyone would be lucky to have Daniel as a teacher.

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