David Rozenblatt

David R.

New York, NY
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Drum

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have been working with students of all ages and levels for over 26 years and have learned something meaningful from each and every one them. Nothing makes me happier when I see them getting into great schools and acquiring lucrative jobs that make them happy, My students walk away with tools to not just play a musical instrument but a skill set strong enough to tackle any task.
I am equally versed in performing on and teaching drum-set (Pop, Rock, Jazz, Latin etc...), all the percussion instruments of the orchestra (ask about my state of the art recording studio where all of these instruments live), and hand drums including congas, bongos, Djembe etc... Anything you can strike scrape or shake is available for study either online or at my studios.
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About

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

Teaching since:
1992

David Rozenblatt has collaborated with some of the finest talents in pop, jazz and classical music. After joining Barry Manilow’s band in 2003, he has appeared to sold out arenas all over the world and recorded Grammy nominated, Emmy winning and chart topping albums and DVDs. David received two Grammy nominations for both the classical and pop genres which include Absolute Ensemble’s Absolution and Manilow’s Gold album In The Swing of Christmas, both featuring The Matt Herskowitz Trio with whom he has traveled the world. The trio’s albums, Forget Me Not and Jerusalem Trilogy were nominated for the Felix and Juno Awards for “Best Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year”.
David has worked with Stevie Wonder, Lady Gaga, Kesha, Tony Bennett, Michael Buble, Andrea Bocelli, k.d. Lang, Leslie Odom Jr., The Killers, Paul Simon, Usher, Baby Face, Reba McEntire, Cindy Lauper, Bette Midler, Donna Summer, Katherine McPhee, Jennifer Hudson, Esperanza Spalding, The Ronettes, Little Anthony, Bobby Womack, Ronnie Wood, Joe Zawinul, Paquito DíRivera, Ornette Coleman, Pierre Boulez, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Vladimir Spivakov, Elliot Carter, Will Ferrell and Bill Murray. On Television, David can be seen performing on the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, The 22nd, 24th and 26th Annual Rock n’ Roll Hall Of Fame, The Emmy Awards, The American Music Awards, VH1, Late Show With David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live, A&E’s Live By Request, PBS’s Soundstage, Good Morning America, The Ellen Show, The Today Show, The Early Show, BBC, and “Tony Bennett Celebrates 90” on NBC from which the recording of the show won a Grammy Award for “Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album” (2018).
David received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Juilliard School where he became a founding member of the Matt Herskowitz Trio. David officially endorses © Latin Percussion (LP), YAMAHA Drums, Vic Firth sticks.

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Experience

Percussionist and Band Member
Dec 2003 - Present
Barry Manilow

Education

Masters of Music
Sep 1991 - May 1997
Juilliard

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Russian
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Masters of Music
May 1997
Juilliard

Affiliations

BMI
Jan 2010

Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.

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6 Reviews

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Shiqi Sep 30, 2018
Drum · In home

David taught me since 2011. He is the most handsome, serious, responsible teacher I ever had. He helped me become a well-round musician rather than just a percussion player. To be honest, he is the most suitable teacher for me.

Jack Sep 16, 2018
Drum · In studio

As an instructor, David exudes the perfect balance of amiability and intimidation. He will inspire you to work your absolute hardest without scaring you away. Personality-wise, he is that happy medium somewhere between Mr. Rogers and J.K. Simmons in Whiplash. I studied with David during my college years and 7+ years later I still utilize his concepts in everyday practice. There are many specific stories, ideas and exercises of his that have always stuck with me and come up quite often when I am working on something new or teaching a lesson or class of my own. Whether we were learning orchestral excerpts, 4-way independence, Bach fugues or just playing quarter notes with the metronome, I always left our lessons feeling highly motivated and anxious to practice. It's also great to have a teacher that can blow your mind with his own playing. It might be difficult for some teachers to get students into something like the tambourine or triangle but when he picked one up and casually played some insane rhythms and advanced techniques I was immediately inspired to learn to do the same. Not to mention his drum work on Matt Herskowitz's "Forget Me Not" - some of the things he does on that record still keep me up at night. I'm very grateful for my time as a student of David's and glad I can still learn from him as a friend and colleague!

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Andrew Sep 3, 2018
Drum · In studio

David is a world-class musician with the rare ability to communicate the most complex musical ideas clearly and simply to students of all ages. Within the first hour of the first lesson, David helped our son, then age 12, identify technical issues that were causing him problems and stripped away bad habits that were holding him back. With David's professional guidance in both drums and percussion, our son's progress has been remarkable. In our son's own words: “David is creative with a good sense of humor, which always makes lessons fun.” We cannot recommend him more highly.

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Charlie P Sep 3, 2018
Drum · In studio

David is a phenominal drum teacher for my 15y old daughter. She started with David's drum private lessons 4years ago from scratch and has made tremendous progress since then. She was able to perform at Merkin Music hall with drum solo. David teaches not only the drum techniques, but also music appreciation, learning strategies. As a parent, I also benefit from his teaching philosophy. He is such a wonderful teach and we feel lucky we have him as my daughter's teacher.

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Howard Sep 3, 2018
Drum · In studio

I have been playing drums for 46 years.
I have worked and continue to play professionally but sporadically.
My playing has been transformed from studying with David.
One lesson with David changed the way I played with drumsticks.
He taught me how to hold the sticks and release the tension which held me back and hurt my sense of time.
David does not just teach technique.
His heart and soul and brilliant concepts are generously shared in a non threatening, non judgemental lesson.
The lessons seem to be life lessons.
He gets into your head and guides you to become a great musical player.

David helps you strip away your ego.
I feel so empowered working with David.
I am talking about three lessons that have changed my playing forever.

I believe he is the most proficient instructor I have worked with.

I believe he can help any musician at any level of experience.
David Rozenblatt is a total game changer.
I will continue to study with David to apply his principles. I am a better player with his intuitive guidance.
Thank you David.

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Geoff M. Sep 3, 2018
Drum · In studio

I started studying with Dave at the young age of 15. Under his care, he instilled in me a passion for music and the drums that I don’t think I would’ve gotten anywhere else. Because of him, I entered into Berklee College of Music as a competent MUSICIAN, never mind drummer. If you’re serious about learning how to play drums, you want an instructor whose passion is infectious, who will inspire you to want to get better after every lesson. I can’t recommend anyone higher than I recommend Dave.

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