Jason Turnier

Jason T.

Farmingdale, NY
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I am a professional drummer and educator with 26 years experience teaching and performing. My background includes live/session experience in multiple styles and musical genres, including pop, rock, jazz, funk, fusion, latin and electronic, in additional to compositional study and theory.

We will design our lessons together as student and teacher, and I am able to adapt my teaching style to each students' specific needs and abilities. Learn the fundamentals while playing along with your favorite songs! Advance your skills in a comfortable setting, with lots of encouragement and support.

I have experience with all ages and abilities, including students with physical and intellectual disabilities.
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Jason delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:

I am a professional drummer, recording artist, and educator, with over 26 years performing and teaching.

I graduated from Stony Brook University with a minor is Jazz, and as a founding member of the university's big band, the "SBU Blowage," under the direction of legendary trombonist, Ray Anderson.

Drum students will see immediate positive results from lessons, including improved technical abilities and the confidence to explore new musical pathways on their journey to find their own sound and style.

I teach symphonic snare drum, orchestral percussion, drum set, rudimental percussion, hand percussion with associated NYSSMA requirements.

I have experience with students of all different ages, abilities and experience levels. I've studied percussion and drum set since 1990, and rudimental and hand drums since 1999. I can teach students to read music, as well as transcribe arrangements and transpose by ear. With consistent lessons, students can learn to play along to their favorite music, and develop confidence to practice and perform with other musicians in a group setting.

As a professional touring and recording artist, I am happy to share my knowledge of playing in multiple musical settings, and the "business" of playing music. My passion is for live performance, and it is essential to help students feel confident while playing for an audience.

Our focus will be on developing proper technique, listening carefully and critically to recordings, and building a foundational music vocabulary via reading and writing.

I look forward to sharing my knowledge and expertise with you!

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Private Instructor
Jun 1999 - Present
Drum Set and Percussion

Private drum lessons including NYSSMA, Broadway, Audition and Talent Search preparation.

Managing Director
Jun 1998 - Present
Camps 'R' Us

I direct all the business activities of one of the largest summer day camp organizations on Long Island, New York. Camps ‘R’ Us is a private summer day camp organization with campuses throughout Long Island, New York. Since 1993, we have been the leader in high quality affordable summer day camp for children ages three and up. We are accredited by the American Camp Association and licensed by the New York State Department of Health. In 2010, Camps ‘R’ Us was named “Best of Long Island” by the readers of the Long Island Press, and has been awarded the prestigious “Safety 1st” Designation in 9 consecutive years, for being among the safest summer camps in the United States.

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Professiona Drummer
Jan 1997 - Present
Touring/Recording Artist

I have performed with multiple artists, including regional tours, radio and television.

Drum Department Manager
Sep 2000 - Jul 2004
Guitar Center

Managed sales, promotional events and in-store clinics; district sales leader for drum sticks and add-ons.


Master of Business Administration
Aug 2004 - May 2006
Long Island University
Bachelor of Arts, History/Jazz Minor
Jan 2000 - May 2004
Stony Brook University
Biochemistry/Jazz History
Aug 1999 - Jan 2000
University of Dayton


Limited Proficiency


CPR/First Aid Instructor
Dec 2014
American Red Cross

I am a certified instructor for American Red Cross CPR/AED, First Aid, Anaphylaxis Response, etc.


Best Doorguy
Dec 2001
Guitar Center


American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Aug 2007

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.

Percussive Arts Society, The
Aug 2007

We offer students and professionals opportunities to grow artistically and professionally. Students can learn have a music industry experience through the PAS Internship program or apply to receive a PAS scholarship or grant. Professionals can create new percussion programs or gain recognition through PAS grants and contests. Many individuals have significantly impacted the world of percussion through the Percussive Arts Society and they are recognized in our Hall of Fame and Awards pages.

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Photos & Videos

Live at Music Under the Stars, Oyster Bay, New York. Photo by: Tina Zito

Live with Bright Lights! Photo by: Tina Zito

Live at Brickhouse Brewery, Patchogue, NY. Photo by: Tina Zito

I met Dr. Steve Gadd, one of my drumming heroes!

Bright Lights performing "Something to Be," by Rob Thomas
Paging Grace performing "All You're Made Of."
Photo by Jason T.

Bright Lights performing "Bent," by Matchbox Twenty
Bright Lights performs "This is How a Heart Breaks," by Rob Thomas, August 2017 at Music Under the Stars in Massapequa, New York.

5 Reviews

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Travis V. Nov 1, 2018
Drum · In home

He continues to be extremely patient and awesome. My boys are learning so much and really enjoy playing with Jason.

Griffin V. Oct 3, 2018
Drum · In home

Jason was unbelievable patient and nice. This was my boys first ever lesson and they absolutely loved it!! They can't wait till their next lesson. He was awesome!!!

Donna Mar 7, 2018
Drum · In home

Jason is a very talented musician and an excellent instructor. He is has been a patient, kind and effective teacher for my son. Can't say enough about him!

Christopher Trentacoste Feb 27, 2018
Drum · In home

I have spent the last 9 years playing in various music groups with Jason Turnier. Besides being one of Long Islands best percussionist, he happens to be the most warmest, patient, personable, and fun loving soul I have encountered. Any student would instantly feel comfortable and not only would their musicianship evolve and improve, but their character & self confidence will expand by having be trained by Jason Turnier. Top notch musician, top notch individual.

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Masood Feb 27, 2018
Drum · In studio

Jason is such a great instructor and he loves teaching the drums. His vast knowledge of the subject is far superior that anyone that I have worked with. You won't be disappointed.

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