Jeff Balter

Jeff B.

Jamaica Plain, MA

Lesson Details



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

Teaching since:
September 2004

Primarily a drummer/percussionist, Jeff B. has been studying, performing, and teaching music for 15 years. Working mostly as a free improviser, rock, and jazz musician, Jeff has been performing in and around Boston and the Northeast for the past two years in a variety of bands. He has been actively involved in the Boston underground rock and experimental music scene, playing in and around the city in venues and house shows playing drums, percussion, keyboards, and electronics. He has toured regionally and nationally.

Teaching Philosophy: Learning to listen, open ears, and creative musicality are the end goals for all students. Learning technique is simply a stepping stone toward those goals. Students will discuss the music that moves them and will explore how to make it. Lessons will guide students with fundamentals and larger concepts to help move toward a broad, exciting musical life.

Jeff graduated from New England Conservatory in 2013 with a Master's in Contemporary Improvisation. He studied with Joe Morris, Anthony Coleman, Fred Buda, and others. He completed his undergraduate studies in Studio Music & Jazz at the University of Miami Frost School of Music in 2010.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are determined on a student-by-student basis, but will include:

Technique exercises
Listening and/or transcription exercises (depending on the level of the student)
Improvisation and/or written pieces (solo or duo)
Other topics covered as needed for the individual

Seeking serious students. Students at a beginner's level are expected to work a minimum of 10-15 minutes a day between lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Fully equipped, professional gear - drums, cymbals, home recording equipment, etc.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Have my own car.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, free jazz, rock, pop, improvisation, free improvisation

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Private Teacher
Sep 2004 - Present
Self Employed

Worked as a privately employed teacher during high school and college, teaching students of all ages and backgrounds. Continuing to work one on one and in classroom settings with students in drums/percussion and further topics.


Master of Music
Sep 2011 - May 2013
New England Conservatory
Bachelor of Music
Sep 2006 - May 2010
Frost School of Music University of Miami


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Arrangement of the Bob Dylan version.
Rachel Panitch arrangement of the Leadbelly version.
Performing at New England Conservatory

Touring with Cult & Leper

Performing in 2013 August Noise Festival in JP with Globular Falcon

Conducting a composition at Jordan Hall


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Jill A. Jan 31, 2014
Drum ·

Professional Drum Instruction

Jeff is very professional, reliable, patient & knowledgable. I am very pleased with his teaching style and would recommend him to friends and family.

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