Jeremy Wexler

Jeremy W.

Berkeley, CA

Lesson Details

Music Theory

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I love sharing my enthusiasm for music with my students! For the last ten years, I've guided hundreds of students to improve their drumming and percussion performance, their composing, and their musicality. As a drummer and a composer myself, I am able to combine concepts from both disciplines into my lessons, which are specially designed for every students' unique needs. I can also help students prepare for their AP Music Theory exams and I can tutor you in your collegiate-level courses. It doesn't matter what your experience level is— beginner, intermediate, or advanced— I can help you improve your skills. All ages accepted. Let's get started!
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Jeremy delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2007

I'm a drummer, composer, and music theory instructor from Long Island, NY. I received my Bachelors and Masters degrees in music composition from SUNY Purchase College, and am currently working on my PhD in music composition at UC Berkeley.

As a drummer, I love playing and teaching all styles of music, with a particular affinity for rock, funk, jazz, alternative, electronic music, improvisation, and marching percussion. In 2013, I toured the country with NY-based folk band Elijah & the Moon, performing gigs in 10 US states including the Mountain Jam music festival. I always emphasize the importance of rudiments, fundamentals, and good technique in all my lessons— no doubt these are values instilled in me from my long background in marching and classical percussion studies. I've performed in jazz ensembles, rock bands, metal bands, cover bands, improvisation collectives, orchestras, and contemporary classical music ensembles.

As a composer, my pieces have so far been performed in New York, California, Tennessee, Virginia, Ukraine, Italy, and in 2019, Spain. I'm highly trained in orchestration, score and parts preparation, music theory, and solfege. Not only can I help students learn the drum parts to their favorite songs, but I can also help develop the skills needed to analyze the melodies, chord progressions, and structures. I'm currently teaching music theory for undergraduate students in the UC Berkeley Department of Music.

I use Sibelius notation software, Ableton, iZotope, Tama drums, Meinl cymbals, and Vic Firth sticks.

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Experience

Graduate Student Instructor
Aug 2016 - Present
UC Berkeley

I specialize in music theory and basic musicianship skills for undergraduate students majoring in music and other disciplines.

Percussion Instructor/Arranger
May 2009 - Aug 2015
Freelance

While a student in New York, I taught marching battery and pit percussion for the Sunrisers Drum & Bugle Corps, Division Avenue High School, Port Chester High School, Walt Whitman High School, and Copiague High School competitive marching bands.

My students have competed and often achieved higher rankings against other marching ensembles on the regional and national level, performing in venues like MetLife Stadium, the Syracuse Carrier Dome, and J. Birney Crum Stadium.

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Graduate Student Instructor
Aug 2013 - May 2015
SUNY Purchase College

I taught solfege, composition, music theory, music history, and musicianship skills.

Education

PhD, Music Composition (ABD Candidate)
Aug 2017 - Present
UC Berkeley
Composition Academies
Jan 2012 - Present
International
Master of Arts, Music Composition
Aug 2015 - May 2017
UC Berkeley
Master of Music, Music Composition
Aug 2013 - May 2015
SUNY Purchase
Bachelor of Music, Music Composition
Aug 2011 - May 2013
SUNY Purchase College

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