Jesse Peterson
New York, NY
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Jesse Peterson

Jesse P.

New York, NY
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Whether you are a beginner inspired to record your own music for the first time, or you've been recording for years but just can't seem to make further progress on your own...I've got you covered!

I can help you to grow in your understanding of the recording process. For instance...what are the different types of microphones and how should they be used? How should different instruments be recorded? How do DAW's (Digital Audio Workstations) work? What is the best way to use plugins for EQ, compression, reverb, and the like? How to mix a song? These kinds of issues and much more will be covered in our music recording lessons.

I have been both recording music and teaching for over 20 years. I care deeply about helping students reach their goals on the instrument, and I never cease to be amazed at the beauty and creativity involved in making music.

My background in a nutshell: I have a degree in music with a focus on percussion and composition from a major university, I've studied with some of the greatest musicians in the world, and I lead and compose the music for a jazz quartet in New York City.

Are you ready? Let's get started!

About Jesse P.

I have a bachelor's degree in music (percussion & composition) from the University of Minnesota, where I studied percussion with Fernando Meza, jazz drums with Phil Hey, and music composition with Judith Zaimont. I also studied for several years with the renowned jazz drummer Dave King (The Bad Plus, Happy Apple).

Besides playing as a sideman and band member in a variety of jazz and rock groups, I have led my own jazz ensemble in different iterations over the years, first in Minneapolis and now for the last eight years in NYC. The group has played at a variety of well-known NYC music venues, and in 2018 we released a debut album on the Chicago-based record label, Ears & Eyes Records. The album received positive reviews within the jazz world, and I am currently working on the music for a follow-up release.

My music comes from a myriad of influences, including jazz iconoclasts such as Theolonius Monk and Ornette Coleman, twentieth-century composers like Charles Ives, Olivier Messiaen, and Conlon Nancarrow, and various indie rock and folk influences. I aim to create music that is melody-centric yet creatively off-kilter.

My students can expect to be exposed to a wide variety of music through my instruction. Learning music is not limited only to mastering the necessary techniques for a given instrument. It must also involve discovering the many wonderful musical artists that have come before us. They have shown us what is possible on our instruments, and it is up to the next generation to take the music even one step further. With my students, I am for nothing less than to develop musical innovators who develop their own unique voice on the instrument.


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As an intermediate drummer, Jesse's lessons were a perfect fit for me! I've been with him for about two years now. He's an experienced and skilled musician, but more importantly he's patient, motivating, and overall just a great teacher. I always feel like I'm getting my money's worth when going to his lessons. My skill level and enjoyment level of drumming have dramatically increased since beginning studying with him. I have no plans to quit taking lessons with Jesse anytime soon!

Posted Mar 5, 2021
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Jesse is a great drums instructor and musical mentor. He has a great set-up for teaching drums online, and a cozy home studio in Morningside Heights if you prefer in person instruction. His hourly rate is the best deal you'll find on Manhattan. I previously paid $150-200 per hour for college instruction, and Jesse's teaching is as good or better than any college instructors. He is clear, friendly, patient, and able to cater instruction to both the ability and aspirations of his students.

Posted Mar 3, 2021
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Jesse is a true professional, a technician, and an artist. And he yearns to see his students level up. I love his taste in music! I wish I could receive his tutelage more often.

Posted Feb 28, 2021
Michael Donovan
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Jesse has a keen ability to accurately determine a student's starting level and to construct a plan of growth the is well-tailored to them. My son, Hudson, is 6. He has grown significantly under Jesse's tutelage and, most importantly, has grown more in love with the art than ever.

Posted Feb 26, 2021

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Oct 2012 - Present


Private Music Instructor (Drums/Percussion)
Jun 2002 - Present

Independent Studio

Director of Jazz Ensemble and Private Music Instructor (Percussion)
Aug 2008 - Jun 2009

The Waring School

Private Music Instructor (Drums/Percussion)
Jan 2005 - May 2006

Mt. Calvary Music Academy

Percussion Ensemble Director and Private Music Instructor
Sep 2004 - May 2006

East Metro Music Academy


Bachelors degree, Music
Aug 2002 - Dec 2004

University of Minnesota

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