Hello! My name is J.J. and I'm very excited to be your Drum teacher! I am 28 years old and have been playing and studying the Drum Set since my junior year of high school in 2011. I have worked in and around Dutchess County, NY since 2016 as a Jazz sideman and as a member of a couple local Funk bands. My musical styles and experience include but are not limited to Jazz, Funk, Rock, Afro-Cuban, and Brazilian music for Drum Set. I am a self-taught Conga player and played percussion in the Purchase Latin Jazz Orchestra for two years. I listen to a lot more music than what I've previously mentioned so if you're into Metal, Alternative Rock, Progressive Rock, or something entirely different don't be shy! I'm always looking for good music and would love to share my favorites with you as well! As a teacher I believe that learning proper techniques, ergonomics, limb interdependence, and how to read music are key to become a self-sufficient drummer. My aim as a teacher is to give you, the student, the knowledge on how to properly hold the stick, how to easily move around your drum kit, how to use each of your limbs together, and how to apply these techniques to whatever style of music you want to explore. I am very comfortable and patient with students new to the Drums and can teach reading and rudiments to any beginners who wish to learn. Learning your rudiments and how to read music will give any student the ability to teach themselves and can set them on a lifelong path of study and performance! For Drummers already comfortable behind their set, I offer my experience as a Jazz student and musician. I can introduce Drummers new to Jazz to the repertoire and skills needed to become a working Jazz musician or just how to perform and fit into the music. My goal is to give you the ability to teach yourself! I want to set people on the path they want with the skills needed to learn and explore the music they love. I hope that we can learn, discover, and play great music together!
Teaching since 2018
Teaches ages 6+
John is the perfect teacher for our son, who says that he is easygoing, fun, and engaging. Thank you, John!
I love my drum lessons with J.J.! He not only ensures that I'm practicing the concepts correctly but also that I'm playing in a way that's healthy and sustainable for the long term. You can tell that he's truly passionate about playing drums and it left me wanting to immediately go practice what we had learned after the lesson. An all-around amazing instructor and genuinely friendly and personable guy. Would highly recommend him to anyone wanting to learn drums!