John Suntken

John S.

Brooklyn, NY
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John 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 provide drum lessons to students of all ages and levels, specifically tailoring my teaching methods to the students needs and goals. I have many years of professional experience as well as a formal education in music. I understand what it takes to further your skills to be able to play the music that inspires you! I received my BFA in Jazz Studies from The Ohio State University graduating in 2014. I'm currently working towards my Master's Degree at Manhattan School of Music. I've been very fortunate to travel all around the world playing music. My past students have been accepted in the Grammy Band as well as many prestigious universities throughout the country. I love all music, and I'm well versed in many different styles of playing. Music is my passion, and there are always fun, new and exciting things to learn. Whatever your interests are, we will grow as musicians together!

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Aug 2016 - Present
Dreamyard Preparatory School

I teach 9th grade music history and rhythmic analysis courses.

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Jan 2016 - Present
Mark Murphy's Music

Part-time drum instructor facilitating lessons for students of all ages.

Jan 2011 - Present

I play drums for international touring band The Huntertones. I have extensive grass-roots touring experience across the country and internationally bolstered by numerous clinic and workshop teaching opportunities in K-12 schools.

Self Employed Musician
Jan 2010 - Present

I play drums for many different artists and bands all over the world. I've performed at such notable venues and festivals as The Movement Theatre (Tbilisi, Georgia); One Caucasus Music Festival (Tserakvi, Georgia); The CD Blues Cafe (Beijing, China); Wuhan Conservatory (Wuhan, China); Wuhan University (Wuhan, China); Rockwood Music Hall (NYC); Birdland Jazz Club(NYC); Joe’s Pub (NYC); Bar Next Door (NYC); Zinc Bar (NYC); The Rex Hotel and Jazz Bar (Toronto, Ontario); Silvana (NYC); Somethin' Jazz Club (NYC); The Bird’s Nest (Chicago, IL); Columbus Jazz and Ribs Fest (Columbus, OH); Dick’s Den (Columbus, OH); The Newport Music Hall (Columbus, OH); The Southern Theatre (Columbus, OH); Nighttown (Cleveland, OH); Wonderbar (Cleveland, OH); Akron Civic Theatre (Akron, OH); and the Grand Hotel at Mackinac Island (MI)

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Marketing and Social Media Manager
May 2014 - Jun 2015
Columbus Pro Percussion


BM in Jazz Studies
Sep 2010 - May 2014
The Ohio State University

Photos & Videos

Photo by John S.
Photo by John S.
Huntertones arrangement of Yankee Doodle.
From a concert in Tserakvi, Georgia.
Photo by John S.

Photo by John S.

Photo by John S.

Photo by John S.

Photo by John S.

3 Reviews

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Tania Sep 17, 2018
Drum · In studio

John is a great teacher!

Anders Jul 23, 2018
Drum · Online

Ever since I've been taking lessons from John, my playing has gotten drastically better. He's incredibly knowledgeable, has access to tons of resources, and is super outgoing and engaging. Lessons with him truly made drumming into my passion, and he played a large part in helping me earn a music scholarship for college. I would recommend him to anyone and everyone.

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Adam Jul 23, 2018
Drum · In studio

I love taking lessons with John. I'm definitely a weird case for any instructor - I've been playing for 15 years, but I never worked with any teachers on building out my fundamentals correctly. John pinpointed my ability and exactly where I needed to improve. He didn't need a ramp up period - in only one lesson we hit the ground running.

After just a few months of lessons, I've improved enormously and it feels like there's more potential on the horizon. The exercises he gives me are spot on and for the first time I'm really enjoying practicing. Taking lessons with John is the real deal - he's truly transmitting what it means to play and I can see him easily transitioning between players of any ability with patience. I admire him as a musician, and he's also just an awesome guy. Would recommend to anyone.

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