- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Anything that is learned "theoretically" is most useful if you understand it aurally - so that you you become free to improvise or compose with it - so every theory lesson is simultaneously an ear training lesson.
Beginners typically start with simple songs, basic tonality and chord functions/scales, basic rhythm/meter, and advanced students work on things like interval training, singing atonal melodies, hearing chords with 5 or more notes, advanced chord progressions, non-western music theory/aural skills, polyrhythms, analyzing any crazy music they are often interested in, etc. At every level, we connect what we're working on with music we're listening to and explore: what exactly is going on in this music?
- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
- January 2003
Originally from Buffalo, drummer/composer/improviser Kate Gentile has played and recorded with a panoply of renowned musicians since moving to NYC in 2011.
Kate has played with Anthony Braxton, Dustin Carlson, Andrew D'Angelo, Kris Davis, Marty Ehrlich, Michael Formanek, Ben Gerstein, Jon Irabagon, Chris Lightcap, Terry McManus, Matt Mitchell, Helado Negro, Ted Reichman, Chris Speed, and the Asphalt Orchestra, and has recorded with Jasmine Lovell-Smith's Towering Poppies and David Aaron's Flip City.
"...[G.'s] inventive drumming...eads the listener into a gentle place." -Step Tempest
"[G.'s] drum work on this [Fortune Songs] is exquisite." -Bird Is The Worm
In addition to being a frequently used sideman and collaborator, Kate also leads bands exploring her own music, which often tend towards dense, long-form compositions with unconventional rhythms and harmony. Her music has been described as "...hyper-detailed...designed to spur multi-faceted improvisation". Her most recently formed trio with pianist Matt Mitchell deals with a new book of compositions containing varied forms and harmonic and rhythmic structures that demand a spectrum of improvisational creativity.
Kate holds a dual degree in Jazz Performance and Music Education from the Eastman School of Music. Kate has also studied independently with a host of great drummers, improvisers, and composers, including Dan Weiss, Tim Berne, Tony Malaby, Marc Ducret, Miles Okazaki, and John Riley.
Kate has enjoyed teaching drum lessons independently for 10 years and has taught at the NYSMF summer jazz program and several schools.
Terrific lesson. Kate is sensitive, talented and knows how to teach. A real pleasure to work with her.
Kate Gentile was my drum instructor at a summer jazz program. She was a fantastic teacher with loads of helpful tips all geared towards improving my skills on the drum set. I would definitely recommend her to anyone look for a knowledgable and enthusiastic teacher!+ Read More
Kate is an energetic and passionate educator and forward thinking musician. I greatly enjoyed the time I spent studying with her because it was obvious she cared about sharing her love for music and helping me on my personal path as an improviser. The drive and dedication she brings to her teaching is inspiring.+ Read More
Kate is not only a genius composer and drummer, but also one of the best teachers I've ever studied with. In the summer before and after my freshman year at Berklee college of music, I got the chance to take a few lessons with Kate through the New York Summer Music Festival. She has greatly influenced my playing, but more importantly she inspired me to listen to new music, to think of the drums differently and approach the music with a wider understanding of what's going on. She's also very friendly and constantly searching for a method of teaching that best fits her student. In one of my lessons with her I had a hard time understanding the concept she was describing, so she took out a piece of paper and asked if I was a more visual learner. I said yes and she made it all quite clear on paper!+ Read More