Kate Gentile

Kate G.

Brooklyn, NY

Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
See description for 'drum lessons'. I teach classical percussion and mallet percussion when the student has access to an instrument at home to practice on, and this is often in tandem with drum set lessons.
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Kate delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
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.

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Drum Set Instructor / Jazz Faculty
Jul 2014 - Present
NYSMF Summer Jazz Program

Drumset/Percussion Teacher
Sep 2004 - Present
(private lessons)

Freelance Musician
Jan 2000 - Present

Drum Set & Percussion Specialist
Sep 2009 - Jun 2011
The Sterling Hall School


BM dual degree in Jazz Performance/drumset and Music Education
Sep 2004 - Dec 2008
Eastman School of Music


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Howard Hanson Scholarship
Sep 2004
Eastman School of Music
ECMEA Scholarship Award
Jun 2004

Photos & Videos

Secret People @ Home Audio, March '15
Kate Gentile Quartet @ SEEDS::Brooklyn, Dec. '14
Photo by Kate G.
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4 Reviews

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Martin Jun 1, 2016
Drum · In home

Terrific lesson. Kate is sensitive, talented and knows how to teach. A real pleasure to work with her.

Maya Oct 12, 2015
Drum · In studio

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!

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Tom Aug 25, 2015
Drum · In home

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.

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Joni Aug 24, 2015
Drum · In studio

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!

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