Kevin Smart

Kevin S.

Old Bridge, NJ

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Kevin delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2014

I am a professional drummer for a pop artist who is signed to Sony Music. I have been touring with this artist for the past 5+ years and have toured in over 15 countries. From performing in small clubs to stadiums, we have toured/performed with some of the biggest names in music including Fifth Harmony, Ariana Grande, Fall Out Boy, Shawn Mendes, etc. I currently hold endorsements with Pearl Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Roland, Remo Percussion, Vater Drumsticks, and Cympad.

Teaching for 4+ years now, students can expect to see progression from lesson to lesson. Not only will students learn about proper technique, but they will also gain invaluable knowledge on the drum industry and the music industry as whole. Given my personal experience and my personal studies with elite musicians, I have extensive knowledge that can help take students to the next level. I primarily teach pop, rock, and hip-hop, but I am strong believer that my teachings can be applied in any genre. Let's talk about your goals and tailor lessons that work for you!

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Experience

Musician
May 2013 - Present
Music LLC

Drummer for Sony artist Jake Miller
300+ Shows in 15 countries including performances on/at:
- The Today Show
- Nickelodeon
- MTV European Music Awards (EMA's)
- MTV's TRL
- MTV Artist To Watch Commercial
- MTV's Wild N' Out
- FUSE
- Palladia
- NBC
- FOX

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Education

Private Study
Jan 2008 - Present
Private
Drumming
Sep 2010 - May 2013
School of Rock

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

TV | The Today Show

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Promo Photo | Pearl Drums

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Live | Keybank Center - Buffalo, NY

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TV | MTV's TRL

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Live | Gramercy Theatre - New York, NY

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Drum Cover | My House by PVRIS

3 Reviews

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Grace Oct 14, 2018
Drum · Online

I’ve been taking lessons with Kevin for a little over two years now and he’s helped me learn way more than I could’ve hoped for; he works with you no matter your skill level and gives you constructive criticism on what you can do better/expand on. I’ve done everything from learning basic rudiments to practicing and improvising my own beats of hit songs. He’s extremely encouraging and very patient, qualities I believe are imperative in instructors. He can answer almost any question I have and provides resources for those he can’t (like if you have a problem with your kit or something he’d have to be there to help with; he’ll tell you what he thinks and then guide you to the right resources to make sure the problem gets fixed).
Also, I’ve seen him drum live several times and he definitely knows what he’s doing.
Whether you’re a beginner like I was, looking to expand your horizons or really any other skill level, I’d highly recommend Kevin—he’ll help you become far better than you were when you started and you’ll have lots of fun along the way.

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Kenzie Sep 15, 2018
Drum · In home

Great teacher and person! I've progressed so much and couldn't have done it without him.

Andy Sep 15, 2018
Drum · Online

I was so excited to start taking lessons with Kevin considering his experience playing arenas and traveling the world with artists. I started out with no experience and he was so encouraging and kind! He really takes the time to make YOU a better musician and performer. I recommend taking lessons with Kevin over other instructors for many reasons, one being he brings a teaching mechanism to the table no one else will. There is no one better! 10/10 would recommend!!

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