Kolja Gjoni

Kolja G.

Brooklyn, NY

About Kolja G.

Background check: Last verified 03/15/2016
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Kolja teaches: Ages 7 to 65
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Teaching since: July 2006
Last sign in: Within two months


Kolja is a versatile drummer/percussionist that has been actively playing/teaching/recording for the last 20 years of his life.
He teaches at his studio in Williamsburg.
He has studied Jazz drumming at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Europe. Although trained as a western drummer, studying with the Indian master drummer Taalyogi Pandit Suresh Talwalkar, has given him insight how to teach rhythm and make it a fun process.
The joy and the excitement while playing is what Kolja focuses is on. How to groove effortless and with ease is what he teaches!
Lessons are customized to match students interest and abilities.
Jazz, Funk , Rock, Fusion, Latin , Odd meter, Middle Eastern drumming, Indian Rhythm (Konnakol)
All levels are welcome! From absolute beginners to professional musicians!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Drums, PA, percussion (bongo, cajon, udu, davul)

*** Specialties ***

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Drum/percussion teacher

Feb 2014 - Present
New York Artist Management


Bachelor/Jazz drums

Jan 2001 - Jan 2005
University of Music and Performing Arts

Natural Science & Mathematics

Jan 1996 - Jan 2000
5th Natural Sciences and Mathematical High School

Languages Spoken

English, German, Croatian

Professional Proficiency
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12 Reviews on Kolja G.

Ethan I. Aug 18, 2016
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Kolja is a wonderful teacher. He's very laid-back and easy-going and all around a very pleasant guy to get along with. He is also very willing to work with people in whatever desires they have for the drums. Don't get me wrong though, you're not goofing off during the lesson. He's very focused on teaching the drums well and wants to make sure you're solid in whatever it is you're learning. He has a good balance between patience and making sure you're not falling into bad habits by using poor technique repeatedly. No matter what skill level you're at, I'm positive that you have something to learn from Kolja.
Skylar Jul 6, 2016
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Kolja is great! I've taken lessons for various instruments since I was young and never had as much fun as I do in drum lessons. He has a great energy and gives positive, constructive feedback. His years of experience as a drummer and instructor were immediately evident. I felt improvement even after the first week of practice! I appreciated that he took time to understand what I wanted out of drum lessons and how I prefer to learn. I have been wanting to start drumming for years and am so glad that I found Kolja!
Tanya May 30, 2016
Drum · In studio
I studied drums when I was younger and wanted to reacquaint myself with my long lost art. I am so happy I chose Kolja, He has this amazing joyful energy. He's an amazing drummer and can explain how to do it. Wow! He made me feel really comfortable from the get go. He was very thorough assessing my skill level, my goals and how much time I actually have to give to practicing. He is teaching me how to reread drum notation and really making sure I have the proper posture and holding the sticks correctly. I am very interested in jazz drumming and poly-rhythm. I think with him I will reach my goals. I'm slowly getting there. He is really good at explaining and showing. I think I really lucked out.
Yana May 30, 2016
Drum · In studio
Kolji is super fun ! Very professional and always full of energy ! Learning drums with him is a pure joy!!!
adam nash May 18, 2016
Percussion · In home
Verified Student
Kolja is an incredible percussionist/drummer with the kind of patience you have to have when teaching. I have some musical ability, but have never played the drums or any type of percussion. Kola has a very nurturing approach to teaching which makes learning both fun and challenging. I highly recommend him
Gregor Mar 25, 2016
Drum · In studio
The guy gives you all the information necessary for a professional drummer. Excellent approach! Discusses your current skills and takes it from there. Checks your coordination, your sticks/hands work and tells you what you need to work on; he gives you a demo how you can develop some basic ideas into real drumming. If you want to learn, improve and understand what and how you play, don't hesitate and just contact Kolja.
Igor Mar 25, 2016
Drum · In studio
Kolja is patient, amazing and fun teacher. I learned so much from him.
I highly recommend him!
Elma Mar 18, 2016
Drum · In studio
i was a self taught drummer and i found myself having a hard time breakig thru/platueing. i decided to take lessons a with Kolja to refine my skill set. I am extremely happy i did! He was professional, yet laid back, so my lessons didnt feel intimidating or boring. i had fun learning from him and i became excited for my lessons because i could see the results! i recommend Kolja to anyone who feels stuck in a rut or who is curious to begin playing the drums. he is inspiring and EXTREMELY talented!
Brian Mar 16, 2016
I was skeptic before taking lessons with Kolja but his patience and knowledge has really proven to be beneficial to me. I had low expectations of what I could achieve but now I jam with a couple of co workers a couple of times a month and we might even book a gig! I highly recommend studying with him.
Nezih A. Mar 16, 2016
Drum · In studio
Kolja is a superb teacher. He is sensitive to this adult learners needs and interests and tailors his instruction accordingly. He is patient and relaxed, yet focused. In addition to being productive, the time spent in lesson is genuine fun.
He can also perfectly explain and demonstrate the different styles of many jazz drum masters.
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