Kolja Gjoni

Kolja G.

Ridgewood, NY

Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I teach various percussion instruments such as :
Cajon, Bongo, Udu, Davul (Tapan)
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Kolja teaches



Kolja delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 7 to 65 and special needs

Teaching since:
July 2006

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 Bushwick.
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


English, German, Croatian
Professional Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Oriental 4/4 
Raya Brass Band
Lotus Festival, Indiana
Raya Brass Band
live at Lotus Festival, Indiana
9/8 Rhythm
Learning how to count is easy!
A talented 7 year old student

Eric - drum set and percussion student

Johnny, drum set student

Jamming with Organic Jazz 3
Street kit
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12 Reviews

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Ethan I. Aug 18, 2016
Drum · In studio

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.

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Skylar Jul 6, 2016
Drum · In studio

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!

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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.

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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

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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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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Erik Mar 15, 2016
Percussion · In studio

Kolja is very patient, enthusiastic and encouraging during lessons. His extensive knowledge of the craft is a treasure to anyone looking to learn more about drumming/rhythm. As great of a drummer he is, I believe his calling is rooted in teaching. Highly recommend

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Keko D. Apr 27, 2014
Drum ·

Excellent drum teacher

Kolja is the best drum teacher I ever took lessons from. He is patient to explain, has the right approach and methods of teaching. I really like working with him and in a little time I am already seeing improvements in my drumming. He is highly recomended, you will learn a lot in all fields of drumming.

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