Marc Wagnon

Marc W.

New York, NY

About Marc W.

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Marc teaches: Ages 8 and up
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Teaching since: July 1986
Last sign in: Within two months


Percussionist and composer Marc W. was born in Switzerland, where he studied classical percussion at the Geneva Conservatory. He has lived in the United States since the 1980's, where he studied composition and mallet technique on the vibraphone at the Berklee School in Boston, then moved to New York City to further his jazz performance and percussion skills. Since that time, Marc has toured the U.S., Europe, Japan and Brazil, and can be heard on over 20 recordings, including 4 solo albums.
Marc's interest in electronics led him to push the boundaries of live performance with the "electronic vibraphone", where he is recognized as a pioneer on this instrument.
Beside a performer and a composer, Marc teaches workshops here and in Europe, and is very involved in making computers accessible to visually impaired musicians.
Marc has just published an iBook, titled "Drum Talk - An Introduction to Percussion Ensemble", available now on iTunes. This book demonstrates the techniques he developed during his many years teaching ensembles of all ages at the Filomen M. D'Agostino Greenberg Music School, it features 56 video clips and over 80 musical examples.

*** Lesson Details ***
Every student needs a different approach depending on their temperament and goals. After assessing the student, I will tailor my teaching to achieve the most out of each lesson.
If a student is willing to commit to practicing outside of the lesson, after six months he or she will have the ability to play with others, and decide for him or herself if this is something he or she will pursue further.
The achievement level is in the hands of the student, depending on their level of commitment and abilities.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Gretch Drum set, Bergerault vibraphone, Deagan Marimba, Mac System with ProTools, DP and Logic Audio systems
LP congas and Bongos, various hand Percussion

*** Specialties ***
Jazz. rock, funk, latin drumming
also teach percussion class mixing african, latin and brazilian style
I am fully knowlegable of Performer, ProTools, Logic and Garageband on the Mac

Photos and Videos

Marc's teaching method, combine multi-cultural rhythms (Africa, Middle East, Brazil & Cuba). in 10 lessons 58 video clips and 86 charts.


Music Teacher
Sep 1990 - Present
Private Studio

Teach Private lesson on Drums and Vibraphone
Teach Music Teachnology on Mac Platform
Conduct Percussion Ensemble
Conduct Jazz Ensemble

Creative Music Workshops
Sep 1994 - Sep 1998

Taught Creative Music Workshop, based deconstructing jazz pieces and on conducted improvisations

Drum Teacher
Sep 1987 - Jun 1989
Greenwich House Music School

Individual drum lessons for childrens

Harlem Music School
Sep 1987 - Jun 1988

Teach percussion group classes to teen-age student


Specialization in Ethinc Percussion
Jan 1982 - Sep 1984
Drummers Collective
post- graduate Jazz vibraphone, Drum-set and Theory
Sep 1981 - Sep 1982
Berklee School of Music
Associate Degree
Sep 1976 - Jun 1981
Conservatory of Music of Geneva

Languages Spoken

Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency

6 Reviews on Marc W.

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Amy S. Dec 17, 2014
Verified Student · Drum · In studio
Provides a great ideas of practicing and lots of fun Music rhythms.
Amy S. May 11, 2014
Verified Student · Drum ·
Music Flame

If you like to learn a music with soul, knowledge, and great technique, Marc is the perfect person. I've been playing piano more than 20 yrs and I play various instruments, Marc is a great person to talk about various instruments as well as brings you various good practice method to improve your technique.
James Michael S. Jul 2, 2013
Verified Student · Drum ·
student lessons

Marc was a experienced percussionist , with knowledge of many different instruments and , styles. He had a definite lesson plan and was extremely patient and encouraging. My personal challenges with my work schedule hampered his ability to fully execute his agenda.Overall a skilled and dedicated teacher.
Noel M. Jun 11, 2013
· Music Recording ·
Gets down to business.

I have to say that Marc is an excellent teacher, he really knows his stuff and is very patient. I would highly recommend him as a teacher to anyone looking to take their musical skills to the next level. Very relevant in today's musical technologies and applications.
April S. Apr 22, 2013
· Music Recording ·
Great teacher!

I've been Marc's student since last September and I couldn't be more pleased.

He's kind, witty and extremely gifted; his expertise far outpaces the usual level of ability in most schools. I would send my kids to him with utter joy, if I had them. Anyone who hires Marc is getting something very special; not only is he certified in Europe, he has forgotten more music than I'm ever likely to know. He's a brilliant composer, drummer, vibes player, pianist, engineer and producer, and yes, I've seen him or heard him do all of the above. It takes extreme talent to write the songs he's written *and* play all the parts *and* record them all, and he does that. On top of all that, he loves to teach. He takes great joy in music, and in sharing it with enthusiastic students.

Congratulations to anyone lucky enough to hire Marc Wagnon!
germaine C. Apr 22, 2013
· Drum ·
Mark is a great teacher.

I've been taking drum lessons from Mark for 2 years. He is a great teacher. I always have fun and I learn something new each time.
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