Max Kanowitz

Max K.

Ridgewood, NY

Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Students will learn traditional hand drumming techniques, traditional as well as modern percussion rhythms, and develop a knowledge of the history of this ancient instrument. I have studied Djembe and West African music in Ghana, West Africa and have first hand experience with the cultural and music traditions.
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Max delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 2+ and special needs

Teaching since:

I am a professional drummer, hand drummer, music producer and recording artist. I graduated from the Eastman School of Music with a degree in music education and percussion performance. I am a New York State Certified music educator with over 6 years of private and classroom teaching experience.

As a teacher, I give 100% of my effort to make sure students are seeing real, measurable learning happening every week. Its my passion to make music fun and accessible to every learner, no matter of skill, age or background. I believe in an individualized teaching approach that caters to needs of every unique student, because I believe whole heartedly that every person is capable of learning music, they just need the right tools to know how.

I have studied and worked as a professional drummer, hand drummer, and classical percussionist for more the 10 years. I perform and record with bands, ensembles and singer song writers in Brooklyn and New York City, and have played with professional orchestras and in opera productions. I can teach students music reading, expert technique and any rhythms or style of music they are passionate about. I want every musician I work with to eventually have freedom, confidence, and creative expression on their instrument.

I have been playing classical and contemporary piano for more the 12 years. I can teach students to read music and pursue advanced classical ability, to learn how to play popular music using chord sheets, or both depending on the goals and preference of the student.

Through collegiate teacher training, I can teach the following instruments to beginners of all ages in a physically healthy and cognitively appropriate way. I offer the most natural approach to these instrument with to goal of getting students playing songs and playing as quickly and efficiently as possible. (Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Trumpet, Violin, Clarinet).

Music production, recoding and song writing have been a part of my professional music career for the the last 5 years and I have recorded and produced scores for films, recorded albums, and live performances. I offer lessons in learning how to record and use professional music production software. Record your own music, and mix it into music that you have share to major platforms like spotify and itunes.

I have almost 4 years of experience in the field of early childhood music education (age 2-7), which aids the early development of a child's musical skills and abilities.

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Private Instructor
Apr 2018 - Present
Musication NYC

Musication provides music camps and lessons to children ages 2 and up, in which students learn about music through hands on instrument playing, listening, singing, and exploring.

Founded in 2007 by children’s music educator and performer, Jeremy Zmuda, Muscation was created to offer engaging and creative music programs for children.

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Associate First Grade Teacher
Sep 2016 - Jun 2017
The Mandell School

-Implemented year long first grade curriculum to 21 students
Taught Global Studies, Reading, Writing, Math, Community and Social Skill Development
-Worked alongside veteran teacher who expanded my understanding of educational pedagogy, classroom facilitation, and a student centered approach to learning
-Spearheaded school wide program to embrace diversity through awareness, as a part of Black History Month
-Designed and implemented extra curricular music programs; Song Writing and Music Production, and Global Rhythm Workshop

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Drum Circle Facilitation
Sep 2015 - Jun 2016
ROCmusic Collaborative

-Taught music readiness program for at-risk, low-income youth in the Rochester City School District
-Facilitated drum circles aiming to build community through the performance of traditional West African music
-Presented bi-monthly performances to inspire parent and community support for students and program

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Early Childhood Music Faculty
Jan 2013 - Jun 2016
Eastman Community Music School

-Taught within developmentally appropriate Early Childhood Music Education curriculum including movement, audition, healthy vocalization, steady beat, and instrumental performance
-Emphasized positive musical experiences and create a receptive environment for young music learners
-Lead five 45 minute classes each week for 35 young learners
-Maintained attendance roster and effective communication with parents to support student success

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Percussion Performance & Music Education
Sep 2011 - May 2016
Eastman School of Music


Fluent / Native Proficiency


New York State Teacher Certification
Nov 2017
New York State Department of Education

Requirements for certification:
-Completion of a NYS Registered Program - Music
-Institutional Recommendation - Music
-New York State Teacher Certification Exam - Educating All Students -Test (EAS)
-Content Specialty Test (CST) - Music
-edTPA - K-12 Performing Arts
Workshop - Dignity For All Students Act
-Fingerprint Clearance

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Eastman New Venture Challenge (2nd Place)
May 2016
Eastman School of Music - Arts Leadership Program
Kaufmann Entrepreneurial Scholar
Jan 2016
University of Rochester
George Eastman Grant
Sep 2011
Eastman School of Music
The Howard Hanson Scholarship
Sep 2011
Eastman School of Music
John Phillip Sousa National Band Award
Jun 2011
Mount Sinai Central School District


Percussive Arts Society, The
Sep 2011

We offer students and professionals opportunities to grow artistically and professionally. Students can learn have a music industry experience through the PAS Internship program or apply to receive a PAS scholarship or grant. Professionals can create new percussion programs or gain recognition through PAS grants and contests. Many individuals have significantly impacted the world of percussion through the Percussive Arts Society and they are recognized in our Hall of Fame and Awards pages.

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Photos & Videos

Performing a traditional West African song on the "Gyil", an instrument from the Country of Ghana.
Performing a drum set solo with electronics written about traditional folk stories from Indonesia.
Photo by Max K.


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Ryan Nov 18, 2018
Djembe · In studio

Max is dope. Super patient, really positive, and over all a great dude.

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