Patrick Simard

Patrick S.

Brooklyn, NY
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Bongo

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I've toured the world many times over, performing drums with Funk/R&B/Jazz/World music acts. I attended Berklee College of Music on a full ride scholarship, and have been teaching professionally for over 10 years, from clinics in Colombia, Costa Rica, West Africa, to workshops to students of all ages across the US, with award-winning groups such as Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, A.R. Rahman, & Women of the World. I listen to each students' needs and level, and in just a few lessons, I have seen students go from not knowing how to hold the sticks, to playing the drum parts to their favorite songs. I work hard to see my students reach their full potential as the next great drummers. Shoot me a message. I'm looking forward to getting started!
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Patrick delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2007

I live, breathe, eat, and sleep drumming. There's nothing more uplifting and meaningful as playing the drums to me, and I would love to have the honor to teach you.

I'm an award-winning world class touring/recording drummer and educator. I've lead drum & rhythm masterclasses across the US & Canada, as well as many other countries (Panama, Colombia, Costa Rica, West Africa, and more...) to students of ALL levels. After graduating from Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship in 2013, I went to Senegal, West Africa, to study the drumming language of one of the oldest drum cultures and perform with my mentors.

My goal is to bring each drummer I teach to their fullest potential, teaching drum technique, rudiments, coordination, independence, how to find the "pocket" and make the grooves feel GOOD so you get hired again and again as a first-call drummer. My teaching is rooted in tradition, yet exploring ways to keep things fresh and exciting.

I am well versed in Jazz, R&B, Hip-Hop, Funk, Rock, Fusion, Afrobeat, Reggae, and many traditional folkloric styles from Brazil, Argentina, Cuba, Haiti, Senegal, Morocco, and more. The drum lessons are specific to each student's needs and interests, and the amount of practice material will be relative the student's level of commitment. Each student will be guided to become the best drummer they can possibly be, while having loads of fun doing it.

I'm looking forward to being your drum teacher!

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Education

Sabar Drumming
Dec 2016 - Feb 2017
Lamine Touré in Senegal, West Africa
Jazz Composition & Performance
Sep 2009 - May 2013
Berklee College of Music

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
French
Fluent / Native Proficiency

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Video with Richard Bona. Over 2 Million Views across platforms!
With Richard Bona!

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On tour in Japan '15 with Women of the World

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Débo R. Nov 16, 2017
Drum · In studio

Patrick was incredibly patient and kind with my beginner drumming ability. He made the experience so fun and I always look forward to our lessons! I really appreciate the amount of knowledge he has about different drumming styles.

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