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Rafael L.

Jamaica, New York

Learn a great variety of rhythms from an experienced teacher

Depending of the student's level, I am able to give the appropriate tips and information and customize the lessons for each particular case. My lessons are very dynamic and are oriented to keep the students very motivated.
About Rafael L.

I have been teaching by more than 30 years, and with this experience,and the knowledge accumulated in those years plus my playing experience, I am able to teach my students in a very good way. My lessons will be very dynamic by the interaction with my students, giving them the tools they will need to play in real situations. "Playing, listening, reading, and writing". Always looking forward, never looking back, music is passion and joy. *** Lesson Details *** Each lesson consists in six sections that can vary depending on the duration of the lesson. 1- Warming up 2- Review of homework 3- Rudiments 4- Rhythm 5- Reading and writing 6- Analyisis of different Video and audio recordings 6- New homework *** Studio Equipment *** I have one drum set fully equipped, plus cajon and some folkloric drums from Colombia. I write the examples using Finale. I have a complete collection of books and videos to support the lessons. *** Travel Equipment *** I provide my books, metronome, sticks, etc. I expect the student provide the drum set *** Specialties *** Rock, Jazz, Pop, Latin, Brazilian, Caribbean, Andean, Latin American , Colombian, etc

Teaches all skill levels

Teaching since 1986

I am a self-taught musician

Age: 18+

Speaks Spanish, English

Has background check

Instructor details
Subject: Drums
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I've known Rafael for over five years. He is an accomplished teacher and performer well versed in jazz, rock and latin rhythms. He's an easygoing and series-minded musician with a great rythmic feel. I highly recommend him!

Posted Mar 26, 2020
Teacher's studio

I loved my first lesson with Rafael. He is great.

Posted Jun 28, 2016
Teacher's studio

My family loves Rafael. My son (who is five) takes drumming lessons and Rafael is very knowledgeable, gentle and patient. We love how encouraging he is and my son says for me to make sure I say that Rafael is an AWESOME drummer and we also think he's an awesome person :)

Posted Apr 10, 2016
Music Books writer
Jan 1993 - Present
I am coauthor of a Drum Book focused on different stiles of music from Jazz, Rock and Pop to Caribbean, Brazilian, Cuban, Latin American and Colombian Rhythms. At the present I am finishing my second Drum Book focused on Colombian Rhythms, this Book includes audio examples, and will be published in English and Spanish
Drummer/ Drum Teacher
Jan 1979 - Present
I have been teaching for more than thirty years, mainly in my country Colombia, giving private lessons, and working as drum teacher at Music Schools and Universities in Bogotá. Since I arrived to USA, I have been teaching private music lessons in the New York City area and also working with some schools in Queens and Brooklyn. I have also presented workshops focused on teaching Colombian rhythms and their application to the drum set . These workshops have been presented at various places in the city of New York among which include The Queens Museum, The Flushing Town Hall, and the Colombian Consulate in New York City.
I am a self-taught musician
Jan 1975
Workshops with different drummers Like Dave Weckl, Ignacio Berroa, Russ Miller among others.
Professional Proficiency
Native Proficiency
Dec 2008
Consulado General Central De Colombia
Letter from the Consul of Colombia in New York, expressing his appreciation for the drum workshop focused in Colombian rhythms I presented at the headquarters of the Colombian consulate in NY in november 17th and 18th of 2008.

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