Rob Heath

Rob H.

Brooklyn, NY

About Rob H.

Rob teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: March 1996
Last sign in: Within a month


I have over 18 years of professional teaching experience on drum set, snare drum and percussion (timpani, two- & four-mallets, accessory percussion and hand drums), guitar, piano, electric bass and ukulele. I have been playing music since the age of two.

Some of my most noteworthy performances have included Late Show with David Letterman (Justin Townes Earle and Allison Moorer), Tonight Show with Jay Leno (Allison Moorer), Levon Helm'™s Midnight Ramble (Allison Moorer), The Conan O'™Brien Show (Julia Nunes) and Budokan in Tokyo, Japan (Jim Campilongo Trio).

My Bachelor of Music is from Capital University where I studied with three great teachers:
Robert Breithaupt - Classical percussion and jazz drum set
Jim Ed Cobbs - Drum set, tabla and frame drums
Eric Paton - Taiko, samba, Afro-Cuban drums

*** Lesson Details ***
I treat each student individually, catering to specific goals and needs that we will decide upon and plan together. Some students want to seriously study a craft. Others want a hobby that will be fun and interesting. I have had success teaching to both, and will impart basic fundamentals and musicianship to all types of students.

I see my primary job as keeping the student inspired, intellectually fed and sprinting in the right direction. The student's job is to do the work. Daily practice is essential to move forward in any craft.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My Brooklyn studio is a dedicated music space with two drum sets, PA, amplifiers and recording capabilities.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide books, a drum pad, sticks or mallets, an iPod with two sets of headphones, and a metronome. Additionally, I can bring small hand drums, special instruments and percussion that might be needed for specialty lessons. I expect students to have some sort of pad or drum to practice on at home; a full drum set is not necessary.

*** Specialties ***
Drum set (rock, jazz, R&B, folk, pop, electro, Afro-Cuban)
Snare drum
Two- and four-mallets (marimba, vibraphone, xylophone)
Accessory percussion
Frame drums
Traditional samba
Afro-Cuban hand drums
Japanese taiko

Photos and Videos

Letterman with Justin Townes Earle


Composer, musician, engineer

Jun 2013 - Nov 2014
21 Things short film

I wrote, performed and recorded an original score for the short film "21 Things" by Andrew Anthony.

Drummer and Percussionist

Jul 2014 - Sep 2014
Revolution in the Elbow of Ragnar Agnarsson Furniture Painter

"Reykjavik rocks New York" Icelandic indie rock musical at the Minetta Lane Theater.

Drummer and Vocalist

Apr 2013 - Aug 2014
Jamie McLean Band

I toured with Jamie as his drummer and backing vocalist.


May 2012 - Feb 2013
Jim Campilongo Band

Highlights included Massey Hall in Toronto, Canada and BUDOKAN in Tokyo, Japan.


Bachelors of Music Industry (Media)

Sep 1998 - May 2002
Capital University

Bachelor of Music Industry (Media)

Sep 1997 - May 2002
Capital University

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency
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3 Reviews on Rob H.

Rachel M. Jun 12, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Rob is an exceptionally kind person and easygoing and laid back. He has a very good approach to teaching. I had a wonderful experience and would recommend him to anyone wanting to learn music.
David R. Mar 3, 2015
Ukulele · Online
Verified Student
Rob has been patient, easy to work with, accommodating to schedule changes, accessible and an overall joy to work with! I was a bit leery about a web based program, but is has been great, and most importantly I am progressing well.
David R.
Ryan F. Aug 21, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Rob was an awesome teacher and even better guy. The lesson environment was comfortable, but always focused and professional. He's clearly a hugely talented musician and has a ton to offer in the way of teaching; perhaps more importantly though, his love of music inspires the student to practice and learn. Very highly recommended.
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