Robby Bowen

Robby B.

Brooklyn, NY
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Robby delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 7+

Teaching since:
May 2006

•Holds Bachelors & Masters degrees in Percussion Performance
•Active freelancer who has toured and recorded all over the US
•Experienced in rock, classical, jazz, pop, hip-hop, theater, & more
•Welcomes students of any age, gender ID, ethnicity, experience, etc.

Hi! My name is Robby and I am a drummer/percussionist based in Brooklyn. Since the age of fourteen, I have been teaching students in both recreational and career-focused contexts. Playing music is the most rewarding part of my life, and sharing that fulfillment with others is extremely important to me. I prioritize humor, empathy, and patience as crucial elements of music making.

As a teacher, I value the solidification of fundamentals as well as a strong focus on developing personal style and taste. Each person's relationship with music is unique, so I strive to help each student in developing techniques and routines that best suite their individual goals. My musical knowledge includes rock, pop, hip-hop, classical, jazz, electronic, and almost any other genre.

I am an active performer in the city and have a wealth of experience to draw from. I am co-founder of an avant-dream band called Boio (with Finnegan Shanahan) and drummer of The Roofer’s Union. I also frequently play with projects like Alpenglow, Contemporaneous, Alpenglow, Abbi Press, Goldfeather, and Echo Chamber, among other freelance gigs in the NY area. As a contemporary percussionist, I have worked with renowned artists like John Corigliano, Pascal Le Boeuf, Martin Creed, So Percussion, Jerek Bischoff, and more. Some of my performance highlights include appearances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, PASIC, The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Park Avenue Armory, National Sawdust, Elsewhere (Hall), and EMPAC.

I can teach out of my studio in Downtown Brooklyn, online, or I am happy to meet you for lessons elsewhere if you have your own location with the instruments we need. I can teach drumset, classical & orchestral percussion, keyboard mallet instruments, early piano, and techniques in Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Pro Tools, and Garageband music softwares.

Whether you have no musical experience or have been practicing for a while, I am happy to work with you and figure out how to best reach your full musical potential. I look forward to meeting you!

*Travel Equipment*
Sticks & mallets
Snare drum
Practice Pad
Small MIDI keyboard
Laptop with audio software
Small orchestral instruments (i.e. triangle, tambourine)

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Mar 2018 - Present

Alpenglow is an indie rock band with folk, pop, and psychedelic influences. With this band, I focus hard on subtleties of sound quality, time-keeping, and complementing the rich sonic palette produced by the rest of the group.

Sep 2017 - Present
The Roofer's Union

I play a wide variety of grooves with this band. Between straight ahead dance beats, expressive jazz-influenced grooves, and funky hip-hop beats, I have a ton of fun expanding my pallet with these guys.

Drummer/Songwriter/Vocalist/Synth Player
Apr 2017 - Present

Boio is an avant-rock duo I started with my friend Finnegan Shanahan. Together we write songs based on our dreams and explore experimental sonic and lyrical territories. In this project, I am frequently drumming, playing a synthesizer, and singing all at once. Sometimes I definitely wish I had more than two arms when playing with this band.

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Percussionist & Drummer
May 2016 - Present

Contemporaneous is an ensemble that performs exciting modern music of all varieties. With this group I have frequently played drum set, keyboard percussion, and an extremely wide spectrum of other classical and experimental percussion instruments.

Live Drummer
Oct 2015 - Present
Abbi Press

I work with my friend Abbi Press to take her lush electronic pop songs and bring them to life in a live setting as her drummer. I also have recorded drum tracks and percussion samples for her songs.


Classical Percussion
Sep 2014 - May 2016
Mannes College of Music - The New School
Percussion Performance
Aug 2010 - May 2014
University of Maryland - College Park


Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Photo by Robby B.

Drumming on a cover of "Everybody Wants to Rule The World" by Tears For Fears
A fun concert snare drum solo. Many of the techniques I used in this piece are transferrable to a variety of other percussion instruments!
Photo by Robby B.

Playing one of my all-time favorite pieces from one of my all-time favorite movies!
Photo by Robby B.

Performing John Luther Adams's amazing piece "Inuksuit" for 9-99 outdoor drummer/percussionists

Playing snare as a member of the 2014 National Orchestral Institute Orchestra

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2 Reviews

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Kevin O. Oct 21, 2018
Drum · In studio

Robby’s great. It’s more than just practing from a book, Robby takes the time to discuss the nuances of percussion conceptually.

Sarah Jul 21, 2018
Logic Pro Software · In home

Robby was an amazing teacher!!! I can't recommend him enough. His lessons on Logic Pro were incredibly straightforward and useful, and have been crucial for me as I continue to use the program. He is patient, kind, and has an enthusiasm for music that is unmatched. If you want to learn about Logic Pro, or music in general, you should look no further than Robby Bowen!!

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