Robby Bowen

Robby B.

Brooklyn, NY
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Lesson Details

Percussion

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I teach all classical percussion instruments including snare drum, mallet keyboards (two and four mallets), drum set, orchestral accessories, timpani, and more! Percussion is a wide field and I will work with you to cover all of your bases while also helping you find which areas interest you most. Skills we will work on include fundamental techniques, sight-reading, music theory, memorization, improvisation, and listening exercises.
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About

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

Teaching since:
May 2006

Hi! My name is Robby and I am a drummer/percussionist based in Brooklyn. I prioritize humor, empathy, and patients as crucial elements of music making. My musical experience includes rock, pop, hip-hop, classical, jazz, electronic, and almost any other genre. Recently, I earned a Masters Degree in Percussion Performance from the Mannes School of Music in 2016.

I can teach out of my studio in Downtown Brooklyn 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 musical goals. I look forward to meeting you!

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

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Experience

Drummer
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.

Percussionist & Drummer
May 2016 - Present
Contemporaneous

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.

Education

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

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

A fun concert snare drum solo. Many of the techniques I used in this piece are transferrable to a variety of other percussion instruments!
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Playing one of my all-time favorite pieces from one of my all-time favorite movies!
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Performing John Luther Adams's amazing piece "Inuksuit" for 9-99 outdoor drummer/percussionists

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

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