Dru Richardson

Dru R.

New York, NY

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Dru delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

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Dru is a professional percussionist and teacher living and working in New York City. She graduated from Appalachian State University with 2 Bachelors Degree -- one in Music Performance and the other in Business Administration. While at App State, she was the president of the Steely Pan Steel Band and spent the majority of her days traveling North Carolina and surrounding states spreading the love of the Trinidad namesake instrument, the Steel Pan. She also was a member of the New Paradigm Quartet, ASU Percussion Ensemble, and the ASU Tabla Ensemble. In addition, she taught drumline and front ensemble for three years at Athens Drive High School, Bunker Hill High School, and Eastern Alamance High School. These days she is a bookkeeper by day and gigging, teaching, and even *pretend* playing on the upcoming season of Amazon's Mozart in the Jungle by night! She is also heavily involved in Bollywood dancing, learning to speak Hindi, and a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC.

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Drum Lessons Instructor
Aug 2008 - Present
Private Lessons Instructor

Percussion Instructor
May 2010 - Aug 2012
Eastern Alamance High School

Percussion Instructor
May 2010 - Oct 2010
Bunker Hill High School

Percussion Instructor
Jun 2009 - Sep 2009
Athens Drive High School


Bachelors of Science in Business Administration
Aug 2010 - Dec 2014
Appalachian State University
Bachelors of Music
Aug 2009 - Dec 2013
Appalachian State University


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Steely Pan Steel Band Alumni Scholorship
May 2012
Appalachian State University

Photos & Videos

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Photo by Dru R.

Run through for my junior recital marimba solo -- Rite of Passage by Jesse Monkman
Steely Pan Steel Band at our Alumni Reunion Concert in 2014
Joe Green's Xylophonia
High School Drumline -- center tenor
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3 Reviews

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Anna Aug 27, 2017
Steel Drums ·

Dru is AMAZING! So great with the kids. Patient and knowledgeable!

Mikey Aug 22, 2017
Percussion · In home

If you're looking for a professional yet fun instructor, Dru should be your top choice. She is not only patient and thoughtful when teaching you a new technique - she is also skilled in ensuring that you are enjoying your lesson. Dru is clearly a master when it comes to percussion and music theory, and she will help make you one, too!

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Connor Aug 19, 2017
Steel Drums · In studio

Dru is seriously amazing! Her patience is very admirable and she knows SO MUCH about music. She is very passionate about steel pan, which made it easy for me to stay motivated.

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