Zaky Nova

Zaky N.

Independence, KY

About Zaky N.

Zaky teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: June 2009
Last sign in: Last week


Hi, my name is Zak! Music is a beautiful thing. It has the so much power. It can be used to send a message, move and inspire people. Music can impact emotions, it is a beautiful and powerful thing!

Music, and teaching have always been a big passion in my life. The ability to take knowledge of a subject that you have, and show, share, and shape someone and pass on that knowledge to them. It is an amazing feeling. I am a passionate, and caring instructor. My teaching style is encouraging, motivating, and educational. I fully believe that you can do anything you set your mind to, and I use that by showing my students that I believe in them.

I use a curriculum that was taught to me, and has been used in schools and universities. This curriculum fits all age groups and skill levels. Starting with Rock, moving to Funk, ending with Jazz. When drumming playing with music, learning improvisation, and playing by ear is important. I also focus on this, having students learn their favorite songs, and learn to play with new music as well. This keeps students interested, and adds a fun personal element to their lessons. I also have implemented use of a teaching app, so while practicing if students have a question they can ask me right then so to not forget, and I can give feedback. It also has a practice tracker tool. If you have any questions feel free to email me.

I look forward to meeting you, and helping you reach your music goals!

~ Zaky N.

Photos and Videos

OCEAN GRID "Welterweight"


Sep 2012 - Present

Jan 2015 - May 2015
NKU Percussion Ensemble

Jan 2015 - May 2015
NKU Concert Band

Jan 2006 - Dec 2009
Walking Toward Eternity

Substantial Records

Jun 2005 - Jun 2009
Simon Kenton Marching Band

Apr 2008 - Dec 2008

Static Factory Records

Apr 2007 - Sep 2008
Black Veil Brides

Warner Bros. Records, Standby Records


B.M. Performance Instrumental (Percussion)
Aug 2014 - Present
Northern Kentucky University
B.M. Music Production and Performance
Aug 2011 - Apr 2012
University of Memphis
B.M. in Music Performance Focus in Music Production
Jul 2009 - Apr 2011
Berklee College of Music
Aug 2006 - May 2009
Simon Kenton

Languages Spoken

Fluent / Native Proficiency


Percussive Arts Society, The
Sep 2014

We offer students and professionals opportunities to grow artistically and professionally. Students can learn have a music industry experience through the PAS Internship program or apply to receive a PAS scholarship or grant. Professionals can create new percussion programs or gain recognition through PAS grants and contests. Many individuals have significantly impacted the world of percussion through the Percussive Arts Society and they are recognized in our Hall of Fame and Awards pages.

4 Reviews on Zaky N.

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Levi M. Aug 21, 2016
· Drum · In home My son is 10 years old and has zero experience with music but wanted to give drumming a try. Zaky was perfect- encouraging, fun, and friendly. Zaky is a clear teacher who stealthily sneaks in terms and concepts while the kids are hands on. I'd absolutely recommend him for any age student!
· Drum · In home Great instructor.
Pragya B G. Mar 15, 2015
· Drum · In home Good teacher!!
Regina B. Feb 27, 2015
· Drum · In home I have nothing but great things to say about Zak N., my daughter's instructor - he is SUPER with her and has given her confidence and the self-esteem she lacked before. I would refer family/friends and others to him in a heartbeat!!! He is the BEST!!!

Zak has gone so far out of his way to accommodate us. He has taken my daughter under his wing, insisting that she surpasses him in his expertise and spends 4 times the amount of time he is getting paid for, just to increase her skills and confidence. This is all while he attends two different colleges on a full-time basis!!! He is simply amazing, and incredibly talented!
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