Zaky Nova

Zaky N.

Independence, KY

Lesson Details



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

Teaching since:
June 2009

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.

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Sep 2012 - Present

Jan 2015 - May 2015
NKU Concert Band

Jan 2015 - May 2015
NKU Percussion Ensemble

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


Fluent / Native Proficiency


May 2015

ASCAP is a membership association of more than 625,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers. We uphold the value of our members’ music, and help them thrive alongside the businesses that use their music every day.

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.

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Photos & Videos

Selfie Time! :)

OCEAN GRID "Welterweight"
OCEAN GRID - Run from the Vices
Photo by Zaky N.

OG Promos

OCEAN GRID fan video!
Mind Over Monsters, a song by my band OCEAN GRID!
OG killing it @ The Madison Theater in Covington, KY!

12 Year Harlot
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8 Reviews

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Brenda S. Nov 10, 2017
Drum · Online

Andrea Oct 16, 2017
Percussion · In studio

Zaky is great with my son who has a history of brain injury which causes him to have short term memory problems. In just a few weeks he has much more confidence in himself and is even a slight bit ahead in band class. He is now able to help some of the other students which he loves. There are very few things that at school that don't overwhelm him, and Zaky has helped him find success in music.

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Caroline I. Oct 12, 2017
Adobe Illustrator · Online

Great guy -- very knowledgeable and accommodating, despite technical issues with classroom

James Sep 23, 2017
Drum · In studio

My son is enjoying drum lessons with zacky, and is already showing much improvement. I look forward to continuing these lessons

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!

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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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