LEARN DRUMS LIKE A PRO
Our drum instructors are all professionally trained with a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree level of education and have graduated from highly reputable music schools and conservatories from all around the world including the Manhattan School of Music and Peabody Institute of Music. Each instructor brings their own unique style of teaching and experience to the lesson to help ensure that our students get the best possible drum instruction whilst realizing their full music potential. At Drum Lessons NYC our drum instructors all have the same goal in mind and that is to provide the highest quality education in a fun, energetic and welcoming environment.
Nathan Ellman-Bell is a drummer, composer and educator with a background in classical percussion and jazz. He is a graduate of the Idyllwild Arts Academy and the Peabody Institute of Music where he earned a Bachelor in Jazz studies. He has performed with such jazz luminaries as Michael Formanek, Uri Cane, Dave Douglas and Sam Rivers among many others and performed at numerous jazz festivals around the world. Nathan has extensive experience as a drum teacher having previously taught at the Baltimore School For Drums as well as privately in his home studio. Nathan now lives in Brooklyn, New York where he plays regularly with his own bands and keeps busy as a side man.
Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, and raised in Denver, Teo Vanovski is a freelance drummer, band leader, and producer based in New York City. When he isn’t performing with his own trio or quartet, Teo can be seen performing every week with various bands and artists, whose genres span across jazz, funk, indie, singer song writer, and folk. Teo has a bachelor’s degree for drum set performance from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music where he was also a tutor to drum students, helping them pass and earn better grades in classes such as sight reading and drum lab.
During our drum lessons students will learn a range of different music theory subjects. The first thing we teach is notation which covers the staff, rhythms, rests, meter, time signatures, and dynamics. We also learn to tune the drums during lessons and give an introduction to melody, phrasing and musical form as it applies to our instrument. As musical awareness grows, students begin to hear how the pitches of the drums fit into the harmony (chords) of the music they play. Whether you are an absolute beginner or have already studied music theory, our drum lessons are individually tailored to cover everything from the most basic note values to the most advanced applications of syncopation and polyrhythms.
In each of our drum lessons, students are given a range of different tasks and activities to help them increase their sight-reading ability. They not only become adept at playing the notes accurately, but also learn to read and anticipate the changing dynamics in speed and volume as written. Our exercises focus on honing students’ short-term musical memories to allow them to read ahead while playing a piece so that they play it correctly when they get to that section. We will practice sight reading solos as well as duos that the instructor and student can play together.
Technique is a means of gaining more musicality, not of gaining technique for technique’s sake. Playing fast can be great, but the best drummers know when to use their chops. Technique gives us the means to play fast, but it also helps us to switch seamlessly between fast and slow patterns, loud and soft dynamics, and everything in between. The more control of these elements we have, the better we are able to fit into group contexts and blend to make a band sound its very best.
We also use specific texts in our drum lessons to help us gain versatility with our hands and feet. Depending on the style of music or context, drummers use their independence on the drums in different ways. While the application of these coordination techniques differ, the goal is essentially the same: to gain the freedom to play with imagination and musicality.
We spend time in lessons playing grooves from the jazz, rock, and Latin idioms, and listening to examples by established bands for reference. For instance, if you’ve always wanted to learn how to play the drum part to Jimi Hendrix’s classic “Purple Haze,” our instructors will guide you through from verse to chorus to bridge so that you can expertly mimic the style of Mitch Mitchell, from laying down the basic beat to eventually being able to improvise your own fills and unique accents. The goal is to ultimately help you form your own style by studying and practicing the drum parts of such legendary drummers, be it Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham, Miles Davis drummer Tony Williams, or Salsa and Latin drummer Tito Puente. Through better understanding a wide variety of styles, our students will soon find themselves comfortable playing in any and every style.
*Note: If you do not own a drum set and require lessons in a studio there is an additional $15 charge to cover the studio fees.
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149 West 46th Street
New York, NY 10036
39 Argyle Road
Brooklyn, NY 11218
180 N 14th St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
630 Flushing Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11206
Phone: +1 (347) 302-1342