New York City Drum Teachers
Residing in Brooklyn, NY, Colin is an active member of the creative music community. As a drummer/composer, Colin brings a unique approach to his music combining elements of jazz, free improvisation, and 20th century classical music. His music draws heavily from Bartók, Ligeti, Feldman, and Grisey, as well as Henry Threadgill, Anthony Braxton, and Muhal Richard Abrams.
Colin initially began piano lessons at age 4. At age 8, he received a drumset. After 10 year of intense classical piano study, Colin decided to pursue percussion as his main instrument. Outside of performing, he is an active educator in the NYC area. He has privately taught students of all ages and experience levels, as well as group classes at music schools and colleges. He offers lessons on both drums and piano.
Colin has studied drums with Ed Soph, Dan Weiss, Ari Hoenig, Ralph Peterson and Tyshawn Sorey. He has studied composition with Ingrid Laubrock, Tyshawn Sorey, and Eric Wubbels. Colin attended the University of North Texas and City College of New York. He holds a BFA in Jazz Performance and an MA in Music Performance with a focus in 20th century theory and composition.
Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, and raised in Denver, Teo Vanovski is freelance drummer, band leader, and educator based in New York City. His credits include performances/recordings with Rick Depofi (Shawn Colvin, Rosanne Cash), Drake Bell, Mike Makawski (Amy Winehouse, John Legend, Usher), LOTTE, Tom Gardner (Elle King, Bon Jovi, Nick Jonas), ASCAP, Birds in the Boneyard with whom he performed at Warped Tour 2017, Billy Sideman, Dear Comrade, Lola's Ghost, Luca di Fabio, and Comic Tales of Tragic Heartbreak.
When he isn't performing original music with his own quartet KOi4, Teo can be seen performing regularly with various bands, artists, and producers, whose genres span across jazz, funk, indie, singer song-writer, and folk. His teaching experience covers a wide age span from 10 year old beginners to 60 year old professionals.
Some of his biggest influences are studio drummers like Jeff Porcaro, Steve Gadd, Steve Jordan, Bernard Purdie, Ash Soan, and Matt Chamberlain. Teo has a bachelor's degree in drum set performance from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.
Some of the teachers he has privately studied with include Amir Ziv (Droid, System Dialing Records), Curtis Macdonald, Al Hood (Phil Collins Big Band), Mike Marlier (Lamont School of Music), Hal Galper, Jane Ira Bloom, David F. Gibson, and Shawn Pelton of the SNL band. Out of all these teachers Teo has picked up a diverse appreciation for all kinds of genres of music and does his best to always center lessons around songs and short musical phrases.
"Teo is a great drummer with a beautiful feel and a wide stylistic range on the drums; more importantly a great musician who sees the big picture and always makes the best musical choices"
-Shawn Pelton, drummer for Saturday Night Live-
Humberto Olivieri began his formal classical piano studies with professor Bruna Monestiroli, a former student of pianist and educator, Alfredo Casella. Montestiroli gave him the basic technique and understanding of tonal western
harmony, as well as introducing him to the art of teaching by letting him borrow some of her younger students and monitor his teaching. He then discovered Jazz, and pursued Jazz studies at the City College of New York where he graduated with a Bachelors in Music Performance.
In New York, he studies with Ray Gallon and Barry Harris and attends workshops with Kenny Werner, Fred Hersch, Bill Charlap and Ted Rosenthal, to name a few. He also studies with saxophonist Jason Rigby, who introduced him to the concept of free jazz.
Chris has been playing the drums for close to 15 years and performs regularly with many different and unique ensembles. He currently plays in a rock band by the name of The Troubled Clefs, an Indonesian Percussion Orchestra, the Band of Long Island and many more different ensembles. Chris is a recent graduate from the Aaron Copland School of Music of Queens College where he received his Bachelor's degree in music with a concentration in percussion performance. He has learned how to play in many different styles and techniques, and has played performances in Ireland, Bali, and even for a Tedx Talk. Chris also has experience with piano and teaches that as well. He is a flexible teacher and really sets up the lessons to what the student wants to learn as well as keeping the lessons fun, relaxed, and enjoyable for every student.
Dustin Beardsley is a freelance trumpet player in New York City. Earning his Bachelor of Music at New York University, Dustin graduated magna cum laude and was the recipient of the Outstanding Jazz Student Award for his graduating class. He has studied trumpet and improvisation with many renowned performers and teachers: Chris Jaudes, Laurie Frink, Ralph Alessi, Michael Rodriguez, Rich Perry, and Scott Mullett.
A frequent call for musical theater, Dustin held the chair as trumpet player for the New London Barn Playhouse’s summer season for three years (2013-15). Dustin has performed across the country and internationally with several Broadway tours: A Chorus Line (2018) The Producers (2015–16) and Guys and Dolls (2014–15). In New York City, Dustin can be found playing in a number of settings, including: musical theater pits, singer-songwriter horn sections, studio sessions, big bands, jazz combos, and classical ensembles. In addition to performing, Dustin also works as an arranger, composer, and songwriter for original projects and his own groups.
Dustin has given lessons to students of all ages and abilities, from those just beginning their studies to professionals seeking to refine specific techniques. He has also led masterclasses with elementary and high school level ensembles. Adept at finding methods that suit each student’s abilities, Dustin is eager to share the different approaches and techniques assimilated throughout his playing career!
Colin Leeds is a trained multi-instrumentalist, performer and music teacher. Originally form New Jersey, Colin discovered his passion for music at a very early age and has been pursuing his love for the art ever since. After graduating from Berklee College of Music in 2014, Colin began teaching private lessons for students of all ages as well as teaching and performing at local pre-schools. As a seasoned educator, Colin has turned absolute beginners into gigging musicians. When not on playing music, Colin loves to play basketball, bike, swim, read, write and laugh!
Colin is thrilled to be a part of Henderson Academy of Music and beyond excited inspire his students. Whether you want to become a rockstar, pop-star, or just want to have fun, Colin is a firm believer that everyone has the ability to learn an instrument. Let's get together and play some music!
Juan Mejia is a Drummer, Percussionist, Composer and Educator from Bogota / Colombia, he graduated from The Collective School of Music in 2013 and Berklee College of Music in 2017.
Besides leading his own band "Juan Mejia's Conspiracy", Juan has played with artist like Paul Winter, Bruno Raberg, Jason Palmer, Lizje Sarria and Nicolas Emden to name a few.
Juan has released 2 albums under his name, "Juan Mejia's Conspiracy" and "PERSONA" and 2 albums as a co-leader, Elephant Parade by Radio Illicit and Redmoon by MDH trio.
Elizabeth Sullivan has a passion for music. It is both eclectic and electric and she infuses her students with a desire to excel in their chosen art by her outstanding and talented example. Whether it is guitar, piano, or drums, Elizabeth sets the tone and cadence and the rhythm follows. She is able to see each child's unique gifts and nurture those qualities to grow in a life changing and positive way. She is also a very talented vocalist.
Elizabeth attended Ithaca College Music school as a Vocal performance major and is now finishing her Masters in Music Education at Hunter College in Manhattan. She also has extensive experience as a teacher and show director for children at School of Rock. Elizabeth is a teacher, performer and an all around musical extravaganza, wrapped in a small package. In short, she is an inspiration.
Mike Marcinowski is a Brooklyn based drummer, percussionist and teacher. Originally from western Massachusetts, Mike was drawn to NYC because of its long and storied musical history and thriving scene. Equally at home in rock, folk and jazz realms he enjoys bringing the subtlety and nuance of free improvisation to tightly arranged pop music. His current projects include lo fi country acts, avant garde musical theater and a solo drum/synth act called Big Ceremony.
Music has been a part of Mike's life for as long as he can remember, growing up listening to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones with his family. He started playing percussion in elementary school and moved to the drum kit in high school. Mike has degrees in classical percussion and ethnomusicology with a focus on the West African diaspora. He has studied Malian/Guinean folkloric drumming with master drummer Karim Tounkara and Sekou Sylla and jazz/improvisation with Bob Gullotti, Bob Weiner, Chad Taylor, Ches Smith, Gerald Cleaver and Billy Martin.
Mike can be found playing throughout NYC in a number of scenes, as well as accompanying dance classes with the Mark Morris Dance Group and teaching students privately. He has worked with students of all ages and abilities, offering guidance in technique, reading, and improvisation techniques to both drummers and non-drummers.
Luca Bertaglia is a professional drummer, composer, arranger, teacher and educator, session drummer
and bandleader based in New York City.
Originally from Italy, Luca has been active in the national music scene since 2011. Luca has played in
multiple original, cover and tribute bands and as a session drummer for different artists. He is also
bandleader of his own project, Luca Bertaglia Mind Project, currently recording his first solo album.
In January of 2014, after winning national competitions as an individual performer and with bands he
collaborated with, Luca moved to New York to study at The Collective School of Music and pursue his
career in the music industry. During his professional career, Luca has had the pleasure and honor of studying with some of the most significant artists in contemporary music. This includes Jason Gianni, Fred Klatz, Peter Retzlaff, Ian Froman, Jon Davis, Frank Katz, Vince Cherico, Dennis Chambers, Marko Djordjevic, Tobias Ralph,
Adriano Santos, Chris Coleman, Jimmy Cobb, Kim Plainfield, Ari Hoenig, Mark Guiliana,
Kenny Grohowsky, and Ziv Ravitz.
Luca is a dynamic drummer with the ability to play any style. He possesses professional knowledge and
experience working in studio sessions and recording, utilizing traditional and hybrid drums. Thanks to
his capabilities and experience, Luca has the ability to teach as well as perform. His students are of all
ages and experience levels, ranging from private lessons to classes in several schools.
Dillon Mansour is a musician, composer and educator from Hartland, Wisconsin now living in New York City. Being involved with classical percussion, drumline and jazz drumming at an early age, he received various honors for his ability as both performer and leader. Some recognition of his talents includes awards from Lawrence Conservatory of Music, Wisconsin School of Music Association as well as receiving the John Philip Sousa Award.
Now in New York City, Dillon has received a BM from City College of New York and performs regularly with his trio playing original compositions at various venues such as ShapeShifter Lab, Silvana, Tomi Jazz and Rockwood Music Hall. He also tours around the country as performer and clinician at numerous academic institutions and youth programs ranging from elementary to collegiate students. Dillon has been full time and adjunct staff at schools in Long Island, Queens, and the Bronx.
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