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.