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The Nasatir School of Percussion
The Nasatir School of Percussion

The Nasatir School of Percussion

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Introduction: I think most drum teachers want their students to succeed and have fun. Having said that, part of the problem with many instructors is they only play one or two styles of music. Many teachers don't work on the "musical" side of percussion. Percussion is not just about learning a "new beat". At the Nasatir School of Percussion we work on ear training, chord structure, and how percussion fits in with music. We don't just teach "beats". A drum set student will learn Rock, Funk, Jazz, Mambo, Songo, and other assorted styles of music, but they will also learn scales & chords on mallet instruments, note intervals for timpani, and techniques for hand drums. We also work well with PIANO students who want to actually play a part in the school band or orchestra (typically there are very few opportunities for pianists in a school environment). Piano students who play percussion are miles ahead of the "competition" by learning keyboard instruments such as xylophone, marimba, chimes, and orchestra bells (glockenspiel). Learning timpani is a logical instrument for a pianist to play as well, due to the ear training and interval memory needed to play these instruments.

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Vincent R.

Drum Lessons

I have not played in 20 years and this was my 1st lesson. So far my experience has been positive. Cary put me at ease from the start. We jumped right into reading/playing simple patterns, nothing to overwhelming. He seems very knowledgeable and patient. I would recommend Cary to anyone interested in learning percussion instruments. Looking forward to my next lesson.
Nov 5, 2014


  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I am constantly reading new literature on teaching methods, exploring new playing techniques, and reading full orchestral scores. I also surf You Tube looking at new and young bands to see what styles are trending. K-Pop has my current attention.

  • Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?

    I recently was a featured artist with the Alvarado Middle School concert band (Union City, Ca). It wasn't about my playing so much as it was about the three percussion sections filled with my students. I was most proud of their hard work and extraordinary performances under the pressure of concert performance.

  • What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?

    I think the number one question a parent should be asking of a drum teacher is: "can you teach my child to read percussion music?" The more musicality your child has, the better the success they will have in school bands (Symphonic-Jazz-Marching) and orchestras. Ask a potential instructor how much experience they have with students involved in school programs. Find out if they have students playing with youth orchestras outside of schools. Ask that teacher what other percussion instruments they play. Drum set is only one part of the percussion section.

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