Dustin Kaufman Music
Dustin Kaufman Music

Dustin Kaufman Music

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Introduction: Dustin Kaufman Music is a virtual music school where you can study with some of the best musicians in the world from the comfort of your own home! MEET OUR FACULTY! Sinclaire Wade - Drums Growing up in Houston, Texas, Sinclaire has experienced a full array of musical situations. From gospel and jazz, to rock and classical; Sinclaire can perform, and most importantly teach, all of these styles at a very high level. Currently a student at the University of North Texas, Sinclaire is continuing to develop and study her craft to the fullest. Dustin Kaufman - Drums Dustin has been the drummer for the band St. Lucia since 2014. He has also toured with other notable artists including: Moon Boots and Gavin Turek. Some performance highlights include Coachella, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Good Morning America. Dustin received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Jazz Performance from The New School, a Master of Music Degree from the Manhattan School of Music, and Master of Arts Degree from Columbia University. Jackson Hillmer - Drums Jackson Frye Hillmer is a drummer, songwriter, and educator who grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he developed a deep love of music. He began his journey learning the trumpet and eagerly picked up the tuba and drum set soon after to perform with the Redwood High School jazz and symphonic band. He had the opportunity and good fortune to study with John Mattern, Alan Hall (Cirque Du Soleil), Jeff Masanari (SF Symphony) and Chris Amberger (Janis Joplin, Rahsaan Roland Kirk). As a member in his early jazz groups, he opened for vocalist Kenny Washington, and played frequent local festivals & weekly gigs. Jackson started teaching drum lessons to beginner students when he was in high school and has continued to teach throughout his music career. Jackson graduated high school with the Louis Armstrong Excellence in Jazz award and was offered a jazz drumming scholarship from the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music where he studied with drummer Mike Marlier (Maynard Ferguson) and pianist Eric Gunnison (Carmen McRae). While studying abroad, Hillmer explored & performed at the University of Ghana, Accra with world renowned xylophonist Aaron Bebe Sukura, percussionist Johnson Kemeh, and Dance Troupe Leader Agosu Allotey. Upon graduation, he received the Sterling Nelson Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Jazz Studies & Commercial Music. While living in Denver, he performed at notable Colorado venues and festivals such as Mishawaka Amphitheatre, Dazzle Jazz, Bluebird Theatre, Fox Theatre, and Vertex Festival; and developed a strong and lasting relationship with the members of his current touring band, Mama Magnolia. Karina Camile Parker - Vocals Karina (soprano) is a Brooklyn-based multi-disciplinary performing artist, educator, and director. Karina is a co-founder and co-director of the new, grassroots opera company, Killer Queen Opera, and is a founding member of the New York-based vocal ensemble Musica Vera. Karina received her Bachelor's of Fine Arts and Music Education Certification for instrumental and vocal instruction from Carnegie Mellon University School of Music. She now performs, directs, and teaches in New York City's five boroughs. Currently, Karina is a Resident Teaching Artist and Education Assistant at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning. She also runs her own private teaching studio providing vocal and piano lessons for students of all ages and experience levels. Tim Basom - Guitar Since 2017, Tim has been one half of the guitar section on Broadway’s Dear Evan Hansen, and in addition has been fortunate to collaborate with some amazingly talented artists. Some notable appearances include: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, FX’s Fosse/Verdon, Trixie Mattel, Mandy Gonzalez, Frances Ruffelle, Phillipa Soo, and a host of others. Tim received a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies from The University of Akron, as well as a Master of Music in Instrumental Jazz Performance from The Manhattan School of Music. Jeff Koch - Bass Bassist Jeff Koch was born and raised in New York City. He began playing electric and upright bass when he was 13. Since then, Jeff has performed at prestigious venues and world renowned festivals in NYC and around the world including The Blue Note, The Kennedy Center, The Bimhuis (Amsterdam), Ronnie Scotts (London), and The North Sea Jazz Festival. One of his projects took first prize at the International B-Jazz Competition held in Belgium in 2015. Jeff has also been an active teaching artist, working with programs such as: Lincoln Center’s Jazz for Young People, the Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra, and establishing the True School of Music in Mumbai. He has received a Master’s degree in Jazz Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, and a Master’s degree in Music & Music Education from Columbia University’s Teachers College. Whether you're a total beginner or a seasoned pro, we can help you accomplish your musical goals!

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Min M.

Drum Lessons

Dustin is super patient and kind. Our first lesson was great - he really worked to understand where my child was at in terms of understanding, rhythm, and what interested him to use to help him learn. Looking forward to working with him.
Jun 30, 2021
Christina H.

My young son has been taking lessons with Dustin for almost a year, and he really enjoys it. It's been a great way for him to experience music in a new way, and Dustin does a great job of teaching him age-appropriate drills and rhythms while still having fun. I also love that lessons are held at a convenient studio with private rooms near Times Square. My son loves being able to play on a real drum kit, an experience he didn't get through other music classes we've tried. Dustin is always professional, punctual, flexible and an all-around great guy. I would highly recommend.
Nov 14, 2019
Brenna P.

Thumbtack and Dustin K have been such a pleasant experience. From posting my projects to responding to scheduling and follow up, Dustin is 100% professional. Our instructor Tim wonderful. Excellent with children, patient and fun. Looking for to continuing our relationship and correspondence.
Sep 10, 2021
Nancy C.

My son wasn’t really a musician, but he took up percussion at school as a way to get out of fine arts and wind instruments. Turns out he loved it so much he asked for private lessons. When his recommended teacher moved away, we didn’t know what to do. We picked Dustin out of a hat and started lessons. OH MY GOD, WERE WE LUCKY! Dustin has been amazing. Dustin helped my son audition for jazz band and is now working with him on High School auditions. When Dustin went on tour, he came up with a terrific plan (Skype) to make sure the lessons continued smoothly. He helped my son choose his music for the auditions and he’s run some mock auditions with him. (My son was selected for Jazz band and has completed one of three of his HS auditions, where he felt confident and prepared.) Dustin is very responsive, flexible, professional, punctual, and organized. My son really likes him and his school music teacher has commented on how much he has improved. I would recommend Dustin without reservation to anyone looking for drum lessons.
Nov 9, 2019
Kinga N.

Drum Lessons

Dustin has been giving classes to my 8 year old son who has just starting his journey with drums and playing and reading music in general. He’s always on time and super enthusiastic to see us. He’s always well prepared and focused on teaching and getting things done but also incorporates some games to make it fun. He knows how to approach a kid, he covers a lot during each class. My son cant wait for another class, we love it.
Nov 8, 2019
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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    We charge an hourly an rate.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    We like to first hear what the students interests are and what they would like to get out the lessons. All of our lessons are tailored to the students needs.

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

    The New School - Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jazz Manhattan School of Music - Master of Music Columbia University - Master of Music Education University of North Texas - Bachelor's in Music Performance

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