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Introduction: I currently play in the band St. Lucia. We've performed on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and the Main Stage at Coachella as well as touring nationally and around the world. I teach in person lessons in NYC and also offer virtual lessons through zoom all over the U.S! EDUCATION Master of Music - Manhattan School of Music Master of Education - Columbia University Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jazz - New School University I also have a strong passion to teach and share what I've learned to help drummers become the best they can be! Whether it's Jazz, Rock, Blues or Country, I'll help you accomplish your musical goals. Lets be a team! Dustin

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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
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
Jamie B.

Dustin is a supportive, talented, and engaging teacher who above all else, keeps drum lessons fun. Dustin kept me motivated while encouraging me to not be hard on myself as I progressed in my playing. Dustin makes sure to introduce fundamentals while also remaining flexible in allowing clients to bring in music that they want to work on. I have zero hesitations in referring friends to Dustin as a drum teacher. He's the best!
Jan 7, 2019
Simon G.

Drum Lessons (for adults)

Dustin is an attentive and productive instructor. He gave me plenty of practice tips that have already helped to make me a stronger drummer. I look forward to our next lesson.
Jan 16, 2017
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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    I charge an hourly an rate.

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

    I like to first hear what the students interests are and what they would like to get out the lessons. All of my lessons are tailored to the students needs. I do however, have many exercises and methods that I bring because no matter what your goals are, the fundamentals of drumming never change.

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

    My education includes: The New School - Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jazz Manhattan School of Music - Master of Music Columbia University - Master of Music Education

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