Drum Lessons at Eric Wagner Drum Studio

Poughkeepsie, NY

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Modern Drummer Magazine Dec. 2015 listed as one of the "Finest Drum Instructors in the World" by legend Dom Famularo. Member of the Sabian Education Network and D'Addario Education Collective (Evans Drumheads) Accepting a few students of any level and/or age, pre-school to adult, for drum lessons in Poughkeepsie, NY( located near Vassar College). Eric has a Bachelors Degree of Fine Arts in Music (emphasis in Drum set and classical percussion) from the University of Connecticut and over 30 years performing and teaching experience. Eric teaches at his studio in Poughkeepsie, NY as well as The Dutchess Community College Music School, Trinity Pawling School in Pawling, NY and The Millbrook School, Millbrook, NY. Online drum lessons available. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- * Lessons are prepared based on individual desires and needs, i.e. if you are an adult looking for serious drum study or just a hobby for fun, or you are a student who needs structure and guidance, Eric loves teaching in many different ways, everyone is different so there are many successful approaches to teaching and making it fun for all. * Learn how to read and perform all styles including rock, latin, jazz, rudimental snare drum, etc... * Learn proper technique to achieve maximum speed, fluidity, and relaxation * Students get a full multi-media approach to learning drums that allows them to enhance their musical progress by taking advantage of modern day technologies. Practicing with computerized drum machines in musical ways to help develop phrasing, accuracy, simulate a performance atmosphere, as well as the most important aspect...a crucial time feel. * Eric will record your lessons, Video or Audio, at your request and you can take it home with you on your flash drive or cd/dvd. * Practice with educational cds as well as cds of artists of all styles and genres which allows you to apply what you are learning to a simulated performance. * Eric will expose you to a history of the drum set and the great drummers be it through recordings, literature, or the occasional video which is invaluable for inspiration. * NYSSMA, All-County, All-State, college auditions, school & recreational band auditions, and scholarship preparations are available and welcome. * Full Studio with two acoustic drum sets, one electronic drum set, and lots of toys/percussion. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- REFERENCES ------------------- "I have been taking lessons from Eric Wagner and as a beginning drummer in his late 40's I need a teacher that is patient and willing to explain different aspects of drumming more than once! To top it off, I am left handed! Eric has no problem teaching me the opposite of how he drums, not an easy task. I live on the other side of the Hudson River and travel to Poughkeepsie to take lessons from Eric. As every good student should do, I explored my options as it relates to other teachers. First, Eric is the only teacher that has a studio (not in his house). It is nice to go to quiet place with good acoustics with no distractions. Other "teachers" either have you go to their house or put you in the back of a store. These other teachers do not spend time with their students teaching their students how to read music, they dwell more on teaching you how to play a song. Their "teaching sites" had horrible drum kits; some only had an electric drum set in rooms the size of a mouse trap. Eric believes in teaching the foundations of drumming and branching off from there. He is a true professional and spends money (reinvests in his business) to update his studio with proper equipment. Eric is a very nice person who believes in himself and teaches with confidence and poise. I highly recommend Eric to beginners and all drummers who want to expand their knowledge of drumming." Cliff F. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "Eric Wagner is a fantastic drum teacher. He really introduced me to everything that being a drummer had to offer. He got me reading music, playing all different styles, working on my coordination, interpreting lead sheets, and working on the most important thing as a drummer, your pocket. Also, he really helped me prepare for my audition to get into Berklee College of Music, where I have been studying drumset, composition, and production for the last 3 years. I definitely recommend Eric to anyone who is interested in really diving into the art of drumming!" Josh C. - Current Berklee College of Music Student --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Studio Located at Vincitore's Piano Center in Poughkeepsie/Arlington .

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I teach drums for a living. Over 40 lessons a week. I perform drums for a living. I work kids to adults and everyone in between. Life is good. I'm a lucky man. What's not to like?
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Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

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3 Reviews
  • Chet D. Apr 8, 2014
    Drum Lessons
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  • Maria M. May 4, 2011
    "Eric is very cool and very good at the drums." Student: Marco 6 yrs. old Eric is very patient with instructing Marco. In four short months, Marco can already make cool beats on the drums especially when he practices the way he should. He keeps the lessons structured and adds a little fun as well. We look forward to the progress and potential Marco shows with the expertise of Mr. Eric Wagner. Maria - Marco's mom :-) Happy Teacher Appreciation Week Eric! We really appreciate you. You rock!!!!!
  • Teresa L. May 4, 2011
    Eric is great! Our son is quite shy so we weren't sure how he would do with drum lessons or an instructor. As soon as we began lessons, Eric made him feel comfortable and relaxed. Our son feels confident in asking him questions, especially when he doesn't understand something. Our son is also learning things he has not learned in school yet, however Eric always takes the time to explain anything that's new to him. When we were interested in purchasing a drum set for our son, Eric quickly recommended a drum set which fit our budget perfectly. My son loves it! Thanks Eric!