Rob Schwartz
Rob Schwartz

Rob Schwartz

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Introduction: Rob Schwartz is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music with a degree in jazz studies. Rob has performed throughout the United States and in China with jazz and rock bands such as TV Mike and the Scarecrows, Jenna Mammina, Steve Lucky and the Rhumba Bums, San Francisco’s Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, Amos Payne, The Attachments, Otto Mobile and the Moaners, and the jazz trio Beep. Rob is experienced playing many different styles on the drum set and has studied orchestral snare drum technique. Growing up in Toledo, Ohio, he studied with Paul Nieft. At Oberlin Conservatory, he had the privilege of studying with renowned jazz drummers Billy Hart and Paul Samuels, and orchestral percussionist Michael Rosen. From January 2007 to March 2008, Rob studied Brazilian percussion with Jorge Alabê while drumming for Jorge’s bateria, Samba Rio. He also immersed himself in Brazilian percussion during a couple visits to Rio de Janeiro. Given his diverse musical background and professional experience, Rob can teach many styles—rock, pop, jazz, samba, Afro-Cuban, reggae. He has 14 years of experience teaching students ranging from young children to adults, and has taught for other music schools such as the Wilmington School of Rock, the Rawk U School of Music, and the Chestnut Hill Music Academy. Rob’s goal as a teacher is, not only to help his students improve at drums, but to imbue them with an appreciation for the process and journey of studying music.

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Ameet S.

Drum Lessons

I LOVE Rob! He makes drumming fun! My son and I both take lessons with Rob. It is the highlight of our day. He's talented and equally patient.
Dec 6, 2019
Melissa C.

Drum Lessons (for adults)

I had never before played the drums until my first lesson with Rob. It's been a few months now and I've learned so much and really feel that I'm improving with every lesson. I highly recommend Rob - he's professional, talented and a great teacher!
Apr 3, 2017
Curtis K.

Drum Lessons

Rob is a great teacher. I appreciate his thoroughness, stressing technique, while keeping the lessons fun; I also like learning how to read music, which I did not expect, but am glad it’s part of his approach, method. I highly recommend Rob, as a teacher, and he’s an overall good guy too.
Dec 8, 2019
Chirag D.

Drum Lessons (for adults)

Rob is a fantastic teacher. Extremely patient and quite knowledgeable in various styles. His approach is very systemic and methodical. As a new drummer, I have throughly enjoyed my lessons and would recommend the classes to all my friends.
Oct 16, 2017
Basil F.

Drum Lessons (for adults)

Rob is a great teacher. He his extremely focused on a drummer's development, and personalizes his lessons to focus on specific areas where a player can improve.
Mar 8, 2017
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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    $30/half hour, $45/45 minutes, $55/hour for lessons at my home. I add $5-$15 to come to your house, depending on time of day and distance.

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

    You'll need to have at least sticks and a drum pad to get started. I'll provide some sheet music for the first few lessons, but after that, I'll want you to buy a book. (If you already have some books, we can likely work with what you have. Also, I'm open to teaching only by ear, but I recommend learning to read music.) I'll start out by covering the basics of technique, and I'll make sure you are solid on your 8th-note rock beats. We can go in many directions from there! I like to work on actual music with students, so hopefully you have some songs you want to learn!

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

    I have a B.Mus. in Jazz Studies (2005) from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. At Oberlin, I studied with renowned jazz drummer Billy Hart and classical percussionist Michael Rosen. From January 2007 to March 2008, I studied Brazilian percussion with Jorge Alabê while drumming for his bateria, Samba Rio. I also studied Brazilian percussion in Rio de Janeiro for three months.

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