Hello everyone and welcome! My name is Noel B., and I am a drummer living and working in New York City. I have been fortunate to perform with jazz legends such as John Scofield, Pascal Niggenkemper, Andy Milne, Dave Pietro, Dave Douglas and the list continues. These shows were at many first rate jazz clubs including: Blue Note, The Jazz Gallery, The Stone, The Tea Lounge, Tomi Jazz, Cornelia St. Cafe, The Falcon, Twins Jazz, Trumpets Jazz and many others. While receiving my Masters degree at NYU, I was also employed as an adjunct music faculty member. In 2012 I was selected as one of Half Note Records musicians in the "Promising Artist Series." The award included responsibilities such as giving concerts and leading clinics. My drumming education began with Les Harris Jr., a long time student of the legendary educator/player Alan Dawson. I have also studied with drumming greats Jeff Ballard, Billy Drummond, Ari Hoenig and Tony Moreno. In 2011, I was accepted as a disciple of tabla maestro Anindo Chatterjee. This has also been an amazing opportunity. Chatterjee spends half the year residing and teaching in NYC. Just three blocks away, I am able to spend ample time learning from him. In the winter of 2013, I spent several months in India living the music. This included daily talim (lessons) from Gurujee as well as many all night concerts and sessions with local musicians. My study of tabla began in 2008 with Amos Libby of Portland, Maine. He is a talented teacher who introduced me to Hindustani/Carnatic music. I also traveled to India in 2010 to study with Amos's Guru, Vidwan Vasudeb Rao. While in Bangalore, I studied mridangam and experienced life in India for the first time. Another interest of mine has been listening to and studying electronic music. Turntableism was a large influence. I have turntables and a sampler and have been working with them for years. It has been a great inspiration to follow in the footsteps of DJs including DJ Craze, DJ Shadow, Mix Master Mike and Q-bert. *** Lesson Details *** I am a consummate learner in my life. I am trying to create the best musical life for myself and those around me. My goal is to share the information I have been lucky enough to learn with other students in a relaxed, open and fun manner. I hope to inspire others to pursue a musical life. No matter how serious and long, or short and light. The act of engaging one's mind in such an activity is very fulfilling for the mind and body. There is numerous statistical data on the positive outcome of the study of music. Engaging this creative portion of your mind is something that can only be done in such an activity. What better way to do this activity than with private instruction catered to the exact needs of the person. No matter what style of music it may be!! I encourage children and adults to explore and experience music through movement, singing, playing instruments, and improvisation (creating music instantaneously). They explore and experience first by imitation, then by creation; they proceed from the part to the whole, from the simple to the complex, and from individual to ensemble experiences. Music literacy is an additional goal, with singing and music reading central to its success. Children and adults learn to read, hear, and think music following a sequential program. I also incorporate ear training, singing with sol-feg syllables and/or the rhythms of the drum, then improvisation with the material and eurhythmics. The eurhythmic component is the one that receives more attention in current application and is often incorporated in elementary general music. Paying attention to body movement on the instrument and learning from it improves the feel of music. One major difference between myself and other music teachers is the integration of technology into the hands-on experience of a private lesson. I am currently using an online resource which all my students also can use. It is an online archive of all of the material taught in lessons. How many times have you taken a lesson, taken notes, and by the time you have gotten home you forgot some of the major points of the lesson?? I know that I have! This resource maximizes your ability to get the most out of each lesson. Maybe you are more of a shy person as well and have difficulty performing the material in the lesson. This resource is also great for you because it gives you the time to repeat the idea from the lesson over and over while being in the comfort of your own room! One of my ultimate goals in teaching is to help my students develop the skills and knowledge to not only be able to play well, but to also be able to teach themselves (and hopefully others in the future). Thank you for your time! Have a great day! *** Studio Equipment *** Soundproof room w/ drum set seating for parents Piano P.A. Guitar Amplifier *** Travel Equipment *** Sticks. Guitar. Lesson Materials *** Specialties *** I specialize in percussion. I have a degree in classical percussion with a concentration in Jazz performance. This background covers a lot of the bases. I played snare pieces as well as mallet percussion (vibraphone, marimba), and timpani. My number one specialty however is drumset. I have experience in teaching and playing Rock, Jazz, Latin Music, Funk & R&B, Country, Folk, and Classical Indian Music. I also played Guitar and Piano growing up. I took private lessons as well as learned music from recordings by myself. This skill is very helpful in playing any music and also composing. I hope to share these special skills with you!