Gift Certificates Available. SHOP NOW!

Musika Music Lessons
We'll match you with the perfect teacher!

Lesson Special - Up to 20% OFF! Get Started Now with a Risk-Free Trial!

Nick S In HomeHome In StudioStudio Teaches OnlineOnline
avatar
Instruments: Drums
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Country, R&b, Gospel, Funk, Electronic, Reggae, Latin Jazz, Swing, Bossa Nova, Soul, Marching Band, Punk, Avant-Garde

avatar

Nick S In Home In Studio Teaches Online
Instruments: Drums
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Country, R&b, Gospel, Funk, Electronic, Reggae, Latin Jazz, Swing, Bossa Nova, Soul, Marching Band, Punk, Avant-Garde

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 5-80
Levels Taught:

EMAIL US OR CALL 877-687-4524

Verification

Background check cleared

Social security verified

Name verified

Phone verified

Email verified

Address verified

Studio Locations
ABOUT
Degrees / Training / Special Info:
Bachelor Degree: Rider University

Awards:

2012 Recipient of the Joseph Philip Souza Award of Music

2012 Recipient of the Outstanding Leadership in Music Award from Bishop Eustace Preparatory School

2013/2015 /2017 Non-local Top Drummer / Percussionist of the Year Elephant Talk Magazine / Booking

Phi Alpha Theta December 2015 - Present Member of the History Honors Society.

Dean's List (2013-2016)

Overview:
I was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and grew up in the neighboring communities across the Delaware River in Cherry Hill and Medford, New Jersey. My love for music was cemented from an early age living in a house with 3-4 generations in it; I had been exposed to a plethora of musical textures & genres. After moving to Medford, I was accepted to Bishop Eustace Preparatory School, a prestigious private co-ed High School in the Tri-State area. While at Eustace, I won the Bishop Eustace Leadership in Music Award & the John Philip Sousa Award, the latter being a national award to honor the top student in high school band as it recognizes musicianship and outstanding dedication by one of the senior year members of the band. During my time at High School my involvement in music studies, classes, & advancement began & helped me find my voice in life & keep me out of any trouble a high schooler could be exposed or get into. I graduated from Rider University, located in Lawrenceville, New Jersey with Cum Laude Honors after successfully pursuing a Bachelors Degree in History and a Minor in Film and Media studies, whilst continuing my studies in the field of drums & percussion. A veteran of the Greater Philadelphia Area music scene, I have performed in numerous bands of varying genres, garnering several local music awards for his outstanding drumming. In addition to teaching, I frequently works as a session musician for recording artists of all genres.
EXPERIENCE

My teaching experience begins in June of 2018. Prior I had experience teaching at a non profit organization that I was the Executive Assistant Director of. I had taught students business English, museum management, & digital editing during summer exchange programs. In regards to drums, I began regular tutelage in June of 2019, growing my students to 8 total before the pandemic. During my time teaching virtually, I have found that focusing on theoretical points of discussions, balanced by applicable examples of these topical discussions in older & contemporary forms of music, is a wonderful & effective way to teach the instrument. This is my job; to teach the instrument with enthusiasm, passion, & an enjoyable, fun filled approach. We will be working towards a rudimental & fundamental based understanding of the drumset through traditional technique, theory, books, along with fun, modern songs. My goal will be to teach how to practice independently. I recommend setting up a practice schedule so that he knows when he is supposed to practice. If there is struggling with any of the weekly assignments, that is ok! Simply let me know at the next lesson so I know right where to help. No need to stress or worry if there is some confusion. Learning music is similar to learning another language; those first lessons, especially with drums, will have some basic learning curves, but I am sure that with practice & time you or your child will be excellent! My students are encouraged to enter competitions and recitals, as well as work on composing their own original material, so they can feel good about their accomplishments and stay motivated to learn. I'm always looking to bring on new students of all ages!

METHODS USED

My methods of teaching are Universal for both young, old, new, beginner, or advanced. I take a very strong stance on rudimentary preparedness and understanding as well as the importance of maintaining physical composure while playing drums. The drums are obviously a physical instrument so exerting force in the correct and relaxed emotion while maintaining maximum results is a consistent. Whether it is playing snare drum, a drum set, or doing a variety of percussion work at a gig or practicing from your house, these are matters that are needed to be addressed. When playing the actual drums, we focus heavily on rudimentary understanding of technique, grip, posture and fluidity while playing I have all students work on their 40 standard rudiments, understanding their history, application in both prior and contemporary forms of music, and how to further apply them. The rudiments are like the drummer's scale and are the consistent and perpetual language to speak drums. Depending on the skill level, there are a variety of books that I do like to hand out which relate to snare drum studies to reinforce reading and stick control. I also like to work on the foundations of syncopation and fundamental interdependence. The final method to start is a book in rock drumming that will serve as a good Segway to other forms of music, whether it be gospel, funk, or jazz. I like to expose students to a variety of styles, but also like to incorporate their interests into the lesson. That could range from music they are interested in, topics they want to study, or breaking down a piece music they like and using it as an exercise. The final thing that I like to bring forth to students, which is found in many of the books as rhythm studies and retrospective comprehensive pieces, is recital worthy material. In addition to playing the instrument, teaching isn't just discussing note value and how to play a swing waltz. You must also be able to help prep a student for performance and to give them insight on such intangible matters. The best way to First expose them to these is to prepare them for a recital and an accompanying piece or two. This is another topic that I would like to help students prepare for; it could be anything from an Allstate jazz band, pieces for school concerts, or just preparedness for live performance. I want to be able to keep a student interested in their studies, whilst giving them the tools to open up their musical knowledge and vocabulary. They will be able to simultaneously diversify themselves and continue to grow in the instrument.

LESSON STYLE

My teaching style is based around the phrase of I want to teach you how to fish, not just have you pay for fish. I don't want to be your fishmonger. I want to give you the tools & fulfill my role to prepare you to be the best drummer you can be. My beliefs a student comes with ideas and goals in regards to their respective instrument or task, and a teacher supposed to help them express those ideas or help them accomplish what they want to do yet also refine technique and their approach to the instrument. It's so that they are best set up to now do what they want to do. You can always rely on your teacher for answering questions and supporting your desire to achieve a certain goal. It's also their job to bring new material as a second brain or pair of eyes and ears to unilaterally build you up.or them to assist you. And so with that in mind, I make sure that I acknowledge great work, regardless of the source of the topic being studied; brought forth by the instructor or student. I continue to push the student to get better no matter their pace, and in a constant reminder, that slow and steady will win the race as opposed to sloppily breezing through a subject. We want to avoid a student taking three steps back due to lack of rudimental and physicality refinement. This push will be planted by the students interest in the instrument and the ability to set realistic goals to keep the progress of the student perpetually moving forward.

PHOTOS & VIDEOS
Teacher Video
Teacher Video
1 REVIEW
Leave a Review

Michael Rizzi

5

Nick is awesome. He is a great teacher. My son Michael is really loving the lessons and looks forward to them every week!

Review posted on Feb 17, 2022
Verification

Background check cleared

Social security verified

Name verified

Phone verified

Email verified

Address verified

Studio Locations
BBB A+ rating
Check out our A+

Rating from the Better Business Bureau

Risk Free Trial Lesson
100% Risk-Free Trial Lesson

If you are not satisfied after your trial lesson, you will not be charged and we can match you with another teacher.

Ready to Get Started? Take a Risk Free Trial Lesson!

No credit card required.

Select all the days/times the student would be available to start lessons. Selecting "3pm - 7pm" means the student can start as early as 3pm or start as late as 7pm. It is important that you select as many days and the widest window of start times for each day as possible. That will help us make a match with one of our teachers.

Ok

Are you sure that's your only availability? The more availability you easier it will be to arrange a teacher for you.

Up to 20% OFF!