Private drum lessons in New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey for beginner, intermediate, and advanced drum students.
Whether you're 9 or 90 years old, you can learn to become a great drummer. I incorporate proven child and adult learning principles, combined with the latest drum methods and teaching technology, to ensure rapid development and success as a drum student.
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I've been playing the drums since the age of 10. As a drum instructor, it's important to be on the cutting edge of teaching methods, child and adult learning principles, distance learning technology, instructional books and materials, and musical styles. That's why I am a perpetual drum student myself. I am dedicated to my instrument and to teaching, and strive for continuous improvement, so that I can pass it on to my students. And this is why I continue, to this day, to take lessons of my own from 3 professional drum instructors.
Over the years, I've been influenced by many and taught by the pros. One of my most memorable instructors was Charles (Charlie) Perry, author of many indispensable drum books including the Art of Modern Jazz Drumming, Rockin' Bass Drum Books 1 & 2, Drum Solos in Triplets, Introduction to the Drum Set, and 8 Men in Search of a Drummer.
My musical influences span most musical genres, including Jazz, Swing, Jazz Fusion, Rhythm & Blues, Rock n Roll, Prog Rock, Country, Gospel, Afro Cuban, Latin, and World Music.
But the drummers who have influenced me, as a player and instructor, are perhaps as ecclectric as the musical influences that make up my musical DNA. They include Buddy Rich, Art Blakey, Edison Machado, Ginger Baker, Bernard Purdie, Billy Cobham, Steve Gadd, Russell Kunkle, Mike Craney, Lenny White, Ricky Dawson, Paul Wertico, Antonio Sanchez, Alex Acuna, Alphonse Mouzon, Peter Erskine, Tito Puente, Mitch Mitchell, and Dave Weckl.
I am a member of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation's "Support Music Coalition", a network of non-profit organizations, schools, businesses, and individuals working hard to keep music education strong. I am also a member of the Sabian Education Network, an organization of international educators, and the D'Addario Education Collective.
Whether you're new to the drums or an advanced drummer, I believe every student must possess the proper foundation and building blocks, which includes developing and improving the fundamental skills of stick control and mastering the loose grip, controlling bounce and rebound, mastering the rudiments, reading drum notation, 4-way independence, counting, counting, and more counting. And did I say counting?
I work with each student to identify their individual strengths and weaknesses, and take an organic approach to drum instructions that ensures success at any level.
"As Peter Ronick's former drum teacher, I can easily say that any drumming student would be well served taking lessons with Peter Ronick. He is a top working drummer, and has the skills necessary to take any drummer to the next level."
"Peter Ronick is among the few unique drummers whose musical abilities extend beyond the narrow paths travelled by so many others. His fluency in multiple styles and use of current technologies for performance and recording sets him apart from the rank and file club drummer. I highly endorse Peter Ronick as a musician and teacher."
"Peter Ronick is an excellent working drummer and professional drum teacher. He’s very knowledgeable, and he has taught me the drumming styles I needed to play in my own band. My playing level has increased as well."
Not unlike life itself, if you work hard enough at something, you will succeed. Learning something new is not without its challenges, however, your desire and willingness to overcome those challenges, pushing through to achieve breakthrough moments, is what moves the needle closer to mastering new things. Remain focused and dedicated and you will learn how to play the drums.
Once you've decided to become a drummer, choose a place in your home that you can dedicate as your practice area. Think of it as your drum studio or sanctuary.
This can be the corner of a bedroom, a basement, the laundry room, home office or work area, in a playroom, a dining room, garage, or storage shed. The point is your practice studio can be anywhere.
Keep it sacred and accessible. If you see it everyday, chances are you will use it and practicing will become a habit.
Whether you're a beginner, intermediate, or an advanced drummer student, every drummer needs a practice pad and practice drumsticks.
Practice pads come in many sizes, shapes, colors, and materials. Choose one that matches your needs and personality. Select a pair of drumsticks that you are comfortable with in size and weight that you know you will use on the drum kit during normal play. Typically a 5A and 5B stick works very well for most students. Your instructor will recommend a pair for you.
Additionally, purchase the basic foundational drum books that your instructor recommends.