I am a professional drummer in the DC area who has been teaching and peforming for the past 35 years. I teach many styles as well as students of all ages and levels. I vary my teaching style to the individual student, providing them with the most direct route to getting them started on their instrument of choice, be it as a student, professional player or simply for personal growth and enjoyment.
I attended the Berklee School of Music and use similar teaching techniques, dealing with reading, proper technique in gaining mastery of the instrument to feel competent in pursuing ones goals. I am a warm and friendly person and enjoy developing close bonds with my students to excite them in their passion for creating music!
I generally love interacting with people of all ages and walks of life. I love to have a great time with all, using my sense of humor along with a warm feeling for the love of music. Making someone happy and filling them with a sense of accomplishment is rewarding for me and feel blessed to have the ability to do this.
My teenage son has had drum lessons with Nick since elementary school. He never wants to change. He says Nick is very detailed, doesn't let anything slip by, and is knowledgeable about every percussion instrument. Nick is a musician with breadth and depth. He understands the whole maturation process in drumming and relates very well to the kid. I think he can take a student to a very high level. We are lucky to have landed with Nick for a teacher.
My teenage son really enjoys the drum lessons with Nick. Nick keeps things challenging but he is excellent at helping my son advance without frustration. I would highly recommend Nick to anyone interested in drum lessons.
Nick is an outstanding drum teacher! His passion for percussion makes the lessons fun for my teenage son, yet challenging. He is also flexible when schedules get crazy, which, as a busy professional and single mom, I REALLY appreciate. Under Nick’s instruction, my son is also learning the value of perseverance. He has tried and given up on so many activities, which is easy to do with all the options and competing priorities these days. Nick’s patience, skills, and the positive environment he creates at each lesson, has helped my son stick with it and has greatly improved his confidence, not just with music, but in general. I unhesitatingly recommend Nick as a superbly competent percussion instructor!!!
I am in awe of Nick’s ability to connect to people. He is fun, easygoing and obviously musically gifted. Nick has been a wonderful drum instructor to my son (age 8). He is incredibly patient and radiates positivity. Although my daughter was less interested in drums, Nick worked with her briefly and noted that she had strong musical aptitude (something I don’t have at all) and encouraged her to try piano lessons. She took to piano with great enthusiasm and has been playing for over five years. This never would have happened without Nick’s guidance. I simply can’t write enough good things about him.