Drum Lessons With Jason Turnier

Drum Lessons With Jason Turnier

5.0 (2)
1 hire on Lessons.com
1 employee
20 years in business

About this pro

I am a professional drummer, recording artist, and educator, with over 26 years performing and teaching. 

I graduated from Stony Brook University with a minor is Jazz, and as a founding member of the university's big band, the "SBU Blowage," under the direction of legendary trombonist, Ray Anderson. 

Drum students will see immediate positive results from lessons, including improved technical abilities and the confidence to explore new musical pathways on their journey to find their own sound and style.

I teach symphonic snare drum, orchestral percussion, drum set, rudimental percussion, hand percussion with associated NYSSMA requirements.

I have experience with students of all different ages, abilities and experience levels. I've studied percussion and drum set since 1990, and rudimental and hand drums since 1999. I can teach students to read music, as well as transcribe arrangements and transpose by ear. With consistent lessons, students can learn to play along to their favorite music, and develop confidence to practice and perform with other musicians in a group setting.

As a professional touring and recording artist, I am happy to share my knowledge of playing in multiple musical settings, and the "business" of playing music. My passion is for live performance, and it is essential to help students feel confident while playing for an audience.

Our focus will be on developing proper technique, listening carefully and critically to recordings, and building a foundational music vocabulary via reading and writing.

I look forward to sharing my knowledge and expertise with you!

I have a passion for the drums, and for teaching others. Sharing the knoweldge and expertise that I have brings me great joy, and drives me to improve my skills even more.

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South Farmingdale, NY 11735
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2 Reviews


  • George Upton

    Jason is a fun and highly interactive teacher. My son loves playing drums because of how inspired he is at his drum lessons. I highly recommend.

  • Hillary Romine

    Jason is professional, punctual, and a great teacher. My daughter loves taking lessons, and looks forward to them all week!

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I evaluate each new student's abilties during our first lesson, and custom-build a curriculum that will work best for him or her. My personalized approach allows for efficient lessons, and focuses on having fun with the instrument while learning the basics.

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

I've been a professional drummer and instructor for over 20 years, working in private practice, studios, schools and camp settings. I minored in Jazz Theory and Performance at Stony Brook University, and studied with many great musicians, including Ray Anderson, Frank Bellucci, Dan Faulk, Jim Chapin and Al Miller.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Lessons in My Studio:
30 minutes - $30
60 minutes - $50

Lessons in Your Home:
30 minutes - $40
45 minutes - $50
60 minutes - $60

How did you get started teaching?

I began teaching in college, helping younger players develop their skills in preparation for joining bands and combos at school. 

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with students of all ages, from beginner to advanced players.

I have experience working with students with special needs, including cognitive and intellectual disabilities, as well as mental, emotional and social disorders. 

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Be sure that you feel comfortable with the person teaching you, before you consider his or her tehcnical or teaching abilities. You should be able to speak freely, be honest with each other, and have similar interests and goals.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Do I want to pursue this as a hobby or something more?

How dedicated am I to practicing, diligently and often?

Am I able to commit to learning this instrument, and explore it on my own and with a teacher?