5.0(3 reviews)
Offers online services
Offers online services


I always try to share my knowledge and passion for drumming to the students bringing them the best of my 40 years of experience.

During my career I have been envolved in different musical situations, playing, recording and touring with recognized singers and bands in Colombia and USA.

I wrote two books focusing on Colombian rhythms, the first one called "Como tocar ritmos internacionales y autónomos en la batería", was published on 1998 by Planeta Colombiana Editorial, and the second one named Colombian rhythms on the Drum Set was published on 2019 by eLibros editorial.

Also, I have conducted workshops at different institutions, universities and music schools in Colombia and USA

For more information please check out my web page: rafalealmusic.com.

I enjoy everything about drumming and teaching, I love everything that can envolve mi in any musical situation


1 employee
29 years in business
Serves New York , NY
Offers online services


Able to read music

Student can read sheet music, Student can read percussion notation, Student understands note durations and rests, Student can't read music

Musical styles

I can make recommendations, Blues, Jazz, Rock, Folk, Country

Years experience

No formal training, No formal training; some self-taught experience, 0 – 2 years experience, 2 – 4 years experience, 4+ years of experience

Types of drums

I can provide recommendations, Traditional drum kit, Snare drum, Bass drum, Hand drums (bongo, conga, etc.)

Lesson length

30 minutes, 45 minutes, 60 minutes

Student's age

Under 5 years old, 5 – 10 years old, 11 – 13 years old, 14 – 18 years old, 19 – 25 years old, 26 – 45 years old, 46 – 65 years old, Over 65 years old

Student have drums

Student already has drums, Student is planning to purchase drums and would advice

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  • Reviews

    0 reviews

    mandalena P.

    Rafael is an amazing musician and teacher. He is committed, dedicated, serious about his art.
    I have known Rafael for over 50 years, and I have seen him grow as a musician. I have never met anyone else as dedicated and passionate about his professional practice as a musician and as a teacher as Rafael is.
    He is truly an inspiration to his students who always talk about wanting to learn more from Rafael.
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    November 19, 2023

    Victor J.

    Hi! I’m a drummer with 20 years of experience and I took drum lessons for over 3 years with Rafael Leal and this was an awesome experience and I got to learn a lot of music theory , rudiments, styles, drum shops , drum techniques, recording tips and a lot good information that help me improve my drumming, he is a really good teacher with a lot experience teaching and playing with great musicians and also always with a great attitude , Thanks Rafa!
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    March 10, 2021

    Alejandro L.

    Rafael is an excellent teacher! He is very knowledgeable of all of the best known drum rhythms in the world, but specially Jazz, Rock, Brazilian, and Colombian. He is very patient but also strict with his method. I highly recommend taking classes with him, wether you are a beginner or you already have a drumming foundation. He can help you improve your technique or teach you new tricks and rhythms. He has also written two drumming books so he can teach you to read, write and transcribe scores and music in general.
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    February 17, 2021

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    Beat of the Boroughs, an online series of performances, classes amd lectures under the sponsorship of Center for Traditional Music and Dance of New York City.

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