Your Percussion teacher at Newington Music is Mike Montgomery, who studied percussion at The Hart School with renowned timpanist and educator Alexander Lepak. Your percussion instruction starts with the basics including the correct grip and fulcrum for the best control and power. The student will be taught to play and read the essential rudiments, including rolls, flams, paradiddles and more. When studying the drum set, we will learn beats of different styles, and develop independence between your feet and hands to open up your creativity while we teach you beats, fills, and solos for jazz and rock drumming.
We also teach students mallet percussion such as marimba, vibraphone, xylophone, and orchestra bells. We have a xylophone in the studio and can give you all of the techniques you’ll need to be a confident mallet percussion player.
If you are interested in learning timpani, we will give you the best training around. We’ll show you tuning the timps, planning your tuning for a piece, proper mallet technique to get the best sound from the instrument. We have timpani on‑site at our studio.
Newington Music has a variety of hand percussion instruments in the studio. We can teach you techniques to play tambourine, triangle, castanets, bongos, temple blocks, cow bells and more!
Latin, African, Caribbean, and Afro-Cuban Drum & Percussion Lessons
We can teach you how to play drums and percussion instruments in many styles including Rumba, Samba, Bossa nova, Cha Cha, Calypso, Conga de Comparsa, Son, Mambo, Soca, Reggae, Salsa, Latin jazz, Songo and more. These styles and techniques can be taught with various instruments from our studio such as Congas, Bongos, Timbales, Cajón, Guiros, Maracas, Claves, Axatse, Cabasa, and Drum Set.