“…percussion master and musical polymath…” Boston Phoenix
“…rediculously talented…” Huffington Post
“…I just wanted to thank you again for the amazing seminar at UML. I know that you made a huge impact on the students and I did not even have to ask them, I could just feel it. (Of course many of them came up and told me how great it was!) It was not only your musicianship and interesting musical concepts, it was the way you presented everything with an obvious passion and contagious energy …”Jeff Fischer, percussion instructor University of Massachusetts Lowell
Boston Drum and Percussion Lessons for Adults
by Brian O'Neill
After a teaching hiatus, I am returning to private drum and percussion instruction again in Boston (my studio is in Cambridge, MA). My focus is on teaching working professional adults, however I'll consider younger students on a case by case basis. I have been a professional musician for over 25 years, originally educated as a concert pianist and eventually focusing professionally on drums and percussion. I graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in Percussion Performance from Northern Arizona University, but still consider myself a perpetual student of music. There is always more to learn, especially in the wide world of percussion! I have toured and performed internationally, and you can read my bio page for more on my background as a drummer and percussionist.
Primary Teaching Focus
(Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced players)
- Hand percussion, particularly frame drums, pandeiro, riq, doumbek / darbuka, and cajon
- Drumset (Broadway, Theatre, Orchestral settings)
- Reading music and theory
- Rhythm instruction (feeling and playing even and odd-time meters)
- Ensemble coaching and playing (learning to play in a group)
Secondary Teaching Focus
- Jazz drumset
- Jazz vibraphone
- Orchestral percussion
My goal as a teacher is to ensure that students are having fun and progressing, regardless of their training or pace of learning. In additional to technical skills, we will also talk about broader musicianship, working and performing with other musicians successfully, and discussing how we can apply the skills of playing music to daily life.
Rates / Contact Information
Please contact me for current pricing for my lessons (sold in blocks).