Ever dreamed about being a drummer? People of all ages are drawn to the instrument. Some for fun, others want to become a pro. Whatever your musical goals are, I can help you get there.
But.. your goals can change.
At nine years old, my drumming goals were to have fun and impress a few friends. Then, the most remarkable thing happened, some incredible instructors helped me tap into a talent I didn’t even know I had.
Through the years my passion and dedication grew and have opened up opportunities for me all over the world. That is what is so remarkable about having the right instruction. It can help you improve your skills—and maybe, just maybe, let you see how drumming may change your life, like it has changed mine!
Dustin Kaufman is the drummer for the band ST. LUCIA. He has also performed with notable acts such as MOON BOOTS and GAVIN TUREK. Some of Dustin’s performance highlights include COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL, RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATER, and appearances on multiple late night programs including THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON, LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS, JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE, and GOOD MORNING AMERICA.
In 2015, Dustin had the privilege of performing a drum solo tribute to the oscar winning film 'Whiplash' at the 87th ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS CEREMONY for E! ENTERTAINMENT.
In 2012 Dustin was chosen as a SEMIFINALIST IN THE THELONIOUS MONK INTERNATIONAL DRUM COMPETITION held in Washington, D.C.
Dustin attended The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, Tx. He Received his Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from The New School in New York City, a Master of Music (M.M.) from the Manhattan School of Music and a Master of Education (M.Ed.) from Columbia University.
what you’ll learn
CONFIDENCE IN ALL STYLES
How to bring out your inner rockstar
Playing with attitude
The Visualizing Exercise
Feeling comfortable in all styles of music
Playing with the back part of the hand
Being in control at all dynamic levels
Not relying on rebound
Developing a strong groove in all styles
How to bury the click
Feeling the groove
How to read music
Charting out music
How read rudimental pieces
Dustin is a professional guy who takes the time to really work with his students (of all ages!) towards their own individualized percussion goals. Whether it’s someone learning for the first time, or someone getting back on the kit after a long hiatus (like me!) Dustin will make you feel supported, and you’re guaranteed to have fun as well. He’s skilled in all genres from jazz to pop to funk. I recommend him for anyone in NYC!
Dustin is an incredible teacher! Rarely do you find a person that is that talented and has the ability to teach any age group at multiple levels. His dedication to the individual as a learner helps them to develop as a player, reader, and performer. Be It Brodway, a television show or just classroom theory and technic application; Dustin has been there for our son every step of the way
Dustin Kaufman is an incredible drum teacher. I am an adult who never played before and wanted to learn. I never thought I would be able to play beats and fills so quickly but Dustin in a few short lessons got me there and I am having so much fun learning from him and now actually being able to play whole songs! Dustin is an excellent musician and teacher, responsible and makes learning a lot of fun. I highly recommend Dustin Kaufman as a teacher to anyone who truly wants to learn to play and have a great time in the process.