Mr. Altieri is an enthusiastic percussionist who has been playing the drums since age 15. In addition to the acoustic drum kit, he specializes in all forms of percussion including conga, bongos, steel drums and other hand-held drums. Jim teaches all levels, but is particularly experienced working with younger ages and those with learning differences.
Tom is an experienced teacher with 20 years of teaching know-how. He began drums at age 8 and has studied extensively with a variety of high profile drummers. Tom’s skills are in demand by musicians around the globe who need quality drum tracks for their compositions in the unique world of “Virtual Collaborations.” See Tom in action here: https://www.youtube.com/user/drumgalaxy
Discover the 5 secrets that have propelled long-time students like Becca Webster win the 2016 Hit Like A Girl global drumming contest (under age 18 division) after finishing 2nd in the 2015 HLAG contest. View Becca’s winning entry here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9rPGfQwnHs
Tom’s successful students all exhibit traits that help them excel at the drums: a positive outlook, unafraid of failure, an open mind to new ideas, and a determined work ethic.
Hailing from Bridgeport, CT, Kenny Owens was raised on Rock n’ Roll, Funk, Folk, Classic Soul, Jazz, R&B, Hip Hop, & the Blues. Kenny has been teaching privately for over 20-years & caters to each individual, be they advanced or beginner. He places an emphasis on fundamentals (such as, technique, time, coordination, reading), but also allows spontaneity to steer the lesson creatively helping the student to find their own voice. Students can look forward to not only studying the tradition of drums, but also some ear training, song-form, basic understanding of melody, harmony, & rhythm. Performing live since middle school, he has been fascinated by all musical genres and places an emphasis on authenticating the “feel” of each style. While attending Western Connecticut State University, he further broadened his knowledge by studying and performing with Jazz greats including, Fred Hirsch, Romero Lubambo, Christian McBride, & John Benitez, to name a few. Since, he has performed and/or recorded with Charlie Karp, José Feliciano, Nicole Frechette, The Void Union, The Way Up, Darian Cunning, String Fingers, Guster, Dan Carlucci, Pocket Hotties, Roger Edel’s Hotbox, John Chapman, Union Rail, and many others. Currently Kenny is busy as an in-demand, tri-state-area sideman and a regular member of: Symphonic Bodega (Experimental), Hitch & The Giddyup (Bluegrass), Oh, Cassius! (Pop), Rudeyna (Experimental), Yoshi Warlord’s (Jam) and others.