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private lessons

I am available for private lessons and group classes.  I teach out of my apartment but can be available to travel.  I teach lessons in drums, percussion, piano, composition, and theory.  I have over a decade of experience teaching in situations as diverse as private lessons at music academies, lectures at colleges, and teaching professional musicians.

What some of my students have to say:

"Colin is fantastic! He is very generous with his extensive knowledge about drumming and music in general, as well as clear, punctual, and patient. He is equally at home teaching everything from fundamentals through advanced techniques and theory. I'm an experienced drummer, but my playing and technique have improved pretty dramatically since we started working together. I would highly recommended him for beginners all the way through longtime drummers who want to get to the next level."

"Colin Hinton is a multi-instrumentalist and an outstanding percussionist.  Most of all, he is a passionate student of music in all its forms.  His extensive formal academic background has exposed him to outstanding teachers which has helped him become the teacher he is now.  I've enjoyed studying with Colin and from our first lesson he has helped me focus on developing the specific skills I feel I currently need at this point in my development as a musician."

"Colin is an excellent drum teacher who truly cares about his students. He's extremely knowledgeable of all aspects of music, and is always willing and able to answer any questions you have. He has given me a variety of exercises to work on each topic including 5/4 time signature and brush technique, and even provided a list of recordings to check out when I needed to learn more about a specific style of music. I highly recommend studying with Colin if you are looking to improve, regardless of level or style."

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The following are a few of my transcriptions I have to offer for study.  If you would like a .pdf file of the transcription, please contact me.

Ahmad Jamal

But Not For Me (Arranged for drumset)

Ari Hoenig

The Painter (solo)

Billy Higgins

San Fransisco Holiday

Brian Blade

Over Shadow Hill Way

Charlie Parker

Big Foot, Cheryl, Quasimodo, Swedish Schnapps (all arranged for drumset)

Dan Weiss

Overture/Sun, Alisso

Elvin Jones

Big Nick, Blessing in Disguise (intro + solo)

Max Roach

Scene is Clean, Cherokee, Gerkin for Perkin, Sandu, Swingin'

Roy Haynes

Steps (complete), Matrix (12s)

Tony Williams

Downstairs Blues Upstairs (Second Take), Dolores, Fall, Joshua, Pinocchio, Seven Steps to Heaven, Stella By Starlight (from Complete Concert



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