Bio

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Image by Clark & Walker Studioswww.clarkwalkerstudio.com



Jonathan Duda has been a part of the drumming and percussion world since the early 1990s. Having learned the rudiments on a standard drum kit, he soon realized the challenges of a travelling with a full kit and thus began learning various hand drum techniques. As the multitude of world instruments began to unfold in front of him, his interest grew . . . as did his collection.









NEWSWORTHY


Albany Times Union: January 9, 2012. “My Other Life”
Article about me and my juggling act of a career
I’d pieced together including Let’s Drum.

Windham Journal: May 15, 2008. “Percussion and Life Science”
A feature focusing on how Let’s Drum can adapt
to a particular curriculum or theme as desired by a group.

 

STUDIES & WORKSHOPS


The following list consists of teachers who, through personal hands-on lessons and workshops, have developed the base of Jonathan’s knowledge and the inspiration for Let’s Drum:

ROBERT GIROUARD

Professional drummer and freelance music writer for MODERN DRUMMER and CLASSIC DRUMMER magazines as well as the head of Threshold Management, Bob handed Jonathan his first drumstick.

Read about Bob in Albany’s Nippertown

DURGA BERNHARD

Author, artist, drummer, and dancer–Durga’s knowledge and passion of West African music has strengthened Jonathan’s abilities (while relieving him of some poor drumming habits), has opened his ears wider to hear the nuances of non-Western styles of music, and is a major inspiration of Jonathan’s teaching and playing.

Check out Durga’s website for her children’s books and artwork:  http://durgabernhard.com/

PERIZAD

Talented bellydance instructor in the Catskills region of upstate New York whose lessons enhanced Jonathan’s knowledge of Middle Eastern drumming.

Read more about Perizad and her bellydance classes:  http://www.ancientcallings.com/ancient_callings_006.htm

CHARLES KEIL

Co-author of “Music Grooves” and instructor of Afro-Latin Musical Praxis and Music of the World at the State University of New York at Buffalo—two excellent college-level courses that ignited the spark of Jonathan’s interest in music & culture.

Bio of Charles Keil:  http://musicgrooves.org/bios.php

JIM DONOVAN

Jim, percussionist of Rusted Root, provided a series of hands-on workshops at the Grassroots Festival in Trumansburg, NY. His instructional methods greatly inspired Jonathan to teach.

http://www.jimdonovandrums.com/

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE


Afterschool Instructor, Bits Bytes Bots
Hired as an instructor for the Capital Region in 2011, this franchised tech program focuses on skills such as listening, creativity, and mathematics. Students exercise these skills in the three programs offered: Video Game Creation, LEGO Robotics, and LEGO Stop-Animation.
bitsbytesbots.com

Outdoor Survival Instructor, The Heldeberg Workshop
The summer of 2011 allowed Jonathan to continue his love for outdoor education in a program entitled, “My Side of the Mountain”, based on the book by upstate New York author Jean Craighead. By developing a lesson plan for the 5-day course, he was able to strengthen the life-saving skills of students between the ages of 9 and 12 through activities such as preparedness, shelter-building, water and food, and more.
www.heldebergworkshop.org

Instructor/Naturalist, The Ashokan Center
Since 2001 he has been teaching outdoor education to ages ranging from kindergarten through adults. Let’s Drum was initially introduced at Ashokan in 30 minute intervals with the students and continues as an annual tradition for many visiting schools and adult retreat groups.  www.AshokanCenter.org