I started teaching private students at the age of 16. Since then I've developed a great passion for sharing my knowledge and enthusiasm for music with students of all ages and from around the globe, as a teaching artist for the Kupferberg Center at Queens College, privately at my home and of course via Skype.
If you are interested in studying with me, please send an email to
joehertenstein [at] gmx [dot] de
I enjoy applying and developing my teaching skills and concepts gained during graduate studies "Master of Arts" in jazz performance from Hochschule for Music&Dance, Cologne, Germany and Queens College/City University of New York, and over 20 years of experience helping students with
drum set and rhythmic education in all styles, sight reading, chart interpretation, repertoire building, and band coaching;
awareness of motion and sound, body language, breathing and focus, stage presence and teamwork;
composition/arrangement as well as song and lyrics writing;
developing a taste for the arts, especially for music.
NYC Teaching History:
teaching-artist for the Kupferberg Center at Queens College CUNY
teaching-artist/band coach at Mary McDowell Friends School in Brooklyn
elementary school music teacher at German School Brooklyn
drum set instructor in the after school program at the Trinity School, Manhattan.
drum set instructor in the after school program at the Lycee Francais de New York, Manhattan.
I teach in the spirit of Keith Copeland, RIP
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I recommend this incredible metronome app for iPhone/iPad & Android called TIME GURU by my friend and colleague, guitarist extraordinaire Avi Bortnick. Amongst many languages, it also features my voice for the recently "improved German voice count". It's fun, incredibly straight forward, helpful and unique. I use it a lot.
I'm playing BOSPHORUS Cymbals exclusively now! I never had a set of cymbals like this before, they sound, feel and look incredibly! I'm over the moon being their latest endorser now!