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About James Abate

James Abate
James Abate
Music Teacher, Master
Location: Clay, NY
Speaks: English
Instructs: Drums
Education: MM Jazz Studies, University of Nevada at Las Vegas; BM Music Education, Crane School of Music/SUNY Potsdam
Performance Experience: 25 years playing drum set/percussion professionally. (styles include, Jazz, Big Band, Rock, Classic Rock, Latin, Folk, Americana, Funk, Orchestral, Musicals, and Concert Band.)
Teaching Experience: 12 years teaching experience in public/ charter schools. 18 years teaching experience in private percussion/drum set lessons.
Teaching Philosophy: It is important for the student to have a deep understanding of what he or she is learning. In order to give a quality performance, it is imperative to have a deep knowledge of fundamentals resulting to the aesthetics of creating and taking ownership.

Get to know James Abate

James Abate has been playing and teaching percussion for over 20 years. During that time, he has played in various musical venues in Western NY, Central NY, North Western Pennsylvania, Ohio, Las Vegas, Northern Nevada, Idaho, and Utah. James has had the opportunity to perform with entertainers/ bands including, Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show, Bemus Bay Pops, Syracuse Stage, UNLV Jazz Ensemble, Crane Jazz Ensemble, Crane Wind Ensemble, Crane Percussion Ensemble, Eastman Trombone Ensemble, The Flamingos, Bruce Johnston, Jeff Jarvis, The Barking Owls and many more.

As a teacher, James has taught private percussion lessons for 18 years in Upstate NY, Las Vegas, and Twin Falls Idaho. He has also taught public school instrumental music in Las Vegas, Northern Nevada and is currently teaching instrumental music for Syracuse City Schools in Syracuse, NY.

 His music degrees include a B.M. in Music Education from SUNY Potsdam and M.M. in Jazz Studies from   UNLV (University of Nevada at Las Vegas)

James Abate teaches at:
4106 Route 31 Suite 901
Clay, NY 13041
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