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Drum set and Percussion Lessons! I teach all ages, levels, and styles :)


My teaching methods is to make it fun, educational and goal oriented. I tailor my lessons to each individual student and help them to reach their potential. I combine oral learning with book learning and I work on having the student develop their musical ear!


I am a professional musician and educator. I have completed an MA in music and have been teaching for several decades and truly enjoy it. I've taught at the elementary, high school, and college level. I have also had an extensive performance career and I bring that experience to each lesson as well.


Rate for online lessons : $ 80/h
Lessons offered by Stefano
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  • Drums
  • All Levels

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Toronto born vocalist, drummer, and multi-instrumentalist Steve Mancuso has been active as an educator and performing artist on the Canadian music scene since 1990.
In 2008, Steve earned his MA in ethnomusicology at York University, focusing on the music of Africa and Cuba.
He is currently completing PhD at York University under the guidance of master drummer Dr. Trichy Sankaran, concentrating on the vocal rhythmic language known as “Solkattu”, rhythmic systems of South Indian drumming, and its adaptation and application to contemporary music.

Grd 8 RCM: Classical Percussion (1991)
Dip (3yr) Humber College: Music Performance (1993)
B.Mus. Humber College: Jazz Studies (2001)
M.A. York University: Ethnomusicology–Afro–Cuban Music (2008)
Ph.D. (ABD) York University: Ethnomusicology–South Indian Music – Dr. Trichy Sankaran advisor (ETC Summer 2020)

Trichy Sankaran: South Indian music/vocal drumming (York U)
Jim Blackley: Jazz drum set
Barry Elmes: Jazz drum set (York U)
Memo Acevedo: Latin Percussion (Humber College)
Roger Flock: Classical percussion (Humber College)
Bruce Becker: Contemporary drum set (California)
Dr. Irene Markoff: Balkan music/drumming (York U)
Rolando “El Nino” Salgado: Cuban (Havana)
Jose Luis Cantana “Changuito”: Cuban (Havana)
Marcos Suzano: Brazilian (Rio de Janeiro)
Gabriel Policarpo: Brazilian (Rio de Janeiro)
Alan Hetherington: Brazilian Escola De Samba
Billy Konate: West African (Guinea)
Amara Kante: West African (Guinea)
Francis Akotua: West African (Ghana)
Larry Graves: West African (Ghana)
Frank Falco: Piano studies
Bill Vincent: Technique Vocal training
Charles Di Raimondo: Technique Vocal Training
Mary Panacci: Vocal training
Trish Colter: Vocal lessons
Sani Abu: West African dance


Private Teaching Studio: 1990-present
· Instruction on contemporary drum set (all styles), classical percussion, and world percussion
· Preparing students for RCM exams, as well as College and University auditions

Humber College Community Music School (Youth Jazz): 1993–Present
· Private contemporary drum set instruction
· Private world and classical percussion instruction
· Prepared students for Music Fest Canada and Recitals

Royal Conservatory of Music: 2002-2004
· Private drum set lessons
· Private world percussion lessons
· Hand Drumming group classes (African)

Humber College Continuing Education Program: 2002-present
· World Drumming workshop (2002-2008)
· South Indian Solkattu workshop (2008)
· Audition Preparation workshop (2009-present)

Humber College School Of Creative and Performing Arts: 2003–Present
· Master Class Percussion
· Private lessons in contemporary drum set and global percussion
· Reading and Rhythm Ensemble
· World Vocal & Drumming Ensemble
· South Indian Vocal & Drumming Ensemble
· Prepared students for annual showcase concerts, examination juries, and recitals

Acting Program Coordinator: Community Music School (CMS) at Humber College: 2018-2019
• Director of nationally acclaimed Humber youth jazz program
• Manage over 20 faculty
• Oversee over 130 students
• Organize events and performance in Toronto and abroad

OISE/ U of T music AQ programs: 2003–2005
· Teacher seminars: instructing elementary and high school teachers (music specialists/ non-music specialists) on how to improve their music programs with the implementation of World Vocal music, Dance, and Drumming
· Held question and answer sessions discussing teacher concerns and insights regarding music pedagogy.

York University Fine Arts Program: 2005–2014
· Private lessons for drum set and global percussion (2yrs)
· Cuban Choral & Drumming Ensemble: Professor (3yrs)
· South Indian Music: 4 TA-ships for Dr. Trichy Sankaran
· Cuban Music: 2 TA-ships for Prof. Rick Lazar
· Ghanaian Music: 1 TA-ship for Prof. Kwasi Dunyo
· Prepared students for performances and examination juries

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