I tailor each lesson to the student's individual style and interests. I have 35+ years experience performing, studio recording and teaching. Many of my students have gone on to have successful bands / careers in music. All styles welcome (Rock, Jazz, Funk, Latin, Pop, Metal, etc.)
I am a professional drummer and music teacher (35+ years), with a Bachelor's degree in Music. I teach all styles and levels. Courses are tailored to your style and interests in order to help you achieve your musical goals. Live & studio performance, music reading, music theory, etc.
Mark Di Claudio
Bachelor of Music Concordia University, 1997.
Hailing from Montreal, Canada, Mark Di Claudio is an extremely versatile drummer who has been playing professionally and steadily since 1988. He has performed and recorded with many top artists such as Freddie James, Claude Dubois, Johanne Blouin, Bobby Bazini , Nicola Ciccone, Dany Bédar, Walter Rossi, Pascal Dufour, Florence K, Ariane Brunet, Talisma, Ricky Paquette, Blou, Russ Dwarf (Killer Dwarfs), Riot and His Rhythm Devils, Nouzôte, Ima, Éric Lemieux and Christian Legault (La Chicane), Gabrielle Destroismaisons, Philippe Berghella and Mario Pelchat in numerous musical styles ranging from Jazz, Blues, and Latin to Progressive and Mainstream Rock.
Mark began studying and playing the drums at the early age of 11. Influenced by progressive bands such as Rush, King Crimson, ELP and Genesis, his technique and finesse developed at an advanced rate. He later studied Jazz, Latin and Classical music with such great musicians and educators as Charles Ellison, Abdul Wali Muhammad and Pete Magadini before obtaining his Bachelors degree in music from Montreal’s Concordia University in 1997.
In 2000, his Jazz performances with Quebec artist Johanne Blouin (and renown New York musicians John Hicks & Curtis Lundy and later with Montreal greats Skip Bey & Tim Jackson) gave him impetus to further explore and surpass his musical boundaries. Mark has performed in Montreal’s Place des Arts, the Montreal International Jazz Festival, le Sunside in Paris and Smoke Jazz Club in New York and in 2005 he also performed with Gold-selling Acadian band, Blou, representing Canada at the World’s Fair (Expo) in Aichi, Japan. He has also been showcased in magazine and newspaper articles and performed on many major live radio and television shows.
Mark’s flexibility as a musician is reflected in his work with such different artists and groups as: The Freddie James Project (Funk /Pop/ Dance), Bobby Bazini (Motown/Pop), Johanne Blouin (Jazz), Claude Dubois (Quebecois), Riot and his Rhythm Devils (Blues), Panayiotis Brakoulias (Greek Traditional), Talisma (Progressive Rock), Blou (Acadian) and Walter Rossi (Rock).
Mark has also been teaching music for over 35 years and many of his students have gone on to perform in successful Montreal bands such as 7th Soul, Krown, Scrubmuffin, After Dark, SoundCentral, Fly Amanita, Eye Inside and The Chronicles of Israfel.
Today Mark is known for his extreme versatility and tasteful, dynamic style. His sound, tone and impeccable groove keep him very much in demand as a freelance session drummer, band member and teacher.
Mark is an extremely disciplined, hard working and dedicated musician. His pedagogical approach offers methodical and structured lessons catering to the pupil’s specific needs. Mark’s academic expertise allows him to help students overcome their difficulties and prepare for entrance exams, auditions, etc. With a tremendous amount of real world experience, Mark is the perfect drummer for all who wish to follow in his footsteps. Having shared the stage with Mark, I can confirm without a doubt of his utmost professionalism. I highly recommend him as a teacher if you want to bring your playing to the next level and surpass yourself not only as a musician but as a specialist in everything music.
Mark is an amazing musician, multi instrumentalist and teacher, very patient and dedicated and has a great set of equipment to be able to properly teach. I strongly recommend him!
Honestly one of the best and not only for drums he can sing too. He can pick out harmonies and if you work hard he will be patient if you put in your best
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