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Three reasons to choose Drums Instruction : 


You can choose Drums Instruction for three simple reasons: 

  • Our best methods

  • Our best location (Times Square, Manhattan) 

  • Our high results of success




Our Methods


Our unique method is based on a 15 years experience of our drum teacher Raphaël Pannier. 

After some strong classical studies in France, and graduating from Berklee College of Music and Manhattan School of Music, he combined a method inspired by the best teachers he met on the planet. 

We value passion, motivation, personality, and difference.  

NYC Drums Academy will teach you many different styles of music (jazz, pop, rock, hip-hop, funk, latin, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, and more), many different approaches on the instrument, in order for you to develop your own way to play, express yourself, and feel the greatest pleasure on the band stand.

Our topics include: technique (hand, foot, sticks and brushes), music styles, independence, coordination, sight-reading, time control, preparation to auditions and exams, transcribing, solo development, memory, repertoire, history, music business and professionalism. 


Our Location


We are located on Times Square, Manhattan: our main studio is in the “Music Building” on:

584 8th Ave, New York, NY 10018

If this studio is full, or if you prefer, we also teach at “Michiko Studio”: 

149 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

In home lessons, and Skype lessons, are available, according to our rates. 

Our High Level of Success

In the past, many of our students achieved success thanks to our help. 

Some of them played great concerts or recitals.

Some entered great schools such as: 

  • Manhattan School of Music (both pre-college and college level) 

  • The Juilliard School

  • Berklee College of Music 

Some became professionals. 

Some improved on a personal level thanks to our brain development exercises. 

Meet the Teacher :



Hailed as an "exceptionally gifted jazz drummer" by French art critique "Télérama", Raphaël is a drummer, composer, and educator born and raised in Paris, France. A graduate from both Berklee College of Music (B.M, 13') and Manhattan School of Music (M.M, 17'), Raphaël always had the chance to study with the best. Ralph Peterson Jr, Terri Lyne Carrington, John Riley, Eric Harland, Obed Calvaire, Samir Chatterjee, Hal Crook, and many more... he knows the lessons and loves sharing them. 

As a performer, he had the chance to tour internationally since 2013, playing with renowned artists ranging from Lee Ritenour to Aaron Goldberg. 

He performed in some of the most prestigious venues in the world: Carnegie Hall, The Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Blue Note Tokyo, and international jazz festivals such as Montreal (Canada), Baku (Azerbaijan), Paraty (Brazil), Paris (France), Las Palmas (Spain), Tallinn (Estonia). 

Since June 2018, Raphael publishes monthly in the French magazine "Batteur Magazine" for their pedagogic section.


In 2020, he releases his first album as a leader, named "Faune".  

Watch him play here! 

Buy his album here!


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