Drum Hang at NYJW – “ Everything you always wanted to ask about the drums “

The Drums Class is a great way to build technique and to work on the basics of jazz drumming and jazz styles and help us realize that the stronger our foundation the further we can go within the world of drumming and music.
We will work on playing the cymbal, playing jazz time, brushes, technique, and four-way coordination. Understanding forms, playing melodies on the drums, accompanying and comping in different styles and soloing will be our core explorations. In addition we will also look into what is the common thread from Papa Joe Jones to Elvin Jones and Tony Williams? What makes each one of those great drummers sound different and unique? Can we approach the drums not only from a rhythmic and percussive but also from a melodic and orchestral perspective?
While exploring and answering those questions we will work on technique, rhythms, coordination, listening and reading and we will show ways how those exercises will directly translate into improving our playing and listening ability and our understanding of music. Join and learn what to play, practice and listen. 

Check out Vito Lesczak in action!

Faculty: Vito Lesczak

Ahoy Drummers! Want to hone your chops and play with more finesse? Add skills to your independence tool-kit? Comp in a way that relates to the tune, play the melody for a change? This class, run by HJM (humble jazz master) Vito Lesczak, provides all.  Vito teaches with gentle patience and abundant skill, takes you wherever you are and lifts you to the next level. You’ll be delighted, and become a better drummer! – Drums Workout Student Review

Due to the COVID-19 virus causing increasing health risks in the city, and in the interest of everyone’s safety and well-being, NYJW has decided to transition to online learning for all group workshops until further notice.


Language: English, German

Every Other WEDNESDAY 6:30pm EST
Fee: $245 per 4 sessions, plus a one time $45.00 registration fee.
Trimester pay option: click here for to learn more about trimester and yearly enrollment for additional savings!

The Drums Class is an interactive experience:
– Get your instrument out and get ready to play.
– You will receive materials in the form of pdf’s, mp3’s, you-tube links etc.
– This includes weekly assignments in balance with your level and the theme of the workshop.
Live streaming offers many benefits. It is an enriching positive communal learning experience. Our faculty is top notch and experienced in the flow of online learning.

We use Zoom as our streaming program which is free for students to download, shared google docs and email for pdf transfers, shared screen/computer audio for youtube links, irealpro (optional) and mp3’s. Are you not sure if your equipment setup is sufficient? Let us help you to ensure that you will be ready to participate.

For new students, if you are not sure and would like to try it out the Drums Class at NYJW, ask for our trial class option ($25).


“All of my concerns about having class online were laid to rest once the zoom session with Marc Mommaas started up. All four of us in class could see and hear each other well. Marc provided numerous charts on-screen for us to work with, and we had a metronome and an on-screen backing/practice track that was both visible and easy to hear for extra support. It was as close to having an in-person class as I could imagine. “ – Matt Craddock

“I just had my first video lesson with NYJW on mixed meters. It was the highlight of my week. While I’ve been occupied with how to stock up on supplies and worried dearly about my loved ones, I was able to take an hour and engage with my love of music, engage with an outstanding and passionate teacher, and meet a great musician in Japan. I’m learning, engaged remotely with my community, and – in a very real sense – expanding my world. I cannot recommend virtual music lessons enough. Marc was able to hear my playing clearly and critique my articulation/time. I was introduced to new ideas and given grounding for this new phase in life. Most importantly, the audio and video quality was good. The latency was low enough that I was able to play along with Marc during the example exercises and follow him. For me this was critical in being able to bridge the gap and bring the lesson to life. I strongly encourage anyone to try it out!!” – John Dalto

“I did not realize how much fun it could be to join the online program at the NYJW. My classmate where all online with the instruments and the instructor had charts, a metronome and backing tracks on hand. I learned a lot in just one session!” – MC

“A lesson via zoom was seamless! I was surprised how easy it was to share the material online, play along together w iReal Pro as an ensemble. I walked away with plenty of material to work on – this is a really worthwhile experience” – James Kibbe

Location: New York Jazz Workshop
265 West 37th Street
on the 10th floor, Suite #1004
New York, NY 10018
(On the corner of 37th St and 8th Ave)

Discounts and Special Scholarship Opportunities for Students 26 and Younger
For students regularly enrolled in multiple workshops, we offer a 25% discount on each workshop after the first. If you are a student between 17 and 26 years old, you could qualify to a 30% discount on any of our workshops. Please contact us for more information.