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Music Lessons with Griffin Brady

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Learn music with a pro percussionist & touring performer (SAAKUMU Dance Troupe, Mohamed Diaby and Manding Foli Kan Don, Brian Marsalis, DJ Logic), music educator (founder of Slyboots School of Music), and executive director of Bernard Woma Dagara Music Center USA.

Master the flow of time through African drumming.

One-on-one music lessons with Slyboots founder Griffin Brady are perfect for students of all ages and abilities who are interested in hand drums, stick drums, drum set, and percussion. Together, you will learn how to groove by reading and listening to music while mastering techniques and styles from around the world.

My Favorite Things to Teach

  • Instruments: Drums & Percussion
  • Pursuits: Music Life Mentoring, Performance, Improvisation(and positive social change through cultural arts education and performance)
  • Styles: World Music (African Percussion, Reggae, Marching Percussion), Jazz, Rock, Folk

Ages & Skill Levels

  • I work best with students of all ages
  • Beginner, intermediate, and advanced students are welcome

Availability & Rates

  • Lessons are currently conducted either virtually or at my one of my studio locations in Buffalo, NY (following CDC guidelines for safety)
  • Mondays & Tuesdays: 6:00am–4:00pm
  • Thursdays & Fridays: 6:00am–10:00pm
  • 30 minutes: $25
  • 60 minutes: $50

Use the calendar below to check upcoming availability and reserve your next lesson online, then checkout to send your request. (No payment is required until the lesson is confirmed.) If there are no bookings available, or you need a different day or time, contact me at slyboots@me.com to discuss.

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About the Artist

About the Artist

Oswego native GRIFFIN BRADY is a pro percussionist & touring performer (SAAKUMU Dance Troupe, Mohamed Diaby and Manding Foli Kan Don, Brian Marsalis, DJ Logic), music educator (founder of Slyboots School of Music), and executive director of Bernard Woma Dagara Music Center USA. Pro music credentials include:

  • Master of Arts Degree in Ethnomusicology and Music Pedagogy from Goddard College
  • Founder, teacher, and performer at the Slyboots School of Music, Art & Dance
  • Executive Director of the Bernard Woma Dagara Music Center
  • Professional Touring and Session Performer since 2002
  • SLYFEST creator, organizer, producer, and performer (2005–2017)
  • Tour manager, bus driver, chief logistician and American ambassador with SAAKUMU Dance Troupe since 2008
  • Teaching artist at Young Audiences of WNY, Artpark and Aurora Waldorf School
  • Marching band drum-line instructor at Pioneer High School
  • Sound Engineer at Ripe Audio, Buffalo Ironworks, Larkin Square, Bidwell Park and Nietzsches
  • Featured articles published in Making Music and Percussive Notes
  • Featured speaker at TedX Conference
  • Commencement Speaker at Goddard College (2011)

Primary musical influences include Bernard Woma, SAAKUMU Dance Troupe, Edward Green, Jerome Balsab, Mohamed Diaby, Cyro Baptista, Billy Martin, Kay Stonefelt, John Bacon, Tiffany Nicely, Ringo Brill, Heather Sweeting, John Bletch, Kaki King, The Slip, JFJO, Arthur Lipner, Evelyn Glennie, Keiko Abe, Valerie Naranjo, Gary Burton, Glen Velez, Brian DeAngelo, Nii Tete Boye, Bernard Purdie, Mamady Keita, Giovanni Hidalgo, Zakir Hussain, Damone Jackson, Ravi Padmanabha, David Jonathan, Carl Flute Johnson, Deshawn Dray Jackson, Chris English, Josh English, Pete Rodriguez, Fela Kuti, Bob Marley, Phish, MMW, David King, The Bad Plus, Toubab Krewe, Consider the Source, Bela Fleck, Carter Beauford, John Scofield, Brad Mehldau, Steve Reich, Toots, Martin Sexton, Antibalas, Ghost Note, Mickey Hart Planet Drum, the Grateful Dead, Benny Greb, Buddy Rich, Alvin Jones, Max Roach, Adam Deich, Jojo Mayer, Tommy Igoe, John Bonham, Jeff Queen, Kodo, Smashing Pumpkins, Steve Gadd, Luis Conte, Shelia E, Ginger Baker, Terry Bozzio, Chad Wackerman, Weedie Braimah, Jean-Luc Ponty, The Beatles, The Meters, The Roots, Soulive, Edgar Meyer, Damien Rice, JJ Cale, Glen Hansard, Nick Drake, and YOU.
About the Artist

  • MY FAVORITE THINGS TO TEACH
    Instruments: Drums & Percussion
    Pursuits: Improvisation, Performance
    Styles: Traditional, World Music
    DRUMS & PERCUSSION • PERFORMANCE • WORLD MUSIC • TRADITIONAL
    Explore the art of African drumming as you learn traditional techniques, expand your rhythmic vocabulary, and develop the strength and endurance needed to play hand drums in a way that is safe, healthy, and fun.
    Griffin Brady is a pro percussionist & touring performer (SAAKUMU Dance Troupe, Mohamed Diaby and Manding Foli Kan Don, Brian Marsalis, DJ Logic), music educator (founder of Slyboots School of Music), and executive director of Bernard Woma Dagara Music Center USA.
    Instruments: Drums & Percussion
    Pursuits: Improvisation, Performance
    Styles: Traditional, World Music
    Skill Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
    Weekly ( Wednesdays)
    5:00pm–6:00pm
    $25.00
  • MY FAVORITE THINGS TO TEACH
    Instruments: Drums & Percussion
    Pursuits: Improvisation, Performance
    Styles: Traditional, World Music
    DRUMS & PERCUSSION • PERFORMANCE • WORLD MUSIC • TRADITIONAL
    Explore the art of African drumming as you learn traditional techniques, expand your rhythmic vocabulary, and develop the strength and endurance needed to play hand drums in a way that is safe, healthy, and fun.
    Griffin Brady is a pro percussionist & touring performer (SAAKUMU Dance Troupe, Mohamed Diaby and Manding Foli Kan Don, Brian Marsalis, DJ Logic), music educator (founder of Slyboots School of Music), and executive director of Bernard Woma Dagara Music Center USA.
    Instruments: Drums & Percussion
    Pursuits: Improvisation, Performance
    Styles: Traditional, World Music
    Skill Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
    Weekly ( Wednesdays)
    6:00pm–7:00pm
    $25.00
  • MY FAVORITE THINGS TO TEACH
    Instruments: Drums & Percussion
    Pursuits: Improvisation, Performance
    Styles: Traditional, World Music
    DRUMS & PERCUSSION • PERFORMANCE • WORLD MUSIC • TRADITIONAL
    Through guided movement and gestures, attendees will discover the power African dance has to communicate with the accompanying musicians, the audience, and the soul by focusing on traditional arrangements of dance pieces from West Africa.
    Griffin Brady is a pro percussionist & touring performer (SAAKUMU Dance Troupe, Mohamed Diaby and Manding Foli Kan Don, Brian Marsalis, DJ Logic), music educator (founder of Slyboots School of Music), and executive director of Bernard Woma Dagara Music Center USA.
    Instruments: Drums & Percussion
    Pursuits: Improvisation, Performance
    Styles: Traditional, World Music
    Skill Levels: Intermediate, Advanced
    Weekly ( Tuesdays)
    6:00pm–8:00pm
    $25.00
  • MY FAVORITE THINGS TO TEACH
    Instruments: Drums & Percussion
    Pursuits: Improvisation, Performance
    Styles: Traditional, World Music
    DRUMS & PERCUSSION • PERFORMANCE • WORLD MUSIC • TRADITIONAL
    Take a deep dive into rhythms from Africa and the art of drumming through guided instruction and exercises that are designed to deepen your sense of rhythm and develop intermediate and advanced techniques.
    Griffin Brady is a pro percussionist & touring performer (SAAKUMU Dance Troupe, Mohamed Diaby and Manding Foli Kan Don, Brian Marsalis, DJ Logic), music educator (founder of Slyboots School of Music), and executive director of Bernard Woma Dagara Music Center USA.
    Instruments: Drums & Percussion
    Pursuits: Improvisation, Performance
    Styles: Traditional, World Music
    Skill Levels: Intermediate, Advanced
    Weekly ( Mondays)
    6:00pm–8:00pm
    $40.00