MARCO RIVAGLI: Founder of the Berlin Drum Experience/Main teacher in charge of making you rock and groove!
W.NAHUEL ARIAS: Teacher in charge of our brand new course: P(ractice) P(ad) R(outines) that started in January 2021 & co-teacher of the drum course;
GIULIA MANDELLI: Teacher in charge of our brand new course entitled "Physical Training for Drummers"! Let's get fit, understand our bodies and avoid injuries along our drumming journey!
ROBERTO BADOGLIO: Teacher in charge of our course: "Rhythm Section Studies" started in 2023. Let's understand the relationship between the bass & drums and unlock that groove!
SILVIA DALLERA: Teacher in charge of our propaedeutic music course for children starting SOON!
FEDERICA VILLI: Photographer and mastermind behind our DRUMSHOT project! An art gallery dedicated to the powerful connection human/percussion!
Last but not least our phenomenal help, ERIKA, in charge of the overall organization, booking and bureaucracy of the drum school!
Drummer, performer & educator (The Fuzztones, Gut Reaction, Rabia Sorda) based in Berlin since 2013. Here is a little story in case you are interested! Marco was born in Italy in 1987 in a family of musicians. He starts playing drums and percussions at the age of 3, studying from age 10 with many incredible and international teachers (Giorgio Gandino, Fiorenzo Sordini, Paolo Franciscone, Alessandro Minetto, Enzo Zirilli, Stefano Bagnoli & Elio Rivagli). He also frequented the CFM in Torino and participated at the Berklee Summer School (Umbria Jazz).
He fell in love with the idea of becoming also a drum educator at age 17 and never stopped since!
After 17 years of experience in the art of teaching (both with children and adults, from complete beginners to very advanced musicians) he's continuously eager to learn more and more how to better inspire people and allow them to find their own personal style.
From the age of 18 he's part of many live and tv festivals and he's able to tour and visit the world thanks to this beautiful passion that now became his full time job. During the years, has the pleasure to collaborate in Mexico, Costa Rica, France, Greece, Czech Republic, Spain, Russia, Germany, Italy, Sweden,UK with many artists: The Fuzztones, Rabia Sorda, Sofi de la Torre, Sigue Sigue Sputnik Electronic, Simonetta Haupstadtharfe (MTV music awards), Experiment N.Q (With band members of the band Therion), Philipp Gorbachev&The Naked Man (BOILER ROOM, CTM, Outline) to quote a few.
In Jan 2016 plays with PLeaSureDomE at the official German release party for the last David Bowie's album “Blackstar” in the legendary HANSA STUDIOS, where heroes was recorded amongst other all-time classics. Marco has also played at Tempelhoff Flughafehn for the private celebration of the UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 2015 finals in Berlin and at the public one at the “Champions Festival”.
On January 2015 co-creates the performative duo “Gut Reaction, Percussive Dance Theatre” with the dancer Giulia Mandelli where he goes beyond his comfort zone by joining the contemporary dance world: www.gutreactiontheatre.com
The BERLIN DRUM EXPERIENCE was born in 2013 when Marco moved to Berlin (due to a collaboration with a band that discovered him on YouTube and then hired him in the city, working together with platinum producers such as Jeff Blue - Linkin Park, Korn, Limp Bizkit - and James Sanger - U2, Madonna, Roxi Music, Joe Satriani). Unfortunately that band never really took off, but Marco stayed in Berlin, making it his new and beloved artistic home.
Enough about me, and more about you! Keep browsing the website and let's smash those drums!
See Marco Rivagli in action on his YouTube channel:
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Nahuel was born in Cles (1991), Italy, from an Argentinian family. His first encounter with music is in high-school where he starts playing guitar and joins soon many local bands. It's in 2012 that he finally discovers and falls in love with the world of percussion and, after having studied with different teachers, he decides to move to Berlin in 2015, where he meets Marco Rivagli. He then starts taking drum lessons with him, bringing his skills and focus to the next level. At the end of November 2017 Marco and Giulia Mandelli asked him to join Gut Reaction during the creation of their pièce "Plastic". In the summer of 2019 Nahuel joins the Ukrainian band Andrew Bear debuting at the Sternburg Festival in Leipzig. At the end of the year they will also fly to St.Petersburg for the recording of their second studio album. In the meantime, as well as working with local bands, he creates and performs 3 new pièce with Gut Reaction (Viri Sancti Libidinum, Zwang See & Humant). At the end of 2020 Nahuel starts his collaboration at the Berlin Drum Experience with a brand new concept course called "PPR" (Practice Pad Routine) as well as, after a few very intense years of educational training, having the chance to start teaching and sharing ideas during normal classes. At the moment Nahuel dedicates all of his efforts to music and performing arts, playing with the Berlin based electro punk band Patokai from Argentina, working with Gut Reaction, Andrew Bear and collaborating with other different bands and projects in the local and international scene.
"Physical training for drummers" teacher
Professional dancer & Choreographer, co-founder and co-artistic director for GUT REACTION - Percussive Dance Theatre.
Giulia was born in Crema (Italy) in 1990. She began studying Ballet in the local Dance School at the age of 3. After mastering the studies of the Academic Ballet Techniques in several Professional National Centers with renowned teachers like Marinel Stefanescù, Liliana Cosi, Margarita Smirnova and Carmen Ragghianti, becomes student of the “Beltrami's Academy” state department of contemporary dance where she gets a degree in 2012. Soon after that, Giulia started dancing in several projects in Berlin.From October 2012 becomes part of “Dagipoli Dance Theatre” in Athen (Greece), therefore participating also for the BioMechanix European project. In 2013 Giulia comes back to Germany, dancing in various Siciliano Contemporary ballet's piéces. She also works in many other projects like “Istant /Berlin” and “SetTanz Theatre” in Nuremberg. In January 2015 co-creates the performative company “GutReaction, Percussive Dance Theatre” with the musician Marco Rivagli. Here Giulia started performing & choreographing with percussion. Her passion in understanding human anatomy led her in discovering a method to enforce a drumming body.
Roberto Badoglio is an ex pupil of bass guru’s Matt Garrison and Dominique Di Piazza, in 2005 he attended Berklee College of music where he joined Joanne Brackeen Ensemble, formed the band Oddflow with Hara Garacci and Louis Cato and studied jazz Improvisation concepts privately with trombonist Hal Crook.Afterwords he moved to New York, joined the band of the pop avant-garde singer Adama and kept performing with Oddflow joined by Marko Djordjevic on drums. Roberto published several solo albums:Re Evaluation Time(2010), Beyond Turbines(2016) -in collaboration with Steve Hunt, Bjoessi Klütsch and Virgil Donati includes mostly Roberto’s compositions -and Lapse Of Worry (2017). He’s currently living in Berlin playing with the band of Italian famous act Nu Genea, Aly Keita Trio, Silent Jazz Ensemble, Raumshiff Jazz, For Free Hands and many others.
CREATIVE MUSIC EDUCATION for Children at BDE!
Silvia Dallera, also known as SiQue, was born in Italy in 1984 and has been in touch with music since she was a child. She initially studied traverse flute and later in 2000 she began to study singing with the teacher Claudia La Delfa. She bagan her career as a singer at the age of 17 with some local hard rock cover bands, e.g. Soundblast. In these years Silvia has not given up her singing lessons and went on studying singing with Micaela Belotti and Anna Gotti. She also attended many different seminaries, some of them with Lorenzo Pierobon and Petra Magoni and studied with Betty Vittori for her vocal enhancement. In 2008 she got a degree in Science and technology of art and performance arts and 2 years later another degree in Music and Artheterapy at the Accademia di belle arti Laba (Brescia). Lately, in 2013, she got a further degree in Singing Therapy at the school SIC, the Italian School of Sing Therapy in Genova. For 7 years she worked in different psychiatric centres as music and singing therapist. She also joined Volume Up, a cultural and music association run by Marco Obertini and Ercole Gentile that provides promotion and Start Up services for bands. From 2015 she worked for Siem Brescia and other music schools an Italian company for music education and she teached propaedeutic music and singing courses for adults. SiQue is a versatile singer. Her voice is gentle and sometimes scathing. Through her voice she can get in touch with her listeners and gain their empathy. In 2012 Silvia began collaborating with Alessandro Pedretti, Giuradei's drummer. The two, known as Sique and Petrol, compose their own music and their first album was released in 2013 called Suono Fantasma. Silvia also collaborated with other local musicians like Elena Lady Cortez, keyboardist of Van Cleef Continental; the guitarists Eugenio Curti and Nicola Panteghini; the percussionists Appel; Andrea Van Cleef, Edipo, Alessandro Balotta and Reels of Joy. She moved to Berlin in 2016 and started collaborating with "Le balene possono Volare"; organizing laboratories for children and singing courses for adults, she worked in a bookshop organising courses for children and works nowadays for different kindergarten. She is now starting to work with Berlin Drum Experience in 2022.
Federica was born in Riva del Garda (Italy) in 1993. She has been fascinated with photography since childhood spending hours in her cousin’s darkroom, developing analogue films and discovering this passion. In 2007 she attends the Art Institute Hight School where she learned graphic design, digital and analogue photography post-production and video making. After attending the University of Trento in Cultural Heritage-History Art, in 2016 she graduated. During that period she does different internships in events and exposition in the North of Italy. Like the “Sommolago” books label and “SmarmellataProject” music and art events. In 2017 she moved to Berlin where she takes part at the “The Visual House” school, a Directing course with Marco Zaccaria,with which is still working as First Camera Assistant for “Generation Berlin” an unreleased series. Thanks to those skills she also collaborated in the short movie “Revolta!” an Osm Studio Production. Currently, beside working at the Zalando’s Studio, she collaborates with different art projects shooting for bands, music events and models. She is the official Berlin based photographer for the “NOTE.Berlin” a Finnish Hair-Salon brand. Recently she had the opportunity to make pictures for the 40’s year Album of “The Fuzztones”. Since 2018 she is following “Gut Reaction Theatre” as fan and photographer in most of their shows! In 2022 started the DRUMSHOT project at BDE, an idea that will represent the ancestral and powerful connection between humans and percussion.
OUR BDE PARTNERS!
We are so thankful to the local beautiful and artistic realities with collaborate with! Without them we would not be able to offer you such a unique and high quality drum experience! Please have a look to their website and connect even more with the best Berlin artistic scene!
GUT REACTION is a performative ensemble based in Berlin and touring worldwide. The company, founded by the drummer MARCO RIVAGLI and the choreographer GIULIA MANDELLI in January 2015, has been experimenting with ways to combine the art of contemporary dance with the visceral energy of playing the drums. In addition to experimenting with the trinity of forms Percussion, Dance and Theatre, each piece created by GUT REACTION seeks to interrogate the structure and boundaries of human minds, bodies, and emotions. The unique style that characterizes them, leads the audience on a journey into the most improbable imaginings through an investigation where theatre, body movement, music and rhythm collide.
MORE INFO: www.gutreactiontheatre.com
CASTALIAN SPRING - Music Rehearsal Studios
MORE INFO: www.castalianspring.de
Our collaboration with Castalian spring goes way back as we fell in love with the place instantly! Also it is super easy to reach. After a first big event as inauguration of the space, we are now working together on a daily basis drumming, grooving and rocking in their incredibly beautiful rooms! They have five different rooms for music rehearsal with a unique concept and a big amount of professional musical equipment at your disposal from 11 am to 11 pm. What makes it also so special is that finally you will be in a place FOR musicians made FROM musicians, and we know this makes a whole lot of a difference!
DANCE CLASS BERLIN
Contemporary Ballet Classes
MORE INFO: www.danceclassberlin.com
Dance Class Berlin is a dance community directed by Giulia Mandelli offering individual and little group dance courses focused in finding your own dance language and identity with the aim to improve your artistic freedom, dance technique and body consciousness. This is a place where we can learn and grew up together, share ideas and push each other outside the confort zone, in a secure artistic and not competitive environment. You'll be followed individually by the teacher and motivated by a great group of dancing creatures which are working together and sharing an honest and beautiful passion.
We are extremely grateful for the collaboration started in 2023 with:
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★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Tiago
Short and sweet: I talked with Marco just as I moved to Berlin but I never committed to trying a lesson. Fast forward 8 months later, I contacted him again, and it's probably the best thing I've decided to do in Berlin. Great teacher, wonderful person, and.... yeah. :D JOIN USSSSS
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Rinalia
The teachers at BDE are highly skilled and knowledgeable. They have a great love and enthusiasm for drumming, and they are tireless in their efforts to teach and inspire students of all ages. As they adjust to each student’s individual learning needs and pace, they also challenge students to spur growth and self-awareness. Learning with teachers at BDE means being exposed to all aspects of becoming a complete drummer and musician. Don’t expect lessons to be easy, but do expect that lessons will be full of wonder. It is important to teachers at BDE that students have fun while learning. It is a superb teaching philosophy that makes drumming stick. Learning at BDE has effectively heightened my musical awareness and elevated the joy that I find in music. Thank you, Marco and Nahuel!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Benyamin
I consider myself very lucky to find such a gem in Berlin. Whatever I wished in a music teacher is combined in Marco. Passionate, energetic, creative, encouraging, limit-pushing and yet so humble that he even allow his students to use his own studios 24/7!! THIS IS GOLD !!! The reviews I read before trying one of his classes were so good that I was almost suspicious. And here I am right now, writing the same thing with no exaggeration. If you are in Berlin and you are looking for a drum teacher, do yourself a favour and take an introductory session with him. You will be hooked unless you are an alien. Even aliens like him. Happy drumming !!!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Arber & Ailing
This was a great experience for me and my partner! We loved every single moment of it and three hours flew by in a blink! Marco is a great teacher and can infuse you with his passion for music, teaching us the basics and showing us what is possible, blowing our minds with his talent! The room itself was very suggestive, full of art, great audio set and armed with two drum kits sounding amazing! I totally recommend this experience to anybody, couples or singles. If you love music, you're gonna love this!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Radovan
Great teacher. I think of myself as pretty untalented as far as music goes but Marco manages to teach me stuff still. Absolutely would recommend no matter whether you wanna become a great professional drummer or just an annoying amateur drumming neighbor.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Alexey
As I met Marco, I thought he is a great drum player and teacher. That's it. Some lessons after I've realized, that this person permanently keeps blowing my mind every time we have a lesson/session. Drums are parts of his body. Without drums he is a philosopher. Playing drums means for him to communicate with nature, interactively. Even if you think you are not-a-drum(or music)-person, but you still would love to touch the world of rhythms and music - Marco is the One you need! Promise!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Cecilia
Great teacher with big heart for drum!!! Keep on drummin leute!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Federico L.
Whether you are an already experienced drummer, or a beginner, or you never even heard about drums, this is the right place to grow and develop the passion for the instrument and for music in general. Marco is always putting 300% of his energies in the lessons and outside of the lessons to help you find your own way and method through this awesome drumming universe.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Manuel
Full energy and passion in every lesson with Marco! Every time is an experience that goes beyond the drums and inspires me to discover new genres and artists. Highly recommended!!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Mateusz
Marco is simply the best! I'm plying drums since over 15 years and in various bands, had a few teachers as well but I never came across such an complete drummer and teacher. His approach to drums, music and life itself is great and unique! And it's so much fun, absolute recommendation from my side :)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Roswitha
Marco is passionate, his drum teaching skills are great and also he has to offer what all the real good drumming platforms (which i use and like a lot) lacks: he is an artist in person, he is present for you, he sees you and helps. He is enthusiastic about all styles and seems to see a fun challenge in everything. The community is fun. You can connect and everyone is supportive. Happy to have found that: a very good possibility to build creativity on knowledge and be more creative in the future. Thank you to Nahuel for practice pad opportunities as well good and even digital very personal too.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Domitille
BDE is really above expectations!!!! I highly recommend drumming with Marco, Nahuel, Giulia, and also all their drummer students, no matter how well you play drums. Personally, I was a beginner. I have always wanted to try, but didn't have the opportunity before coming to Berlin. I had a blast with the BDE team. First lesson with Marco, I was already playing along some songs, and I enjoyed sooooo much!!! 1week later I was drumming during the Friday jam session (true!) The dream is still going on after a few months. Quick progress to be expected! I'll definitely keep on playing with them and I am more and more motivated as I discover new grooves! I have to admit, I have been playing the guitar for 20 years but I think I now prefer drums... But what's more, beyond just playing drums, they really make you live a real and unique experience. I highly value the meet ups that they organize, the practice sessions through zooms, the jam sessions, the answers we get to our questions no matter when we ask the question, the discord that they manage to always get new content, new challenges, new surprises, and they always keep the community of drummers up to date about the news of the drumming school! They also invest a lot in infrastructure for us to be able to practice anytime (I personally love the early morning sessions). All teachers are highly skilled, creative, nice, generous, really good teachers. They will adapt to your needs and listen to you requests if you have some (for me, I have asked for additional lessons and they manage to find time for it). They will make sure you never get bored! Finally, even the administrative part is super smooth and easy thanks to Erika who manages the schedule. (I was not paid to write this message I promise ahah I looove BDE <3) One last thing, DRUM ON!!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Nicolas
BEST TEACHER EVER. Marco made me fall in love with drumming instantly. He knows how to balance between being an amazing friend and a super passionate teacher. I have learned so much on music and on life since I know him. There is always a big smile on my face and my head is filled with music ideas when I leave the lesson. Everybody should at least try one lesson with him and you'll get hooked. He loves his students and wants to push them higher and higher every time he can. We have a beautiful drummer community and know all of each other since he organizes drummers meet up every month (those are the best). The lessons that he designs are so intense and powerful, where we learn theoretical to practical drumming for hours. The way he teaches is unique for every student and he really knows how to trigger passion and envy in anyone of us. BEST TEACHER EVER.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Marco I.
The Best Drum teacher, wonderful musician and one of a kind human being ❤️! Don't hesitate, contact Marco Rivagli, he will open your mind!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Boris Bernd
Just started out taking lessons with Marco. I've seen quite a few drum teachers before since I have been playing the drums for...well...what cay I say: I started when I was a kid and now my hair turns grey. Having said that, I'm impressed by Marco's take on teaching. He's really into it, has both the technique and the wisdom, and provides his scholar community with much more than one can take. He's never short on ideas, methods and material. He'll never lose focus on what can be useful in a musical situation (since he himself is a working drummer), but he will also have a sharp eye on the foundations needed to pull it off. This will make sure that he will find the right approach for mostly any challenge - be it beginner level, intermediate or advanced. Of his many qualities I'd like to highlight two: 1) He obviously takes teaching seriously and seems to like it. I never got the impression that he wants to get though the lesson as some sort of "daytime job" to do what he even likes more (which is playing the drums, of course). 2) He has got opinions that allow him to challenge the "eternal truths" of learning the drums (rudiments, stick control, playing with a metronome, practice plan, odd times ... you name it). As a result, he will get you - for example - off the first three pages of stick control or other locked-in situations. What is stunning is that he will provide quite a lot of infrastructure. He offers a really comfy room full of gear an learning material his students can use for practice. This alone makes his package worthwhile. Have I mentioned that it is ... fun?
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Francesca
It's amazing when you realize you can play a beat, even if very easy, after your very first class! Marco's method and attitude give you a totally different perspective on the act of playing drums. It's literally an experience, a great one which I highly recommend to music lovers!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Kenneth
Marco has all the qualities of a great teacher. He is friendly, inspiring, has a deep knowledge of his craft and makes you feel confident no matter what your current level is. If you are passionate about the drums I would highly recommend him!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Zhuo Won’t be more thankful to myself for choosing Berlin Drum Experience! HAHA! And of course shout out to Marco and the lovely drummer community that he built up, feels like home since day one. Marco is very enthusiastic and skilled, he creates a nice environment for letting us grow. Except normal class, students also have the access to his own studios so we could always practice with the real drum without killing the neighbours. Once in a while you will also have class in his recording room, where you gonna make your song🥁🥁🥁 so happy that I found Berlin Drum Experience. Drum on!!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Declan
There are few better experiences than the Berlin Drum Experience. Led by the amazing individual Marco who has built a warm and friendly community of talented and passionate drummers. If you’re a seasoned musician or a complete beginner, I can’t recommend this highly enough!! I had lessons with Marco for 8 months and it catapulted my philosophy of the instrument, technical ability and values as a musician. It is one of the best uses of time, money, dedication and energy out there!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Anatoli
Thanks Marco! It was amazing time. First lesson took almost four hours of exploration and discovery of my abilities to play drums moving the boundary of my mind and open up. The lesson is a mix of theoretical explanation, and practical drumming and even improvisation. was nice to see him playing and giving good examples . you say after this to yourself “Great i want to be like this at some point” and want to practice more. Marco is really dedicates his time and talent. He has direction to open student minds . its was fun . next time i am back to Berlin i ll be there again.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Fam
Musicphilosopher, timekeeper, rhythmgod, pure entertainment and Berlins best drum experience!!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Anouk
I can’t imagine a better drum experience Marco is not just a teacher, he is more like a mentor who really supports you to develop and express yourself ! Already after my first mind blowing class I felt like I’ve been reborn. What a passionate and beautiful soul! His classes are always the highlight of my busy weeks!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Ghislain
Spent about 5 hours with Marco this last Sunday. I am still looking for the words to describe the “experience” I went through. WOW to the power of 100 is what comes to my mind. Although I barely know how to play the drums yet, I felt like a rock star!!!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Thibaud
Excellent, passionate, and really involved drum teacher ! I recommend even if you already have the “basic knowledge” in drumming, he will make you improve in many ways.
Absolutely love Marco classes. He is not a typical teacher, he really cares that you become a better drummer and enjoy the process.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Luciano
I joined the family in December and I couldn’t be more happy! Marco and Nicola are very well prepared teachers, amazing drummers and really in love with drums. You could talk with them about music for hours! Also in lockdown period, online lessons work very well. On top, Marco shares tons of teaching material and since February teacher Nahuel teach a daily (yes daily) class of routines and rudiments. Also it is amazing the drums community that Marco has been able to create. Last but not least, the possibility to have a 24/7 studio where to practice (of course not in lockdown period)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Ajit
I went to his first trial class to decide whether drums is the right musical instrument for me. At the end of the class, he made me fall in love with drumming. His passion for drums and teaching inspires me every time. We also have a practice room accessible 24/7. The drum community is fantastic and we have regular events. If you want to learn or get better at drums, then he is the guy
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Richard
Aside from being a terrific musician, Marco is just as interested in helping you find your own voice on the kit as he is with teaching you technical concepts. Really great experience with a nice community of students. Would for sure recommend for anyone looking for a drum teacher in Berlin.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Thomas
Probably the best thing that happened to me. Marco is not only your teacher, he is your friend, your guide and will expend you way of thinking, through drumming. After every lesson you’ll get better. He’s energy and passion give you the will to go forward and learn more! I definitely recommend it!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Dodie
I couldn't be happier with my experience so far having Marco as a drum teacher. He really goes the extra mile for all of his students, and makes you feel like a drummer from day 1! It's amazing to see someone with such an energy and passion for music, which is so infectious. He really caters for such a variety of needs and teaches everyone in an individual and personal way. An amazing teacher, musician and friend, as well the best drum community in town!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ KatjaBest drum teacher ever. Inspiring and passionate about teaching. Not only he designs an individual program for every student, he also helps you to truly fall in love with drums and music in general. I’ve been with him for more than a year now and I can say that I’ve not only progressed with my musicality and techniques but I gained a real friend that always has time for me and my ideas no matter how busy his teaching and performing schedule is. I’m in love ❤️
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Kirill
Awesome place to learn drums. The teacher is energetic and skillful master of his art. Apart from lessons you will get also space for practice, meet lots of drummers and have fun!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Samy
Marco must be the best drum teacher in town. Not only he teaches the arcanes of drumming, he also gives very precious advices about how to approach the instrument through a lifelong process made of self-teaching methods.
Of course, he is a friendly and lovely character and he is always ready to invest more time than planned for motivated students, so go for it !
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Luka
Marco is a fantastic teacher who knows how to approach each person in regards of their physical shape and mental understanding of music and sound. He always takes the extra mile to help you learn and help you broaden your musical horizons. Next to lessons he also created a fantastic community of drummers who regularly get together on meetups. Drums can be an intimidating instrument to approach, but with Marco's thoughtful methods, after a few weeks of class you will find yourself with a completely new way of musical expression.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Franziska
Great drum teacher, very experienced and passionate about his work. I've only had a few lessons so far, but already it's been super helpful!!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Orkun
Marco is a very friendly instructor with a huge passion towards music & drumming. Berlin Drum Experience is definitely a huge recommend :)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ John
Just the most passionate and dedicated teacher I've ever encountered. Marco really cares about the power of music and wants everyone to have the chance to have it in their lives. Berlin Drum Experience isn't just about tuition (although it's proven to be the best tuition I could even imagine) but a supportive community of musicians of all levels, backgrounds and ambitions, learning, playing and enjoying the collective experience of art. It's ace and you should join, whoever you are.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Adam
Not only is Marco an outstanding drummer – playing with huge bands such as The Fuzztones (and smaller ones like PLeaSureDomE) – he’s also a passioned teacher of all things drumming related. His dancing experience from percussive dance theatre ensamble Gut Reaction is another experience Marco can draw on to create an even better drum learning experience. The legendary drum student meetups alone makes it worth the time and effort to take Marco's drum lessons.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Vyacheslav
It's hard to find a person who is more passionate about the stuff that he is doing. What I love about Marco is that he not only teaches, but teaches how to teach yourself :) I think it's very essential and you become much more efficient in the long run
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Kàtia A.
Awesome teacher, he really loves music and teach his students with so much love! I started my classes last week and cannot stop thinking about drums. When you start he provides a lot of materials and you are added into a chat with a lot of students, they also have always drums meetups, I highly recommend! :))
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Nektarios
Marco has been my teacher for a year now. He's an amazing teacher, an easy-going person with a funny personality, very passionate and really loves what he does. He creates a family environment with all the students by gathering, playing and sharing our common passion. He has a great ability in explaining rhythm and technique. His approach to drums is to evolve and develop each student according to the student's personal abilities and taste.
I highly recommend to start drum lessons with Marco even if you're total beginner or a pro. Marco will make you shine and "smash it" on the drums.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Dorian
From day one that I met Marco he gave me for the first time in my drummer’s life an impression what the cosmos in a drummer’s life can look like.
I came to meet him in a situation that can be described as a baby who´s soul is waxed in fear and terror – I was only able to hit the drum (90%) and not playing the drum (10%). I almost was mistreating the drum set. But for my excuse in punkrock there is a high developed aggression against everyone and everything. Marco in the first place is a drummer an educator and an artist, performer as he says so and in addition to that he is to me also a helping hand that shows me the way out of a swamp that I was sticked in. As far as I can tell after three lessons with Marco is that his idea of being a drummer means that you be aware of the responsibility a drummer has for himself and for the people that he is with. So, he starts to make me understand that in first place a drummer wants to communicate with other people, musicians, audiences, or even the world and express his inside to anyone who is listening. And to do so the first step is to learn words in drums pace – I am like a baby that starts blabbering and learn who to speak with words – so Marco uses a word like – tsching – when you play the snare and - took – when you for example hit the frame of a tom – this is an important lesson that will probably lead me sometime into a situation that will give me the ability to express my ideas and fantasies on a drum set (by the way I haven´t found my own words yet with which I am confident but I am sure I will find them – they don´t have to be the same that Marco is using but there are so many languages in the world of drummers cosmos and every other drummer will understand them)– I think when you start learning words it will lead you to sentences with which a drummer can talk to the people who are listening. Like a pianoplayer plays piano a drummer plays a drum set and a drummer is responsible for the band´s dynamic and make the people move and groove. So when I started to listen to Marcos idea of being a drummer I first had to learn to count 1,2,3,4 - 1,2,3,4, it is the mathematic frame which is a sterile but necessary lesson to learn – second lesson was learning algebra which are the diddles and paradiddles and paraparadiddles and flams which are also sterile but necessary. Third lesson is to learn words that will help you in some time to compose and express your own impressions and ideas on a drum set and from that point on you just learn to leave all the sterile exercises alone and let your fantasy and your own cosmos become sound. So drumming is an education to fantasy it is a journey into your artistic soul that can be digged out of the dark. And Marco is the one who does educate and shows me a culture of love and happiness every drummer can lean on. I remember that he also gave me a historical frame from where the drum set came from so Marco is definitely also sophisticated, empathic, spiritual, and has some kind of a third eye with which he can look into my dark soul and a cosmos of which I do not have an idea yet. And there is still more to come. With his joy he gives me a kind of sensitivity to listen deeper into what a drummer is talking about and I still want to listen for more stories to come.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Loop of Berlin (Jochen)
Großartiger Unterricht in unglaublich dynamischer Atmosphäre. Meine Tochter ist begeistert und ich weiß sie dort bei Marco in den besten Händen!! Uneingeschränkt weiterempfehlenswert!