South Philly Drum Lessons are taught by Rob Schwartz, a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music with a degree in jazz studies. Rob has performed throughout the United States and in China with jazz and rock bands such as TV Mike and the Scarecrows, Jenna Mammina, Steve Lucky and the Rhumba Bums, San Francisco’s Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, Amos Payne, The Attachments, Otto Mobile and the Moaners, and the jazz trio Beep.
Rob is experienced playing many different styles on the drum set and has studied classical snare drum technique. At Oberlin, he had the privilege of studying with renowned jazz drummer Billy Hart and classical percussionist Michael Rosen. From January 2007 to March 2008, Rob studied Brazilian percussion with Jorge Alabê while drumming for Jorge’s bateria, Samba Rio. He also immersed himself in Brazilian percussion during three months in Rio de Janeiro.
Given his diverse musical background informed by a decade of professional experience, Rob can teach many styles—rock, pop, jazz, samba, Afro-Cuban, reggae. He has 10 years of experience teaching students ranging from young children to adults. From July 2013 to March 2015, Rob taught at the Wilmington School of Rock, and currently teaches at the Rawk U School of Music and the South Philadelphia Music Academy in addition to his work at South Philly Drum Lessons.
Music is one of Rob’s highest pleasures in life. It’s not only about enjoying the music itself, but also appreciating the process of learning and improving. Rob enjoys teaching what he’s learned and watching his students grow as musicians.