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Jeffrey Zhu

Toronto Drum Kit and Percussion Teacher

Jeffrey Zhu2022-09-06T18:54:24-04:00

B.Mus (U of T) in progress

Jeffrey Zhu is a percussionist with an interest in a variety of music and a passion for teaching. He grew up in Toronto and enjoys sharing music in the community of his childhood. He will involve himself in any musical opportunity he can get his hands on and performs regularly at the University of Toronto and in orchestras across Toronto.

Jeffrey is primarily a classical percussionist at U of T who continues to broaden his musical exposure outside of the university academia. At the University, he has performed with the U of T percussion ensemble, Wind Symphony, and the campus philharmonic. Additionally, he helped lead a Taiko (Japanese drumming) ensemble in high school giving him a unique perspective on percussion performance and education.

Jeffrey is currently working towards completing a bachelor’s in percussion performance at UofT.

Get to know TEACHER…Beyond the Bio!

Hobbies: Biking

Musical influences: Aiyun Huang, John Rudolph

Favourite food: Peking Duck

Least favourite food: Garlic

Favourite music: Classical Orchestra, Big Band, and video game music

Favourite song: True Lovers’ Farewell

Favourite movie: Your Name

Favourite movie music: Fantasy

Favourite musical theatre/opera: The Sound of Music

Best quote from your teacher: “Very Musical!”

Favourite book: Watership Down

Best thing about teaching at ABC: Working with a large community vested in music

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Nov 15


Good job today! We’ll keep reading that snare etude next lesson. Keep working on your rolls and try practicing offbeats with a metronome (only play on “and”).


Your reading ability is really coming along nicely! Focus on making sure you hit the drum more consistently this week (less extraneous motion) and work on the paradiddles you are less familiar with.

Try speeding up the first reading exercise of lesson 1 and make it feel like a solo.


Try to grab a copy of “stick control” for yourself, it will stick with you for life especially if you decide to pursue a career in music.

Also, some free electronic resources you can use:

“drum dictionary” free on Apple devices (I have not found an android alternative) is a collection of drum beats with a built in metronome that you can play along with.

“Vic Firth 40 essential rudiments” which should be the first link with a Google search. Also something you can play along with; try to aim for silver on every rudiment category, just focus on paradiddles this week though.

I’ll help you learn notes on the xylophone if you want and we can work on your overall reading ability for the next while.

Happy winter everyone!

November 15th, 2022|

Nov 5

Here’s the link for the rudiments I’ve been showing people:

Everyone should play the bronze level of every major category of rudiments: singles, paradiddles, flags, and drags.

Most of you who are struggling with rolls should make sure to practice that for 5-10 min/day. Turn a metronome to around 80-100bpm and just play continuously.

Those are the main things this week, enjoy!

November 5th, 2022|

Preferred Books for Jeffrey’s Students

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Cover of Stick Control for the Modern Drummer

George Lawrence Stone’s Stick Control is the bible of drumming. In 1993, Modern Drummer magazine named the book one of the top 25 books of all-time. In the words of the author, it is the ideal book for improving: control, speed, flexibility, touch, rhythm, lightness, delicacy, power, endurance, preciseness of execution and muscular coordination, with extra attention given to the development of the weak hand.

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Tradition of Excellence - Percussion

Tradition of Excellence by Bruce Pearson and Ryan Nowlin is a comprehensive and innovative curriculum designed to appeal to today s students. The music; the dynamic look; the scope and sequence; the tools for differentiated instruction; the smooth pacing with careful review; and the included INTERACTIVE Practice StudioTM make Tradition of Excellence the fastest growing band method today!


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100 Essential Drumset Lessons


100 Essential Drumset Lessons contains information, examples, exercises, and over 300 demonstration and play-along audio tracks covering a range of topics that every drummer from novice to professional will find useful. Its educational scope runs the gamut, including basic rock, funk, metal, hip-hop, blues, country, basic swing, advanced swing concepts, fills, technical exercises, metric superimposition, soloing concepts, odd time playing, brush playing, as well as Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and other world music drumming styles. It also includes advice on productive practicing techniques, transcribing drum parts, creating an original drum part for a song, and five drumset audition solos suitable for use at all-state auditions, music festivals, or recitals. Audio is accessed online for download or streaming and features PLAYBACK+, a multi-functional audio player that allows you to slow down audio without changing pitch, set loop points, and pan left or right available.


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