Genres: Classical, Jazz
Jeff Krol is a drummer, composer, and educator based in New York City. He holds a BM from The Eastman School of Music and an MM from The Manhattan School of Music. Currently, he maintains an active performance and education schedule around the New York City area. He has been mentored by a colorful cast of musicians, including John Riley, Phil Markowitz, Bobby Sanabria, Rich Thompson, Gerald Cleaver, Andy Milne, Bill Dobbins, Tom Rainey, Ralph Alessi and David Torn.
Jeff’s teaching experience includes a longstanding private studio as well as teaching artist positions at various schools around the New York City area in a variety of different educational settings. He has taught for the renowned nonprofit Harlem Children Zone, as well as The Hudson school, a private middle and high school in Hoboken, New Jersey. In addition, he has worked for the Manhattan School of Music distance learning program where he taught digital masterclasses to students and seniors around the country about the history of jazz and American music.
Jeff’s teaching style is unique and revolves primarily around his experience as a jazz musician. In addition to teaching standard repertoire and music fundamentals such as reading and basic theory, he likes to integrate improvisation into how students explore these concepts. It is his belief that, especially for a beginning student, learning by ear and improvisation is the most natural and intuitive way to learn music. Like learning a language, children have a large vocabulary before they even learn how to read words out of a book. The same applies for music; listening and internalizing songs away from written music will build a student’s musical vocabulary, and will be realized as written music down the line.