I have been playing drums for 30 years. I attended William Paterson University's prestigious jazz studies program in New Jersey. I have conducted clinics and masterclasses at many reputable New York institutions as well as schools throughout the country. I worked for The Jazz Assembly (affiliated with Young Audiences of NJ and PA) performing in clinics in jazz and improvisiation for kids at elementary schools throughout the Tri-State area. I taught at The Turtle Bay Music School in NYC for 10 years. I am currently on the faculty at The Henry Street Settlement in Manhattan. I also perform professionally locally, nationally and abroad.


Faculty member, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Brooklyn, NY, 1999- 2001
(weekly jazz masterclasses)

Faculty member, “Day Jams" National Music Workshop in White Plains, NY, June- July 2000, founded by National Guitar Workshop (2 week seminar)

Clinician for New York Board of Education summer program at
South Shore High School in Brooklyn, NY, 2001- 2002

Faculty member, Teacher’s College Improvisation Workshop, Columbia University, NYC, August 2004

Faculty member, Turtle Bay Music School, New York, NY, September, 2002- 2013

The Jazz Assembly, 2003- 2011
Young Audiences of New Jersey and Young Audiences of Pennsylvania

Faculty member, The Henry Street Settlement- Abrons Arts Center, NYC
September 2012- present


“I was searching for a drum teacher for my then preteen daughter. She had had other drum teachers, however their approach was one that often left her crying. A friend recommended Matt and so I welcomed him into my home to teach my daughter how to play drums. My daughter took to him immediately and as an administrator in a local school I recognized in Matt the qualities of a great teacher. Matt was gentle, patient, knew when and how to challenge her and above all made learning fun. Matt continued to teach my daughter into her teenage years and when it was time to choose a high school Matt prepared her for her audition at LaGuardia High School. Her acceptance into this fine performing arts school is something I attribute to Matt Garrity. I truly feel that Matt Garrity would be a great asset to whatever organization that is lucky enough to have him."

-Nelia W.

"My daughter has been studying with Matt for several years and really enjoys it. She is eager to go to class and reports back that she and Matt cover a lot of ground during a relatively short (30-minute) lesson. In addition, the jam sessions that often conclude the lesson are a big hit, enabling her to try out newly-learned skills and hear how they sound when put to music. That, in turn, encourages her to want to take each lesson to the next step. Matt is a terrific teacher!"

-Alice Y.

"Gabriel took lessons with Matt for five years and really enjoyed learning to play the drums. Matt was great with him and we think he would be great with kids generally. We found him very encouraging, making the lessons and the practicing fun, without being overbearing. In addition, we were all impressed (particularly Amy who studied piano for many years) with his skills as a musician."

-Stuart R.

"When my fourteen year old son Robert, who has been playing the drums and taking lessons for 7 years, needed a new drum teacher, it was important for me to find the right teacher. We wanted a technical drum instructor with a strong background in jazz as well as someone who would appeal to a young teenager that loves to play classic rock as well. From the very first lesson we knew Matt Garrity was that person. Matt is a skilled musician and wonderful teacher. He is a warm person with positive energy and a true professional. At each lesson, Matt instructs Robert, corrects his mistakes while always making him feel at ease. He is respectful and kind and has a great way with kids. I am excited about all the great stuff my son is learning from Matt and I know it will propel Robert to pursue his love for music and keep it a part of his life always."

-Michele I.

I am currently accepting private students.
Lessons are offered in my studio or your home.
I love to see students get excited about music and feel obligated to pass on what I have learned over the years. I offer a straight forward, comprehensive approach to drum lessons and work with each student based on their level and personality.

I am well versed in all styles: Rock, Jazz, Latin, Classical, Funk, Blues, etc.
I am experienced in teaching kids and adults of all ages.
I have successfully prepared students for auditions at performing arts highschools in the New York area such as LaGuardia Performing Arts High School.

Beginners and more experienced players are welcome.
1/2 hour or 1 hour lessons offered.
Please contact me regarding scheduling and rates.

I look forward to hearing from you!