" IF YOU ARE DISCIPLINED YOU'LL BE CHALLENGED TO BE MORE CREATIVE,  IF YOU ARE CREATIVE YOU WILL BE CHALLENGED TO BE MORE CONSISTENT."
MANOJ MAVELY -- DIRECTOR
Manoj Mavely is the first ever drummer from the Indian sub-continent to be awarded a $28,000 Scholarship to study at the world renowned Berklee College of Music, Boston. During his years at Berklee he studied with greats like Dave Dicenso, Dave Samuels, Kim Plainfield, Larry Finn, Casey Scheuerell, Jon Hazilla, John Ramsay and Skip Hadden.

"I started playing at the age of 18, and it went great for about seven years, until I realized I was up against a wall, limited by my self-teaching which ultimately led to my going to Berklee on a scholarship. I've had to work really, really hard to get where I am musically. I tell my students this story to let them know, 'If I can do it, so can you—if you want it badly enough, work hard.' The flip side is that if you don't do the work, you're not going to get better."


Manoj performs in contemporary Afro-Cuban, Jazz, Funk, Rock and Brazilian styles and has played extensively with Chicago based Jazzman Tyris Washington amongst many others. An exceptionally consummate player, his versatility is evident as he can play everything from jazz to pop to speed metal. He is a very "in-demand" drummer, constantly gigging in all these genres.

He is also highly regarded for his unique concepts in developing the “drummer’s mind” through advanced reading skills, styles, groove, independence, odd meters, ostinatos, cross- rhythms, and technique that has challenged over 800 students of all levels for the past 13 years. The list of prominent students clearly reflects his unparalleled success in the field of Music education.

"Besides teaching a standard drum lesson with books and exercises, I also use a very conceptual approach: Open up your ears, listen to yourself play every single note, and be responsible for those notes so you can make mental—versus physical or technical—changes to your playing. If you play something you don't like, you can identify it and delete it from your playing. If it's something you do like, you can expand on that.

"I'll call my students on everything. They'll play one note and I'll ask, 'What was that? Why did you do that?' After a while they start hearing what they play, and taking the kind of responsibility I'm talking about. Simply put, I teach them the art of saying what you mean and meaning what you say.”

"I've always been interested in teaching, and always felt I had an affinity for explaining how to do what I do. So even though I consider myself a performing musician first, it always felt natural to juggle a performance career with a teaching career. Now when I google myself I've started to see people's credits saying 'studied with Manoj Mavely.' That's a great new twist!"



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