Workshops, private lessons, school residencies, and international outreach since 2005
The full body act of drumming is an experience unique to you.
Between the Beats
Drumming and the Alexander Technique
Through the lense of the Alexander Technique, a century-old method for increasing coordination and awareness through the body, drum lessons address how to sit, breathe, and move around the drums so you’re playing at your best, whether a seasoned professional looking for growth, or new to the instrument.
“Richie Barshay is as much a master teacher as he is musician. The concepts that he brings to the
table incorporating Alexander Technique and its application to drum set I've found to be profoundly
eye opening, and something often overlooked in drum set education.” - Philip Mayer (Natalie Merchant, The Band’s Visit)
“I feel like I have more freedom to make music. It’s helped my playing a lot in general, even though my first concern was healing my tendinitis. I felt more stable and grounded - able to be more present in the music with less tension in my body. -Peter Mannheim (Alvin Ailey Dance drummer)
“I've been playing drum set for 15 years, and in the first lesson I started to think differently about my approach to the instrument. Breath, posture, relaxation, touch, groove, tone, time feel. These are all concepts that can be worked on for a musician at any level (or instrument for that matter), and Richie, with his diverse wealth of knowledge offers guidance in a thoughtful, patient and effective way. What I've learned and continue to learn from Richie is invaluable."
-Philip Mayer (Natalie Merchant, The Band’s Visit)